Agility trials put dogs through their paces

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Cheryl Birdwell of Lorenzo, Texas, lets her Australian Shepherd, Ruby, go through the weave portion of the novice jumpers event at Friday’s running of the Clovis/Portales American Kennel Club Agility Trials at the Curry County Events Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The American Kennel Club agility competition hosted this weekend by the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club delivered a bit of local flair on Saturday, as Clovis resident Dee Durland put one of her Golden Retrievers through the paces before judges at the Curry County Events Center. AKC officials said the event, […]

School joins nation in reading celebration

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Parkview Elementary School Principal Mandy Carpenter reacts to a passage of “Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice,” which was read by the Rev. Jeb Archey of the First United Methodist Church of Clovis.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Academic researchers maintain reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development and literacy enhancement. Among other benefits, experts believe reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children and stands as a potent predictor of reading success. To that end, Parkview Elementary School expanded […]

Floyd jamboree promises family fun, classic country

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The annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree is approaching later this month with live classic and modern country music performed by locals. The event will be $7 per ticket and will be March 24-26 at the Floyd schools gymnasium.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The 66th annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree will be held March 24-27 at the Floyd High School gymnasium. According to Paul Benoit of the Floyd Lions Club, this year’s event will have the standard fare of performers, “which means we don’t have anyone new on the show this […]

Ag Expo on its way

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Along with multiple presentations on a variety of agricultural subjects, the annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo also has a variety of vendor booths during the two-day event.

Staff report The New Mexico Ag Expo will be held at the Portales fairgrounds March 18-19. The event will feature exhibitions, seminars, food and several vendors and non-profit booths. One event that is returning to the Ag Expo on Saturday, according to Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, is the antique tractor games, […]

Lunch and a recap

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District 64 Rep. Randy Crowder, R-Clovis, adds toppings to his bowl of chowder Friday afternoon at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber office prior to the start of his briefing of the recent legislative session.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Rep. Randy Crowder was the guest at “Chowder with Crowder,” as the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce helped him wrap up the recent legislative session. The luncheon for Crowder was sponsored by the chamber and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Crowder and Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, enjoyed bowls of […]

Governor signs bills at Southwest Cheese

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signs a bill into law Thursday afternoon at the Southwest Cheese Plant as supporters applaud.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez visited Southwest Cheese’s Clovis plant Thursday afternoon to sign two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 72 and House Bill 270. A crowd from both agricultural and medical industries gathered around to witness the signing of these two bills. Senate Bill 72, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, […]

Buffalo soldier keeps memories alive

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Ira Pottard sits in his Clovis home as he tells about his days as a World War II Buffalo Soldier.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Ira Pottard can’t get out to the public schools anymore, as he did for decades. Health issues prevent him from making veterans’ events and riding in the parades down Clovis’ Main Street as well. But Pottard, 93, still proudly tells visitors to his Davis Street home that he has […]

Clayton takes District 1; Taylor-Sawyer retains seat

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Sandra Taylor-Sawyer points poll numbers out to her mother, Ruth Taylor, Monday night at City Hall, while her husband Donald Sawyer looks on. Taylor-Sawyer defeated Gayla Brumfield to keep her position as District 2 commissioner.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Ladona Clayton said she worked hard, even secured voters who didn’t know there was an election on Tuesday until she told them. But she also had high praise for the five candidates she defeated for the District 1 Clovis City Commission seat. “I was running with excellent candidates,” she said. […]

Library program raising funds

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Imagination Library is intended to encourage preschoolers to read.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Imagination can go a long way. But the Imagination Library program at Curry County has hit a road block. A financial road block has sparked a fundraising drive to help keep the children’s reading program alive. County Manager Lance Pyle said expenses are exceeding the program’s private donations. It’s […]

Elections staying close to home

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City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon, right, and Deputy Clerk Connie Harrison on Monday put together supplies for voting convenience centers for today’s election. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Staff report Super Tuesday means presidential politics for Texas and other states today, but in New Mexico the elections are closer to home. Municipalities across the state will host voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. New Mexico’s primary elections are in June. Clovis will feature two contested City Commission races today, plus a decision […]

Dose of reality

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A set of folding chairs with a fictitious family name, surrounded by volunteer-manned tables, hardly resembles the real world. But for Clovis High School freshmen, it was more than enough for a Reality Check. The simulation had its fifth and final run Friday at the CHS Freshman Academy. Over […]

Up ’til Dawn doubles donations goal

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Participants in ENMU’s Up ‘til Dawn event line up for the paper plane 
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event on Friday evening. Up ‘til Dawn raised $40,572 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University’s Up ‘til Dawn event, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, surpassed goal after goal this year, according to Up ‘til Dawn’s Director of Public Relations Tim Harris. “This was a more successful event than in previous years; it just grew exponentially. Last year, the […]

Candidates congenial at radio forum

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KTQM Station Manager Bob Coker begins the candidate forum Tuesday night. Nine candidates for four different races attended.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com One week away from the Clovis municipal election, most of the people on the ballot met at a small radio station on the outskirts of Clovis for a tradition that dates back more than a quarter century. The two-hour KTQM political forum, broadcast on KTQM and streamed online, included […]

Winter weather not here to stay

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Neither rain nor snow nor cool temperatures on Tuesday could keep Hillcrest Park zookeeper Brett Gamble from making his rounds to feed the  animals. That’s Sheba the camel huddling with Gamble. Today’s temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s after a high in the lower 40s Tuesday.

Staff report If you weren’t a fan of Tuesday’s sudden return of winter conditions, don’t be too concerned. They’re not scheduled to stick around. There were hints of snow during a cold, windy afternoon in Clovis with temperatures in the 30s, but there was no report of snow above trace amounts at the National Weather […]

Paradise Market closing its doors

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Paradise Market, which opened in late 2012, is shutting its doors with an aim to close within the next 30 days.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com After more than three years of being Clovis’ home for gelato, Sample Saturdays, employees decked in Hawaiian shirts and more, Paradise Market is hanging it up before the end March. The Llano Estacado Boulevard grocery store’s closure was announced Sunday afternoon by owners Bill and Rhonda Bargman via the […]

Comedian Eddie Griffin performing in Clovis

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Eddie Griffing brings his comedy stylings to the Clovis Civic Center on Friday. General admission tickets are available for $35 at the civic center for the 8 p.m. show.

Staff report As a high schooler, Eddie Griffin was always voted class clown, but his first love was dance. That changed when he was pushed to do an open mic night. A three-minute set turned into 15 minutes of Griffin killing it, and he was soon on a flight to Hollywood. Almost 30 years later, […]

Music Festival backing Black

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Country artist Clint Black will be the headline artist  during the second and final night of the Clovis Music Festival Sept. 10.

STAFF REPORT The music lineup has been set, mostly, for the September Clovis Music Festival, and organizers believe they’ve found “A Better Man” to highlight the 29th annual event. Country musician Clint Black, whose resume also includes “Killin’ Time” and “When My Ship Comes In,” will perform Sept. 10 at the Marshall Middle School Auditorium. […]

Clovis students get inside look at Legislature

Clovis High School junior Priscilla Dodge is pictured with ENLACE Higher Education Coordinator F. Adrian White in the school’s library. Dodge recently completed an ENLACE legislative internship with New Mexico State Sen. Gay Kernan’s office.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A pair of Clovis High School students joined 22 peers from throughout New Mexico in an internship program that provides an inside look into the state Legislature. Juniors Priscilla Dodge and Ivan Romero served as legislative interns at the state capitol in Santa Fe Jan. 25-28.  Dodge worked with […]

In tribute: Longtime musician ‘touched lots of lives’

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Fred Chandler plays the fiddle in the 2011 Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Chandler, a long-time performer of the 65-year tradition, died last week.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Dave Nash, longtime emcee at the Floyd Lions Club Country Music Jamboree, said this is what it was like to be around Fred Chandler: “The air around him was just friendly and loving and positive and he never got twisted. “Everybody loved him. Everybody loved his music. The band enjoyed […]

ENMU program gearing up to aid students

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The Eastern New Mexico University Talent Search Program will be holding its annual financial aid workshop for local high school students on Sunday. The program is geared towards helping low income, first generation college students.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com An Eastern New Mexico University program geared towards helping high school students prepare for college is gearing up to hold its annual financial aid workshop. Annamaria Short, interim director of the ENMU Educational Talent Search, said the Talent Search program is mostly geared towards helping low income, first generation […]