Official: Fair attendance up overall

Staff report Curry County’s fairgrounds director Kevin Jolley said despite a tough Friday, overall attendance at the Curry County Fair slightly bested the 2013 event. Jolley said he hadn’t completely calculated the numbers since the weekend, but estimated a paid attendance of about 26,000 and about 31,000 going through the gates throughout the five-day fair. […]

Pages past — Aug. 19

On this date … 1963: The piggy bank thief struck again. The latest victim was the Joe Vasquez home at 112 Thornton St. in Clovis. The thief cut a hole in a window screen, raised the window, and made off with a piggy bank that contained about $15 in change. Police said the city had […]

Police blotter — Aug. 19

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 12:16 a.m.: Residential burglary, 2200 block of Bobwhite Court. • 9:19 a.m.: Aggravated battery, 500 block of West Ninth Street. • 9:28 a.m. Battery on a household member, 1300 block of Sheldon. • 9:29 a.m.: Unconsciousness, 700 block of Maple. • 9:50 a.m.: Theft […]

You’d think I’d have known better

By Karl Terry Local columnist I grew up on a farm so I learned at a young age about the birds and the bees. I learned first hand what goes on between girl animals and boy animals when girl animals come into season. But I guess it’s been too long since I was down on […]

Time for fashion throwbacks

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Wow, the kids are already back to school (this week) and the summer is nearly behind us. Aside from spring, the fall is the best season for fashion. Here are some really cool threads I’m anticipating this upcoming season: 1970’s throwbacks, big faux furs that will carry you through the […]

Club notes — Aug. 17

Altrusa Altrusa International Club of Clovis member, Kathy Travis, presents a check for $2,500 to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The money was a donation to Altrusa from the Gavilon Company, a global food producer. The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico was founded in 1983 as a grassroots organization sponsored by the […]

Racers on the half shell


By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter They crept, crawled and sometimes just stood there thinking about it; but the half-shell racers were always slow and steady during every round of the 15th Annual Great American Turtle Race Saturday morning at the Curry County Fairgrounds. And, race results showed, slow and steady always wins the race. […]

City checkup: City manager talks air service, water rights

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Editor’s note: This is another in a continuing series of question and answer sessions with community leaders. City Manager Joe Thomas is in his 42nd year working for the city in some capacity. He started in 1972 as a police officer, served as assistant police chief, interim police chief,  public works director and assistant city […]

Running out of time for bucket list interviews

By David Stevens Editor Some people I’d like to interview someday, and it needs to be soon because they’re getting old: • Any of Robert Walker Jr.’s three children who lived in Friona in 1954. We all know Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school. That happened in […]

Pages past — Aug. 17

On this date … 1967: Turner’s first anniversary sale featured a large stock of “genuine blue Levis” for $4.79. The Clovis department store, located at 520 Main, had waist sizes 27 to 42 with lengths 28 to 38. 1963: Clovis residents had donated four tons of used clothing to migrating  residents of Alto Beni, Bolivia, […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Library with seven items requiring votes on the action agenda: • A resolution supporting financing initiatives for water conservation measures to preserve the Ogallala Aquifer as presented by Clovis Mayor David Lansford. • A request to approve reauthorization of a $107,085 capital appropriation project from […]

Police blotter — Aug. 17

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 2:21 a.m.: Prowlers in progress, 1200 block of Sheldon Street. • 6:17 a.m.: Childbirth, 500 block of East Grand Avenue. • 6:33 a.m.: Dispute, 1100 block of East 10th Street. • 8:20 a.m.: Criminal damage, 200 block of West Sixth Street. • 9:23 p.m.: […]

What’s happening — Aug. 17

Tuesday Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex. Information: 575-763-6016 Water Policy Advisory Board meeting  — 8:30 a.m., Assembly Room, City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Cultural & Ethnic Affairs Committee meeting— Noon, Clovis Community College, Room 405. Information: 575-769-7828. Economic Development ADHOC meeting —1:30 p.m., City Hall Information: 575-769-7828. Wednesday Toddler […]

In a combine, you’re king of the road

Many hours and days and nights have I spent on a big, red machine. There’s even a song about it. By Audra Brown Local columnist It gets quite a bit right. A combine isn’t fast. Roading it with the header off, you can get close to 15, but rear-wheel steering at that speed makes things […]

Study shows dogs may feel jealousy like people

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It goes without saying that bringing a new critter into the house just might set things on end for a bit. For that matter, bringing a new critter around at all, even if only for a short time, is likely to cause distress and bad behavior. Usurpers, simply put, run […]

Pages past — Aug. 16

On this date … 1970: Fort Sumner opened its Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation state monument. The site honors the Mescalero Apache and Navajo people forced by the U.S. Army to march hundreds of miles to the fort five miles southeast of Fort Sumner in 1863. The monument’s initial cost totaled $40,000, including $25,000 approved by […]

Thanks goes to the receptionist

By Grant McGee Local columnist Stephen Gaskin died a few weeks ago. He was well known in some circles, probably best as co-founder of a big hippie-type commune over in Tennessee. When I think of Gaskin and that commune I think of someone I worked with long ago. I’ll call her Alice. Alice came to […]

Cashing in


By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter Lynnae Allen, 17, has spent much of her life raising dairy heifers; but it was her piggy bank that prevailed during the Junior Livestock Sale on Friday evening at the Curry County Events Center. Allen sold her reserve grand champion dairy heifer for $7,250 — the most she’s ever […]

Portales man pleads guilty in murder-for-hire case

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Staff report A Portales man charged in a murder-for-hire plot in March pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Albuquerque, according to an FBI news release. Police say Cody Guss, 37, agreed to pay an undercover officer $5,000 to kill his wife. The handyman and father of three met with an undercover officer of the […]

State police officer arrested in Tucumcari


By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun Tucumcari police on Thursday arrested a New Mexico State Police officer on felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, officials confirmed Friday. Isaac Vigil, a state police officer for a year and a half, was arrested after Tucumcari officers responded to a report of domestic violence […]