Events calendar — Aug. 21

Tuesday Ribbon Cutting Purple Parking Space — 2 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. Wednesday Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. Thursday Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. […]

Meetings calendar — Aug. 21

Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 700 Main, Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016. Revenue Review Committee — 4:30 p.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Clovis Municipal Schools Board […]

Reader reaction — Aug. 21

We asked our Facebook followers: “What was your favorite memory of the first day of school growing up?” A few responses: • Monica Cordova Jaime: I remember Friday candy sales, McDonald’s and Taco Bell able to purchase at school along with snack bar at lunch or sodas, candy, hot pockets etc. Now days I can’t […]

Pages past — Aug. 21

On this date … 1966: The Clovis News-Journal, on its  society page, offered these suggestions for college-bound women interested in sorority rushing and membership: “… Just be yourself. Good manners are important for making favorable impressions and they help express your personality. Simplicity and neatness in dress are most important.” 1956: Curvaceous British actress Diana […]

Student proficiency results released

By Eamon Scarbrough and Douglas Clark Staff writers Results for assessments designed to show New Mexico schools’ proficiency in meeting common core standards were released Thursday, showing mixed results for area districts. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assesses third-12th grade students’ proficiency in English language arts, math, geometry […]

This ‘Old House’

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
High Plains Historical Foundation President Patsy Delk shows off a photo of Curry County’s first school bus during a tour of the historic “Old House,” an antique attraction at this year’s fair.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com An old one-bedroom home with rusted appliances and no indoor plumbing may not be worth much in today’s housing market. But this is a historical treasure to some. One of the attractions at the Curry County Fair happens to be tucked away among the trees, nestled at the edge […]

Johnson: Friday is National Dog Day

There are many different types to choose from – the spectrum includes everything from cats, birds, reptiles, rodents and fish to larger animals such as horses and array of creatures in between — but the dog tends to be one of the first images to pop into most minds when the word “pet” is used. […]

Berry: Interesting things in the neighborhood

A few nights ago, we decided to take one of our dogs for a walk. We have two dogs, but one of them is getting old and not able to walk with us. The younger dog is a little Corgi and she is more than happy to take a walk around the neighborhood. After getting […]

24 counts of child torture overturned

STAFF REPORT The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Clovis man convicted in 2010 for using a stun gun on his children. The judges overturned 24 counts of child torture on Michael Vargas Sr. District Attorney Andrea Reeb and defense attorney Jennifer Burrill both confirmed they’d already worked out a plea […]

Pages past — Aug. 20

On this date … 1951: Two people suspected in the slaying of the founder of Progress, Texas, had been cleared, Bailey County Sheriff Hugh Freeman said. Josh Blocher’s badly beaten body was found earlier in the month in a cotton field. The unnamed suspects were cleared after passing a polygraph test, the Clovis News-Journal reported. […]

Commissioners vote to take over fuel sales

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The city of Clovis will soon be the point of contact for fuel at the Clovis Municipal Airport. During Thursday’s regular session the Clovis City Commission voted 7-1 to pay Blue Sky Aviation $450,000 in order to sell fuel to pilots at the airport. “We’ve reached an agreement in […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. • The board approved a resolution to submit an application to the New Mexico Water Trust Board for fiscal year 2017. Authority Executive Director Justin Howalt said the authority would seek $5 million. It requested the same amount last year, […]

DA waiting for swab test in stabbing case

Staff report The trial for an Albuquerque man accused of stabbing a Clovis woman multiple times remains scheduled for  Sept. 27. Aaron Morrisette, 32, attended a brief pretrial conference before Judge Matthew Chandler on Thursday. Morrisette faces charges of first-degree kidnapping with intent to commit sexual offense, armed robbery, aggravated battery against a household member […]

Police blotter — Aug. 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:29 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 1:41 a.m.: Arson. • 3:12 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1100 block of Dusk Lane. • 6:08 […]

He’s no ‘Goober’ — ‘He’s something unique’

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
DJ Duval, 4, smiles as he interacts with Fables of the West Comedian George Lindsey Jr. at the Curry County Fair Wednesday night.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com George Lindsey Jr. might be better known for his stage name, “Rufus Leekin.” The comical play on words is one of the many qualities that has made Lindsey a crowd-pleaser at this year’s Curry County Fair. Lindsey performs multiple times throughout the night every night of the fair, but […]

Fellowship, fun for special needs

Staff photo: Douglas Clark 
Susie Lucero enjoys a post luncheon dance during Special Needs Day on Thursday at the Curry County Fair.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Broad smiles, laughter and dancing were the order of the day during Thursday’s Special Needs Day event at the Curry County Fair. Dozens of special needs patrons were treated to free carnival rides, carnival concessions — such as cotton candy, lunch and a healthy dose of fellowship. “The owner […]

Faith: Church members to meet new bishop

Bishop Erik Gronberg

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com There are more than 105 congregations in the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Mission Area, according to the NT-NL website. But only one, Clovis’ Trinity Lutheran Church, resides west of the Texas border. Despite the church’s geographic isolation, the synod’s newly elected bishop wants the congregation to know it’s not alone. […]

Events calendar — Aug. 19

Today Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Junior Livestock Sale Committee — 6:30 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Saturday Curry County Fair — 10 a.m. Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Old Timers’ Day — 10 a.m. Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Great American Turtle Race — Noon Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Tuesday Ribbon […]

Meetings calendar — Aug. 19

Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. Ned Houk Park Bandshell, Clovis Information: 575-769-7828 Wednesday Public Works Committee — 8:30 p.m. City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Leadership Clovis Ice Breaker — 11:30 a.m. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Thursday Melrose City Council […]

Opinion: County fair a wonder and an event

By Audra Brown Local columnist I can’t say what the county fair looks like to anyone else, but I can share the perspective on farm kid. The fair was a wonder and an event, of that there is no doubt. It came around once a year, at a time when hot and monotonous are common […]