Police blotter — Oct. 2

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:28 a.m.: Driving on suspension/revocation, Thornton Street and Grand Avenue. • 1:54 a.m.: Traffic contact, Gidding and 10th streets. • 7:33 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 2900 block of Vohs Place. • 7:44 a.m.: Missing person […]

What’s happening — Oct. 2

Today Board of Regents Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Eastern New Mexico University, Regents Room, 1500 S Avenue K, Portales. Information: 575-562-2253 Saturday Tour de Taco— 8 a.m. Taco Box, 136 W. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-935-8226 St. Jude’s Family Fun Carnival— 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Games, food and fun for all. AMVETS Post 14, […]

Big, mean, lime-green machine was an adventure

By Audra Brown Local columnist The big, mean, lime-green machine that rolled in to sub for big red had no brakes, nor muffler, nor air. It came with a story instead. Things started off alright, glad to be back in the field, because the plowing needed done. There was plenty of plowing and no time […]

Editor’s notebook — Oct. 2

Xcellent: An eastern New Mexico native is the new director of design and construction for Xcel Energy’s Texas North operating division based in Amarillo. Chester Brown, 31, who grew up in San Jon, “represents the best of a new generation of leaders at Xcel Energy,” said Brad Baldridge, senior director of Distribution Operations for Xcel […]

Local briefs — Oct. 2

Clovis man pleads to federal charges A 37-year-old Clovis man pleaded guilty Thursday to a methamphetamine trafficking charge in federal court, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Michael Montoya faces up to 151 months in prison, under the terms of his agreement, the release said. Montoya and his co-defendants, Brian […]

Pages past — Oct. 2

On this date … 1990: Gas prices had jumped 7 cents a gallon “almost overnight” across eastern New Mexico, the Clovis News-Journal reported. Prices had been rising steadily since Aug. 2, and went from $1.31 per gallon to $1.38 in recent days. But area prices were still lower than the state average — $1.42, CN-J […]

Papers late again

To our readers: Our production problems continue. We had to print Thursday’s papers in Odessa, Texas, again and hope to have them delivered early this afternoon. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Hall of fame inductee shares roping memories

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon
B.J. Pierce was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Roping calves is a lot like teaching middle school. If anyone can prove that, it’s B.J. Pierce. Pierce taught in Clovis schools for 36 years — 12 at Highland Elementary,  12 at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary and  12 at James Bickley Elementary — and had the honor of being inducted into […]

ENMU gearing up for homecoming game

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
Eastern New Mexico University homecoming king and queen candidates Ed Alvarez, right, and Heather Kucinski, left, campaign by spreading the word in the Campus Union Ballroom on Wednesday.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and alumni are in the midst of celebrating their 81st annual homecoming and preparing for what will be the last homecoming football game at Blackwater Draw. “Homecoming is always special, but I know a lot of alumni that don’t generally come are going […]

Goat head crop too thin for fame

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I received an email in June from my friend Don Mitchell who runs a small independent press on the big island of Hawaii. He was publishing a novella set in eastern New Mexico and written by our mutual friend, Stefan Kiesbye, a former professor of creative writing at Eastern New […]

Ranchvale banking on the ‘wrangler way’

Ranchvale Elementary School has been busy lately. Not long ago, the whole school enjoyed its PBS Celebration with a sock hop. PBS stands for “positive behavior support,” strategies in place at Ranchvale that reward positive student behaviors. There’s a saying at Ranchvale: “Show us the Wrangler Way,” which means,  according to Principal Jennifer Longley, “We […]

Pages past — Oct. 1

On this date … 1985: Some Clovis streets remained flooded after heavy rainfall from four days earlier. City officials were installing a pump “to alleviate the swelling of Greene Acres Lake,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Eleven homes on La Salle Drive were damaged by flood waters, residents said. The city had received 1.2 inches of […]

Editor’s notebook — Oct. 1

Dean Oliver is widely recognized as one of the all-time best calf ropers in the history of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. Oliver won eight PRCA world championships for calf roping, from 1955 to 1969. One of Oliver’s inspirations? Clovis’ B.J. Pierce, who last weekend was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame for his […]

Police blotter — Oct. 1

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 3:34 a.m.: Contempt of court, 100 block of Redwood Street. • 5:35 a.m.: Burglary — forced entry, 4700 block of North Prince Street. • 8:19 a.m.: Tampering with motor vehicle, Hickory and 11th streets. […]

What’s happening — Oct. 1

Today Clovis City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Night of Decadence: Chocolate Wine and Diamonds Evermore — 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-2103 Friday Board of Regents Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Eastern New Mexico University, […]

Newspapers arriving late

To our readers: We had to print our newspapers in Odessa, Texas, last night. The papers have been printed and returned to Clovis and should be delivered by noon. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you don’t have your paper by noon, please call the Clovis office at 575-763-3431 or the Portales office at 575-356-4483. […]

Pages past — Sept. 30

On this date … 1980: District Court Judge Reuben Nieves of Clovis said he would allow cameras into his courtroom for a murder trial. The Clovis News-Journal reported it was the first time in Curry County, and “possibly” the first time in New Mexico, a judge had agreed to allow cameras. “I hope this type […]

Lawsuit against Allsup’s alleges discrimination

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Allsup’s Convenience Stores, alleging discrimination against at least eight identified pregnant or temporarily disabled women and several others. An Allsup’s spokeswoman declined comment, noting the convenience store headquartered in Clovis had just received the lawsuit Tuesday. According to […]

City to look at funding ‘wish list’

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis city commissioners have a lone item on the agenda for Thursday night. It pertains to funding “wish list” items that were not included in the annual budget. “The idea is that after we finish the budget preparation for the year and know for sure what resources we have […]

Report ranks state as ninth worst overall for teachers

STAFF REPORT Despite the importance of the profession, teaching is among the jobs that are notorious for coming up short in the salary arena. According to a study done by WalletHub for best and worst states for teachers, income is not the only area that New Mexico’s teaching careers are lacking in with the state […]