Final water conservation application on its way

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor The final application is in the mail for $20 million in federal cash to help keep eastern New Mexico’s only source of drinking water — the Ogallala Aquifer — from being sucked dry. The application filed Sept. 30 by the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation and Conservation Initiative is toned […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday in Texico. Some highlights from the meeting: • Discussion of a possible trip to Washington D.C. after the Nov. 4 general election. Chairperson Gayla Brumfield said the plan is to lobby the area’s Congressional delegation for continued funding of the Ute Water Project. • An announcement the […]

In tribute: Disc jockey never stopped trying to make people laugh

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Rick “Alloverthecity” Sanchez, who spent about a decade in Clovis with most of his work in the radio field, died Oct. 12. A service is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Before he became known as “Alloverthecity,” Rick Sanchez lived a life that was all over the map. But whether he was an ad salesman, radio personality, disc jockey, podcaster, friend or sibling, friends said he never stopped trying to make people laugh. “He would always find a way to […]

Resident earns home aid award

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer A smile can go a long way and, in the case of Maria “Peggy” Soria, it got her an award. Soria, a home aid for Community Homecare, received the New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care’s 2014 Home Aid of the Year award. Soria goes to people’s homes […]

Traveling one of life’s great pleasures

There is a lot to see in the world, and traveling is one of the great pleasures. It is always revealing to see places and people and things that are not the same as what you see every day. Travel farther and you can observe the great differences in the world, as well as the […]

What’s happening — Oct. 24

Today Free consultations with attorneys — 2 p.m., Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. Information: 575-935-5000. Board of County Commissioners special meeting — 9 a.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-763-6016. Saturday Clovis High School girls volleyball vs. breast cancer fundraising event  — 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Specialty T-shirt sale to benefit American […]

Police blotter — Oct. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 8:22 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1500 block of Westchester Avenue. • 8:46 a.m.: Criminal damage, 100 block of Lynn Avenue. • 9:06 a.m.: Burglary, 100 block of Sandy Lane. • 9:49 a.m.: Child abuse, 500 […]

Pages past — Oct. 24

On this date … 1962: The theme of the upcoming Vendors Day at Cannon Air Force Base was “How to do business with the Air Force.” More than 500 invitations had been sent. 1956: Eastern New Mexico University’s 70-piece marching band was preparing to accompany the Greyhounds football team to Denver. ENMU was playing the […]

Holiday happenings — Oct. 24

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Oct. 31 • American Legion Post 117 – Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. 2800 W. Grand Ave. Information: 575-763-4030 • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-A-Treat (Food, Games, Dunk Tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223. • First Christian Church — Trunk or Treat 6 […]

NM fishing report — Oct. 23

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers […]

Sign of a creative life

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Charlie Hager counts the Billy the Kid sign among his favorites.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The signs of Charlie Hager are everywhere — outside Citizen’s Bank of Clovis, Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Plains Regional Medical Center, the Clovis News Journal and the First Baptist Church in Clovis, for example. He created signs all over town, promoting some of our more prominent businesses and gathering places. […]

Officials: Excessive force allegations being investigated by FBI

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Allegations of excessive force against Clovis police Officer Brent Aguilar are now being investigated by the FBI, according to city officials. Police Chief Steve Sanders and City Manager Joe Thomas confirmed an FBI agent recently requested the investigative file on Aguilar’s controversial take down of Jorge Corona in August. […]

Public Works Committee prioritizes road projects

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The intersection of Seventh and Maple streets is along a 1.5-mile stretch of road between Main and Norris streets that the Clovis Public Works Committee identified as its top road improvement priority.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The Clovis Public Works Committee, after light discussion about individual projects, sent the City Commission its recommended ranking on 13 road improvements they see as most necessary for the city. The city doesn’t have the money to do all 13 projects, which carry projected costs of $53 million, so […]

County sheriff presented award

Staff report Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray was recently presented the New Mexico Association of Counties Soaring Eagle Award for outstanding leadership, according to a press release from the association. The award was presented to Murray Oct. 16 at the association’s dinner in Artesia, the release said. Murray, who is term limited, is retiring after […]

Workshop studies job creation issues in state

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Tucumcari MainStreet director Gail Houser, from left, Raymond Mondragon of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG), and state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, join EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey in conversation at a workshop for the Legislative Jobs Council in Tucumcari.  The workshop was held Tuesday and Wednesday in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer TUCUMCARI — Job creation in eastern and northern New Mexico is hampered by lack of access to capital, workforce skills, lack of community leadership and business building inventories. Those were consensus conclusions in a day-and-a-half workshop in Tucumcari held Tuesday and Wednesday. The meeting gathered government and business leaders from […]

Comedy show scheduled for Tuesday

Staff report The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series will take the stage again next week, when Reduced Shakespeare Company performs its show, “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged).” The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium. The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes complicated subjects and compacts […]

Bond issue would give area more than half-million dollars

Staff report Senior citizen centers in Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties would receive more than a half-million dollars in state funding, mostly for meals equipment and to purchase and or equip vehicles, if General Obligation Bond A is passed. The local funding is part of a $17 million package that provides capital outlay funding […]

Would have been an Ice Age vegetarian

With the 14th annual atlatl competition coming up Saturday at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site, I called George Crawford, the long-time director of the site on Highway 467 between Portales and Clovis, to see if I have what it takes to be a contender. Crawford said the atlatl (a tool that, simply put, increases the […]

Education column: Despite technology, libraries here to stay

There are some who think that with the growth of technology’s influence libraries will disappear. Nothing could be further from the truth. Remember when video tapes entered the arena, and the same was said about movie theaters; people still go to the movies, however. Not only are libraries here to stay, the role of the […]

Education digest — Oct. 23

Band takes top honors at Zia The Clovis High School marching band is a champion again. The band took grand champion honors last weekend during the Zia Marching Fiesta at the University of New Mexico. The Wildcat band, under the direction of Bill Allred, also captured first place in preliminary competition and preliminary awards for […]