Residents voice traffic concerns

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Clovis residents brought a petition to Wednesday’s Public Works meeting requesting stop signs at the intersections of 16th and Axtell and 16th and Gidding, and closing other sections of Axtell and Gidding to through traffic. Commission members delayed making any recommendations, citing a need for further study.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer A group of Clovis residents voiced concerns with regard to traffic, speeding and other matters of safety during Wednesday’s Public Works committee meeting, with the body tabling action on the residents’ recommendations in order to further assess the situation. “The Clovis residents living on Axtell and Gidding Streets between […]

Purple Heart parking spaces dedicated

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford speaks at Tuesday’s dedication ceremony in front of Clovis-Carver Public Library for its new Purple Heart parking space.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Clovis has a new reason to take pride in the color purple. City officials, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce representatives, local veteran organizations and area residents gathered Tuesday for a parking spot ribbon cutting ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. But this wasn’t just any parking spot. The City […]

Organizers declare fair success

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Jerry James of Farwell ties down a Kubota M-171 tractor Monday afternoon, one of five units that was on display at the Curry County Fair.

Staff report The 2016 Curry County Fair is in the books and organizers declared it a success, although specific figures were not provided. “Our preliminary reports show that attendance was up from last year, as well as participation in contests,” Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds General Manager Joelle Reed said. “We have more in […]

Business feature: Ag tour organizers hope to promote understanding

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A group on last year’s Ag True Tour, hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, explores a chili farm in the Rio Grande Valley.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer After Wednesday, area legislators may start to look at their food differently. A state agricultural organization is hoping a local tour will bridge the gap between lawmakers and producers. Under the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program on Wednesday is hosting the Ag […]

Livestock sale tops previous year’s

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Melrose FFA member Landry Widner shows Whitey during Friday’s 2016 Curry County Junior Livestock Sale at the Curry County Events Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer One by one participants took center stage at the Curry County Events Center Friday with prized livestock in tow. And once the last of 98 entries was surveyed, organizers said $400,000 had been raised at the county’s 2016 Junior Livestock Sale — topping last year’s $348,500. As the sale […]

Fair features flavor for young and old

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A.J. Woods, left, and Colton Hawkins watch their turtle during its heat at the 17th Annual Turtle Race.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor The Curry County Fair had a flavor Saturday for the young and the old … and those in between. Events at the Curry County Fairgrounds went across the spectrum during the early hours, from getting the next generation excited for the fair to honoring the earliest generation that called […]

This ‘Old House’

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High Plains Historical Foundation President Patsy Delk shows off a photo of Curry County’s first school bus during a tour of the historic “Old House,” an antique attraction at this year’s fair.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER An old one-bedroom home with rusted appliances and no indoor plumbing may not be worth much in today’s housing market. But this is a historical treasure to some. One of the attractions at the Curry County Fair happens to be tucked away among the trees, nestled at the edge […]

He’s no ‘Goober’ — ‘He’s something unique’

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DJ Duval, 4, smiles as he interacts with Fables of the West Comedian George Lindsey Jr. at the Curry County Fair Wednesday night.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer George Lindsey Jr. might be better known for his stage name, “Rufus Leekin.” The comical play on words is one of the many qualities that has made Lindsey a crowd-pleaser at this year’s Curry County Fair. Lindsey performs multiple times throughout the night every night of the fair, but […]

Fellowship, fun for special needs

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Susie Lucero enjoys a post luncheon dance during Special Needs Day on Thursday at the Curry County Fair.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Broad smiles, laughter and dancing were the order of the day during Thursday’s Special Needs Day event at the Curry County Fair. Dozens of special needs patrons were treated to free carnival rides, carnival concessions — such as cotton candy, lunch and a healthy dose of fellowship. “The owner […]

Contestants show off pinup styles

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Denise Mejia has a laugh during her interview with emcee Tyleen Caffrey during the inaugural pin-up contest at the Curry County Fair Wednesday night. Mejia was crowned as champion.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer It’s not every day you see military uniforms paired with red lipstick and high heels. But the pinup contest at Curry County Fair is not an everyday event. In fact, the contest was the first of its kind for the 96th annual fair, according to event coordinators. Organized by […]

