Time to test your fishing skills

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The eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby will take place today from 5-9 p.m. at Oasis State Park. Participants can register from 3-7 p.m. Up to $100 in prizes will be offered for the largest catfish caught.

STAFF REPORT Today Oasis State Park will host an event that will bring families together while instilling valuable skills in children and offering cash prizes, according to Park Technician Valerie Russ. The eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby will give participants the chance to win prizes of up to $100 for the largest catfish caught, […]

Faith: Rummage sale aims to help women, babies

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Pregnancy Resource Center of Eastern New Mexico staff members Alicia Belyeu, left, and Shelly Wright share a laugh while organizing boxes of donated items for the organization’s community yard sale slated for Saturday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Not everyone who needs help can speak up for it, and some are too young to speak at all. This is where local churches step in. Through the power of social media and convenience of the internet, churches are finding effective methods in promoting community outreach. The latest project […]

Man accused in police shooting turns self in

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Clovis Police Officer Trevor Thron handcuffs Anthony Baca after he turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer on Monday night turned himself in Wednesday evening. Anthony Baca, 34, was booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center after surrendering through his attorney, Brett Carter. “Over the last 24 hours, I’d been in contact with his family,” Carter […]

Rain settling in for week

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Clovis on Tuesday saw a fourth straight day of scattered thunderstorms.

Staff report The summer heat has left for the week with consistent rain taking its place. Though there aren’t record breaking amounts, with Tuesday coming in with 0.33 in. of rainfall in Clovis, and 0.46 in. at Cannon, there have been scattered thunderstorms and rain for the past four days, primarily starting on Saturday. The […]

Classmate: Injured officer ‘always the most caring’

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By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Megan De Maio is not surprised Chris Caron became a police officer.  “I went to school with him from seventh grade until we were seniors in (Clovis) high school,” she said. “He was always the most caring person. He has always been concerned about others.” De Maio on Tuesday set […]

Officer shot; police seek suspect


By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A Clovis police officer was treated for a gunshot wound Monday night and police were looking for the shooter Tuesday. Officer Chris Caron was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, where was treated for his wound and released. A police news release identified the suspect as Anthony Baca, 34. […]

Business feature: Train museum turned over to new owners

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The Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum is officially closed after being sold to new owners, Jordan Nichols and Tate Nichols, on July 29.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Like the model trains it once stored, the Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum is embarking on a new track. One of Clovis’ most historic buildings has been turned over to new owners. New owners Jordan and Tate Nichols of Farwell haven’t settled on a plan for the depot. […]

Locals cite hardship with EpiPen price increase

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By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com When one bite of the wrong food turned life-threatening for her son, Amber Roberts lived a parent’s worst nightmare. Roberts, a Clovis resident and mother of three, said her 10-year-old son was prescribed an EpiPen about four years ago, but the device wasn’t used until several weeks ago when […]

Fun and fellowship at dominos championship

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Clockwise, Scott Kemp (blue shirt), Kole Kopnicky, Kenneth Nutt and Darrell Morgan are at a standstill figuring out what hand to play during their 42 match at the Texico Senior Center.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — The conversations are fun and friendly Saturday at the Texico Senior Center, even if the dominos end up drowning them out. The click-clack of the dominos mixing and the thud when one is played on the table mix with the occasional bout of laughter. It’s the sound […]

Best of class

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Ryleigh Walters, 14, right, a Portales eighth-grader, poses with a judge, the fair queen and fair 
sweetheart after winning the reserve grand 
champion of the beef breeder class competition.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Responsibility, relief, accomplishment and pride in overcoming anxiety came along with winning top prizes, according to contestants in the Roosevelt County Fair Breeding Beef and Market Steer shows. Class One Low Line, Class Two Shorthorn and Class Three Charlais were the categories shown during the Breeding Beef show Thursday […]

