Fight with officer captured on video

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The above photo shows a clip of Anthony Ortega rushing at officer Nicholas Laurenz during an April 11 incident, in which Laurenz was shot with his own gun.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Police body cameras failed to capture the shooting of a Portales police officer on April 11, but audio is heard of Officer Nicholas Laurenz and criminal suspect Anthony Ortega gasping and grunting as they fight one another. Video footage from three Portales police officers’ cameras was released Friday following […]

Locals unite for day of prayer

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
The Clovis High School choir performs the national anthem during the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard’s posting of the colors at this year’s National Day of Prayer event.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com No matter the religious background, citizens across the nation united on Thursday with one thing in common — prayer. The 65th annual National Day of Prayer brought individuals together for uplifting services and events throughout the country. On a local level, Clovis’ National Day of Prayer observance drew a […]

CHS’ Marshall took different path

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Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall 
displays 
trinkets from previous graduate’s classes. The display has nearly 30 years of 
collection between Clovis and Moriarty schools.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Unlike many of his colleagues, Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall took the long path in the field of education. That winding, high-rewarding road will come to a close June 30 with his retirement. “I was in the Air Force before I went to college and I was a […]

CCC enters the ‘Twilight Zone’

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Tyler McAlister, left, and Sandy Lyons act out a scene from “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” Monday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. The story is one of two for “Twilight Zone,” to be shown 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The stories Clovis Community College’s theater class will re-enact in “The Twilight Zone” this weekend will be unlikely. More unlikely, director Christy Mendoza said, is that the class is doing the presentation at all. The college’s eight-week theater class will put on a pair of stories from the famous […]

Twister season sends residents’ eyes to the skies

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Emergency Management Director Dan Heerding works Thursday afternoon in the Emergency Operation Center radio room.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Portales’ Elly Marez knew a storm was coming when she started home from Lubbock. She could see the dark clouds ahead well before the heavy rain and hail began that evening of March 23, 2007. “My daughter was driving, and probably 10 minutes before we got to Farwell, she could […]

Crowds come out for Cannon Appreciation Day

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Society of Creative Anachronism member Wayne Painter, also known as Hrothgar Thorenson, shows the Love family armor used for the SCA’s battles. From left is mother Tabitha, George, 6, Charlie, 8, and Mabel, 4.

By Anna George Correspondent Along with a raindrop or two, the people of Portales came out to show their thanks to the Cannon Air Force base community at the Fifth Annual Cannon Appreciation Day. The Portales Military Affairs Committee (PMAC) took four months and $6,000 to organize the event with mud volleyball, games, burgers and […]

Library celebrates International Tabletop Day

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Louise Kos, left, helps her granddaughter, Rori Spriggs, take her turn on a “Sesame Street” version of Chutes and Ladders during the International Tabletop Day event at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis-Carver Public Library, which frequently hosts board meetings of city, county and state entities, had a different type of board meeting Saturday. This one, better known as International Tabletop Day, went on for nine hours with a focus on friends, fun and face-to-face interaction via the board game. […]

Job fair attracts applicants from all over state

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Marshall Middle School Principal Jay Brady interviews a candidate during the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s administrative headquarters on Saturday. Officials said 10 attendees were extended letters of intent to hire during the event.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com When Maria Ybarra received a social media message from a friend imploring her to attend the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s headquarters on Saturday, she had no idea she would walk away from the event with a potential job offer. “I’m super, super happy,” said Ybarra, […]

Annual cancer relay set for Friday

Courtesy photo: Yolanda Hopkins
Relay for Life kicks off Friday night at Ned Houk Park with a fundraising goal of $100,000.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The 21st annual Clovis/Curry County Relay for Life has already collected about $21,000 in online donations, but that’s not even a quarter of the overall goal this year. The 2016 Relay for Life will take place Friday at 6 p.m. and continue into Saturday until 6 a.m. at Ned […]

Faith: Youth congregation ministers to community

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Davida Padilla, far left, and Jojo Padilla present bracelets to Leota and Brian West as part of the Kids for Christ Church outreach to cancer patients.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Visiting the elderly every week and ministering to cancer patients monthly are no easy tasks, no matter the age. But Kids for Christ Church members are always up for the challenge. Kids for Christ Church is the local youth congregation led by Dee Madrid, or “Sister Dee” — as […]

Archery program aims to sharpen minds

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Clovis Christian Schools fifth-grader Obed Blanco takes aim at the target during archery practice in the school’s gymnasium. The Eagles’ elementary archery team will compete at nationals in Louisville, Kentucky next month.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Focus and discipline are key elements that contribute to success in the classroom while the same can also be said with regard to athletic achievement. To that end, the Clovis Christian Schools archery team has managed to deploy bows and arrows with an eye toward helping students maximize academic […]

Clovis Senior Citizen Resident Center closing

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Senior Citizen Resident Center Health Service Aids Lari An Clark, left, and Lou Guerra prepare for the facility’s closing and begin the search for new jobs. The facility will close its doors June 1.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Just when they thought they were settled down to live out their retirement years, residents at the Clovis Senior Citizen Resident Center are looking for new homes. The nonprofit Christian-based community is shutting down on June 1, more than six decades after it opened. “We have sold the property […]

Cannon Appreciation Day slated for Saturday

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The Cannon Appreciation Day event starts Saturday at 3 p.m. near ENMU’s Tau Alpha fraternity house north of Greyhound Arena.

Staff report Saturday will see the return of Cannon Appreciation Day in Portales. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, the event is a day in which military personnel from Cannon Air Force Base can “relax with their friends and get to know Portales better,” and community members can “let them […]

No structures damaged, no injuries in Saturday fire

Courtesy photo: Dan Lindsey
Firefighters needed 45 minutes to put down a trash fire near the grain elevators at Mabry Drive and Prince Street  on Saturday night.

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 near the grain elevators close to downtown  was reported about 7:45 p.m. While the cause of the fire was not determined, Gershon […]

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

Courtesy photo: Pete Trujillo
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 […]