HPJRA a family affair

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By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association charter is seven times the age of its youngest competitors. Needless to say, the many generations of contestants at Saturday’s rodeo performances proved you’re never too young — or too old — to appreciate the sport. In its 42 years of existence, the […]

Roping and wrangling

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Kyan Wilhite of Clovis takes part Friday afternoon in the 2016 High Plains Junior Rodeo Association’s boys 7-9 ribbon roping at the Curry County Events Center. Wilhite’s time in the event was 14.99.

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com A chance encounter with a rope and a bucket helped to craft a Clovis child’s love for all things rodeo. “One day I just found an old rope and started roping a tin can bucket,” said Kyan Wilhite, who is competing in the goat tying and ribbon roping events […]

‘Pokemon Go’ gives economy a boost

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Pokemon Go players gather at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Portales courthouse to battle the Pokemon Gym leaders and access the Pokestops at the county courthouse.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com As the app sensation “Pokemon Go” sweeps the nation, it appears to be benefiting local economy while giving local police officers a headache. The game uses GPS signal to allow people to virtually catch Pokemon — creatures from a Japanese television show that was also turned into a manga […]

Faith: Pastor saying good-bye to Texico’s First Baptist

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Rob Hollis, longtime pastor at First Baptist Church of Texico, is about to become Muleshoe High School’s assistant principal.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Leading a church is no different than leading a high school — just ask Rob Hollis. Hollis realized this quickly when he became pastor of First Baptist Church of Texico in June 2000 after serving for three years as the principal of Texico High School. “The two are very […]

Rodeo finals rolling

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Kyan Wilhite of Clovis takes part Thursday afternoon in High Plains Junior Rodeo Association boys 7-9 breakaway roping at the Curry County Event Center. Wilhite record a no time on this run.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A rodeo isn’t complete without cowboy hats, but in some cases sombreros are also acceptable. Thursday marked the second and third rodeo performances of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at the Curry County Events Center, which continue through Sunday. The Thursday morning events kicked off with a […]

Walk-around shows coming to county fair

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This year’s Curry County Fair will include many of the events that fair-goers enjoyed about last years’ festivities including the Mud Bog show, as well as some key additions.

Staff report Patriotism, competition, and animals from the outback are all things that can be expected from this year’s Curry County Fair, running August 16-20. This year’s fair will include many of the events that fair-goers enjoyed about last years’ festivities including the Mud Bog show, as well as some key additions. Speaking of the […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo finals set for this week

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The High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals begin Wednesday at the Curry County Events Center.

Staff report A summer Clovis tradition, as much as the June Custom Classic and Smoke on the Water fireworks, is a week away from its opening. The High Plains Junior Rodeo’s season will end this week, with rodeoing youth from across New Mexico and Texas descending on the Curry County Events Center. Clovis, whether via […]

Violence in Dallas

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Police Chaplain Furgus Tunnell of Clovis leads police and citizens in prayer Friday afternoon in front of the Clovis Police Department. The group came to pray for the protection of the police as a result of actions against the Dallas Police Department Thursday evening.

By Laura J. Nelson and Nigel Duara Los Angeles Times MESQUITE, Texas — The shooter, barricaded in a downtown Dallas parking garage, bantered with negotiators during an hours-long standoff. He did not seem nervous and said he was not afraid to die. He told the armed officers facing him that he had been preparing for […]

Faith: Ministerial alliance seeks unity

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From left, Parkland Baptist Church Pastor Roy Martin greets Lighthouse Mission Director Richard Gomez before the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance meeting begins, while Christian Believers Education Founder Sistar Yancy shares a laugh with them.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Twenty representatives of various Christian churches and nonprofit organizations in Clovis felt more unified than ever Thursday morning, but they wished it had been under different circumstances. They didn’t expect the unity would be because of two fatal shootings that occurred in the past week. As they settled in […]

Fourth at the park

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M.J. Willard of Clovis serves a volleyball as her family kills time Monday afternoon before the Smoke on the Water fireworks show at Greene Acres Park.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Greene Acres Park wasn’t as green on Monday, as its grass was overshadowed by a sea of red, white and blue. According to event organizers, Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water event drew spectators by the thousands. But the fireworks display was merely the explosive finale to the Fourth […]

