By Betty Williamson Loclal columnist There are five basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and (of course) books. For most of my lifetime, that fifth need was filled by highly anticipated monthly visits from the Rural Bookmobile East, the mobile home-sized library on wheels that has operated out of Tucumcari since 1956 as […]

Transparency assures justice will be rendered

An individual’s medical records should be confidential in most cases — but not when those records are used as a defense in a double murder case. The guardian for Tucumcari’s Tony Day, 14 when he was accused of killing his mother and sister in 2012, has asked court records and proceedings be sealed when they […]

Common ground sought on new standards

Staff photo:  Joshua Lucero
David Van Wettering, Portales  assistant superintendent of instruction, answers 
questions about Common  Core State Standards during the town hall meeting Wednesday night at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Nearly 150 educators, parents and community members gathered at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista Wednesday for a town hall meeting on Common Core State Standards that was hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The town hall was one of six meetings statewide meant to provide information […]

Charity effort far-reaching

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Joni Anthony of Clovis returns a hug from Abraham Dunor, 9, after he received his personalized towel Friday afternoon at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com Joni Anthony stitched together her latest charitable effort through cyberspace. When the Clovis resident sought to learn how to use an embroidery machine she’d bought for herself, she found the lessons she needed on YouTube. When she wanted even more information, she joined online groups Sweet Stitches of Love […]

Eight apply to replace fire chief

• Ray Westerman will retire later this month after 39 years with CFD.  Staff report With eight applications in hand, Clovis city officials plan to start the interview process to replace retiring Fire Chief Ray Westernman. City Manager Joe Thomas said four applicants are from New Mexico, with three of those being from Clovis and […]

Education column: Civic center hosts combined celebratory event

The Clovis Civic Center was home to a combined celebratory event this past week, the culmination of a great deal of work on the part of Clovis Municipal Schools’ staff and students. The first part of the evening was the CMS Family Leadership Institute’s awards presentations. The second part of the evening was the announcement […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission is scheduled to have a regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex. Consent agenda items are: • An annual resolution required by the Open Meetings Act regarding notice of City Commission and Advisory Board meetings; • Request for approval of concession agreement between the city of […]

A hundred years ago we needed raincoats

Raincoats sold for $3.95, men’s blue suits were $14.95 and canvas gloves cost a nickel a pair. William C. McDonald was New Mexico’s first governor and Woodrow Wilson was our 28th president. Wilson proclaimed the first Mother’s Day on May 9 that year. Franz Ferdinand was the archduke of Austria until his assassination led to […]

Education digest — May 1

Clovis teacher wins award for combating obesity Sara Williams, a fifth grade teacher at Barry Elementary School, launched a wellness program at the school that helped her win a national award, according to a press release. Williams’ program for fifth-graders at Barry Elementary emphasized the importance of balancing energy in with energy out, and promoted […]

What’s happening — May 1

Today Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840. MercyMe featuring Jamie Grace and Citizen Way — 7 p.m., tickets: $49, $33, $18, Curry County Events Center. Information: 935-7000 or www.curryeventcenter. United Blood Services blood drive — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wheatfields Senior Living Community. Information: 762-8700. City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., North […]