Crowds come out for Cannon Appreciation Day

Correspondent photos: Ronnie Cain
Society of Creative Anachronism member Wayne Painter, also known as Hrothgar Thorenson, shows the Love family armor used for the SCA’s battles. From left is mother Tabitha, George, 6, Charlie, 8, and Mabel, 4.

By Anna George Correspondent Along with a raindrop or two, the people of Portales came out to show their thanks to the Cannon Air Force base community at the Fifth Annual Cannon Appreciation Day. The Portales Military Affairs Committee (PMAC) took four months and $6,000 to organize the event with mud volleyball, games, burgers and […]

Library celebrates International Tabletop Day

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Louise Kos, left, helps her granddaughter, Rori Spriggs, take her turn on a “Sesame Street” version of Chutes and Ladders during the International Tabletop Day event at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis-Carver Public Library, which frequently hosts board meetings of city, county and state entities, had a different type of board meeting Saturday. This one, better known as International Tabletop Day, went on for nine hours with a focus on friends, fun and face-to-face interaction via the board game. […]

Job fair attracts applicants from all over state

Staff photo: Douglas Clark 
Marshall Middle School Principal Jay Brady interviews a candidate during the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s administrative headquarters on Saturday. Officials said 10 attendees were extended letters of intent to hire during the event.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com When Maria Ybarra received a social media message from a friend imploring her to attend the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s headquarters on Saturday, she had no idea she would walk away from the event with a potential job offer. “I’m super, super happy,” said Ybarra, […]

Annual cancer relay set for Friday

Courtesy photo: Yolanda Hopkins
Relay for Life kicks off Friday night at Ned Houk Park with a fundraising goal of $100,000.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The 21st annual Clovis/Curry County Relay for Life has already collected about $21,000 in online donations, but that’s not even a quarter of the overall goal this year. The 2016 Relay for Life will take place Friday at 6 p.m. and continue into Saturday until 6 a.m. at Ned […]

Meetings calendar — May 1

Tuesday Portales City Council — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Board of Curry County Commissioners — 9 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, annex room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Municipal Airport. Information: 575-769-7890. Wednesday Clovis Chamber Ambassador Meeting — 11:30 a.m. Domino’s […]

Events calendar — May 1

Monday Women’s Initiative Network luncheon — 11:30 a.m. $15/$20 tickets. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: http://www/mkt.com/uwenm Tuesday Jeff Dunham — 8 p.m. (CDT) Tickets: $27-$59 United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave., Lubbock Information: 806-742-7362 ENMU Presenting Steel Band Concert — 6:30 p.m. ENMU, Music building, 1500 S Avenue K., Portales. Information: 800-367-3668 […]

Police blotter — May 1

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 2:59 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 200 block Crusader Court. • 3:16 a.m.: Possession of methamphetamines. • 8:43 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 500 block of East 13th Avenue. • 9:20 a.m.: Criminal damage over $1,000, […]

Pages past — May 1

On this date … 1966: Two Clovis teens died after their car crashed into a home at 1421 E. Brady. Wesley Wayne Stephens, 18, the car’s driver, died at the scene, officials said. Passenger Billy Jay Beard, 19, died at Clovis Memorial Hospital. Members of the Locknane family and some friends were sitting in the […]

Grouse study hot topic

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico researchers are working to determine the effects of fire on lesser prairie chickens, a species whose numbers have declined dramatically. But this time, their research methods involve starting fires. Sand Ranch, 35 miles east of Roswell, is where a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey’s […]

Commission hopefuls cover varied issues

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Curry County Commission candidates took center stage and broached a wide array of issues during Thursday’s High Plains Patriots Candidates Forum at the Master’s Centre in Clovis. Seven candidates vying for three seats were present during the two hour session — with District 2 incumbent Ben McDaniel being joined […]

Pages past — April 30

On this date … 1956: Recreational shooting in the Roosevelt County sandhills left a Clovis man with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. James Bergen, who lived at 1017 Hull St., said he was helping one of his children fire a .22-caliber pistol when a stray bullet from another group of shooters struck him just […]

Johnson: Dogs may need personal space, too

Surrounding people like a force field, the personal bubble is the space around them that is theirs. Invisible, everyone has one and pretty much everyone understands, or at least should, that it’s there and its boundaries are to be respected. The safe place, the comfort zone and the insulation that exists between people as they […]

Berry: I knew what ‘we’ll see’ meant

A few days ago, my grandson asked me if we could take a walk or bike ride around the neighborhood. I answered him with the age old adult answer, “We’ll see.” As soon as I said it, I could hear those words echoing in my head. I remember as a child asking my dad about […]

Primary candidates discuss issues at High Plains Patriots forum

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Curry County Commission candidates took center stage and broached a wide array of issues during Thursday’s High Plains Patriots Candidates Forum at the Master’s Centre in Clovis. Seven candidates vying for three seats were present during the two hour session — with District 2 incumbent Ben McDaniel being joined […]

Candidate found guilty of misdemeanor battery

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com A candidate for Curry County Commission was found guilty of misdemeanor battery Wednesday during municipal court proceedings. Clovis Municipal Court Judge Jan Garrett ordered District 4 candidate Steve Gershon to pay $41 in court costs. In addition, a 30-day jail sentence was deferred and will be dismissed if Gershon […]

Local spearheading veteran priority parking project

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Veterans who are injured in combat are issued a Purple Heart. Nathan McCreery wants them to also have a purple spot. McCreery, a local photographer, is spearheading the Purple Heart Project — an effort to set up priority parking spots for combat-wounded veterans at public facilities and willing businesses. […]

Faith: Youth congregation ministers to community

Staff Photo: Brooke Finch
Davida Padilla, far left, and Jojo Padilla present bracelets to Leota and Brian West as part of the Kids for Christ Church outreach to cancer patients.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Visiting the elderly every week and ministering to cancer patients monthly are no easy tasks, no matter the age. But Kids for Christ Church members are always up for the challenge. Kids for Christ Church is the local youth congregation led by Dee Madrid, or “Sister Dee” — as […]

Police blotter — April 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 1:40 a.m.: Kidnapping. • 2:22 a.m.: Resisting, evading, obstructing police officer, 200 block of West Manana Boulevard. • 4:29 a.m.: Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, 3500 block of North Prince Street. • 10:11 […]

Events calendar — April 29

Today Dance and Cheer Force dance recital — 6 p.m. Marshall Auditorium, 100 Commerce Way, Clovis. Information: 575-693-1060 ‘Til Death Do Us Part — 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. $50 a person. Mesaland Community College, NAWRTC building, 911 S. 10th St., Tucumcari. Information: 575-461-4413 Ext. 110 Saturday Successful You Career Closet garage sale — 8 […]

Religion digest — April 29

Church to host motivational speaker Clovis’ New Life Assembly will host motivational speaker and Purple Heart recipient Dave Roever during its May 8 services. According to a release from the church, Roever will speak at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Roever, a U.S. Navy veteran injured in the Vietnam War when a […]