Judge hopefuls make cases

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Attorney Christopher Paul Christiansen of Portales addresses a question given to him by Ninth Judicial District Chief Judge Drew Tatum at Tuesday’s nominating committee meeting at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com After six hopefuls made their cases to fill Judge Stephen Quinn’s shoes in July, members of the Ninth Judicial Nominating Commission could not pick top candidates to recommend to Gov. Susana Martinez. Instead, they said all of the above — sending Brett J. Carter, Matthew Edward Chandler, Christian Paul Christensen, […]

State Democratic Party chairwoman talks education, Obama

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State Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland began her career by simply walking into a campaign office and picking up the telephone. Hailing from a “grassroots-working” family (her father is a Marine veteran and mother a teacher), she later became the first Native American woman to hold the office and hopes to inspire a hardworking Democrat […]

Juneteenth celebration set for Saturday

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Robert Farley of Las Cruces cooks up some chicken quarters at last year’s Juneteenth celebration in Potter Park. Farley cooks every year and starts at 4 a.m. the day of the event.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com William Hall began organizing a free Juneteenth Celebration in Clovis 22 years ago after he realized there was a great need in the community. “They were having a deal at Hillcrest Park — they would set up booths and sell food for $10 a plate,” Hall said. “I went […]

Derby field mostly newcomers


By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@cnjonline.com After three years of competing, Cody Little finally seized the top spot at the Clovis Rotary Club’s 14th annual soap box derby. The Saturday morning derby featured 15 young drivers, ranging in age from 9 to 14, all vying for first place and a trip to the All-American Soap […]

Commissioners weigh in on Hawaii conference

Angelina Baca posted photos from her Hawaii trip on her Facebook page.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County Commissioner Angelina Baca attended a conference to learn more about county government last month — in Hawaii. Commissioner Ben McDaniel said he had no issues with Baca attending, but also said, “I think it’s insane that group would have a meeting in Hawaii and everyone spending two […]

Local horse trainer ready to compete


By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Farwell horse trainer Joshua “Adam” Adcock, 28, is competing this fall in an Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth, Texas. He is one of 81 trainers from across the U.S. assigned the daunting task of taming a wild horse. Adcock and the others have 100 days to gentle a […]

Soap Box Derby rolls through town

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The 14th annual Clovis Soap Box Derby is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street adjacent to Yucca Middle School. The winner of the derby, expected to draw 15 competitors, will move on to the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron July 25.

Staff report The Clovis Rotary Club has 15 young drivers set to race Saturday for a shot at Akron, Ohio. The annual Clovis Soap Box Derby is set to roll Saturday down Sycamore Street. Larry Erwin, an organizer for the event, said the children competing range from 9 to 14 years old. The derby is […]

Car buffs reminisce at show


By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A short, small car show was packed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum Tuesday afternoon with car enthusiasts reminiscing about the good old days of hot rods and first cars. Former City Manager Joe Thomas said his first car was a 1962 Corvair Monza Spyder, which […]

Local enthusiast documents roadrunners

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Dan True of Clovis, a writer, gets up close to a roadrunner before it heads off to feed its baby.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Roadrunners “live on the edge,” and lately a few in rural Curry County have been living on the edge with 90-year-old WWII veteran and former television weatherman Dan True living the life and dining on lizards and mice. True, who has been documenting wildlife most of his life, has […]

ENMU breaks ground on Whitehead Field

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ENMU administration and Portales community members scoop dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new ENMU Greyhound Stadium on Saturday. The stadium is costing 13.5 million dollars.

Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University revealed the name of its new on-campus football field during groundbreaking ceremonies on Saturday night: Whitehead Field, inside Greyhound Stadium, is scheduled for completion next June. The stadium on West University Drive in Portales is slated to host its first football game in September 2016. Al […]

Attendees share Girls’ State experiences

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The counselors at New Mexico Girls’ State were awarded Friday with pins for their contribution to the program.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com American Legion Auxiliary’s program New Mexico Girls’ State had its last hurrah on Friday before the girls returned to their homes. Girls’ State started last Sunday at Eastern New Mexico University. The program, devoted to teaching upcoming seniors in high school about American government, had about 65 attendees from […]

Parade honors area history

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Southwest Cheese won the grand prize for the Pioneer Days Parade with their float that included a Saturday night saloon and a Sunday morning church to encapsulate the parade theme of “So God Made a Cowboy.”

