What’s happening — Sept. 17

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Local Emergency Planning Committee — 1 p.m., Assembly room, City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. City Commission meeting — 11:30 a.m., North Annex, Clovis- Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility […]

Sorghum crop booming

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Corn guzzles water. Sorghum sips it. Both make good feed for beef and dairy cattle. There you have it, the recipe for one of the largest sorghum crops in recent memory across eastern New Mexico and most of the state. The USDA’s latest forecast calls for about a 5 […]

Commissioner-elect raises spending concerns

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One of the two people poised to take a seat on the Curry County Commission in January contends commissioners are about to hamstring him with two issues on the agenda for action today. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the Clovis Carver Library’s north annex and are expected to […]

Military update: VA hospitals in need of more personnel

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs “tens of thousands” more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet patient demand, the new VA Secretary, Robert “Bob” McDonald, told lawmakers last week at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The size of the staff shortage, McDonald said, explains why VA has launched “a […]

Pages past — Sept. 16

On this date … 1974: Midwest Video Corp, Clovis’ cable TV provider, informed customers that Eastern New Mexico University’s new educational station was being carried on channel 3. Some fine tuning might be needed, MVC said. “If 3 is bothering 2 or 4, your fine tuning may need adjustment there too,” an advertisement in the […]

Police blotter — Sept. 16

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday ∞ 12:28 a.m.: Shots fired, 2100 block of West Grand Avenue. ∞ 6:31 a.m.: Domestic report, 1200 block of Colonial Parkway. ∞ 10:33 a.m.: Theft, 900 block of North Main Street. ∞ 12:15 p.m.: Fraud, 1500 block of Westchester Avenue. ∞ 1:49 p.m.: Harassment, 200 […]

What’s happening — Sept. 16

Today Board of County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m., North Annex, Clovis- Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828. Airport Project Advisory Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Local Emergency Planning Committee — 1 p.m., Assembly room, City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday Preschool […]

Locals say methods of discipline should be private matter

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Blake Urall believes in corporal punishment, as long as it fits the situation. “Well, I’m all for disciplining children, because I discipline my kids all the time,” said Urall, 46, who had just finished coaching his son’s youth football game at Jim Hill Field. “I’m not going to sit […]

Police blotter — Sept. 14

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday ∞ 4:07 a.m.: Shoplifting in progress, 1200 block of West Seventh Street. ∞ 7:02 a.m.: Bomb threat, 1300 block of Connelly Street. ∞ 7:07 a.m.: Fraud, 1300 block of Mora Street. ∞ 7:17 a.m.: Domestic report, 500 block of Axtell Street. ∞ 7:54 a.m.: Theft, […]

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good

My first trade in fantasy football involved running backs Terrell Davis and Edgerin James. In the spring of 1999, my cousin Marvin invited me to join a league with eight of his friends. The league consisted of a bunch of 40-year-old men and me, a 14-year-old teenager. I’m sure they looked at me as an […]

Post-rainfall bird deaths result of hypothermia

Not long ago, around midnight, Portales received some heavy rainfall. “Marjorie, do we have flood insurance?” I asked my wife. She answered, “No.” That caused me to go from window to window the entire night to monitor the water level around our home.  Fortunately, the rain stopped at daybreak, and the rainwater only contacted the […]

Lawsuit accuses Clovis schools of negligence

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Parents of a student allegedly burned by chemicals on a toilet seat at his Clovis school say at least one other person was burned and they were denied copies of the school’s  investigation report. The allegations are part of a lawsuit filed this summer in 9th Judicial District Court […]

County checkup: Officials talk gross receipts tax increase

Curry County commissioners meet Tuesday for a public hearing and possible vote on increasing the gross receipts tax (GRT) by .25 percent. County Manager Lance Pyle says the increase is needed to make up for unfunded mandates from the Legislature and pay for renovations and expansions at the jail and the old post office building […]

Pages past — Sept. 14

On this date … 1968: Two 8-year-old boys and a 6-year-old boy were suspected of vandalizing James Bickley elementary school. About $60 worth of milk had been destroyed and school supplies had been taken, police said, over two nights. The boys were released to their parents’ custody to await a juvenile hearing before Officer Bob […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales


By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

McGee: Anesthesia World not that exciting

Have you had an operation lately? I had one a few days ago. The doctor had to sew up some holes where it seemed my “chitlins” were trying to squiggle out. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had surgery,” I said. “The last time I had an operation they put me to sleep using […]

In search of ponies: Degrees matter to pets

The meager degree here and degree there is almost indistinguishable to us humans. Still warm enough for summer clothes, swimming and cookouts. However, if one rises early enough in the morning or ventures out after dark, the cooler temperatures can be felt easily enough. And though a drop from the mid 90s to the high […]

Police: Suspects identified in pumpkin theft

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University police have identified four juveniles as suspects in the weekend pumpkin thefts from the university’s Childhood Development Center. The suspects are 15, 15, 14 and 14, ENMU Police Chief Bradley Mauldin said. Video footage provided information that allowed police to identify the teens, Mauldin said. Mauldin said the four […]

Local social worker appointed

Staff report Sandra Turner of Clovis has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Board of Social Work Examiners, according to a press release from the governor’s press office. Turner is a clinical therapist, social worker and owner of Life Changes Counseling and Consulting. She was previously a school social worker for Clovis Municipal […]

Pages Past: Sept. 13

On this date … 1961: Citizens Bank of Clovis and Clovis National Bank had established accounts for victims of Hurricane Carla, one of the nation’s all-time most powerful tropical cyclones. The local Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Salvation Army were collecting food, clothing and bedding to send to victims. Carla, which made landfall near Port […]