Q&A: New District 3 commissioner talks about goals

Helen Casaus

Helen Casaus is the new District 3 Clovis City Commissioner. She was appointed last week to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Robert Sandoval. She will fulfill the duties until March 2018, and must run for election then to fill the remaining two years of the four-year term. Casaus, a retired nurse of […]

Religion digest — Oct. 28

United Way, Matt 25 hosting open house United Way of Eastern New Mexico and the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis will host a faith-based community open house Nov. 10. According to a press release from United Way, the event aims to get local church leaders and church members connected to the resources that United […]

Faith: Haunted night, holy day

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Deacon Steve Garcia of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Clovis lights candles to demonstrate his church’s rituals for the upcoming holiday, All Saints’ Day.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com While many gear up for Halloween on Monday, Clovis and Portales churches will prepare for a celebration of their own. It’s no coincidence that Halloween precedes the back-to-back Christian holidays, All Saints’ Day (also called All Hallows’ Day) on Tuesday and All Souls’ Day on Wednesday. The three consecutive […]

Melrose students hold mock election

Melrose seniors Ethan Wright of the Reform Party, left, and Reagan Carthel of the Stars and Stripes party give their viewpoints at a mock debate Thursday at Melrose High School.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Melrose students have spoken: Reagan for president. Reagan Carthel, that is. In an effort to teach middle and high school students about politics, Melrose School faculty came up with the idea to hold the school’s first mock presidential debate and election on Thursday. Carthel and fellow senior Ethan Wright […]

Police blotter — Oct. 28

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 8:01 a.m.: Following too close, Brady Avenue and Prince Street. • 8:55 a.m: Shoplifting up to $500, 1400 block of West Seventh Street. • 9:14 a.m.: Battery, 900 block of North Pile Street. • […]

Holiday happenings — Oct. 28

The following are events being held in conjunction with Halloween this weekend in the Clovis and Portales area. Friday • Portales community safe trick-or-treat: 3-6 p.m. on the Portales town square. • Portales First Baptist Church will be selling Chik-fil-A items from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to raise funds for mission work next summer. […]

Opinion: Don’t forget to bring some snacks

By Audra Brown Local columnist Ever get a case of the munchies? Find yourself a few calories short in the long wait between regularly scheduled meals? No problem, right? Just bop down to the convenience store, the snack machine, or the nearest refrigerator.  But what if you’re on the tractor in the middle of a […]

Letters to the editor — Oct. 28

Sloan got a couple things wrong Regarding Wendel Sloan’s column in Sunday’s paper: I think most of what he said is true. I don’t know about jerks or sociopaths,  but I know a lot of Texans and not one of them think they are superior to anyone. There is no such thing as a “good […]

Events calendar — Oct. 28

Saturday Trick or Treat Street — 1 p.m. -5 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds-Commercial Building, 1900 E Brady Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-935-7000 Boo at the Zoo — 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Hillcrest Park Zoo, 1208 N. Norris St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner — 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets: $25 Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., […]

Meetings calendar — Oct. 28

Tuesday Board of County Commissioners — 9 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 Portales city meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Water Policy Advisory Board meeting — 8:30 a.m. EPCOG, 418 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Wednesday Clovis Chamber Ambassador […]

Pages past — Oct. 28

On this date … 1976: The corn harvest came to an abrupt halt as much of eastern New Mexico received up to 5 inches of snow. Yards were decorated with snowmen and “there was even a giant snow jack-o-lantern in a yard on Lea Street” in Clovis, the Clovis News-Journal reported. A travel advisory was […]

Director pleased with film’s reception

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper
Jon Barr, assistant professor of Digital Filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, introduces his short film “Orgullo” at the University Theatre Center Tuesday night. The work was a collaboration between Barr, alumni and students.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A collaboration of Eastern New Mexico University faculty, alumni and student artwork was met with a full house Tuesday night. A screening was held for the short film “Orgullo” Tuesday evening at ENMU’s University Theatre Center. The film’s director, Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking Jon Barr, said he was […]

Officials getting ready for education measure

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com New Mexico educators and administrators have been huddling across the state this month, with an eye toward developing a plan of action regarding the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Local reaction to the measure has been varied, as actual implementation of the law evolves. Officials said the measure, […]

Clovis man convicted on drug, driving charges

Staff report A Clovis man was convicted Wednesday on charges of reckless driving, trafficking methamphetamine and distribution of marijuana, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Sentencing is pending for Leonel Lopez, 27, who was convicted after two hours of jury deliberation on a one-day trial. He faces up to 26 […]

Education digest — Oct. 27

Students attend officer retreat On Monday, five officers from Clovis High School’s Distributive Educational Clubs of America chapter participated in a state chapter officer retreat at Hotel Albuquerque. The training, according to a school release, was for Career Technical Student Organizations, which includes DECA and five other organizations. More than 600 CTSO students attended the […]

NM licenses, IDs still accepted at Cannon

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Visitors with New Mexico driver’s licenses or state-issued identification cards wishing to enter Cannon Air Force Base may continue to do so until at least next October. In conjunction with a recent update from the Department of Homeland Security, New Mexico driver’s licenses and IDs will be accepted for […]

Cannon prepping for prescribed burns

Staff report Cannon Air Force Base is preparing to conduct its annual prescribed fire operations at Melrose Air Force Range starting on or about Nov. 1, according to a release from the base. Gary Smith, the fire management officer at the range, said the prescribed burn season generally runs November through the end of May. […]

Chamber inviting public to event

Staff report The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to its after-hours event at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The brats and root beer celebration will be held at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum. The event will also honor Helen Casaus, the chamber’s office manager who was recently appointed city […]

Holiday happenings

The following are events being held in conjunction with Halloween this weekend in the Clovis and Portales area. Friday • Portales community safe trick-or-treat: 3-6 p.m. on the Portales town square. • Portales First Baptist Church will be selling Chick-fil-A items from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to raise funds for mission work next summer. […]

Opinion: Saving history ‘to the best of our recollection’

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I have a couple of bookshelves in my house devoted to local and regional history books, but the one book that never needs dusting (and believe me, almost everything in my house could use a good dusting) is a hefty volume with a striking purple cover and “ELIDA” embossed in […]