ENMU program gearing up to aid students

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The Eastern New Mexico University Talent Search Program will be holding its annual financial aid workshop for local high school students on Sunday. The program is geared towards helping low income, first generation college students.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com An Eastern New Mexico University program geared towards helping high school students prepare for college is gearing up to hold its annual financial aid workshop. Annamaria Short, interim director of the ENMU Educational Talent Search, said the Talent Search program is mostly geared towards helping low income, first generation […]

Globetrotters excite with style

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Children attending the Thursday night Globetrotters game at ENMU’s Greyhound Arena play musical chairs with the team’s mascot, Globie, who cheated by moving chairs or laying across them.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Harlem Globetrotters brought their signature comedic style up against a new rival Thursday night at Greyhound Arena — The World All Stars. The famous basketball team returned to Portales on Thursday as part of their 90th anniversary celebration. Before the game started, the Globetrotters held a special “meet […]

CHS, Hank Baskett honored with gold football

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A gold football bearing Hank Baskett’s name was sent to Clovis High School as part of the National Football League’s High School Honor Roll. The league sent more than 3,000 balls to high schools for each graduate who either coached or appeared on the roster in one of the previous 49 Super Bowls.

Staff report With Santa Clara, California, set to host Super Bowl 50 today, the National Football League has wasted no opportunity to put a golden touch on the game. One small part of that touch is now enshrined at Clovis High School. The school, and 2001 graduate Hank Baskett, were honored with a gold football […]

Citizens Bank gets special honor

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Kent Carruthers, president of The Citizens Bank of Clovis, accepts the Citizen of The Year Award at Friday’s night Clovis/Curry County Annual Banquet.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com It’s hosted two major motion picture productions and been the site of real-life drama in two downtown locations. And now, the century-old financial institution that promotes itself as “the best bank around” — in part because of its circular design — has made history again. Citizens Bank is the Clovis/Curry […]

Woman charged with five Clovis arsons


By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com The woman accused of setting fire to five Clovis businesses on Thursday night was already awaiting trial on charges she burned two auto dealerships in 2014. And prosecutors this week were trying to have her jailed after she allegedly spoke about “demons” and “getting them out” to employees at one […]

Closing arguments to commence in Montoya trial

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DeAngelo Montoya, 18, heads away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Tuesday escorted by sheriff’s office Transport Officer Drew White Montoya is on trial for the 2010 shooting death of Angel Vale.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Closing arguments in the DeAngelo Montoya trial will commence this morning after Defense Attorney Chris Christensen declined to call any witnesses Thursday afternoon and rested with the state. Thursday may have been the turning point for the Montoya trial with fingerprint expert Bonnie Knoll of Santa Fe testifying to […]

Q&A: ENMU grad playing roles in Hollywood since 2001

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Portales’ own Landall Golsby, center, acts in an episode of the HBO series “Getting On.”

Landall Goolsby, a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and current career actor out of Hollywood, California, has played over forty roles in television and film since 2001. His two most recent roles will be on the shows “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” and “Love.” What has been your favorite experience acting in Hollywood? […]

Ranchvale future up to school board


By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Ranchvale Elementary School has numerous financial and safety issues that justify its closure, Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch told school board members on Tuesday. Not long after, a mix of teachers, parents and community members asked how Ranchvale could fall into such disrepair on the school district’s watch […]

Clovis Christian eighth-grader wins another bee

Ariel Kokoricha won her fifth consecutive Curry County Spelling Bee title on Friday. (Courtesy photo)

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Ariel Kokoricha survived the melee on Friday morning, impervious to words most of us can’t define, spell or use in a sentence. In the end, buoyancy sent the Clovis Christian School eighth-grader to Albuquerque for the fifth consecutive year, representing Curry County in the New Mexico Spelling Bee. Ariel overcame […]

Parkland Baptist celebrating 50th

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Parkland Baptist Church in 1968 broke ground at Lexington and Ashford streets, where it remains today.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Levine’s department store was selling seamless hose for 29 cents a pair. Shakes at Burger Chef were a dime. The State theater was showing “Harum Scarum,” starring Elvis Presley, and Piggly Wiggly was hosting its grand opening in Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center. That’s what was going on around Clovis on […]

March in memory

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Selmus Price of Clovis leads marchers along Grand Avenue on Monday morning.

