Mesa Theater undergoing transformation

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Since the Mesa Theater was built more than 90 years ago, it has been re-imagined and renovated several times as a movie theater, recording studio, radio station and concert space.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Since the Mesa Theater was built more than 90 years ago, it has been re-imagined and renovated several times as a movie theater, recording studio, radio station and concert space. Now, 55 years after Norman Petty turned it into the world-class recording studio it’s best remembered as today, it […]

Community chips in for wounded warrior

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A family photo of the Smiths.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com In 2011, Dale Smith was a 28 year-old platoon sergeant in the Army, deployed in Afghanistan. He had a wife and two young children back home waiting for his return. He was doing a routine patrol when shots rang out. His platoon was ambushed. He saw a member of […]

Hillcrest Park Zoo heating up

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Sooner the tiger, shown smashing a pinata for a birthday celebration, is one of the top attractions at the Hillcrest Park Zoo.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. Now that the weather is heating up, so is the activity of the animals at Hillcrest Park Zoo in Clovis. Reason to go The state’s second-largest zoo is home to more than 100 species of mammals, […]

Home show flaunts local vendors

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Abhy, a Pekingese-mix owned by High Plains Humane Society Media and Public Relations Director Gaye Cooke, shows off a handcrafted dog house up for raffle at the Clovis Home and Garden Show. Proceeds from this dog house, and three others up for auction, will benefit a low cost spay and neuter program. The raffle and silent auctions end at the Home and Garden Show today at 3 p.m.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Warm weather and sunny skies attracted spring-ready area residents to the Clovis Home and Garden Show Saturday. Show co-chair Todd Farrell said organizers expect to see more than 3,000 people attend the show over the weekend. “We did this so mom-and-pop stores have a place to show their goods,” […]

Local takes reins at events center

Joelle Reed

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Tomorrow is the first day on the job for Clovis resident Joelle Reed as the general manager of the Curry County Events Center. Global Spectrum Regional Vice President Rick Hontz said when its were seeking candidates for the position, the goal was to find someone local and show them […]

Q&A: CCC president talks education issues

Becky Rowley

Clovis Community College President Becky Rowley discussed several issues as part of a periodic series checking up on the general state of higher education in New Mexico. Question: Now that this year’s 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature has adjourned, what do you see as the most immediate concerns for higher education in the […]

Individuals, businesses honored

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Workhorse of the Year award winner Megan Hamilton, left, talks with Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong as they prepare to have their photo taken by Hamilton’s husband Bobby Hamilton, right, Friday night during the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the YAM theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Honored and surprised were a couple of the words that came to mind for Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong Friday night during the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Birdsong, Eastern New Mexico University’s Vice President of University Relations and Enrollment, said her heart […]

Jamboree provides annual excitement to Floyd

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Portales native Will Banister sings “Cold, Cold Heart” during the opening night of the Floyd Jamboree. Banister has put out two albums and has toured across Europe.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com FLOYD — There was no denying the usual air of excitement Thursday night during the opening night of the annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree. The new addition of a dinner hour before the show gave long-time attendees a chance to catch up with old friends and reminisce about their […]

Airport water upgrade close

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The Clovis Municipal Airport is just weeks away from completion on a project that will provide fresh water and add fire hydrants to the facility.

  By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Clovis Municipal Airport is just weeks away from completion on a project that will provide fresh water and add fire hydrants to the facility. Construction began in February to address problems with stagnant water in the dead-end pipes. “The way the water system was laid out we […]

Floyd Jamboree turns 65

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The annual Floyd Jamboree is scheduled Thursday through Saturday with area residents enjoying old country tunes played by the young and old.

  By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com This year marks a special anniversary in Roosevelt County — it’s been 65 years since the annual fundraiser Floyd Lions Club Jamboree began. “It’s like an institution around here. Sixty-five years is a pretty good longevity,” said Master of Ceremonies Dave Nash. “If there’s anything longer than that, […]

County employees take top honors in Great American Cleanup

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Norma Delarosa accepts the Great American Cleanup’s first-place award on behalf of the Curry County team Saturday afternoon at Clovis’ Parks and Recreation Department after the team collected 147 bags of trash. The event included 23 teams and more than 300 people with the top three teams collecting 323 bags of trash from around the city.

