More rain soaks region

Courtesy photo: Tara Carter
Horse trainer Trevor Carter, with student Molley MacCracken of Taos, enjoys a swim Saturday near Ned Houk Park north of Clovis. Photographer Tara Carter said the area has received about 4 inches of rain in the last two weeks, including a drenching early Saturday.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer A National Weather Service volunteer reported 4.9 inches of rain fell 15 miles south of Fort Sumner early Saturday morning, according to NWS Meteorological Technician Troy Marshall. After the five-hour storm moved out of New Mexico around 6 a.m., the NWS received reports of 1.53 inches of rainfall two […]

Aunt a hero in my eyes

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor I think it’s human nature for us to be self-doubters and to criticize ourselves in what we say and do (with the exception of the rare self-assured). I think most people do struggle with self-doubt, but then there are those of us who go beyond the occasional self-doubt to become […]

Bickley memories return with new building

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Carrie Bunce said “great pains were taken” to give the face of the new James Bickley Elementary School building a similar look to the old one.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer On Sept. 2, 1947 — the day classes began at the new James Bickley Elementary School — the Clovis News-Journal reported a special visitor took great pains just to lay eyes on it. “James M. Bickley, 65-year-old veteran Clovis educator from whom the new north side grade school was […]

Groups ready to honor vets

By Jackie Johnson Staff Writer Local veterans organizations are hosting Memorial Day observance ceremonies Monday in Clovis and Portales. The Clovis/Curry County Joint Veterans Council hosts the annual Memorial Day Observance in Clovis at 10 a.m. Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Disabled American Veterans representative John Fondrick said the master of ceremonies […]

Letter to the editor — May 24

Casino bad news for Clovis Rumors have circulated recently that Clovis may soon become home to a racetrack/casino. First, consider that a racino is paid for by those who lose too much and often drink too much. The National Gambling Impact Study Commission revealed: • Americans gamble more money than they spend on groceries (which […]

‘Fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah’ growing menace

By Ned Cantwell Guest columnist People might ask me, “Does your blog actually stand for anything?” You might be wondering just how many people have ever asked me that. The answer is, well, none, but if anyone did ask, I would firmly proclaim my editorial passion, the total extinction of fuzzy wuzzy kumbayah. The spreading […]

Pining for Pine as movie shooting begins

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Star Search Unless you’ve been under a rock, then you have heard that part of the feature film “Commancheria” is being shot here in eastern New Mexico. A “notice of filming” letter from the film’s production company, Hanson Ranch Productions Inc., went viral and noted that local filming is set to take […]

Yuccas planted between base, Clovis failed to survive the heat

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
New Mexico’s state flower, the yucca, growing wild in a field off Llano Estacado Boulevard near Clovis.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Sometimes the heartiest of plants can’t survive New Mexico’s brutal sun and wind — even the state flower is no exception. In May 2013, Curry County officials and volunteers from the area planted about 65 yucca plants in the median between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base in an […]

Grain bin burns Saturday morning

Staff report The Clovis Fire Department responded to a fire around 5:15 a.m. Saturday in a grain bin at Hi-Pro Feeds in Clovis, according to Battalion Chief Mike Nolen. Nolen said firefighters were on the  scene for a couple of hours before the fire was put out. Attempts to reach Hi-Pro Feeds for comment Saturday […]

What’s happening — May 24

Tuesday Parachute factory— 1 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library 701 N. Main Street Information: 575-769-7840 Teen volunteer training— 4 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library 701 N. Main Street Information: 575-769-7840 Inspirational speaker: Mitch Gray— 6 p.m. 1100 W 21st St. Mental Health Resources Conference Room Information: Jamie Andrews, Health Council Coordinator 575-763-6016 Relay For Life team captain […]

Action! Moviemakers come to Clovis

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Workers on Saturday transform the Suddenlink communications building at 1106 Main St. in Clovis into a fictional bank. The building will serve as one of the first sets for the film “Comancheria” that is shooting in Clovis this week.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Bank robberies and shootouts are coming to Clovis — but never fear, they’re all part of the movie “Comancheria,” which begins filming Monday. “Comancheria” stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine, and is directed by David Mackenzie. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the film is about […]

Pages past — May 24

On this date … 1975: Sixteen seniors graduated in ceremonies at Melrose High School. De’ Aun Luce delivered the valedictory address. Salutatorian was Pam Cowan. 1950: A bolt of lightning had knocked down a pair of Southwestern Public Service Co. employees, and Mrs. E.R. Harris of Hillcrest Courts in Portales earned $3 for reporting the […]

Notebook — May 24

Breaking ground … Cannon Air Force Base is breaking ground 3 p.m. Tuesday for a $53 million medical clinic. The 112,000-square-foot building will replace the existing one. Pioneer Days … The annual week-long celebration in Clovis kicks off June 3 with a barbecue. Rodeos every night June 4-6 at the Curry County Events Center. The […]

Flash-flood warning in Curry County until 6:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for southeastern Curry County until 6:15 a.m. Newspapers may be late because of the storm. At 4:09 a.m., NWS reported a thunderstorm producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to one to 1.5 inches of rain has already fallen across the area.

Portales students take next step

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Portales High School valedictorian Hannah Evans gives her speech,  encouraging classmates to be all they can be during Friday’s PHS graduation ceremony.

By Anna George Staff Writer Portales High School saw 156 graduates off on Friday night at their graduation ceremony held at Greyhound Arena. “We are not excited to see it end, but we are excited to see our hard work pay off,” PHS salutatorian McKenzie Bucksath said in her welcoming at the PHS graduation […]

Cats cross stage

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High School senior Derik Kuykendall, who will begin his education at West Point this summer, was one of three speakers at Friday’s graduation ceremony. He spoke about the future for himself and his classmates.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Chaos engulfed the Curry County Events Center Friday evening as thousands of friends and families shuffled into the building, milling around looking for a place to sit, grabbing concessions and congratulating each Clovis High School graduate, clad in royal purple gowns and cardboard hats. As the high school’s band […]

In search of ponies: Don’t let weather ‘bug’ you

To say things have been a little damp around the High Plains lately is something of an understatement. It doesn’t take much to see — starting with the dark skies, cooler temperatures and lots of water everywhere — why this time of year is commonly referred to as “monsoon season.” While the constant drizzles, occasional […]

McGee: Can I spend some time in your heaven?

The Lady of the House was in her recliner. Her eyes were closed and she was massaging the bridge of her nose. “In my heaven,” said The Lady of the House, “there will be no headaches.” “What do you mean in YOUR heaven?” I asked. “That’s what they say, isn’t it?” she said. “Heaven is […]

What’s Happening — May 23

Monday Memorial Day Observance — 10 a.m. Lawn Haven Cemetery, 1601 E. Llano Estacado Blvd. Tuesday Parachute Factory — 1 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St. Information: 575-769-7840 Teen Volunteer Training — 4 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library 701, N. Main St. Information: 575-769-7840 Inspirational Speaker: Mitch Gray — 6 p.m. Mental Health Resources […]

ENMU to start reconstruction project

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University and Constructors, Inc. will begin reconstruction Tuesday on South Avenue N from U.S. 70 to Sesame Street in front of the university’s Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building and the Education Building. The project will consist of reclaiming existing asphalt, processing existing material, compaction and placing new asphalt pavement. The […]