Clovis Christian moving forward with expansion

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By Douglas Clark Staff Writer With an eye toward securing funding for a building slated to house its high school student population, Clovis Christian Schools officials were recently prepared to sign on the dotted line for a $1.5 million loan. But then one stroke of a donors pen changed the entire dynamic. Clovis Christian […]

Wildcats looking good

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David Norton Sports Editor If the Wildcats’ scrimmage on Tuesday was any indication of the season to come, Clovis football should be better than just pretty good. Keep in mind this was just a scrimmage against a 5A school, but Roswell High School is coming off a 7-5 season — tied with 2011 for […]

Fuel operations decision on city agenda

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Carlos Arias, manager of Blue Sky Aviation, refuels a plane Wednesday afternoon at the Clovis Municipal Airport. The Clovis City Commission has an item on its Thursday meeting agenda regarding taking over fuel operations at the airport. Blue Sky was served with a 60-day notice of termination in June. The business has contined to operate past the Aug. 8 termination date while the city commission has weighed the matter.

Staff report The Clovis City Commission, for the second consecutive week, is planning to make a decision on potentially taking over fuel operations at the city’s municipal airport. The commission has a 4:30 p.m. executive session scheduled to discuss threatened litigation prior to the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public […]

Judges have keen eye for livestock

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Junior replacement dairy heifer show judge Andrew Vaz examines an entry during competition Wednesday at Kevin Roberts Show Arena.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer During this week’s Curry County Fair, dozens of 4-H and Future Farmers of America participants will receive awards and accolades for agriculture and livestock entries. At the heart of the competition stand the judges, who survey the competition and determine who gets the hardware. On a sun-splashed Wednesday morning […]

Fair goes to the hogs

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Lane McAlister, 13, shows Dottie during Tuesday’s junior market swine show at the Kevin Roberts Show Arena.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Lane McCalister takes great pride in caring for his swine and loves nothing more than putting them on public display. And there was no better stage than the Kevin Roberts Show Arena, where Tuesday’s junior market swine show took place at the Curry County Fair. “It’s a lot of […]

Horse show priority for local students

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Brooke Reeves, 13, brushes her 9-year-old horse, Boaz, Tuesday morning before competing for the first time in the Curry County Fair Open Horse Show.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer School is five times every week. The Curry County Fair Open Horse Show is once a year. To young riders on Tuesday morning, the latter was the easy choice. Tuesday’s Curry County Fair events kicked off with the horse show at the Mounted Patrol Arena of the fairgrounds. Flapping […]

Students heading back to school

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Amethyst Galvan made her first appearance as a kindergarten student at Cameo Elementary, while Tim Galvan entered first grade at Cameo.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer For Monique Gonzales, getting her kids ready for their first day of school was when she noticed the nerves set in — her nerves, not theirs. Classes were back in session for Clovis schools on Monday. In some cases, the first day of school was as much an adjustment […]

Business feature: Expo to bring businesswomen together

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From left, Joy Felty, Sabra Smith and Sydnee Horton decorate glasses for the “Martini Madness” fundraising event at last year’s inaugural High Plains Women’s Expo. Organizers hope to raise at least $3,000 at this year’s expo on Saturday for United Way of Eastern New Mexico.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer It may have taken 40 years, but Yolanda Vela will finally make her childhood dream a reality on Saturday. Anticipating her own fashion show debut at the second annual High Plains Women’s expo, Vela said she wants to prove to herself and to others that “it’s never too late.” […]

Good Old Time in Melrose

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Graduates of the Melrose High School Class of 1966 smile at onlookers while traveling along Main Street during the Old Timers’ Day parade on Saturday. The class celebrated its 50th reunion.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER On her way to the Old Timers’ Day celebration on Saturday, Melrose native Lois Lesly Barnes was reminded of an old acquaintance. “As I was driving over here,” Barnes said, “I thought about how I tried to get the people of Melrose to put a sign on each side […]

Helping people help horses

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Trevor Carter, left, works with Dani Horton of Auburndale, Florida, on making her horse do a tight circle during Saturday’s Forever Foundation clinic. The three-day clinic teaches techniques to the trainers, all part of horse rescue organizations, to help them learn skills to get a horse ready for a new home.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Every animal deserves a second chance. But the larger the animal, the larger the degree of difficulty. That’s how horse trainers from six different states found themselves in a pen a few miles north of Clovis, taking part in the still-young Forever Foundation. The foundation, which operates at the […]