Notebook — May 3

Sign up… • Registration is Monday for the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. It starts June 1 and for more information, call 575-763-9683. Pack them up… • The Postal Service annual food drive is 8 a.m. until noon Saturday in Clovis and Portales. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post […]

Open house brings archaeology to public

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Clark Earle, right, of Portales helps his son Quinten Earle set up a spear on an atlatl during Saturday’s Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric open house at the Blackwater Draw dig site.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@pntonline.com After an invite from a neighbor, Portales resident Clark Earle decided to take his children to the Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric Open House  Saturday for the first time to see what all of the fuss was about. The annual open house, which has been held for more than […]

Maybe Jeff Bezos could turn spaceport around

By Ned Cantwell State columnist Jeff Bezos is too close. He owns a ranch between Guadalupe Peak and Van Horn, Texas. That’s scary. He’s scary. Jeff Bezos is crazy smart. You seldom hear in advance about the stuff he does. He just does it. Past tense. He buys everything in his path for reasons only […]

Police investigating sleeping officer

Staff report The Clovis Police Department is conducting an investigation into an officer caught on tape dozing off in his police cruiser while on duty. “It is an internal personnel matter being looked into by his immediate supervisor,” Capt. Patrick Whitney said Friday afternoon. Police Chief Steve Sanders declined to comment. The 25-second dash camera […]

Lawmakers think special session may be coming

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com State Senators Pat Woods of Broadview and Stuart Ingle of Portales believe there may be a special session of the state Legislature soon to deal with capital outlay. “That’s going to be decided this week,” Woods speculated on Tuesday. “What I understand, the leadership is meeting right now, today […]

Mayor follows up on city issues

Clovis Mayor David Lansford is now serving his fourth term in office. We asked Lansford a series of follow-up questions about Clovis city issues. Now that this year’s 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature has finished, what is the status of the legislative requests for the City of Clovis?   The requests for Capital […]

New city manager weighs in on area, issues

Who: Larry Fry Position: Clovis city manager Born: April 12, 1959, Pampa, Texas Education: Carlsbad High School, 1977; Point Loma College (San Diego, California), 1980; Eastern New Mexico University, 1988 Family: Wife, Regena; children, Megan Shaw, Jeremy Fry, Courtney Fry Larry Fry is finishing up his third week on the job as Clovis’ city manager. […]

ENMU emeritus luncheon set for Monday

The Eastern New Mexico University Foundation will host the annual Emeritus Faculty Luncheon noon Monday in the Campus Union Building to present the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Emeriti awards. The following are this year’s recipients: • Mary Drabbs Drabbs has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Montana-Western a master’s degree in exercise […]

Scripture shouldn’t be used as a weapon

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor It never fails — a political, racial or religious topic pops up in media venues and without fail every time, you will see people grabbing their pitch forks and tar and feathers to lash out. Why? Is it fear over something they don’t understand? Is it indignation over someone’s opinion […]

Happy with what we made of time in Clovis

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist For my last weekend in Clovis, my friends and I met up at Kelley’s Bar. When we walked in, a four man cover band was performing on stage, playing classic Eagles hits and country songs. Their harmonies were tight, their musicianship good. A waitress came by and took our drink […]

Pages past — May 3

On this date … 1975: A Roosevelt County grand jury had criticized Portales city officials for the way they conducted a liquor option election a month earlier. While the grand jury returned no indictments, it questioned “inconsistent instructions to poll watchers” and recommended the city clerk require proof of city residency when registering voters in […]

Police blotter — May 3

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 3:05 a.m.: Felon in possession of firearm, Norris and Chaparral streets. • 7:43 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), Forrest Park Drive and Pineway Boulevard. • 7:46 a.m.: Theft report, 500 block of north Prince […]

What’s happening — May 3

Thursday National Day of Prayer — Noon Curry County Courthouse, 700 Main St. Pintores Art League— 6:30 p.m., Clovis Community College Room 524, 417 Schepps Blvd. Information: Amy Armenta 575-985-2337 Ongoing Artist of the Month —   Jon Birdsong Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. New Mexico Small Business Development Center — May 20,  2 p.m.-4 p.m. […]

Cycle, car clubs come together for cause

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Ricky Ornelas, left, helps Los Reyes Motorcycle and Car Club members as they wash vehicles Friday evening to raise money for Ornelas’ father, Ricky Ornelas, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com When Los Reyes Car and Motorcycle Club President Ricky Ornelas was injured during a motorcycle accident last Sunday club members wasted no time organizing a fundraiser to help him get back on his feet and back on his bike. Los Reyes Vice President Vale Sotelo said Ornelas was caught […]

Notebook — May 2

Notebook Help needed… • Training will be offered for teen volunteers interested in assisting this summer at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The training will take place at 10 a.m. today. For details, contact Krissie Carter at 575-763-9683. Green thumbs… • How does your garden grow…or not? If eastern New Mexico weather and soil confound, here’s […]

Johnson: Many animals use tools to accomplish their goals

It’s easy to see why humans think they’re so special, since they’re the masters of everything from hammers to computers. It started somewhere back in the Stone Age about two million years or so ago, from what modern scientists and historians can gather from fossils and artifacts. Some innovative caveman got the bright idea to […]

McGee: I’ve had my fill of conspiracy theories

I got to thinking about politics the other day when a co-worker told me one of the freshest conspiracy theories making the rounds on the Internet. You know what a conspiracy theory is. Basically what we think is true really isn’t true because there are people behind the scenes really doing things we don’t know […]

Pages past — May 2

May 2 On this date … 1974: A Clovis man who spent four days volunteering at the city’s animal shelter told city commissioners their animal control facilities were “antiquated.” John Dame presented a petition with about 600 signatures of citizens who “believe the problem is important,” he said. Clovis Mayor Chick Taylor said officials were […]

Clovis man critically injured after colliding with semi

STAFF REPORT A crash west of Melrose put a Clovis man in the hospital Friday in serious condition after his pickup collided with a semi. John Fitzpatrick, 29, was trapped in his crushed truck after the crash about 9:30 a.m., according to Curry County Undersheriff Mike Reeves. Reeves said Fitzpatrick drifted into oncoming traffic and […]

Showcase unveils unexpected surprises

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com At the Clovis High School Spring Showcase, unexpected surprises unfolded behind classroom doors all around the school. In the theater room, students were showing off their impressive improvisational acting skills. With the roll of the dice, students would transition from acting out encountering a dog in the ocean to […]