Star-spangled holiday

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Area residents watch the Smoke on the Water fireworks display Saturday at Greene Acres Park.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com American flags waved in the wind, pops of firecrackers frequently erupted around the city, barbecue scented the breeze, and the geese at Greene Acres Park came ashore to solicit leftovers as Clovis-area residents gathered to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday. The holiday action started well before the sun came […]

Preparing for fireworks launch

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Western Enterprises employees Ryan Lasusky, left, and Hal Perry, right, work on building the launch pad Friday for tonight’s Smoke on the Water fireworks show. Greg Clark, their supervisor, said this is the first year they are putting the boxes on tarp-covered palettes in hopes of keeping the explosives dry in case it rains. He estimates between 900 and 1,000 fireworks will be shot off.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com While a majority of city government was off on Friday to observe the Fourth of July holiday, public works employees and munitions company Western Enterprises were working hard on North Main Street preparing the launch pad for tonight’s Smoke on the Water firework display at Greene Acres Park. According […]

City may pluck chickens from roost

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Mary-Beth Bouchard has had many chickens over the past 13 years at her home on Maple Street, including Henny and Penny (pictured). Bouchard was issued a citation for having the chickens at her home June 29, and due to city zoning regulations she may end up having to find a new home her long-time pets.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A local Clovis resident may be on the brink of having to find new homes for treasured pets she’s had on her property on Maple Street for more than 13 years. But these aren’t cats and dogs. Mary-Beth Bouchard has seven chickens that live in her front yard. Each […]

Gaming center attracting attention

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A new business called Twin Arrow Bingo is under construction on 21st and Main streets. According to owner Rocky Bernard, the business will be a Bingo hall, Las Vegas-style gaming center, restaurant and family fun center. He plans to open as soon as July 20.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A Bingo hall, Las Vegas-style gaming center, restaurant, and family fun center called Twin Arrow Bingo, located at Hilltop Plaza in Clovis, is set to open a portion of the business as soon as July 20, said owner Rocky Bernard. “We are definitely excited,” Bernard said. But parents at […]

Nostalgia rides on Main

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Klayton Nixon, 8, and Kaylee Nixon, 4, of Clovis, cruised around the Draggin’ Main car show in a tiny Ford Mustang Saturday at the Curry County Events Center.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Saturday was the one day of the year when burnouts, excessive honking, and street-rumbling stereos were not only acceptable, they were encouraged among the multitudes of cars parading up and down Main Street. When a Mazda RX-8 peeled out at the corner of Seventh and Main Street, creating smoke […]

Actor William Shatner stops in Tucumcari

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William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff report TUCUMCARI — Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series. […]

Fairgrounds beautification project complete

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Norma Delarosa, the Curry County administrative services coordinator, and Global Spectrum employees completed a beautification project at the Curry County Fairgrounds Thursday with the installation of a stone bench near the entrance. The county received more than $4,000 in grant money to complete the project.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com County employees and Global Spectrum staff completed a beautification project Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The county received two grants to complete the project — $2,000 and $2,400 — from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful and Keep New Mexico Beautiful, according to Norma Delarosa, the administrative services coordinator. […]

VBS teaches kids sharing, Christianity

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First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School’s students sing and dance to start off Wednesday’s class session. More than 80 students, both church members and from the community, attended the school.

By Crystal Mondragon STAFF WRITER cmondragon@cnjonline.com First United Methodist Church Pastor Jeb Archey believes Vacation Bible School is important because it gives “children something exciting to do…gives the church an exciting way to be in ministry with kids.” First United Methodist church wrapped up this year’s five-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Thursday, which included […]

About a hundred screened for tuberculosis

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By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com More than 100 people are being tested this week at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to make sure they haven’t contracted tuberculosis from an unidentified Clovis man, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health said. A department spokesperson said about 100 people were possibly exposed […]

Locals prepare for nostalgic trip down Main

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Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year.

By Brittney Canon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Rev your engines and get ready for some nostalgia — Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year. Organizers Gene Porter and Bryan Boone started the event just to give a couple hot rod guys something to do in Clovis. “It was just a couple of […]

Locals: Pageant was learning experience

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Between preparing for her mission trip to Peru and attending Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Kelsey Prince, 21, barely had time to compete in the Miss New Mexico Pageant. The three-day pageant ended Saturday with the crowning of Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston of Albuquerque. Prince, who won Miss […]

Fireworks stands open across state

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Saturday marked the opening day for fireworks stands across the state. Stand owners expecting good year for sales.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Citizens, get your bottle rockets, Roman candles and fiery tanks ready to blast-off — Saturday marked the opening day for fireworks stands across the state. Ray Heisch, who operates the Mr. W stand on U.S. 60/84, was setting up his stand on Monday with some help from Blake Boney. […]

Miss New Mexico crowned

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Former Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, right, crowns Miss New Mexico 2015 Marissa Livingston Saturday night during the final night of the Miss New Mexico Pageant at the Eastern New Mexico University theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@pntonline.com After a week of early mornings, late nights, and tight schedules, a new Miss New Mexico has been crowned. Judges crowned Miss Duke City, Marissa Livingston, as Miss New Mexico 2015 with 15-year-old Sasha Butcher of Albuquerque taking home the crown as Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico 2015. Miss […]

Helmet given new home

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AMVETS Department Commander Tommy Knight of Clovis and AMVETS Second State Vice Brenda Hunt of Farmington present a plaque and steel pot helmet to a wounded warrior who will be residing at the Eastern New Mexico University Student Veteran House Project, which was donated to the university by AMVETS earlier this year. The helmet belonged to a soldier killed in action named Henery Mitchell. When a search for his family yielded no results, the organization decided to donate the helmet to the university for safekeeping.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Many years ago, a soldier’s steel pot helmet was laid at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Farmington. In black marker, the words on it read “In Memory of Henery Mitchell.” When no one came to claim it after 45 days, the Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department […]

Celebrating freedom

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George Houston of Clovis and other volunteers serve barbecue to the community at the 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday at O.G. Potter Memorial Park. Houston says he has been volunteering since the event started, and he enjoys “the people and meeting old friends.”

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com There was a long line of people waiting outside a gazebo at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Clovis’ O.G. Potter Park, nearly 15 minutes after the barbecue was scheduled to begin for the Juneteenth celebration. A voice cried out, “We need meat on the table!” Organizer William Hall marched over […]

Second round of pageant complete

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The competitors for Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen performed with smiles on their faces Friday night as they introduced themselves to the crowd. The Miss New Mexico competition is being held in Eastern New Mexico University’s theater center.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen candidates faced their second round of preliminary competition Friday night, leading up to the Saturday crowning. The top 10 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teens will be revealed 2 p.m. today at the University Theatre Center (UTC) at Eastern New Mexico […]

Miss New Mexico Pageant begins

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By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With more than 40 contestants to narrow down, Miss New Mexico Pageant judges have their work cut out for them. Judges took to their scoresheets Thursday night to help narrow the field during the Miss New Mexico Pageant’s first night of preliminary events. Thurday’s events included the on-stage question, […]

Church aims to feed thousands

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Beverly Brielle of Clovis helps her son Jaiden Brielle drink the rest of his milk as her niece Janelle Garcia watches Wednesday at Hillcrest Park.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Program Director Johnny Chavez are out to feed every hungry child in Clovis through a free summer food program. The USDA program is for all children ages 1-18. Chavez said he knows  there are “thousands of kids out here and we want to feed […]

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Skandera greeted with signs, demonstrators

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Protesters picket outside the Clovis Municipal Schools Administrative Building Wednesday afternoon against policies of New Mexico Education Secretary Hannah Skandera.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com There is a lot riding on the state mandated PARCC test, according to former Clovis Municipal Schools teacher Sheri Carpenter. “There are teachers livelihoods,” Carpenter said. “There are students self-esteem.” Carpenter demonstrated in front of CMS with a group of parents, students, former teachers and current teachers Wednesday in […]