Spiders spread webs all over town

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Thanks to a wet summer, insect activity has increased this fall and brought with it a plethora of spiders. Webs could be found adorning Main Street in Clovis this week and are thought to be from baby spiders traveling via wind to find their new homes.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com If you’ve noticed thick, white, wispy webs adorning the city this week, you might be a little creeped out to know they aren’t part of anyone’s  Halloween décor. Nope, those are spider webs, according to Curry County Extension Agent Luther Dunlap, and they’re arriving just in time for the […]

Melrose Elementary chosen for Blue Ribbon honor

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Melrose schools Superintendent Jamie Widner presented students as “the future” as they celebrated a National Blue Ribbon designation on Wednesday.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com It’s not easy to become a National Blue Ribbon School, but one rural elementary school in Curry County pulled it off and proved that size doesn’t always matter. Melrose Elementary School, with a mere 140 students and 10 certified teachers, held an awards ceremony Wednesday afternoon to celebrate being […]

Official: Gidding construction going well

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Gary Romero and Juan Moreno remove metal from the building on Gidding Street on Tuesday. When complete, the building will host offices for Curry County employees.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com The heavy rainfall last week may have slowed construction workers but didn’t stop them from chipping away at renovations to 417 Gidding St., Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said on Tuesday. And the project — which will provide office space for county workers — is still under budget and […]

Presenter talks about Zozobra tradition

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Raymond Sandoval of the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club brought a miniature version of the Zozobra to Portales Monday for his presentation on the annual Burning of the Zozobra in Santa Fe.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com What began as one man venting his frustrations almost 100 years ago has become a personal and sacred tradition for New Mexicans, particularly those from Santa Fe. “We call it the Zozobra bug and once you get bitten by it, there’s nothing like it. You have to burn a […]

Festival coordinator: Quilting is growing

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The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday of next week with various quilts on display by quilters from all over New Mexico and Texas.

The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday with quilts on display from all over New Mexico and Texas. The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday with quilts on display from all over New Mexico and Texas. By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It’s […]

Local hopes to find a way to restore Harvey House

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Clovis’ Harvey House, last used as a restaurant in 1969, has been in disrepair for decades.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Phil Williams cares about all things railroad. He operates the Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum at 221 W. First St., and he had a lot to do with restoring the 1906 locomotive that sits in front of his building, last used as a switch engine in the Clovis rail […]

Society for Creative Anachronism returns to Peanut Valley Festival

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The annual Peanut Valley Festival is approaching next weekend with lots of vendors, live music, peanut dash and the new touch of a medieval village.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com The Peanut Valley Festival is set to kick off next weekend, and among the slew of activities will be an event that is returning for the first time in many years, according to Johnny Casady, local chapter president of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Members of the local chapter […]

North Plains Mall celebrating 30 years

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Inside the North Plains Mall on Friday afternoon. The mall will be celebrating 30 years of operation in Clovis.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Ernie Kos ranks it among the greatest days in modern Clovis’ history. “For me, it was like George Strait was in the parking lot or something — it was just a thrill. I really can’t explain it, but it was like, ‘We’re big-time now. We have our own mall.’” North […]

No records broken with recent rains

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Heavy rains closed several streets in the region on Wednesday night, including 14th Street near Dennis Chavez Lake in Clovis; the road has been under water for more than two days.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@pntonline.com Almost 70 percent of eastern New Mexico’s rain historically falls between May 1 and Sept. 30. But October can be surprisingly wet on occasion, as evidenced this week around the region. National Weather Service officials reported 4.08 inches of rain fell in Ranchvale on Wednesday, and many communities saw 3 […]

Rain closes roads around county

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A crew from the Clovis Public Works Department works Thursday on clearing 14th Street of flood water.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Wednesday night’s rain may not have set any Clovis records, but it’s been 73 years since the city saw so much moisture in an October night. The National Weather Service reported 3.5 inches fell at a weather station two miles northwest of Clovis on Wednesday. The record for Clovis in […]

Tucumcari woman trying to keep Rawhide memories rollin’

