La Escalara hosts art show, sale

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La Escalera Art Guild members Carol Milner and Jon Birdsong hang some art pieces Thursday morning at Birdsong’s studio in preparation of their art show/sale tomorrow. All proceeds from the show will go to Roosevelt County Schools art departments.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A chance to own some locally produced art and support local school art departments in the process will be available Sunday at the Jon Birdsong Studio in Portales. The La Escalera Art Guild will be having an art show and sale from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the […]

Dog days of winter can be c-c-c-old

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Darrin Floyd, left, and friend Ronnie Hutton, both of Clovis, had a cool time with their dogs in January at Hillcrest Dog Park. Furry friends who live outside this winter could use warm dog houses, lots of food and fresh water, animal experts say.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer As the temperatures plummet into below-freezing zones, it may be time to consider raising the thermostat in the doghouse. Marty Martinez, director of the Clovis Animal Control Shelter, said the first thing man must do this winter is make sure man’s best friend has the proper shelter to stay […]

Melrose farm boy now Ireland grad student

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Richard Rush, right, received the 2015 New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association Young Cattlemen's Leadership Committee Scholarship from YCLC members Kendal Wilson, Seth Hyatt and Crystal Diamond.

By Betty Williamson Correspondent If Richard Rush finds his way back to the land homesteaded in 1906 by his father’s family near Forrest in Quay County, he’ll have taken a most unusual journey to get there — one that has carried him across the ocean and even back to the Middle Ages. “My parents always […]

Saluting vets, sharing stories

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U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico, popped in the American Legion Post 25 on Wednesday morning to have breakfast with veterans, serve them food and clean up some pots and pans. Lujan said one of the best ways to honor veterans is to share their stories and tell them thanks for their service.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer One of the best ways to honor America’s service members is to keep sharing their stories, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico, said Wednesday morning at the Veteran’s Day breakfast at American Legion Post 25. Lujan said he was talking about his grandfather’s service in World War II […]

Remembering a vet

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Roy Ebihara, right, receives a proclamation from Clovis Mayor David Lansford on June 6, 2014, declaring a formal apology to Japanese-Americans for being relocated to internment camps during World War II. Ebihara’s brother Hank became one of the first Japanese-Americans to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer World War II wasn’t an easy time for Japanese-Americans, but the trials one Clovis family faced didn’t stop it from showing patriotism. Hiroshi “Hank” Ebihara and his brother, Roy Ebihara, spent most of their life in Clovis until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Within weeks, the […]

Reader-submitted: Paying tribute to my uncle

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Homer J. Mitchell

Editor’s note: We asked readers to share stories about veterans. Clovis’ Patsy Acuff submitted this essay about her uncle: This Veterans Day, I would like to pay tribute to my uncle, Homer J. Mitchell, who was killed in action during World War II in Germany. Homer was born to Roy and Gussie Mitchell on Oct. […]

Vigil honors mother’s memory

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A crowd gathered Monday night at Goodwin Lake Trails parking lot to have a candlelight vigil honoring Ariel Ulibarri. Monday was the one-year anniversary of her death.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer The sun had set, but faces were aglow in the parking lot at Goodwin Lake Trails Monday evening, a year after Ariel Ulibarri’s life ended. “Diego doesn’t want to go in there, so we’ll do it out here,” Mark Ulibarri, Ariel’s father, told a crowd gathered for the candlelight […]

Notebook — Nov. 10


That’s Lynn Martin, 91, posing with a photo of himself taken about 1944. Yes, he is wearing the same military uniform jacket that he wore more than 70 years ago. Connie Martin Patterson said her dad, a Marine, has lived in Clovis since 1947. “He has a flag pole outside his house and often has […]

Cool weather doesn’t stop parade

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Parade grand marshal Tommy Knight waves to the crowd during Saturday’s Veterans Day parade along Main Street.

Staff report With the temperature in the high 40s Saturday morning and the familiar eastern New Mexico wind always a possibility, Saturday might not have provided optimal weather for a parade. But Veterans Day Parade organizer John Montano always keeps in mind a much worse Saturday, with snow covering the Clovis streets. One parade participant […]

Kids gather for fishing clinic

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Roger Maddy and his daughter Emma Maddy, age 11, try to catch some fish following the 25th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic at Oasis State Park on Saturday afternoon.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer OASIS STATE PARK — On a brisk Saturday morning, children from Roosevelt and Curry counties came to the Oasis State Park to learn the proper techniques of fishing in the 25th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic. Jim Whary, the park manager who has participated in 22 of these clinics, said […]

Motocross event comes to the Boneyard

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A motocross event is coming to Portales this weekend with all-terrain vehicles races, utility task vehicle races and bike races. The event is being held behind Bonestroo Dairy off of New Mexico 467 all day today and Sunday.

