Rubbish fire contained near Prince and Mabry

Firefighters needed 45 minutes to put down a trash fire near the grain elevators at Mabry Drive and Prince Street  on Saturday night. (Photo courtesy Dan Lindsey)

Staff report Clovis firefighters needed about 45 minutes to knock down a trash fire at Ross Street and Curry Avenue on Saturday night. Clovis Fire Department Battalion Chief Joel Gershon said the fire in a lot just west of the big elevators near Prince Street and Mabry Drive was reported about 7:45 p.m. Firefighters were still […]

Calf roping legacy keeps crowds coming

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Sheldon Fry of Wharton, Texas, chases down his calf during his run at the Clovis Ultimate Calf Roping Reunion on Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Fry’s time was 12.51 seconds.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Dismounting a horse at full speed while attempting to rope a calf might not sound like a typical mother-son bonding experience. But for Loretta Hieden and her son, Nicholas Collins, that’s exactly what it is. Hieden and Collins were two of the competitors in the second annual Clovis Ultimate […]

Habitat breaks ground on new home

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Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Executive Director Mike Gray lead the Marquez family of Clovis on a tour of their future home of Gidding Street. The home will be 1,350 square feet, with three bedrooms and two baths.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Locals gathered at a ceremony in Clovis Thursday morning to observe Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties break ground on its latest project, marking the start of a new home for a family of five. But the nonprofit is breaking ground in more ways than one this […]

Bodybuilders put on show

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Jason Priest strikes a pose during the bodybuilder portion of Saturday’s 2016 Cannon Classic at Marshall Middle School.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The spirit of competition, with an eye toward promoting health and wellness, took center stage during Saturday’s 2016 Cannon Classic at Marshall Middle School. The second edition of the event featured fitness competitors showcasing skills in four categories: women’s (bikini and figure divisions); men’s (physique and bodybuilder divisions). “It […]

Water leak in Portales troublesome

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According to Portales resident Pete Trujillo, this is what the street in front of his home on East Canadian looked like for at least two months before city crews cleaned it up Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales resident Pete Trujillo said he thought a miracle had occurred when he arrived home from work Thursday night to find the pond in front of his home gone after more than two months. “I was about to shout with joy and was about to build a shrine around […]

‘Don’t panic’ senator’s message on legislative session

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Sen. Stuart Ingle spoke at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon Thursday at the Yam Theatre. Ingle told attendees about some of the laws that came to fruition with this year’s legislative session.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Don’t panic, Sen. Stuart Ingle told area business leaders at the Thursday Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon at the Yam Theatre. While updating them on what happened in this year’s New Mexico legislative session, Stuart told those in attendance that yes, the state driver’s license law is […]

Pintores holds local artist showcase

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Chris Martinez, left, a new artist at the annual Spring Fling art show, explains her oil pastel piece to Pintores Art League President Amy Armenta.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com On top of being blind in one eye, Chris Martinez is color blind — yet that didn’t stop her from creating three colorful pieces of artwork for this year’s Pintores Art League Spring Fling. The annual art exhibition is being held at Clovis Community College this week and continues […]

Plane makes emergency landing near Tucumcari

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Law officers secure the scene of an emergency landing of a single-engine plane Wednesday on Interstate 40 west of Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun tgarcia@qcsunonline.com TUCUMCARI — Interstate-40 traffic was a bit more congested than usual on Wednesday morning. An Indiana couple landed their single-engine airplane on the median about 15 miles west of Tucumcari, after losing power. “This was the first landing without power for the both of us,” said Ronald Beyers. […]

Portales police officer shot

Jason Ford, left, and Anthony Ortega

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com A Portales police officer, shot while apprehending a criminal suspect, was being treated for a non-life threatening injury at a Lubbock hospital on Monday afternoon, officials said. Police said two individuals involved in the incident were being held on unrelated charges in the Roosevelt County jail. No charges had […]

Welcome to Hillcrest Bark

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Lauren Hickerson makes a new friend, rescue dog Charlie May, during the Bark for Life fundraiser Saturday at Hillcrest Park. The event raised about $5,000 for cancer research.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Volunteering in the community can bring out the best in people — and sometimes, even dogs. The fourth annual Bark for Life event held Saturday at Hillcrest Park brought together teams, individual participants and their dogs in an effort to raise money for the fight against cancer. The superhero-themed […]

Cleanup nets tons of trash

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Tech Sgt. Jeremy Robishaw, left, and Staff Sgt. Destini Yaden of Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Special Operations Squadron Medical Group pick up trash along Seventh Street during the Great American Cleanup on Saturday. There were 17 groups participating in the event who collected 461 bags of trash.

