Mesa recognized as Blue Ribbon School

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clovis’ Mesa Elementary School is one of three New Mexico schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2016 Blue Ribbon School. Officials said Mesa also earned the award in 2001, adding the Blue Ribbon School award is one of the nation’s highest honors for excellent academic […]

City officials investigating alleged flight violations

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clovis city officials are investigating allegations that their airport manager violated a series of flight regulations while conducting city business last month, Attorney Dave Richards said. Robert Thorn, a pilot who has been critical of Airport Manager Kyle Berkshire and city operations at the airport, made the allegations in […]

Coates trial rescheduled

Staff report The jury trial for Anthony Verdell Coates that had been scheduled this week has been rescheduled for October. Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said another trial involving a juvenile defendant was scheduled the same day as Coates’ trial. By court rule, a juvenile case must come before an adult criminal case, Stover […]

Tour de Taco getting ready to roll

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Saturday’s Tour de Taco looks to be its largest in the modern era, according to Taco Box owner Tom Martin. “It looks like we’ll probably be having 125 to 150 riders this year, which will be the most we’ve had in this series. … I am surprised at the […]

Public Works Committee addresses speeding concerns

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis’ Public Works Committee doesn’t speed through speeding. At its meeting Wednesday morning, the committee instead took a majority of two hours to discuss excessive speed issues in various Clovis areas. Clovis resident Susan Hubby said despite a posted speed limit of 30 mph, signage indicating a deaf child, […]

Education feature: Clovis High to hold mock election

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com With the November general election just over one month away, educators across the nation are working to put knowledge garnered from social studies and government classes to practical use. Clovis High School is included in that number, as officials said prep work is underway that will result in students […]

Opinion: STEAM program combines fun and learning

By Betty Williamson Local columnist As a scientific term, “steam” is recognized as the vapor that rises when water is heated. At the Portales Public Library, it has a whole different meaning, and one that was made possible by an innovative children’s librarian and a timely gift from a generous anonymous donor. Early this century, […]

Opinion: Homecoming season has arrived

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist Fall is the season of “Homecoming.” Interestingly, while Homecoming has been celebrated since the 1800s, its actual origins remain contested. Common to all, however, is a football game as centerpiece, with alumni invited to return, uniting with current students to strengthen a sense of school pride, through parades, pep rallies, […]

Police blotter — Sept. 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 12:45 a.m.: Lost property, 2700 block of Mabry Drive. • 8:50 a.m.: Criminal damage over $1,000, 300 block of Connelly Street. • 10:27 a.m.: Failure to appear, Connelly and Seventh streets. • 12:31 p.m.: […]

Pages past — Sept. 29

On this date … 1976: The Albuquerque Publishing Co., which published the Albuquerque Journal newspaper, was challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s alleged right to inspect a business without a warrant. Company President Tom Lang said recent federal court decisions indicated government inspectors should not be allowed to walk into a private business without […]

Events calendar — Sept. 29

Today Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Tween Programs — 4:30 p.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday Tour de Taco — 8 a.m. Taco Box, 136 W. 21st St., Clovis. Northern Curry County Old Timers Day — 1 p.m. Broadview […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 29

Tuesday Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m. Clovis Airport, 459 CR. 11.5, Texico. Information: 575-769-7828 Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Portales city meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting — […]

School board begins bond renewal process

Staff report The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education on Tuesday took the first step toward asking voters to renew $20 million in general obligation bonds next year. The board introduced a resolution for a Feb. 7 election to renew bonds for six years at a rate of about $67 in property tax for a […]

Locals share views on candidates, debate

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Monday night’s presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump broke records as the most-watched debate in American history. According to CNN, more than 81 million people tuned in to watch the candidates face off on the Hofstra University stage in Hempstead, New York. In response to […]

Appeal filed in former jail admin’s lawsuit

Staff report An appeal seeking a new trial and judgment as a matter of law have been filed regarding a former Curry County Detention Center administrator’s lawsuit. The district court case resulted in a judge ruling Gerry Billy was owed more than $200,000 in back pay. According to documents recently filed with the Ninth Judicial […]

Police blotter — Sept. 28

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 10:08 a.m.: Resisting, evading or obstructing a police officer, 2100 block of North Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard. • 11:04 a.m.: Burglary (residence), 1300 block of Ash Street. • 2:25 p.m.: Larceny over $500, […]

Events calendar — Sept. 28

Today Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 United Blood Services- Blood Drive — Noon-3 p.m. ENMU BSU Christian Challenge, 1307 S. Avenue K., Portales. Information: 575-625-9743 Thursday Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Tween Programs — 4:30 […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 28

Today Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Civil Aviation Board — 5:30 p.m. Clovis Airport, 459 CR. 11.5, Texico. Information: 575-769-7828 Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Portales city meeting — 6:30 p.m. […]

Committee holds off on park additions discussion

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Three issues promised lively discussion on Monday during the city of Clovis Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee meeting: • a disc golf course at Goodwin Lakes Park, • walking trails at Hillcrest Park, • and a skeet, trap and clay shooting range at Ned Houk Park. Instead, talks on […]

Coates trial slated for Friday

Staff report A jury trial for Anthony Verdell Coates is slated for Friday, following Monday’s jury selection. Court records show Coates, 50, faces multiple counts of felony charges, including criminal sexual penetration in the first degree (child under 13), criminal sexual contact of a minor in the third degree (child under 13), criminal sexual penetration […]