What’s happening

Saturday Curry County Youth Supporters Annual Dinner and Dance — Doors open at 6:30 p.m., brisket dinner 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Live entertainment: The Delk Band 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Tickets $100 couple Table of 8 for 600.00 Information: 575-791-2711 Clovis Meals on Wheels Art and Craft Show— 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Central […]

Three bridges under construction

Staff report Bridge replacement work is going on this week at three bridges in Curry and De Baca counties. The work, according to a release from the state Department of Transportation, is part of a $4 million project. Work will include bridges at: – Mile marker 20 on N.M. 209 near Broadview in Curry County […]

Education briefs

4-16 Education

Word on the Street Students from James Bickley Elementary came in third place in the “Brand Aid” challenge at the April 11 Destination Imagination competition in Albuquerque. “Their project had to be a community outreach project,” said Mesa Elementary teacher Shawn Pelfrey. “They had to come up with a slogan and a logo to address […]

Meetings watch

The Clovis City Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: – A request from the Curry Residents Senior Meals Association for $10,000 in assistance due to a budget cut caused when the organization failed to make meal service benchmarks. Representatives from CRSMA said […]

Clovis High students stand out at ENMU festival

By: Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Clovis students recently made us proud at the Festival Romanico at Eastern New Mexico University. Festival director J. Vitelio Contreras, associate professor of Spanish, has described the event as a “celebration of being bilingual” and “bilingualism is an asset to your life.” The daylong festival was held at ENMU’s Becky Sharp Auditorium […]


Taking applications… – We’re sprouting spring job fairs everywhere. Locally, there’s one from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Clovis Civic Center. Then May 1 in Albuquerque, there’s a job fair strictly for veterans at Isleta Resort & Casino. Stretch your mind… – Your body, too … at An Afternoon of Yoga is […]

‘Cherry-picking’ services not OK

By: Kevin Wilson Two Thursdays ago in Pennsylvania, an eighth-grade student was in the nurse’s office awaiting treatment. The Pledge of Allegiance played over the intercom, and the student declined to stand for personal reasons. The nurse asked why the student didn’t stand; the student said it was voluntary, and she needed no further explanation. […]

What’s happening

Today Pre-K Story Hour — 10:05 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Eastern New Mexico Spring Job Fair — 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. information: 575-762-7714 City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis City Hall. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m., Portales City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 […]

Pages Past: April 16

On this date … 1950: Portales’ five Baptist churches set an all-time record for Sunday school attendance, Rev. L.A. Doyle said. Doyle said 1,525 people were in Sunday school, shattering the previous record by 137. 1910: I.D. Johnson, 6, arrived in Clovis by train with his parents. “He learned to swim at a lake located […]

Inmate who attempted suicide identified and in stable condition

STAFF REPORT An inmate who attempted suicide early Monday morning is in stable condition and under guard in the surgical intensive care unit at a Lubbock hospital, according to Curry County Undersheriff Mike Reeves. The inmate has been identified as Jeffery Boatwright, 47, of Clovis. He was booked on March 24 for aggravated battery with […]

Attorney: Fish ‘fed to bears in custody’

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com What happened to the fish caught by Clovis’s famous fisherman Bounchanh Bounsombath last year has remained a mystery … until now. According to Bounsombath’s lawyer Michael Garrett, his 1,622 fish were fed to bears in custody “someplace.” “They (New Mexico) have a bear park someplace,” Garrett said. “All of […]

Mesa’s robots invade state

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Gifted and Talented fifth-graders from Mesa Elementary won a statewide robotics challenge recently in Albuquerque. Mesa Elementary teacher Shawn Pelfrey said the Destination Imagination competition attracted 80 different teams from around the state who competed in seven different categories. The students came in first place in the “Creature Feature” […]

City officials honor Joe Thomas


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com For a man usually known for his stoicism, Joe Thomas was all smiles and a few tears Wednesday. The 64-year-old retired city manager and longtime devoted public servant was honored for his vast career with the city at a “come and go” celebration at Clovis City Hall and at […]

Inmate attempts suicide

Staff report A male inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center attempted suicide early Tuesday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed on Tuesday night. Pyle said the inmate, whom he declined to identify, was in stable condition at a Lubbock hospital. He said the Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and declined to […]

Death or taxes, which is worse?

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Which is more pleasurable, though, is still up for debate. I kid, of course — I would rather pay my taxes than die. I’m too young, after all, and have at least three-quarters of my life still ahead of me. But […]

Local FFA teams bring home awards

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com FFA teams from three local schools brought home five first place finishes from the state FFA Career Development Events last week in Albuquerque. The competition was steep — more than 1,100 students from around the state competed in the event individually and on 397 teams. The judging events were […]

Crime victim’s week kicks off with run

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis, lace up your sneakers. It’s time to kick off National Crime Victim’s Rights Week with the third annual Fun Run and Walk, hosted by the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. According to District Attorney Andrea Reeb, 170 have pre-registered for the event, which has already surpassed the number […]

Parks water schedule focus of meeting

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com If you get stuck at a red light going south on Prince Street at the corner of 14th, take a second to look around. A brand new billboard features art from Zia and James Bickley Elementary School students encouraging citizens to conserve water. Water Policy Advisory Board Chairman Chris […]

Pages past — April 15

On this date … 1965: The cook house on the old Muleshoe Ranch on Route 2 had been designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. A Texas Historical Building medallion and plate were to be placed on or near the structure, the Clovis News-Journal reported. It was to read: “The old Muleshoe Ranch Cook House was […]

Joe Thomas honored at luncheon

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com While the event was technically billed as the quarterly city-county luncheon, there was a distinct feeling that Tuesday’s gathering at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library was a retirement celebration for Joe Thomas. Clovis’ former city manager as of Friday, Thomas was honored frequently by the speakers […]