Police blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday: • 12:28 a.m.: Contempt of court, Fifth and Wallace streets. • 1:04 a.m.: Concealing identity, 2000 block of North Main Street. • 6:29 a.m.: Following too close, Mabry Drive and Norris Street. • 6:38 a.m.: […]

Pages Past: July 3

On this date … 1975: Lyndell Terry, David Barth, Merle Terry and Thomas Rice, all members of Clovis Evening Lions Club, were preparing to distribute U.S. flags around the city as they did each July 4. The nation was celebrating its 199th birthday. 1955: The lights went out at the Redman’s Club west of Texico, […]

Fourth of July list of events

The following are events that will be held in the region in conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday: • Clovis fireworks: Annual Smoke of the Water display at Greene Acres Park. Festivities start at 3 p.m.; fireworks display at dark. • Portales fireworks: 9 p.m. at Greyhound Arena and baseball field • Fundraising event […]

Combine works well … when it works

Wheat harvest. Grease in the morning, run until the stalks start wrapping around in the header, then get a few hours sleep and hopefully a shower between sometime after midnight and before it’s much past daylight. The hours are long and odd, the working schedule is even worse. One day on, one day off. The […]

Letter to the Editor: Christianity capable of wide range of influence

Regarding recently published letters to the editor on same-sex marriage: The free speech, emotions and beliefs that authors Scott Willis and Sharon Faulkner are privileged to enjoy accrue to all others, including the homosexual community. Christianity, like alcohol, is capable of a wide range of influence. Some Christians, like terrorists,  become intoxicated by what they […]

Gaming center attracting attention

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A new business called Twin Arrow Bingo is under construction on 21st and Main streets. According to owner Rocky Bernard, the business will be a Bingo hall, Las Vegas-style gaming center, restaurant and family fun center. He plans to open as soon as July 20.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A Bingo hall, Las Vegas-style gaming center, restaurant, and family fun center called Twin Arrow Bingo, located at Hilltop Plaza in Clovis, is set to open a portion of the business as soon as July 20, said owner Rocky Bernard. “We are definitely excited,” Bernard said. But parents at […]

Highway construction double-edge sword for businesses

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Work begins Monday on a $9 million project intended to improve the main highway through Clovis, but several business owners are expressing concerns. Roma’s Italian Restaurant owner Mario Ajrula said his business has already taken a hit with traffic cones set up along U.S. 60/70/84/Mabry Drive this past weekend. […]

Clovis teacher found innocent

From staff reports A Clovis school teacher on Wednesday was found innocent of allegations she slapped a student last year. District Judge Fred Van Soelen ruled Brandi Thomas was not guilty of battery in an April 16, 2014, incident that involved a seventh-grade student at Gattis Junior High School. “For the last 14 months, my […]

Non-profits awarded grant money

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com Several area non-profit organizations were awarded a cumulative $22,500 in grant money by Xcel Energy last week to help support their programs. The grant recipients included the following: • Eastern New Mexico University Foundation’s minority education outreach program • Clovis Community College’s arts outreach program • Clovis Main Street’s […]

Pages Past: July 2

On this date … 1970: The fine for anyone caught manufacturing, detonating or selling fireworks in Clovis’ city limits was $300 or 90 days in jail. “Clovis has a population of 30,000 and fully a third of that population will become lawbreakers this Saturday,” the Clovis News-Journal reported in a front-page report previewing the July […]

Notebook, July 2

Request for donations … Juanita Chavez, a longtime Fort Sumner resident, is teaching English as a second language to students in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. She said she’s having a difficult time finding English-language books on a second- or third-grade reading level. Anyone want to send her gently used materials? The mailing address is: P.O. Box […]

Ropers tie up two victories for Dora

June was a good month for a couple of young ropers with strong ties (no pun intended) to Dora. Hayden Powell, a rising eighth-grader at Dora Consolidated Schools, is sporting a shiny new buckle to mark his ninth-place finish in breakaway roping at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa.  Joshua Walker, […]

What’s happening, July 2

Today Children’s Hour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St. Information: 575-769-7840 FREE Pandora Ring Promotion — 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Diamonds Evermore, 1407 N. Main St, Clovis. Information: 575-935-7070 Friday Clovis City Offices — Closed Portales City Offices — Closed Eastern New Mexico University — Closed Portales, NM Information: 575-562-2253 […]

Police blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday: • 3:03 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 800 block of East 21st Street. • 8:17 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 200 block of Herb Street. • 9:32 a.m.: Probation violation, 200 block of West Llano […]

Nearly 40 candidates apply for police, fire chief positions

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A national search has produced 17 police chief candidates and 20 fire chief hopefuls as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Clovis’ city human resources director. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders retired on June 12, and Clovis Fire Chief Ron Edwards retired on March 6. Human Resources Director Nancye Clements […]

Commissioners table bid for jail reroof

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners tabled an action to approve a bid for $592,900 from DKG & Associates to reroof the Curry County Jail at their regular meeting Tuesday morning. “It’s about three times what it should be,” said Chairman Ben McDaniel. “I’ve bought a whole lot of flat roofs, and […]

New county public services director hired

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Former Chaves County Jail Administrator Sandra Stewart is the new public services director for Curry County. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle announced the new hire at the Curry County Commission regular meeting Tuesday morning. Pyle said Stewart will assist in the overall management of the county and will directly […]

Tiempos han cambiado en Portales

Muchos de los largos y calurosos días de verano de mi infancia en Portales, no se sentía como si vinieran un frente fresco de Norte a Sur, sino mas bien como si se encontraran el Norte con el Sur. Nuestra casa estaba por la Avenida Norte B o en el barrio como lo llamábamos nosotros, […]

Times have changed in Portales

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist Many of the long, hot, summer days of my childhood in Portales were not so much about north vs. south as much as they were about north meets south. Our childhood home was on North Avenue B, considered the barrio or, as we residents ourselves call it, “Taco Town.” My […]

Pages past — July 1

On this date … 1991: Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis officially separated from ENMU-Portales to become Clovis Community College. 1942: Floyd Golden was named the second president of Eastern New Mexico College. He kept the job until 1960. No one has been president of the Portales university longer, before or since. 1908: Fire wiped out the […]