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Hours before American Pharoah made history as a Triple Crown winner, Curry County residents were honoring history at a more leisurely pace. Nearly 70 entries made their way from 21st Street to Grand Street for Saturday’s Pioneer Days Parade. The parade kicked off the final day of events for […]

Pioneer women honored at breakfast

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Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos embraces Lucille Johnson of Claude during Friday’s Pioneer Days Women’s Breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com As she enjoyed her breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center, Lucille Johnson couldn’t help but enjoy the company around her as Clovis was celebrated during the Heritage Days Women’s Breakfast. But when it came time for her to speak, Johnson beamed with pride as she spoke of her upbringing […]

New Teen Miss Rodeo New Mexico crowned

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The pageant lineup Friday afternoon at the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant was full of leather, fringe and glitz. Visiting royalty Miss Rodeo Washington and Miss Rodeo America asked contestants questions alongside Miss Rodeo New Mexico testing their knowledge of rodeos, real-life issues in both school and in the world.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Perhaps each of the Miss Rodeo royalty hopefuls started out as what newly crowned Teen Miss Rodeo New Mexico Kristin White described as the future of rodeo. “Imagine this … A little girl with long braided hair and big pink bows, so proud of her brand-new boots,” White said […]

Local theater group performs for kids

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Actors with the Brickstreet Players local theater group played in front of a packed room Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Chris Cummins and Wayne Davies starred as the Hare and the Tortoise for the kickoff of the library’s Summer Reading Program. “It was a treat,” said Krissie Carter, […]

The future of rodeo


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Miss Rodeo America Lauren Heaton of Oklahoma made a surprise visit to the Little Buckaroo Rodeo Monday to sign autographs and encourage the kids in the competition. “This is where it starts, they are our foundation,” Heaton said. “They are the future of our sport of rodeo, so if […]

Rodeo royalty crowned

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Outgoing Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Janay Blevins, 20, crowns and pinns a sash on this year’s pageant winner, Kyla Myers, 18, Monday at the Curry County Events Center. Contestants competed in personality, appearance, and horsemanship to win the crown.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Here she is — after a long day of speeches and riding, Kyla Myers was crowned Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Monday at the Curry County Events Center. “I’m feeling pretty good,” Myers said with a smile after the coronation. Myers, 18, said winning the crown has been her goal […]

Commercial winery coming to Portales

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Doug Redmond planted over 150 vines on his land this spring in preperation for his new winery. Redmond said the blue plastic protectors are placed over the vines to filter everything out and protect them from wind and rabbits.

Staff report The first commercial winery to come to Portales is in the process of being built. Doug Redmond, the owner of 3 Mules Winery, said he began planning the business in September. “I have an acre and a quarter of grapes planted on my land, and in three years, the 155 vines will produce […]

Week-long event honors pioneers

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Pioneer Days parade organizer John Montano expects about 100 entries for the annual Saturday morning parade down Main Street.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A 1978 speech by radio commentator Paul Harvey tells us God made a farmer on the eighth day. Some time after, Clovis Pioneer Days organizers reasoned, there would be other needs. “So God made a cowboy,” and it’s being celebrated this week. Wilma Fulgham, who’s been promoting the Western […]

Variety of talent, food found at fiesta

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Sally Romero, left, and Manuela Torres, right, is helped by Onavaya Sintas, 7, to collect ticket Friday evening at the fiesta dinner and variety show. Onavaya also took part in the variety and song the theme song from the movie “Frozen”.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Variety shows are just that — a variety. You never know what you’re going to get, what you’ll witness or what you’ll have to grin and bear through for the sake of the performers. The audience didn’t have to bear 7 year-old Onavaya Sintas’s talent, though, who performed at […]