Q&A: Texico clerk talks job, award

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Elpidia Solis of Texico was recently named “Court Clerk of the Year” for 2016.

Elpidia Solis of Texico was recently named “Court Clerk of the Year” for 2016 by the New Mexico Municipal Court Clerks Association. Here’s what she had to say about the way she goes about her job: Question: How did you become a court clerk? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do? Answer: I began […]

Border Town Days brings towns together for 50th year

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The annual Border Town Days parade is expected to have 48 entries.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com For half a century, Border Town Days has brought entertainment, reunions and festivities to the twin cities of Texico and Farwell. With its theme of “Firefighters: Past and Present,” Saturday’s 50th annual celebration promises to spark even more this year. Border Town Days Chairman Rob Pomper explained the significance, […]

Faith: Clovis church given 10-year service award

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Parkland Baptist Church Pastor Wayne Boydstun, left, accepts a 10-year service award from Operation Christmas Child Amarillo Network Coordinator Karen Copeland on behalf of the church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Members of the Parkland Baptist Church have proven that, even in July, it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. The Clovis church on Wednesday was awarded for its 10 years of service with Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Through Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief and Christian evangelism […]

Zoo animals take shelter from heat

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Hillcrest Park zookeeper Cody Machen cools Sheba the Camel down Tuesday afternoon while enticing her with a branch of leaves, one of many methods the staff use to help to the animals beat the heat.

Staff report When the temperatures chase triple digits, most of us retreat into our homes and offices with air conditioners and fans. The animals at Hillcrest Park Zoo are smart like that, too. Zookeeper Mark Yannotti said the animal shelters are equipped with air conditioning, fans and even sprinklers. So if the animals are not […]

Officials: Plans for building still up in air

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Plans for the building on the 1200 block of Mitchell Street, purchased by the city of Clovis in October, are still in the making.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The city of Clovis is planning to relocate one of its departments to a building purchased in October, but city officials say there’s no telling which one will occupy the new space — or how soon. Including property tax, the city last year bought the former insurance office building […]

Actors talk ‘Hell or High Water’

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Chris Pine speaks Monday during the Q&A that followed a screening of 'Hell or High Water' at the Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com LUBBOCK — Chris Pine said he was proud of the work and awestruck by Jeff Bridges. Bridges said he just loves telling stories, especially when they’re about Texas. “Hell or High Water” came to the big screen Monday night in the form of a pre-screening at Alamo Drafthouses across Texas. […]

Mabry ready for final inspection

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Mabry Drive business owners are happy construction has ended.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After almost one year of closed traffic lanes and reduced speed limits, construction on Mabry Drive is ready for its final inspection. And business owners along the highway are just as ready. The construction, which began last July, was officially completed in June, according to New Mexico Department of […]

Ethnic fair a cultural showcase

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Addison Dominguez, 7, offers a Bollywood dance interpretation during the Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair Saturday at Hillcrest Park.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com With the theme “We Are The World” serving as the backdrop, the 25th Clovis / Curry County Ethnic Fair culminated a week’s worth of activities with a vast array of events Saturday at Hillcrest Park. The Roy Walker Community Center hosted a series of cultural workshops throughout the week […]

Q&A: New library adult services coordinator open to new programs


Sara Williford is the new adult services coordinator for Clovis-Carver Public Library. She answered questions about books, the library and what patrons can expect in the coming months: What are some of your favorite books? Oh, that isn’t an easy question. Do we go back to “Little House on The Prairie,” which started it all? […]

Clovis Adopt-a-pet

Shepherd mix
Age: Young adult
Sex: Female/not sterilized
Color: White/tan
Size: Medium

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue, has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]

More than $1,000 of items stolen from salon

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Hair stylist Lisa Morales said she lost more than $1,000 worth of equipment in an overnight theft discovered Thursday morning.