Business feature: Official calls ruling ‘financial blow’ to farmers

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Matthew Lansford checks on cow and calf pairs on his family’s farm, Lansford Inc. Lansford is one of the local employers affected by the recent New Mexico Supreme Court ruling on workers’ compensation for farmers and ranchers.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Since 1937, New Mexico farmers and ranchers have been exempt from workers’ compensation — until now. In Rodriguez v. Brand West Dairy, the New Mexico Supreme Court Thursday ruled 4-1 that state farmers and ranchers must provide employees with coverage for workplace injuries. The decision overturned a nearly 80-year […]

Former parade float granted new purpose

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Gary Rhode of Clovis uses a staple gun to put a roof panel in place for a shed to be sold or raffled by Habitat For Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties. Rhode said he enjoyed building the exterior, and said a friend had already volunteered his time later to finish the roof with a shingle job.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A former parade float featured in Clovis’ Pioneer Days Parade last month is now being used to raise money for someone’s future home. Putting their construction skills to the test, Clovis locals gathered at 8th and Gidding streets on Saturday for the shed-building fundraiser held by Habitat for Humanity […]

Youth make sales at Clovis Farmers Market

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Joshua Dickens, 11, of Clovis shows off his merchandise to Pam Pew of Clovis Saturday at the Clovis Farmers Market. Dickens was a student at Camp Innovention, part of Clovis Community College’s Kids College. Dickens sold bugs encased in clear resin as paperweights and jewelry items.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Less than 48 hours from celebrating America’s independence, a handful of Clovis youth spent Saturday morning gaining their own financial independence. Saturday marked the first day of the 2016 Clovis Farmers Market, set for every Saturday from July through October in front of Goodwin Lake Walking Trails Park. But […]

Clovis garden makes debut

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The first harvest is ready to go at the Clovis Community Garden behind Plains Regional Medical Center. There will be rock painting, fresh salads, and fruit infused water available there 10 a.m to noon today.

By Ryan Galloway Staff Writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com As summer is hitting its stride, and many are looking for hobbies and activities to do during these warm days, the Clovis Community Garden is offering a day of activities to display the recently completed garden. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, community members can go out to the […]

Summit takes in depth look at water practices

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Eastern New Mexico Water Conservation Summit panel discussion members, from left, New Mexico State Engineer Tom Blaine, National Association of Conservation Districts President Elect Brent Van Dyke and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Area Manager Blake Glover field questions during the morning session at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Deemed by organizers as the launch point for future action on local water sustainability, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Water Conservation Summit offered an in depth look at present practices with an eye toward potential sourcing options. The day-long effort, comprised of guest presenters and a pair of panel discussions, […]

Students show off more than Lego skills

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Jaida Shannon, left, and Jackie Valverde show Jackie’s mother, Victoria Valverde, some of the robotics they built and the programming used to operate them.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Parkview Elementary students spent Wednesday morning producing a piece demonstration, showing parents and grandparents the power of plastic parts, problem-solving and positivity. A group of 32 fourth- and fifth-graders got to show off a month worth of effort building various devices with Lego robotics kits. The students, Principal Mandy […]

3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas

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Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in Panhandle, Texas, that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The fire was still burning several hours later. An NTSB team was dispatched to the scene.

By David Warren The Associated Press DALLAS — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same […]

Smooth sailing for Draggin’ Main

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Draggin’ Main organizers said the attendance for the third annual event eclipsed previous estimates of 8,000 to 10,000 visitors.

By Ryan Galloway Staff writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com This past Saturday, the Third Annual Draggin’ Main came to a finish. As crowds cleared, they left with an experience of nostalgia and fun. Starting the weekend was a drive-in showing of the movie “American Graffiti” on a large screen in Clovis High School’s parking lot Friday night. Though […]

Business feature: At least four new restaurant chains expected on Prince

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Jason Jones, left, and Nathan Kwedor of Glikas Enterprises cut a piece of lumber for assembly of the framed wall in the soon-to-be Buffalo Wild Wings and Chipotle building on Prince Street.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Prince Street will soon get the royal treatment on food options, with at least four restaurant chains expected to make their way to the area, according to Clovis’ Building Safety Director Pete Wilt. In addition to the Chipotle Mexican Grill and Buffalo Wild Wings still under way at the […]

Car enthusiasts show off their wheels

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This 1955 Chevy 2-Door was among the dozens of vehicles on display during Saturday’s Draggin’ Main car show at the Curry County Events Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Curry County Events Center parking lot served as the backdrop for dozens of car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts to display their wheels as part of Saturday’s Draggin’ Main festivities, which also included a pin-up contest that resulted in the crowning of Miss Draggin’ Main. Whether attendees fancied vehicles […]