Area officials stepping up wildfire precautions

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com With the recent surge of dry weather combined with wildfires occurring elsewhere in the state, Clovis and Portales have taken significant precautions to prevent any large-scale fires in their respective cities. While there is no immediate risk of a large-scale fire in the city of Portales, severe conditions can […]

Church to commemorate 15th century martyr

Jan Hus by an unknown artist via wikipedia.org

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A man burned at the stake and accused of heresy six centuries ago is recognized today for his martyrdom, as a local church will demonstrate at its Sunday service. Wednesday marks the 601st anniversary of the death of an early 15th century Christian reformer. Jan Hus (also spelled John […]

County receives Gidding certificate of occupancy

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Curry County personnel stand a step closer to moving into their newly renovated administrative digs at 417 Gidding Street. “We have received the certificate of occupancy for 417 Gidding,” County Manager Lance Pyle said. “SDV Construction is currently working on the punch list. We did a walk through and […]

Opinion: Expect the worst, but don’t worry about it

By Audra Brown Local columnist There are a lot of moving parts on a tractor, or a combine, or any of an assortment of important pieces of equipment. There are standard types of preventive maintenance that you can (and better) do to keep the obvious parts from unnecessarily breaking down. But, no matter what you […]

Police blotter — July 1

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:03 a.m.: Criminal damage over $1,000, 200 block of Cameo Street. • 2:29 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1100 block of Hinkle Street. • 4:27 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 700 block […]

Pages past — July 1

On this date … 1971: A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in Portales public schools was filed in U.S. District Court by five students and the Chicano Youth Association. The lawsuit claimed school officials tried to “instill a feeling of insecurity and worthlessness” by punishing Mexican-American students who spoke Spanish on school property. In 1974, an […]

Events calendar — July 1

Monday Kids Singing Talent Contest — 5 p.m. New Life Church, 517 W. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3221. Kingswood United Methodist Church Celebration — 7 p.m. Greene Acres Park., Clovis. Information: 575-762-1253. Smoke on the Water Fireworks — 9 p.m. Greene Acres Park., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828. Portales celebration — 9 p.m. Portales Softball Complex, Industrial […]

Meetings calendar — July 1

Tuesday The American Legion Post 117 Auxiliary Unit meeting — 5:30 p.m. Post 117, 2800 W. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-4030 Portales city meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662. Wednesday Clovis Chamber Ambassador meeting — 11:30 a.m. Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. […]

Summit takes in depth look at water practices

Staff photo: Douglas Clark 
Eastern New Mexico Water Conservation Summit panel discussion members, from left, New Mexico State Engineer Tom Blaine, National Association of Conservation Districts President Elect Brent Van Dyke and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Area Manager Blake Glover field questions during the morning session at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Deemed by organizers as the launch point for future action on local water sustainability, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Water Conservation Summit offered an in depth look at present practices with an eye toward potential sourcing options. The day-long effort, comprised of guest presenters and a pair of panel discussions, […]

Opinion: Quilting camp pieces craft together

By Betty Williamson Local columnist There were no campfires or s’mores at the quilt camp held recently by the Winner’s Circle 4-H Club in Portales, but there were plenty of jelly rolls to go around (more on that in a moment), and a downright impressive collection of beautifully hand-crafted projects to show for the effort. […]

Students show off more than Lego skills

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Jaida Shannon, left, and Jackie Valverde show Jackie’s mother, Victoria Valverde, some of the robotics they built and the programming used to operate them.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Parkview Elementary students spent Wednesday morning producing a piece demonstration, showing parents and grandparents the power of plastic parts, problem-solving and positivity. A group of 32 fourth- and fifth-graders got to show off a month worth of effort building various devices with Lego robotics kits. The students, Principal Mandy […]

Official: Parkview building timeline advantageous

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Plans for the new Parkview Elementary School are gradually coming into focus. During Tuesday’s regular meeting Deputy Superintendent of Operations Carrie Bunce provided Clovis Municipal Schools board members with a build update. “We just met with the architects last week on 90 percent completion of our drawings,” said Bunce […]

Locals affected by immigration ruling

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com At least 40 Clovis families were directly impacted by last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama’s plans for immigration reform, according to a state human rights group. The Supreme Court’s 4-4 vote on United States v. Texas put a hold on Obama’s executive action on immigration […]

Pages past — June 30

On this date … 1976: Upcoming bicentennial celebrations were planned in Clovis, Portales and Texico-Farwell. Clovis was scheduled to dedicate a fountain at Greene Acres Park Lake prior to a fireworks display at Leon Williams Stadium. Portales was slated to dedicate a Servicemen’s Memorial on the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn. Farwell City Park was planning […]

Police blotter — June 30

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 2:43 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 1000 block of North Pile Street. • 4:02 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 100 block of Waneta Circle. • 6:39 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 100 block of […]

Meetings calendar — June 30

Today High Plain Patriots Meeting — 7 p.m. Master’s Center, conference room, 810 E. 21st., Clovis. Information: 575-749-2955 Tuesday The American Legion Post 117 Auxiliary Unit Meeting — 5:30 p.m. Post 17, 2800 W. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-4030 Portales City Meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Wednesday […]

Events calendar — June 30

Monday CNL Kids Singing Talent Contest — 5 p.m. New Life Church, 517 W. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3221 Kingswood United Methodist Church Celebration — 7 p.m. Greene Acres Park., Clovis. Information: 575-762-1253 Smoke on the Water Fireworks — 9 p.m. Greene Acres Park., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Ongoing Artist of the Month — Sandra Chancey, […]

3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas

Amarillo Globe-News photo: Sean Steffen
Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in Panhandle, Texas, that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The fire was still burning several hours later. An NTSB team was dispatched to the scene.

By David Warren The Associated Press DALLAS — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same […]

Horse stalls left in limbo

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com During Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, a motion to solicit bids for professional architectural services to construct a metal building to accommodate covered horse stalls at the events center failed — leaving the status of the project in limbo. In February commissioners granted an architectural firm approval to proceed […]

Albuquerque man pleads not guilty in stabbing

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com An Albuquerque man accused of stabbing a woman multiple times pleaded not guilty Tuesday at his arraignment in 9th Judicial District Court. Aaron Morrisette, 32, appeared before Judge Matthew Chandler via video arraignment from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, where Morrisette is currently being held on $500,000 cash […]