MainStreet program seeking volunteers


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Where have all the flowers gone? This is what several business owners in downtown Clovis want to know. A few years ago, Clovis MainStreet offered downtown businesses large, handmade pots to be filled with flowers. Purchased through a grant, the pots — about 30 total — were offered to […]

In tribute: Resident ‘grew up singing’

Johnathan Dawson

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Those who heard him sing say his voice was a gift; a gift he used to deliver messages of love, peace and ultimate salvation. It could be said that the “best place,” according to Johnathan Raydale Dawson, was reflected in his music. “He always said heaven was the best […]

Event geared toward car lovers


By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER What began as a casual conversation between two friends — the Draggin’ Main and Gearhead Gathering — has bloomed into a full blown event in which 200-plus people are expected to attend from as far as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to its organizers. Gene Porter, owner of the Glass Doctor […]

Fort Sumner’s town greeter a standard for us all


By David Stevens Editor When the fire alarm sounded, Tommy Mares Jr. would put down his Coke — he could often be found drinking a Coke and chatting with friends at Fort Sumner’s Addison Drug — and rush out into the street. “He was usually dressed in a reflective, orange vest,” said Juan Chavez, one […]

Lacing up the gloves

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Jesus Varela, 16, works on his defense during a “shadow boxing” drill Wednesday at Roy Walker Recreation Center. Varela is scheduled to for his fourth fight Saturday.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER The bell is set to go off Saturday afternoon at Roy Walker, with Nexstar Boxing stepping into the ring. About four or five fighters from Clovis will be part of a 21-fight exhibition Saturday afternoon at Roy Walker Recreation Center starting at 2 p.m. with estimates of three hours […]

Board approves new superintendent’s contract


Staff report Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education members approved the two-year contract Tuesday for new Superintendent Jody Balch. Balch said the contract will take effect July 1 and includes an annual salary of $145,000. Balch is a 16-year veteran of Clovis schools, having worked as Yucca Middle School principal for seven years, Clovis High […]

Cannon maintainers commended during DoD official’s visit to base

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs John Johns, deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for maintenance policy and programs, congratulated maintainers of the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group on their Secretary of Defense Field Level Maintenance Excellence Award during a June 12 tour of Cannon Air Force Base. “We showcased every […]

Q&A: Following in her sister’s footsteps

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Hannah Giles, Miss Southern New Mexico, will compete for Miss New Mexico on June 24.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer Hannah Giles, Miss Southern New Mexico and first-time pageant contestant, will compete for the Miss New Mexico crown next week. The event manager for the Clovis Civic Center has been living in the area for seven years. Her older sister also competed for the Miss New Mexico crown. The […]

Editor’s desk: A new definition for loud


By David Stevens Editor Children were not invited. “We’re worried about the effect of the noise caused by the sonic boom of participating jet aircraft,” explained 1st Lt. Curtis Rape, the information officer at Cannon Air Force Base 50 years ago this week. Adults were welcome to watch, he continued, but children might be upset […]

Plateau Wireless agrees to sell to AT&T (updated)


By Vanessa Kahin Staff Writer If all goes as planned, Plateau Telecommunications, Inc. will be out of the cellular phone business this fall. Plateau has signed an agreement to sell Plateau Wireless assets to AT&T, pending FCC approval, according to a news release from Plateau. The purchase includes Plateau Wireless’ cellular customers and related […]

Number of teachers leaving district hits record


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools hit a record this year for number of teachers leaving during one academic year. According to Kerry Parker, Executive Director of Human Resources for Clovis Municipal Schools, 120 teachers — or 23 percent of those who were teaching for CMS — have either resigned or retired […]

Spikeball showcase set for Saturday


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The Clovis Spikeball Showcase, set for Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park, is billed as an introductory event to show residents the  sport, which was actually invented in 1989 but experienced a resurgence early this decade. Harding Brumby and Darrian Whiting, two local Spikeball players, showed us some basics about […]

Happy anniversary, and thanks for sharing

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Quick: When is your parents’ wedding anniversary? What year were they married? What will you do to commemorate their 100th anniversary, even if it’s 74 years after death did them part? If you don’t know, you are not Maydelle Smith Meier. Meier, 86, reports her parents — Ben Peck Smith and […]

Annual Heritage Days Festival offers events for all ages

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Master Works plays gospel tunes Friday at City Park in Portales.

By Christina Calloway Whether it’s the sounds of bluegrass and country floating through the air, the smell of a grill firing up, the feeling of water splashing on your skin from a water balloon breaking on you — all the senses can be invigorated at the Roosevelt County Heritage Days Festival. The annual event […]

Mayor: Club not city’s battle


By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER Though a proposed “gentlemen’s club” would be located outside the Clovis city limits, several individuals attended Thursday’s City Commission meeting at Clovis-Carver Library to vent their frustrations about the club. Diana Duran approached the commissioners to inquire about how they feel about the possible gentlemen’s club, as well as […]

5 Things to know about … Being a lifeguard

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Christopher Shuster, a nine-year lifeguard veteran, keeps watch over children playing in the Potter Pool Thursday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER With summer in full swing, pools are filling up with children and adults alike looking to cool off and have fun. More bodies in the water means more work for area lifeguards as they keep a watchful eye for inexperienced or fatigued swimmers in need of assistance or rescue. […]

Williams commits to Texas A&M

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Danni Williams hopes to decide on a college by the end of the month.

Staff report A year from now, Danni Williams will trade her purple and black for white and maroon, and District 4-6A for the Southeastern Conference. Williams, a senior-to-be at Clovis, verbally committed Wednesday morning to join Texas A&M’s women’s basketball program for the 2015-16 season. She picked the Aggies, No. 4 in both the ESPN […]

From the editor’s desk: This won’t be a drag

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By David Stevens Editor Once upon a time — when $10 worth of gas would get you to school and back for a week, and to the big game on Friday night, with enough left in the tank for Dad to drive to the station and fill ’er up again — Clovis-area teenagers spent Saturday […]

Cannon celebrates Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage month

U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi
Jennifer Suan, a black belt at Force of One martial arts school, shows off her board breaking skills in the midst of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration. Suan participated in a Tae Kwon Do demonstration led by Air Force retiree Eric Suan, who received special thanks for his contributions to Cannon and the surrounding community.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs On a balmy day perfectly suited for an island-style cookout, airmen from Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community gathered to celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Master Sgt. Yvonne Santos, 43rd Intelligence Squadron first sergeant and event organizer, saw extensive […]

Fire official: Tire fire suspicious

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The aftermath of a fire Monday at York Tire on West Seventh Street. Fire investigators were still trying to determine what caused a blaze, Chief Ron Edwards said Tuesday. Edwards said the blaze started in tires stacked outside at the east side of the building.

Staff report Fire investigators were investigating the possibility of arson in a fire late Monday that damaged York Tire on West Seventh Street, Chief Ron Edwards said Tuesday. Capt. Allan Silvers of the department said Tuesday afternoon the official report has not been finalized, but the fire looked suspicious and is being investigated for the […]