Rainfall raising lake levels

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Two fishermen leave one of the north docks Friday afternoon at Conchas Lake. Recent rainfall has submerged one of the two boat ramps at the north dock region.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Area lakes continue to benefit from increased summer rainfall, which has raised some water levels to their highest point in a decade. Currently, Conchas Lake is at 4,180 feet above sea level,  four feet higher than the 4,176-foot elevation recorded on July 26, according to Michael Vollmer, natural resource […]

National Night Out gearing up

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A New Mexico State Police helicopter lands at National Night out last year at Greene Acres Park.

Staff report The Clovis Police Department is preparing to participate in the 31st annual National Night Out drug and crime prevention program event scheduled for Tuesday evening. CPD’s Sgt. Daron Roach said the event will be the seventh year the police department has participated in the nationwide event. Roach said the 31st National Night Out […]

Customers review new air service

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Guests at the Clovis Airport Fly-in & Car Show wait to look inside Boutique Air’s Pilatus PC-12 passenger airplane at the July 9 event. The plane seats nine passengers and makes 18 round-trip flights per week from Clovis to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Smooth flights and personable staff are part of the experience with Boutique Air’s air service, according to Shelly Burger, court manager at the Curry County Courthouse. Boutique Air’s passenger flights have been in operation out of Clovis Municipal Airport since July 15 under the Department of Transportation’s Essential Air […]

Has anybody seen my proportion wheel?

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor The first time I heard the question, I didn’t know the answer. After I started learning the answer, the answer started changing. And it’s still changing. What is news? My college journalism instructors 35 years ago generally defined news as unusual events that impacted the lives of most of our audience. […]

Days are loaded


By Lillian Bow lbowe@pntonline.com A busy August kicks off this weekend, with both Stuff the Bus and the state’s tax-free weekend signaling a return to class. But there’s fun to be had as well. The Stuff the Bus campaign, a United Way of Eastern New Mexico effort at both the Portales and Clovis Wal-Mart locations, […]

5 things to know about: Showing livestock

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Kansas Huysman, 16, right, and her sister Kyan Huysman, 10, walk their cows in their pen Thursday afternoon at the Clovis Municipal Schools Ag Farm. The Huysman sisters said they have been showing animals for more than nine years.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com It’s almost time for the fair and local youths and their families are getting their animals ready for show. Show participants spend their summer caring for and preparing their animals for judging at county and state fairs. 4-H and Future Farmers of America members along with Janelle Duffey, the […]

Church lunch celebrates educators

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From left, Anne Linville, Pat Moody, and Euealle Webb look through a planning guide in preparation for the annual teacher appreciation luncheon held at Central Baptist Church.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com It’s school lunch with a twist — a way to honor, thank, and “send off” the educators who are just days away from the challenge of teaching Clovis’ youth. The annual teacher appreciation luncheon — which is open not only to Clovis teachers, but also to school support staff, […]

Ranchvale top New Mexico recycler

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Ranchvale Elementary Principal Renee Mestas said the elementary has plans to participate in more recycling programs during the 2014-15 school year.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com Students and teachers at Ranchvale Elementary School have found a way to recycle their lunches, or more specifically, their lunch containers. Ranchvale was named the number one recycler of lunch kits — lunch kits including Lunchables and similar pre-packaged lunch products — in New Mexico by Trenton, New Jersey-based […]

Pages past — July 31

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On this date … 1964: Howard Ong of the China Inn Cafe, located at First and Prince streets, reported someone broke into the building through a restroom window and stole several cans of soup. Witnesses reported seeing a man in the area coming from the railroad yards. 1959: Our Lady of Guadalupe church members were […]

Hounds picked third in LSC preseason poll

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Staff report Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn is quite sure opponents will not be taking is team lightly this season. If he needed further proof, he got it Tuesday when Lone Star Conference media, coaches and sports information directors picked the Greyhounds third in this year’s preseason poll. “Quite honestly I was […]

Rain soaks area


Staff report Clovis and Portales received nearly one inch of rain each during Tuesday morning’s thunderstorms. Although scattered flooding was reported in Portales, city officials in Clovis reported only standing water from the steady rain that began about 8 p.m. Monday and continued through early afternoon Tuesday. De Baca County officials, however, were forced to […]

Rescue official: Injured pug receives eye surgery

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Clovis, a pug found Tuesday July 22 in Clovis, rests after receiving eye surgery in Colorado Sunday. Lindsay Campbell, vice president of Colorado Pug Rescue, said Clovis is expected to make a full recovery in one to two months.

