Newspaper truck driver found dead

Elmer Waite

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com A newspaper delivery truck driver missing since Friday was found dead Monday morning in his truck. Officials said they believe Elmer Lee Waite, 59, died at the scene of a crash, about four miles east of Fort Sumner. The vehicle was found about 8:30 a.m., south of U.S. 60 in […]

Jaye Crockett gives back with second athletics picnic

Staff photo: Douglas Clark
Jaye Crockett fires a toss at a fellow combatant during a water balloon fight Saturday during the Jaye Rock Athletics picnic at Hillcrest Park.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Jaye Crockett was born into a loving family that has supported him in all manner of endeavors, so when the former Clovis High School and Texas Tech University and current European basketball league standout was afforded the opportunity to give love back to the community, he pounced as if […]

USDA shares drought relief resources

Staff photo: Douglas Clark 
USDA Farm Service Agency Program Specialist Anthony Chavez makes a presentation during Friday’s Agriculture Resource Fair at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and officials from a trio of USDA umbrella agencies huddled with local farmers and ranchers Friday as a means of potentially providing some relief from the stifling heat. “Based upon the drought conditions we’re facing in our communities and the devastating winter that […]

Clovis adopt-a-pet — Aug. 6

Shepherd mix
Age: Adult
Sex: Male/Not Sterilized
Color: Tan/White
Size: Large

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue, has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]

Faith: Church offers backpacks to those in need

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Jessica Wallich, administrative assistant of the Faith Christian Family Church Youth Department in Clovis, helps fill backpacks with school supplies for Saturday’s annual backpack giveaway. This is Wallich's first year helping organize the church’s 20-year tradition.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com For some families in Clovis, lining up outside at 3 a.m. is worth it to get a brand new backpack and school supplies for free. Faith Christian Family Church Executive Pastor Jason Swann has witnessed this firsthand. FCFC is hosting its 20th annual backpack giveaway on Saturday. According to […]

Strengthening partnerships

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Rickey Fenstermaker, 4, of Clovis takes part in the Clovis Fire Department obstacle course at Tuesday evening’s National Night Out event at Greene Acres Park.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com As a means of strengthening law enforcement and community partnerships while also heightening crime and drug prevention efforts, the Clovis Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out event Tuesday at Greene Acres Park. Law enforcement personnel representing a myriad of local and state agencies joined Cannon Air Force […]

National Night Out set for Tuesday

Courtesy photo: Clovis Police Department
This year's National Night Out event will feature numerous food booths, live bands and games — including a law enforcement dunk-tank.

By David Norton Sports Editor dnorton@pntonline.com The Clovis Police Department, in partnership with the National Association of Town Watch, are inviting all members of the community and surrounding areas to join thousands of communities nationwide for the 33rd Annual National Night Out event at Clovis’ Greene Acres Park. The event, which runs from 6 to […]

Business feature: Farmers hoping for more moisture

Courtesy photo: Matthew Lansford
The dryland milo crops, also known as grain sorghum, at Matthew Lansford's Clovis farm are in need of precipitation this summer to grow.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Rain isn’t something Matthew Lansford takes for granted. After all, he and his wife, Jennifer, depend on it to make their business successful. Like most dryland farmers, Lansford relies solely on rainfall — not irrigation — to water his crops at Lansford Inc., his Clovis farm and cattle ranch. […]

Border town bond

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
The Farwell Junior High cheerleaders throw some candy out into the crowd during the Border Town Days parade.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Separated by nothing but a time zone change and train tracks, the neighboring towns of Texico and Farwell became even closer during the 50th annual Border Town Days celebration on Saturday. The festivities, aimed to strengthen the community rapport between the two cities, kicked off at 9 a.m. (10 […]

Q&A: Texico clerk talks job, award

Staff photo: Ryan Galloway
Elpidia Solis of Texico was recently named “Court Clerk of the Year” for 2016.

