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


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


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 […]

5th grade boys spot a bully and take action in Mankato, Minn.


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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 […]

Skandera: Less testing at end of year

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New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera answers questions during a interview Wednesday at the Clovis Municipal Schools Administrative Building.

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera visited Clovis on Wednesday to talk to teachers and administrators. Skandera is traveling the state meeting with teachers and gathering feedback as part of an ongoing outreach program. The CNJ asked several questions: Why is it important for you to meet with teachers and administrators in person? When […]

Miss New Mexico contestants visit downtown Portales

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Miss New Mexico Pageant contestant Brandi Holcomb, representing Otero County, walks with Miss Teen New Mexico contestants as they go door to door downtown as part of a meet and greet event.

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico contestants visited local businesses in downtown Portales during a meet-and-greet on Tuesday afternoon, inviting owners and sharing details about their event. “It has been really exciting and a little surreal,” said Miss Blackwater Draw, Kelsey Prince. “To say that I’m participating in something of this caliber, […]

Judge hopefuls make cases

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Attorney Christopher Paul Christiansen of Portales addresses a question given to him by Ninth Judicial District Chief Judge Drew Tatum at Tuesday’s nominating committee meeting at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com After six hopefuls made their cases to fill Judge Stephen Quinn’s shoes in July, members of the Ninth Judicial Nominating Commission could not pick top candidates to recommend to Gov. Susana Martinez. Instead, they said all of the above — sending Brett J. Carter, Matthew Edward Chandler, Christian Paul Christensen, […]

State Democratic Party chairwoman talks education, Obama

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State Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland began her career by simply walking into a campaign office and picking up the telephone. Hailing from a “grassroots-working” family (her father is a Marine veteran and mother a teacher), she later became the first Native American woman to hold the office and hopes to inspire a hardworking Democrat […]

Juneteenth celebration set for Saturday

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Robert Farley of Las Cruces cooks up some chicken quarters at last year’s Juneteenth celebration in Potter Park. Farley cooks every year and starts at 4 a.m. the day of the event.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com William Hall began organizing a free Juneteenth Celebration in Clovis 22 years ago after he realized there was a great need in the community. “They were having a deal at Hillcrest Park — they would set up booths and sell food for $10 a plate,” Hall said. “I went […]

Derby field mostly newcomers


By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@cnjonline.com After three years of competing, Cody Little finally seized the top spot at the Clovis Rotary Club’s 14th annual soap box derby. The Saturday morning derby featured 15 young drivers, ranging in age from 9 to 14, all vying for first place and a trip to the All-American Soap […]