Portales business owners looking forward to end of construction

Staff report PORTALES — Chuck Abbott is aware the road construction through the heart of Portales is supposedly coming to an end. He remains skeptical. “They (Constructors Inc. officials) have been saying it would be done time after time,” said Abbott, who owns Big League Sports on the Portales square. “They don’t seem to be […]

4 questions with Robyn Howe

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High School Drum Major Robyn Howe leads the band during a morning practice session.

Robyn Howe is a senior Clovis High drum major. What’s the most challenging thing about conducting a band? “Keeping the whole band together, and not letting them fall apart. I always give my best effort so that the band has someone to follow, and can have a great performance.” What’s your favorite song to conduct […]

Police chief: Military vehicle has earned its keep

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
 Clovis Police Chief Steve Sander said police used the all-wheel drive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle to rescue several out-of-state families stranded in their nearly submerged vehicles near First Street and Mabry during the July 2 flooding.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One of the first things Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders did when his department got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, from the Department of Defense, was to make it look less like a military vehicle. “It’s unfortunate that it’s a big monstrosity,” said Sanders. “We tried to […]

Good to know someone’s looking out for us

It’s rumored our vending machine at work immigrated from an Eastern Bloc country to the United States sometime after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s also rumored the manufactured label reads: Made in the Motherland. And judging by the machine’s behavior, I’m inclined to believe these rumors are true. Every office has a piece of […]

Education column: Take a bow, operations department

It comes as no surprise that when students and instructional staff leave for the summer, the curtain rises on the Clovis Municipal Schools’ Operations Department, which shifts into high gear for a special set of activities. With the school buildings empty, the custodial and maintenance staff can begin with their extensive summer lists: stripping floors, […]

County infant mortality rate down

Staff and wire report The infant mortality rate in Curry County and New Mexico dropped significantly last year, according to the state Department of Health statistics. But health officials said this week that the change is not rare. The latest figures show a decrease from seven deaths in Curry County in 2012 to four in […]

Education feature: Online apps help warn of lightning strikes

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Lightning warnings can be a fickle thing, with repeated evacuations and “all clear” messages giving athletes and fans the impression they’re in a real life version of Chicken Little, or something else. Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director Jeff Geiser recalled one such scenario when the Greyhound football team […]

Pages past — Aug. 28

On this date … 1964: Surplus City, at 1609 Mabry Drive in Clovis, was selling rabbit ear TV antennas for 69 cents. Men’s and boys’ high-top tennis shoes were $2.49 a pair. 1952: Clovis Pioneers center fielder Frank Rice was on his way to the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League after his contract […]

What’s happening — Aug. 28

Today High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Master’s Center Conference room, 810 East 21st St. Information: 575-749-2955. Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840 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 Room, […]

Schools down 100 students, according to unofficial enrollment numbers

By Rick White Managing Editor rwhite@cnjonline.com 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 lbowe@pntonline.com 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 accuweather.com, which is 1/2 inch […]

Mayor downplays numbers in preliminary water application

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 […]