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 bcannon@cnjonline.com 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

Tony Gennaro

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com 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 […]

Groundbreaking ceremony held at Gidding building

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Curry County Commission Chairman Ben McDaniel addresses the gathering while County Manager Lance Pyle, left, looks on Wednesday during ceremonies to kick off construction of new county offices.

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com It’s official — groundbreaking on renovations at 417 Gidding street have begun, symbolized Wednesday morning with the flipping of dirt behind the building. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said after the ceremony that actual construction is set to begin Tuesday with an estimated completion date of May 1. “We’re […]

Prairie chicken numbers increasing

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Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick says he believes the lesser prairie chickens’ comeback is due mostly to the rainfall the area has recently received.

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Lesser prairie chickens are pecking their way back to the top of their population game, but they still remain on the threatened species list — and that’s ruffling a few feathers locally. In 2013, Fish and Wildlife officials estimated the bird’s population hit a record low of 17,616, McClatchy […]

Business feature: Roller World celebrates 35 years

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Patrons line up outside of Roller World on its opening day in August 1980. The business celebrated its 35 anniversary on Saturday.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Kids, families and churches have had their fair share of celebrations at Roller World over the years, but Saturday night the local skate joint in Clovis threw a party for themselves — they celebrated 35 years of business. Husband and wife team Ron and Teresa Johnson said the party […]

Four champions sold at Junior Livestock Sale

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Attendance at the Roosevelt Junior Livestock Sale was more than 150 people on Friday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Junior Livestock Sale started off with the $4,250 sale of Cooper Gardner’s Grand Champion Dairy Heifer. More than 150 attended. Four grand champion livestock animals were sold on Friday evening; dairy heifer, steer for $9,000, rabbit meat pen for $1,000 and chicken meat pen for $1,600. […]

Governor reads to local children

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Governor Susana Martinez, left, and Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera read to first-grade students at Zia Elementary School on Thursday afternoon as part of their trip around the state to promote the importance of learning how to read. Martinez said her goal was to impress upon students that kids learn to read from kindergarten to third grade, and they read to learn for the rest of their lives.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Zia Elementary first graders sat criss-cross applesauce holding bubbles in their mouths Thursday afternoon — until excitedly interjecting their knowledge of caterpillars and books about mermaid princesses with pearl powers — while two very special guests from Santa Fe read them one of Eric Carle’s classics, “The Very Hungry […]

Attendance, participation up at fair

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Curry County Events Center Manager Joelle Reed said all events at the fair were well attended this year.

Staff report Attendance and participation at the Curry County Fair this year exceeded last year’s numbers, Curry County Events Center Manager Joelle Reed said. “More people were engaged in the fair this year than last year,” Reed said. “I really, really like that.” Reed said all events at the fair were well attended this year, […]

Back in the saddle: Classes start at Clovis schools


By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Kids quickly scamper to empty (but assigned) seats in an aquatic-themed classroom at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, and patiently await instructions from their fourth-grade teacher. Angela O’Daniel (or Mrs. O’Daniel, as the kids call her) makes her way to the dry erase board to make an important […]

The long haul

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The Clovis Firefighters pull a semi-truck weighing 52,000 pounds 25 feet during the Southwest Cheese Truck Pull Competition.

By Jacob Sanchez Staff Writer jsanchez@qcsunonline.com A 52,000 pound semi-truck moves inch by inch on the scorching hot pavement outside the Curry County Special Events Center. The truck stops at a line and blares its horn signaling the end of its 25-foot journey. Why the short trip? The truck was being pulled by nine teams […]

Canines with a higher calling

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Easton Adair, 11, sits with Bliss, an 8 week-old Lab-Retriever mix in training to become a service dog. The Adair family will keep her until she’s a year-and-a-half old, and then she will go on to learn how to turn on lights and open doors to help special needs individuals.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Like any average 8 week-old black lab mix, Bliss is playful and getting potty-trained. But life has a higher calling for Bliss. She’s being trained to be a service animal. Easton Adair, 11, of Clovis, had been bugging his parents for a few years about getting a puppy when […]

