Police: Building shot in drive-by

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com At least 15 shots riddled the Mark Carpenter Plumbing building at Fifth and Sycamore streets in a drive-by shooting, according to a police report released Monday. The shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. March 21. Police said there are no suspects or arrests, however authorities are looking for a “dark […]

Mesa Theater undergoing transformation

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Since the Mesa Theater was built more than 90 years ago, it has been re-imagined and renovated several times as a movie theater, recording studio, radio station and concert space.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Since the Mesa Theater was built more than 90 years ago, it has been re-imagined and renovated several times as a movie theater, recording studio, radio station and concert space. Now, 55 years after Norman Petty turned it into the world-class recording studio it’s best remembered as today, it […]

Easter services

•  Assembly Of God Good Friday 7 p.m. Easter Sunday 10:45 a.m. Bethel Assembly of God 1521 Norris Information: 575-762-6155 • Central Baptist Easter Sunday Morning worship 8:30 a.m. Bible Study 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m. 2501 N. Morris Information: 575-762-4727 • Parkland Baptist Easter Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Lexington & Ashford Information: […]

What’s happening — March 31

Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees — 8 a.m., Room 512 Information: 575-769-4001 Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Clovis Chamber Ambassador meeting — 11:30 a.m., The Lunch Box, 321 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-3435 Thursday Pre-K Story Hour — 10:05 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 City Commission — […]

Community chips in for wounded warrior

Courtesy photo
A family photo of the Smiths.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com In 2011, Dale Smith was a 28 year-old platoon sergeant in the Army, deployed in Afghanistan. He had a wife and two young children back home waiting for his return. He was doing a routine patrol when shots rang out. His platoon was ambushed. He saw a member of […]

High school juniors get ENMU tour

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com High school juniors filled the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Saturday for Junior Preview Day to see what the college has to offer. Parents joined their juniors at the event in an opportunity to learn more about ENMU from the faculty and staff. President Steven Gamble said the […]

Hillcrest Park Zoo heating up

File photo: Tony Bullocks
Sooner the tiger, shown smashing a pinata for a birthday celebration, is one of the top attractions at the Hillcrest Park Zoo.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. Now that the weather is heating up, so is the activity of the animals at Hillcrest Park Zoo in Clovis. Reason to go The state’s second-largest zoo is home to more than 100 species of mammals, […]

Home show flaunts local vendors

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Abhy, a Pekingese-mix owned by High Plains Humane Society Media and Public Relations Director Gaye Cooke, shows off a handcrafted dog house up for raffle at the Clovis Home and Garden Show. Proceeds from this dog house, and three others up for auction, will benefit a low cost spay and neuter program. The raffle and silent auctions end at the Home and Garden Show today at 3 p.m.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Warm weather and sunny skies attracted spring-ready area residents to the Clovis Home and Garden Show Saturday. Show co-chair Todd Farrell said organizers expect to see more than 3,000 people attend the show over the weekend. “We did this so mom-and-pop stores have a place to show their goods,” […]

Try not to judge me too harshly

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor We all know that much like any other social scene, social media is all about trends. Each time a challenge is issued, people take to it like bees to honey, and it spreads like wildfire. There was the infamous ice bucket challenge, which a total of eight people challenged me […]

Local takes reins at events center

Joelle Reed

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Tomorrow is the first day on the job for Clovis resident Joelle Reed as the general manager of the Curry County Events Center. Global Spectrum Regional Vice President Rick Hontz said when its were seeking candidates for the position, the goal was to find someone local and show them […]

Four to be added to Hall of Honor

Staff report The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation and Alumni Committee announced Friday its will add four Clovis High School graduates to the Purple Pride Hall of Honor this year. According to a release, the awards recognize former graduates of CHS whose achievements, strength of character, and citizenship serve as models to inspire and challenge today’s […]

Q&A: CCC president talks education issues

Becky Rowley

Clovis Community College President Becky Rowley discussed several issues as part of a periodic series checking up on the general state of higher education in New Mexico. Question: Now that this year’s 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature has adjourned, what do you see as the most immediate concerns for higher education in the […]

Session highlights gulf between political parties

By Paul Gessing Guest columnist Observers knew in the wake of November’s elections that the 2015 legislative session would be unlike any they’d seen in their lifetimes. For the first time in 62 years, the House of Representatives would be under Republican control. Despite this shift to the right, New Mexico’s Senate remained under control […]

Even military moves require chain of command

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist I asked my sponsor at the embassy in India what consumables we should ship with our household goods. “Make sure you bring toilet paper,” she said. “Is the curry that spicy?” I replied. “It’s not for that,” she said, not acknowledging my attempt at humor.  “Toilet paper is expensive here […]

Pages past — March 29

On this date … 1975: A surprise snow storm that dumped about 5 inches across eastern New Mexico was reported as “generally beneficial to area farmers,” by Curry County Extension Agent Phil Crystal. “I’m sure the farmers would rather have a storm like this than a sandstorm any day,” Crystal said. 1962: Clovis police reports […]

Police blotter — March 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 3:19 a.m.: Dead on arrival, 200 block of Burro Trail. • 3:34 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 1400 block of North Norris Street. • 9:01 a.m.: Harassment, report, 5100 block of North Thornton Street. • 9:33 […]

What’s happening — March 29

Today Clovis Home & Garden Show — 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., tickets: $3 for adults; $1 for children 12 and under; free for children 5 and under with paid adult, Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-762-4342 or http://www.clovishomeandgarden.com/ Vietnam Veterans Day memorial event — noon – 2 p.m., all Vietnam veterans, veterans, and open to […]

Individuals, businesses honored

Staff photo: 
Joshua Lucero
Workhorse of the Year award winner Megan Hamilton, left, talks with Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong as they prepare to have their photo taken by Hamilton’s husband Bobby Hamilton, right, Friday night during the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the YAM theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Honored and surprised were a couple of the words that came to mind for Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong Friday night during the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Birdsong, Eastern New Mexico University’s Vice President of University Relations and Enrollment, said her heart […]

Obesity for N.M. children down

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The third grade obesity rate in New Mexico has dropped 20 percent since 2010 because of programs like Healthy Kids Curry County. “We’ve made such a difference in our work and facing childhood obesity,” said Mitch Gray, program coordinator. According to a press release from the New Mexico Department […]

City candidate has second interview

STAFF REPORT City commissioners and Clovis Mayor David Lansford held a second, two-hour interview Friday with a finalist for the Clovis city manager position, former Roswell City Manager Larry Fry. “It was a very nice interview with Mr. Fry,” Lansford said after the group emerged from an executive session. “We did want to meet with […]