Meetings calendar — Aug. 7

Monday Grady City Meeting — 6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 220 W. Main St., Grady. Information: 575-357-2005 Fort Sumner City Meeting — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 173 E. Avenue C., Fort Sumner. Information: 575-355-7481 Muleshoe City Meeting — 5:30 p.m. (CDT) City Hall, 215 S. First St., Muleshoe. Information: 806-272-4528 Tuesday Main Street Meeting — 11:30 […]

Events calendar — Aug. 7

Monday 40th Anniversary Health Center Celebration — 4 p.m.-7 p.m. La Casa Family Health Center, 1521 W. 13th St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-0888 Tuesday Quilter’s Tuesday — 6 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Wednesday Landfill Tour — 7:30 a.m. Public Works,  801 S. Norris St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday Pulitzer […]

USDA shares drought relief resources

Staff photo: Douglas Clark 
USDA Farm Service Agency Program Specialist Anthony Chavez makes a presentation during Friday’s Agriculture Resource Fair at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and officials from a trio of USDA umbrella agencies huddled with local farmers and ranchers Friday as a means of potentially providing some relief from the stifling heat. “Based upon the drought conditions we’re facing in our communities and the devastating winter that […]

Q&A: Volleyball player named female Greatest Greyhound


In the words of Adam Pitterman, Eastern New Mexico University’s director of athletic communications, “it is an athlete of the year award and definitely one of the most time honored traditions the department has.” This year, fifth-year senior Jeremy Buurma and junior Lauren Frye were selected as the male and female recipients of this award, […]

Pages past — Aug. 6

On this date … 1976: Heavy rain pushed water from Greene Acres Lake onto 21st Street and brought out “water skiers” behind vehicles, the Clovis News-Journal reported. Jerrell Stone, Kyle Newell, Pat Smith, Keith Ingram and Paul Teel were among the sport’s participants, “with abrasions and bruises to prove it,” CN-J reported. 1956: A Farwell […]

Berry: Bottle cash-in places were special

F rom the people that I talked to last week, it seems that I am not the only one who collected soda pop bottles. It does seem something of a mystery how we were all able to find so many empty bottles. Everyone had their own route that they would take in search of the […]

Johnson: Pet health product of knowledge, effort

The rattling of the bag, the scraping of a scoop and the repetitive dinging of those dried kibble pellets filling the bowl are sounds that — not including the doorbell – tend to activate pooches faster than anything else. They know the drill and often even before their humans make it to the bag to […]

Football player awarded male Greatest Greyhound


Jeremy Buurma spent the last three seasons leading the Gridiron Greyhounds to 20 victories and the football team’s first post-season appearance since the 1983 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Playoffs. Back in 2013, he helped the team win a share of the Lone Star Conference title and Eastern New Mexico University’s first winning season […]

Clovis adopt-a-pet — Aug. 6

Shepherd mix
Age: Adult
Sex: Male/Not Sterilized
Color: Tan/White
Size: Large

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue, has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]

Newspaper carrier reported missing

By David Stevens Editor A 59-year-old newspaper carrier disappeared between Clovis and Fort Sumner early Friday morning. Elmer Waite, who works for the Santa Fe New Mexican, made his delivery in Clovis and was on his way to Fort Sumner when the GPS tracking device on his van stopped working, officials said. “The last […]

Commission renews contract for golf course management

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR After nearly an hour of back-and-forth, the Clovis City Commission kept operation of the Colonial Park Golf Course with the only management it has known since the city’s 2011 purchase of the 18-hole course. On a 6-2 vote, the commission retained the services of Real Golf LLC for a […]

Commission decides against changes to city flag

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Clovis City Commissioners believed the city flag wasn’t broke, and they decided not to fix it. By an 8-0 vote Thursday, the commission opted to keep the rarely-used — and, prior to commission discussion, largely-unknown — flag the way it is. The city’s flag is the city seal against […]

City commission has pair of executive sessions

STAFF REPORT The Clovis City Commission went into executive session twice Thursday, but took no actions following either session. Each session took about 45 minutes. The first executive session, handled before the 5:15 p.m. commission meeting, was listed as covering only acquisition or disposal of property and personnel matters. The second portion, handled following new […]

Officials seek input on infrastructure plan

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Clovis officials are seeking public input with regard to physical upgrades. A public meeting is slated today at 1:30 p.m. in the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Library to discuss the city’s Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP). “The ICIP is a required planning document for New Mexico municipalities […]

Faith: Church offers backpacks to those in need

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Jessica Wallich, administrative assistant of the Faith Christian Family Church Youth Department in Clovis, helps fill backpacks with school supplies for Saturday’s annual backpack giveaway. This is Wallich's first year helping organize the church’s 20-year tradition.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer For some families in Clovis, lining up outside at 3 a.m. is worth it to get a brand new backpack and school supplies for free. Faith Christian Family Church Executive Pastor Jason Swann has witnessed this firsthand. FCFC is hosting its 20th annual backpack giveaway on Saturday. According to […]

Baptist Convention touring state

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer Building relationships and strengthening community among local churches is what brought local church members together earlier this week, according to church officials. The Portales First Baptist Church housed a conference on Monday called “Creating Conversational Community in Small Groups”. The New Mexico Baptist Convention (NMBC) hosted the conference as […]

Business owners hoping for tax holiday boost

By Brooke Finch Staff writer Some expect it to bring more business than Black Friday; others aren’t sure what to expect at all. However they view it, local store managers and business owners are in the midst of New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. The sales tax holiday, which the National Federation of Independent Business referred […]

Officials hope fair will help provide relief

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer In the wake of searing heat and minimal rainfall, federal officials will huddle with local farmers and ranchers today as a means of potentially providing some relief. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., is slated to host an Agriculture Resource Fair today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at […]

Police blotter — Aug. 5

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:36 a.m.: Pedestrian on roadways, Grand Avenue and Maple Street. • 2:52 a.m.: Possession of methamphetamines. • 4:19 a.m.: Remote financial services act violation, 100 block of East Second Street. • 7:20 a.m.: Burglary […]

Opinion: Conversations are as varied as people

By Audra Brown Local columnist The subjects of conversation are as varied as the combinations of people who might engage in conversation. But despite this infinite potential variety, some topics are more likely and more common than others. In my experience, and likely in yours, there are conversations to be found that seem inordinately long […]