Pages past — Nov. 20

On this date … 1975: The 67-year-old Barry Hardware building at 405 Main in Clovis caught fire after a heater malfunctioned. Officials said 39 firefighters battled the blaze for more than five hours, limiting the major damage to the roof and second-floor ceiling. Water damage, however, was extensive throughout. Hundreds of shoppers and merchants gathered […]

Smokeout Day challenge to stop lighting up

Staff illustration: Jenna Zamie

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer It’s been 26 years — today — since Rebecca Holt picked up her last cigarette. She quit cold turkey, on a promise that, if she did, her boss would pay her $100. The challenge was spurred by the Great American Smokeout Day, an American Cancer Society event to encourage […]

Bingo hall beer and wine license back on city’s plate

Staff report Twin Arrow Bingo’s wine and beer license is back on the City Commission agenda tonight after it was ruled that the Future Generations preschool just behind the building is considered a school by the state. The issue is back on the city’s radar, spurred by an anonymous letter to the New Mexico Alcohol […]

Young women vying for pageant titles in Portales

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The Miss New Mexico Scholarship Program will be holding the Miss Portales Extravaganza this Sunday for young women to compete for local titles that will take them on to the Miss New Mexico Pageant in June.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Young women from across eastern New Mexico will be vying for local pageant titles this Sunday at Portales High School. The Miss Portales Extravaganza will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the gymnasium with area residents competing for local titles, such as Miss Portales, Miss […]

Thanks for the music, Mrs. Schumpert

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Sheryl Borden’s oldest son, Rob, still went by Robbie when he was in elementary school and started taking piano lessons from Eunice Schumpert, Portales’ legendary piano and voice instructor. “Robbie came home from a lesson one day,” Borden said, “and told me, ‘Mom, Miss Euney had such a pretty dress […]

Educators work toward student needs

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist Across our district, educators are continually working toward improving learning to effectively address instructional needs of students. This may involve teacher training within the district, attending trainings elsewhere, internal planning and strategy building, and more. A recent conversation with Principal Mike Read and Instructional Coach Kama Garcia revealed the benefits […]

Pages past — Nov. 19

On this date … 1975: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Denton of Kenna had recently observed their 50th wedding anniversary. They celebrated by spending the day in Roswell, according to a “social notes” column from Elida. 1975: “Patton” was being held over for three more days at the State  theater in Clovis. “A war movie for […]

Notebook — Nov. 19

Silver bells will soon be ringing in front of Clovis and Portales businesses. The Salvation Army held its second annual Red Kettle Kick-off Tuesday night in Clovis, according to Eric Schoen, donor relations director for New Mexico’s Salvation Army. Schoen said Clovis Mayor David Lansford and convenience store king Lonnie Allsup were among dignitaries who […]

Police blotter — Nov. 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 4:13 a.m.: Robbery, location unknown. • 7:14 a.m.: Larceny over $500, 100 block of Wicks Avenue. • 8:13 a.m.: Child abuse, abandonment, location unknown. • 8:16 a.m.: Careless driving, 21 and Thornton street. • […]

What’s happening — Nov. 19

Today Freshman Showcase — 7 p.m. Studio Theatre, University Theatre Center, 1500 S Avenue K., Portales. Free admission. Salvation Army Second Annual Tea Party — 11 a.m. Salvation Army, 301 E. Second St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Clovis/Portales Association of Realtors Banquet — 6 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Relay For […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

Clovis Municipal Schools board members approved the following Tuesday evening during their regular meeting: • Travel for Distributive Education Clubs of America students from Clovis High School to Austin, Texas, for a regional conference Friday through Sunday. Tracy Henderson, a representative for DECA students, told the board that two sponsors that are going with 24 […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry Road E from Curry Road 7 to Curry Road 8 will remain open despite dairy farmer Andle Van der Ploeg’s attempt to close it outside Mid-Fresian Dairy. Van der Ploeg sent Curry County Manager Lance Pyle asking the commission to close the road in October, citing “biosecurity” reasons along with theft issues and dust […]

County hoping to resolve jail retention, vacancy issues

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer The Curry County jail has had problems with retention and finding employees to fill 23 vacancies recently, but county commissioners hope their actions on Tuesday will help put an end to that. Commissioners approved: • giving jail employees significant pay raises — a $193,446.19 annual fiscal impact to the […]

Pages past — Nov. 18

On this date … 1990: Four Clovis High School Wildcadettes had been selected to march in Macy’s 64th Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Kym Sanchez, Myra Dingman, Melissa Perez and Raenell Drafts were selected to participate in the “How the West was Won” routine that featured 400 dancers kicking off the parade. 1975: […]

Notebook — Nov. 18

The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Portales businesses to “turn the town red and black” this week. That’s because the Portales Rams — Can you guess their team colors? — are hosting a playoff game Friday in their quest for the Class 4A high school football state championship. The Rams, 10-0, have won […]

Police blotter — Nov. 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 1:50 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1200 block of West Seventh Street. • 5:07 a.m.: Careless driving, 1200 block of West Seventh Street. • 5:42 a.m.: Shoplifting up to $500, 1000 block of Mitchell Street. […]

What’s happening — Nov. 18

Today Clovis Chamber Ambassador Bake Sale Fundraiser — 10 a.m. Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 United Way Loyal Donor Thank You Reception — 4:30 p.m. Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 CCC Cultural Arts Series Presents: The Wills Clan — […]

Mrs. Baird’s outlet closes doors

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Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries has closed after more than 30 years in Clovis.

By David Stevens Editor Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries — the “day-old bread store” in Clovis for more than  30 years — has closed its doors. A sign on the door and a message on the bakery outlet’s answering machine announced the closing on Tuesday. “Unfortunately the store is now permanently closed,” the telephone message said. […]

We’re smarter than we think

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist I was watching the TV game show “Family Feud” with my daughter, Laura, and son-in-law Nino recently. It featured an Asian family, The Oh-Hos, verses an African-American family. I asked, “How come there are never Hispanic families on there?” Over the past two decades, I’ve only seen one or two […]

Snow dusts eastern New Mexico

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Trisha Huseby of Clovis and Kahlua, an Australian Kelpie, head back to the car after a romp Tuesday afternoon at the dog park in Hillcrest Park. Huseby said she and Kahlua come to the park every day, rain or shine.

Staff report Yes, those were snowflakes showering much of eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported no measurable amounts of snowfall in the area, but Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties all received moisture and parts of New Mexico saw heavy snowfall. Chris Luckett, a […]