Junior livestock sale marks Friday fair day

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More than 600 people 
attended Friday night’s Curry County Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Events Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com On a Curry County Events Center floor populated by red Solo cups full of tea, white collapsible tables and blue folding chairs, hundreds of Curry County adults and youth put forth another color — green — to bridge one generation of American farmers to the next. The junior livestock […]

Area artist’s project comes to fruition

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Patsy Delk claps with the crowd at Hillcrest Park Zoo on Friday morning after two paintings, titled “Trees of Tolerance,” were unveiled. The project involved more than 30 special needs individuals from ENMRSH and the help of the New Mexico Department of Health office in Roswell.

By Brittney Canon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Trees are scattered at random around Clovis, but two trees unveiled Friday morning at the Hillcrest Park Zoo Friday morning stand out. “Today, let’s remember that the tiniest seeds become the tallest trees,,” said Patsy Delk, “that the seeds that are sown today become the shade of tomorrow, that […]

Fair takes time for special needs

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Destini Morgan gets ready to take a ride on the carousel Thursday with help from Latricia Turner, left, and her mother Chris Morgan.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com “What does the horse say?” Chris Morgan asked her daughter. Destini Morgan was riding on the carousel at the Curry County Fair on Thursday. “Neigh,” Chris Morgan answered her own question, energetically, smiling ear to ear at her daughter, who is  grinning and enjoying the ride. Destini Morgan, who […]

Rodeo gal

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Deanne Guthrie, 16, of Clovis, preps  Frosty for today’s 6 p.m. steer show.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Not all girls are made of sugar, spice and everything nice — some got a little itch for rodeos, rhinestones and ranching thrown in the mix. Deanne Guthrie, 16, the reigning Pioneer Rodeo Days princess, spent Wednesday afternoon in the beef barn at the Curry County Fairgrounds preparing two […]

Show business

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Kansas Huysman of Clovis, 17, washes her heifer Tuesday afternoon in preparation for today’s show at 9:00 a.m. Huysman has been showing heifers for 9 years.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Pigs were taking baths, lambs were being sheared and heifers were primping it up Tuesday afternoon as ranchers prepared their best livestock for the upcoming shows at the Curry County Fair. Kansas Husyman, 17, was among those washing her heifer that a little boy named “Blackie.” “I am preparing […]

Brother: Engines ‘started fluttering’ just before plane crash

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Pilot James Bostwick suffered multiple broken bones in Sunday's crash.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com James Bostwick felt the left engine of his 1970 Cessna 421b Golden Eagle 2 “start fluttering” just as he was coming in for a landing at Clovis Municipal Airport on Sunday morning. “He was high enough to get it corrected, but then it cleared up and the right engine started […]

Curry County jail boss resigns

Tori Sandoval

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County jail Administrator Tori Sandoval has submitted her resignation, according to a news release from the county. The jail staff’s boss since December 2013, Sandoval had been with the detention center since December 2006. “During her time as administrator, she brought in additional programs for the inmates (and) […]

Pilot hospitalized after rough landing

The planed crashed at Clovis Municipal Airport sometime before 10 a.m. Sunday. (Staff photo by Tony Bullocks)

A private plane crashed at Clovis Municipal Airport about 9:30 this morning and the pilot, 66-year-old James Bostwick of Clovis, was airlifted to Lubbock with “life-threatening” injuries, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said. “Mr. Bostwick reported that the plane had experienced a mechanical failure as he was approaching the Clovis airport, which resulted in the […]

Concert delayed, but storm doesn’t deter fans

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Molly Callinan, left, vocals for the Lt. Dan Band, and Gary Sinise, electronic bass and leader for the Gary Sinise Foundation, jam on Saturday at the Open House for Cannon Air Force Base.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com People ran for cover, then grooved it out Saturday at the Cannon Air Force Base Open House when a Lt. Dan Band performance was postponed to 7 p.m. due to storms. Lightning within a 5-mile radius forced attendees to wait under hangars. This eventually became hail and rain that […]