Opinion: The fight against cancer continues

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Another long-time Portales resident whose life has been hugely impacted by cancer is Yolanda Sanchez. “I hate the word cancer, because yes, there are survivors, but there are also people who lose loved ones to it,” Yolanda said. Yolanda’s husband, Humberto, was diagnosed with kidney cancer about eight years ago, […]

Movie shot in area to appear at Cannes Film Festival

Staff report Eastern New Mexico might just be giving Hollywood a run for its money, as an official announcement confirms that the movie formerly called “Comancheria” will appear on the silver screen at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in France. The Cannes Film Festival announced on its website earlier this month that “Hell or High […]

Calf roping legacy keeps crowds coming

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Sheldon Fry of Wharton, Texas, chases down his calf during his run at the Clovis Ultimate Calf Roping Reunion on Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Fry’s time was 12.51 seconds.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Dismounting a horse at full speed while attempting to rope a calf might not sound like a typical mother-son bonding experience. But for Loretta Hieden and her son, Nicholas Collins, that’s exactly what it is. Hieden and Collins were two of the competitors in the second annual Clovis Ultimate […]

Locals propose pioneer village at fairgrounds

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Patsy Delk and Wilma Fulgham are trying to keep history alive. Curry County commissioners are concerned about the future, wanting to ensure taxpayers aren’t saddled with unexpected expenses. Delk and Fulgham, representing the  High Plains Historical Foundation, have proposed to re-create an early-1900s settlement at the county fairgrounds. The […]

Police blotter — April 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 10:10 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 100 block of Maple St. • 2:23 p.m.: Leaving scene of crash with property damage, 500 block of Commerce Way. • 2:53 p.m.: Theft report, 2800 block of Apache Road. […]

Pages past — April 24

On this date … 1956: A 19-year-old Clovis woman was fined $15, plus court costs, and sentenced to five days in the county jail after she pleaded guilty to public drunkenness. Six men arrested in the same incident each received fines of $15 plus court costs, but no jail time. The woman ran from the […]

Events calendar — April 24

Today Clovis Ultimate Calf Roping Reunion — 9 a.m. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E Brady Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-935-7000 “Our Town” — 2 p.m. Eastern New Mexico University, Theatre Center, 1500 S. Avenue K., Portales. Gala tickets $25, group tickets $20, military tickets $20, ENMU students $10 Information: 575-562-2710 Tuesday Lone Star Enchantment Alliance […]

Meetings calendar — April 24

Monday Commission on Older Adults — 4 p.m. Baxter-Curren Senior Center, 908 Hickory St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-3631 Library Board — 5:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Tuesday Clovis Yarn Lovers — 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Master’s Center, Java Loft, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis. Information: clovisyarnlovers@gmail.com Clovis Municipal […]

April is PARCC month at area schools

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com Throughout portions of this month at varied times, sectors of the Clovis Municipal Schools student population have been taking assessment exams. CMS officials said PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and SBA (Standards Based Assessment) are the two assessments administered to students — and the […]

Hank Baskett golf tourney next weekend

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and every year a few Clovis citizens try to chip, tee and wedge at the problem. Next weekend, the Colonial Park Golf Course will host the 10th annual Hank Baskett III Tee’d Off About Child Abuse Golf Tournament. The tournament that bears the […]

Chamber choir wins first state title

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Portales High School Chamber Choir recently earned the Class 4A State Championship in Albuquerque earlier this month, the first victory of its kind in the choir’s history, according to PHS Choir Director James Golden. According to Golden, the choir hadn’t been to a state competition since 2010. Ryann […]

Pages past — April 23

On this date … 1971: Ealy’s Furniture Store at 209 Main in Clovis was destroyed by fire. Officials said the blaze, reported about 7 a.m., burned out of control for nearly three hours. Constance Ealy Jones, the store’s owner, estimated damages at $100,000 to $150,000. Officials said the cause of the fire was electrical. It […]

Berry: Tried my hand at slide building

This weekend, the kids in my neighborhood tried to make a slide off of the fence. The kids propped a piece of wood against the fence and covered it with a tarp. They tried to slide a few times, then gave up to go do something else. That reminded me of a slide I made […]

Johnson: ‘Bird-brain’ no longer an insult

Knowing there’s a treat is around can drive even the best—behaved critter into a frenzy of begging and searching. It’s a pretty basic concept and one that is easy to understand, treats are good and they want them NOW. Being tackled, harassed or otherwise infringed upon by an excited pet that wants something is generally […]

Local briefs — April 23

Lujan drops from county commission race A candidate for the open District 4 seat on the Curry County Commission has announced she is withdrawing from the race. Emily Vander Dussen — listed on the ballot as Emily Rose Lujan — will no longer seek the Democratic nomination in District 4. Because she missed the April […]

Meetings Watch — Clovis City Commission, April 21

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All commissioners and Mayor David Lansford attended. Lansford had to leave at 6 p.m.; Mayor Pro Tem Juan Garza ran the final 20 minutes of the meeting in his absence. All action items passed on 8-0 votes. • A planned discussion on the commission’s […]

Prince remembered for musical influence

Staff and wire reports Prince Rogers Nelson was known as Prince, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, and back to Prince again. No matter the name, he was regarded as one of his generation’s most important artists. Nelson, who released 39 studio albums and 17 others over 38 years, was found dead Thursday in an […]

Habitat breaks ground on new home

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Executive Director Mike Gray lead the Marquez family of Clovis on a tour of their future home of Gidding Street. The home will be 1,350 square feet, with three bedrooms and two baths.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Locals gathered at a ceremony in Clovis Thursday morning to observe Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties break ground on its latest project, marking the start of a new home for a family of five. But the nonprofit is breaking ground in more ways than one this […]

Shooting preliminary examination postponed

Staff report A preliminary examination slated Thursday for the man accused in connection with a Clovis shooting earlier this month has been reset. Arthur Ferro, 46, was arrested April 3 for allegedly receiving stolen property in connection with 28 firearms. He was released from jail the following day, after posting a $2,500 bond, jail records […]

CCC to host transfer fair

Staff report Clovis Community College will host a college transfer fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the college’s commons area. The fair is open to all. It will include representatives from American Public University, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, […]