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 […]

Police: ‘Medical episode’ contributed to De Baca deputy’s death

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New Mexico State Police believe a “medical episode” contributed to the death of De Baca County Democratic candidate for sheriff, Deputy Mylessa Denny, pictured here with Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders, left.

Staff report New Mexico State Police believe a “medical episode” contributed to the death of De Baca County Democratic candidate for sheriff, Deputy Mylessa Denny. State police Sgt. Damyan Brown said the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator will conduct an autopsy, but preliminary indications are that Denny had a medical episode Tuesday evening. […]

Fire ravages Tucumcari hotel; no injuries reported


By Steve Hansen Staff writer An early morning lightning strike was being blamed for a fire Wednesday that destroyed the Tucumcari Hampton Inn. An estimated 20 to 30 guests were safely evacuated without injury in the blaze officials said started about 2:30 a.m. Tucumcari Fire Chief Larry Rigdon said the fire is believed to have […]

A new take on drive-through service

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A pickup truck crashed through the main entrance of Domino’s Pizza Tuesday morning before the restaurant’s lunch rush. No one in the building or the driver and three passengers were not hurt in the accident.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Dominos employees were in for a surprise Tuesday morning when a pickup truck crashed through the front doors of the building shortly before the lunch rush and came to a stop in front of the ordering counter. Susan Guidry, 54, of Clovis, was behind the wheel of the white […]

Cannon Community Center travels to Albuquerque Comic Expo

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mike Gruber, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron food apprentice, mulls over art by illustrator James O’Barr June 28, 2014 at the Albuquerque Comic Expo in Albuquerque. The Community Center at Cannon Air Force Base coordinated the trip to the expo.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Community Center at Cannon Air Force Base is more than the base’s home for opportunities to get creative, relax and meet with friends — it’s a gathering space for like-minded people. For one weekend, that space expanded all the way out to […]

Rain keeps lawn services, code compliance officers busy

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Jori’s Landscape Maintenance worker Jacob Hurt of Portales uses a weed trimmer at a Norris Street property. Lawn services and code compliance officers with the city have been hustling to catch up with increased growth due to recent rains.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Recent rain fall has lawn services and the City of Clovis playing catch up with the amount of growth the moisture has caused. Marcus Brice, chief code compliance officer for the city, said he has written more than 200 violation notices for weeds and still has 100 complaints that […]

From the editor’s desk: Happy 100th birthday, house


By David Stevens Editor Fidel and Teresa Perez are thinking about hosting a birthday party. Their house at 306 E. Ninth St. in Clovis, is 100 this year. Attorney J. S. Fitzhugh built the four-room home with a basement from concrete and wood after his original house on the same property was destroyed by fire […]

Airman killed in crash ID’d


The Cannon Air Force Base airman killed in a one-vehicle car wreck early Sunday has been identified as Andrew Padilla. A Clovis Police Department news release said Padilla, 22, was a passenger in a black Hyundai that crashed in a parking lot of 2400 E. Seventh St. The driver of the vehicle, also an airman, […]

Business feature: Housing sales down

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According to data from the Realtors Association of New Mexico, the number of housing units sold in Curry County in May during was down 25.6 percent from 2012. Realtors attribute the decrease in sales to less demand and tougher lending requirements.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Uncertainty has potential Clovis home buyers rethinking their options and looking into alternatives, according to industry officials. Curry County housing sales for May were down 25.6 percent compared to May 2012 and 37 percent compared to May 2013, according to data from the Realtors Association of New Mexico. Curry […]

Some neighbors unhappy about prospective club

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The Clovis Gentleman’s Club began taking applications at its Humphrey Road location Monday morning. Neighbors of the club worry about the noise and traffic the establishment may bring to their neighborhood.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Yadira Saenz said when she and her husband bought their home on Humphrey Road just east of Clovis’ city limits they thought they were moving to a quiet neighborhood. Saenz, who closed on the house in April, recently learned she lives next door to the future site of the […]

More rain could be on way

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Shataiah Simpson, 13, left, and Kanaya Long, 13, run through the flooded intersection at 7th Street and Rencher Street on their way back to a friends house during Monday afternoon’s down pour. Simpson and Long said they saw the rain and went to play in it when the streets became flooded.

Staff report As much as an inch of rain was recorded in Clovis from a 30-minute downpour Monday afternoon that temporarily flooded several streets. Another 15-minute squall about 8 p.m. added more to the total. And more may be on the way over the next two days. Accuweather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said storms north of […]

From the editor’s desk: Bird is a dirty word

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Clovis resident Sharon Fleury says she has been under attack for a week by what she’s been told are Mississippi kites.

Everybody laughed when Ritchie Petrie was continually attacked by a “giant woodpecker” on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in 1962. The best line came from the game warden who suggested Rob and Laura’s boy put on a pith helmet when he went outside to play. Sharon Fleury fails to see the humor. The Clovis woman […]

Ethnic fair gearing up

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The Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers of Albuquerque perform a weave dance at the 2013 Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair at Hillcrest Park.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Navajo dancers, Nigerian performers, Japanese customs and flamenco flair — the sights and sounds of cultures from around the world will gather in Clovis during the 23rd annual Ethnic Fair on Saturday at Hillcrest Park. “It’s an effort to better understand and appreciate the different cultures we have in […]

That’s ‘Greene’ with an e

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Things you might not know about places you probably do: • Origins for the names of many eastern New Mexico communities have been lost to time. The tiny Roosevelt County village of Elida is a good example. “Roosevelt County History and Heritage,” published in 1975, includes multiple pages about Elida’s earliest […]