Organizers: Festival turnout ‘disappointing’

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Lou Gramm, the voice of Foreigner, headlined the Clovis Music Festival on Saturday night. Gramm sang many of his hits, including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice” and “Midnight Blue” and came back to the stage for an encore performance of “Hot Blooded.”

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer Despite spending more money on marketing than in previous years, the 2015 Clovis Music Festival turnout was “disappointing,” Clovis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos said on Monday. “We had a little more (attendance) Friday night than we did Saturday night,” Kos said. “We were hoping to have […]

ENMU hosting College Daze Rodeo for 50th year

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The annual College Daze Rodeo kicks off at Eastern New Mexico University’s Lewis-Cooper Arena Thursday and runs through Saturday.

By Matthew Asher and Alisa Boswell Staff writers For the 50th year, Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the first event in the Southwest region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The College Daze Rodeo will be held Sept. 17 through Sept. 19 at the Lewis-Cooper Arena. The three-night event starts at 7 p.m. […]

Studio memories

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George Tomsco, former lead guitarist for Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs, performs a song for tourists at Norman Petty's Seventh Street studio on Saturday during the Clovis Music Festival. Tomsco said he met Buddy Holly after coming back to the studio from a food break at Foxy's Drive-In. Holly had picked up Tomsco's Fender Stratocaster, propped his foot on Tomsco's amplifier and began playing his guitar. That was the first and last time Tomsco had spoken to Holly before his death in 1959.

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer Chevrolets, old band members and a few Fireballs came to Clovis for one reason this weekend: To rock out and celebrate the Clovis Sound that Norman Petty perfected almost 60 years ago at his world-famous Seventh Street studio. Clovis’s weekend tourists could start the day off early with a […]

ENMU student from Clovis FFA ambassador

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Kassie Waller of Clovis, a Future Farmers of America ambassador, gave a presentation Friday at the Portales Public Library. She used a chart to demonstrate how agriculture has an impact on every aspect of people’s lives.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor The agriculture industry affects every aspect of a person’s life, according to Kassie Waller, an Eastern New Mexico University student from Clovis. As a Future Farmers of America ambassador, Waller is one of 22 college students nationwide to go around giving talks to groups about the importance of agriculture. […]

Local residents remember September tragedy

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Major Robert Clay, commander of the 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony behind Portales J.P. Stone Bank Friday morning.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Close to 30 local residents gathered at J.P. Stone Community Bank on First Street in Portales Saturday morning to pay tribute to the thousands of Americans killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the day in which more than 3,000 people […]

Celebrating the Clovis Sound

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Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Helen Casaus places a sponsor banner Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Events Center for today’s Clovis Music Festival. The festival opens today with feature performer Michael Salgado.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Norman Petty’s name will always be synonymous with rock legend Buddy Holly and the No. 1 hits that came out of his Petty’s Seventh Street studio in Clovis: Holly’s “That’ll be the Day,” Buddy Knox’s “Party Doll,” and “Sugar Shack,” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs. Clovis celebrates Petty […]

Art, quilts going on display

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Amy Armenta shows off a quilt put together by 31 quilters.

Staff report About 65 pieces of art, in addition to 90 quilts, will be on display today and Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. Organizers said vendors from as far away as San Angelo, Texas, and Lovington are participating. Admission is $5. A silent auction will benefit a scholarship fund at either Clovis Community College […]

Juke Box Hero headlines music festival

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Former Foreigner front man Lou Gramm takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday as the headlining artist for the Clovis Music Festival. Gramm, 65, answered questions in a  Tuesday morning telephone chat about his influences growing up, the first time he heard Elvis on the radio and his encounter with Beatles legend John Lennon. Why […]

Clovis Sound takes the stage

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Chubby Checker teaches Clovis how to twist at the 2010 Clovis Music Festival.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER The roster of those who’ve performed at the Clovis Music Festival reads like a rock and roll fan’s guest list for a fantasy dinner party. Leann Rimes, Carl Perkins, Chubby Checker, Buddy Knox, Bobby Vee, The Crickets and Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs have all been on a Clovis […]

The working side of Labor Day

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Poleth Medina works to get a sales rack organized and cleaned up on Labor Day. Medina said working on the holiday is like working on any other day, even though the store is busier than usual.

