Thank you for your gratitude

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist I should have known it was impossible to eat at a restaurant in Lubbock, wearing my military uniform, without getting my tab picked up by a kind stranger. My wife Cassandra and I were in Lubbock recently for a medical appointment. We’d just gotten done, and decided to eat a […]

Pages past — Feb. 22

On this date … 1970: Sasser’s Western Wear at 311 Main was “Cowboy headquarters” in Clovis. Owners Mickey and Sue Simms offered “Western wear for the entire family,” and “Everything for the horseman,” according to their newspaper advertisement. 1965: Area crime reports provided information about burglars stealing from vending machines at the VFW Hall on […]

What’s happening — Feb. 22

Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. at Clovis City Hall. Tuesday Free blood pressure screenings — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clovis Carver Public Library. Wednesday Public works — 8:30 a.m. at Clovis City Hall. Thursday High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m. at the Master’s Center, 810 East 21st St. […]

Former coach gets maximum sentence for sex crimes

Allison Draper

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com District Judge Stephen Quinn slapped a former Melrose coach accused of raping a student with the maximum prison sentence Friday despite a heartfelt plea for leniency from her now-16-year-old victim. Quinn sentenced Allison Draper, 29, to six years in prison with three years suspended — a sentence that means […]

Topdressing big topic at Ag Expo

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle talked to Curry and Roosevelt County farmers Friday about the importance of putting nitrogen topdressing on their winter wheat crops early. The forum was one of many at the 23rd Annual Ag Expo.

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com A common mistake made by winter wheat farmers in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region is placing their nitrogen topdressing on to early. At least that’s what Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle told farmers from Curry and Roosevelt counties Friday afternoon as he talked to them at […]

Food class part of Ag Expo’s opening day

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers shows area residents how to cook Pecan-Crusted Chicken Friday morning during her Simply Prepared Meals and Menus class. Moyers also showed attendees how to make a cheeseburger skillet dinner and gave them advice on how to separate foods.

Staff report A room full of area residents laughed as Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers switched her cheeseburger skillet dinner over to a larger skillet. Moyers told her audience, “Don’t always do the things I do; do the things I say.” Moyers had a full house of people in the McAlister Room at […]

In search of ponies: Sorry, windows; cats still top threat to birds

Stealthy creatures who delight in the hunt, when they aren’t sleeping or basking in the sun, cats can usually be found stalking prey or practicing to, on the off chance fortune will put some small creature in their path. Most everything they do prepares them for the moment some unsuspecting thing will scurry by. Jumping, […]

McGee: Jury service no problem, assuming bathroom breaks

The notice came in the mail the other day. They wanted me for jury duty. The first thing that ran through my mind was, “Will they let me go to the bathroom when I need to?” I opened the letter and pored over all the instructions. As I did I got to thinking about the […]

Warm weather only temporary

Staff report Enjoy sunny skies and warm weather today because weather forecasters are saying but it won’t last for long. Sunday and Monday could bring cold weather and snow back to eastern New Mexico. Both days temperatures will be in the low 30’s and snow could accumulate between the two days. “The area could see […]

Highway death confirmed as suicide

Staff report Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker confirmed a death on the Floyd Highway (N.M. 467) Thursday afternoon was a suicide but declined to give any further information Friday “out of respect for the victim’s family.” According to Portales Police Department records, the call of a suspicious character on the highway came in about 3:45 […]

Limited funding, conflicting priorities likely to strain debate on state budget

By Patrick Malone Santa Fe New Mexican Inside the Rio Chama Steakhouse on Friday morning, a conversation over breakfast between two friends with decades of history foreshadowed a looming budget fight next door at the Roundhouse. Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat with a quarter-century of legislative experience and chairman of the Senate Finance […]

Senators introduce 11th-hour compromise on immigrant license law

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican Two of the New Mexico Legislature’s longest-serving members have introduced a last-minute bill that they say is intended to forge a compromise on the controversial law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Sens. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, have introduced legislation to make […]

Udall speaks against right-to-work, urges more funds for early ed

By Patrick Malone SAnta Fe New Mexican U.S. Sen. Tom Udall used his pulpit during a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature on Friday to weigh in on two of the most divisive issues facing state lawmakers this session. He spoke out against so-called “right-to-work” legislation and expressed support for a measure that would […]

Pages Past — Feb. 21

On this date … 1975: Burglars broke into the Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis branch business office and hauled off a 300-pound file cabinet safe. The safe contained numerous checks, an unknown amount of cash and business records, officials said. The empty safe was recovered along the roadside south of Clovis. 1968: Clovis school teachers had […]

Schools locked down for about an hour

STAFF REPORT A pair of Clovis schools were under a lockdown for about an hour Friday afternoon. Carrie Bunce, deputy superintendent for Clovis Schools, said a student made a suspicious comment, and a Level I lockdown was initiated at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Cameo Elementary, which are located next to each other […]

Committee discussion heated at city meeting

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com City Commissioners Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Robert Sandoval and Mayor David Lansford got into a heated exchange Thursday over commissioners serving on non-city committees. Taylor-Sawyer suggested  commissioners extend a policy adopted two weeks ago when — at Lansford’s urging — they decided the mayor should resign from the Clovis Industrial Development […]

Former Melrose coach pleads to sex charges

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Former Melrose contract coach Allison Draper, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn ordered sentencing to take place at 1:30 p.m. today. Draper, facing six charges in the first day of […]

Ag Expo opens today in Portales

Staff report The 23rd annual New Mexico Ag Expo opens today at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The event continues through Saturday with free admission and free parking. A schedule: Today • 9 a.m. — Expo and exhibits open • 9:30 a.m. — Cover Crop Choices — the Limitations Imposed by Residual and In-season […]

Police report: Guns part of burglary haul

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Eight rifles and a shotgun were stolen in an early morning burglary of a store on the city’s east side minutes after fires were reported at two businesses on the west side of Clovis, according to a police report released Thursday. Clovis police confirmed the guns were stolen from […]

Senate commissee rejects third-grade retention bill

By Milan Simonich The New Mexican A group of Democratic state senators delivered a death blow Thursday night to one of Gov. Susana Martinez’s favored bills for mass retention of third-graders with subpar reading scores. Members of the Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-3 to block the bill by Republican Sen. Gay Kernan of Hobbs. […]