Golf course contract extended

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis city commissioners approved extending the Colonial Park Golf Course contract another year with an added $160,000 subsidy Thursday during a contentious debate and 4-3 vote. Commissioners Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Juan Garza and Gary Elliott voted against the contract after a lively debate led by Taylor-Sawyer, who questioned the logic […]

Church partners with children’s home

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Running a residential childcare facility can be a tough ministry, according to New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home campus Director Malcolm Philips. But Del Norte Baptist Church in Albuquerque recognized the value of what the children’s home in Portales is doing and has stepped up to assist them through a […]

Cordova questioned for homicide

STAFF REPORTS Clovis police questioned Brandon Cordova, 32, of Clovis, on Wednesday for the first time about the March 8 killing of Joseph L. Chavez, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Cordova turned himself in after a four-day hunt by police. “We’re looking at different aspects right now,” Whitney said. “Investigators are now looking […]

What’s happening — March 20

Today Springtastic-United Way Banquet — 6 p.m., single seats $35, table of 10 is $350, Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-769-2103 Ribbon Cutting for RC Web Design & Marketing — 4:30 p.m., Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Information: 575-763-3435 Ribbon Cutting — 11:30 a.m., Bee Hive Homes, 2305 North Norris St. Information: 575-763-3435 Saturday Keep Clovis […]

Two finalist for executive director selected

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has narrowed its list of candidates for executive director to two finalists. Chairman Gayla Brumfield said Thursday the finalists are: • Jonathan Batt, an attorney from Lone Tree, Colorado, who is also a finalist for the Clovis city manager’s job. • Alan […]

Arson suspect found

STAFF REPORT Clovis police say they have identified a second suspect they believe is Stephen Baker’s accomplice in recent burglaries and arsons. Investigators found and brought in the second suspect for questioning Wednesday, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said the suspect’s name could not be released because charges had not been filed. […]

Police blotter — March 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 4:24 a.m.: Battery report, 400 block of Sheldon Street. • 5:26 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, 2700 block of North Sheldon Street. • 8:04 a.m.: Burglary report, 2100 block of Belair Road. • 8:52 a.m.: […]

Jamboree gives jammin’ good time

By Audra Brown Local columnist Three big nights, once a year, every year. For sixty-five years, the rural community surrounding Floyd has ponied up an impressive roster of talented musicians, singers, poets, and a few unclassifiable acts of entertainment. Not all the members of the Country Jamboree are from Floyd, in the strictest since, but […]

Law enforcement releases new app

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com In effort to create a stronger link between Roosevelt County citizens and the law officers that serve them, Roosevelt County law enforcement departments have teamed up with Crime Stoppers to release a new phone and tablet application. People who download and use the app can do everything from alert […]

Pages past — March 20

On this date … 1975: Danny Boone, a sixth-grader at Zia Elementary in Clovis, correctly spelled “veracious” and “recital” to win the Curry County Spelling Bee at Parkview Elementary. Danny qualified to compete in the regional bee at Amarillo on April 26. 1960: Plans had been made to expand the Christian Children’s home in Portales. […]

Where are they now?

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. David Rahni is well-recognized for his contributions to the advancement of chemistry teaching and for his neuroscience research. A 1980 Eastern New Mexico University graduate, Rahni has been a chemistry professor at Pace University in New […]

Sheriff investigating animal remains dumped on roadside

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find those responsible for illegally dumping animal remains on Curry Road 8 between Curry Roads K and L. Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said whole animals and animal parts have been found dumped alongside the road. “I don’t know why that […]

Legislative Roundup

SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN Days remaining in session: 2 Lobbyist reform A Senate committee on Wednesday struck another blow against House Bill 155, a lobbyist reform bill sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces. The Senate Rules Committee amended the bill to get rid of a requirement for lobbyists to disclose what issues they are […]

Senate kills bill to retain third-graders

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican A state Senate committee on Wednesday night defeated the last of Gov. Susana Martinez’s bills to hold back certain third-graders who score in the bottom tier on standardized reading tests. In another in a series of party-line decisions, the Public Affairs Committee voted 4-1 to table the bill, […]

House OKs lottery bill

By Robert Nott Santa Fe New Mexican A bill aimed at increasing New Mexico Lottery ticket sales — and keeping the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund solvent — cleared another hurdle Wednesday when the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted to move it forward. Senate Bill 355, sponsored by Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, would […]

Education Roundup

Shattered Dreams Clovis teens will experience the repercussions of drinking and driving at the Shattered Dreams event at 12:50 p.m. Friday at the Rock at Clovis High School. This is the first year CHS has staged the event, which involves students and first responders recreating a drunk driving accident. “A lot of agencies will be […]

Technology makes trips abroad possible

By: Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Fifth graders at Barry Elementary have been traveling recently; at least, in the virtual sense. Using online resources, fifth-grade teacher Sara Williams has been taking advantage of virtual trips to enhance her students’ learning. A recent trip was particularly memorable, and students loved it: a virtual tour of Mount Rushmore, also known […]

Traveling tabernacle to stop in Portales

By Betty Williamson The dirt-moving equipment had barely begun leveling the vacant lot on the corner of 15th and South Main in Portales when Don Thomas started getting questions. Don pastors Central Christian Church, which adjoins the freshly smoothed plot of land. For some reason I thought of Noah, wondering if he drew the same […]

ENMU instructor wins award

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Rebecca Poe, an adjunct instructor of sociology at Eastern New Mexico University, won a “Best Presentation” award along with her colleague Megan Lockard at the University of Nevada Reno’s fifth annual conference, The College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium. According to Poe, the conference, which took place in February, […]

Golf may cost city some green

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com One way or another, the city of Clovis will pay a lot more green for its greens. On the agenda for the 5:15 p.m. Clovis City Commission meeting today is a one-year renewal with Real Golf, LLC, to operate the Colonial Park Golf Course and all included amenities. The […]