Staff report Lisa Morales’ phone rang at 6 a.m. Thursday with bad news. Someone had broken into her Clovis shop, Lasting Impressions Salon. When Morales arrived at her small Sixth Street salon, she found her door off its hinges, shattered glass and more than $1,000 worth of items missing. Blowdryers, scissors, clippers and a computer […]

Faith: Churches opening doors to Pokemon trainers

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Seth Herman, left, and his brother, Caleb Herman, use their phones to hunt for virtual Pokemon outside of Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis. The brothers helped organize the Pokemon Go gathering to be held tonight at the church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com You won’t find Pokemon mentioned in the Bible, but you can find them at church. When Clovis’ Trinity United Methodist Church Pastor Amy Jordan discovered her church was a “PokeStop” featured in the phenomenon of Pokemon Go, she decided to take full advantage of it. The mobile-app version of […]

Official: Train warning depends on traffic

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Jacob Harper's pickup collided with a train Tuesday at a railroad crossing south of Clovis.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com There was no active warning gate at a railroad crossing and Curry Road 7, the spot where 37-year-old Jacob Harper’s pickup on Tuesday collided with a train south of Clovis. No major injuries were reported after the collision, but Harper’s smashed vehicle in the aftermath provided evidence of the […]

No major injuries in train collision

Traffic is backed up on County Road 7 after a train collided with a truck about two miles south of Clovis on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Brooke Finch)

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A 37-year-old Texas man driving a pickup truck collided with a train south of Clovis on Tuesday afternoon, but no major injuries were reported. Jacob Harper of Uvalde, Texas, said he was driving along Curry Road 7 when he collided with the train around 5 p.m. Harper said he […]

HPJRA a family affair


By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association charter is seven times the age of its youngest competitors. Needless to say, the many generations of contestants at Saturday’s rodeo performances proved you’re never too young — or too old — to appreciate the sport. In its 42 years of existence, the […]

Roping and wrangling

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Kyan Wilhite of Clovis takes part Friday afternoon in the 2016 High Plains Junior Rodeo Association’s boys 7-9 ribbon roping at the Curry County Events Center. Wilhite’s time in the event was 14.99.

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com A chance encounter with a rope and a bucket helped to craft a Clovis child’s love for all things rodeo. “One day I just found an old rope and started roping a tin can bucket,” said Kyan Wilhite, who is competing in the goat tying and ribbon roping events […]

‘Pokemon Go’ gives economy a boost

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Pokemon Go players gather at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Portales courthouse to battle the Pokemon Gym leaders and access the Pokestops at the county courthouse.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com As the app sensation “Pokemon Go” sweeps the nation, it appears to be benefiting local economy while giving local police officers a headache. The game uses GPS signal to allow people to virtually catch Pokemon — creatures from a Japanese television show that was also turned into a manga […]

Faith: Pastor saying good-bye to Texico’s First Baptist

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Rob Hollis, longtime pastor at First Baptist Church of Texico, is about to become Muleshoe High School’s assistant principal.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Leading a church is no different than leading a high school — just ask Rob Hollis. Hollis realized this quickly when he became pastor of First Baptist Church of Texico in June 2000 after serving for three years as the principal of Texico High School. “The two are very […]

Rodeo finals rolling

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Kyan Wilhite of Clovis takes part Thursday afternoon in High Plains Junior Rodeo Association boys 7-9 breakaway roping at the Curry County Event Center. Wilhite record a no time on this run.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A rodeo isn’t complete without cowboy hats, but in some cases sombreros are also acceptable. Thursday marked the second and third rodeo performances of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at the Curry County Events Center, which continue through Sunday. The Thursday morning events kicked off with a […]

Walk-around shows coming to county fair

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This year’s Curry County Fair will include many of the events that fair-goers enjoyed about last years’ festivities including the Mud Bog show, as well as some key additions.

Staff report Patriotism, competition, and animals from the outback are all things that can be expected from this year’s Curry County Fair, running August 16-20. This year’s fair will include many of the events that fair-goers enjoyed about last years’ festivities including the Mud Bog show, as well as some key additions. Speaking of the […]