Local paparazzi brings out actors’ anxiety

Actors in the film “Comancheria” wrapped up their bank-robbing scenes in Portales on Tuesday. An extra for the scene tells me he sat for eight hours straight to watch these scenes being shot over and over again. The actors would jump in a car and speed down the road again. Needless to say, the extra […]

CCC Foundation puts GED within reach

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis has seen thousands of local students reach academic milestones at their graduations over the past month, but the celebrations aren’t over — another group of students will celebrate the success of their hard work at the high school equivalency completion ceremony 6 p.m. Friday at Clovis Community College […]

CCC Board approves infrastructure upgrades

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees approved several infrastructure projects Wednesday to become reality over the next few years. Approvals include a five-year CCC Master Plan that was recently completed by Greer/Stafford Architects and Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers, Inc. “This was the first time that we had a […]


Academic athlete… • Eastern New Mexico University football player Seth Bailey of Texico is the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society pick. The Hounds linebacker was among 825 players from 280 schools picked for the distinction. He also happens to be one of the top defensive players in the conference, pacing the Hounds with 81 […]

Address list full of surprises

Invitations have gone out to the 1,209 known alumni and staff members from Causey, Dora, Lingo and Rogers schools for the all-school reunion, which will be held July 11 in Dora. Somehow I inherited the task of shuffling the address list for this event, but I have to say in hindsight, it has been fascinating. […]

Pages past: May 28

On this date … 1970: Eastern New Mexico University was preparing to host its 23rd annual Sunshine Music Camp with several hundred junior and senior high school students expected to attend. Instruction was to be provided in dance band, orchestra, concert choir, music theory and more, officials said. Guest instructors for the 10-day camp were […]

Police blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday May 26. • 12:32 a.m.: Domestic report, Robin Road. • 12:58 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 3100 block of West Brady Avenue. • 7:31 a.m.: Theft report, 100 block of Merrill Drive. • 7:41 a.m.: Gas […]

What’s happening

Today Spencer Benefit Golf Tournament with Ray Benson Launches ‘The Swing’— 7 a.m Pre-performance catfish buffet tickets ($20) 1 08 Spencer Road, Airport Highway 220, Alto Information: 575-336-4800 or (888) 818-7872 High Plains Patriots — 7 p.m. Masters Center Conference Room, 810 E 21st Information: 749-2995 Friday Asleep at the Wheel — 5:15 p.m. Dawg […]

Education Briefs

UNM Law Camp A local middle school student with big dreams of becoming a U.S. Marine Corps officer and attorney landed a coveted opportunity to get his feet wet in the law field this summer. Fidel Ortiz, a seventh grade student who will be attending Gattis Middle School in the fall, was selected for the […]

Solution found for street flooding

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
The Clovis Public Works Department is hoping a pipeline system under 14th Street leading to a manhole on 13th Street, will be a stop-gap solution to prevent constant closures of the stretch of 14th adjacent to Dennis Chavez Park, such as this one over the weekend.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Whenever the city of Clovis has received heavy rains recently, the public works department has responded by closing the section of 14th Street adjacent to Dennis Chavez Park, then bringing equipment to pump excess storm drain water to a manhole on 13th street that provides access to the city’s […]

School board president resigns

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education President Ken Urban announced his resignation from his position and seat at the regular meeting Tuesday. In a letter to the board, Urban said his resignation effective May 31 is due to the relocation of his company’s headquarters to Alabama. “With all this […]

Kids go bananas with technology


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com More than 50 kids were let loose to go bananas with technology at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Tuesday. At one exhibit bananas were the technology, as kids learned how to use a “MakeyMakey” to turn the fruit into piano keys and controllers for a video game. “They really love […]

Ground broken on Cannon medical clinic

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Col. Ben Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has a conversation with Meredith Bender and Dave Wagner of JE Dunn Construction prior to the Tuesday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony for the new medical clinic. Bender worked for 40 years and was present for the 1968 groundbreaking of the current facility, which will be replaced in 2018 by the $53 million facility.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com With seven shovels — six silver, one gold — pointed into the earth, people associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s past, present and future in medical care dug into the future site of the new Cannon Medical Clinic. A groundbreaking was held Tuesday afternoon for the $53 million project, […]

Search for stars turned away

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Star Search A bank-robbing scene was being filmed Monday for the upcoming movie, “Comancheria,” on Abilene Street in Portales. The scene took place outside Charles Brooks’ optometry office that was transformed into the Texas Midlands Bank (the fictional bank chain the actors will be robbing in the film). By the time we […]

Summer fun can be had for free

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist Summer vacation has officially begun for me, and so I find myself thinking about my childhood summers. They were the bomb. Not because we had money and went to Disneyland or The Grand Canyon. Most of our summer fun was free. What kind of fun in the sun can you […]

Police investigating mail fraud

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Among 48 pieces of alleged fraudulent express mail, a check for $1,980 was discovered on Friday in California — and the bank account had Curry County’s name on it. Curry County Deputy Clerk Cindy Smith said she first learned of the fraud on Friday when she received a call […]

Plenty of reasons to be happy in May

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor May means plenty of reasons to be happy. The end of another school year for our area youth. The end of another college semester for those kids who just didn’t quite have their fill of school. My birthday. Oh, there’s another one … that’s it. May is also the usual […]

Pages past — May 27

On this date … 1975: Clovis was making final preparations to open its two public swimming pools for the summer. City Recreation Director Ash Grandy said admission would be 50 cents for children and 75 cents for adults at Hillcrest Pool. Potter Pool admission was 25 cents for children and 50 cents for adults. 1955: […]

Notebook — May 27

New chair … • Portales native and Clovis Civic Center General Manager Misty Bertrand is the new Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) chairperson for United Way of Eastern New Mexico. The organization helps support UWENM with donations. Bertrand wants WIN to take a larger role in UWENM’s Successful You Career Closet, which provides interview outfits and […]

What’s happening — May 27

Today Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting — 8 a.m. Room 512 Clovis, 417 Schepps Blvd. Information: Beverly Aragon 575-769-4001 Animal control task force — 5:30 p.m. Assembly Room, Clovis city hall, 321 N. Connelly Street. Information: Claire H. Burroughes 575-763-9653 Public works committee — 8:30 a.m. Clovis city hall, 321 Connelly Information: 575-769-7828 […]