Education feature: With days before start of school year, most open teaching slots filled

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With the beginning of the school year just days away, Clovis Municipal Schools is busy readying its teachers and facilities for the task. The school district incurred 120 teachers resignations or retirements at the end of the 2013-14 school year, but has filled most of the open positions for […]

Pages past — Aug. 14

On this date … 1965: Melrose was expecting 325 students to register for the 1965-66 school year. Superintendent Willard Moon said the number was down from about 350 the year before. Melrose employed 21 teachers in its system and had one new teacher — Wayne Moore, an instructor of physical education. 1955: The annual all-veterans […]

What’s happening — Aug. 14

Today Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. (Barn & Pavilion); 5 p.m. (Carnival), Curry County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-935-7000. Little Joe Y La Familia Concert — 8 p.m., Curry County Events Center. Information: 575-935-7000. Friday New Mexico Tourism Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave. Information: 575-763-3435. Curry County Fair — […]

Police blotter — Aug. 14

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:37 a.m.: Motor vehicle , hit and run, 1200 block of Rio Street. • 12:48 a.m.: Public affray in progress, 3700 block of North Prince Street. • 1:23 a.m.: Contempt of court, 1100 block of South Oak Street. • 3:26 a.m.: Battery on a […]

Power back on in Muleshoe

Power was out for about 30 minutes in Muleshoe this afternoon but has been restored, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. “We experienced a disruption on a transmission line feeding eastern Muleshoe at 3:53 p.m. (CDT),” Reeves wrote in an email. “We did not locate the fault but were able to re-route the power flow […]

Airman injured in accidental shooting off base

Staff report An airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base was reported in stable condition late Wednesday at a Lubbock hospital after being accidentally shot on private property in Curry County earlier in the day, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Confusion over the location of the shooting prompted about a 30-minute lockdown at the base, […]

Mayor: No action taken after city manager’s evaluation completed

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Clovis city commissioners met in executive session again Tuesday to discuss City Manager Joe Thomas’ performance evaluation and again took no action. Mayor David Lansford and Commissioners Sandra Taylor-Sawyer and Randy Crowder said Tuesday was likely the last executive session on the topic until next year. Thomas said that […]

Residents flock to fair

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Clovis and Curry County residents, Tuesday means the opening of a week filled with entertainment and food that only comes once a year. The Curry County Fair opened its gates to everyone Tuesday afternoon for the 94th time and by 6 p.m. the fairgrounds were full of fairgoers […]

Pets transformed for costume contest

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Mia Chavez, 11, competing in the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club pet costume contest was a chance to combine her creativity with something she loves. Chavez, with the help of her grandparents, transformed her 10-year-old donkey named Radar into a show ready unicorn for Tuesday evening’s pet costume contest. Charlene […]

Teachers take course on effects of deployment

U.S. Air Force: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
Educators from the local community were able to sample various MRE's (Meal
Ready to Eat) during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event
Tuesday at Cannon. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories and members of the educational community were able to get a taste of what airmen eat while deployed.

By Alisa Boswell CNJ correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

Celebration of the ’60s: Music to remember

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Editor’s note: This decade is the 50th anniversary of the 1960s. We’ve asked area residents to list some of their memories. Her favorite 1960s music includes the classics of Motown, rock ‘n’ roll and folk music; but for Clovis Realtor Gayla Brumfield, it’s the California sound of the decade that she cherishes the most. With […]

Commentary: Tragedy often catalyst for meaningful change

It’s the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012. The moon is out, the lights are on, and Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth are racing two wide going into turn three. Coming off of turn four, they’re still side by side when Kenseth’s car slides up, Stewart’s car veers down, and they wreck coming across […]

Doing something takes more effort than saying something

The names change, but the results rarely do. I had planned to talk a little about a lesson to be learned over the weekend, but now it’s just something to bring up briefly. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston participated in an online Q&A with Twitter users. The problem with the #AskJaemis campaign was a combination […]

Local hosts to retire from morning radio

Staff report Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon, hosts of the Mix Morning Show on Mix 107.5 KSMX-FM for more than a decade, will be retiring from morning radio, according to a press release from Rooney Moon Broadcasting Inc. The final broadcast will be on Aug. 29. The pair will return to radio on KRMQ-FM, 101.5, […]

Meetings to be held for public input on projects

Staff report Clovis residents will be able to provide input on major projects and purchases to be included in the city’s Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan during two upcoming public meetings. According to a press release from the city of Clovis, the ICIP is a document that “is revised each year to show major projects […]

Pages past — Aug. 13

On this date … 1962: Curry County’s fair board approved multiple features for the fair scheduled Sept. 5-8. Officials approved $120.90 for additional electrical outlets in the beef barns and voted to install new garbage cans on the grounds. General admission would still be free, board members decided, and a charge of 50 cents per […]

Police blotter — Aug. 13

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 1:46 a.m.: Prowlers in progress, 300 block of North Hull Street. • 4:20 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 1200 block of Peacock Plaza. • 6:14 a.m.: Juvenile problem in progress, 2800 block of North Prince Street. • 7:33 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of […]

What’s happening — Aug. 13

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Planning & Zoning meeting — 3 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. (Barn & Pavilion); 5 p.m. (Carnival), Curry County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-935-7000. Thursday Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. (Barn & Pavilion); 5 p.m. (Carnival), Curry County Fairgrounds. Information: […]

Commission may discuss Thomas evaluation

Staff report Clovis Mayor David Lansford said an executive session on the agenda for today’s Clovis City Commission meeting will provide an opportunity for commissioners to discuss the evaluation of City Manager Joe Thomas. Lansford declined to elaborate. The evaluation was discussed during an executive session held during the Commission’s July 24 special meeting, but […]

Students: Showing animals rewarding endeavor

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Tyce Delk, left, hands his brother Teigan Delk a “drench” gun  Monday afternoon at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The gun delivers a nutrient and electrolyte rich mixture called a “drench” to sheep before a show. The Delk brothers and their family have raised three sheep and eight rabbits to show at the Curry County Fair.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Melrose’s Teigan Delk, showing animals at the county fair is a family activity. Delk, 13, said with the help of his family he has been raising animals for show for four years Delk and his brother Tyce Delk, 12, entered 3 sheep and 8 rabbits into the Curry […]