Lent time of sacrifice, improvement

Joshua Lucero: staff photo
Alter servers assist with the Stations of the Cross Friday evening as part of the season of Lent at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Portales. Observers of Lent give up their worldly pleasures during the season of Lent to bring themselves closer to God.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Easter around the corner, citizens of Clovis and Portales are preparing themselves to receive the glory of God and giving up their worldly pleasures. For 40 days, from Feb. 18 until April 2, followers of Christ give up vices, sweets, and more in an effort to bring themselves […]

Snowfall could strike again next week

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Since school was canceled at Faith Triumphant, Luke Vigil, 11, left, decided to help his dad, Mark, shevel the sidewalk in front of their business Friday morning on Second Street.

By Alisa Boswell and Derek Major aboswell@pntonline.com dmajor@pntonline.com Between Thursday and Friday about 5 inches of snow has dropped on the Portales and Clovis areas, leading to the closure of schools and some businesses and the delay of Cannon Air Force Base personnel until 11 a.m. The good news is that the worst is over. […]

Girl Scouts trying new method for cookie sales

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kyleigh Lobstein, 9, a Brownie Scout with Troop 4078 sells Girl Scout cookies to Margie Cartwright on Tuesday at a store on Main Street.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis, prepare your wallets and waistlines — this year, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico are back, armed with boxes full of Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-Tastics. Oh, and you don’t have to wait for weeks this year, either. They have a new trick up their sleeves called “instant […]

Man dies in Saturday fire

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A body was found in this abandoned building at 1016 E. Fifth St. after it caught fire Saturday morning.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A 51-year-old man is dead after apparently starting a fire to stay warm in what appears to be an abandoned house in Clovis. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the body of Michael Norris was found by firefighters after extinguishing a fire reported about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at 1016 E. […]

Thai City back in business

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Thai City manager and sushi chef Ronnie Rattanavong of Clovis puts the final touches Monday afternoon on a tiger roll.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis’ Thai City is back in business after an accidental fire in October forced it to close for repairs. “It was chaotic,” Thai City manager and sushi artist Ronnie Rattanavong said of the restaurant’s first night back on Thursday. Rattanavong has been on a roll since the first night […]

Ag Expo draws about 2,000

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Crowds browse the approximately 50 vendors Saturday afternoon at the 23rd annual Ag Expo held at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director Karl Terry said the event attracted about 2,000 visitors.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com About 2,000 people filed through the 2015 Ag Expo, visiting vendors and learning new ways to enrich a rural lifestyle over its two days. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the 23rd annual expo included about 50 vendors and featured classes and seminars on xeriscaping, […]

Topdressing big topic at Ag Expo

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle talked to Curry and Roosevelt County farmers Friday about the importance of putting nitrogen topdressing on their winter wheat crops early. The forum was one of many at the 23rd Annual Ag Expo.

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com A common mistake made by winter wheat farmers in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region is placing their nitrogen topdressing on to early. At least that’s what Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle told farmers from Curry and Roosevelt counties Friday afternoon as he talked to them at […]

Food class part of Ag Expo’s opening day

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers shows area residents how to cook Pecan-Crusted Chicken Friday morning during her Simply Prepared Meals and Menus class. Moyers also showed attendees how to make a cheeseburger skillet dinner and gave them advice on how to separate foods.

Staff report A room full of area residents laughed as Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers switched her cheeseburger skillet dinner over to a larger skillet. Moyers told her audience, “Don’t always do the things I do; do the things I say.” Moyers had a full house of people in the McAlister Room at […]

Cannon Air Force Base changes command


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com It was a star-spangled event at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon as Col. Tony Bauernfeind handed over command of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Benjamin Maitre. The 27th SOW performed the change of command ceremony in a Cannon hangar Tuesday in front of an audience comprised […]

Joe’s Boot Shop closed

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The doors to Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive were closed to business Tuesday.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Joe’s Boot Shop, an eastern New Mexico and West Texas destination for more than 40 years, has closed its doors in Clovis, apparently for good. Former owners and founders Joe and Darla Rhodes declined comment Tuesday other than to say the store they sold three years ago to their […]

