Events calendar — Sept. 23

Today United Blood Services: Blood Drive — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-625-9743 Hoops for Water — 9 a.m. Entry fee: $150. Register at currycountywatercoop.com Clovis Community College, south east parking lot, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 505-804-0714 Attorney General OMA and IPRA Training — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. RSVP: roadshows@nmag.gov. […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 23

Tuesday Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education — 5:30 p.m. CMS Administrative Offices, 1008 Main, Clovis. Information: 575-769-4300. Texico city meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 The meetings calendar is a daily listing of area public meetings. To place an item on the calendar, call the newsroom at 575-763-6991 […]

Texas cyclists ride against cancer

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Davis Tucker, front, signals the stopping point for Wednesday to John Sikes, Bryan White and Josh Hare during their ride for 1,400 Miles.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A group of bicyclists made a stop in Clovis on Wednesday with a pair of messages. Any message is easier if you can share it over a beer, and don’t fear the finger. Riders from Austin, Texas-based 1,400 Miles made Clovis an overnight resting point for their trip to […]

CCC ranked among top community colleges

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clovis Community College is ranked among America’s top community colleges, according to the personal finance website WalletHub, which charts the school at No. 43 on its 2016 Best Community Colleges list. “I first heard about it from a colleague at another institution,” Clovis Community College President Becky Rowley said. […]

Overdose deaths down in Curry County

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Curry County was one of 20 counties in New Mexico with decreased drug overdose death rates in 2015, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. In a press release Tuesday, the NMDOH said nearly two-thirds of the state’s 33 counties saw a decline in overdose deaths last year. […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A proclamation declaring Thursday as “Bobby Sandoval Day.” A 3:30 p.m. reception is scheduled for outgoing Commissioner Sandoval. It is the last scheduled meeting for Sandoval, who will officially resign Sept. 30. Sandoval, […]

Opinion: Highland aiming for student growth

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist In this age of data-driven activity in education, all of our school sites work on specific goals and objectives, based upon what the student data reveal. Schools have detailed plans of action — specific and measurable — but, generally, all include improvement of reading and math skills along with increased […]

Police blotter — Sept. 22

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 1:03 a.m.: Possession of marijuana, Davis and 13th streets. • 7:06 a.m.: Careless driving, Hondo Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 8:15 a.m.: Following too close, 14th and Main streets. • 8:42 […]

Events calendar — Sept. 22

Thursday Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Farewell Reception to honor city Commissioner Robert “Bobby” Sandoval — 3:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Friday United Blood Services: Blood Drive — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 22

Thursday Melrose city meeting — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Clovis City Commission  — 9 a.m. North Annex, Clovis Carver Public Library, 701 Main St., Clovis Information: 575-763-6016 Tuesday Texico city meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 The meetings calendar is a […]

Opinion: Local devotes life to caregiving

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Smokey Ball may be one of the most recognizable figures in Roosevelt County.  Highly visible in his trademark blue overalls, tinted glasses, beard, and ever-present cap, he’s rarely without a story, and he’s rarely alone. A lot of us have eaten produce from Smokey’s gardens over the years, and been […]

County votes to table land use plan

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Curry County’s draft of its Land and Resource Management Plan took center stage during Tuesday’s commission meeting and after nearly two hours of discussion, the body voted to table the matter. At the end of the discussion that included input from residents both for and against the plan, Commission […]

County applies to host conference

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Curry County has applied to host the 2019 New Mexico Association of Counties Conference. During Tuesday’s meeting, county commissioners voted to submit an application to host the event. “When we hosted in 2013, we received Lodger’s Tax funds,” County Manager Lance Pyle said. “We also received a lot of […]

Princess party an affair for royalty

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Alix Rosa, right, a volunteer dressed up at last year’s Monarch Formals princess party, doesn’t break character as she interacts and laughs with one of the young attendees.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Tyleen Caffrey proves you’re never too old to enjoy fairytales. The fifth annual Monarch Formals princess party promises a full cast this year, among other festivities geared toward young girls and their parents. The event is to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Community […]

Pages past — Sept. 21

On this date … 1976: A peacock was on the loose in the 3700 block of Autumnwood in Clovis. Gary Engel reported the colorful bird spent the night on his roof before flying to a neighbor’s house. Roman “Junior” Romero of Clovis’ animal shelter captured the bird after climbing a ladder and shooing it off […]

Police blotter — Sept. 21

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 4:20 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2200 block of Echols Avenue. • 7:54 a.m.: Burglary (commercial), 1100 block of East Brady Avenue. • 8:20 a.m.: Public affray, 1500 block of Sycamore Street. • 10:00 a.m.: Shoplifting […]

Events calendar — Sept. 21

Today Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Tween programs — 4:30 p.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Farewell Reception to honor city Commissioner Robert “Bobby” […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 21

Today Families A.S.A.P. Focus Group Meeting — 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mental Health Resources, Inc., 1100 W. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 855-484-0144 Thursday Melrose city meeting — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Clovis City Commission  — 9 a.m. North Annex, Clovis Carver Public Library, 701 Main St., Clovis Information: […]

Roosevelt County hosting job fair

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Prospective employees from across the Eastern New Mexico and West Texas region will soon have the opportunity to seek potential jobs in Roosevelt County. The Portales and Roosevelt County Job Fair, coordinated by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation, will be held on Sept. 29 from 3-7 p.m. at […]

Business feature: Clovis restaurant manager wins top award

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Robert Vick Jr., the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s 2015 Restaurateur of the Year, presents Laura Leal with the 2016 award.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A Clovis restaurant manager has won New Mexico Restaurant Association’s top award for the fourth time since its inception in 1967. Laura Leal, owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant, was named Restaurateur of the Year on Sept. 12 in Albuquerque. The Hospitality Industry Awards recognize community involvement and extensive restaurant […]