Controversial proposal package on way

By Tom Philpott Military update Defense Secretary Ashton Carter next month will be presented with a package of detailed proposals for reshaping military and defense civilian pays, promotions and quality of life, all of which strive to capture a “Force of the Future” vision that Carter laid out in a speech last March. The draft […]

An apology, 35 years late

By Sandy Fields Local columnist One year a high school student was asked to be a judge at the county fair talent show. There was a little boy who played a patriotic piece on the piano, all dressed up, oozing with stage presence. Overall, she thought he gave the best and most crowd-pleasing performance. She […]

Fire forces evacuation at bar

Staff report An electrical fire early Friday morning forced evacuation of Kelley’s Bar and Grill, but no injuries were reported and the restaurant was open for business again Monday. Interim Clovis Fire Chief Mike Nolen said firefighters received report of the fire at 1:15 a.m. Saturday. The fire, in a contained storage room, was extinguished […]

Letters to the editor — Aug. 18

Bill deserves community support On July 23, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2015. First signed into law in 1974, and most recently reauthorized in 2002, the JJDPA embodies a partnership between the federal government and states to protect children and youth in the juvenile justice system and […]

Police blotter — Aug. 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 12:39 a.m.: Shoplifting, 2100 block of West 21st Street. • 1:21 a.m.: Possession of marijuana under 8 ounces, 900 block of Walnut Street. • 5:27 a.m.: Possession of stolen vehicle, 1700 block of Jonquil […]

Business licenses — Aug. 18

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis for the month of July: • Name: Casually You Photography Type: Photographs/ Film Develop Owner: Health and More LLC Location: 904 W. Yucca • Name: Adelayda’s Type: General Merchandise Owner: Lilia Marin Location: 1709 E. Mabry • Name: Sunny Spa Type: Massage-Therapeutic Owner: Liming […]

Business digest — Aug. 18

Clovis man recognized for sales achievements Gregg Reid of Clovis, a multiple line agent with American National Insurance Co., was recently recognized for 2014 sales achievements. A news release from the company said Reid received the 2014 President’s Trophy Gold Agent of the Year award, which is presented to the highest performing American National multiple-line […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County commissioners are meeting at 9 this morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex, and the first items up to bat are some decisions on the Gidding Street building. Robert Calvani from NCA Architects will be presenting a discussion and hopefully get some action from the commission on a decision for construction plans […]

What’s happening — Aug. 18

Today Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — 12 p.m. City Hall, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 City of Clovis Public Meeting — 1:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Library, ingram room, 701 Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Roosevelt County Fair — 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, 701 E. Lime, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541 Farwell City […]

Pages past — Aug. 18

On this date … 1975: Five licenses to sell liquor were issued in Portales, which had been under prohibition since 1917. The recipients were The Blue Gem, the Plains Inn, Los Arcos, The Captain’s Lounge and Pizza Hut. 1970: Leon Williams, known throughout Clovis as Mr. Wildcat for his support of high school athletics, returned […]

One arrested in Sunday burglaries

Staff reports Rock-throwing boys were caught on video breaking glass and stealing beer and cigarettes from two convenience stores early Sunday morning, according to a Clovis Police Department news release. A third window-breaking incident at a Clovis residence resulted in at least one arrest in the case, the release said. Police first responded to reports […]

Clovis man killed in crash near Santa Rosa

Staff report A Clovis man died Sunday afternoon in a vehicle crash near Santa Rosa. Marc Martinez, 43, a passenger in a vehicle driven by Renee Martinez, 41, also of Clovis, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to a news release from new Mexico State Police. Friends of the family […]

The long haul

Staff photo: Jacob Sanchez
The Clovis Firefighters pull a semi-truck weighing 52,000 pounds 25 feet during the Southwest Cheese Truck Pull Competition.

By Jacob Sanchez Staff Writer A 52,000 pound semi-truck moves inch by inch on the scorching hot pavement outside the Curry County Special Events Center. The truck stops at a line and blares its horn signaling the end of its 25-foot journey. Why the short trip? The truck was being pulled by nine teams […]

Canines with a higher calling

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon
Easton Adair, 11, sits with Bliss, an 8 week-old Lab-Retriever mix in training to become a service dog. The Adair family will keep her until she’s a year-and-a-half old, and then she will go on to learn how to turn on lights and open doors to help special needs individuals.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Like any average 8 week-old black lab mix, Bliss is playful and getting potty-trained. But life has a higher calling for Bliss. She’s being trained to be a service animal. Easton Adair, 11, of Clovis, had been bugging his parents for a few years about getting a puppy when […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 16

Looking back: Japan surrendered to the United States and its allies 70 years ago this week, soon after atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. U.S. Sen. Carl Hatch of Clovis was in his hometown and offered this commentary to Ed Hadley of the Clovis News-Journal: “With proper statesmanship and […]

Pages past — Aug. 16

On this date … 1965: Clovis police reported burglars entered Gary Pahl’s home at 1401 E. 11th and stole a $60 ring and six record albums. A home at 1120 Rencher was “ransacked,” the Clovis News-Journal reported, and thieves took a watch and purse. And Lester Merrill, who lived southwest of Clovis, reported three tractor […]

Police blotter — Aug. 16

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 2:15 a.m.: Child abuse, abandonment. • 2:47 a.m.: Possession of marijuana under 8 ounces. • 4:28 a.m.: driving on suspension/ revocation, Grand Avenue and Cameo Street. • 8:12 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 200 block […]

What’s happening — Aug. 16

Monday First Day of School, Clovis New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission — 5 p.m. Tucumcari High School Cafeteria Tuesday Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — 12 p.m. City Hall, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 City of Clovis Public Meeting — 1:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Library, ingram room, 701 Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Roosevelt County […]

University preps for Dawg Days

By Rae Arnett Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University’s Dawg Days begins Saturday with student move-in followed by the annual community fair outside of the Campus Union Building (CUB). Preparations for Dawg Days have been going on since the end of April, according to Dawg Days Co-Director Eduardo Rios. The training for the Dawg […]

Junior livestock sale marks Friday fair day

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
More than 600 people 
attended Friday night’s Curry County Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Events Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR On a Curry County Events Center floor populated by red Solo cups full of tea, white collapsible tables and blue folding chairs, hundreds of Curry County adults and youth put forth another color — green — to bridge one generation of American farmers to the next. The junior livestock […]