District planning to reduce school fundraisers

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From left, Anastasia Granada, Kyree Kennard and Makena Matlock wash a car Saturday as part of a Yucca Middle School dance team fundraiser. The team raised more than $560.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools raised $1.8 million from community members for school projects last year, Superintendent Jody Balch said. That’s too much for a taxing entity, according to Balch, and the district hopes to reduce the financial load on local businesses. Balch said student organizations only profit from about 50 […]

Organizers pleased with music festival turnout

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Clint Black performs “Shoes You’re Wearing” during the Clovis Music Festival on Saturday night.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Nearly 2,000 people watched performances during the 2016 Clovis Music Festival, organizers said, and almost 800 tickets were sold for Saturday’s Clint Black concert at Marshall Auditorium. “We were really happy about that turnout,” Clovis / Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos said, “considering it was […]

Trick riding team to perform at Special Olympics

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Sierra Blakely, left, stands on her horse, while Myranda Bowemaster hangs upside down off the back.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The Special Olympics New Mexico state equestrian competition began 35 years ago, according to Competition Director Roxie Burgess. This year promises new crowd-pleasing tricks sure to leave the spectators — and even some riders — on the edge of their seats. As part of the opening ceremonies Friday night […]

Portales remembers

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From left, David Stone, president of J.P. Stone Community Bank, stands with Eastern New Mexico University student Amy Carter and bank Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Richard Bradfute while speaking at the bank’s annual 9/11 memorial.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local community members expressed feelings of patriotism Friday morning as a group gathered for the J.P. Stone Community Bank annual memorial ceremony The bank has been holding the event for 15 years to remember those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center […]

Stopping by to visit

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Norman Petty Studio tour guide and host Jay Parmenter of Clovis provides information Friday afternoon about the studio to a group while Ellen and Eddie Stallings of Amarillo listen. The Stallings have been regulars to the Clovis Music Festival and plan on attending on both nights.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Ellen and Eddie Stallings share a love of 1950s history — from vintage cars to classic rock and roll. That’s why the husband and wife traveled for the second time from Amarillo to Clovis to attend the Clovis Music Festival this weekend. The annual festival turns 29 this year, […]

Pet of the week — Sept. 10

American Staffordshire Terrier
Age: Adult
Sex: Female/not sterilized
Color: Black/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 […]

Food bank eyes backpack expansion through challenge grant


By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico hopes to expand a program for children with a challenge grant offering. The Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has offered a $20,000 grant to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to food bank Executive Director […]

Police shooting suspect goes to trial on unrelated cases

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By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A Clovis man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer last week has a pair of unrelated cases going to trial Monday. Anthony Baca, 34, will have jury selection Monday and trial through Tuesday on cases: • 2015-442: Aggravated assault and shoplifting • 2016-44: case of trafficking, robbery, aggravated […]

Police release officer-shooting video

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Staff report Clovis police on Tuesday released video of the Aug. 29 shooting that left Officer Chris Caron with a wound to his left thigh. While the video does not show Caron being shot, it shows the officer deploying his taser and then falling to the ground and reporting “shots fired” moments after suspect Anthony […]

Officer’s mom: ‘He is cut out to do this’

Donna Harvey poses with her son, Chris Caron, after his graduation from the police academy in 2014. (Courtesy photo)

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com The phone call came a little after midnight on Aug. 30. “I can’t even explain how I felt,” Donna Harvey said. “It was just … It was a mom’s worst nightmare.” The voice on the phone — Harvey can’t remember who the man said he was — gave her news […]

Four hurt in crash with ambulance

A pickup driver crawls from the wreckage with assistance from rescue workers on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Crystal Mondragon)

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Four people were treated and released from area hospitals on Tuesday morning after an ambulance and a pickup collided near the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Names of the injured were not released, but Clovis Fire Department Lt. Bill Baca said none of the four were hospitalized overnight. Baca said three […]

Local fishers gather for derby

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Clovis resident Philip Burks, left, and his 6-year-old son Philip, observe their 5.8-pound catfish.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Saturday evening saw fishermen of all types gathering at Oasis State Park to celebrate their common passion. Oasis’ eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” brought out the competitive nature of participants, but also formed camaraderie between them. Rosemary Mathews of Portales forgot bait and swivels for her fishing rod, but […]

Business feature: Local store offers hands-off shopping

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Clovis’ Raintree Thriftway Assistant Manager Hannah Butler talks to a customer on the phone, verifying the items on the faxed grocery list as part of the store’s new call-in service.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com No more flipping through the tabloid magazines while waiting in line. No more squeezing the toilet paper, or the bread, to see what’s soft … unless you like that sort of thing. Grocery shopping may be changing. Like Sam’s Club and big-city Walmarts before it, Raintree Thriftway in Clovis […]

Mike Mitchell ‘Clovis’ own rock star’

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Iconic Clovis musician and record producer Norman Petty, left, stands by as Mike Mitchell plays his drums, which have since been donated to the Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum in Clovis. Mitchell, who joined the Norman Petty Trio in the mid 1950s, is the last living trio member.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Nerve damage to his hands and feet prevents Mike Mitchell from playing the drums as he once did for more than 60 years. It doesn’t, however, stop the 80-year-old from visiting his old stomping grounds at the Clovis Music Festival. In its 29th year, the Clovis Music Festival slated […]

Q&A: Clint Black talks music, career

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Clint Black, who first hit the scene in 1989 with his single “A Better Man” and album, “Killin’ Time,” is the featured performer at the Clovis Music Festival this weekend.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis Music Festival was looking for “A Better Man,” and found it in this year’s featured act. Clint Black, who will play in Saturday’s headline act at the Marshall Middle School Auditorium, is best known for his stellar debut album, “Killin’ Time,” and top hit “A Better Man.” […]

Time to test your fishing skills

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The eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby will take place today from 5-9 p.m. at Oasis State Park. Participants can register from 3-7 p.m. Up to $100 in prizes will be offered for the largest catfish caught.

STAFF REPORT Today Oasis State Park will host an event that will bring families together while instilling valuable skills in children and offering cash prizes, according to Park Technician Valerie Russ. The eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby will give participants the chance to win prizes of up to $100 for the largest catfish caught, […]

Faith: Rummage sale aims to help women, babies

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Pregnancy Resource Center of Eastern New Mexico staff members Alicia Belyeu, left, and Shelly Wright share a laugh while organizing boxes of donated items for the organization’s community yard sale slated for Saturday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Not everyone who needs help can speak up for it, and some are too young to speak at all. This is where local churches step in. Through the power of social media and convenience of the internet, churches are finding effective methods in promoting community outreach. The latest project […]

Man accused in police shooting turns self in

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Clovis Police Officer Trevor Thron handcuffs Anthony Baca after he turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer on Monday night turned himself in Wednesday evening. Anthony Baca, 34, was booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center after surrendering through his attorney, Brett Carter. “Over the last 24 hours, I’d been in contact with his family,” Carter […]

Rain settling in for week

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Clovis on Tuesday saw a fourth straight day of scattered thunderstorms.

Staff report The summer heat has left for the week with consistent rain taking its place. Though there aren’t record breaking amounts, with Tuesday coming in with 0.33 in. of rainfall in Clovis, and 0.46 in. at Cannon, there have been scattered thunderstorms and rain for the past four days, primarily starting on Saturday. The […]

Classmate: Injured officer ‘always the most caring’

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By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Megan De Maio is not surprised Chris Caron became a police officer.  “I went to school with him from seventh grade until we were seniors in (Clovis) high school,” she said. “He was always the most caring person. He has always been concerned about others.” De Maio on Tuesday set […]