Staff report A pug found suffering from chemical burns in Clovis has received eye surgery, according to Lindsay Campbell, vice president of Colorado Pug Rescue. Campbell said that the Colorado Rescue received the 2-year-old pug Saturday and had to take it in for emergency surgery Sunday after ulcers in the dog’s eyes ruptured. Campbell said […]

Business feature: Survey seeks business environment info

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The Clovis Industrial Development Corporation will be conducting a survey of 40 local businesses in conjunction with CMM Enterprises as part of its Business Retention and Expansion Strategies Program. The survey is intended to identify and address the needs of Clovis businesses.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com A survey being conducted by the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation aims to retain and aid local businesses. The survey is part of the CIDC’s Business Retention and Expansion Strategies Program to determine the needs of local businesses. Gene Hendrick, an economic development specialist with CIDC, said the survey, which […]

More hungry, fewer donations contribute to empty shelves

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Mida Cadene, inventory and receiving clerk at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, prepares canned food to be checked for expiration dates before distribution last Tuesday morning. A rise in demand and a shortage of donations has lead to empty shelves in the food bank’s warehouse.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com A rise in the number of hungry families and a lack of donations have contributed to the empty shelves at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to Interim Executive Director Daniel Blea. Blea said, “It’s a mixture of both. The big thing we need is donations, whether […]

I’m so Clovis …

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Editor’s note: Picking on a recent popular Facebook meme, we asked readers to reply to “I’m so Clovis…” and to send along any old photos. Here are their responses. Ethel Mae Byrd-Perkins: I’m so Clovis I remember Roden-Smith and Woolworth on Main Street…or is that old! Christy Corn:  I’m so Clovis I remember going to […]

Border Town Days draws old faces and new


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com “Coming back to our roots” — this his how Jennifer Robinson of Farwell described attending the Border Town Days celebration Saturday. “We come out here every year,” said Robinson, who recalled attending the event as a child. She brought her own children to this year’s event — 2-year-old Elijah […]

Dog found suffering from chemical burns

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Frank, a pug found Tuesday night, suffered chemical burns to his head, eyes, neck, and right ear. Rescuers are sending Frank to a pug specific rescue center in Denver, Colorado, where he will undergo surgery before being given to foster parents.

Staff report A dog suffering from chemical burns was found wandering the streets of Clovis Tuesday evening, according to Cindy Clayton of Cindy’s Hope for Precious Paws Animal Rescue. The 2-year-old pug was discovered near the Prince Street overpass and was brought to Precious Paws on Wednesday evening, Clayton said. The dog, which Clayton named […]

Volunteers sought for ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign

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Families with the Cannon Air Force Base Spouse’s Club build boxes for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign scheduled for Saturday.

By Josh Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com United Way of Eastern New Mexico is gearing up for its annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign and needs volunteers in Clovis and Portales. Patricia Bazar, 2-1-1 coordinator for United Way of Eastern New Mexico, said the campaign only has six volunteers signed up, with three in Portales and three […]

80 years, immortality and snake dancing

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Eight things you might not know about Eastern New Mexico University, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year. • Actor-musician Ronny Cox — the ill-fated dueling banjo player in “Deliverance” — may be Eastern’s most famous graduate. He finished up in 1963 with a double major in theater and speech correction. […]

5 things to know about: Being a pilot

Staff photos: Joshua Lucero
Trevor Bridges flies over Clovis July 2 for aerial views of flooding in the city. Bridges has been a pilot for two years and has accumulated 400 hours of flight time.

Flight plans, pre-flight checks, and talking to aircraft control are just a few of the things a pilot has to do before ever taking their plane off the ground. Pilots use the training and skills they’ve learned to ensure safe and secure flights for themselves, passengers, cargo, and other aircraft. Local pilots Trevor Bridges and […]