Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

State regulators close First Community Banks

Freedom New Mexico Regulators with the New Mexico Financial Institutions Division shut down First Community Bank, which has branches in Clovis and Portales. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released a statement Friday that said it was named the receiver. According to the statement: l The bank failure and its sale is expected to cost the […]

Citizens’ police academy to be offered

CNJ staff Community members are being invited to participate in a 12-week citizens’ police academy. The academy is designed to acquaint citizens with the diversity in a police officer’s career, and it highlights areas such as criminal law, investigations, traffic and crash investigations, drug enforcement and domestic violence, according to a press release. Participants will […]

Education digest —

Fishtank Ensemble to play Tuesday Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts series will host the Fishtank Ensemble at 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release. The band members include classical-trained violinist and vocalist Ursula Knudson, gifted fiddler Fabrice Martinez, master Flamenco guitarist Doug “Douje” Smolens and the world’s best slap bass player Djordje Stijepovic. Tickets […]

Our people: Community provider

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Courtesy photo Mario Chavez died in an accident in 1989. He was 23 and a father of four. Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working […]

Holiday luncheon set

The Causey Community Holiday Luncheon is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Causey Community Building. Meat, bread and drinks are provided. Attendees are asked to bring salads, other vegetables and desserts.

Grady resident protests school-sponsored coyote hunt

Sharna Johnson Ranchers say the coyote is a menace and a threat to the way of life around the ranching community of Grady. May be, a community newcomer contends; but killing them is not supposed to be sport and there are more appropriate ways to raise money for school athletics. Cliff Sagnotty, who moved to […]

Ticket feature: Blues group Soul Kitchen to perform in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Albuquerque’s Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night at the Clovis Civic Center as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Freedom New Mexico The blues group Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic […]

Commissioners selected for steering committee

CNJ staff Four Curry County officials have been selected to serve on steering committees for the National Association of Counties, according to a release from the organization. Commnissioner Wendell Bostwick was appointed to the agriculture and rural affairs steering committees. Commissioner Caleb Chandler was appointed to the justic and public safety steering committee. Commissioner Dan […]

Education column: Bella Vista community fosters sense of joy

Cyndi Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools “Nothing Without Joy.” What a message to see when you walk into your school each day. Most of us are aware of a very special school in our community, but many might not fully understand the vision behind the arts-infused “magnet” school called the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. It […]

Ticket feature: American Idol finalist taking stage in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Melinda Doolittle, sixth season American Idol finalist, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Marshal Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico American Idol hit Melinda Doolittle takes the stage Saturday in Clovis. With a voice described as big and soulful, the sixth season finalist of the popular TV show is performing as part of […]

Local business owners say election seasons boon

Sharna Johnson Signs and banners sprout up throughout the community during election season, an indicator that printing companies have the corner on the business of elections. But printers say while elections certainly are a boon to their business, it’s not an element they count on. “I wouldn’t say it’s a major component, but it is […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Bond D will have positive impact

As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to outline the benefits of General Obligation Bond D in the Nov. 2 General Election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties. The cost of Bond D is very reasonable. The owner of a $100,000 assessed […]

Ticket feature: Clovis students to perform in play

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Courtesy photo The play “Bless Me, Ultima,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Middle School features four local students in the production. Freedom New Mexico A New Mexico original will take to the stage of Marshall Middle School 7 p.m. Saturday night. The second installment in Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series, Albuquerque’s Vortex […]

Press release: CCC to Host Veterans’ Fair

Clovis Community College proudly supports our veterans and thanks them for their service to our country. In honor of their service, CCC will be hosting a Veteran’s Fair on November 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the CCC Commons. Activities will include posting of the colors by the CHS ROTC, Setting of the […]

Press release: Southwest Premiere of Bless Me, Ultima Coming To Clovis

New Mexico’s beloved novel, Bless Me, Ultima, by Santa Rosa native and acclaimed Chicano writer, Rudolfo Anaya, comes to the stage at Marshall Auditorium, Saturday, October 23, 7p.m. in its southwest premiere. Adapted by Mr. Anaya in collaboration with Albuquerque’s Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, this is the second performance of the […]

Local bond questions spark contention

Sharna Johnson Whether to build a new judicial complex and jail may prove to be the most contentious local questions voters are asked to answer Nov. 2. The first phase of the proposed project is expected to cost $33 million, split between a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase and a general obligation bond raising […]

Our People: Going the distance

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College Executive Vice President Becky Rowley was born in Santa Fe but considers Clovis her hometown. Her favorite TV shows are “Sopranos” and “Mad Men.” Clovis Community College Executive Vice President Becky Rowley’s parents grew up in Clovis and her grandparents grew up in Clovis. Her nieces always […]

Press release: USDA Grants for Rural Community Development Available

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