HPJRA a family affair


By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association charter is seven times the age of its youngest competitors. Needless to say, the many generations of contestants at Saturday’s rodeo performances proved you’re never too young — or too old — to appreciate the sport. In its 42 years of existence, the […]

Annual report shows overall crime drop

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com Per the recently released Clovis Police Department 2015 Annual Report, there were fewer aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts in the city in 2015 in comparison to the previous year. The 32-page document was issued by Clovis Police Chief Doug Ford Thursday, outlining the department’s mission and vision […]

Clovis youth edged in first heat at national soapbox derby

Matthew Lusk

STAFF REPORT Matthew Lusk’s whirlwind soapbox racer trip started five weeks ago down Sycamore Street in Clovis. It ended up stretching 1,400 miles into Akron, Ohio, and came just three-10ths of a second from going a little bit more. Still a great run, Matthew said, for his first and last All-American Soapbox Derby. “It was […]

Pages Past — July 17

1961: A deposit bag containing about $7,000 in cash and checks was “either lost or stolen,” Clovis police said. An employee of Wayne Wallace Motor Co. told police the money was either grabbed from under her arm or picked up when she laid it down in a store. The employee said she had stopped at […]

Road construction to require lane closure

STAFF REPORT A partial lane closure will be required July 24 on a county right of way along Curry Road 6. Work will begin 7 a.m. on the right of way from Curry Road 13 to Curry Road 12. Western Interconnect, the contracted construction company, has requested motorists seek an alternate route to expedite the […]

Police blotter — July 17

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday: • 6:03 p.m.: Breaking and entering, 100 block of Tucker Circle. • 7:15 p.m.: Failure to appear, Prince Street. • 8:12 p.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), 1500 block of Sheldon Street. Jail log The following […]

Events Calendar — July 17

Today USSSA World Youth Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament — 8 a.m. Guy Leeder Softball Complex, Sycamore and 14th streets, Clovis. Monday Andy Mason — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Movie Monday: Zootopia-PG — 1 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Tuesday Big Kids Hour […]

Meetings Calendar — July 17

Monday Local Growth Management Committee — 9 a.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Tuesday Friends of the Library Meeting— 11 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, genealogy room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Water […]

Grant provides funds for ‘blitz’ season

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Local law enforcement is cracking down on traffic violations in the summer months with a state grant program. The Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office have been pulling over more people and issuing more tickets in a “super blitz,” according to police officials. Lt. Chris Williams of […]

Ag producers feeling the heat

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Fire and agricultural risks are expected to increase in the near future due to a consistently hot summer, according to Roosevelt County fire officials and local farmers. “It looks like at this point there will be a lower chance of precipitation,” said New Mexico National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark […]

Boswell: Someday we’ll live long and prosper


I often find myself admiring the minds of those in the science fiction realm. When you really stop to think about it, those who create science fiction ages, realms, worlds, etc., are not only creative thinkers, but they are possibly the most innovative and inspiring thinkers in regards to mankind. When I went to a […]

Print edition missing pages

To our readers: Today’s print editions of the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune are missing pages 5A, 6A, 5B and 6B. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will publish most of that content in Sunday’s print editions, and all of the content is available now on our ePaper online. To access the ePaper, go […]

Roping and wrangling

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kyan Wilhite of Clovis takes part Friday afternoon in the 2016 High Plains Junior Rodeo Association’s boys 7-9 ribbon roping at the Curry County Events Center. Wilhite’s time in the event was 14.99.

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com A chance encounter with a rope and a bucket helped to craft a Clovis child’s love for all things rodeo. “One day I just found an old rope and started roping a tin can bucket,” said Kyan Wilhite, who is competing in the goat tying and ribbon roping events […]

Pence wins Trump’s vote

By Julie Pace and Brian Slodysko The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After frenzied, final decision-making, Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday, adding an experienced politician with deep Washington connections to the Republican presidential ticket. Trump’s pick was aimed in part at easing some Republicans’ concerns about his temperament and […]

‘Pokemon Go’ gives economy a boost

Staff photo: Anna George
Pokemon Go players gather at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Portales courthouse to battle the Pokemon Gym leaders and access the Pokestops at the county courthouse.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com As the app sensation “Pokemon Go” sweeps the nation, it appears to be benefiting local economy while giving local police officers a headache. The game uses GPS signal to allow people to virtually catch Pokemon — creatures from a Japanese television show that was also turned into a manga […]

Clovis Adopt-A-Pet

American Staffordshire Terrier mix
Age: Puppy
Sex: Male/ Not Sterilized 
Color: Black/White 
Size: Small

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 2203 East Brady Avenue, has picked up many homeless animals that community members can adopt. The adoption cost for any dog or cat is $165.00, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with […]

Cause of Clovis home fire unknown

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Members of the Clovis Fire Department enter a home on the 800 block of Wallace Street Friday to fight a fire. There were no reported injuries.

STAFF REPORT Clovis firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a home in the 800 block of Wallace Street Friday afternoon. “We had a room and content fire on the back end of the house,” Clovis Fire Department Battalion Chief Dale Hand said. “The occupant was home when it started and called it in.“ Hand said […]

Heavy rains, thunderstorm hit Clovis

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico residents got a short respite from week’s relentless heat on Friday, but even that came with its own mix of problems. Amid a week of triple-digit temperatures, Clovis was hammered with about a half hour of hard rains. According to KVII’s Schoolnet, Clovis received .44 inches as of 8 p.m., […]

Berry: No quick store runs for me

A few days ago I had to take a quick run to the store to pick up a couple of items forgotten on the previous trip. Since I just needed a couple of items I just ran to the local big box because it is closest to my house. It was the middle of the […]

Johnson: Goats increasingly popular pets

There is little doubt that the Internet — viral videos and memes to be specific — has helped with their gain in popularity and reputation as a downright cute critter. After all, it’s pretty hard to resist an adorable bouncing baby Pygmy goat. The reality is, however, not only is the relationship between goats and […]