Notebook — March 5

Today… • Clovis City commissioners are poised to adopt a resolution tonight that “warmly” encourages Gov. Susana Martinez to reopen the state’s welcome center in Texico, doors locked now some six months. • The Roosevelt County Commission meets in special session today looking for creative ways to stop bleeding money. Among considerations — closing the […]

Texas super leaving

Staff report After 15 years of developing leaders in the school system and overseeing more than $30 million in upgrades and renovations to school facilities, Muleshoe Independent School District Superintendent Gene Sheets announced he will be retiring at the end of June. “I’m going to miss the interaction with the faculty, staff and community,” Sheets […]

Bill targets worst roads

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com A bill in the Legislature may speed up road construction in surrounding areas and provide jobs, according to its sponsor state Sen. Ron Griggs of Alamogordo. “What this bill would do is put $100 million into one of the six transportation districts that we have,” Griggs said. “So, let’s […]

Fire chief resigns, effective Friday

STAFF REPORT Clovis Fire Chief Ron Edwards has announced his resignation, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the city His last day will be Friday. “He has retired once previously,” Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said. “He just dictated to me (he’s resigning) for personal reasons, he didn’t give me any details.” The […]

Police blotter/jail log — March 5

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday: • 7:57 a.m.: Shots fired, 1200 block of Gidding Street. • 8:13 a.m.: Sex offense, 100 block of Commerce Way. • 11:15 a.m.: Narcotics, 1900 block of North Thornton Street. • 1:23 p.m.: Motor vehicle […]

Meetings watch — March 5

The Clovis City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A request from Faith Christian Family Church to create a custom sign and add xeriscaping to the entrance of Goodwin Lake Walking Trails Park as part of Love Week June 1-6. • A resolution […]

Education digest — March 5

Clovis team wins NMAA award The New Mexico Activities Association named the Clovis High School girls basketball team the “Compete with Class” award recipient for February. According to a release from the NMAA, during a game against Alamogordo the players went into the stands to include an 8-year-old special needs child, who was a sibling […]

Fat Tuesday done right

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Local columnist Not long ago you may have noticed Mardi Gras purple, green, and gold appearing here and there. Roughly translated as Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras dates back to medieval Europe and falls on the Tuesday just before Ash Wednesday. Celebrated as the final day of revelry, Mardi Gras is the famous […]

What’s happening — March 5

Today Clovis City Commission — 5:15 p.m., north annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828 Pre-K Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Friday Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m. Clovis City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Saturday 27th Annual Hartley House Extravaganza — 5:30 p.m., tickets: $55 each or […]

Class helps foster film creativity

Staff photo: Anna George
The cast and crew of Brianna Delgado's "Bentley's Adventure" prepare a scene during their first shoot. Students work to make a movie as professional as they can.

By Anna George Correspondent anna.george@enmu.edu Sound speeding. Camera rolling. The director shouts action, and there is silence on set as the students wait for the background noise to fall away. Eastern New Mexico University film students know the routine well from being on projects for the upperclassman’s producing and production class. Every student must work […]

Small group of parents, students protest PARCC

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Josefita Griego of Clovis , left, and her daughter Breanna Montoya, 14, protest  PARCC testing Wednesday across the street from Clovis High School.

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com Three days into state-mandated standardized testing, participation rates by area students are high despite a small protest in Clovis Wednesday and some concerns on social media. Some 37 of 8,450 students in Clovis Municipal Schools and less than 20 of 2,780 students in Portales Municipal Schools have opted out […]

Notebook — March 5

Today… • Clovis City commissioners are poised to adopt a resolution tonight that “warmly” encourages Gov. Susana Martinez to reopen the state’s welcome center in Texico, doors locked now some six months. • The Roosevelt County Commission meets in special session today looking for creative ways to stop bleeding money. Among considerations — closing the […]

Nurse practitioner facing federal drug charges

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com A nurse practitioner at Covenant Family Healthcare Center in Clovis could be facing 20 years in federal prison if found guilty of unlawfully dispensing oxycodone prescriptions to painkiller addicts — sometimes with the expectation to purchase a few oxycodone pills from the addicts at a later date. David L. […]

Don’t think donation matters? Ask Habbina

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Habbina Harris is a familiar face to many in the Portales community. The affable manager of the over-the-counter medications department at Walmart — and a native of Holland — jokes that she’s known as “the one with the accent in the pharmacy.” Twenty-eight years ago, when she was a young […]

Miss Portales pageant back

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com An opportunity for young women to gain scholarships through what officials describe as “an excellent vehicle for advancing careers and personal goals” is being revived in Portales after a 21-year hiatus. The Miss Portales pageant, for ages 17-24, is returning this month. Joining the event on the same evening […]

Pages past — March 5

On this date … 1975: An explosion and fire in the city of Clovis’ maintenance yard caused in excess of $40,000 damage, City Manager Marvin Hass said. Maintenance worker Greg Lopez was hospitalized with first- and second-degree burns on his arms, legs and face, but was listed in good condition. Officials said an oil distributor, […]

Police: Argument ends in death

Marko Garcia

Staff report An argument Monday night went south, leaving a Bovina man dead, according to information from the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office. Parmer Sheriff Randy Geries said the Bovina Police Department is the primary investigating agency on the death of Steven Hanley, 31. Facing an open count of murder is Marko Garcia, 30, also of […]

Two new members join CCC board

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com In an election marked by low turnout and low competition, Clovis voters sent four members, two new, to the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. Dentist Ken Merritt, mortician Russell Muffley, EPCOG Government Affairs Director Ray Mondragon and city building inspector Terry Martin were elected to Positions 1, 3, […]

Gidding post office staying put for now

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com     The Gidding Street Post Office is staying in the building … at least until the U.S Postal Service lease is up in five years. But the county is moving forward with renovation plans for the property at 417 Gidding Street. The Curry County Commission approved early conceptual plans […]

‘UT’ doesn’t mean what you think it means

By Brittney Cannon Local columnist Friends, Clovisites, countrymen … lend me your eyes. I have a complaint. It has recently come to my attention that, shockingly, there has been a huge misunderstanding among the residents of Clovis and surrounding areas regarding what “UT” actually means. I hate to be the bearer of bad news … […]