Notebook — Nov. 14

Telephone scams are becoming routine across the country, but District Attorney Andrea Reeb is warning area residents about one in particular that has fooled several area residents. The fake IRS phone calls usually originate from the 202 area code, which is in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from Reeb’s office. “This is an […]

Johnson: Middle age weighs on us all

For most, it happens slowly over the years, a pound here and there to match the pigment-free hairs that sprout randomly, and then one day it’s there and there’s no going back. It’s lovingly referred to as middle age, a clever term derived to describe the fact that you’re halfway to your destination (theoretically anyway […]

Pages past — Nov. 14

On this date … 1990: Anyone wearing green was to be admitted to the upcoming football game between Eastern New Mexico University and Angelo State University for $1. Comb’s Country Cookin’ in Portales was giving away free Coke, fries and gravy to lucky fans attending the game. 1970: Weekend football scores: Clovis 20, Carlsbad 15 […]

Pages past — Nov. 13

On this date … 1990: Vi Petty, widow of recording giant Norman Petty, had recently returned home to Clovis after seeing a Broadway musical about Buddy Holly’s life. She attended the premier of “Buddy” with Barbara Orbison, the wife of the late Roy Orbison. Roy Orbison and Holly recorded at the Petty recording studio in […]

Dog days of winter can be c-c-c-old

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Darrin Floyd, left, and friend Ronnie Hutton, both of Clovis, had a cool time with their dogs in January at Hillcrest Dog Park. Furry friends who live outside this winter could use warm dog houses, lots of food and fresh water, animal experts say.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer As the temperatures plummet into below-freezing zones, it may be time to consider raising the thermostat in the doghouse. Marty Martinez, director of the Clovis Animal Control Shelter, said the first thing man must do this winter is make sure man’s best friend has the proper shelter to stay […]

Xcel Energy ranked eighth for hiring veterans

Staff report Xcel Energy has been named one of the nation’s best places for military veterans to work, according to a Wednesday press release. The Monster/ Best Companies for Veterans Awards ranked Xcel Energy eighth in the nation, calling the utility’s push to recruit and retain veterans one of the most heroic efforts in hiring […]

Local elected chair of state committee

Staff report Patrick Lyons, who represents the eastern half of the state for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, has been elected chairman of Southwest Power Pool’s Regional State Committee. A PRC news release stated the election fame during the RSC’s quarterly meeting held last month in  Little Rock, Arkansas. Lyons’ term begins on Jan. […]

Police blotter — Nov. 13

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 12:15 a.m.: Failure to pay fines, Rencher and Ninth streets. • 12:38 a.m.: Shoplifting, 2600 block of West Seventh Street. • 1:27 a.m.: Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, location unknown. • 2:25 a.m.: […]

Notebook — Nov. 13

Produce on the way: The next Produce to People Market is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The program features a variety of fresh produce provided at no charge, according to a Food Bank news release. Officials ask that anyone interested bring two to […]

Letter to the editor — Nov. 13

Voter IDs create problems, solve none Rumor has it there will soon be consideration for Clovis to require voter ID in order to vote. I understand this discussion is being initiated by folks that consider, or at least call, themselves “Patriots.” There has never been an election decided by voters pretending to be someone they […]

ENMWUA chair reports Ute Reservoir at 96 percent capacity

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Ute Reservoir is at 96 percent capacity and Cannon Air Force Base will be receiving the most funding of any New Mexico military base in the recently approved defense policy bill. So heard board members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority at their meeting in Portales […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

Here are actions taken at the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority  meeting on Thursday: • Board members approved the following items under the consent agenda: Two contracts for continuation services, Department of Finance Budget changes and non-DFA budget changes • Board members approved a resolution to submit an application for funding to the New […]

What’s happening — Nov. 13

Today Second Annual Pixels to Paper Design Conference — 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lecture Hall, Art and Anthropology Building, 1500 S Avenue K., Portales. Friends of the Library— 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Clovis Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Books 50 cents – $1. Information: 575-769-7840 Annual Kiwanis Chili Day — […]

Notebook — Nov. 12

No, it’s not too early to think about Christmas. The Clovis Police Department would appreciate it. Officers are hosting the “Cops and Kids Christmas” program again. It’s designed to assist local children with having a great Christmas holiday, according to a police news release. Each child selected will receive a $100 gift card to shop […]

Melrose farm boy now Ireland grad student

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Richard Rush, right, received the 2015 New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association Young Cattlemen's Leadership Committee Scholarship from YCLC members Kendal Wilson, Seth Hyatt and Crystal Diamond.

By Betty Williamson Correspondent If Richard Rush finds his way back to the land homesteaded in 1906 by his father’s family near Forrest in Quay County, he’ll have taken a most unusual journey to get there — one that has carried him across the ocean and even back to the Middle Ages. “My parents always […]

Saluting vets, sharing stories

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U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico, popped in the American Legion Post 25 on Wednesday morning to have breakfast with veterans, serve them food and clean up some pots and pans. Lujan said one of the best ways to honor veterans is to share their stories and tell them thanks for their service.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer One of the best ways to honor America’s service members is to keep sharing their stories, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico, said Wednesday morning at the Veteran’s Day breakfast at American Legion Post 25. Lujan said he was talking about his grandfather’s service in World War II […]

Ranchvale taking step forward

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist Driving out to Ranchvale Elementary is a breath of fresh air. Located about 12 miles northwest of Clovis, Ranchvale began as a country school back in the early part of the last century, serving the local farmers’ and ranchers’ children. Enrollment now includes students from a wide variety of demographics, […]

Still no substitute for a librarian

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Even in a world with high-speed Internet and clouds of information floating about us, there is still no substitute for a librarian. Portales Public Library Director Denise Burnett fielded a phone call a few weeks ago from a woman in California who was looking for help. Ann (not her real […]

Pages past — Nov. 12

On this date … 1970: Area residents gathered in Clovis for a four-day symposium on drugs and drug abuse. “Many parents are unaware or unwilling to face the fact that their children are involved in drug abuse,” said Jim Osborne, a juvenile probation officer. Seventeen area school districts were represented at the conference, spurred by […]

What’s happening — Nov. 12

Today Veterans breakfast — 8 a.m. Baxter-Curren, 908 Hickory St., Clovis. Veterans free, guests $4. Information: 575-769-7908 Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerks Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Animal Control Task Force — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Veterans Week: Flag retirement […]