Mom’s name wasn’t Johnnie

By Grant McGee Local columnist Does your mother-in-law have a nickname for you? I got to thinking about this the other day when I heard that some of my cousins still refer to my momma as “Aunt Johnnie.” Johnnie was not my momma’s name. It was a name given to her by my grandmother, my […]

Animals accurate disaster detectors

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies They can’t be seen, but when they are around, they can pack a powerful punch. Don’t let the name fool you; positive ions have been associated with agitation, difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity and restlessness. Known as serotonin syndrome, these symptoms can surface in living creatures when there is an […]

Police blotter/Jail Log: March 27

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 6:18 a.m.: Theft report, 1300 block of East Fourth Street. • 7:14 a.m.: Criminal damage, 400 block of North Davis Street. • 8:37 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, Cameo Street and Purdue […]

Pages Past: March 27

On this date … 1975: The government’s peanut subsidy, which had cost more than $600 million to help farmers in the past 20 years, was about to cost taxpayers another $140 million — to dispose of surplus peanuts, The Associated Press reported. The Agriculture Department had a policy that it would not sell surplus peanuts […]

Judge: Giving back is the key to success

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By Derek Major Staff writer District Judge Donna Mowrer told those attending a Women’s History Month luncheon Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University the most important key to success is to give back. Mowrer talked about her childhood and gave the mostly female audience three steps to becoming a successful woman. Maria Garcia, director […]

What’s Happening

Today City Commission Executive Session — 9 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, Genealogy room. Information: 575-769-7828 Saturday Red Shoe Shuffle 5K Fun Run & Walk — 7:30 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. race begins, Greyhound Arena, Portales. Information: or Clovis Home & Garden Show — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; tickets: $3 for adults; $1 for children […]

Jamboree provides annual excitement to Floyd

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Portales native Will Banister sings “Cold, Cold Heart” during the opening night of the Floyd Jamboree. Banister has put out two albums and has toured across Europe.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR FLOYD — There was no denying the usual air of excitement Thursday night during the opening night of the annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree. The new addition of a dinner hour before the show gave long-time attendees a chance to catch up with old friends and reminisce about their […]

Where are they now? Writer hails from Portales

Pamela Moore

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. As a Portales sixth-grader, Pamela Moore put down writer as her career choice. It took a while, but the 1964 Eastern New Mexico University graduate has written poems, short stories and published three books, including the […]

Capital Outlay Projects Unfulfilled

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER Many county and city officials knew what they had requested for capital outlay from the New Mexico Legislature, but weren’t completely aware of the amended totals they had coming in Senate Bill 159. In their defense, what’s the point of looking up money that isn’t coming? Money for roads, […]

Students fling for spring at school festival


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Students at Gattis Middle School had a pretty cool day at school Thursday. Case in point: one could pet a pony, launch a rocket, taste-test military rations and learn to play chess all in one night. The night of fun was also a night of learning at the second […]


Today… – Get your twang on, the Floyd Jamboree gets into full swing at 7 p.m. in the Floyd High School gym. Coming up… – Spring break, you lucky parents. Clovis kids and teachers get April 6-10. Portales schools shut down Monday through April 3. Follow the money… – Expansion of the jail — once Curry County’s top […]

Water costly without pipeline

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Quarterly Workshop Thursday, engineers with CH2MHILL made the financial impact of the ENMWRS Ute Pipeline Project clear – there will be a huge cost if it doesn’t happen. Barbara Crockett of CH2MHILL said if it doesn’t happen it would cost $1.5 […]

Education Briefs

Spelling Bee Clovis Christian Schools seventh-grader Ariel Kokoricha attended the 2015 New Mexico Spelling Bee Saturday at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque. The Curry County Spelling Bee winner finished in second place behind Desert Academy eighth-grader Anish Kumar. The competition featured more than 40 contestants from 25 counties. Spring Fling Gattis Middle School is hosting […]

‘Shattered Dreams’ impacts Clovis High

By: Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Friday at Clovis High School was a day filled with intense drama, stretched emotions, riveted focus, and, yes, there was shedding of tears. It was the day of “Shattered Dreams.” The very name of this unique program describes it all: “Shattered Dreams” is designed as an interactive — very much hands-on — […]

Country Jamboree here to stay

By: Betty Williamson If the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree were a person, at the age of 65 she’d be eligible for retirement this year. Fortunately for us, that’s not even on the horizon. I attended a dress rehearsal as well as the opening night of the show last year — the first time I […]

Honor Roll

Cameo Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Third grade  A Honor roll Pharoah Baker Yasmin Ceniceros Savion Gardley Emily Kinkade Rosa Medina Leonel Molina Nadia Orozco Salem Smith  A/B Honor roll Abel Alvarez Madison Andrada Joshua Baeza Alexandria Barela Zavien Carrera Kaleeya Englant Charles Gallegos Ingrid Garcia Joseph Garcia Anthony Garza Jeremiah Johnson Matthew Marquez Dominic […]

Children’s reading project has ‘big expectations’

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer The Building Communities That Support Children’s Reading project “is a big project with big expectations” — and the goal is to get more kids reading well. The two year, $10.8 million project targeted 84 districts in New Mexico and surrounding states to provide for intensive, 16-week tutoring sessions to […]

Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday – 8:27 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, 900 block of North Reid Street. – 8:42 a.m.: Burglary report, 100 block of Jones Street. – 10:32 a.m.: Warrant service, 100 block of Lydia Street. – 10:53 a.m.: Battery report, 1600 block of […]

Pages Past

On this date … 1975: James Harding, a veteran teacher with stops at New Mexico Military Institute, Gadsden High School and Truth or Consequences, had been hired as principal at Texico High School. “He was mainly chosen because he has a good attitude toward education and a good philosophy of education,” said Jim Pierce, the […]

What’s Happening

Today National Nutrition Month & Immunization Awareness Seminar — Noon-2 p.m., fresh fruit and vegetable tasting, no fees or appointments required, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-763-6016 Pre-K Story Hour — 10:05 a.m.,  Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 High Plains Patriots — 7 p.m., Master’s Centre, Conference room, 810 E. 21st St. Information: 575-749-2955 Eastern New […]