Power cut in Clovis

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A sign on the door at DC Tactical puts the brief but annoying power outage downtown Tuesday in perspective.

Staff report A power outage affected more than 466 residents and businesses for almost a half hour Tuesday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said crews were working on a broken line at First and Pile streets. The outage that started about 12:15 p.m. temporarily shut down several local business […]

County 4-H takes wins at conference

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Curry County 4-H members brought home two team wins in the Livestock Skillathon and the Meats Identification contest from the State 4-H Conference held last week in Las Cruces. Pictured from left: Chance Mitchell, Garrett Rutherford, Trey Runyan, Tucker Northcutt, Morgan Wade, and Koby Valentine. Not pictured: Madison Belcher.

Staff Report Curry County 4-H members made a goal to win at the state 4-H conference this year, and they did not leave disappointed. The meats identification team and the livestock skillathon team brought home two first place finishes after competing July 13-16 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. “They are beyond excited,” […]

Portales McDonald’s re-opens after makeover

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McDonald’s Swing Manager Jonathan Nelson works as the toppings expert Thursday at the Portales McDonald’s, checking all of the vegetables before placing them on the burger.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com For the last week, Portales residents have been asking if they are in the right place when entering the local McDonald’s restaurant on First Street. After having its doors closed for a week, the restaurant re-opened last week for customers to find a complete makeover with operations. “I enjoyed […]

Nostalgia rides on Main

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Klayton Nixon, 8, and Kaylee Nixon, 4, of Clovis, cruised around the Draggin’ Main car show in a tiny Ford Mustang Saturday at the Curry County Events Center.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Saturday was the one day of the year when burnouts, excessive honking, and street-rumbling stereos were not only acceptable, they were encouraged among the multitudes of cars parading up and down Main Street. When a Mazda RX-8 peeled out at the corner of Seventh and Main Street, creating smoke […]

Actor William Shatner stops in Tucumcari

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William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff report TUCUMCARI — Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series. […]

Fairgrounds beautification project complete

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Norma Delarosa, the Curry County administrative services coordinator, and Global Spectrum employees completed a beautification project at the Curry County Fairgrounds Thursday with the installation of a stone bench near the entrance. The county received more than $4,000 in grant money to complete the project.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com County employees and Global Spectrum staff completed a beautification project Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The county received two grants to complete the project — $2,000 and $2,400 — from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful and Keep New Mexico Beautiful, according to Norma Delarosa, the administrative services coordinator. […]

VBS teaches kids sharing, Christianity

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First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School’s students sing and dance to start off Wednesday’s class session. More than 80 students, both church members and from the community, attended the school.

By Crystal Mondragon STAFF WRITER cmondragon@cnjonline.com First United Methodist Church Pastor Jeb Archey believes Vacation Bible School is important because it gives “children something exciting to do…gives the church an exciting way to be in ministry with kids.” First United Methodist church wrapped up this year’s five-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Thursday, which included […]

About a hundred screened for tuberculosis


By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com More than 100 people are being tested this week at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to make sure they haven’t contracted tuberculosis from an unidentified Clovis man, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health said. A department spokesperson said about 100 people were possibly exposed […]

Locals prepare for nostalgic trip down Main

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Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year.

By Brittney Canon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Rev your engines and get ready for some nostalgia — Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year. Organizers Gene Porter and Bryan Boone started the event just to give a couple hot rod guys something to do in Clovis. “It was just a couple of […]

Locals: Pageant was learning experience


By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Between preparing for her mission trip to Peru and attending Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Kelsey Prince, 21, barely had time to compete in the Miss New Mexico Pageant. The three-day pageant ended Saturday with the crowning of Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston of Albuquerque. Prince, who won Miss […]

