ENMU professor Tony Gennaro dies

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales said good-bye to the town’s go-to “critter” guy this week. Former Eastern New Mexico Biology Professor Antonio “Tony” Gennaro died Thursday in Lubbock after a battle with cancer, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble. “Tony was a truly exceptional faculty member during his time at ENMU. He not […]

Editor’s notebook— Aug. 23

Blast from the past: Keith Blair, a former Clovis Pioneers batboy, suggested readers be reminded of regional baseball legend Grover Seitz. Good idea, Keith. • Seitz played minor league baseball from 1929 to 1953, appearing in  more than 1,000 games and hitting .315 with 62 home runs, according to baseballreference.com. He played parts of three […]

Pages past — Aug. 23

On this date … 1975: Eastern New Mexico University football coach Jack Scott was confident his team would have a great season. “I believe our kids should have something to shoot for. We’re not in a conference, so this year we’re shooting for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship,” he said. “I believe we […]

Police blotter — Aug. 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 1:03 a.m.: Failure to pay fines, 1500 block of West Seventh Street. • 3:47 a.m.: Contempt of court, 600 block of East Llano Estacado Boulevard. • 11:15 a.m.: Shoplifting up to $500, 2400 block […]

What’s happening — Aug. 23

Today Umpires Mat Softball Tournament— 8 a.m. Guy Leeder Softball Complex, 14 and Sycamore St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-8977 Cowboy Church — 8 a.m. Clovis Livestock Cattle Auction, 504 S. Hull St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-4422 Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee— Canceled City Hall, assembly room, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Muleshoe City Council— 6:30 […]

Four champions sold at Junior Livestock Sale

Staff photo: Rae Arnett
Attendance at the Roosevelt Junior Livestock Sale was more than 150 people on Friday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Junior Livestock Sale started off with the $4,250 sale of Cooper Gardner’s Grand Champion Dairy Heifer. More than 150 attended. Four grand champion livestock animals were sold on Friday evening; dairy heifer, steer for $9,000, rabbit meat pen for $1,000 and chicken meat pen for $1,600. […]

DA’s office back on truancy prevention duty

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Heads up, kiddos. School is back in session, and that means Sasquatch is keeping an eye out for anyone who skips class. Rumor has it, he can bench press a car and tackles pretty hard, too — especially if he sees a student ducking out of school early. At […]

Pages past — Aug. 22

On this date … 1970: The Portales Rams hosted Artesia in a pre-season football scrimmage. Under New Mexico Activities Association rules, no score was kept, no admission was charged, there was no kicking and no paid referees. Artesia scored four times during regular play and once during goal-line practice. Portales scored once during regular play […]

Johnson: Being loved family member good place for pets

You know you love them, as if there could be any doubt. After all, you welcome them into your life and devote copious amounts of time to them. For many people, the list of folks they would stand outside waiting on during a snowstorm in the middle of the night is pretty short. Yet when […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 22

Water Utility Authority At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting held Thursday in the Memorial Building in Portales, board members took the following action: • Approved AON Insurance for the ENMWUA insurance company. • Approved a budget change for debt service for the Water Trust Board award. ENMWUA Executive Director Justin Howalt said […]

Governor reads to local children

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon
Governor Susana Martinez, left, and Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera read to first-grade students at Zia Elementary School on Thursday afternoon as part of their trip around the state to promote the importance of learning how to read. Martinez said her goal was to impress upon students that kids learn to read from kindergarten to third grade, and they read to learn for the rest of their lives.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Zia Elementary first graders sat criss-cross applesauce holding bubbles in their mouths Thursday afternoon — until excitedly interjecting their knowledge of caterpillars and books about mermaid princesses with pearl powers — while two very special guests from Santa Fe read them one of Eric Carle’s classics, “The Very Hungry […]

Weeds dominate city meeting

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com On the subject of a Clovis woman keeping chickens in her back yard, the Clovis City Commission took swift action and approved her ordinance variance without discussion. On the subject of weeds, the commission, city employees and citizens spoke for nearly 20 minutes, with the clear conclusion that more […]

Presentation highlights pipeline construction, cost

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com CH2MHill officials gave a public presentation Thursday morning at the Memorial Building in Portales, which highlighted that the Ute Lake water pipeline project is a slow-moving and costly endeavor. But for good reason, according to Engineer Wendy Christofferson, who walked Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board members and […]

Wheeled horses easier to catch

By Audra Brown Local columnist A horse is a horse, of course, of course — but sometimes it has more wheels than hooves. Now, I love a good equine-driven cattle gathering. I love riding, but the thing about horses is that you have to catch ’em. On a good day, they’re at the water, bored, […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 21

Salute to seniors: Lighthouse Mission Director Richard Gomez called on Thursday to report today is Senior Appreciation Day. He’s invited area senior citizens for breakfast — starting at 8:30 — and shopping this morning at Clovis’ non-profit ministry to the poor, 407 L Casillas St. “But we don’t say ‘Shop ’til you drop.’ We don’t […]

Pages past — Aug. 21

On this date … 1975: An 11-year-old Clovis boy suffered a broken leg and forehead laceration after he was struck by a car while crossing a street near Gattis Junior High. Michael Reeves stepped in front of the car driven by Jocqueline Berry, police reported. No citations were issued. The child recovered and today is […]

Police blotter — Aug. 21

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 1:30 a.m.: Failure to appear, 1200 block of Calhoun Street. • 7:08 a.m.: Missing person (child) 1300 block of Hondo Street. • 9:50 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 900 block of Edwards Street. • […]

What’s happening — Aug. 21

Today Team Roping Competition and Demo — 12 p.m. Community Event Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-762-4422 Roosevelt County Fair — 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, 701 E. Lime, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541 Saturday Salvation Army Garage Sale — 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Salvation Army, 317 E. 2nd St., […]

Foundation takes stock of city, county websites

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Its mission was to see which city and county websites make it easy to “find important government information online.” New Mexico Foundation for Open Government’s audit shows eastern New Mexico entities are not the most transparent, but they’re not the least either. Using “objective criteria” and assigning scores in […]

Attendance, participation up at fair

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Curry County Events Center Manager Joelle Reed said all events at the fair were well attended this year.

Staff report Attendance and participation at the Curry County Fair this year exceeded last year’s numbers, Curry County Events Center Manager Joelle Reed said. “More people were engaged in the fair this year than last year,” Reed said. “I really, really like that.” Reed said all events at the fair were well attended this year, […]