Barns burn, break-in reported within 45 minutes of each other


By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Barns at Johnson Lumber Company and the Clovis Livestock Auction were ablaze within minutes of each other early Sunday morning. Soon after that,  a break-in was reported at Gebo’s farm and ranch supply store. All three incidents occurred within 45 minutes of each other, but investigators said they do […]

Participant: Athleticism not prerequisite for Senior Olympics

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Fay Smith, Curry County Senior Olympics board member and competitor, has won county and state titles for table tennis.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Pickleball competitor Melinda Coslett has a message for area seniors: You don’t have to be athletic to join the Curry County Senior Olympics. And you don’t even have to know how to play pickleball or shoot an air gun, because there are people to teach you. “Many of us […]

Pair partner up to open new Stansell’s store

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
David Madrid touches up a counter at the future site of Stansell's Meat Market. Madrid spent 21 years working with the Stansells.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com David Madrid, going back to the days as a young boy cutting salami at Garcia’s on Grand Avenue, has been a butcher most of his life. He finds fewer like him every year. “It’s a dying art,” Madrid said, noting the rarity of small things like on-site calculation of […]

Unpaid debts force gentleman’s club closure

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
The Clovis Gentleman’s Club closed last week after being open less than four months.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Clovis Gentleman’s Club faced an uphill battle before it opened last fall. Critics feared an increase in community crime, supporters lamented the county’s no-alcohol laws. Now, less than four months after it opened, it’s closed because of unpaid debts. Plaintiffs represented by Attorney Richard Rowley II took the […]

Muleshoe High senior talks singing, music

Correspondent photo: Rick White
Muleshoe High senior Blayne Shipman would love to sing with Fleetwod Mac some day.

A singing career launched as a first-grader at his church will take Muleshoe High senior Blayne Shipman to  Carnegie Hall in New York later this month. Shipman, one of about 500 finalists selected to participate in the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series on Feb. 22, answered a few questions about his musical tastes and […]

Love is in the air

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales couple Devan Griego, left, and Kameron King joke Friday afternoon at the district court offices outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse while they recall the early stages of their relationship. Couples throughout Roosevelt and Curry Counties will be 
celebrating their relationships for Valentine’s Day.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com Like other couples in Roosevelt and Curry County, Devan Griego and her fiancé Kameron King will be celebrating their relationship for Valentine’s Day today, but the real story is how their romance started. King and Griego, who have been dating for three years, said they met at Griego’s sorority function while […]

Coach’s unusual artistry featured

Staff photo: Derek Major
One of the pieces from Clovis artist Corey Pickett’s “Out of the Box” display at the Runnels Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor @pntonline.com On a typical night Corey Pickett stalks the sidelines, gives his team direction and works the referees as Clovis Christian’s high school basketball coach. On his own time, Pickett is an artist. His works are on display until Feb. 27 at Eastern New Mexico’s Golden Library. Pickett, who […]

Cameron keeps Hounds winless in LSC with late run

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
ENMU junior guard John Gilliam pushes past Cameron University senior Desmond Henry during the Greyhounds’ Wednesday night game at Greyhound Arena. Gilliam scored a team-high 17 points in the 55-47 setback.

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com With five minutes to go in the second half on Wednesday, Eastern New Mexico University looked like they could get their first Lone Star Conference win of the season with the game knotted. Then Cameron went on an 11-0 run, and by the time the host Greyhounds scored again it […]

Hospital smoking ban not much of a change

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Susan Womack, left, billing specialist for the Roosevelt General Hospital Clinic, chats Wednesday with Director of Marketing Greg McFarland in the RGH Cafe. Womack said fewer people spend time in the outdoor area now that RGH is a non-smoking facility, but none of the staff members that smoke seem to mind.

  By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital staff members who smoke are saying not much has changed for them since the hospital enacted a non-smoking policy at the start of the new year. The hospital sent out a press release last week announcing the change, stating that the change was “a continued […]

Fire destroys boat, spreads to home

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The house at 101 E. Plains St. caught fire Monday after flames spread from a boat the resident was working on, according to fire officials.

Staff report A homeowner working on his boat started a fire Monday morning that destroyed the boat and spread to his home, fire officials said. Clovis firefighters responded to the blaze at 101 E. Plains about 10:20 a.m., Fire Marshal Allan Silvers said. “The boat was a total loss,” Silvers said. Silvers did not have […]