Teacher turnover down at Clovis schools

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Since May, Clovis Municipal Schools has received 41 teacher resignations, about half as many as the 84 the district lost over the same period of time last year. “We are much better than we were last year at this time,” said Human Resources Executive Director Kerry Parker. Parker said […]

Commissioner clarifies salary estimate

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick was a little off Tuesday when he said county commissioners in Texas  — even those just across the state line — receive up to $80,000 in annual salary. “That’s way, way wrong,” Bailey County Commissioner Floyd Vandiver said. “We’re just on $20,000 a year, maybe […]

La Casa Senior Center gets new van

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A 2015 Ford Starcraft Starlite E 350 was presented to La Casa Senior Center Wednesday. The vehicle seats 13 passengers.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County handed over keys to a new van to the La Casa Senior Center crew Wednesday morning. A wreck last November totaled the center’s old one, when “an individual failed to yield and hit the van,” according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The 2015 Ford Starcraft Starlite E […]

City to hold special meeting

Staff report The Clovis City Commission will have a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The lone agenda item is the approval of a resolution for the final 2015-16 budget. The budget includes $54.2 million in expenditures, up 0.7 percent from last year’s budget of $53.8 […]

Education digest — July 30

James Bickley opening doors James Bickley Elementary School officials will open the new school’s doors to the public from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 13. The $16.4 million school was completed in June, just in time for teachers to start moving supplies and getting the building ready for the first year of school […]

Chicken owner rejects city proposal

Staff report Clovis chicken owner Mary-Beth Bouchard formally rejected a proposed variance with the city at a meeting with the city manager Wednesday. Bouchard, who said she has not broken any law and pleaded not guilty to seven counts of violating a city ordinance regarding poultry location restrictions in municipal court, will now move ahead […]

Pages past — July 30

On this date … 1975: Clovis Police Chief Nelson Worley had issued a list of “self-protection tips for women.” The 27 tips included: • Install a peep hole in the door. • Replace locks when moving to a new home. • Draw shades after dark and never dress in front of windows. • Stay near […]

Fair season finally here

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Fair season is upon us. I’m not talking about the weather — although sometimes it cooperates. I’m talking about the Curry County Fair, set to kick off on Aug. 11 in Clovis, and the Roosevelt County Fair, which opens its gates in Portales on Aug. 18. I love county fairs […]

Editor’s notebook — July 30

Today is a good day to remember Lane Frost, a champion bull rider with regional ties, who died on this date in 1989. Frost, 25, was competing in the  Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming. He’d just ridden a bull named “Takin’ Care of Business,”  when the bull attacked him, hitting him in the side […]

Letters to the editor — July 30

No problem with keeping chickens I keep seeing articles in the newspaper regarding Mary-Beth Bouchard keeping her pet chickens. I am no lawyer, but anyone who can read can see there is no problem. The ordinance reads “except for the residence or business establishment of a person owning or controlling the poultry.” So what is […]

Police blotter — July 30

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 1:54 a.m.: Driving under the influence, 1600 block of Mabry Drive. • 5:23 a.m.: Burglary, aggravated, 3200 block of Axtell Street. • 6:46 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 1200 block of North Norris […]

What’s happening — July 30

Today United States Team Roping — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Events Center, 1900 E Brady Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-935-7000 Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 High Plains Patriots  — 7 p.m. Master’s Center, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-749-2955 Wrap-up Party — 9:30 a.m. […]

Chicken owner to continue fight

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Mary-Beth Bouchard, a Clovis chicken owner, is saying no to what she called a “trojan horse variance” given to her by the city last week. “They gave me a gift and they started a war,” Bouchard said. “They are asking me to sign my rights away. And they are […]

Commission approves pay raises

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County employees and elected officials can expect to see a pay raise as soon as August and upon re-election, thanks to commissioners approving two measures Tuesday morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Both action items were presented by Curry County Manager Lance Pyle and approved by […]

Commissioners listen to jail presentation, complaints

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners on Tuesday heard a presentation on the county jail’s proposed renovations, approved budgets and listened to disgruntled citizens unhappy with conditions and management at the jail. Architects from Dyron Murphy noted challenges the facility and county have faced recently, including staffing challenges, transporting inmates, inefficiencies when […]

Scout leader: Charter organizations have final say on gay ban

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com The Boy Scouts of America lifted a ban on gay leaders on Monday, but a  local scout leader said charter organizations still have the final say. John Shonberger, El Llano Grande District’s advancement chairman of religion and chairman of the Clovis Catholic committee on scouting, said charting constitutions own […]

Board reviews open enrollment policy

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education reviewed a revised board policy regarding open enrollment that would bring it back into alignment with state law at their regular meeting Tuesday. “We revised it in July 2013 with the opening of Gattis Middle School. Some of the revisions that we […]

Paper dolls brought hours of entertainment

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist As a child, I remember walking with my sister, Becky, to the old North Main Grocery, a mom and pop store in north Portales, to buy candy. But what I really longed for was a book of cute paper doll cutouts. My eyes were set on a book of cheerful […]

Muñecas de papel trajeron horas de divertido

Como un niño, recuerdo que caminando con mi hermana, Becky, ala vieja tienda de comida del norte Main, una mamá y papa tienda norte de Portales, a comprar caramelos. Pero lo realmente ansiaba era un libro lindo de muñeca de papel. Mis ojos fueron fijados en un libro de alegres personajes con trajes de colores […]

Pages past — July 29

On this date … 1975: Charles Higdon, the band instructor at Marshall Junior High in Clovis, was among coaches for a summer band camp. Young musicians participating included sixth-graders Jackie Holt, Kenda Sue Dickenson and Cindy McDaniel. 1965: Heavy rains had pounded the region in recent days. The Otho Smith farm in Quay County  recorded […]