What’s happening — July 30

Today United States Team Roping — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Events Center, 1900 E Brady Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-935-7000 Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 High Plains Patriots  — 7 p.m. Master’s Center, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-749-2955 Wrap-up Party — 9:30 a.m. […]

Chicken owner to continue fight

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Mary-Beth Bouchard, a Clovis chicken owner, is saying no to what she called a “trojan horse variance” given to her by the city last week. “They gave me a gift and they started a war,” Bouchard said. “They are asking me to sign my rights away. And they are […]

Commission approves pay raises

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County employees and elected officials can expect to see a pay raise as soon as August and upon re-election, thanks to commissioners approving two measures Tuesday morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Both action items were presented by Curry County Manager Lance Pyle and approved by […]

Commissioners listen to jail presentation, complaints

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners on Tuesday heard a presentation on the county jail’s proposed renovations, approved budgets and listened to disgruntled citizens unhappy with conditions and management at the jail. Architects from Dyron Murphy noted challenges the facility and county have faced recently, including staffing challenges, transporting inmates, inefficiencies when […]

Scout leader: Charter organizations have final say on gay ban

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com The Boy Scouts of America lifted a ban on gay leaders on Monday, but a  local scout leader said charter organizations still have the final say. John Shonberger, El Llano Grande District’s advancement chairman of religion and chairman of the Clovis Catholic committee on scouting, said charting constitutions own […]

Board reviews open enrollment policy

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education reviewed a revised board policy regarding open enrollment that would bring it back into alignment with state law at their regular meeting Tuesday. “We revised it in July 2013 with the opening of Gattis Middle School. Some of the revisions that we […]

Paper dolls brought hours of entertainment

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist As a child, I remember walking with my sister, Becky, to the old North Main Grocery, a mom and pop store in north Portales, to buy candy. But what I really longed for was a book of cute paper doll cutouts. My eyes were set on a book of cheerful […]

Muñecas de papel trajeron horas de divertido

Como un niño, recuerdo que caminando con mi hermana, Becky, ala vieja tienda de comida del norte Main, una mamá y papa tienda norte de Portales, a comprar caramelos. Pero lo realmente ansiaba era un libro lindo de muñeca de papel. Mis ojos fueron fijados en un libro de alegres personajes con trajes de colores […]

Pages past — July 29

On this date … 1975: Charles Higdon, the band instructor at Marshall Junior High in Clovis, was among coaches for a summer band camp. Young musicians participating included sixth-graders Jackie Holt, Kenda Sue Dickenson and Cindy McDaniel. 1965: Heavy rains had pounded the region in recent days. The Otho Smith farm in Quay County  recorded […]

Local roundup — July 29

Airmen to weed highway medians Squadrons from Cannon Air Force Base this morning will be weeding medians along U.S. 60/84 from Wheaton Road to the Cannon ramp, according to a news release from Curry County. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have inside lanes closed from 8 a.m. until the work is complete, around […]

Baskett retiring from Oasis

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Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Hank Baskett Jr. is retiring after 21 years 
with the children’s safehouse.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Hank Baskett Jr. sums up his time with the organization as “a blessing.” Baskett, 71, is retiring after 21 years with the children’s safehouse at a fundraising banquet scheduled Aug. 15 at the Clovis Civic Center. “It’s a good feeling,” Baskett said. “But […]

Parks board approves festival, park steps

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com The first Rocktoberfest music and beer festival was approved Monday night at the city of Clovis parks and recreation board meeting, along with forward steps on improving Hillcrest Park and the par-3 golf course. Young Professionals of Clovis requested that the city parks and recreation board approve their idea […]

Ag center looking to future of farming

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Crop Physiologist Sangu Angadi is experimenting with alternative dryland farming crops such as guar, amaranth, quinoa, and sesame as potential drought-tolerant crops for farming in the area.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The primary focus of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis is to “serve the people of the area first,” which means there is a lot of acreage devoted to conducting variety trials of sorghum, wheat, and corn, according to Superintendent Abdel Mesbah. While the trials […]

County resident arrested on sex charges

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A 57-year-old man was arrested Friday for sexually molesting a 15-year-old girl, according to court records. Raymond Pepin, a Curry County resident, was charged with assault with intent to commit a violent felony and criminal sexual penetration, the arrest affidavit states. Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said Pepin is […]

Records: Couple faces 16 counts of child abuse

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A Clovis couple faces 16 counts of child abuse against seven of their nine children, court records show. Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Patricia and Duane Gartner were indicted Friday by a grand jury. Both posted $150,000 bond the day they were arrested early this month. Patricia […]

Commission to look at pay increases

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com The Curry County Commission may approve pay increases for employees and elected officials. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. today  at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. If all proposed pay increases are approved, it could cost the county up to $237,410 annually, County Manager Lance Pyle said. Also on […]

Meetings watch: ENMU Board of Regents

The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday in the Regents Room at the Administration Building in Portales. Regents took the following action: • Approved research and public service project funding requests at ENMU-Portales for fiscal year 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by the Higher Education Department in August, prior to their review […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the board room at 1009 Main Street. Agenda items: • Clovis Municipal Judge Jan Garrett will administer the oath of office for  board members, including new  member Cindy Osburn. • The board will vote on eight items on the […]

VA spurred to broaden access to care

By Tom Philpott Military Update The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics, spurred VA to broaden access to care. Turns out it did so largely through use of existing and often costly contract […]

Goodness is overwhelming

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Life takes us down paths we never want to travel, throwing medical terms at us we don’t want to learn. This has been a hard month to endure. My darling 2-year-old cousin Eliza became very ill in June. She was diagnosed with HUS — Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Following a life […]