Area’s pioneering spirit honored at breakfast

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Isabella Reyes, 5, asks for autographs from Miss Rodeo New Mexico Alexandria Tapia, right, of Santa Fe, and Miss Rodeo Montana Laramie Pursley of Chinook,

By Alisa Boswell It’s a job, a culture, a history. It’s rodeo. During the kickoff event for Pioneer Days on Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center, it was made clear that rodeo is a big part of the Southwest culture and the region’s heritage. Isabella Reyes was no less than idolizing the numerous […]

5 things to know about: The Pioneer Days Rodeo

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Bareback bronc rider Craig Wisehart of Kersey, Colorado, during last year’s Pioneer Days Rodeo.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER Whether it’s called by the sponsor name of the Ram Rodeo or the traditional name of Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo, this weekend is the staple of Pioneer Days. The three-day rodeo runs today through Sunday. Here are five things to look for: Plenty more: Rodeo organizer Jerry Fulgham said […]

Editor’s desk: NM elected female sheriff in 1966

Leroy and Doris McCarty were the law in Hidalgo County is 1967-68. (Courtesy photo)

By David Stevens Editor Mylessa Denny may be the first woman elected sheriff in New Mexico … in the 21st century. But a Hidalgo County woman was elected sheriff in 1966, and her daughter wants the world to remember. Denny won the Democratic primary this week in De Baca County and, unless a minority party […]

City receiving complaints about mosquitoes

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Staff report Ouch! Another result of recent rains — an invasion of mosquitoes that’s prompted a flood of calls for help to city hall. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said employees at city hall offices have received 10 to 15 calls per day complaining about the large amount of mosquitos in Curry County, which have […]

Summer school approach more interactive

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Sandia Elementary School’s reading teacher Deanna Cole speaks to a student Wednesday during recess.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Summer school for the Clovis school district kicked off Monday and is off to a good start, according to school officials. “Summer school is established to help with continued support for students who still need more help,” said summer school Principal Deborah Westbrook. “We have an opportunity to help […]

From the editor’s desk: Clovis can expect air service by mid-July

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Clovis can expect air service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport by mid-July, according to the chief executive officer of Boutique Air.

Clovis can still expect air service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport by mid-July, the chief executive officer of Boutique Air said on Wednesday. Shawn Simpson declined to provide a specific date when service will begin but said he expects Boutique to offer 18 round trips per week from Clovis beginning next month. The Department of […]

Baca, Spear garner Curry County Commission seats

Angelina Baca and Chet Spear

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER Two Curry County Commission seats were decided in Tuesday’s primary election, with Angelina Baca and Chet Spear winning by large margins. Baca, a Democrat, was voted District 1 commissioner; beating contender Edwin Perales. She faces no Republican opposition in the November general election. Baca received 121 votes, or 66 […]

All six contested primary races won decisively


Staff report Anybody expecting a close race in Curry County’s primary election received quite a disappointment Tuesday night. Of the six contested primary races, all but one winning candidate garnered at least 65 percent of the vote. In five of those six races, there is no candidate from the opposing party in the Nov. 4 […]

Military feature: The art of storytelling — Public Affairs specialists

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U.S Air Force Senior Airman Eboni Reece, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, captures images of aircraft taking off on the flightline Jan. 16 at Cannon Air Force Base. Reece, originally trained as a still photographer, has captured thousands of images during her tenure at Cannon.

By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Photography has been my first love ever since I was 15 years old and got my hands on my father’s manual SLR camera. Many years later, I still find myself fascinated and consumed by the world of “writing with light,” telling an entire story […]

Business feature: Barber defines career on razor’s edge

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Ariel Garcia, owner of The Razor Barber Lounge, cuts the hair of Gabriel Sosa Monday afternoon at the Prince Street shop. Garcia won first place in the Duplicate category of the National Barber Competition in Albuquerque.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer The fine line between hairstylist and barber and winning an award and going home empty-handed can be drawn with the slight twist of a razor. Ariel Garcia, owner of the Razor Barber Lounge, has defined his career on this fine line. “I want the shop to be known for […]

From the editor’s desk: At least one woman sheriff in New Mexico history

Linnie Thomas was Curry County sheriff from April 11, 1938, until Jan. 1, 1939.