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff Writer dhartsfield@cnjonline.com Martin Luther King Jr. left an indelible legacy of freedom. And that freedom comes with responsibility, Pastor Delmus L. Gillis reminded Clovis on Monday. The senior pastor at Clovis’ Bethlehem Baptist Church joined others on Monday in remembering the inspiration provided by the slain civil rights leader. More than […]

Breakfast honors King

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Featured speaker Pamelya Herndon addresses the crowd at the 24th annual Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Scholarship Breakfast Saturday morning at the Clovis High School cafeteria. Herndon is the executive director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center in Albuquerque.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com With a backdrop of children displaying their musical and writing talents, a message of using your talents for the betterment of society echoed Saturday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The Clovis High School cafeteria played host much of the morning to the 24th annual Clovis Dr. Martin […]

9-year-old double bee champ

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Alyssa Neighbours, 9, receives a plaque from ENMU Languages and Literature Department Chair Carol Erwin Friday afternoon after the bee. On top of $50 in Barnes & Noble gift cards, Neighbours will also have a $500 
scholarship waiting for her at ENMU.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A 9-year-old Portales student took the win for not only the junior division of the Roosevelt County spelling bee but also came out of the senior division victorious after out-spelling junior high students. Alyssa Neighbours of Valencia Elementary championed both divisions, taking two $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards […]

Prosecutors trying to ‘go with the flow’ on Gidding

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County Manager Lance Pyle explains Thursday afternoon to County Commissioners Wendell Bostwick, center, and Chet Spear where a pathway will be installed in the new county building on Gidding Street.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Curry County Courthouse employees may be eager to move into their new offices, but they’re not the only ones anxious for construction to be complete. District Attorney Andrea Reeb said dust, noise and other building issues have been a challenge for her staff since work began on the $4 million […]

Governor shares dairy disaster plan

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez talks with dairy producers on Wednesday at Rajen Dairy west of Clovis. Martinez said she is working with federal officials in hopes of helping dairy farmers who suffered heavy losses during the Christmas weekend blizzard.

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer dhartsfield@cnjonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez told eastern New Mexico dairy producers on Wednesday she is seeking a federal disaster declaration she hopes might help those who suffered financial losses during the Christmas weekend blizzard. Funds may be available for producers, she said, “depending on how they view the industry. … We’re […]

Soldier’s mom: ‘He felt like he was broken’

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Devin Schuette, 35, 'always did everything 100 percent,' said his mother, Karen Alexander.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Devin Schuette wanted a challenge. That’s why he joined the Army as an infantryman in 1999 after graduating House High School. “He loved his country and he loved the Army,” said his mother, Karen Alexander of Clovis. “He was very proud to be in the military. He was very well […]

Don McAlavy: For 84 years, he made history

McAlavy celebrated his 80th birthday at a family friend's ranch in Florida.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Most of eastern New Mexico knew Don McAlavy as an actor, a prolific writer, a painter and the unofficial historian of Curry County for decades. Kim Siewert always thought of him as a storybook hero. “He is my cowboy,” she said in announcing her father’s death from pneumonia at age […]

City manager: Storm responders did ‘incredible job’ during Goliath

Larry Fry

First responders, public works staff  and other emergency rescue workers from the city of Clovis, Curry County and state agencies worked together effectively, sometimes almost seamlessly, during the Christmas weekend blizzard, according to Clovis City Manager Larry Fry. “I just think they did an incredible job under very difficult circumstances,” Fry said Friday after hearing […]

Powerball attracts dreamers

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Talico Video Manager Sarah Scioli on Friday hands over Powerball tickets purchased by Debbie Herring of Clovis. Scioli said the day’s sales of tickets are higher than normal. Herring said she’s a regular lottery player.

From staff and wire reports Tonight’s record-breaking $800 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams … daydreams with little chance of coming true, of course. Some things to think about for fun anyway, just in case: The odds of winning: It’s about one in 300 million. To put that in perspective, it’s about the […]

New trial date set for teen accused of murder

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DeAngelo Montoya, now 18, will remain in custody until his new 
murder trial begins in February.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A new trial date has been set for a Portales teen accused of killing an Eastern New Mexico University student, but DeAngelo Montoya will remain in custody until the trial. Montoya, now 18, was arrested in 2009 when he was 13. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2011 […]