My best memories of rain are from the ’70s

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist We’ve been blessed with a lot of rain this May and June. Rain reminds me of the cool, sometimes thunderous summer nights of my youth. Yet there was something soothing and romantic about rain that made people want to sing. Some of the most fun times were playing in the […]

Police blotter — June 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 8:52 a.m.: Burglary, 4000 block of Mabry Drive. • 10:08 a.m.: Battery, 1200 block of Sunrise Boulevard. • 10:25 a.m.: Child abuse, abandonment. • 10:56 a.m.: Theft of identity, 2800 block of Gidding Street. […]

What’s happening — June 24

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m. 10 months-3 years. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main. St. Information: 575-769-7840 Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m. City Hall, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday Children’s Hour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St. Information: 575-769-7840 Melrose City Council Meeting — 4:30 p.m. City […]

About a hundred screened for tuberculosis


By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR More than 100 people are being tested this week at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to make sure they haven’t contracted tuberculosis from an unidentified Clovis man, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health said. A department spokesperson said about 100 people were possibly exposed […]

Xcel names new customer relations director

Staff report Xcel Energy announced Monday that Bryan Kauffman has been named director of Xcel Energy’s Business Customer Relations group for Texas and New Mexico, succeeding Seth Thomason, who is retiring after 37 years of service. Kauffman, a 31-year veteran of Xcel Energy/Southwestern Public Service Company, will oversee a group of account representatives, who serve […]

No contempt found in Baca case

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Curry County Commissioner and attorney Angelina Baca was not found in contempt of court for missing a jury trial scheduled the same day she returned from a county convention in Hawaii last month. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis ordered Baca to show cause why she shouldn’t be held in contempt […]

I may have some regrets, but I’m glad I wasn’t Danny

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor I don’t remember much about the 19 credit hours I took for my first semester of college. But I do remember that I wanted to be Danny. Danny was my next-door neighbor at the college dormitory. It was my first time completely away from any family members, and I was […]

Notebook — June 24

Portales bottleneck … • A street improvement project on Ithica from 16th to 18th streets is going to slow traffic, beginning Thursday in Portales. The city says expect it to last about four days. Build a house … • Habitat for Humanity is hosting a gathering to explain how you might qualify for one of […]

Beekeeper hopes to produce local honey

Staff report As a new beekeeper, former Portales school official Michael Terry’s goal is to eventually produce local honey. Terry, who recently retired from Portales Schools and is transitioning into his new job as elementary school principal in Farwell, co-owns MT Bee Hives with his wife, Kristie. Terry provides swarm removal services and is hopeful […]

Pages past — June 24

On this date … 1955: Portales’ assistant postmaster was trying to collect postmarked envelopes from each of Roosevelt County’s 60 known post offices. Keith Payne had obtained postmarks from more than half of the 60 and was asking area old-timers to check their old letters in search of marks from 28 early day post offices […]

Portales man gets 10 years for trafficking

Staff report A Portales man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday in Las Cruces federal court for methamphetamine trafficking. On April 1, 2015, Brandon William Wood, 36, pled guilty to four felony counts of a participation in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, using and carrying a firearm […]

TB reported in Clovis

Staff report The New Mexico Department of Health has identified roughly 100 people in Curry County who may have been exposed to a man who tested positive for active, infectious tuberculosis (TB), according to a DOH news release late Monday. Today and Wednesday, the Department of Health will offer free screenings and evaluations to the […]

Notebook — June 23

Cool cars… • The 2015 Great Race plans a stop in Tucumcari this morning, promising lots of vintage tin for car buffs to oogle. Among the cars expected are a 1964 1/2 Mustang and a 1917 Peerless. It’s at 11:30 a.m. outside the Tucumcari Convention Center. Public meeting… • Clovis continues its tradition of transparent […]

Locals prepare for nostalgic trip down Main

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Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year.

By Brittney Canon Deputy Editor Rev your engines and get ready for some nostalgia — Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year. Organizers Gene Porter and Bryan Boone started the event just to give a couple hot rod guys something to do in Clovis. “It was just a couple of […]

Locals: Pageant was learning experience


By Anna George Staff Writer Between preparing for her mission trip to Peru and attending Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Kelsey Prince, 21, barely had time to compete in the Miss New Mexico Pageant. The three-day pageant ended Saturday with the crowning of Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston of Albuquerque. Prince, who won Miss […]

Missing days of prairie dogs and horny toads

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer In the June issue of Texas Monthly, writer Alex Dropkin asked “When was the last time you saw a horny toad in the wild?” in the feature article “Our Toad to Ruin.” When I read this I thought out loud: “Out here in Clovis? Every day of my life.” I’ve […]

Fireworks stands open across state

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Saturday marked the opening day for fireworks stands across the state. Stand owners expecting good year for sales.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Citizens, get your bottle rockets, Roman candles and fiery tanks ready to blast-off — Saturday marked the opening day for fireworks stands across the state. Ray Heisch, who operates the Mr. W stand on U.S. 60/84, was setting up his stand on Monday with some help from Blake Boney. […]

Police blotter — June 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 1:33 a.m.: Possession of controlled substance, 1100 block of East Grand Avenue. • 3:40 a.m.: Possession of methamphetamine, Thornton and 21st streets. • 8:57 a.m.: Criminal trespass, 2100 block of North Ross Street. • […]

Workshop to cover getting business on map

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor Looking for a business on Google is as easy as typing in the name and hitting the return button. Finding the results, or making sure your business is what they find, is another matter altogether. The Internet company is working with the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce to make […]

Letter to the editor — June 23

County owes explanation for spending Regarding recent reports about Curry County’s spending habits: For a very long time, our county government has been allowed to operate pretty much in the dark. And now that Commissioner Chet Spear has brought some sunshine into the dark alley that is the finances of Curry County, it seems those […]