Five things to know about animal rescue

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Wendy Turner, founder of Wendy Saves Dogs and secretary of Health and Human Services at Eastern New Mexico University, plays with a recent rescue she and her mother took in from Dallas. Turner said the number of animals in need of rescue could be cut significantly if more people had their pets spayed and neutered.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Animals young and old are in need of rescue across Roosevelt and Curry counties according to local animal rescue organizations. Reasons for rescue can range from families that have to give up pets because of a move to animals that are neglected or injured. Local representatives from Hope Defined […]

Religion feature: Ruidoso pilgrim takes journey through Spain


Visitors to Ruidoso are familiar with the racetrack, the golf courses, the gambling halls. While enjoying the cool mountain breezes, they might also have dined at Log Cabin, the town’s popular breakfast headquarters. Blain Dern, who will be 78 in January, started the restaurant in 1989 and sold it to daughter Michele 10 years later. […]

Roden-Smith gift shop closing doors

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The Roden-Smith gift shop will shut its doors next month due to the retirement of the store’s owners. The pharmacy will remain, while Paradise Market will absorb the gift shop’s 17,000 square feet during a four-week renovation in October.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Roden-Smith Pharmacy started nearly 60 years ago just after World War II as a drug store. After two changes of address and countless products and services, it will survive as a pharmacy as its adjoining gift store will close its doors at the end of September. “It’s been a […]

Students challenged to commit to graduation

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Lakeisha D. Lobstein, president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Tau Nu Chapter, gives a presentation Wednesday as part of the Community College Completion Corps — or C4 — challenge at Clovis Community College.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter Short-term deadlines such as homework, midterms and arranging next semester’s classes may detract students from their long-term, light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel goal: Graduating. To keep them on track to achieving academic success, Clovis Community College students had the option of signing their name on a banner Wednesday as part of the Community […]

Celebrating the 1960s: Toys


Editor’s note: This decade is the 50th anniversary of the 1960s. We’ve asked area residents to list some of their memories. Trademarked in 1962, Mattel’s Vac-U-Form allowed children in the 1960s to melt a piece of plastic and mold it into a whole new toy: A car, a boat, a dog, a house or a […]

Water concerns prompt plea over roads

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By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Growing concerns about dwindling underground water supplies are prompting a plea from Curry County’s road chief. Road Department Director Steve Reed said some farmers, particularly on the drier east side of Curry County, are over irrigating and damaging public roads. He wants farmers to be more careful and conserve […]

Racers on the half shell


By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter They crept, crawled and sometimes just stood there thinking about it; but the half-shell racers were always slow and steady during every round of the 15th Annual Great American Turtle Race Saturday morning at the Curry County Fairgrounds. And, race results showed, slow and steady always wins the race. […]

City checkup: City manager talks air service, water rights

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Editor’s note: This is another in a continuing series of question and answer sessions with community leaders. City Manager Joe Thomas is in his 42nd year working for the city in some capacity. He started in 1972 as a police officer, served as assistant police chief, interim police chief,  public works director and assistant city […]

Cashing in


By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter Lynnae Allen, 17, has spent much of her life raising dairy heifers; but it was her piggy bank that prevailed during the Junior Livestock Sale on Friday evening at the Curry County Events Center. Allen sold her reserve grand champion dairy heifer for $7,250 — the most she’s ever […]

State police officer arrested in Tucumcari


By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun Tucumcari police on Thursday arrested a New Mexico State Police officer on felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, officials confirmed Friday. Isaac Vigil, a state police officer for a year and a half, was arrested after Tucumcari officers responded to a report of domestic violence […]

County fair generational thing for many families


  By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer On Wednesday, it was dairy heifers; on Thursday, it was stick horses for 6-year-old Raegan Lansford of Clovis. Lansford, accompanied by three generations of her family, participated in the Little Buckaroo Rodeo at the Curry County Fair on Thursday afternoon. An event for little ones from toddlers to […]

5 Things to know about the Curry County Fair

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 Michael Baca, 28, left, batters Oreos while Debbie Ulibarri prepares Snicker bars to be deep-fried in the Shoogs food trailer Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Fair. Ulibarri said a portion of the Shoogs trailer’s profits will be donated to repair cleft lips through Operation Smile.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER It’s that time of year and the Curry County Fair is in full swing with vendors and rides to entertain all ages. The fair is in its 94th year. Here are five things to know about the Curry County Fair. • An average of 25,000 people visit the fair […]

Tucumcari teen accepts murder plea


By Steve Hansen Staff writer TUCUMCARI — Tony Day, 15, who killed his adoptive mother and sister in November 2012, was sentenced Thursday to be incarcerated and treated by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department until he is 21. Tenth Judicial District Judge Albert Mitchell accepted Day’s plea of guilty to two […]

Clovis’ Alexis Brown crowned Little Miss Curry County Fair

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Alexis Brown, 8, center, receives the crown as Little Miss Curry County Fair on Wednesday evening at the fairgrounds. Seven contestants competed in the pageant.

‘By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Competing in pageants is nothing new for 8-year-old Alexis Brown, winner of the second annual Little Miss Curry County Fair Pageant. Brown, who competed in the 2013 pageant, said she enjoyed participating in the event for the experience. The pageant, organized by the Curry County Events Center staff, featured […]

Sibs make dairy show family affair

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter Showing dairy heifers is a family affair for the Schaaps; they’re the force behind Southern Draw Dairy as well as the source of this year’s grand champion dairy heifer winner at the Curry County Fair. The recognition went to Skyler Schaap, 10, of Clovis, and her dairy heifer, Black […]

Residents flock to fair

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Clovis and Curry County residents, Tuesday means the opening of a week filled with entertainment and food that only comes once a year. The Curry County Fair opened its gates to everyone Tuesday afternoon for the 94th time and by 6 p.m. the fairgrounds were full of fairgoers […]

Pets transformed for costume contest

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Mia Chavez, 11, competing in the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club pet costume contest was a chance to combine her creativity with something she loves. Chavez, with the help of her grandparents, transformed her 10-year-old donkey named Radar into a show ready unicorn for Tuesday evening’s pet costume contest. Charlene […]

Teachers take course on effects of deployment

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Educators from the local community were able to sample various MRE's (Meal
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Tuesday at Cannon. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories and members of the educational community were able to get a taste of what airmen eat while deployed.

By Alisa Boswell CNJ correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

Celebration of the ’60s: Music to remember

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Editor’s note: This decade is the 50th anniversary of the 1960s. We’ve asked area residents to list some of their memories. Her favorite 1960s music includes the classics of Motown, rock ‘n’ roll and folk music; but for Clovis Realtor Gayla Brumfield, it’s the California sound of the decade that she cherishes the most. With […]

Students: Showing animals rewarding endeavor

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Tyce Delk, left, hands his brother Teigan Delk a “drench” gun  Monday afternoon at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The gun delivers a nutrient and electrolyte rich mixture called a “drench” to sheep before a show. The Delk brothers and their family have raised three sheep and eight rabbits to show at the Curry County Fair.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Melrose’s Teigan Delk, showing animals at the county fair is a family activity. Delk, 13, said with the help of his family he has been raising animals for show for four years Delk and his brother Tyce Delk, 12, entered 3 sheep and 8 rabbits into the Curry […]