Fireworks stands open across state

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Saturday marked the opening day for fireworks stands across the state. Stand owners expecting good year for sales.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Citizens, get your bottle rockets, Roman candles and fiery tanks ready to blast-off — Saturday marked the opening day for fireworks stands across the state. Ray Heisch, who operates the Mr. W stand on U.S. 60/84, was setting up his stand on Monday with some help from Blake Boney. […]

Miss New Mexico crowned

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Former Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, right, crowns Miss New Mexico 2015 Marissa Livingston Saturday night during the final night of the Miss New Mexico Pageant at the Eastern New Mexico University theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@pntonline.com After a week of early mornings, late nights, and tight schedules, a new Miss New Mexico has been crowned. Judges crowned Miss Duke City, Marissa Livingston, as Miss New Mexico 2015 with 15-year-old Sasha Butcher of Albuquerque taking home the crown as Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico 2015. Miss […]

Helmet given new home

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AMVETS Department Commander Tommy Knight of Clovis and AMVETS Second State Vice Brenda Hunt of Farmington present a plaque and steel pot helmet to a wounded warrior who will be residing at the Eastern New Mexico University Student Veteran House Project, which was donated to the university by AMVETS earlier this year. The helmet belonged to a soldier killed in action named Henery Mitchell. When a search for his family yielded no results, the organization decided to donate the helmet to the university for safekeeping.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Many years ago, a soldier’s steel pot helmet was laid at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Farmington. In black marker, the words on it read “In Memory of Henery Mitchell.” When no one came to claim it after 45 days, the Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department […]

Celebrating freedom

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George Houston of Clovis and other volunteers serve barbecue to the community at the 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday at O.G. Potter Memorial Park. Houston says he has been volunteering since the event started, and he enjoys “the people and meeting old friends.”

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com There was a long line of people waiting outside a gazebo at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Clovis’ O.G. Potter Park, nearly 15 minutes after the barbecue was scheduled to begin for the Juneteenth celebration. A voice cried out, “We need meat on the table!” Organizer William Hall marched over […]

Second round of pageant complete

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The competitors for Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen performed with smiles on their faces Friday night as they introduced themselves to the crowd. The Miss New Mexico competition is being held in Eastern New Mexico University’s theater center.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen candidates faced their second round of preliminary competition Friday night, leading up to the Saturday crowning. The top 10 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teens will be revealed 2 p.m. today at the University Theatre Center (UTC) at Eastern New Mexico […]

Miss New Mexico Pageant begins

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By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With more than 40 contestants to narrow down, Miss New Mexico Pageant judges have their work cut out for them. Judges took to their scoresheets Thursday night to help narrow the field during the Miss New Mexico Pageant’s first night of preliminary events. Thurday’s events included the on-stage question, […]

Church aims to feed thousands

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Beverly Brielle of Clovis helps her son Jaiden Brielle drink the rest of his milk as her niece Janelle Garcia watches Wednesday at Hillcrest Park.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Program Director Johnny Chavez are out to feed every hungry child in Clovis through a free summer food program. The USDA program is for all children ages 1-18. Chavez said he knows  there are “thousands of kids out here and we want to feed […]

5th grade boys spot a bully and take action in Mankato, Minn.


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Skandera greeted with signs, demonstrators

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Protesters picket outside the Clovis Municipal Schools Administrative Building Wednesday afternoon against policies of New Mexico Education Secretary Hannah Skandera.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com There is a lot riding on the state mandated PARCC test, according to former Clovis Municipal Schools teacher Sheri Carpenter. “There are teachers livelihoods,” Carpenter said. “There are students self-esteem.” Carpenter demonstrated in front of CMS with a group of parents, students, former teachers and current teachers Wednesday in […]

Skandera: Less testing at end of year

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New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera answers questions during a interview Wednesday at the Clovis Municipal Schools Administrative Building.

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera visited Clovis on Wednesday to talk to teachers and administrators. Skandera is traveling the state meeting with teachers and gathering feedback as part of an ongoing outreach program. The CNJ asked several questions: Why is it important for you to meet with teachers and administrators in person? When […]