Music fest kicks off September

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Night Ranger was the headline act at last year’s Clovis Music Festival.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com If it’s entertainment you seek, September may be the month for you in eastern New Mexico. Fall’s first month will be highlighted by the Clovis Music Festival, which celebrates its 27th anniversary with a three-day run beginning Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Marshall Law and Will Banister and The […]

5 things to know about CFD’s ladder truck

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The ladder truck tips the scales at 82,000 pounds, which makes it hard to stop once it gets going.

By Rick White Managing editor rwhite@cnjonline.com At 48 feet long and 41 tons — which is about the same weight as 39 Volkswagen Beetles — the Clovis Fire Department’s ladder truck is the biggest, baddest firefighting machine in the department’s arsenal. Its hydraulic-powered ladder extends 105 feet. Up front it its massive cab there is room […]

Police chief: Military vehicle has earned its keep

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 Clovis Police Chief Steve Sander said police used the all-wheel drive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle to rescue several out-of-state families stranded in their nearly submerged vehicles near First Street and Mabry during the July 2 flooding.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One of the first things Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders did when his department got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, from the Department of Defense, was to make it look less like a military vehicle. “It’s unfortunate that it’s a big monstrosity,” said Sanders. “We tried to […]

Equipment removed after Melrose clinic flooded

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The Melrose Health Clinic’s roof was torn off and its offices flooded on Aug. 15. Community members helped remove equipment and supplies. The clinic is being operated out of temporary offices at Melrose City Hall and the Church of Christ fellowship hall.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When the roof of the Melrose Health Clinic was blown away by a storm on Aug. 15, the clinic started to flood, leaving equipment in danger of damage. Joy Garner, the clinic’s administrator, who lives in Clovis, got a call about the damage and rushed to Melrose. When she […]

Band marches for uniforms, contest trip

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The Clovis High School marching band marches Saturday morning to help raise funds for an upcoming band trip and the color guard’s uniform fee.

Staff report Members of the Clovis High School marching band stepped out in good faith early Saturday morning to accrue some miles for dollars. During the “March-a-Thon” fundraising event, the Wildcat band marched eight miles around Clovis to help fund a trip to a music contest in Corpus Christi, Texas, set to take place in […]

Scientist: Ebola outbreak unlikely in US

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Steven Bradfute’s work focuses on improving the effectiveness of experimental Ebola vaccines.

By John Arnold University of New Mexico A poll released last week shows that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are worried there will be a large Ebola outbreak in this country. But such fears aren’t justified, Ebola experts say. A large, lengthy Ebola outbreak like the one happening in West Africa would be unlikely […]

Clovis residents take ice bucket challenge

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Josh Johnson, Clovis Christian School’s head football coach, has a bucket of ice water poured over him by CCS junior Michael Furrow at the school’s west campus. Johnson challenged his wife, Kallye Johnson, and staff members Chad Patton and Jerry Hargraves.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com The ice bucket challenge is a charitable effort of the 21st century — spurred by social media, it’s attracted the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Shakira, former President George W. Bush, LeBron James and Stephen King, to name a few. The challenge, which involves people posting videos online of them […]

KENW celebrates 40 years

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KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan with the KENW staff in the 1970s. Ryan said more than half of his staff stayed with the station for 25 years.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Duane Ryan came to Portales six  decades ago with a vision to start a radio and television program from the ground up. KENW was born as a public broadcasting station 40 years ago, but Ryan, the station’s director of broadcasting, said there were challenges along the way. KENW broadcasts […]

Livestock sale night

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Kasyn Creighton of Elida 4-H/FFA shows her grand champion pig during the Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale. Creighton’s pig sold for $4,000, and received a $200 sponsor add-on.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Sheltering the grand champion meat pen rabbits from the brief, heavy rain on Friday, Ethan Friend waited for his time to get in the sale ring at the Roosevelt County Fair. Dottie, Tt and Brandy, his three rabbits, snuggled up in their basket and made a cute trio when he walked […]

