Treasures of the High Plains

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. Fort Sumner will forever be linked with legendary outlaw Billy the Kid. It was also home to another dark 19th-century event — the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans in the U.S. government’s attempt to […]

Commissioners welcoming community to give input for county courthouse remodeling

STAFF REPORT Curry County will hold a public meeting on ideas, suggestions and input for county courthouse renovation. The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Monday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The meeting will include a quorum of Curry County commission members, but there will be no votes or policy formulation […]

You’re dead … until the parachute deploys

I’ve done 467 skydives in my life, but the one I remember the most is jump 212. It’s hard to forget about a skydive when your main parachute doesn’t work. I was training with my four-man skydiving team in southern California. It was a sunny day with blue skies and not a cloud in sight. […]

Pages Past

On this date … 1975: Clovis police had formed a Special Weapons and Tactics Team. The team consisted of six members who had taken more than 600 hours of specialized training. “Every city should have one,” said sniper Randy Ellison. “There are numerous situations that can arise in a city, say the size of Clovis, […]


To our readers: “Peanuts” is back. “Shoe,” too. There’s more local news, and it has some bite. And, yes, the newspaper even looks different today. And we’re going to keep tweaking. We can’t please everybody. We know that. But here’s what we can do, at readers’ request: We can offer more variety in our news […]

National Marrow Donor Program coming to town

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Organizers say a fundraiser coming to Portales this week is the first of its kind in eastern New Mexico. The idea is to add to the Bone Marrow Registry, which matches patients with potential donors across the country. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday […]

Agile canines show off skill, sport

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By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER 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


By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR 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,” […]

Clovis girls game reset for Monday

The girls’ district championship basketball game between Hobbs and Clovis has been postponed again due to the snow. Clovis Athletic Director Dale Fullerton said the game originally set for Friday and rescheduled Saturday is now tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Rock Staubus gym, weather permitting.

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 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 […]

Storefront loans bill tabled by Senate committee

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican State Sen. Bill Soules says attempts to regulate New Mexico’s storefront lending industry appear dead for at least another year. Soules, D-Las Cruces, is sponsoring one of the three reform bills to cap interest rates on loans at 36 percent. Currently, storefront lenders often charge rates of 400 […]

Legislature roundup — Feb. 28

Days remaining in session: 21 Abortion restrictions: The House Judiciary Committee on Friday passed two Republican proposals that would limit availability of abortions. House Bill 390, sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, would restrict late-term abortions by banning termination of a pregnancy after 20 weeks of gestation. The proposal includes exemptions for women whose lives […]

PARCC test met with resistance

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER Students in Clovis Municipal Schools are getting ready to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test for the first time next week. The PARCC test is being met with resistance from some parents in the district, and a letter urging parents to opt […]

Snowfall could strike again next week

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
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 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. […]

Johnson: Canines, don’t go chasing phony balls

Call it the imaginary ball toss or the great fake-out — most dogs know it well — and it’s one of those things people do because it’s just plain funny sometimes. The game starts by holding a treat, favorite toy, ball or nothing at all, then pretending to toss said item far away and laughing […]

McGee: Pioneer ladies never far from mind

Have you seen that statue of the pioneer lady in the lobby of the Clovis Civic Center? I saw her the other day. I thought about statues. There are some here in the Southwest that stick in my mind. Just down the road from the Clovis Civic Center’s “Pioneer Woman” is Clovis Community College’s “Clovis […]

Q&A: Radio station employee talks race, cultural issues

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Editor’s note: Suzanne West has lived in Clovis 23 years and works in Portales as an administrative assistant for KENW-FM Public Radio Network. She and her husband, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John West, have been married 43 years and have a son and daughter. We talked with her about race, discrimination, cultural issues […]

Pages Past — Feb. 28

On this date … 1974: Clovis and Portales postmasters were reminding area residents that postage rates were about to go up. First class mail would be 10 cents, airmail 13 cents and postcards 8 cents, starting March 2. 1970: Portales school board members voted unanimously to back the dismissal of journalism teacher Timothy Taylor. He’d […]

Clovis girls game rescheduled for Saturday

Friday’s girls’ district championship basketball game between Hobbs and Clovis has been postponed due to the snow. Clovis Athletic Director Dale Fullerton said the game is tentatively rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Rock Staubus gym, weather permitting.

Snow cancels classes

Heavy snow overnight has resulted in multiple closings and delays around the region for Friday. They include: • Clovis Municipal Schools are closed. • Clovis Community College classes are canceled and all campus facilities are closed. • Curry County government offices will open at 10 a.m. • The Ninth Judicial District Court is closed. • […]