By Brittney Cannon and Jackie Johnson Staff Writers Labor Day generally symbolizes big store sales, barbecuing with the family and kicking back in the last rays of the summer sun. But for some, the holiday is just another day on the job. Take, for instance, John George at Card Crazy on Clovis’ Main Street. George […]

Court record: God-child key to arrest in 2003 slaying

William Hadix is accused of killing Clovis' J.C. Tucker in 2003.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated as of 11:05 a.m. Monday By David Stevens Editor A man William Hadix described as his “god-child” provided information that led to Hadix’ arrest last week in the 12-year-old shooting death of Clovis’ J.C. Tucker. Court records show Corey Van Cleave, 30, told police in July that […]

Clovis Music Festival kicks off Friday

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The Kentucky Headhunters played the 2014 Clovis Music Festival. Some of their hit songs include “Dumas Walker,” “Redneck Girl” and “Walk Softly (On This Heart of Mine).”

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Ask anyone in town to define the “Clovis Sound,” and you’re sure to get dozens of different answers. Some say it’s the local flavor that bands from west Texas and eastern New Mexico produce around town. Others say it’s the music Norman Petty produced in his studio on Seventh […]

Ice cream social introduces Multicultural Affairs

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Kyree Mackey, left, and Rochelle McClenton represent African American Affairs on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Anna George PNT correspondent Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty gathered at Greyhound Fountain in the center of campus Thursday for the Multicultural Affairs annual ice cream social. Maria Garcia, the director of International Affairs, one of four offices involved with Multicultural Affairs, said the event is designed to allow members of ENMU […]

Judge vacates prairie chicken threatened listing

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A U.S. District Court judge declared Tuesday that the decision to place the lesser prairie chicken on the threatened species list be vacated.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Roosevelt County won its lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a U.S. District Court judge declaring Tuesday that the decision to place the lesser prairie chicken on the threatened species list be vacated. Roosevelt County joined the Permian Basin Petroleum Association based out of west Texas […]

Jail cells cleared for occupancy

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Curry County Detention Center Chief of Security Moe Espinoza, County Manager Lance Pyle and Public Services and interim Jail Administrator Sandra Stewart examine the ceiling of pod 5 on Tuesday afternoon. Roof repairs are in progress, but evidence of mold has been removed from the jail, officials said.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Air quality tests at the Curry County jail have determined that pods 5, 6 and 7 are cleared for occupancy. Inmates are not back in their cells yet because other repairs are under way, but officials said Wednesday that mold issues have been eliminated. On May 23, an air […]

Group making quilts for orphanage

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Sarah Martinez, left, cuts designs on a quilt, while Margie Trulock sews fabric squares together and Sarah Wolf and Lujuana Renfro talk about their project.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer They’ve made enough hats and scarves to stock a small department store. Now a group of friends are sharing warmth in another way. About a half-dozen Clovis-area women meet weekly to make quilts that go to an orphanage in Juarez, Mexico. “This is something I do from my heart, […]

Students build games from cardboard

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Bella Vista student Liliana Chavez made a foosball table out of a box, with clothes pins colored pink and blue as her two players.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer From imagination to creation, the primary focus at Arts Academy at Bella Vista is to enhance learning through teaching the arts. One example was on display Friday as the school hosted Academy Arcade Day. Students, teachers and parents followed the lead of a boy in Los Angeles who made […]

Educators discuss early childhood education

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By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The Early Learning Alliance Council (ELAC) held a town hall meeting at Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday evening. The meeting gave early childhood professionals and educators a chance to voice concerns to Chair of ELAC Erica Stubbs. This is the first year that ELAC has sent members to […]

Full house attends Wayland Baptist graduation

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Ashley Dawn Allen was among  graduates Friday morning from Wayland Baptist University, one of 13 who earned a master’s degree.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Almost all of the seats at Central Baptist Church were filled Friday morning with friends and family members waiting eagerly to see the newest graduates from Wayland Baptist University. Graduates were from all different backgrounds — some were active or retired military members, some had young families, some were […]

Professor remembered by friends, colleagues

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By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Don Criss laughs out loud when he thinks about the good times he had with Tony Gennaro. Criss, production consultant at KENW-TV at Eastern New Mexico University, remembers filming Gennaro’s wildlife show in the 1960s in a group of trees outside Portales they referenced as “the woods.” “We went […]