Princess party an affair for royalty

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Alix Rosa, right, a volunteer dressed up at last year’s Monarch Formals princess party, doesn’t break character as she interacts and laughs with one of the young attendees.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Tyleen Caffrey proves you’re never too old to enjoy fairytales. The fifth annual Monarch Formals princess party promises a full cast this year, among other festivities geared toward young girls and their parents. The event is to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Community […]

Business feature: Clovis restaurant manager wins top award

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Robert Vick Jr., the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s 2015 Restaurateur of the Year, presents Laura Leal with the 2016 award.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer A Clovis restaurant manager has won New Mexico Restaurant Association’s top award for the fourth time since its inception in 1967. Laura Leal, owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant, was named Restaurateur of the Year on Sept. 12 in Albuquerque. The Hospitality Industry Awards recognize community involvement and extensive restaurant […]

Abandoned dog gives birth at ENMU arena

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Grace is the mother of five healthy puppies, born last month at Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball arena.

By Amy Waltner ENMU communication services They had a winner on Aug. 26 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena, but it had nothing to do with basketball. With time running out, university employees rushed in to assist as an abandoned dog gave birth to five healthy puppies. It’s unclear exactly how the animal — […]

Special Olympics athletes converge on Clovis


By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Athletes throughout New Mexico have descended on the Curry County Events Center in Clovis this weekend for the 2016 Special Olympics New Mexico State Equestrian Competition. “We have riders in from all over the state and this is the final event for the season,” said Competition Director Roxie Burgess, […]

Faith: Church celebrating 75th anniversary

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Ervin Stidham, left, discusses the upcoming 75th anniversary of Prince Street Baptist Church with Pastor Tommy Hohstadt.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Ervin Stidham hasn’t attended his church in a year, but he’s still considered by its staff to be one of the congregation’s most active members. Stidham, turning 90 years old in October, relies on a walker to get around his Portales home and weekly phone calls with his pastor […]

District planning to reduce school fundraisers

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From left, Anastasia Granada, Kyree Kennard and Makena Matlock wash a car Saturday as part of a Yucca Middle School dance team fundraiser. The team raised more than $560.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Clovis Municipal Schools raised $1.8 million from community members for school projects last year, Superintendent Jody Balch said. That’s too much for a taxing entity, according to Balch, and the district hopes to reduce the financial load on local businesses. Balch said student organizations only profit from about 50 […]

Organizers pleased with music festival turnout

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Clint Black performs “Shoes You’re Wearing” during the Clovis Music Festival on Saturday night.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Nearly 2,000 people watched performances during the 2016 Clovis Music Festival, organizers said, and almost 800 tickets were sold for Saturday’s Clint Black concert at Marshall Auditorium. “We were really happy about that turnout,” Clovis / Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos said, “considering it was […]

Trick riding team to perform at Special Olympics

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Sierra Blakely, left, stands on her horse, while Myranda Bowemaster hangs upside down off the back.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer The Special Olympics New Mexico state equestrian competition began 35 years ago, according to Competition Director Roxie Burgess. This year promises new crowd-pleasing tricks sure to leave the spectators — and even some riders — on the edge of their seats. As part of the opening ceremonies Friday night […]

Portales remembers

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From left, David Stone, president of J.P. Stone Community Bank, stands with Eastern New Mexico University student Amy Carter and bank Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Richard Bradfute while speaking at the bank’s annual 9/11 memorial.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Local community members expressed feelings of patriotism Friday morning as a group gathered for the J.P. Stone Community Bank annual memorial ceremony The bank has been holding the event for 15 years to remember those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center […]

Stopping by to visit

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Norman Petty Studio tour guide and host Jay Parmenter of Clovis provides information Friday afternoon about the studio to a group while Ellen and Eddie Stallings of Amarillo listen. The Stallings have been regulars to the Clovis Music Festival and plan on attending on both nights.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Ellen and Eddie Stallings share a love of 1950s history — from vintage cars to classic rock and roll. That’s why the husband and wife traveled for the second time from Amarillo to Clovis to attend the Clovis Music Festival this weekend. The annual festival turns 29 this year, […]

