Showcase unveils unexpected surprises

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com At the Clovis High School Spring Showcase, unexpected surprises unfolded behind classroom doors all around the school. In the theater room, students were showing off their impressive improvisational acting skills. With the roll of the dice, students would transition from acting out encountering a dog in the ocean to […]

Commissioners, residents, discuss District 4 issues

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Clovis City Manager Larry Fry addresses the crowd on ongoing city projects and services during a District 4 town hall meeting Tuesday at Kingswood Methodist Church.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Residents of Clovis’ District 4 — plus a few outliers — spent about 90 minutes Tuesday talking about issues affecting their district and city. Alice Richmond said she has lived at the same house for 35 years, and Tuesday’s town hall was the first event of its type held […]

Canola interest growing

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com For the layman, fields of bright yellow canola are simply pleasant to look at. But for local farmers and agriculture researchers, the crop is becoming an important, drought-tolerant option for winter planting in the region. “Precipitation is unpredictable,” said Sultan Began, a research specialist at the Clovis Ag Science […]

Portales man sentenced for abuse

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Staff report A Portales man was sentenced to the maximum punishment on charges of abuse of a child Tuesday. Cody Schattschneider, 31, was sentenced to 18 years by District Judge Stephen Quinn. Schattschneider was convicted during a January trial at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. According to a release from the district attorney’s office: • In […]

Texico man dies in Roswell train wreck

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By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A family member has confirmed Jesse Coburn III, 48, of Texico was killed Tuesday when a freight train struck another train head-on in southeastern New Mexico. Another crew member seriously injured in the crash is also believed to be from Clovis, although officials haven’t released names of other victims. […]

Kripple Creek tagged by inspectors

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By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com UPDATE: New Mexico Environmental Department reinspected Kripple Creek on Monday and upgraded their status to “approved,” according to a press release. Inspectors found that all violations from Friday’s inspection had been corrected. Patrons of Kripple Creek Restaurant were greeted Monday by a bright red notice above the door handle […]

Family: Former commissioner someone everybody wanted to be around

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By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Sunday saw the village of Melrose lose one of its most known and respected citizens in the form of Darrel Bostwick, a man who raised a family while rarely raising a voice and for decades represented the interests of Melrose and Curry County. The farmer and nine-year veteran of […]

Hank Baskett Jr. ‘all about the kids’

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Hank Baskett Jr. announced he will be retiring in August after running the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center for more than 21 years. But his son said he won’t be far from the organization that has been his passion for so long. “He’s not going to give up on the […]

Improvements coming to county roads

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By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County officials said a groundbreaking Wednesday for road improvements to begin May 5 on C.R. 11 and N will provide an alternate route to Cannon Air Force Base and easier access to U.S. 60/84. Road Superintendent David Corbin said K-Barnett and Sons will complete the job with Lydick […]

Blue Bell suffers ice cream headache

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com As the weather gets warmer, taste buds start looking forward to cold, delicious ice cream. But if you’re looking for Blue Bell in town, you may be out of luck for at least a few weeks. In Clovis, local grocers Albertsons, Paradise Market, S&S Supermarket, and Wal-Mart confirmed they […]

Clovis bank teller facing felony charges

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By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A Clovis bank teller accused of bilking elderly customers of thousands is facing multiple felony charges. Hannah Stone, 20, was charged with six counts of fraud over $500, three counts of forgery and three counts of theft of identification, all fourth-degree felonies, according to court records. She was arrested […]

Portales attorney booked on misdemeanor

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Staff report Portales attorney Eric Dixon was booked Monday on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting someone recently in Magistrate Court, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker. “The charge is assault,” Parker said. “It carried a very small bond. An assault is a misdemeanor in the state of New Mexico.” Dixon was booked at 3:37 […]

Police seeking man accused of sexual assault

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By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis police are hunting for a man accused of a violent sexual assault. Joshua Jackson, 27, of Clovis is charged with one count of kidnapping, two counts of criminal sexual penetration and two counts of aggravated battery on a household member, said Capt. Patrick Whitney. “There is an active […]

Archery program hitting its marks

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Clovis Christian junior Ashli Reid aims during archery practice Thursday at the school gym. Reid is one of six CCS students participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program championships held May 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com It’s only two years in, but it’s safe to say the Clovis Christian Schools archery program is hitting its marks. The program has 45 students involved in three levels — 18 in elementary, 15 in middle school and 12 in high school, meeting the requirements of at least a dozen […]

Professors ride to fund student trip

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Eastern New Mexico University Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mary Ayala races fellow professors Friday afternoon during the ENMU American Choir Directors Association Stages of Life Relay race at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With nothing but their pride on the line, Eastern New Mexico University professors took to their tricycles Friday afternoon for a fun fueled race to help choir students fund a trip to Carnegie Hall. Professors at ENMU were enlisted by American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) students to race in […]

Foreign students enjoyed time at university

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Eastern New Mexico University Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mary Ayala races fellow professors Friday afternoon during the ENMU American Choir Directors Association Stages of Life Relay race at the Campus Union Building.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Jehmaine Brooks never heard of Portales until he got a scholarship offer to play soccer at ENMU. After four years he calls it his home. “I came here not knowing what Portales was at all, but I came on a soccer scholarship,” Brooks said. “If it wasn’t for Eastern […]

Statistics: Almost 30 percent of county children living in poverty

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Danielle and Danny Navarro, with their two children, come to the Lighthouse nearly every day for food.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Finding the silver lining can be difficult sometimes, but for 3-year-old Emma Navarro, who frequents Lighthouse Mission with her family, it’s not hard at all. “We used to bring her here when she was little,” Emma’s mother, Danielle Navarro, 25, said. “Now she wants to come every day. She’ll […]

Cancer fundraiser goes to the dogs

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Eastern New Mexico University mascot Tory, handled by Amanda Delgado, Erin Creswell and Jessie McMeekin, looks surprised to be passed by 2-year-old pitbull Deuce at the Bark For Life relay Saturday. The event raised money for the American Cancer Society and offered pets and their owners a day of activities, competitions and vendors.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local dogs of all breeds ironed out their best bandanas for the Bark For Life event Saturday at Hillcrest Park. The event raised more than $9,000 for the American Cancer Society through online fundraising, sponsorships and efforts at the event Saturday, according to event lead Brittani Metzger. The event […]

Recording pioneer’s legacy lives on at museum

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Opened in 2008, the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ’n’ Roll Museum tells the story of one of the birthplaces of popular music.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. Norman Petty put Clovis on the music map as a recording pioneer in the formative years of rock ’n’ roll. The avalanche of hits Petty churned out from his homespun Seventh Street studio in the 1950s […]

New hospital administrator says his world revolves around family

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By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Plains Regional Medical Center Hospital Administrator Vince DiFranco said his world revolves around family, which may have given Clovis an edge when he interviewed for the job back in October. “We are used to small towns, we kind of like the quality of life of a smaller community,” DiFranco […]