Class helps foster film creativity

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The cast and crew of Brianna Delgado's "Bentley's Adventure" prepare a scene during their first shoot. Students work to make a movie as professional as they can.

By Anna George Correspondent anna.george@enmu.edu Sound speeding. Camera rolling. The director shouts action, and there is silence on set as the students wait for the background noise to fall away. Eastern New Mexico University film students know the routine well from being on projects for the upperclassman’s producing and production class. Every student must work […]

Small group of parents, students protest PARCC

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Josefita Griego of Clovis , left, and her daughter Breanna Montoya, 14, protest  PARCC testing Wednesday across the street from Clovis High School.

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com Three days into state-mandated standardized testing, participation rates by area students are high despite a small protest in Clovis Wednesday and some concerns on social media. Some 37 of 8,450 students in Clovis Municipal Schools and less than 20 of 2,780 students in Portales Municipal Schools have opted out […]

Police: Argument ends in death

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Staff report An argument Monday night went south, leaving a Bovina man dead, according to information from the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office. Parmer Sheriff Randy Geries said the Bovina Police Department is the primary investigating agency on the death of Steven Hanley, 31. Facing an open count of murder is Marko Garcia, 30, also of […]

Mixed news for Curry County Events Center

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Former Texico resident L.J. Jenkins rode in the L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding at the Curry County Events Center last year.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com There was good news, and not so good Tuesday for the Curry County Events Center. The not so good: The L.J. Jenkins Invitational PBR Bullriding Competition has offered $50,000 in prize money to professional bull riders for more than four years. But with the loss of a valuable sponsor, […]

Passion ultimately Randall Harris’ legacy

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Randall Harris earned two letters playing football at ENMU.

By David Stevens Editor Randall Harris was never a great football player. He played in anonymity on Hereford High School’s special teams, and received no invitations to continue playing in college. But he somehow managed to will himself onto the team at Eastern New Mexico University. “I was asked to leave at first,” he said, […]

Former skeptic forms paranormal investigation group

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Jeff Connor of Clovis demonstrates a piece of equipment Monday that he uses to track the paranormal.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Jeff Conner of Clovis was a skeptic when it came to ghosts and demons, until one summer night when he had a first-hand experience of his own. “I was paramedic, working in Oceana, West Virginia. My partner, Lonnie, kept telling me about this ghost, and I kept denying it […]

Workers’ compensation system may get needed overhaul

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By Kevin McGinley Guest columnist This could be the year New Mexico updates our workers’ compensation system, resolving long-standing controversies and supporting efforts to strengthen our economy. A few critical bills are moving in the legislature, and eastern New Mexico-area legislators are taking the lead. All three bills have been endorsed by the Workers’ Compensation […]

Agile canines show off skill, sport

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By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com If you are expecting to see freaky-fast border collies at the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club’s American Kennel Club Agility Competition, you won’t be disappointed. But if you are looking for the unexpected, you will also see papillons and a kuvasz tackle the same courses with ease and speed. The agility […]

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than just mind

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By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com When Julianne Moore mentioned Alzheimer’s during the Oscars last weekend, it brought the disease to the nation’s forefront. But for family members taking care of grandparents or parents with Alzheimer’s, they didn’t need reminding of its devastating impact. “You’re afraid to leave them alone; it affects your life completely,” […]

Lent time of sacrifice, improvement

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Alter servers assist with the Stations of the Cross Friday evening as part of the season of Lent at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Portales. Observers of Lent give up their worldly pleasures during the season of Lent to bring themselves closer to God.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Easter around the corner, citizens of Clovis and Portales are preparing themselves to receive the glory of God and giving up their worldly pleasures. For 40 days, from Feb. 18 until April 2, followers of Christ give up vices, sweets, and more in an effort to bring themselves […]

Snowfall could strike again next week

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Since school was canceled at Faith Triumphant, Luke Vigil, 11, left, decided to help his dad, Mark, shevel the sidewalk in front of their business Friday morning on Second Street.

By Alisa Boswell and Derek Major aboswell@pntonline.com dmajor@pntonline.com Between Thursday and Friday about 5 inches of snow has dropped on the Portales and Clovis areas, leading to the closure of schools and some businesses and the delay of Cannon Air Force Base personnel until 11 a.m. The good news is that the worst is over. […]

Girl Scouts trying new method for cookie sales

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Kyleigh Lobstein, 9, a Brownie Scout with Troop 4078 sells Girl Scout cookies to Margie Cartwright on Tuesday at a store on Main Street.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis, prepare your wallets and waistlines — this year, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico are back, armed with boxes full of Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-Tastics. Oh, and you don’t have to wait for weeks this year, either. They have a new trick up their sleeves called “instant […]

Man dies in Saturday fire

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A body was found in this abandoned building at 1016 E. Fifth St. after it caught fire Saturday morning.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A 51-year-old man is dead after apparently starting a fire to stay warm in what appears to be an abandoned house in Clovis. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the body of Michael Norris was found by firefighters after extinguishing a fire reported about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at 1016 E. […]

Thai City back in business

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Thai City manager and sushi chef Ronnie Rattanavong of Clovis puts the final touches Monday afternoon on a tiger roll.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis’ Thai City is back in business after an accidental fire in October forced it to close for repairs. “It was chaotic,” Thai City manager and sushi artist Ronnie Rattanavong said of the restaurant’s first night back on Thursday. Rattanavong has been on a roll since the first night […]

Ag Expo draws about 2,000

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Crowds browse the approximately 50 vendors Saturday afternoon at the 23rd annual Ag Expo held at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director Karl Terry said the event attracted about 2,000 visitors.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com About 2,000 people filed through the 2015 Ag Expo, visiting vendors and learning new ways to enrich a rural lifestyle over its two days. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the 23rd annual expo included about 50 vendors and featured classes and seminars on xeriscaping, […]

Topdressing big topic at Ag Expo

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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle talked to Curry and Roosevelt County farmers Friday about the importance of putting nitrogen topdressing on their winter wheat crops early. The forum was one of many at the 23rd Annual Ag Expo.

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com A common mistake made by winter wheat farmers in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region is placing their nitrogen topdressing on to early. At least that’s what Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle told farmers from Curry and Roosevelt counties Friday afternoon as he talked to them at […]

Food class part of Ag Expo’s opening day

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Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers shows area residents how to cook Pecan-Crusted Chicken Friday morning during her Simply Prepared Meals and Menus class. Moyers also showed attendees how to make a cheeseburger skillet dinner and gave them advice on how to separate foods.

Staff report A room full of area residents laughed as Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers switched her cheeseburger skillet dinner over to a larger skillet. Moyers told her audience, “Don’t always do the things I do; do the things I say.” Moyers had a full house of people in the McAlister Room at […]

Cannon Air Force Base changes command

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com It was a star-spangled event at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon as Col. Tony Bauernfeind handed over command of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Benjamin Maitre. The 27th SOW performed the change of command ceremony in a Cannon hangar Tuesday in front of an audience comprised […]

Joe’s Boot Shop closed

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The doors to Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive were closed to business Tuesday.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Joe’s Boot Shop, an eastern New Mexico and West Texas destination for more than 40 years, has closed its doors in Clovis, apparently for good. Former owners and founders Joe and Darla Rhodes declined comment Tuesday other than to say the store they sold three years ago to their […]

Barns burn, break-in reported within 45 minutes of each other

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By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Barns at Johnson Lumber Company and the Clovis Livestock Auction were ablaze within minutes of each other early Sunday morning. Soon after that,  a break-in was reported at Gebo’s farm and ranch supply store. All three incidents occurred within 45 minutes of each other, but investigators said they do […]