In tribute: Law officer took ‘proactive approach’

Mickey Fenn

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor A young traffic cop named Roman Romero was sent to Mickey Fenn’s office one day for a talk about his attitude. Romero, just recently out of the Marines, brought with him a stone face, and his stoic attitude was often interpreted as a lack of empathy. Fenn’s solution: Enroll […]

Cannon open house draws community

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Joseph Williams, clinical medicine flight commander, finishes second on Saturday at the Cannon Air Force Base Open House 5K entitled “Run, Forrest, Run.”

By Anna George Staff Writer Civilians and military members came together on Saturday for live music, food, a car show and more as a part of the Cannon Air Force Base (CAFB) Open House. The event featured a fun run, local bands, food prepared by Cannon volunteers, a car show, static displays of the […]

Adventures in tax-free shopping


By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Friday kicked off New Mexico’s tax-free holiday weekend and sent a few shoppers out and about eastern New Mexico to grab school supplies and savings. Here are a few of their stories: • Deanna Finch, a North Plains Mall shopper, scored several items for her kids including shoes, shirts […]

In tribute: Longtime jurist ‘patient, thoughtful, open-minded’

Bill Bonem

By David Stevens Editor Retired Clovis police Det. Bart Bartosiewicz remembers the first time he encountered Bill Bonem, a young criminal defense attorney with a low-key, laid-back personality. “I thought, ‘We’re gonna walk all over this guy,’” Bartosiewicz said. “Then in that first case, he ate our lunch. And we said, ‘Hey. This guy […]

Deputy helps rescue pair from submerged car

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Two people were rescued from a submerged vehicle Saturday afternoon with the help of a Curry County deputy and a nearby farmer.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Thanks to the actions of a quick-thinking Curry County deputy and a nearby farmer, two people were rescued from a submerged vehicle Saturday afternoon. The incident happened around 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Juan Hernandez of Bovina called deputies and told them his parents, Humberto Hernandez, 73, and Guadalupe Hernandez, 66, […]

Cattle call: A look at the team roping finals

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Bryan Hughes herds cattle into a pen at the United States Team Roping Championship Southwest Regional Finals on Saturday. Hughes has worked with USTRC for one year.

By Jacob Sanchez Staff Writer The crack of a whip breaks through the humid air inside the Curry County Special Events Center as a man herds cattle to a pen. The man, Bryan Hughes, is a cattle specialist with the United States Team Roping Championships. Along with his whip, Hughes’ shouts of, “Hey! Hey! […]

Community invited to National Night Out

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National Night Out offers the Clovis Police Department a chance to interact with the community and show their various law enforcement gear and vehicles. This year’s event is set for  6 p.m. Tuesday at Greene Acres Park.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer Clovis police are inviting area residents to a “National Night Out” on Tuesday at Greene Acres Park. “We expect a lot of people to come out and have some fun,” Police Capt. Roman Romero said. “This is just to show that everyone is important in the community,” Romero said. […]

Program participants well-read

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Azriela Thom, 7, of Clovis, balances dice on a popsicle stick during the summer reading program wrap-up Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer The Clovis-Carver Public Library summer reading program involved 575 children who logged more than 3,000 hours of reading over the break, according to Youth Services librarian Krissie Carter. “I’m happy with it,” Carter said. “I’m happier more with attendance staying steady over the summer. They continued reading and that […]

La Casa Senior Center gets new van

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A 2015 Ford Starcraft Starlite E 350 was presented to La Casa Senior Center Wednesday. The vehicle seats 13 passengers.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Curry County handed over keys to a new van to the La Casa Senior Center crew Wednesday morning. A wreck last November totaled the center’s old one, when “an individual failed to yield and hit the van,” according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The 2015 Ford Starcraft Starlite E […]

Baskett retiring from Oasis

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Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Hank Baskett Jr. is retiring after 21 years 
with the children’s safehouse.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Hank Baskett Jr. sums up his time with the organization as “a blessing.” Baskett, 71, is retiring after 21 years with the children’s safehouse at a fundraising banquet scheduled Aug. 15 at the Clovis Civic Center. “It’s a good feeling,” Baskett said. “But […]

Ag center looking to future of farming

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Crop Physiologist Sangu Angadi is experimenting with alternative dryland farming crops such as guar, amaranth, quinoa, and sesame as potential drought-tolerant crops for farming in the area.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer The primary focus of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis is to “serve the people of the area first,” which means there is a lot of acreage devoted to conducting variety trials of sorghum, wheat, and corn, according to Superintendent Abdel Mesbah. While the trials […]

Border Town Days brings towns together

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People lined the side of U.S. 60/84 for the annual Border Town Days parade from Texico to Farwell, Texas.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Local lore holds that the annual Border Town Days is the only parade in the nation to cross state lines. While that’s not quite true — the Woodsville-Wells River Fourth of July Parade has been crossing the Connecticut River from Woodsville, New Hampshire to Wells, Vermont since 1981 — […]

Little league team had historic state run

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Members of the Clovis American senior division championship team in 1985 pictured are, back row, from left, Donald Garrison, Lance Richards, Danny Damron, Caslin Goose, Jerry Barnett, Russell Dial, David Jackson and Gary Sury; back row, from left, Cliff Elliott, Ted Lopez, Corbin Allen, Joel Jones, Thomas Sparks and Adolfo Garcia.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor Longtime youth baseball coach Craig Limmer doesn’t think there’s much difference between youth baseball when he started coaching and now. There’s still plenty of fun, most poeple are more willing to volunteer an opinion than their time and, “There’s a lot of character in the dugouts of this nation.” […]

Kids get a taste of dairy farms

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A mobile dairy presentation rolled through the Clovis-Carver Public Library Wednesday teaching kids about dairy farms.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer A mobile dairy classroom led by Cody Lightfoot and his instructional assistant Peach, a 7-year-old Holstein cow, pulled up to the Clovis-Carver Public Library Wednesday to teach local kids about the nutritional value of milk. As Lightfoot began his presentation, Peach interrupted him with a low grunt. “He’s moo’ing!” […]

Officials to meet about chickens

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Mary-Beth Bouchard’s pet chickens Henny and Penny crossed the road to visit with the community at the Ethnic Fair Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Bouchard is fighting seven counts of violating a city ordinance for having the chickens at her home. Bouchard’s trial is Aug. 18 at Municipal Court.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer A Clovis woman fighting City Hall after being accused of violating a city ordinance by having pet chickens is set to sit down with city officials for a discussion today. Mary-Beth Bouchard has been outspoken about her predicament over the past few weeks . She started an online petition […]

Power cut in Clovis

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A sign on the door at DC Tactical puts the brief but annoying power outage downtown Tuesday in perspective.

Staff report A power outage affected more than 466 residents and businesses for almost a half hour Tuesday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said crews were working on a broken line at First and Pile streets. The outage that started about 12:15 p.m. temporarily shut down several local business […]

County 4-H takes wins at conference

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Curry County 4-H members brought home two team wins in the Livestock Skillathon and the Meats Identification contest from the State 4-H Conference held last week in Las Cruces. Pictured from left: Chance Mitchell, Garrett Rutherford, Trey Runyan, Tucker Northcutt, Morgan Wade, and Koby Valentine. Not pictured: Madison Belcher.

Staff Report Curry County 4-H members made a goal to win at the state 4-H conference this year, and they did not leave disappointed. The meats identification team and the livestock skillathon team brought home two first place finishes after competing July 13-16 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. “They are beyond excited,” […]

Portales McDonald’s re-opens after makeover

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McDonald’s Swing Manager Jonathan Nelson works as the toppings expert Thursday at the Portales McDonald’s, checking all of the vegetables before placing them on the burger.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor For the last week, Portales residents have been asking if they are in the right place when entering the local McDonald’s restaurant on First Street. After having its doors closed for a week, the restaurant re-opened last week for customers to find a complete makeover with operations. “I enjoyed […]

Nostalgia rides on Main

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Klayton Nixon, 8, and Kaylee Nixon, 4, of Clovis, cruised around the Draggin’ Main car show in a tiny Ford Mustang Saturday at the Curry County Events Center.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Saturday was the one day of the year when burnouts, excessive honking, and street-rumbling stereos were not only acceptable, they were encouraged among the multitudes of cars parading up and down Main Street. When a Mazda RX-8 peeled out at the corner of Seventh and Main Street, creating smoke […]

Actor William Shatner stops in Tucumcari

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William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff report TUCUMCARI — Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series. […]