County’s fourth Dollar General store open

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Rocio Montanez stocks seasonal items at the new Dollar General location in Clovis Monday. The store is hosting a grand opening with giveaways at 8 a.m. Saturday at 2201 W. Grand Ave.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com HoneyBuns, greeting cards, and toilet paper — these are the most popular items sold at Dollar General stores, according to Communications Coordinator Mary Kathryn Patterson. The county’s fourth Dollar General store is now open and will celebrate with a grand opening 8 a.m. Saturday at 2201 W. Grand Ave. […]

Safety, technology topics at tornado awareness class

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Owen Shieh, instructor at Monday’s tornado awareness class at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, shows the class how a classic supercell storm operates.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Knowing the limitations of technology is key — especially when you’re dealing with severe weather. This was just one of the topics covered at the tornado awareness class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. “You can see the storm rotating on radar, but […]

Governor signs ‘dirt road bill’ into law

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com If you’re accustomed to driving 75 mph on county roads, you’d better start slowing down to 55 mph after Jan. 1, 2016. Gov. Susana Martinez signed SB 125, also known as the “Dirt Road Bill,” into law on Monday, according to a press release from the bill’s sponsor, Sen. […]

Officials declare National Service Recognition Day

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com If you know a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program or the Foster Grandparent Program, be sure to say thank you and maybe give them a hug today. It’s National Service Recognition Day. Last week, Curry County commissioners declared it so during their special meeting. The proclamation was […]

Pages past — April 7

On this date … 1975: Clovis High School Junior Sharon Taylor had won the state speech competition held at Portales. Taylor, the daughter of Mrs. Ilene Taylor of 913 Cypress, won for her interpretation of the dramatic script, “Member of the Wedding.” “Miss Taylor’s first-place win and placings by several other CHS students constituted the […]

Millennial generation part of future of news

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer At 26, I fall smack-dab in the middle of the millennial generation, which is ages 18 to 34 in 2015. We are the most racially diverse generation in U.S. history, according to Pew Research; and the U.S. Census Bureau projects we will surpass the Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest […]

Use of ‘quintessential’ often over the top

By Sandy Fields Local columnist The gentleman on the newscast kept referring to a speech as being quintessential. Then I heard it again.  Everyone was using the word quintessential. And I realized that I never use that word, and I’d be half afraid of interjecting it incorrectly. It was time for some research. Obviously it […]

New law leaves many vets confused, frustrated

Tom Philpott Military update An actuarial firm under contract to the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that allowing veterans who live more than 40 miles from needed VA health care to use private sector care instead could balloon VA health care costs by as much as $46 billion a year. That blast to the VA […]

Police blotter — April 7

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 1:44 a.m.: Burglary in progress, Fourth and Ross streets. • 2:03 a.m.: Warrant service, First and Walnut streets. •3:07 a.m.: Situation check, 1200 block of Main Street. •5:20 a.m.: Incomplete 911, 1000 block of […]

What’s happening — April 7

Today Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Municipal Airport. Information: 575-769-7828 Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board — 5:30 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Planning and Zoning — 3 p.m., 321 Connelly St. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday Pre-K Story Hour — 10:05 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. […]

Course’s fate source of contention

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The first hole at the Hillcrest Park Par 3 golf course. On the ground is a faded outline of a day the area was instead used as a youth sports field.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Nestled on the southeast corner of Hillcrest Park are about 15 acres of prime land for recreation. But is it land with promise, or land attached to a promise? The nine-hole municipal golf course dated to 1929, when Hillcrest Park was brought to the Kentucky Heights Addition. The par-3 […]

Jack Williamson Lectureship kicks off Tuesday

Staff report Jack Williamson’s legacy is one worth honoring, according to Patrice Caldwell, coordinator of the 39th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship. “To celebrate anything for 39 years is a great accomplishment, and to celebrate Jack Williamson is to celebrate Portales,” Caldwell said. “I think it’s wonderful that this commitment continues to honor his legacy, and […]

Sequestration could place Air Force in untenable position

Lost in the national conversation of the past several years is a realistic definition of minimum structure of a Fly-Fight-Win Air Force. As our nation has moved to an all-volunteer military service, fewer and fewer American families have a family member who has served on active duty. Standing in uniform in defense of our nation […]

Even journalism comes with occupational hazards

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Occupational hazards — we all know the phrase, probably too well. Every job has one. Unfortunately, my job has many of them, most of which entail developing bad habits, such as chain smoking, cursing a lot or averaging one meal per day — to name just a few. Other “hazards” […]

Egg hunt draws kids of all ages

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Brody May, 9, sprinted ahead of the pack to locate Easter eggs.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The joy of Easter came a day early to hundreds of kids in Clovis at the community-wide Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Hillcrest Park. Before each age category began the hunt for candy-filled eggs, the kids waited in anticipation behind a yellow tape […]

A look at local Easter sermons

Editor’s note: We asked area church leaders to share segments of their planned Easter sermons. Here’s a sampling: Doug Brooks Ranchvale Baptist Church, Ranchvale The religious leaders couldn’t bargain with Jesus, couldn’t buy Jesus and they couldn’t explain Jesus. The simple truth was, they were afraid of Jesus. Because they couldn’t control him, they betrayed […]

Not ready to live in text-speak world

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist I’m curious to know how many high school or college students would be able to tell you the meaning of this Shakespearean passage: “Look thou be true; do not give dalliance “Too … much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw “To the fire i’ the blood: be more abstemious, […]

Q&A: ENMU president talks higher education concerns

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble discussed several issues as part of a periodic series checking up on the general state of higher education in New Mexico. Question: Now that this year’s 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature has adjourned, what do you see as the most immediate concerns for higher education in […]

Pages past — April 5

On this date … 1967: Four Clovis boxers were preparing to compete in the National AAU Tournament in San Diego. Earl Large, the National Golden Gloves 119-pound champion, Brooks Byrd, the 125-pound Golden Gloves champion, Ruben Rubio, at 105 pounds, and Clarence Mayfield, at 112 pounds, had each won their weight classes in the regional […]

Minerals focus of ENMU exhibit

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The Miles Mineral Museum at Eastern New Mexico University was spawned from a collection displayed at a gas station in Roswell more than a half-century ago.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. The Miles Mineral Museum at Eastern New Mexico University was spawned from a collection displayed at a gas station in Roswell more than a half-century ago. The college’s Natural History Museum was the brainchild of longtime […]