Parks committee gives Eagle Scout go-ahead

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee unanimously voted Monday to allow a local Eagle Scout to move forward on a project to construct informational signs at Goodwin Lake Trails. Scout Luke Landry said the signs would provide park beautification and a way for people to learn about the history […]

Groups make ready for Memorial Day

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com While recent headlines warn readers of rising gas prices and suggest last minute travel destinations for Memorial Day weekend, local veterans organizations are inviting the community to honor fallen military heroes on the upcoming federal holiday. Volunteers with the Clovis/Curry County Joint Veterans Council will place flags on more […]

Spring bringing out life in Clovis

By Aubry Buzek Local columnist With the changing of the season I’ve taken to eating my lunch at Hillcrest Park. While the trees are beautiful and the animal sounds echoing out of the zoo provide a nice ambience to the routine, what I am really after is the sun. It seems like the whole community […]

Firefighter accused of stealing at crash

Staff report A Clovis firefighter is accused of stealing items from a vehicle at a crash he was called to, according to Sheriff Wesley Waller. Lt. Christopher Elam, 32, was charged Friday with misdemeanor larceny, Waller said in a press release issued late Monday. Elam is accused of stealing a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage, […]

Account set up to benefit staff sergeant’s family

Staff report An online account has been set up on behalf of the surviving family members of a staff sergeant serving at Cannon Air Force Base who was killed last week in a training exercise. Jordan Lewis, 30, is survived by his wife and two children, a 6-year-old and a 7-week-old. The fund will primarily […]

Officials shift most of $14 million to draw interest

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Almost three months ago, some $14 million generated by a Curry County bond issue was sitting in a bank account not drawing interest. County officials now say they have shifted the bulk of that cash to investment funds to earn a better interest rate while they decide what to […]

Art of interview changes with times

By Sandy Fields Local columnist As a college student, I stumbled into a class called “Techniques of Interview.” At the time I was majoring in radio and television communications, and I presumed the class would teach me about putting a microphone in someone’s face and asking critical questions. I was wrong. Much to my surprise, […]

Committees reject two TRICARE reform plans

By Tom Philpott Military Update Both the Senate and House armed services committees have rejected two TRICARE reform plans, one from the Obama administration to raise fees and consolidate the triple-option health benefit, and a second from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to replace TRICARE entirely with a menu of civilian health insurance […]

Police Blotter – May 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 1:42 a.m.: Parole violation, Eighth and Reid streets. • 7:43 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 1300 block of North Lea Street. • 8:02 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway, Acoma and Tierra Blanca streets. • […]

Pages past — May 19

May 19 On this date … 1975: Funeral services were being planned for Horace Large, 77, of Clovis who drowned in Ute Lake. Officials said a boat carrying three men capsized in strong winds on May 17. Sgt. H.C. Dixon of Cannon Air Force Base and Horace Sutton of Clovis managed to reach shore safely. […]

What’s happening — May 19

Today Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — Noon 321 Connelly, Clovis City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 AARP Driver Safety Class — 8 a.m. – noon age 55 and above $15 member of AARP $20 Non Member Payable by check only Information/register: Carolyn Taber 575-742-2384 Wednesday How to Setup or Revise your Recordkeeping System — 2 p.m. […]

Notebook — May 19

Headed home … • Roosevelt County commissioners can breathe a little easier. They’re headed back home. They’re meeting 9 a.m. today in the all-new, mold-free county courthouse. They have been meeting at the Portales schools administration building for several months while crews cleaned out the mold and renovated the old digs on the square. No […]

Survivors, families, gather for Relay

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon
Parker Davis, 7, practices her back handspring at Relay for Life on Saturday afternoon at Hillcrest Park.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Fight. Battle. Survive. Dream. These are some of the words you kept hearing over and over and over again Saturday at the 20th annual Relay for Life event when talking to cancer survivors and their families. Among the survivors was Sandy Albright, the spokesperson for Relay for Life this […]

New suit filed against county

By Robin Fornoff Managing Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com An Albuquerque lawyer who collected almost $500,000 from Curry County over abuse at its troubled jail facilities has filed a new federal lawsuit alleging his mentally ill client lingered for months in solitary confinement without proper care or treatment. Matthew Coyte is demanding unspecified damages for Alejandro “Alex” Romero […]

College of Education graduates celebrate success

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College of Education Dean Penelope Jones-Garcia places a medallion around graduating student Cheyenne Kyser’s neck Friday morning during a special ceremony the college had for students graduating with teaching degrees.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Graduating education students at Eastern New Mexico University celebrated their success as a family on Friday. Each student was awarded a medallion in front of their peers, family, and friends before they start on their journey as licensed teachers. Alyssa Prince, 21, is starting her journey as a soccer […]

ENMU sets school graduate record

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Eastern new Mexico University graduate Heather Anderson shakes hands with ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr Saturday morning after receiving her diploma.

By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico Junior College graduated 17 students when it opened in 1935. Eighty years later, in its 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University handed out more than 600 degrees, setting a school record. University officials said more than 1,000 students will graduate in the 2014-15 […]

City on pace for record rainfall

Staff report Halfway through May, Clovis is on pace to set a record for rainfall in the month. With 1.48 inches recorded in the past week, the city has seen 6.92 inches so far this month. The Clovis record for rainfall in May is 11.87 inches set in 1941, which was also the wettest year […]

Kids school cops on court

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Bayleigh Smith, 6, prepares to shoot a basket against Lt. Roman Romero on Saturday at the fifth annual Cops and Kids basketball game.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com It’s not every day that 6-year-olds can have success ganging up on 6-foot-tall police officers and district attorneys. But that’s what happened Saturday. For Bayleigh Smith and David Martinez, both 6, it was their first opportunity to play basketball with Clovis Police Lt. Roman Romero and Assistant District Attorney […]

Pages past — May 17

On this date … 1960: Dora High School graduated 22 students in ceremonies at the Dora gymnasium. A party after graduation featured a white sheet cake and a color slide show of senior events. 1955: Sheridan McIntosh was sentenced to 60 days in the Curry County jail after he pleaded guilty to possessing liquor for […]

Notebook — May 17

Animal stories … • The Animal Control Task Force — always a hoot — meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis City Hall. Open to the public. Lots of well-meaning folks who have a tendency to wander from the agenda, not unlike some Curry County commissioners we know. Water everywhere … • Gayla Brumfield’s position […]