Pet of the week — Sept. 10

American Staffordshire Terrier
Age: Adult
Sex: Female/not sterilized
Color: Black/white
Size: Large

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]

Food bank eyes backpack expansion through challenge grant


By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico hopes to expand a program for children with a challenge grant offering. The Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has offered a $20,000 grant to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to food bank Executive Director […]

Police shooting suspect goes to trial on unrelated cases

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By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor A Clovis man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer last week has a pair of unrelated cases going to trial Monday. Anthony Baca, 34, will have jury selection Monday and trial through Tuesday on cases: • 2015-442: Aggravated assault and shoplifting • 2016-44: case of trafficking, robbery, aggravated […]

Police release officer-shooting video

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Staff report Clovis police on Tuesday released video of the Aug. 29 shooting that left Officer Chris Caron with a wound to his left thigh. While the video does not show Caron being shot, it shows the officer deploying his taser and then falling to the ground and reporting “shots fired” moments after suspect Anthony […]

Officer’s mom: ‘He is cut out to do this’

Donna Harvey poses with her son, Chris Caron, after his graduation from the police academy in 2014. (Courtesy photo)

By David Stevens Editor The phone call came a little after midnight on Aug. 30. “I can’t even explain how I felt,” Donna Harvey said. “It was just … It was a mom’s worst nightmare.” The voice on the phone — Harvey can’t remember who the man said he was — gave her news […]

Four hurt in crash with ambulance

A pickup driver crawls from the wreckage with assistance from rescue workers on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Crystal Mondragon)

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer Four people were treated and released from area hospitals on Tuesday morning after an ambulance and a pickup collided near the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Names of the injured were not released, but Clovis Fire Department Lt. Bill Baca said none of the four were hospitalized overnight. Baca said three […]

Local fishers gather for derby

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Clovis resident Philip Burks, left, and his 6-year-old son Philip, observe their 5.8-pound catfish.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Saturday evening saw fishermen of all types gathering at Oasis State Park to celebrate their common passion. Oasis’ eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” brought out the competitive nature of participants, but also formed camaraderie between them. Rosemary Mathews of Portales forgot bait and swivels for her fishing rod, but […]

Business feature: Local store offers hands-off shopping

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Clovis’ Raintree Thriftway Assistant Manager Hannah Butler talks to a customer on the phone, verifying the items on the faxed grocery list as part of the store’s new call-in service.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer No more flipping through the tabloid magazines while waiting in line. No more squeezing the toilet paper, or the bread, to see what’s soft … unless you like that sort of thing. Grocery shopping may be changing. Like Sam’s Club and big-city Walmarts before it, Raintree Thriftway in Clovis […]

Mike Mitchell ‘Clovis’ own rock star’

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Iconic Clovis musician and record producer Norman Petty, left, stands by as Mike Mitchell plays his drums, which have since been donated to the Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum in Clovis. Mitchell, who joined the Norman Petty Trio in the mid 1950s, is the last living trio member.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Nerve damage to his hands and feet prevents Mike Mitchell from playing the drums as he once did for more than 60 years. It doesn’t, however, stop the 80-year-old from visiting his old stomping grounds at the Clovis Music Festival. In its 29th year, the Clovis Music Festival slated […]

Q&A: Clint Black talks music, career

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Clint Black, who first hit the scene in 1989 with his single “A Better Man” and album, “Killin’ Time,” is the featured performer at the Clovis Music Festival this weekend.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor The Clovis Music Festival was looking for “A Better Man,” and found it in this year’s featured act. Clint Black, who will play in Saturday’s headline act at the Marshall Middle School Auditorium, is best known for his stellar debut album, “Killin’ Time,” and top hit “A Better Man.” […]