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 […]

Christian Believers, Central Baptist Church combined for back-to-school block party.

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Associate Pastor BJ Brooks, left, and Sistar Yancy go through
donated school supplies Thursday morning at Central Baptist Church.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com An end to summer fun, a time to get the best deal on school supplies and preparing to teach class — the phrase “back to school” means something different for children, parents and teachers. For members of Central Baptist Church and Christian Believers, back to school means showing more […]

What’s happening & Border Town Days kicks off Saturday

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Kristi Carson of Lubbock, far left, sits with members of the Farwell class of 1993 on a float in the 2013 Border Town Day Parade

Border Town Days kicks off Saturday The 48th annual Border Town Days event will kick off 9 a.m. Saturday with a bicycle contest. The big parade will follow at 10 a.m. starting on Griffin Street in Texico. There will be a BBQ immediately following the parade at the Farwell City Park. Border Town Days is […]

Clovis schools still have 66 positions to fill


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com With less than a month before the school year begins, Clovis Municipal Schools needs to fill about 66 positions; a number that includes teachers, coaches and support staff. The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday at the Administrative Building. It was the last meeting before the school […]

Mementos, volunteers sought for Lyceum Theater

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Clovis MainStreet began its first phase of renovations on the 94-year-old Lyceum Theater this June. Renovations include cleanup, window repairs, interior painting, and added lighting.

Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Once a performance space and a site for the silver screen, the 94-year-old Lyceum Theatre is at the center of an open call — not for actors, but for mementos, donations and volunteers. Despite its history and significance — the Lyceum once welcomed the likes of Gene Autry, Will Rogers and John […]

Questions raised about motel’s fire alarm system

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About 20 to 30 guests were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported in a Wednesday morning fire at Tucumcari's Hampton Inn.

Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The New Mexico Fire Marshal’s office is continuing its investigation into a blaze that destroyed Tucumcari’s Hampton Inn hotel July 16, as concerns voiced by some of the evacuated guests have raised questions about the motel’s fire alarm system. One of the owners of the Hampton Inn, Neil Patel, said alarm inspection […]

Data: City water usage down


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Plentiful rains have lowered the daily water usage in Clovis the past 2 1/2 months, according data from the city’s water provider. Lower than average temperatures have also helped the city conserve water, according to Brian Daly, EPCOR Water District Manager. Statistics provided by EPCOR show that Clovis used […]

Business feature: Pest control business booming

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Fly and mosquito populations in Clovis have grown in the wake of increased precipitation. Local pest control services are keeping busy spraying and laying traps for the crawling insects that have started to invade homes and businesses to escape flooding.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Local pest control services are dealing with an assortment of insects and small animals invading local homes, businesses, and agricultural areas as a result of recent rains. Lee Ann Davis, district supervisor for Southwestern Pest Control, said the pests this summer are those found in moist, humid conditions. “Field […]

Japanese dance performance debuts at ethnic fair


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com The cultural diversity at the 19th annual Ethnic Fair Saturday at Hillcrest Park was exemplified by Lyuba Johnson — a native of Ukraine who prompted the event’s traditional Japanese dance performance. Johnson, whose husband is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, performed Bon Odori — traditional dances from Japan […]

CHS linemen revel in drills at camp


By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — While the “skill” players are off trying to either score touchdowns or prevent them, linemen in events like Friday’s 7-on-7 competition at Eastern New Mexico University have a different mindset. Taking on 10 drills during the day, none involving a football, the linemen compete for team honors […]

Enthusiasts swap stories at airport fly-in


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Whether they flew in, drove in, or simply walked in, community members swapped stories about their planes and cars Saturday during the annual Clovis Municipal Airport Fly-In at the Clovis airport. Pilots few in and showed off their planes;  car enthusiasts brought unique, vintage vehicles. Joe Wood brought his […]

CMI’s new publisher familiar face

Robert Arrowsmith

Staff report Clovis Media Inc. has an old face as its new publisher. Robert Arrowsmith, 48, has returned to New Mexico to take over publisher duties for the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Arrowsmith, publisher at the Sidney (Montana) Herald since May 2013, previously was circulation director for Clovis Media Inc. […]

Volunteers driving force behind junior rodeo

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Marty Mathis of Amistad jumps over a rail while working the calf roping chute. Mathis, a rancher, said he has been volunteering for the High Plains Junior Rodeo for two years.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The face of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals is the contestants steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, but the rodeo would not run smoothly without the volunteers. One such volunteer has helped out at the rodeo for two years and it is a family affair. Marty Mathis, a […]

Ten years of helping cancer patients on the High Plains


By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Family and support are the words cancer survivor Barbara O’briant uses when she talks about the Plains Regional Cancer Center. “All in all, Clovis Cancer Center became a home away from home with the best family anyone can ask for,” O’briant said as she addressed the crowd at the center’s 10-year […]

Three killed in medical helicopter crash near Tucumcari


By Thomas Garcia STAFF WRITER tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Three people died Thursday morning when a Tristate Care Flight helicopter crashed into the side of a mesa and erupted in flames en route from Santa Fe to Tucumcari to pick up a patient. At 2:50 a.m., New Mexico State Police Dispatch in Tucumcari received a call from Tristate […]

Wife’s reaction to leaving Clovis shocking

Kitsana Dounglomchan

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Something unexpected happened last week. I got an assignment to New Delhi, India. It wasn’t entirely a surprise; I did apply for the position by clicking a button on the assignment management website, but I’ve clicked plenty of buttons on there before without anything happening. This wasn’t the biggest surprise […]

5 Things to know about: Bull riding


By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com To the average rodeo fan, there’s probably only one thing to know about bull riding: Don’t do it. For the riders at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals, there’s a little more to it. Here are five things to know about the sport: •. It’s difficult and dangerous. The […]

Highland Baptist collects school supplies for less fortunate in area

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Debbie Montoya, homeless shelter manager for Lighthouse Mission, inspects donated school supplies Thursday at the Lighthouse. The supplies are distributed to children in the area.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com He’s only been pastor of Highland Baptist Church for three months — but Kevin Welborn is already involved in the church’s years’ old tradition of helping local children in need get a solid start on the school year. For years, Highland Baptist has helped collect school supplies, and this […]

Renovations, staffing keeps school staff busy in summer

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Yucca Middle School is one of three schools in the Clovis Municipal School district in which science labs are being updated.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com There’s no slowing down for Clovis Municipal Schools during this year’s summer break. Work is being done at several schools to improve facilities for the upcoming school year in addition to updating technologies, campus cleanings, and the hiring of new staff and faculty. Superintendent Jody Balch said the school […]