What’s happening

Today Pre-K Story Hour — 10:05 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Eastern New Mexico Spring Job Fair — 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. information: 575-762-7714 City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis City Hall. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m., Portales City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 […]

Pages Past: April 16

On this date … 1950: Portales’ five Baptist churches set an all-time record for Sunday school attendance, Rev. L.A. Doyle said. Doyle said 1,525 people were in Sunday school, shattering the previous record by 137. 1910: I.D. Johnson, 6, arrived in Clovis by train with his parents. “He learned to swim at a lake located […]

Inmate who attempted suicide identified and in stable condition

STAFF REPORT An inmate who attempted suicide early Monday morning is in stable condition and under guard in the surgical intensive care unit at a Lubbock hospital, according to Curry County Undersheriff Mike Reeves. The inmate has been identified as Jeffery Boatwright, 47, of Clovis. He was booked on March 24 for aggravated battery with […]

Attorney: Fish ‘fed to bears in custody’

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com What happened to the fish caught by Clovis’s famous fisherman Bounchanh Bounsombath last year has remained a mystery … until now. According to Bounsombath’s lawyer Michael Garrett, his 1,622 fish were fed to bears in custody “someplace.” “They (New Mexico) have a bear park someplace,” Garrett said. “All of […]

Mesa’s robots invade state

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Gifted and Talented fifth-graders from Mesa Elementary won a statewide robotics challenge recently in Albuquerque. Mesa Elementary teacher Shawn Pelfrey said the Destination Imagination competition attracted 80 different teams from around the state who competed in seven different categories. The students came in first place in the “Creature Feature” […]

City officials honor Joe Thomas


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com For a man usually known for his stoicism, Joe Thomas was all smiles and a few tears Wednesday. The 64-year-old retired city manager and longtime devoted public servant was honored for his vast career with the city at a “come and go” celebration at Clovis City Hall and at […]

Inmate attempts suicide

Staff report A male inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center attempted suicide early Tuesday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed on Tuesday night. Pyle said the inmate, whom he declined to identify, was in stable condition at a Lubbock hospital. He said the Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and declined to […]

Death or taxes, which is worse?

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Which is more pleasurable, though, is still up for debate. I kid, of course — I would rather pay my taxes than die. I’m too young, after all, and have at least three-quarters of my life still ahead of me. But […]

Local FFA teams bring home awards

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com FFA teams from three local schools brought home five first place finishes from the state FFA Career Development Events last week in Albuquerque. The competition was steep — more than 1,100 students from around the state competed in the event individually and on 397 teams. The judging events were […]

Crime victim’s week kicks off with run

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis, lace up your sneakers. It’s time to kick off National Crime Victim’s Rights Week with the third annual Fun Run and Walk, hosted by the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. According to District Attorney Andrea Reeb, 170 have pre-registered for the event, which has already surpassed the number […]

Parks water schedule focus of meeting

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com If you get stuck at a red light going south on Prince Street at the corner of 14th, take a second to look around. A brand new billboard features art from Zia and James Bickley Elementary School students encouraging citizens to conserve water. Water Policy Advisory Board Chairman Chris […]

Pages past — April 15

On this date … 1965: The cook house on the old Muleshoe Ranch on Route 2 had been designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. A Texas Historical Building medallion and plate were to be placed on or near the structure, the Clovis News-Journal reported. It was to read: “The old Muleshoe Ranch Cook House was […]

Joe Thomas honored at luncheon

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com While the event was technically billed as the quarterly city-county luncheon, there was a distinct feeling that Tuesday’s gathering at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library was a retirement celebration for Joe Thomas. Clovis’ former city manager as of Friday, Thomas was honored frequently by the speakers […]

Fundraising events coming to local area

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Two fundraising events will be coming to the local area within the next two weeks. The seventh annual Texico EMS Run for Life is being hosted by the Texico Fire Department on Saturday. Assistant Fire Chief Doug Scioli said anyone who can legally ride a motorcycle is eligible to […]

Baptism a sacrament, extension of family

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist My granddaughter, Genavecia Ashley, will be baptized on Sunday. Gena is a year-and-a-half old. By my personal preferences, that is not soon enough, but never too late. Not only is baptism a rite of passage, it is a sacrament, and, it is an extension of family. Have you ever wondered […]

Police blotter — April 15

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 4:29 a.m.: Articles found or lost, 500 block of Hall Street. • 7:57 a.m.: Burglary report, 800 block of West Plains Avenue. • 9:35 a.m.: Assault report, 20 block of Rope Road. • 9:36 […]

What’s happening — April 15

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Finance Committee – 2 p.m., City Hall. Information 575-769-7828 Retirement Reception — 2 p.m. though 5 p.m. In honor of retired Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. Assembly Room, Clovis City Hall, 321 North Connelly St. Information: 575-769-7828 Joe Rocks Rock & Roll Retirement Reception […]

Judge sets aside Roosevelt jail policy

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A local judge has set aside a Roosevelt County jail policy as unconstitutional. District Judge Donna Mowrer ruled Thursday that a Roosevelt County Detention Center policy allowing attorney contact with inmates only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and only with 24 hours advanced notice was […]

Puppy battered its way into my heart

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer A few weeks ago, my partner volunteered to help out at a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in town. I could tell by his texts he was going off the deep end with puppy love. Sure enough, he ended up coming home with a tiny, black, tornado of a puppy […]

Community to honor city manager

Staff report Tomorrow is unofficially “Joe Thomas Day” in Clovis as the community gathers to honor the stalwart public servant at several retirement receptions. The City of Clovis is hosting a come and go reception for Thomas, who retired Friday. It’s from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow in the assembly room at City Hall, […]