Jack Levick, executive director of the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, says his research has found no woman has ever been elected sheriff in the state. That could change this year with females in De Baca and Taos counties on Democratic ballots today. But New Mexico has had at least one woman sheriff in its history. […]

One hurt in blaze

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Firefighters battle a blaze that erupted Monday afternoon on the 2500 block of Wallace Street.

Staff report The Clovis Fire Department responded to a house fire Monday afternoon on the 2500 block of Wallace Street. Battalion Chief Dale Hand said the cause of the fire — which began in the living room of the home, towards the front of the house — is still under investigation. No other homes were […]

Long love affair

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Aircraft mechanic and inventor Robert Love explains the work that he is doing on a 1947 Stinson airplane at the Portales Municipal Airport. Love will be putting in the engine and the interior of plane.

After living 80 years, local aircraft mechanic and church deacon Robert Love hasn’t stopped doing what he loves. The former Air Force mechanic and inventor owns and operates an aircraft maintenance company called Love Aero Service, which he established in 1963 after moving to the area with his wife Lu. Love has made a lasting […]

Student searching for members of Japanese colony from Clovis

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The Ebihara family lived in Clovis from the early 1920s until their forced removal in 1941. The family eventually moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Dr. Roy Ebihara still lives today.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer Several generations after World War II and the forced removal of the members of the Japanese colony from Clovis, many have never heard the stories of the men, women and children who once called eastern New Mexico their home. That is all about to change. Clovis native Adrian Chavez has […]

Stanfield song still touching hearts

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Clovis native Jana Stanfield said "If I Had Only Known" was inspired by an aunt and her grandparents.

“If I had only known “It was my last night by your side “I’d pray a miracle would stop the dawn.” — from “If I Had Only Known,” by Jana Stanfield and Craig Morris Some associate the song with Reba McEntire’s band members killed in a 1991 plane crash near San Diego. McEntire sang it […]

City of Portales trying to find flooding fix

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Hayes Street in Portales remained flooded two days after Monday’s storm. The city’s Planning Department is trying to assess why the flooding has become severe in the past few years.

By Christina Calloway Residents of one Portales neighborhood call flooding on their street a nuisance, others aren’t complaining much. The city’s Planning Department, however, is trying to figure out what’s causing the lack of drainage. Residents of Hayes Street say the water from a heavy downpour, such as Monday’s storm, which produced more than […]

Fiesta helps bring former member back to church

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Erik Galvan shares his tamale dinner with his son, Thomas, 3, during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta kickoff dinner and talent show Friday evening in Clovis.

By Vanessa Kahin The 2014 Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta, which kicked off Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, marked a return home after a 20-year hiatus for one Clovis family. It was that long ago when musician and active member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe church Toni Martinez died. Following […]

5 things to know about: Graphic designers

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CCC publications and website coordinator Scott Knauer adjusts a design for a promotional booklet.

By Josh Lucero STAFF WRITER Behind every poster, brochure, logo and sign is a graphic designer who helped make someone’s vision become a reality. Graphic designers use the tools and skills available to them to complete a variety of projects that aid in marketing, communication, and the functionality of various endeavors. Graphic designers from […]

Food bank director says donations down


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Food has been more scarce than it should be for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to executive director MelindaJoy Pattison. Pattison said donations to the local post office food drive totaled 6,000 pounds this year compared to 13,000 pounds in the 2013 drive. “The need for […]

Fiesta church’s biggest fundraiser

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Rey “Alley Oop” Romero of Clovis, a member of Enchanted Memories Car Club, wipes the dust from his 1948 Fleetmaster Coupe during last year’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiesta.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer The Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta this weekend will fulfill a tradition — in more ways than one. This is the first year that event chairwoman Angie Garcia will coordinate the event, set to begin Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. However, this is not the first […]