Ag Expo draws about 2,000

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Crowds browse the approximately 50 vendors Saturday afternoon at the 23rd annual Ag Expo held at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director Karl Terry said the event attracted about 2,000 visitors.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer About 2,000 people filed through the 2015 Ag Expo, visiting vendors and learning new ways to enrich a rural lifestyle over its two days. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the 23rd annual expo included about 50 vendors and featured classes and seminars on xeriscaping, […]

Topdressing big topic at Ag Expo

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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle talked to Curry and Roosevelt County farmers Friday about the importance of putting nitrogen topdressing on their winter wheat crops early. The forum was one of many at the 23rd Annual Ag Expo.

By Alisa Boswell A common mistake made by winter wheat farmers in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region is placing their nitrogen topdressing on to early. At least that’s what Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle told farmers from Curry and Roosevelt counties Friday afternoon as he talked to them at […]

Food class part of Ag Expo’s opening day

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Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers shows area residents how to cook Pecan-Crusted Chicken Friday morning during her Simply Prepared Meals and Menus class. Moyers also showed attendees how to make a cheeseburger skillet dinner and gave them advice on how to separate foods.

Staff report A room full of area residents laughed as Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers switched her cheeseburger skillet dinner over to a larger skillet. Moyers told her audience, “Don’t always do the things I do; do the things I say.” Moyers had a full house of people in the McAlister Room at […]

Cannon Air Force Base changes command


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer It was a star-spangled event at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon as Col. Tony Bauernfeind handed over command of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Benjamin Maitre. The 27th SOW performed the change of command ceremony in a Cannon hangar Tuesday in front of an audience comprised […]

Joe’s Boot Shop closed

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The doors to Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive were closed to business Tuesday.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR Joe’s Boot Shop, an eastern New Mexico and West Texas destination for more than 40 years, has closed its doors in Clovis, apparently for good. Former owners and founders Joe and Darla Rhodes declined comment Tuesday other than to say the store they sold three years ago to their […]

Barns burn, break-in reported within 45 minutes of each other


By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer Barns at Johnson Lumber Company and the Clovis Livestock Auction were ablaze within minutes of each other early Sunday morning. Soon after that,  a break-in was reported at Gebo’s farm and ranch supply store. All three incidents occurred within 45 minutes of each other, but investigators said they do […]

Participant: Athleticism not prerequisite for Senior Olympics

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Fay Smith, Curry County Senior Olympics board member and competitor, has won county and state titles for table tennis.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Pickleball competitor Melinda Coslett has a message for area seniors: You don’t have to be athletic to join the Curry County Senior Olympics. And you don’t even have to know how to play pickleball or shoot an air gun, because there are people to teach you. “Many of us […]

Pair partner up to open new Stansell’s store

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David Madrid touches up a counter at the future site of Stansell's Meat Market. Madrid spent 21 years working with the Stansells.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer David Madrid, going back to the days as a young boy cutting salami at Garcia’s on Grand Avenue, has been a butcher most of his life. He finds fewer like him every year. “It’s a dying art,” Madrid said, noting the rarity of small things like on-site calculation of […]

Unpaid debts force gentleman’s club closure

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The Clovis Gentleman’s Club closed last week after being open less than four months.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The Clovis Gentleman’s Club faced an uphill battle before it opened last fall. Critics feared an increase in community crime, supporters lamented the county’s no-alcohol laws. Now, less than four months after it opened, it’s closed because of unpaid debts. Plaintiffs represented by Attorney Richard Rowley II took the […]

Muleshoe High senior talks singing, music

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Muleshoe High senior Blayne Shipman would love to sing with Fleetwod Mac some day.

A singing career launched as a first-grader at his church will take Muleshoe High senior Blayne Shipman to  Carnegie Hall in New York later this month. Shipman, one of about 500 finalists selected to participate in the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series on Feb. 22, answered a few questions about his musical tastes and […]

Love is in the air

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Portales couple Devan Griego, left, and Kameron King joke Friday afternoon at the district court offices outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse while they recall the early stages of their relationship. Couples throughout Roosevelt and Curry Counties will be 
celebrating their relationships for Valentine’s Day.

