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By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com On the heels of retiring from the U.S. Air Force this past April, Demarcus J. Anthony is embarking upon a new chapter in his life — and it’s one that includes efforts to mold and shape young lives. The Clovis Freshman Academy history teacher received a Master of Education […]

Heifers, lambs shown at fair

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Fair Sweetheart Kynadee Pharis, left, and fair Queen Chesney Carter, present Paxton Culpepper, 9, a Portales fourth-grader, with the first place ribbon dairy breeder class one. Culpepper went on to one the reserve grand champion overall.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Hours of work and practice along with family support has paid off according to winners of the Roosevelt County Fair Lamb and Dairy Heifer shows. Roosevelt County bred market lamb, finewool and blackface were among the five categories shown at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening during the lamb show. Seven […]

Faith: Torch officially passed to new pastor

Robert Grimes Jr.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com It’s been four months since the death of Bishop Charles Green, longtime pastor of Clovis’ First Church of God in Christ. The arrival of a new pastor — just two months before Green’s passing — is what church members are calling “crucial.” “Bishop Green was 85 years old,” said […]

Resident: Movie was ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’

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Mary-Lou McAnulla of Clovis poses Thursday afternoon in the outfit she wore as an extra in the movie “Hell Or High Water.” Clovis’ Western Bank became Texas Midlands Bank for the movie.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis resident Mary-Lou McAnulla witnessed a bank robbery, and she couldn’t be more excited. McAnulla had a minor role in a major movie, “Hell or High Water,” starring actors Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. The film, released Aug. 12 in select theaters, reached full release today. The […]

Tour showcases area ag producers

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Kenneth Davis, a third-generation farmer of Davis Farms, points out the different types of grapes in his vineyard as he talks to a tour group on Wednesday. The Ag True Tour in Clovis was hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is all too familiar with New Mexico farms. But a tour of a Clovis dairy on Wednesday hit him differently than ever before. “I had a very interesting experience there at the dairy,” Woods said about Mid-Frisian Dairy in Clovis. “I’ve been around a lot […]

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 dclark@cnjonline.com 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 bfinch@cnjonline.com 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 bfinch@cnjonline.com 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 dclark@cnjonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 bfinch@cnjonline.com 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 bfinch@cnjonline.com 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 dclark@cnjonline.com 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 bfinch@cnjonline.com 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 dclark@cnjonline.com 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 dnorton@pntonline.com 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 dclark@cnjonline.com 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 dclark@cnjonline.com 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 […]