Xcel expansion means small rate increases

Staff report Xcel Energy’s grid expansion in southeastern New Mexico is costing the company a total $630 million — which means small rate increases may have been seen on your electric bill. “If you look at your bill, there are two main parts,” said Wes Reeves, media relations director for Xcel Energy. “One is what […]

New Mexico winds can come as a shock

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer I’ve been trying to put up a fence around my back pasture for about a month now. Nothing fancy — just some t-posts, no-climb and barbless cable. I grew up on a ranch in south Texas and always considered myself well-suited to an agrarian lifestyle, but it turns out I […]

What’s happening — April 28

Today Canola -Wheat Field Day —8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Registration Information: Luther Dunlap 575-763-6505 or Clovis Ag Science Center 575-985-2292 to RSVP and get location. Informational Meeting for Federal Employees/Retirees — Optional time for meeting 2-4 p.m. 105 E. Grand Ave. Information: 505-471-2448 or email Janice Baker at JaniceNARFE@msn.com Mayor to Hold District 4 […]

Clovis Media Inc. takes top honors at Panhandle Press

Staff report Clovis Media Inc. newspapers earned 20 awards at the annual Panhandle Press Association’s gathering on Saturday in Amarillo. The Clovis News Journal received the top honor — general excellence in the large-newspaper division — for the fourth straight year and for the 11th time since 2002. CNJ earned 14 awards, including six for […]

Pages past — April 28

On this date … 1965: Quay County Sheriff H. A. “Curly” Fiscus was receiving treatment for a bite suffered when a mental patient bit him on the arm. Fiscus said he had received 22 shots of penicillin and a series of oral antibiotics to halt infection after his arm began to swell. 1881: Billy the […]

Police blotter — April 28

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations Friday through Sunday: Friday • 1:59 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway. • 6:23 a.m.: Contempt of court, 1000 block of Connelly Street. • 7:59 a.m.: Failure to comply with conditions, 800 block of Mitchell Street. […]

Clovis man struck and killed

Staff report Steve Andrew Lucero, 50, of Clovis was struck and killed about 9:20 p.m. Saturday while walking on U.S. 70 near Curry Road 6, according to Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Lucero was found dead on the highway just south of C.R. 6. Lucero was struck by a pickup driven by 22-year-old […]

Family: Former commissioner someone everybody wanted to be around

Darrel Bostwick

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Sunday saw the village of Melrose lose one of its most known and respected citizens in the form of Darrel Bostwick, a man who raised a family while rarely raising a voice and for decades represented the interests of Melrose and Curry County. The farmer and nine-year veteran of […]

Hank Baskett Jr. ‘all about the kids’


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Hank Baskett Jr. announced he will be retiring in August after running the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center for more than 21 years. But his son said he won’t be far from the organization that has been his passion for so long. “He’s not going to give up on the […]

Events center general manager shares plans

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Between booking acts at the Curry County Events Center and meeting a thousand calf ropers in one weekend, Joelle Reed’s schedule, she said, can get a little hectic. “We have a thousand calf ropers coming in within the next five days,” Reed, the new Curry County Events Center general […]

Airport preps for annual fly-in

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Airplane and car enthusiasts, rev your engines, check your vectors and grab a hot dog. The fifth annual Clovis Municipal Airport Fly-In is landing on May 9 at the Clovis airport, weather permitting. The event will begin for the public at 9 a.m., and admission is free, according to […]

Consider consequences of dumping animals

Four years ago on a Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in a neighbor’s driveway where I lived in Montana, there was a dog.  This dog was whimpering, bleeding, and on its last breath. There was nothing left for anyone to do but to sadly watch this dog pass away. For this dog, it represented a tragic […]

Pages past — April 26

On this date … 2006: John Neibling was named Clovis Community College’s third president. The college board voted 3-2 for Neibling; dissenters wanted to hire Becky Rowley, who became CCC’s fourth president when Neibling retired in 2011. 1960: A Portales News-Tribune reporter counted 129 bicycles parked at the city’s three grade schools and junior high. […]

Police blotter — April 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 2:20 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 2600 block of west Seventh Street. • 7:20 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 7;40 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway, […]

What’s happening — April 26

Today Clovis Calf Roping Event— all day Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave. Information: 575-935-7000 Creation Celebration —3 p.m. Hillcrest Park Zoo, 1208 Norris Information: Damon Pearce 575-762-4727 or email dpearce@connect2central.com Tuesday Canola -Wheat Field Day —8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Registration Information: Luther Dunlap 575-763-6505 or Clovis Ag Science Center 575-985-2292 to […]

Roosevelt County budget to undergo extreme cuts

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com A moment of tense silence filled the meeting room at the Portales schools administration offices Friday morning as County Manager Amber Hamilton filled county commissioners in on the bad news. It’s time for layoffs. In planning the 2016 fiscal year budget, it has finally reached that moment when all […]

Zia name, symbol dropped

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents approved President Steven Gamble’s request to discontinue use of the Zia Sun Symbol and the Zia name from women’s athletics at the regents’ Friday meeting. Gamble said in addition to a 67 percent vote from students, in addition overwhelming votes from the […]

Judge Stephen Quinn retiring

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com In a little more than two months, the judicial district that covers Curry and Roosevelt counties will have a new judge behind the bench. Judge Stephen K. Quinn will retire from the bench on June 30, marking an end to a legal career spanning more than 40 years. Quinn, […]

Notebook — April 25

Notebook Tooting our horn… • Clovis Media Inc. Editor David Stevens on Friday was inducted into the Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame during the organization’s 105th annual meeting in Amarillo. Stevens, 55, and Kayla Parvin, publisher of The Booker News the past 20 years, are the 75th and 76th inductees. Stevens began his journalism […]

Johnson: Animals expect fairness, equality, too

The concept is a basic one that takes root among some of the earliest human thought processes. Young children demonstrate it without words pretty often by throwing tantrums or even trying to take what they believe should be theirs from other children, then almost as soon as they learn to talk, they can be expected […]