  By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Curry County took top honors in the city of Clovis’ Great American Cleanup, with more than 50 dozen bags of trash cleared from various places throughout the city limits. The team of county employees compiled 147 bags, topping both the Cannon Air Force Base 551st Special Operations Squadron […]

Plenty to do at Oasis State Park

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More than 80 species of birds call Oasis State Park home.

  Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. There’s plenty to do at Oasis State Park now that warm weather is here, starting with a spring trout fishing derby next weekend, Saturday and March 29. Reason to go The park is a true […]

Breaking horses his living

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Tripp Townsend of Earth, on board Dallas Fort Worthy, shows what the horse can do at Friday’s afternoon Ranch Horse Competition & Demonstration at the Curry County Events Center. Townsend took first place in the competition.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Tripp Townsend grew up on a ranch, riding horseback and managing livestock in Earth and later on the Blackwater Ranch east of Portales. His dad urged him to do something else with his life and get a different job, but ranching is just in his blood. “It’s just all […]

Crowds expected for Great American Cleanup

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Johnvic Remo collects garbage with his father Dean during one of the annual Great American Cleanup events in Clovis.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Officials say to expect hundreds of community members Saturday for the Great American Cleanup, a day of volunteering and competition to see who can pick up the most trash around town. Teams can register now or just show up at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Clovis Parks and Recreation […]

Clovis school dance teams show off routines

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Clovis High School Wildcadettes led off the 2015 “A Night of Spectacular Dance” Monday night at the Rock with a high kicking military routine titled “Red Claw.”

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools dance teams showed off their award winning routines at the Night of Spectacular Dance Monday at the high school gymnasium. The bleachers were packed to watch the Clovis High School Wildcadettes, the Clovis High Freshman Wildcadettes, the Marshall Kitten Sparklettes, the Gattis Bear Essentials and the […]

Unique vehicle gives suspect away

Stephen Baker

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Instead of being the getaway car, a pink 1961 Ford Falcon became the giveaway that led Clovis police officers to the man responsible for setting two businesses ablaze and robbing another in February, officials said. Stephen M. Baker, 19, of Clovis, used his Falcon as a getaway vehicle around […]

Open government should be more than just talk

Gregory P. Williams

Elected officials and candidates love to proclaim themselves “pro-open government.” That’s a little like being “pro-education” or “pro-family.” The sentiment is nice, and sounds great in a speech, but can mean little in reality. This is Sunshine Week. This national initiative is designed to bring better awareness to the importance of open government. Here at […]

Locals helping combat unwanted animal problem

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On March 7, Shooke Unleashed Animal Rescue transported 77 unwanted dogs and cats from animal shelters and community surrenders in Clovis and Portales to animal rescue organizations in Colorado, where the demand for rescued pets is higher. Founder Summer Hooke said two service members from Cannon Air Force Base volunteered their time to make the drive.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis has an unwanted animal problem. The numbers speak for themselves: Since 2010, the Clovis Animal Shelter has euthanized more than 1,500 unwanted cats and dogs every year. To combat the problem, several local citizens are coming up with creative solutions to find homes for these pets and reduce […]

Museum tribute to railroad history

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A dorm room for train pilots is recreated at the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum. Museum owner Phillip Williams said he took the model uniform to be cleaned, and found assignment tickets in the pocket that he ended up framing and posting in the room.

The Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum is a tribute to Clovis’ strong ties to the railroad industry for more than a century. Reason to go Learn about the history of the railroad in Clovis or just rediscover the fun of model railroads. The depot has been restored to the same condition it was in […]

Torres found guilty

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Noe Torres is led away by Curry County deputies after the verdict. He was sentenced to at least 61-and-a-half years in state prison Thursday.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Jurors took about 90 minutes Friday to find Noe Torres guilty of the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Torres, 36, showed no emotion as District Court Chief Judge Drew Tatum read the verdict — guilty on all seven counts stemming from the 2005 shooting of Carlos as he […]