Schools down 100 students, according to unofficial enrollment numbers

By Rick White Managing Editor Enrollment at Clovis Municipal Schools is down about 100 students from last year, according to Cindy Martin, deputy superintendent of instruction. Martin said the number is unofficial and based on counting students in classes as opposed to registration figures. The first official enrollment figure is due to the state […]

Equipment removed after Melrose clinic flooded

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The Melrose Health Clinic’s roof was torn off and its offices flooded on Aug. 15. Community members helped remove equipment and supplies. The clinic is being operated out of temporary offices at Melrose City Hall and the Church of Christ fellowship hall.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer When the roof of the Melrose Health Clinic was blown away by a storm on Aug. 15, the clinic started to flood, leaving equipment in danger of damage. Joy Garner, the clinic’s administrator, who lives in Clovis, got a call about the damage and rushed to Melrose. When she […]

Clovis could finish year with above-average rainfall

Staff report Clovis has been on track most of the summer to do something that hasn’t happened in 10 years — finish the year with an above-average rainfall total. As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, 12.44 inches of precipitation had been recorded at Cannon Air Force Base’s weather station, according to, which is 1/2 inch […]

Mayor downplays numbers in preliminary water application

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor A preliminary application for a $4.1 million federal water conservation grant claims the Ogallala Aquifer could be drained in 10 to 15 years at the current rate of consumption. The dire warning along with others in the preliminary application, however, is being downplayed by Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who […]

This is my application for worst vinyl collector in the world

Everybody wants to be the best at something, but there is a finite number of somethings and billions of people. But still we try. For the same reason, some of us can never be the worst at something. But why let something like that stop me? My foray into extreme mediocrity commenced a few weeks […]

Letter to the editor — Aug. 27

Commissioner raises could go toward jail expenses As a voter and resident of Clovis, I am saddened to see the Curry County commissioners are trying to once again shove something down our throats. The last time they built a jail, it was so poorly constructed it has been nothing but trouble. What makes them think […]

Woman gets eight years on drug charges

Staff report Sharon Kirven, 37, of Clovis, was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Kirven was convicted June 26 by a district court jury of trafficking controlled substances and solicitation to tamper with evidence, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. The release said Kirven was arrested May […]

Pages past — Aug. 27

On this date … 1952: Five guns, six wrist watches and a couple of pocket knives were stolen from the Army Surplus store at 205 W. Grand Ave. in Clovis, police said. The burglar gained entry to the store by prying open a panel from the rear door. 1945: A.W. Skarda and Mrs. J.J. Walker, […]

Police blotter — Aug. 27

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday ∞ 12:29 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1300 block of West 15th Street. ∞ 12:57 a.m.: Shots fired, Seventh and Hull streets. ∞ 1:30 a.m.: Narcotics, 300 block of South Avenue F. ∞ 4:03 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 200 block of Cameo Street. ∞ 6:19 a.m.: […]

What’s happening — Aug. 27

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Thursday High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Master’s Center Conference room, 810 East 21st St. Information: 575-749-2955. Saturday 5K Rockin’ Color Run — 8 a.m., Ned Houk Memorial Park. Information: 575-763-3435. Tuesday Economic Development Review Ad Hoc Committee meeting — 1:30 p.m., Assembly […]

Parks committee considers artificial turf for par-3 course

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The city’s parks, recreation and beautification committee struggled Monday with a price, and Clovis city commissioners kept coming back to a promise. The committee heard a presentation on installing artificial turf greens to the Hillcrest Park par-3 course and tabled it, but agreed to meet 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 […]

Band marches for uniforms, contest trip

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The Clovis High School marching band marches Saturday morning to help raise funds for an upcoming band trip and the color guard’s uniform fee.

Staff report Members of the Clovis High School marching band stepped out in good faith early Saturday morning to accrue some miles for dollars. During the “March-a-Thon” fundraising event, the Wildcat band marched eight miles around Clovis to help fund a trip to a music contest in Corpus Christi, Texas, set to take place in […]

Pages past — Aug. 26

On this date … 2005: The federal military Base Closure and Realignment Commission agreed with the Department of Defense’s recommendation to close Cannon Air Force Base. The base would only be spared if a new mission could be found by 2010. Ten months later, DOD announced Cannon would become home to the Air Force’s 16th […]

Scientist: Ebola outbreak unlikely in US

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Steven Bradfute’s work focuses on improving the effectiveness of experimental Ebola vaccines.

By John Arnold University of New Mexico A poll released last week shows that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are worried there will be a large Ebola outbreak in this country. But such fears aren’t justified, Ebola experts say. A large, lengthy Ebola outbreak like the one happening in West Africa would be unlikely […]

Military update: Officials: Allowing veterans to shop online could boost profits

Allowing 18.8 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate brick-and-mortar department stores and concessions on base, could boost store profits enough to pump more than $100 million back into base quality-of-life programs. That’s part of the “business case” made by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) […]

Court upholds Ute intake construction

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor A federal court of appeals in Denver has refused to reverse a decision giving the green light to construction of an intake at Ute Lake Reservoir, part of the Ute Lake Project plan to pipe drinking water to communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The decision made Monday rejects […]

Tres Amigas official: Late bill was oversight

Staff report The chief financial officer for electric superstation Tres Amigas is telling Curry County the check is in the mail. CFO and Senior Vice President Russell Stidolph said the county should get its past due $35,000 annual franchise fee today since he sent it Monday via Federal Express. Stidolph said Tres Amigas’ failure to […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday ∞ 1:58 a.m.: Vehicle theft in progress, Fifth and Oak streets. ∞ 2:20 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 600 block of West 18th Street. ∞ 7:08 a.m.: Harassment in progress, 1800 block of Mabry Drive. ∞ 8:03 a.m.: Remove violent subject, 400 block of Curry Avenue. […]

What’s happening — Aug. 26

Today Class 4 Winds & Renewables Luncheon — 11:30 (registration);  noon (Lunch),  K-Bobs steakhouse, $20/ plate (sign up online Information: 806-420-1321. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Saturday Clovis Roller Derby — Clovis Roller Derby vs. Albuquerque, Roller World, 1721 Wallace. Information: 575-763-3435. 5K Rockin’ Color Run — 8 […]

Clovis residents take ice bucket challenge

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Josh Johnson, Clovis Christian School’s head football coach, has a bucket of ice water poured over him by CCS junior Michael Furrow at the school’s west campus. Johnson challenged his wife, Kallye Johnson, and staff members Chad Patton and Jerry Hargraves.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer The ice bucket challenge is a charitable effort of the 21st century — spurred by social media, it’s attracted the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Shakira, former President George W. Bush, LeBron James and Stephen King, to name a few. The challenge, which involves people posting videos online of them […]