STAFF REPORT The West Texas Extreme Race Circuit (WTXRC) is returning to the area this weekend for round six of their 2015-16 series. According to Rusty Cates, WTXRC is a family-owned race circuit of moto and off-road enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and advancing off-road racing in the West Texas/Eastern New Mexico area. Cates began the […]

Invitational’s sponsor transitioning to new role

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Clint Johnson of Hines, Oregon, hangs on to Get Moe 
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competition in the L.J. Jenkins Invitational at Curry County Events Center. Ford scored an 83.5 on the ride.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer Bull riding fans were treated to the fifth annual L.J. Jenkins Invitational PBR tournament this Halloween weekend. But unlike the previous Jenkins-sponsored events, this was the first time that Jenkins would not be an active participant as the Texico native was forced to retire earlier this season after injuring […]

Atlatl competition draws about 200

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From left, Stacey Bennett, Seth Dearth, Joshua Dickens and Shawn Hoskinson collect darts thrown with the atlatl during practice.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The 15th annual atlatl competition on Saturday morning went well, according to Director of Blackwater Draw National Landmark George Crawford. “Attendance so far has been about average. We usually see a couple hundred people but only about 40 of them participate,” said Crawford. The competition was divided into men, women and […]

Costumes on parade

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Presbyterian Preschool teacher Nicole White, Ellie Martinez, 5, and Sophia Hogg, 5, lead the Halloween parade Friday morning around the block from the school located on Pile Street.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Witches and princesses and transformers — oh my! If you traveled down Pile or Gidding streets around 10 Friday morning, you may have seen a few creatures and superheros stomping around the block showing off their attire. Don’t worry, though — the witches and goblins weren’t real. They were […]

Haunted happenings on rise for holiday

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Cheryl Barela of Clovis poses in her scary front yard Wednesday on John Doe Street. Barela says she has been working on the yard for the past two weeks and that Halloween is not her favorite time to decorate — Christmas decorations are far better.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Clovis resident Cheryl Barela said she’s not a huge fan of Halloween, but you wouldn’t know it looking at her fear-full yard display. Barela has everything you could think of for Halloween in her yard — spiders, blood smears, warning signs, zombies, a Chucky-like doll in a swing set […]

Spears taking flight at atlatl competition

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Eastern New Mexico University hosts its 15th annual atlatl competition 10 a.m. Saturday at the Blackwater Draw archeological site.

Staff report Columbian mammoths and sabre-toothed cats beware: The atlatls will be flying through the air on Saturday morning. Eastern New Mexico University hosts its 15th annual atlatl competition at the Blackwater Draw archeological site, located about five miles north of Portales on New Mexico 467. Atlatl is an Aztec word for “spear-thrower,” according to […]

Cooler weather can mean unwanted guests

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Clovis Police Officer Antonio Orozco coaxes a snake into a cardboard box Sunday afternoon at Clovis resident Victoria Garcia’s home. Garcia said the snake came up to her waist in length and was very thick in diameter. Animal Control Supervisor Marty Martinez said for residents to call authorities immediately when a snake is found in or around your home.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Clovis resident Victoria Garcia was doing some tidying-up around her home Sunday afternoon when she took a break to go feed her dog, Lady. Garcia went outside and noticed that Lady wasn’t in her dog house, but instead outside of it barking towards it. She also noticed the birds […]

Commentary: Dwight Yoakam put on phenomenal show

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Dwight Yoakam performed at the Curry County Events Center Friday night. According to Director Joelle Reed, the venue sold over 2,000 tickets and was a successful event.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer The line was out the door and beginning to wrap around the building just before the doors opened at 6:30 that night. For weeks, maybe a month, Dwight Yoakam fans had been patiently awaiting his presence at the Curry County Events Center ever since Director Joelle Reed announced alongside […]

Tops in Blue returning to area

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The U.S. Air Force performance group Tops in Blue will be performing this Wednesday at the Greyhound Arena. It has been four years since the international group came to the local area.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor For 1st Lt. Lauren Rogers, traveling with U.S. Air Force performance group Tops in Blue is the hardest work she’s ever done, but well worth the lack of sleep and 14-hour days. Air Force members selected for the show take one year out of their careers to travel all […]

Dora student makes American Royal competition

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Dora High School student Brenna Bates, far right, won grand champion in dairy heifers at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell earlier this month, along with fellow student Kaly Cone, who won grand champion in steers.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor A Dora High School student is headed to Kansas City, Missouri, earlier this week to compete in the American Royal national competition for Future Farmers of America. Senior Kaly Cone won grand champion with steers for the second year in a row at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair […]