Floyd Jamboree turns 65

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The annual Floyd Jamboree is scheduled Thursday through Saturday with area residents enjoying old country tunes played by the young and old.

  By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com This year marks a special anniversary in Roosevelt County — it’s been 65 years since the annual fundraiser Floyd Lions Club Jamboree began. “It’s like an institution around here. Sixty-five years is a pretty good longevity,” said Master of Ceremonies Dave Nash. “If there’s anything longer than that, […]

County employees take top honors in Great American Cleanup

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Norma Delarosa accepts the Great American Cleanup’s first-place award on behalf of the Curry County team Saturday afternoon at Clovis’ Parks and Recreation Department after the team collected 147 bags of trash. The event included 23 teams and more than 300 people with the top three teams collecting 323 bags of trash from around the city.

  By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Curry County took top honors in the city of Clovis’ Great American Cleanup, with more than 50 dozen bags of trash cleared from various places throughout the city limits. The team of county employees compiled 147 bags, topping both the Cannon Air Force Base 551st Special Operations Squadron […]

Plenty to do at Oasis State Park

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More than 80 species of birds call Oasis State Park home.

  Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. There’s plenty to do at Oasis State Park now that warm weather is here, starting with a spring trout fishing derby next weekend, Saturday and March 29. Reason to go The park is a true […]

Breaking horses his living

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Tripp Townsend of Earth, on board Dallas Fort Worthy, shows what the horse can do at Friday’s afternoon Ranch Horse Competition & Demonstration at the Curry County Events Center. Townsend took first place in the competition.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Tripp Townsend grew up on a ranch, riding horseback and managing livestock in Earth and later on the Blackwater Ranch east of Portales. His dad urged him to do something else with his life and get a different job, but ranching is just in his blood. “It’s just all […]

Crowds expected for Great American Cleanup

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Johnvic Remo collects garbage with his father Dean during one of the annual Great American Cleanup events in Clovis.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Officials say to expect hundreds of community members Saturday for the Great American Cleanup, a day of volunteering and competition to see who can pick up the most trash around town. Teams can register now or just show up at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Clovis Parks and Recreation […]

Clovis school dance teams show off routines

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Clovis High School Wildcadettes led off the 2015 “A Night of Spectacular Dance” Monday night at the Rock with a high kicking military routine titled “Red Claw.”

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools dance teams showed off their award winning routines at the Night of Spectacular Dance Monday at the high school gymnasium. The bleachers were packed to watch the Clovis High School Wildcadettes, the Clovis High Freshman Wildcadettes, the Marshall Kitten Sparklettes, the Gattis Bear Essentials and the […]

Unique vehicle gives suspect away

Stephen Baker

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Instead of being the getaway car, a pink 1961 Ford Falcon became the giveaway that led Clovis police officers to the man responsible for setting two businesses ablaze and robbing another in February, officials said. Stephen M. Baker, 19, of Clovis, used his Falcon as a getaway vehicle around […]

Open government should be more than just talk

Gregory P. Williams

Elected officials and candidates love to proclaim themselves “pro-open government.” That’s a little like being “pro-education” or “pro-family.” The sentiment is nice, and sounds great in a speech, but can mean little in reality. This is Sunshine Week. This national initiative is designed to bring better awareness to the importance of open government. Here at […]

Locals helping combat unwanted animal problem

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On March 7, Shooke Unleashed Animal Rescue transported 77 unwanted dogs and cats from animal shelters and community surrenders in Clovis and Portales to animal rescue organizations in Colorado, where the demand for rescued pets is higher. Founder Summer Hooke said two service members from Cannon Air Force Base volunteered their time to make the drive.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis has an unwanted animal problem. The numbers speak for themselves: Since 2010, the Clovis Animal Shelter has euthanized more than 1,500 unwanted cats and dogs every year. To combat the problem, several local citizens are coming up with creative solutions to find homes for these pets and reduce […]

Museum tribute to railroad history

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A dorm room for train pilots is recreated at the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum. Museum owner Phillip Williams said he took the model uniform to be cleaned, and found assignment tickets in the pocket that he ended up framing and posting in the room.

The Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum is a tribute to Clovis’ strong ties to the railroad industry for more than a century. Reason to go Learn about the history of the railroad in Clovis or just rediscover the fun of model railroads. The depot has been restored to the same condition it was in […]

Torres found guilty

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Noe Torres is led away by Curry County deputies after the verdict. He was sentenced to at least 61-and-a-half years in state prison Thursday.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Jurors took about 90 minutes Friday to find Noe Torres guilty of the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Torres, 36, showed no emotion as District Court Chief Judge Drew Tatum read the verdict — guilty on all seven counts stemming from the 2005 shooting of Carlos as he […]

One still critical from Minsa

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Three were injured in the explosion on Wednesday.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com One remains in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas after Wednesday’s explosion at Minsa corn processing facility in Muleshoe, Texas. According to UMC Marketing Director Eric Finley, the hospital received two workers with injuries Wednesday, both in critical conditions at the time. Finely did not disclose […]

SWAT standoff ends peacefully

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Members of local law enforcement set up a command post Thursday on Rio Street. Jonathon Taylor, 48, surrendered himself to authorities after a standoff at his home.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com A three-hour standoff ended peacefully Thursday when Jonathon Taylor walked from the front door of his house at Ninth and Pecos streets and surrendered to two Clovis police officers in full riot gear. Clovis police spokesman Sgt. Daron Roach said officers were attempting to serve Taylor, 48, with domestic […]

Mother’s pleas with emergency responders play at trial

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Noe Torres listens Tuesday as the prosecution a photo of 10-year-old Carlos Perez during it opening arguments at the Curry County Courthouse. Torres faces charges in connection to the September 2005 shooting that killed Perez.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The first day of testimony in accused child killer Noe Torres’ murder trial included a mother’s gut-wrenching pleas for help saving her mortally wounded son and two eyewitnesses who put Torres at the scene of the killing. Jurors heard a hysterical Lupe Perez pleading with emergency responders to hurry […]

Q&A: Base commander says he’s always wanted to fly

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Col. Benjamin Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, began his time with the Air Force in 1995 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

According to his parents, Benjamin Maitre knew what he wanted to do when he grew up around the time he started talking. Less than 20 years into his career, Maitre (pronounced “may-truh”) is the newest commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. Maitre, 41, grew up in New England and […]

Girlfriend lauds shooting victim’s heroism

Joseph Chavez

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com His girlfriend says an act of heroism took Joseph Chavez’s life on Sunday morning. “He saw the fire (from a gunshot) and pushed me out of the way,” Lynette Medina, Chavez’s girlfriend, said on Monday afternoon. “I saw the flame, but I didn’t see who it was directed at. […]

Police question three but still seek one in homicide

Brandon Cordova

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A weekend party turned deadly when a fist fight in a kitchen became a shooting in a front yard, Clovis police said. Police received numerous 911 calls about 4 a.m. reporting gun shots being fired at 1000 Beta St. on the west side of Clovis. Joseph L. Chavez, 39, […]

Longtime Clovis resident television auctioneer

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Bobby Rosales, longtime resident of Clovis and real estate auctioneer, recently found out his DIY Network TV Show “Texas Flip and Move” was renewed for a second season.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Bobby Rosales said he never thought he’d be on TV. But as luck and hard work would have it, he’s now one of the auctioneer stars on a hit TV show on the DIY Network and HGTV — “Texas Flip and Move.” The Rosales family moved to Clovis after […]

Business feature: Muleshoe Donut expands to Farwell

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Dararithy Kea gets information from Joe Whitney for donut orders at the shop’s new Farwell location.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Anybody who’s had the scenic tour of the Texico-Farwell border — more commonly known as “waiting for the train” — knows that on the Farwell side, there’s a prime piece of real estate for the right business. Dararithy Kea was told that on both sides of the border, there was […]

Clovis police seeking 2 for questioning in homicide


Staff report Clovis police have added one more “person of interest” they’d like to speak with in connection with Sunday’s homicide, but no one had been arrested for the slaying by noon Monday. Capt. Patrick Whitney said investigators want to question Manuel “Meklo” Duran, 20, about the incident.  Investigators are also seeking Brandon Cordova, 32, […]