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Rawhide cast members Paul Brinegar and Clint Eastwood posed with fans for this photo behind the Tucumcari Hall Motel in 1959. Rosie Walker, who lives in Mission Texas, said she's not sure who took the photo but her family members include Edna Mae Smelley of Clovis, left, and Imogene Turpin, just to Brinegar's right. Both of Walker's aunts had traveled to Tucumcari in hopes of meeting 'Rawhide' cast members.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ — a Tucumcari woman is trying to keep those memories rollin’ about the time five episodes of the television show “Rawhide” were filmed at ranches near Tucumcari in 1959. Karen Alarcon, who works for radio stations KTNM and KQAY in Tucumcari, said she was talking about the […]

Drug court program celebrates 100th graduation

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Judge Donna Mowrer, right, laughs with Percy Herrera as she presents her with her Hartley coin for graduating from the drug program. The coin is in honor of former Judge Teddy Hartley, who spearheaded beginning the 9th Judicial District drug court program in 2006.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Participating in the 9th Judicial District drug court program is an “intense process” but one that is well worth it, according to numerous participants and graduates. There was no shortage of tears Wednesday afternoon as the main courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse played host to a full house […]

Port of entry relocation to cost $1.5 million

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The New Mexico Visitors Center near Texico has been closed since September 2014 due to staffing issues.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Taxpayers will spend about $1.5 million to relocate and transform the port of entry at Texico, according to Greg Fouratt, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Officials last month announced plans to move the port of entry to the former visitor’s center about two miles west […]

Clovis man sentenced to 40 years for shooting at police

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Officials said Eric Gutierrez opened the door briefly after firing five shots at police officers in December 2013, then quickly retreated. Officer Brian Wanzor said he did not fire his weapon because “It didn’t feel safe just shooting blind rounds ...”

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Clovis Patrol Officer Brian Wanzor remembers asking, politely, for the man he’d been told was “acting crazy” to please open the bedroom door and come out so they could talk. Eric Gutierrez’ response: five gunshots through the door. “Honestly, I don’t know how he didn’t hit me,” Wanzor said. No […]

Pastor blesses furry family members

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Valerie Dewbre of Clovis tries to follow along during the Blessing of the Animals event at Greene Acres Park, despite distractions from her Dachshund, Lexi. Valerie and her husband, Orinn, brought their five rescue dogs to the event.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Not that Bonita Knox needed a cue, but she got one from the skies all the same. “Well,” Knox said as the thunder boomed overhead at Greene Acres Park on Saturday, “I think we’d best get started.” Surrounding Knox in a covered seating area on the park’s west side […]

Kevin Mason remembered for love, good cheer

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Kevin Mason

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Sarrett Williams did not know Kevin Mason the first time he saw him with Williams’ sister, Tammy. But he did recognize the young airman. “I said, ‘That’s the guy I see dragging  Main all the time, smiling and dancing in the car.’ “He drove a little gray Mazda and I […]

Clovis man killed in Afghanistan crash

Kevin Mason

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Kevin Mason was on his way home. The Clovis man, one of five civilians killed in Thursday’s C-130J transport plane crash in eastern Afghanistan, left a wife, Tammy, and three children, said JoLynn Lusk, a family friend. “This was his last trip to go there. He was getting on the […]

Cyclists getting ready for Tour de Taco

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Carl Armstrong takes his bike for a spin in his neighborhood on Thursday afternoon. Armstrong said he plans to ride all 60 miles in the Tour de Taco on Saturday.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Europe may have the Tour de France, but eastern New Mexico has the Tour de Taco. The 60-mile round-trip tour begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Taco Box in Clovis, 136 W. 21st St. Taco Box Owner Tom Martin said cyclists can choose to go the distance to […]

Hall of fame inductee shares roping memories

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B.J. Pierce was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Roping calves is a lot like teaching middle school. If anyone can prove that, it’s B.J. Pierce. Pierce taught in Clovis schools for 36 years — 12 at Highland Elementary,  12 at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary and  12 at James Bickley Elementary — and had the honor of being inducted into […]

ENMU gearing up for homecoming game

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Eastern New Mexico University homecoming king and queen candidates Ed Alvarez, right, and Heather Kucinski, left, campaign by spreading the word in the Campus Union Ballroom on Wednesday.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and alumni are in the midst of celebrating their 81st annual homecoming and preparing for what will be the last homecoming football game at Blackwater Draw. “Homecoming is always special, but I know a lot of alumni that don’t generally come are going […]