Stansell’s Thriftway closing doors

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By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com It isn’t the bargain prices or that owners and brothers Lindy and Randy Stansell know most of their customers by first and last name. What it is, according to customer Dona Dickinson, is a sad loss of a huge chunk of Clovis history. “It makes me sad,” said Dickinson. […]

4 questions with the CHS varisty cheer captains

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The four captains of the Clovis High varsity cheerleader squad were asked a question. What’s your favorite song/cheer to perform to? Nela Dixon: If I had to pick one, it would be the cheer “C-L-O-V-I-S”.  It’s short and simple, but it’s the team I cheer for.  It’s the name of the town I’m proud to […]

Q&A: Kentucky HeadHunters guitarist talks career, touring

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The Kentucky Headhunters, who started in 1968 as a family band called Itchy Brothers, will be the opening act for Phil Vassar Saturday at the Clovis Music Festival.

The opening act for Saturday night’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival has been in music for nearly half a century, and draws fans of all genres because everybody has a “Dumas Walker” of their own. The Kentucky HeadHunters, who started with a pair of brothers and their cousins in 1968 as Itchy Brothers, has […]

Labor of love

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Sal Maestas, front, and his uncle, Robert Gutierrez, dry off a car Monday afternoon at the Hilltop Plaza. The two were part of a family effort to defray funeral costs for Julia Maestas, Sal’s mother and Robert’s brother.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Maestas family didn’t have any particular plans for Labor Day, but they were probably going to do something as a family. Then the not-so-unexpected happened. The family said good-bye Monday morning to Julia Maestas, a mother of eight, grandmother to 26 and great-grandmother to 34, with many of […]

Q&A: Phil Vassar says he feels like one of the lucky ones

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Country music performer Phil Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs such as “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child.”

After earning a degree in business in his home state of Virginia, Phil Vassar loaded his Pinto station wagon and headed to Nashville like so many others. He feels he was one of the lucky ones. He made his debut in the late 1990s co-writing singles with the likes of Tim McGraw and Jo Dee […]

Music festival going country

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Staff report The Clovis Music Festival is going country this year, with appearances by Phil Vasser, the Kentucky HeadHunters and the Highway Men Live tribute band. The 27th annual festival also includes tours of the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum and Norman Petty Studios and the 17th annual Desert Cruzers Run to […]

Water checkup: Mayor talks conservation plan

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford is leading the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation & Conservation Initiative. His plan is to use federal grant money to pay area farmers to stop irrigating and switch to dryland farming. An estimated 90 to 93 percent of water pulled from the Ogallala Aquifer — the only source of drinking water in […]

Lila Lee Wilkinson: Shining star

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By David Stevens Editor Times change. Who alive in 1948 could have imagined that we’d have mini computers in our pockets today? Or that we’d pay 100 bucks to enter taxpayer-funded professional sports stadiums with fake grass? Or that Colorado and Washington state would legalize recreational marijuana? Eight decades ago, phonograph records and Scrabble were […]

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 […]