What’s Happening: July 23

Today Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. Clovis-Carter Library’s North Annex Information: 575-763-6016 Friday Curry County Water Fair — 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Plains Council Of Governments , 418 Main Street,. Clovis. Information: (575) 762-7714. Saturday Circle […]

Police blotter: July 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday: • 3:31 a.m.: Shoplifting up to $500, 2100 block of West 21st Street. • 8:33 a.m.: Death Unattended. • 9:22 a.m.: Proation violation, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 9:26 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, […]

Commissioners may take action on jail roof

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County Commissioners may take action to fix the jail’s roof during a special commission meeting slotted for Thursday morning after they tabled a bid on June 30. The $592,900 bid from DKG & Associates was tabled due to the high cost, but county officials were able to talk […]

Melrose schools agrees to $500,000 settlement in sex assault case

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Melrose School District has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $500,000 over the sexual assault of a student by contract coach Allison Draper. Draper is serving a six-year sentence in state prison. The settlement was agreed to Monday in Ninth Judicial Court, Superintendent Jamie Widner and Matt Chandler, attorney […]

Worker’s comp changes worry farmers, ranchers

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com A decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals last month, ruling that exempting farm and ranch workers  from workers’ compensation was unconstitutional, has left local business owners unsure of the financial future for agricultural businesses. “Workers’ compensation has been available for agriculture for years, but farm and ranch […]

Rains to continue

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com On Monday, Portales received 1.25 inches of rain, bringing the rain total for July up to 3.2 inches in Portales. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, Elida has received 4.4 inches for the month. In previous years, the average amount of rainfall in Roosevelt County for June […]

Notebook — July 22

Justice delayed … • You’re going to have to reschedule if you have any kind of hearing coming up between now and Tuesday in Portales Municipal Court. It’s closed during that time for training. The wheels of justice do grind slowly. Wake up … • If you’re an early riser, you still have time to […]

Officials to meet about chickens

Courtesy photo: Mary-Beth Bouchard
Mary-Beth Bouchard’s pet chickens Henny and Penny crossed the road to visit with the community at the Ethnic Fair Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Bouchard is fighting seven counts of violating a city ordinance for having the chickens at her home. Bouchard’s trial is Aug. 18 at Municipal Court.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A Clovis woman fighting City Hall after being accused of violating a city ordinance by having pet chickens is set to sit down with city officials for a discussion today. Mary-Beth Bouchard has been outspoken about her predicament over the past few weeks . She started an online petition […]

Pages past — July 22

On this date … 1975: Border Town Days in Farwell-Texico was kicking off a three-day celebration on a Thursday with its annual parade through both communities. Other activities included three rodeo performances, a queen contest, a barbecue in Farwell’s City Park and the official dedication of the Parmer County Law Enforcement Center. 1950: Roads were […]

Police blotter — July 22

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 1:28 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 2300 block of Williams Avenue. • 4:03 a.m.: Robbery with firearm. • 5:26 a.m.: failure to pay fines, block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Seventh Street. • 5:52 […]

What’s happening — July 22

Today Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Southwest Mobile Dairy Classroom — 9:30 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Toddler Time — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Thursday Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. […]

Life isn’t always a leisurely swim across the pool

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist You don’t know if you really know how to swim until you venture out into deep waters. Or in my case, if you jump into 5 feet of water (I am 4-foot, 11 inches) and don’t drown. I didn’t sink. I didn’t exactly float smoothly and eloquently across the glassy […]

La vida es tomar riesgos y entrar en lo desconocido

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist No sabes en realidad si eres un buen nadador hasta que te arriesgas a meterte a los profundo del agua o como yo, saltando a 5 pies del agua (mido 4 pies 11 pulgadas) y no ahogarse. No me hundí pero tampoco flote de manera elocuente y sin problemas a […]

Power cut in Clovis

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A sign on the door at DC Tactical puts the brief but annoying power outage downtown Tuesday in perspective.

Staff report A power outage affected more than 466 residents and businesses for almost a half hour Tuesday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said crews were working on a broken line at First and Pile streets. The outage that started about 12:15 p.m. temporarily shut down several local business […]

Mochila now lifetime necessity

By Sandy Fields Local columnist A couple of years before Dora the Explorer came onto the scene, I had already fallen in love with the idea of wearing a mochila and seeing the world. In 1998, we traveled to Bolivia with the racquetball team from Guam. It was my first taste of South American markets, […]

Notebook — July 21

Going fast… • Space for the annual Roosevelt County Fair is getting booked quickly in the Merchants Building but there’s still time. The fair is Aug. 18-22. Contact the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce at 575-356-8541. Pay attention… • The Curry County Road Department is asking drivers to pay close attention and to exercise caution […]

List: Curry, Roosevelt poised to grow

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Roosevelt and Curry counties ranked in the top 10 on a list of New Mexico counties drawing the most investments and potential economic growth. Roosevelt County ranks second in New Mexico and 201st nationally, and Curry County fifth in the state and 530th nationally, in the study conducted by […]

County 4-H takes wins at conference

Staff Photo: Aubry Buzek
Curry County 4-H members brought home two team wins in the Livestock Skillathon and the Meats Identification contest from the State 4-H Conference held last week in Las Cruces. Pictured from left: Chance Mitchell, Garrett Rutherford, Trey Runyan, Tucker Northcutt, Morgan Wade, and Koby Valentine. Not pictured: Madison Belcher.

Staff Report Curry County 4-H members made a goal to win at the state 4-H conference this year, and they did not leave disappointed. The meats identification team and the livestock skillathon team brought home two first place finishes after competing July 13-16 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. “They are beyond excited,” […]

Police blotter — July 21

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 1:19 a.m.: Shoplifting up to $500, 4700 block of East Mabry Drive. • 10:00 a.m.: Burglary – no force, 900 block of North Main Street. • 10:45 a.m.: Burglary, aggravated. • 11:03 a.m.: Shoplifting, […]

What’s happening — July 21

Today T-Shirt Art — 9 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Big Kid’s Hour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Friends Of The Library Meeting — 11 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee […]