Police blotter — June 28

 Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations:   Thursday • 1:50 a.m.: Shoplifting, 300 block of North Prince Street. • 6:25 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1800 block of Axtell Street. • 6:48 a.m.: Remote financial services act violation, 800 block of […]

Actor William Shatner stops in Tucumcari

Staff photo: Thomas Garcia
William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff report TUCUMCARI — Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series. […]

Notebook — June 28

Your business … • Curry County commissioners meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the library’s north annex. Judging from the agenda, it looks like another long one. Among the items up for a vote are a new roof for the jail and closing a portion of County Road 8 from CR W to CR X, CR […]

Same-sex marriage legal across country

By Brittney Cannon, Anna George and Joshua Lucero Staff Writers Reaction was mixed Friday across eastern New Mexico to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 5-4 decision declaring same sex marriage a constitutional right in every state. Although it doesn’t change much in New Mexico, which had already legalized same-sex marriage in 2013, it has lifted […]

Notebook — June 27

Fair warning… • A big heads-up. State police announce they are ramping up checkpoints across New Mexico in July for drivers under the influence. No specific checkpoints are being released but it’s a priority for officers who will also be checking registration, licenses and insurance papers. Civic duty calls… • Clovis needs a few good […]

Pages past — June 27

On this date … 1970: The 66 Packing Co. in Tucumcari — the largest in an 85-mile radius — had been shut down, at least temporarily, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Officials said the plant did not meet federal inspection standards. A company spokesman said about $40,000 was needed to bring the plant up […]

Johnson: Sleeping in could cost you

Getting up early has long been considered a sign of productivity — a symbol of drive, and success. Rooted in the days when labor was the basis for life, waking with the sun made sense, especially on the farm where hard work is best knocked out first thing — when cooler temperatures, peak energy levels […]

McGee: You could do that back then

Do you ever ponder those times in your life where you almost got yourself killed? I thought about the time I almost did because of something I learned in high school chemistry class. I thought chemistry was a neat-o class. The teacher showed us all kinds of stuff, including how to make gunpowder and what […]

TB test results expected next week

STAFF REPORT Around 80 people were tested Tuesday and Wednesday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to see if they contracted tuberculosis, according to a spokesperson from the New Mexico Department of Health. Spokesperson Kenny Vigil said the department expects to get test results back “sometime next week.” According to a press […]

Farmers, ranchers hit with worker’s compensation

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the exclusion of farm and ranch workers from the Workers’ Compensation Act is unconstitutional. “We fail to see any real differences between farm and ranch laborers and all other workers in New Mexico that would justify the exclusion,” the court […]


Bus rides … • The Clovis Area Transit System, more affectionately known by the acronym CATS, is taking reservations for after-school rides. Better hurry. They’re estimating they will be booked in two weeks. They can’t provide rides to school. And, rides from school are limited to children unable to use the school bus system and […]

Fairgrounds beautification project complete

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Norma Delarosa, the Curry County administrative services coordinator, and Global Spectrum employees completed a beautification project at the Curry County Fairgrounds Thursday with the installation of a stone bench near the entrance. The county received more than $4,000 in grant money to complete the project.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com County employees and Global Spectrum staff completed a beautification project Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The county received two grants to complete the project — $2,000 and $2,400 — from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful and Keep New Mexico Beautiful, according to Norma Delarosa, the administrative services coordinator. […]

What’s happening

Today 32nd Annual Plateau “Custom Classic” Softball Tournament — 7 p.m. Guy Leeder Softball Complex, 14th and Sycamore. Clovis. Information: 575-762-8977 Luau Celebration — 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wheatfields Senior Living Community, 4701 N Prince St. Clovis. Information: 575-762-8700 Saturday Draggin’ Main Event — 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E Brady, Clovis. […]

Police blotter

 Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday: • 1:29 a.m.: Runaway, 900 block of Rencher Street. • 5:51 a.m.: Failure to appear (felony) 2900 block of Las Palomas Road. • 7:32 a.m.: Battery, aggravated (felony) 2100 block of North Martin Luther King […]

VBS teaches kids sharing, Christianity

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School’s students sing and dance to start off Wednesday’s class session. More than 80 students, both church members and from the community, attended the school.

By Crystal Mondragon STAFF WRITER cmondragon@cnjonline.com First United Methodist Church Pastor Jeb Archey believes Vacation Bible School is important because it gives “children something exciting to do…gives the church an exciting way to be in ministry with kids.” First United Methodist church wrapped up this year’s five-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Thursday, which included […]

Birthday celebrations are best in the field

There once was a kid, who turned a year older. Friends and family congregated and waved down the combine to stop at the edge of the field. They brought food and presents and a pinata to pummel. The field was flat, no trees around, so they hung the paper mache box from the unloading auger. […]

Pages Past: June 26

On this date … 1975: Fire broke out in the basement of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. Firefighters said the small blaze was under control quickly and there were no injuries. A university spokesman said the fire probably started in the wiring of the air conditioning system. 1965: Clovis pyrotechnic fans […]

Confederate flag is South Carolina’s business

Steve Hansen

I wonder how many people have paused to reflect on how much has gone right after the horror of the June 17 slaying of nine parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist-Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It started with the congregation responding with prayer, not anger.  The white police chief of Charleston then said exactly […]

Water resource sustainability being tested

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com A collection of 30 well water samples from Roosevelt and Curry counties  submitted to New Mexico Tech laboratories, will help determine the status of water quality for the area, according to Raymond Mondragon with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon disclosed the sampling Wednesday at an EPCOG meeting. […]

Students flock to Clovis for dairy consortium

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com When Alfred State College senior and fourth generation dairy farmer Katelynn Bumbacher decided to apply to the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium held in Clovis, she said her friends and family asked her “Why are you going to the desert to learn about dairy?” Bumbacher and almost 50 […]