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 aboswell@pntonline.com 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 aboswell@pntonline.com 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 […]

Dwight Yoakam to hit stage Friday

Dwight Yoakam

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music will be hitting the stage tonight when musician Dwight Yoakam steps into the light, clad in his cowboy hat, boots and — of course — his guitar at the Curry County Events Center. Events Center Director Joelle Reed said Thursday that 1,640 tickets out […]

Q&A: Officials talk New Mexico health insurance

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Health insurance experts Amy Dowd and John Franchini gave a three-hour presentation Thursday morning at Clovis Community College.

Open enrollment season begins Nov. 1 for the health insurance exchange, and to help consumers, insurance agents and brokers better understand New Mexico’s exchange, beWellnm CEO Amy Dowd and Superintendent of Insurance John Franchini are touring the state, providing information. They answered questions from CMI on Thursday: What kind of coverage is included in the […]

Cabaret show brings major fulfillment

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Brian Uerling practices Tuesday for his accompaniment of Jeremy Small’s vocal performance taking place in the form of a cabaret on Saturday.

By Anna George Correspondent An Eastern New Mexico University junior is putting a unique spin on his senior project. Most artists will attribute a single art to saving their life, but vocal performance major Jeremy Small attributes all the arts to saving his life. Small is fulfilling his major by replacing his junior recital with […]

The future is here: Local owns mint condition DeLorean

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Larry Reeves stands next to his 1981 DeLorean, showcasing the unique doors. Reeves confirmed it’s not a time-machine.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Yes, you’ve probably seen the DeLorean around town — but it’s not Doc’s or Marty McFly’s ride. This one belongs to Clovis native Larry Reeves. And it’s in mint condition, still bearing the original tires, he said. He doesn’t drive his classic too often, but it usually attracts attention, […]

Region pelted with rain, hail

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Yucca Middle School Assistant Principal Brandon Boeria oversees the school yard Wednesday during lunch. Forecasters say there’s a 40 percent chance for more rain today.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico took a weather beating — rain and hail — on Tuesday  night and the moisture is expected to continue through today. “The hail to some of the farmers is very destructive, and the farmers have lost a whole year’s expenses,” Curry County Commissioner and  farmer Wendell […]

Intersection construction begins

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Nick Griego & Sons Supervisor Richard Vela removes tarp Tuesday afternoon to inspect concrete at the intersections of Norris and 21st streets. The work should be done in about three weeks.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Construction on the intersection at Norris and 21st streets began Monday morning in Clovis and should last for around three weeks, city officials said. Clint Bunch, Clovis’ public works director, said workers are replacing asphalt at the intersection with 8 inches of concrete that’s costing Clovis $79,000. If it […]

Man accused in 2003 killing arraigned

William Hadix

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com A man accused of killing J.C. Tucker in 2003 was arraigned Monday morning in Judge Fred Van Soelen’s courtroom and remains held without bond at the Curry County jail. William Hadix, 67, pleaded not guilty Monday morning, his defense attorney Gary Mitchell said. “Obviously our plea was made in […]

Purported Kid image puts outlaw back in news

A television documentary claims Billy the Kid and friends are in this photo, allegedly taken near Ruidoso in 1878. (Tribune News Service)

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Tim Sweet first saw the photo about two years ago. A cousin of the owner of the 1870s-era tintype brought it into the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner. “They asked me to look at it, didn’t tell me anything about it,” he recalled. “I looked at it 10 […]

Winter may be colder, wetter

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The coming winter is expected to be colder and wetter than usual.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico can expect a cold, wet winter and could see its first snow flakes as early as Halloween. That’s the forecast from AccuWeather Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck, who said a strong El Nino system hanging over the Pacific will be there into the spring. Smerbeck said he expects above-average […]

Area residents go nuts at festival

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Richard Tanksley, left, also known as Sir Tancred, battles his son Christian Tanksley, also known as Osric Tancredsson, during a demonstration held by the Society of Creative Anachronism Saturday afternoon at the annual peanut festival.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Approximately 3,000 people are anticipated to have attended the Peanut Valley Festival this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to Executive Director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry. “Attendance has been pretty good; we usually attract around 3,000 people over the weekend, and we believe we are […]

Quilt festival brings splash of color

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Visitors browsed vendors and admired quilts at the annual High Plains Quilt Festival that took place on Friday and Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com A plethora of color and design was on display throughout the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday for the 10th Annual High Plains Quilt Festival. Visitors browsed the building admiring what Robin Gold of Portales said was about 100 quilts representing a variety of […]

Spiders spread webs all over town

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Thanks to a wet summer, insect activity has increased this fall and brought with it a plethora of spiders. Webs could be found adorning Main Street in Clovis this week and are thought to be from baby spiders traveling via wind to find their new homes.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com If you’ve noticed thick, white, wispy webs adorning the city this week, you might be a little creeped out to know they aren’t part of anyone’s  Halloween décor. Nope, those are spider webs, according to Curry County Extension Agent Luther Dunlap, and they’re arriving just in time for the […]

Melrose Elementary chosen for Blue Ribbon honor

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Melrose schools Superintendent Jamie Widner presented students as “the future” as they celebrated a National Blue Ribbon designation on Wednesday.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com It’s not easy to become a National Blue Ribbon School, but one rural elementary school in Curry County pulled it off and proved that size doesn’t always matter. Melrose Elementary School, with a mere 140 students and 10 certified teachers, held an awards ceremony Wednesday afternoon to celebrate being […]

Official: Gidding construction going well

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Gary Romero and Juan Moreno remove metal from the building on Gidding Street on Tuesday. When complete, the building will host offices for Curry County employees.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com The heavy rainfall last week may have slowed construction workers but didn’t stop them from chipping away at renovations to 417 Gidding St., Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said on Tuesday. And the project — which will provide office space for county workers — is still under budget and […]

Presenter talks about Zozobra tradition

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Raymond Sandoval of the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club brought a miniature version of the Zozobra to Portales Monday for his presentation on the annual Burning of the Zozobra in Santa Fe.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com What began as one man venting his frustrations almost 100 years ago has become a personal and sacred tradition for New Mexicans, particularly those from Santa Fe. “We call it the Zozobra bug and once you get bitten by it, there’s nothing like it. You have to burn a […]

Festival coordinator: Quilting is growing

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The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday of next week with various quilts on display by quilters from all over New Mexico and Texas.

The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday with quilts on display from all over New Mexico and Texas. The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday with quilts on display from all over New Mexico and Texas. By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It’s […]

Local hopes to find a way to restore Harvey House

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Clovis’ Harvey House, last used as a restaurant in 1969, has been in disrepair for decades.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Phil Williams cares about all things railroad. He operates the Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum at 221 W. First St., and he had a lot to do with restoring the 1906 locomotive that sits in front of his building, last used as a switch engine in the Clovis rail […]

Society for Creative Anachronism returns to Peanut Valley Festival

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The annual Peanut Valley Festival is approaching next weekend with lots of vendors, live music, peanut dash and the new touch of a medieval village.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com The Peanut Valley Festival is set to kick off next weekend, and among the slew of activities will be an event that is returning for the first time in many years, according to Johnny Casady, local chapter president of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Members of the local chapter […]