Students heading back to school

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Amethyst Galvan made her first appearance as a kindergarten student at Cameo Elementary, while Tim Galvan entered first grade at Cameo.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com For Monique Gonzales, getting her kids ready for their first day of school was when she noticed the nerves set in — her nerves, not theirs. Classes were back in session for Clovis schools on Monday. In some cases, the first day of school was as much an adjustment […]

Business feature: Expo to bring businesswomen together

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From left, Joy Felty, Sabra Smith and Sydnee Horton decorate glasses for the “Martini Madness” fundraising event at last year’s inaugural High Plains Women’s Expo. Organizers hope to raise at least $3,000 at this year’s expo on Saturday for United Way of Eastern New Mexico.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com It may have taken 40 years, but Yolanda Vela will finally make her childhood dream a reality on Saturday. Anticipating her own fashion show debut at the second annual High Plains Women’s expo, Vela said she wants to prove to herself and to others that “it’s never too late.” […]

Warrant issued for Lubbock teen

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales District Judge Donna Mowrer on Monday ordered an arrest warrant be issued for a Lubbock teen accused of vehicular homicide for failure to appear at his court date. Jerry Nale, 18, was booked into Roosevelt County Detention Center in May after he was accused of fleeing Portales police […]

Clovis man dies after second vehicle crash

Staff report A Clovis driver involved in two single-vehicle crashes minutes apart died from his injuries on Saturday in Roosevelt County. Edgar Perales, 52, died after he was ejected from his vehicle following the second crash, police said. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Clovis Fire / EMS personnel were initially dispatched […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

The Curry County Commission meets 9:30 a.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A resolution for a cost of living increase for county employees. The resolution includes increase between 4 percent (annual salary less than $35,000) to 1.5 percent (annual salary greater than $75,000). The increase applies […]

Police blotter — Aug. 16

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 4:46 a.m.: Failure to pay fines, 10th and Davis streets. • 8:25 a.m.: Possession of stolen vehicle, 100 block of Lydia Street. • 8:33 a.m.: Harassment, phone. • 10:05 a.m.: Harassment, phone. • 12:22 […]

Events calendar — Aug. 16

Today Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds., Clovis. Ribbon Cutting for Aviary — 2 p.m. Hillcrest Park Zoo, Sycamore and 14th streets., Clovis. Wednesday Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds., Clovis. Thursday Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds., Clovis. Color Creators — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public […]

Meetings calendar — Aug. 16

Today Friends of the Library — 11 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Portales city meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Dora Village meeting — 7 p.m. Village fire station, 220 Ave D., Dora. Information: 575-477-2411 Farwell City Council — 5:30 p.m. (CDT) […]

Pages past — Aug. 16

On this date … 1971: Officials announced a 10,000-head cattle feeder operation was scheduled to open in a month near Portales. The feedlot was being built on land formerly owned by Dr. William Black, a Portales veterinarian. It was to be located six miles south and two miles east of the Lovington Highway. It would […]

Curry County Fair schedule — Aug. 16

Today • 8 a.m.: Open horse show, Mounted Patrol Arena • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Agriculture Building closed for judging • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Home Arts Building closed for judging • 9:30 a.m.: Curry County bred swine show, Kevin Roberts Show Arena • 10 a.m.: 4-H, FFA poultry judging, Poultry & Rabbit Barn • 10 a.m.: […]

Good Old Time in Melrose

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Graduates of the Melrose High School Class of 1966 smile at onlookers while traveling along Main Street during the Old Timers’ Day parade on Saturday. The class celebrated its 50th reunion.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com On her way to the Old Timers’ Day celebration on Saturday, Melrose native Lois Lesly Barnes was reminded of an old acquaintance. “As I was driving over here,” Barnes said, “I thought about how I tried to get the people of Melrose to put a sign on each side […]

Helping people help horses

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Trevor Carter, left, works with Dani Horton of Auburndale, Florida, on making her horse do a tight circle during Saturday’s Forever Foundation clinic. The three-day clinic teaches techniques to the trainers, all part of horse rescue organizations, to help them learn skills to get a horse ready for a new home.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Every animal deserves a second chance. But the larger the animal, the larger the degree of difficulty. That’s how horse trainers from six different states found themselves in a pen a few miles north of Clovis, taking part in the still-young Forever Foundation. The foundation, which operates at the […]

Clovis student aims to make transition easier

Brandon Mammano, CHS sophomore

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clovis High School sophomore Brandon Mammano, 15, was born into a military family and has moved seven times, so he’s well versed in getting acclimated to new people and places. To that end, he’s spearheading the implementation of a program to help students navigate such a process. Officials said […]

Pair of sentences passed out

STAFF REPORT A pair of sentences were handed out Thursday, according to a release received Saturday from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In unrelated cases, Joseph Matthew Foster, 35, was sentenced to 11 years, 6 months while Larry Gonzales, 39, received 18 months. According to the releases: • Foster was convicted in June for […]

Pages Past — Aug. 14

On this date … 1956: Clovis Air Force Base officials were warning area residents that “several rockets have accidentally been lost in flight recently.” The rockets, also described as bombs and explosive materials, were believed to be south of the base, officials said. “Items of this nature may be extremely dangerous … and should not […]

Police blotter — Aug. 14

Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Thursday: • Felix Acuna, 33, criminal damage to property (under $1,000), non-residential burglary. • James Dimas, 48, shoplifting ($100 or less). • Kenneth Yarbrough, 34, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge. • Iisha Silva, 22. • Frank Allan Martin, 47, warrant […]

Educators tightening belts, just in case

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Portales and Clovis education systems are taking precautionary measures by tightening their fiscal belts, despite current state budget cuts not affecting education, according to state officials. According to a Tuesday Associated Press story, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has requested state institutions cut back budget spending by 5 percent. […]

Curry County Fair schedule

Monday 6 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Junior livestock entries accepted 6 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Weigh and classify all market swine 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Home arts entries accepted, Home Arts Building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Flower show entries accepted, Home Arts Building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Agriculture exhibits accepted, Agriculture Building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: 4-H, FFA poultry and rabbit entries accepted, […]

Portales students begin their year

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The start of the school year brings with it excitement and confidence, according to local elementary school students and their parents. Fourth- and fifth-grade students who started school Friday said they look forward to the activities and subjects they’ll study during the school year. Valencia Elementary fourth-grade 9-year-olds Darren […]

Roosevelt County 4-Hers getting ready

STAFF REPORT With the Roosevelt County Fair just over a week away, the young members of a local club will have an opportunity to showcase their work over the past year and the possibility of winning awards. Exhibits for the 4-H club will be on display the week of the fair (Aug. 22-27) in the […]