Military update: Joint chiefs have one opportunity to derail ‘reforms’

When Congress reconvenes on Nov. 12, opponents of billions of dollars in military compensation “reforms” sought by President Obama and the joint chiefs of staff will have one final and narrow opportunity to derail the plans. Three significant compensation changes still alive on Capitol Hill are: • A second consecutive 1-percent cap on the January […]

Local choir students selected for All-State

Two dozen choir students from Clovis High School and the CHS Freshman Academy were selected to the 2015 All-State Choir, according to a release from the school district. Selected students will perform in the All-State Concert Jan. 10 at University of New Mexico’s Popejoy Hall. Selected students, by position, are: • Soprano I: Elizabeth Brown, […]

Band takes top NM honors at Las Cruces contest

Staff report The Clovis High School band finished its competitive season Saturday, taking top New Mexico honors at the Tournament of Bands in Las Cruces. The Wildcat marching band was second overall, earning a “champion” designation. The band also took honors for outstanding musical achievement and the Greg Randall award for outstanding New Mexico band. […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the administration office, 1009 Main. Agenda items include: • Renewal of a contract with Snider Electric for one year on electrical, fire alarm, fire suppression and public address services within the district. The financial terms of the contract will not change […]

Pages past — Oct. 28

On this date … 1961: Stanley Yucikas, Lonny Stanley, Dennis Burton, Pat McBride and David Burton, all from Troop 62, were among local scouts attending the Boy Scout Camporee at Running Water Draw. Eight troops spent the weekend at the gathering. 1958: For the second day in a row, a Portales infant was diagnosed with […]

Holiday happenings — Oct. 28

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Friday • 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. • Halloween Costume Contest 6 p.m. entries, 6:30 p.m. judging […]

Police blotter — Oct. 28

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:35 a.m.: Animal complaint, 100 block of Highland Drive. • 3:32 a.m.: Fraud, 300 block of North Prince Street. • 7:40 a.m.: Public assist, 1100 block of Wallace Street. • 1:50 p.m.: Embezzlement, 100 […]

What’s happening — Oct. 28

Today Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series: Reduced Shakespeare Company — 7 p.m., family friendly (pg-13), tickets $20/$15, Marshall Auditorium. Information: 575-769-4956. Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education regular meeting— 5:30 p.m., 1009 Main St. Information: 575-769-4322 Wednesday Toddler time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Curry County Blood Drive — 10 a.m., […]

Softball tourney pulls in crowds

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Brian Mendez of Rumors, based out of Odessa, Texas, fires a pitch in Rumors’ game against Throwbacks (Amarillo) Saturday in the Halloween Howwl softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. The tournament runs through Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com About a decade into the Custom Classic softball tournament, organizers asked themselves a few questions. Why couldn’t we have another one of these a few months down the road? And who doesn’t love another excuse to make a Halloween costume? “We just wanted to have fun, add something else,” […]

Pages past — Oct. 26

On this date … 1974: James Clyde Sutherland, 33, began serving a 25- to 100-year sentence in state prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder the day before. Sutherland admitted to shooting Calvin Rolen Pennington, 32, on June 25, 1974, southeast of Clovis. 1973: Newspaper readers were reminded to change their clocks on Oct. 28, […]

Family suspects foul play in daughter’s death

Laura Tafoya

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a Clovis woman found unconscious in her Sandzen home has left grieving loved ones with lots of questions and few answers. Laura Tafoya’s cause of death March 25 from massive brain injuries is officially ruled as “undetermined.” That the ruling by Lubbock’s chief […]

Bull riding event may bring in more cash

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Along with superstar bulls and riders next weekend, so comes revenue for the city of Clovis — and this year, the L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding event is predicted to bring more cash than usual. For four years, Joe’s Boot Shop has been hosting bull riding competition at the […]

Holiday happenings — Oct. 26

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Friday • 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. • Halloween Costume Contest 6 p.m. entries, 6:30 p.m. judging […]

Police blotter — Oct. 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 12:52 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 8:56 a.m.: Public assist, 100 block of East Yucca Avenue. • 9:05 a.m.: Criminal damage, 4900 block of Mabry […]

What’s happening — Oct. 26

Monday Clovis-Carver Library Board meeting — 5:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Commission on Older Adults meeting — 5:30 p.m., Baxter-Curren Senior Center, 908 Hickory St. Information: 575-762-3631. Accessing Capital in New Mexico community meeting — 11:30 a.m., $10 luncheon, Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand Ave. Information: 575-769-4136. Tuesday Clovis Community College Cultural […]

Holiday can be healthy

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Israel Cortez, left, and his son Noah Cortez, 1, search for pumpkins on Prince Street Friday afternoon to decorate for Halloween. Curry and Roosevelt County Extension service officials say it is best for young trick or treaters to add healthier low sugar alternatives to their bag this year.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Halloween is around the corner and local youth will be showing up at doorsteps in search of treats all over the region. Treats don’t always have to be candy though, and the less sugar the better, according to officials at the Roosevelt and Curry County extension offices. Roosevelt County Extension Nutrition […]

Martinez visits Tucumcari plant

Staff photo: Thomas Garcia
Gov. Susana Martinez speaks with Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory owner Charles Krause on Wednesday during a ceremony celebrating the
factory’s planned expansion.

Thomas Garcia tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez was in Tucumcari on Wednesday to help celebrate the planned $4.5 million expansion of Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory with local officials and a dozen residents and employees. The expansion is expected to create up to 20 new jobs. “At the state level we are continuing to work to keep […]

McGee: Bugs one thing, bats another matter

I didn’t know we had bats around here. Honestly, I’ve lived on the High Plains since 1999 and I’ve never seen one single bat in flight. Then the other day one of my “friends” on The Facebook sent me a snapshot of a bat having a siesta under the eave of the building where he […]

In search of ponies: Animals have it figured out

Sometimes it may feel like a distant memory, but once upon a time life was all about laughing, tumbling, running, climbing and a series of other things that had absolutely nothing to do with anything at all. Children still indulge of course. They can be spotted breaking into spontaneous giggle fits and fiddling and fidgeting […]

Holiday happenings

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. • Halloween Costume Contest 6 p.m. entries, 6:30 p.m. […]