Five things to know about animal rescue

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Wendy Turner, founder of Wendy Saves Dogs and secretary of Health and Human Services at Eastern New Mexico University, plays with a recent rescue she and her mother took in from Dallas. Turner said the number of animals in need of rescue could be cut significantly if more people had their pets spayed and neutered.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Animals young and old are in need of rescue across Roosevelt and Curry counties according to local animal rescue organizations. Reasons for rescue can range from families that have to give up pets because of a move to animals that are neglected or injured. Local representatives from Hope Defined […]

Religion feature: Ruidoso pilgrim takes journey through Spain

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Visitors to Ruidoso are familiar with the racetrack, the golf courses, the gambling halls. While enjoying the cool mountain breezes, they might also have dined at Log Cabin, the town’s popular breakfast headquarters. Blain Dern, who will be 78 in January, started the restaurant in 1989 and sold it to daughter Michele 10 years later. […]

Roden-Smith gift shop closing doors

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The Roden-Smith gift shop will shut its doors next month due to the retirement of the store’s owners. The pharmacy will remain, while Paradise Market will absorb the gift shop’s 17,000 square feet during a four-week renovation in October.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Roden-Smith Pharmacy started nearly 60 years ago just after World War II as a drug store. After two changes of address and countless products and services, it will survive as a pharmacy as its adjoining gift store will close its doors at the end of September. “It’s been a […]

Students challenged to commit to graduation

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Lakeisha D. Lobstein, president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Tau Nu Chapter, gives a presentation Wednesday as part of the Community College Completion Corps — or C4 — challenge at Clovis Community College.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Short-term deadlines such as homework, midterms and arranging next semester’s classes may detract students from their long-term, light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel goal: Graduating. To keep them on track to achieving academic success, Clovis Community College students had the option of signing their name on a banner Wednesday as part of the Community […]

Celebrating the 1960s: Toys

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Editor’s note: This decade is the 50th anniversary of the 1960s. We’ve asked area residents to list some of their memories. Trademarked in 1962, Mattel’s Vac-U-Form allowed children in the 1960s to melt a piece of plastic and mold it into a whole new toy: A car, a boat, a dog, a house or a […]

Water concerns prompt plea over roads

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By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Growing concerns about dwindling underground water supplies are prompting a plea from Curry County’s road chief. Road Department Director Steve Reed said some farmers, particularly on the drier east side of Curry County, are over irrigating and damaging public roads. He wants farmers to be more careful and conserve […]

Racers on the half shell

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com They crept, crawled and sometimes just stood there thinking about it; but the half-shell racers were always slow and steady during every round of the 15th Annual Great American Turtle Race Saturday morning at the Curry County Fairgrounds. And, race results showed, slow and steady always wins the race. […]

City checkup: City manager talks air service, water rights

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Editor’s note: This is another in a continuing series of question and answer sessions with community leaders. City Manager Joe Thomas is in his 42nd year working for the city in some capacity. He started in 1972 as a police officer, served as assistant police chief, interim police chief,  public works director and assistant city […]

Cashing in

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Lynnae Allen, 17, has spent much of her life raising dairy heifers; but it was her piggy bank that prevailed during the Junior Livestock Sale on Friday evening at the Curry County Events Center. Allen sold her reserve grand champion dairy heifer for $7,250 — the most she’s ever […]

State police officer arrested in Tucumcari

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By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun Tucumcari police on Thursday arrested a New Mexico State Police officer on felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, officials confirmed Friday. Isaac Vigil, a state police officer for a year and a half, was arrested after Tucumcari officers responded to a report of domestic violence […]

County fair generational thing for many families

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  By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com On Wednesday, it was dairy heifers; on Thursday, it was stick horses for 6-year-old Raegan Lansford of Clovis. Lansford, accompanied by three generations of her family, participated in the Little Buckaroo Rodeo at the Curry County Fair on Thursday afternoon. An event for little ones from toddlers to […]