Fundraiser basketball tournament canceled

Staff report The Curry County Water Co-Op basketball tournament, “Hoops for Water,” meant to take place Saturday and continue today at Clovis Community College, has been canceled due to a lack of participation. The proposed fundraiser came on the heels of the co-op’s discovery that more than 29 Curry County households, in rural areas out […]

Peaceful project at community garden

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Lillith Carroll, 5, assembles her handcrafted pinwheel on Saturday during the Pinwheels for Peace event at Clovis Community Garden.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Community Garden volunteers believe it’s never the wrong time to celebrate International Day of Peace, even days later. The United Nations’ global observance, which fell on Wednesday, occurs Sept. 21 every year. But Clovis locals knew Saturday was a good day to gather at the community garden — […]

Reader reaction — Sept. 25

We asked our Facebook followers on Monday: “ Thursday is the last meeting for Clovis city commissioner Bobby Sandoval. If you were named to the commission, what is one city rule you would try to change?” • Lisa Brown: That only the voices of the affluent be heard. All voices should matter. We asked our […]

Civil Air Patrol cadets take flight

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Roland Dewing gives the sign the two rope is secure on an instruction glider as Lydia Wolf prepares for her first glider flight.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Stu Maxon said the first time he flew, it was one of those no-frills, small-engine county fair plane rides that barely took you up in the air and circled a few acres before landing a few minutes later. He loved it, and his passion for flight never waned. The […]

Rocktoberfest event to lend hand to locals with cancer

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com While the Young Professionals of Clovis are joining forces with area businesses to offer a fun-filled array of activities during next weekend’s Rocktoberfest event, officials said the overarching mission is to lend a helping hand to local residents battling cancer. Organizers said the second annual effort will be held […]

Events calendar — Sept. 25

Tuesday Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — 4:30 p.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 United Blood Services- Blood Drive — 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ENMRSH Inc., 2700 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Information: 575-625-9743 Wednesday Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 United Blood Services- Blood Drive […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 25

Monday Parks Recreation Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education — 5:30 p.m. CMS Administrative Offices, 1008 Main, Clovis. Information: 575-769-4300. Texico city meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 Wednesday Public Works Committee — […]

Police blotter — Sept. 25

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 8:11 a.m.: Careless driving, Manana Boulevard and Prince Street. • 9:47 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), 1500 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 10:36 a.m.: Obedience to traffic control device, Seventh […]

Pages past — Sept. 25

On this date … 1966: A Clovis News-Journal report claimed competing paper boys were making false statements about costs to subscribe to CNJ. The unnamed competitors were “telling their prospects that they are going up in cost and that the Clovis News-Journal would also.” The front-page story reported CN-J had no intention of raising the […]

Public Records Act explained

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Members of Eastern New Mexico government agencies, media, and the general public converged on the Portales Memorial Building Friday morning to better understand government transparency laws. Assistant Attorneys General Joe Dworak and Dylan Lange covered New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA). Also […]

Seven suspected in tagging spree

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The wall behind ARISE Sexual Assault Services is one of the 20 locations in Portales tagged with graffiti Wednesday night. Officials said more could still be reported.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales police officials reported 20 incidents of graffiti on various buildings across town on Friday. The incidents occurred Wednesday night and were reported and investigated Thursday and Friday. Portales Police Department Public Information Officer Charlie Smart said most of the buildings tagged were businesses across Portales, adding that there […]

Fit camp serves Clovis, Portales

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Crystal Mondragon
Tiffany Chavez leads a fit camp group with shuttle runs on the football field at Leon Williams Stadium as Kimberly Calderon encourages the group.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Haleigh Bird figures young or old, there’s never a bad time to get healthier. And there’s no reason to do it alone. The Portales resident struggled with weight throughout her life, and started eating better. But nutrition only went so far, so she started a fit camp to help […]

Berry: Taking the path of least puddles

I got caught out in the rain last week. I waited as long as I could then made a mad dash to my truck. Before I stepped out, I planned what path I was going to take. I picked the smallest of puddles and the least amount of water to jump over. I ducked my […]

Johnson: Pets, owners have win-win relationship

The relationship between pets and their people can sometimes feel a little one-sided considering it is the two-legged animal that ends up doing most of the work and investing all the money. Indeed, maintaining a good feeding schedule, taking them for walks or changing litter boxes, cleaning cages, making sure they stay well-groomed, scheduling, making […]

Pages past — Sept. 24

On this date … 1976: A teenage driver crashed his car into the Radio Shack building at 121 Purdue in Clovis. No one was injured, but the impact left two holes in the building’s south wall. 1971: Clayton Reed, one of Clovis’ earliest settlers, had died at a local rest home. He was 90. Reed […]

City starts process to fill upcoming vacancy

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Clovis City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, center, shares a laugh with former Commissioner Len Vohs, left, and Commissioner Chris Bryant before a ceremony honoring him for 13 years of service to the commission. Sandoval’s official last day is Sept. 30.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Clovis City Commission to set the wheels in motion toward selecting a District 3 resident to fulfill the first half of departing Commissioner Bobby Sandoval’s term. During Thursday’s regular meeting the body voted to initiate the formal process for appointing a candidate to fill the vacancy. “I think […]

Officials tour Xcel facility at reopening event

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David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy for New Mexico and Texas, makes the first clip during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the expanded center in Clovis.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Nearly nine months after Winter Storm Goliath plowed through eastern New Mexico, leaving more than 7,500 Clovis customers with power outages, Xcel Energy is still recognized locally for its power restoration efforts. Mayor David Lansford praised the company for this and more during his speech at Xcel Energy’s grand […]

Police blotter — Sept. 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 8:04 a.m.: Battery, 14th and Mitchell streets. • 8:54 a.m.: Leaving scene of crash with property damage, 2900 block of Gidding Street. • 10:58 a.m.: Unattended motor vehicle, Mercury and Sunrise Drive. • 10:50 […]

Faith: Clovis Christian bringing Feed the Need to area

Courtesy photo: The Champion Group
Children in Kenya receive meals provided through The Champion Group’s Feed the Need fundraiser, which Clovis Christian Schools will launch in New Mexico for the first time on Monday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Christian Schools will set a precedent on Monday when it brings the Feed the Need campaign to New Mexico for the first time. Feed the Need is a fundraiser offered through The Champion Group, a company that conducts various fundraising events for schools, ministries and organizations around the […]

Opinion: Tractor dents are stories to tell

By Audra Brown Local columnist If your motor-vehicle of record never leaves the paved road and only has encounters with those of its own kind and the occasional stationary object that — of course — just leaps out in your way, then the stories it tells are usually known as accidents and are hopefully forgotten […]