STAFF REPORT By the bag or by the ton, Clovis took out the trash on Saturday. A total of 17 groups participated in the Great American Cleanup, going throughout the city to find cans, bottles, wrappers or whatever else ended up on the ground over the last few months. When the four-hour pickup was finished […]

Authors gather at luncheon

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Patrice Caldwell of Eastern New Mexico University speaks during the 40th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon. The luncheon featured several guest speakers, including this year’s guest of honor, Victor Milan.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 40th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship attracted attendees both local and otherwise to its luncheon Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building Ballroom. This year’s lectureship, which is named after the renowned science fiction author who lived in Portales and taught at ENMU, saw several visiting authors, […]

Writers share tips at lectureship

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Jack Williamson Lectureship guest of honor Victor Milan talks about dinosaur characteristics Friday afternoon during a quiz he gave audience members and fellow lecturers about dinosaurs.

By Anna George Correspondent Those attending the 40th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship likely didn’t expect a quiz at the start of Friday’s afternoon discussion panels, especially one about dinosaurs. The lectureship held a series of workshops for three hours in the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Attendees learned from author and guest of […]

Grass fire burns about 1,900 acres

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Smoke from the grass fire Thursday along Roosevelt County Road A and State Line Road.

Staff report About 1,900 acres of grassland near the New Mexico-Texas border was taken out by a Thursday fire that required about a dozen entities and eight hours to control. Lt. Scott Watson of the Portales Fire Department, commander of the effort, said the blaze was called in about 10:15 a.m. and knocked out around […]

Faith: Gospel group to perform Friday night

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Paul’s Journey is set to perform Friday night at First Christian Church in Clovis. The southern gospel quartet is currently touring nationwide.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The award-winning gospel music group Paul’s Journey will perform in concert Friday night at First Christian Church of Clovis as part of their ongoing tour. The ministry, which originated in Houston, is comprised of four members who travel nationwide to perform inspirational, religious music. “I’ve known these guys for […]

One injured in Thursday accident

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Traffic was stalled Thursday morning after a truck crash left one man hospitalized in Lubbock.

Staff report A Thursday morning vehicle accident on U.S. 60 west of Clovis injured one  and forced traffic to be redirected for more than two hours. The accident occurred between Fort Sumner and Melrose. New Mexico State Police received a report of the accident about 2:30 a.m., according to Lt. Cleo Baker. Baker said the […]

Country singer Merle Haggard dies at 79

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Merle Haggard tips his hat to the audience during a February performance at the Saban Theater in Bevely Hills, California. Haggard died on Tuesday, his 79th birthday.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Legendary country singer Merle Haggard died Wednesday in his Northern California home on his 79th birthday. Haggard reportedly died due to health complications from pneumonia. With musical accomplishments spanning more than 60 years, Haggard’s career includes more than three dozen Number One country hits on the Billboard charts, music […]

CYFD looks to network with local agencies

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Children, Youth and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson outlines her department’s mission during a public engagement meeting Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Monique Jacobson said one of the biggest stumbling blocks to helping children in New Mexico is overcoming existing perspective. The state’s Children, Youth and Family Department secretary made that point and others during a 75-minute engagement meeting with various community entities Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Jacobson, the […]

Arrest made in connection with shootings

Arthur Ferro

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Two area men were shot early Tuesday morning, suffering “potentially life-threatening injuries,” and a Clovis man was booked into the Curry County jail on Tuesday night in connection with those shootings, officials said. A news release from Sheriff Wesley Waller said Chance Plummer, 29, of Portales, and Dennis Huggins, 48, […]

Unclear how many furloughed BNSF workers connected to area

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The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad recently announced 4,600 workers have been furloughed nationwide due to declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal.  Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks

Staff report Citing declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has furloughed about 4,600 employees nationwide, although it is not clear how many of those workers have Clovis-area connections. “We don’t release numbers as they relate to geographic areas,” said BNSF Director of Public Affairs Joe Sloan, whose […]