Furr’s closes its doors

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Furr’s Cafeteria closed its doors over the weekend after 44 years of service.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The Clovis Furr’s Cafeteria has posted a notice on its door notifying the public that its doors are closed for good after 44 years of service. “We most sincerely appreciate your patronage and the many friendships developed over the years,” the sign read. Furr’s Cafeteria and Pie Kitchen opened […]

Despite hail, weekend weather welcomed

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(Above) One of the  region’s severe storms 
carried a livestock trailer, weighing a ton, several hundred yards Saturday night at the Campbell farm north of Ned Houk Park on N.M. 209.

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com As long as it includes moisture, area farmers said they can take whatever Mother Nature doles out. That’s good, because she was busy this weekend, keeping area residents on their ties with downpours, hail and even a smattering of tornadoes. One Clovis farm family was hit particularly hard during […]

Storm takes farmer’s roof


By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Saturday night’s storm tore the roof off of a Curry County farmer’s home and killed at least two calves. Dean Campbell, 64, said the storm hit sometime after 8 p.m. He said he and his family went to the center hallway of the home as it was being pelted by […]

Tornadoes touch down briefly

A shot of the sky submitted by reader Nikki Payne of Clovis.

Staff report Weather officials and Curry County law enforcement reported two tornadoes “momentarily” touched down in Curry County early Friday evening. No major damage or injuries were reported. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of tornado touchdowns at U.S. 60-84 and Curry Road O and in the Pleasant Hill […]

Returning to the homestead

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Pioneer Days parade Grand Marshall Roy Ebihara waves to the crowd and members of the grandstand.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com “Welcome Back to the Homestead” was more than just a theme at Saturday morning’s 44th annual Pioneer Days parade. The Main Street parade featured Dr. Roy Ebihara and the Kimura family, members of a Japanese colony that was forcibly removed from Clovis during World War II, in addition to […]

Officials: Intersection less accident prone

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Despite the decrease in the number of accidents at the intersection of Commerce Way and Prince Street, residents say it is still a problem area for Clovis traffic.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com What was once the most accident-prone intersection in the state has seen a drastic drop in accident rates since 2012, according to City of Clovis officials. Police Chief Steve Sanders said 12 vehicle accidents have taken place at the intersection of Commerce Way and Prince Street from January 2013 […]

Lillie’s life: Full of heartbreak and joy


  By David Stevens Editor Berna Jene Kreitzberg Sanders can rest easier now. Lillie’s OK. When Sanders died at age 80 in 2009, she was still wondering and worrying about her childhood Japanese American friends who were snatched from their Clovis homes soon after the U.S. became involved in World War II in 1941. “All […]

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 aboswell@pntonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 aboswell@pntonline.com 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 vkahin@cnjonline.com 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

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
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 vkahin@cnjonline.com 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

Courtesy photo: Shayne Walker
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 […]