County may consider economic development tax

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said it’s just an idea. But if Curry County were to implement an economic development tax, it could generate $100,000 a year. County officials met Tuesday to hear ideas from residents on ways to help Curry County update its comprehensive plan. […]

Students build games from cardboard

Staff Photo: Crystal Mondragon
Bella Vista student Liliana Chavez made a foosball table out of a box, with clothes pins colored pink and blue as her two players.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com From imagination to creation, the primary focus at Arts Academy at Bella Vista is to enhance learning through teaching the arts. One example was on display Friday as the school hosted Academy Arcade Day. Students, teachers and parents followed the lead of a boy in Los Angeles who made […]

School officials unconcerned about background check review

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Local school officials say they are not concerned about orders from the governor’s office to review their policies for workers’ background checks. “It’s just standard procedure for us,” said Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain. “We probably go even further than a lot of schools do … Before we […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Monday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A project agreement and real estate sales agreement at the Clovis Industrial Park for Natural Chem. The Houston-based company wants to buy 50 acres at a cost of $20,000 per acre, with a […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 30

Firefighters win: Remember the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive held earlier this month? Results are in. This is from Stephanie Seabrease, a United Blood Services representative from Roswell: “We had some great battles in Southeast New Mexico with Clovis taking the No. 1 spot for most donations collected during our Battle of the Badges […]

Pages past — Aug. 30

On this date … 1970: Clovis’ Aztec Bowl on Maple Street was recruiting for fall leagues. Mondays were for business and professional leagues; the “major leagues” would compete on Tuesdays; industrial leagues were scheduled for Wednesdays; and the “continental” league was slated for Thursdays. Individual bowling instruction was also available every Tuesday afternoon, according to […]

Police blotter — Aug. 30

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 6:32 a.m.: Burglary (auto) 4200 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • 7:02 a.m.: Burglary (auto) 4100 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • 7:10 a.m.: Burglary (auto) 3800 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • 7:28 […]

What’s happening — Aug. 30

Today Free Concert Featuring the band: “Unhindered” — 7 p.m. Marshall Auditorium, 100 Commerce Way, Clovis. Information: 575-762-2926 Monday City Commission Meeting— 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Portales City Council— 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Fundraiser for Red Cross and […]

Letter to the editor — Aug. 30

Thanks for quality of life improvements For 35 years, my office has been located in Colonial Park. I’ve felt fortunate to have the large green open space of the golf course as my view. But I’ve never seen it look as good as it does now. I know we have been blessed to have the […]

Educators discuss early childhood education

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By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The Early Learning Alliance Council (ELAC) held a town hall meeting at Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday evening. The meeting gave early childhood professionals and educators a chance to voice concerns to Chair of ELAC Erica Stubbs. This is the first year that ELAC has sent members to […]

Full house attends Wayland Baptist graduation

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon
Ashley Dawn Allen was among  graduates Friday morning from Wayland Baptist University, one of 13 who earned a master’s degree.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Almost all of the seats at Central Baptist Church were filled Friday morning with friends and family members waiting eagerly to see the newest graduates from Wayland Baptist University. Graduates were from all different backgrounds — some were active or retired military members, some had young families, some were […]

Pages past — Aug. 29

On this date … 1975: State game officials met in Portales and decided quail season would be 21 days shorter in eastern New Mexico than the rest of the state. Ranchers told game commissioners that cattle were accustomed to seeing vehicles with feed in January. That meant they followed vehicles, including those belonging to quail […]

Clovis suffers rash of vehicle burglaries

STAFF REPORT Multiple vehicles were broken into Thursday between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. around Lew Wallace Drive, according to Clovis Interim Police Chief Doug Ford. Ford said all burglaries were “opportunity-type burglaries,” where vehicles were not locked. Burglars pulled door handles to see if they were locked. If not, he said, they were able […]

Johnson: Been a good year for orb-weavers

Don’t freak out just yet because they’re not exactly taking over — it’s just a really good year to be a spider. It might be disconcerting to some, especially those suffering from arachnophobia, but with the optimal conditions on the High Plains in recent weeks, spiders are loving life, and the region is being decorated […]

Search still on for police, fire chiefs

Staff report Clovis City Manager Larry Fry said Thursday the city is still searching for its next police chief and fire chief. So far, Fry said city officials have conducted “four or five” preliminary interviews for both positions and hope to whittle those numbers down to “a very small number,” as soon as possible. “These […]

Professor remembered by friends, colleagues

Tony Gennaro

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Don Criss laughs out loud when he thinks about the good times he had with Tony Gennaro. Criss, production consultant at KENW-TV at Eastern New Mexico University, remembers filming Gennaro’s wildlife show in the 1960s in a group of trees outside Portales they referenced as “the woods.” “We went […]

Events center manager on leave pending investigation

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County Events Center Manager Joelle Reed confirmed Thursday she is on paid administrative leave pending a job-related investigation. Reed, the events center manager since late March, declined to say why she’s on leave or what’s being investigated. Reed works for Spectra, the contracted management company for the center. […]

Campus officials talk sexual assault services

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com As professors and students ramp up to begin the school year, so do the sexual assault counselors and security agents on college campuses. While the threat of sexual assault on smaller campuses — like those at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College — may not be as […]

Beware of asking farmers about the weather

By Audra Brown Local columnist How’s the weather been? Many a conversation has begun with this question and many mistake it for inconsequential small talk. For one involved in agriculture, it is a serious and important question. Walking around the fair, running into friends and acquaintances, most of the conversations started with a “Hey, how […]

Letter to the editor — Aug. 28

Traffic circle not much good Let’s say I’m driving south or north on Norris Street in the center-most lane. As I come to 21st Street, I turn in front of the right-lane traffic to make a right turn. I assume I would be pulled over and given a traffic citation. Now let’s look at traffic […]