By Joshua Lucero Like other couples in Roosevelt and Curry County, Devan Griego and her fiancé Kameron King will be celebrating their relationship for Valentine’s Day today, but the real story is how their romance started. King and Griego, who have been dating for three years, said they met at Griego’s sorority function while […]

Coach’s unusual artistry featured

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One of the pieces from Clovis artist Corey Pickett’s “Out of the Box” display at the Runnels Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor On a typical night Corey Pickett stalks the sidelines, gives his team direction and works the referees as Clovis Christian’s high school basketball coach. On his own time, Pickett is an artist. His works are on display until Feb. 27 at Eastern New Mexico’s Golden Library. Pickett, who […]

Cameron keeps Hounds winless in LSC with late run

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ENMU junior guard John Gilliam pushes past Cameron University senior Desmond Henry during the Greyhounds’ Wednesday night game at Greyhound Arena. Gilliam scored a team-high 17 points in the 55-47 setback.

Derek Major Staff writer With five minutes to go in the second half on Wednesday, Eastern New Mexico University looked like they could get their first Lone Star Conference win of the season with the game knotted. Then Cameron went on an 11-0 run, and by the time the host Greyhounds scored again it […]

Hospital smoking ban not much of a change

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Susan Womack, left, billing specialist for the Roosevelt General Hospital Clinic, chats Wednesday with Director of Marketing Greg McFarland in the RGH Cafe. Womack said fewer people spend time in the outdoor area now that RGH is a non-smoking facility, but none of the staff members that smoke seem to mind.

  By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER Roosevelt General Hospital staff members who smoke are saying not much has changed for them since the hospital enacted a non-smoking policy at the start of the new year. The hospital sent out a press release last week announcing the change, stating that the change was “a continued […]

Fire destroys boat, spreads to home

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The house at 101 E. Plains St. caught fire Monday after flames spread from a boat the resident was working on, according to fire officials.

Staff report A homeowner working on his boat started a fire Monday morning that destroyed the boat and spread to his home, fire officials said. Clovis firefighters responded to the blaze at 101 E. Plains about 10:20 a.m., Fire Marshal Allan Silvers said. “The boat was a total loss,” Silvers said. Silvers did not have […]

Small entertainers, big entertainment

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Jacob “Lil Show” Brooks dives off the ropes to slam Philip “Lil Nasty Boy” Campbell during the final round of Fridays Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation Show at the YAM theater. EMWF manager Jett Romain said the steel and aluminum framed ring the wrestlers use is 12’ by 12’ and has only 1/4 inch of padding on top of 9/16 inch thick sheets of plywood.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer They may not be the same size as your average wrestler, but the men who make up the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation are dedicated to giving their fans the biggest and best shows they can muster every week. Such was the case Friday evening at the YAM theater as […]

Standing-room only at art show

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Amy Armenta, president of the Pintores Art League, navigates the standing-room only crowd at the “Art Has Heart” art show and silent auction Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer There were so many people packed into the “Art Has Heart” art show and silent auction Saturday it was standing-room only at the Ingram Room in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The crowd showed up to see creations of more than 45 local art students, who worked for months on […]

Helping lives at 55

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United Way volunteer Joseph Arora helps unload school supplies at the Clovis Municipal Schools main office during UWENM’s annual Stuff the Bus event in 2013.

Staff report Whether it’s feeding a hungry family or helping residents pay bills, United Way of Eastern New Mexico has been making a difference in Clovis and Portales for 55 years. United Way is beginning 2015 by celebrating 55 years in the area and the accomplishments it has made in aiding local communities. United Way […]

Extreme temperatures coming

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Jeremiah Mani and his daughter Iris Mani, 9, leave Zia Elementary School Wednesday afternoon while battling with high winds and cold. Mani said the change in the weather caught him by surprise.

Staff report A stunning 20-plus degree temperature dive across Clovis and Portales Wednesday afternoon may be just the start of some very strange weather for eastern New Mexico. Yes, that was a trace of snow you saw flying by in those gusty cold winds, according to the National Weather Service. But it’s not going to […]

Howalt wins Clovis schools District 4 seat from incumbent Burrill

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Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch and Justin Howalt chat Tuesday evening while waiting for the ballots to arrive at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer City Engineer Justin Howalt won the District 4 Clovis Municipal Schools board seat Tuesday, defeating incumbent candidate attorney Jennifer Burrill. Howalt defeated Burrill 161-43. “I feel great,” Howalt said. “It’s humbling to know that the voters have confidence in me.” “I look forward to the challenges that our education […]