Roosevelt County commissioner retiring

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioner Kendell Buzard tendered his resignation to the county Wednesday morning. “I can’t in good conscience continue to fill this position, because I cannot continue to fulfill my responsibilities to both this job and to my family,” Buzard said. “I cannot justify taking this paycheck from taxpayers […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A variance for Clovis citizen Mary-Beth Bouchard, who was cited for having seven chickens on her property in violation of city ordinances. The variance would give Bouchard a five-year exemption, provided she allows […]

Toddler capturing community’s heart

By Betty Williamson Local columnist At the ripe old age of 2, Eliza Dodd is not likely to remember, but she’s destined to be the biggest celebrity at the 2015 Roosevelt County Fair. The pint-sized Melrose native has captured a lot of High Plains hearts this summer as she’s been engaged in a battle for […]

Clovis schools off to exciting start

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist We got off to an exciting, dynamic start at Clovis schools. Last Friday was our staff convocation, for which all staff gather annually at historic Marshall auditorium for new information and a program involving students. This year we had an unexpected treat: dynamic Dave Weber was our keynote speaker. A […]

Pages past — Aug. 20

On this date … 1975: Curry County Fair officials had announced a new event for the fair scheduled next month: a tractor pull. Joe Roark, one of the event organizers, said about 40 tractors and drivers were scheduled to compete. The idea was for tractors to pull weighted sleds. 1962: A Cannon Air Force Base […]

Police blotter — Aug. 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 12:03 a.m.: Possession of marijuana, 1200 block of Calhoun Street. • 12:04 a.m.: Lost Property, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 1:07 a.m.: Shoplifting up to $500, Fourth and Ross Street. • 3:21 a.m.: […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 20

Give a listen: Clovis can expect to  have a new radio station by week’s end. KGMG at 93.9 on your FM dial expects to begin 24-hour broadcasting around 11 a.m. on Saturday. Harry Stone, elder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Clovis, said the station is affiliated with Three Angels Broadcasting Network in Illinois. […]

County approves Gidding construction plan

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Curry County residents can expect to see construction begin around September at 417 Gidding Street, thanks to commissioners approving plans NCA Architects and SDV Construction presented to the board during their meeting Tuesday morning in the Clovis-Carver Public Library Annex. The approved plans and additions total $3,785,496, but more […]

Official questions county payment

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Curry County Financial Advisor Rob Burpo presented county commissioners with an update on the current investment world Tuesday morning, but Commissioner Chet Spear had a different agenda in mind. Spear wanted to know why exactly Burpo did not report on some $70,000 County Treasurer Debbie Spriggs wired to him […]

Trial delayed in chicken case

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor City officials said they delayed a trial Tuesday to give a resident a chance to receive permission to keep her seven chickens in spite of city ordinances. The city filed a continuance Tuesday in the trial of Mary-Beth Bouchard, and a variance to city ordinances has been placed on […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 19

Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination for president … if you believe the straw poll taken at the Republican Party’s booth at last week’s Curry County fair. More than 7,500 votes were cast by fairgoers, at cost of one penny per tally in the poll, with Trump receiving 29 percent of the vote. Ben […]

Pages past — Aug. 19

On this date … 1960: The Portales Mounted Patrol was home after riding with 13 other posses in the Levelland parade. Morris Gorrell transported the horses to Levelland in his trucks. 1955: A man wanted for six years on swindling charges turned himself into the Curry County sheriff. The man had allegedly obtained $3,200 under […]

I had best of both cultures on vinyl

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist Today we have crisp and high-quality digital sound at our finger and ear tips. But nothing beats the old-fashioned needle-to-the-vinyl sounds of my youth, whether I was jamming to the hardcore piano of Billy Joel or hip-swaying cumbias of Grupo Mazz. My friend, Lupe Rosales, got me thinking about my […]

Tuve mejor de ambas culturas en vinilo

Hoy día tenemos sonido nítido y digital al alcance de la mano. pero no hay nada como la aguja de la antigüedad y los sonidos de los discos de vinilo de los tiempos de mi juventud, ya fuera escuchando la música instrumental de piano de Billy Joel o moviendo las caderas al compás de las […]

Clovis airport gets grant money

Staff report The Clovis Municipal Airport received $150,000 in grant monies, according to a release from U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. The $150,000 will be used to pay most of the cost for a new runway sweeper. The sweeper will be similar to those used by the city’s public works department to simplify […]

Court services hire new executive director

Staff report The Ninth Judicial Family and Children’s Court Services Inc. have hired a new executive director, according to a release. Anna Rabe will manage day-to-day operation of the nonprofit, including its office, one fulltime employee and numerous contract employees, various classes and workshops and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. “Last year, our volunteer […]

Clovis man pleads to battery charge

Staff report A Clovis man pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge of battery on a peace officer, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Jose Gonzalez, 31, was sentenced to one year in prison. A jury trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday morning, but Gonzalez pleaded before the prosecution delivered […]

Police blotter — Aug. 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 12:47 a.m.: Possession of marijuana, 2300 block of Putnam Drive. • 1 a.m.: Burglary (residence) 1300 block of Gila Street. • 8:04 a.m.: Fail to yield left turn, 4700 block of East Mabry Drive. […]

What’s happening — Aug. 19

Today Chamber Board of Directors — 11:30 a.m. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Roosevelt County Fair — 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, 701 E. Lime, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541 City of Clovis Public Meeting — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. […]

Back in the saddle: Classes start at Clovis schools


By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Kids quickly scamper to empty (but assigned) seats in an aquatic-themed classroom at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, and patiently await instructions from their fourth-grade teacher. Angela O’Daniel (or Mrs. O’Daniel, as the kids call her) makes her way to the dry erase board to make an important […]