Elpidia Solis of Texico was recently named “Court Clerk of the Year” for 2016 by the New Mexico Municipal Court Clerks Association. Here’s what she had to say about the way she goes about her job: Question: How did you become a court clerk? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do? Answer: I began […]

Border Town Days brings towns together for 50th year

File photo
The annual Border Town Days parade is expected to have 48 entries.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com For half a century, Border Town Days has brought entertainment, reunions and festivities to the twin cities of Texico and Farwell. With its theme of “Firefighters: Past and Present,” Saturday’s 50th annual celebration promises to spark even more this year. Border Town Days Chairman Rob Pomper explained the significance, […]

Faith: Clovis church given 10-year service award

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Parkland Baptist Church Pastor Wayne Boydstun, left, accepts a 10-year service award from Operation Christmas Child Amarillo Network Coordinator Karen Copeland on behalf of the church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Members of the Parkland Baptist Church have proven that, even in July, it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. The Clovis church on Wednesday was awarded for its 10 years of service with Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Through Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief and Christian evangelism […]

Zoo animals take shelter from heat

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Hillcrest Park zookeeper Cody Machen cools Sheba the Camel down Tuesday afternoon while enticing her with a branch of leaves, one of many methods the staff use to help to the animals beat the heat.

Staff report When the temperatures chase triple digits, most of us retreat into our homes and offices with air conditioners and fans. The animals at Hillcrest Park Zoo are smart like that, too. Zookeeper Mark Yannotti said the animal shelters are equipped with air conditioning, fans and even sprinklers. So if the animals are not […]

Officials: Plans for building still up in air

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Plans for the building on the 1200 block of Mitchell Street, purchased by the city of Clovis in October, are still in the making.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The city of Clovis is planning to relocate one of its departments to a building purchased in October, but city officials say there’s no telling which one will occupy the new space — or how soon. Including property tax, the city last year bought the former insurance office building […]

Actors talk ‘Hell or High Water’

Staff photo: Anna George
Chris Pine speaks Monday during the Q&A that followed a screening of 'Hell or High Water' at the Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com LUBBOCK — Chris Pine said he was proud of the work and awestruck by Jeff Bridges. Bridges said he just loves telling stories, especially when they’re about Texas. “Hell or High Water” came to the big screen Monday night in the form of a pre-screening at Alamo Drafthouses across Texas. […]

Mabry ready for final inspection

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Mabry Drive business owners are happy construction has ended.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After almost one year of closed traffic lanes and reduced speed limits, construction on Mabry Drive is ready for its final inspection. And business owners along the highway are just as ready. The construction, which began last July, was officially completed in June, according to New Mexico Department of […]

Ethnic fair a cultural showcase

Staff photos: Douglas Clark 
Addison Dominguez, 7, offers a Bollywood dance interpretation during the Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair Saturday at Hillcrest Park.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com With the theme “We Are The World” serving as the backdrop, the 25th Clovis / Curry County Ethnic Fair culminated a week’s worth of activities with a vast array of events Saturday at Hillcrest Park. The Roy Walker Community Center hosted a series of cultural workshops throughout the week […]

Q&A: New library adult services coordinator open to new programs

Williford

Sara Williford is the new adult services coordinator for Clovis-Carver Public Library. She answered questions about books, the library and what patrons can expect in the coming months: What are some of your favorite books? Oh, that isn’t an easy question. Do we go back to “Little House on The Prairie,” which started it all? […]

Clovis Adopt-a-pet

Shepherd mix
Age: Young adult
Sex: Female/not sterilized
Color: White/tan
Size: Medium

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue, has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]

More than $1,000 of items stolen from salon

Courtesy photo 
Hair stylist Lisa Morales said she lost more than $1,000 worth of equipment in an overnight theft discovered Thursday morning.

Staff report Lisa Morales’ phone rang at 6 a.m. Thursday with bad news. Someone had broken into her Clovis shop, Lasting Impressions Salon. When Morales arrived at her small Sixth Street salon, she found her door off its hinges, shattered glass and more than $1,000 worth of items missing. Blowdryers, scissors, clippers and a computer […]