‘Hell or High Water’ officially opens

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“Hell or High Water” made its debut for general audiences Friday at North Plains 7 in Clovis.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Before it made its way to the Cannes Film Festival and select cities across the nation, “Hell or High Water” was making its way through the streets of Clovis and Portales. It made its return to Clovis on Friday as another film on the slate for the North Plains […]

Wayland graduates 25

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By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com On the heels of retiring from the U.S. Air Force this past April, Demarcus J. Anthony is embarking upon a new chapter in his life — and it’s one that includes efforts to mold and shape young lives. The Clovis Freshman Academy history teacher received a Master of Education […]

Heifers, lambs shown at fair

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Fair Sweetheart Kynadee Pharis, left, and fair Queen Chesney Carter, present Paxton Culpepper, 9, a Portales fourth-grader, with the first place ribbon dairy breeder class one. Culpepper went on to one the reserve grand champion overall.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Hours of work and practice along with family support has paid off according to winners of the Roosevelt County Fair Lamb and Dairy Heifer shows. Roosevelt County bred market lamb, finewool and blackface were among the five categories shown at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening during the lamb show. Seven […]

Faith: Torch officially passed to new pastor

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By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com It’s been four months since the death of Bishop Charles Green, longtime pastor of Clovis’ First Church of God in Christ. The arrival of a new pastor — just two months before Green’s passing — is what church members are calling “crucial.” “Bishop Green was 85 years old,” said […]

Resident: Movie was ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’

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Mary-Lou McAnulla of Clovis poses Thursday afternoon in the outfit she wore as an extra in the movie “Hell Or High Water.” Clovis’ Western Bank became Texas Midlands Bank for the movie.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis resident Mary-Lou McAnulla witnessed a bank robbery, and she couldn’t be more excited. McAnulla had a minor role in a major movie, “Hell or High Water,” starring actors Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. The film, released Aug. 12 in select theaters, reached full release today. The […]

Tour showcases area ag producers

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Kenneth Davis, a third-generation farmer of Davis Farms, points out the different types of grapes in his vineyard as he talks to a tour group on Wednesday. The Ag True Tour in Clovis was hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is all too familiar with New Mexico farms. But a tour of a Clovis dairy on Wednesday hit him differently than ever before. “I had a very interesting experience there at the dairy,” Woods said about Mid-Frisian Dairy in Clovis. “I’ve been around a lot […]

Residents voice traffic concerns

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Clovis residents brought a petition to Wednesday’s Public Works meeting requesting stop signs at the intersections of 16th and Axtell and 16th and Gidding, and closing other sections of Axtell and Gidding to through traffic. Commission members delayed making any recommendations, citing a need for further study.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A group of Clovis residents voiced concerns with regard to traffic, speeding and other matters of safety during Wednesday’s Public Works committee meeting, with the body tabling action on the residents’ recommendations in order to further assess the situation. “The Clovis residents living on Axtell and Gidding Streets between […]

Purple Heart parking spaces dedicated

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford speaks at Tuesday’s dedication ceremony in front of Clovis-Carver Public Library for its new Purple Heart parking space.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis has a new reason to take pride in the color purple. City officials, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce representatives, local veteran organizations and area residents gathered Tuesday for a parking spot ribbon cutting ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. But this wasn’t just any parking spot. The City […]

Organizers declare fair success

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Jerry James of Farwell ties down a Kubota M-171 tractor Monday afternoon, one of five units that was on display at the Curry County Fair.

Staff report The 2016 Curry County Fair is in the books and organizers declared it a success, although specific figures were not provided. “Our preliminary reports show that attendance was up from last year, as well as participation in contests,” Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds General Manager Joelle Reed said. “We have more in […]

Business feature: Ag tour organizers hope to promote understanding

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A group on last year’s Ag True Tour, hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, explores a chili farm in the Rio Grande Valley.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After Wednesday, area legislators may start to look at their food differently. A state agricultural organization is hoping a local tour will bridge the gap between lawmakers and producers. Under the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program on Wednesday is hosting the Ag […]