Judges have keen eye for livestock

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Junior replacement dairy heifer show judge Andrew Vaz examines an entry during competition Wednesday at Kevin Roberts Show Arena.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com During this week’s Curry County Fair, dozens of 4-H and Future Farmers of America participants will receive awards and accolades for agriculture and livestock entries. At the heart of the competition stand the judges, who survey the competition and determine who gets the hardware. On a sun-splashed Wednesday morning […]

Fair goes to the hogs

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Lane McAlister, 13, shows Dottie during Tuesday’s junior market swine show at the Kevin Roberts Show Arena.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Lane McCalister takes great pride in caring for his swine and loves nothing more than putting them on public display. And there was no better stage than the Kevin Roberts Show Arena, where Tuesday’s junior market swine show took place at the Curry County Fair. “It’s a lot of […]

Horse show priority for local students

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Brooke Reeves, 13, brushes her 9-year-old horse, Boaz, Tuesday morning before competing for the first time in the Curry County Fair Open Horse Show.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com School is five times every week. The Curry County Fair Open Horse Show is once a year. To young riders on Tuesday morning, the latter was the easy choice. Tuesday’s Curry County Fair events kicked off with the horse show at the Mounted Patrol Arena of the fairgrounds. Flapping […]

Students heading back to school

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Amethyst Galvan made her first appearance as a kindergarten student at Cameo Elementary, while Tim Galvan entered first grade at Cameo.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com For Monique Gonzales, getting her kids ready for their first day of school was when she noticed the nerves set in — her nerves, not theirs. Classes were back in session for Clovis schools on Monday. In some cases, the first day of school was as much an adjustment […]

Business feature: Expo to bring businesswomen together

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From left, Joy Felty, Sabra Smith and Sydnee Horton decorate glasses for the “Martini Madness” fundraising event at last year’s inaugural High Plains Women’s Expo. Organizers hope to raise at least $3,000 at this year’s expo on Saturday for United Way of Eastern New Mexico.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com It may have taken 40 years, but Yolanda Vela will finally make her childhood dream a reality on Saturday. Anticipating her own fashion show debut at the second annual High Plains Women’s expo, Vela said she wants to prove to herself and to others that “it’s never too late.” […]

Good Old Time in Melrose

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Graduates of the Melrose High School Class of 1966 smile at onlookers while traveling along Main Street during the Old Timers’ Day parade on Saturday. The class celebrated its 50th reunion.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com On her way to the Old Timers’ Day celebration on Saturday, Melrose native Lois Lesly Barnes was reminded of an old acquaintance. “As I was driving over here,” Barnes said, “I thought about how I tried to get the people of Melrose to put a sign on each side […]

Helping people help horses

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Trevor Carter, left, works with Dani Horton of Auburndale, Florida, on making her horse do a tight circle during Saturday’s Forever Foundation clinic. The three-day clinic teaches techniques to the trainers, all part of horse rescue organizations, to help them learn skills to get a horse ready for a new home.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Every animal deserves a second chance. But the larger the animal, the larger the degree of difficulty. That’s how horse trainers from six different states found themselves in a pen a few miles north of Clovis, taking part in the still-young Forever Foundation. The foundation, which operates at the […]

Thanks to our military

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James Burns and Raymond Mondragon speak about door prizes to be raffled off during the event. Items included various TVs, a grill and smaller gifts with a combined value of about $5,000.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — It’s nice to be appreciated. But sometimes it’s nicest to grab a bite and take an hour of two away from all of your duties and stresses. The men and women of Cannon Air Force Base got a little of both, as volunteerism came […]

Clovis adopt-a-pet

Chihuahua mix
Age: Young Adult
Sex: Female/Not Sterilized
Color: Tan/Black
Size: Small

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 […]

Melrose gathering steeped in tradition

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Melrose Old Timers’ Day events inclue include a Friday music festival and a parade and car show on Saturday.

By: Ryan Galloway Staff Writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com Tradition runs deep in Melrose. As the 2016 Old Timers Day begins today with a music festival at 7 p.m., this year’s events will carry on the tradition Melrose Chamber of Commerce President Vicky Chambers says has been going since 1954. She recounts that it started, mainly, as an […]

Challenges, successes discussed during plant, landfill tours

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A piece of digging equipment scrapes through the solid waste pile at the Clovis landfill. City commissioners on Wednesday toured the facility and heard reports on costs and saw equipment demonstrations.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com When a Clovis resident lost her 5-carat diamond ring down the drain while washing dishes, no one expected she’d see the $25,000 ring again. But as Public Works Wastewater Superintendent Durwood Billington explained to city employees on Wednesday, the Clovis Wastewater Treatment Plant staff made sure she did. Led […]

Newspaper truck driver found dead

Elmer Waite

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com A newspaper delivery truck driver missing since Friday was found dead Monday morning in his truck. Officials said they believe Elmer Lee Waite, 59, died at the scene of a crash, about four miles east of Fort Sumner. The vehicle was found about 8:30 a.m., south of U.S. 60 in […]

Jaye Crockett gives back with second athletics picnic

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Jaye Crockett fires a toss at a fellow combatant during a water balloon fight Saturday during the Jaye Rock Athletics picnic at Hillcrest Park.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Jaye Crockett was born into a loving family that has supported him in all manner of endeavors, so when the former Clovis High School and Texas Tech University and current European basketball league standout was afforded the opportunity to give love back to the community, he pounced as if […]

USDA shares drought relief resources

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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 dclark@cnjonline.com 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 […]

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 […]

Faith: Church offers backpacks to those in need

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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 bfinch@cnjonline.com 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 […]

Strengthening partnerships

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Rickey Fenstermaker, 4, of Clovis takes part in the Clovis Fire Department obstacle course at Tuesday evening’s National Night Out event at Greene Acres Park.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com As a means of strengthening law enforcement and community partnerships while also heightening crime and drug prevention efforts, the Clovis Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out event Tuesday at Greene Acres Park. Law enforcement personnel representing a myriad of local and state agencies joined Cannon Air Force […]

National Night Out set for Tuesday

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This year's National Night Out event will feature numerous food booths, live bands and games — including a law enforcement dunk-tank.

By David Norton Sports Editor dnorton@pntonline.com The Clovis Police Department, in partnership with the National Association of Town Watch, are inviting all members of the community and surrounding areas to join thousands of communities nationwide for the 33rd Annual National Night Out event at Clovis’ Greene Acres Park. The event, which runs from 6 to […]

Business feature: Farmers hoping for more moisture

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The dryland milo crops, also known as grain sorghum, at Matthew Lansford's Clovis farm are in need of precipitation this summer to grow.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Rain isn’t something Matthew Lansford takes for granted. After all, he and his wife, Jennifer, depend on it to make their business successful. Like most dryland farmers, Lansford relies solely on rainfall — not irrigation — to water his crops at Lansford Inc., his Clovis farm and cattle ranch. […]

Border town bond

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The Farwell Junior High cheerleaders throw some candy out into the crowd during the Border Town Days parade.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Separated by nothing but a time zone change and train tracks, the neighboring towns of Texico and Farwell became even closer during the 50th annual Border Town Days celebration on Saturday. The festivities, aimed to strengthen the community rapport between the two cities, kicked off at 9 a.m. (10 […]