Mixed news for Curry County Events Center

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Former Texico resident L.J. Jenkins rode in the L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding at the Curry County Events Center last year.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com There was good news, and not so good Tuesday for the Curry County Events Center. The not so good: The L.J. Jenkins Invitational PBR Bullriding Competition has offered $50,000 in prize money to professional bull riders for more than four years. But with the loss of a valuable sponsor, […]

Gas tank limits still to be tested

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist What’s quiet? Nothing tops 30 minutes in the summer of 1997. My parents and I were driving home on an empty Montana road. The tank was nearly empty, but we were going to fill up at Lodge Grass. Problem: Nobody told Lodge Grass. It was a Sunday, and its only […]

Police blotter — March 4

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations.  Monday • 2:16 a.m.: Dead on arrival, 1300 block of Concord Road. • 3:04 a.m.: Dead on arrival, 1900 block of Wilshire Boulevard. • 8:55 a.m.: Burglary report, 200 block of Fireball Drive. • 9:20 a.m.: […]

Pages past — March 4

On this date … 1969: Gas prices were up a penny, to 30.9 cents per gallon, across Clovis. The Texaco service station outlet had announced a one-cent increase nationwide and other major companies soon followed suit. One Clovis jobber, D.L. Ingram, pointed out that Clovis still had some of the cheapest gas prices in the […]

What’s happening — March 4

Today Clovis Community College Board — 8 a.m., Room 512 at CCC. Information: 575-769-4001 Animal Control Task Force — 5:30 p.m. at Clovis City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Weather Spotter Training Class — Noon at Clovis City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Thursday Clovis City Commission — 5:15 […]

Passion ultimately Randall Harris’ legacy

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Randall Harris earned two letters playing football at ENMU.

By David Stevens Editor Randall Harris was never a great football player. He played in anonymity on Hereford High School’s special teams, and received no invitations to continue playing in college. But he somehow managed to will himself onto the team at Eastern New Mexico University. “I was asked to leave at first,” he said, […]

Internet brings manufacturing to masses

By Aubry Buzek Local columnist Do you ever think of bringing one of your daydream project ideas to life and wonder, “how do I make that?” That happened to me often growing up. I loved designing and creating things in AutoCad, but traditional manufacturing methods were expensive and impossible for small-product runs back then. That […]

Notebook — March 3

Today… • Don’t forget to vote. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Clovis Community College board election. • Curry County Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Expect them to seal a new deal that has Bank of Clovis paying interest on $14 million of county bond money that’s been sitting idle […]

Portales Mainstreet looking to bring in more events

Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The Portales Mainstreet Program is looking to bring more events to Portales after receiving their 2015 Lodger’s Tax funding. Portales Mainstreet Program Executive Director Jan Elliott said the program’s board has received half of the $10,000 in Lodgers Tax funds they asked for. The Lodger’s Tax is a 5% tax […]

Weather spotters can be critical aid

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque have advanced equipment to monitor weather in eastern New Mexico, but often it is the eyes and ears on the ground that make a difference in reporting time-critical storms and emergencies in the area. The National Weather Service will be in […]

Former skeptic forms paranormal investigation group

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Jeff Connor of Clovis demonstrates a piece of equipment Monday that he uses to track the paranormal.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Jeff Conner of Clovis was a skeptic when it came to ghosts and demons, until one summer night when he had a first-hand experience of his own. “I was paramedic, working in Oceana, West Virginia. My partner, Lonnie, kept telling me about this ghost, and I kept denying it […]

Volunteer force healthy cross-section of America

By Tom Philpott Military update A new “Population Representation” report on the U.S. military affirms that the four-decade-old volunteer force is a healthy cross-section of America, if just a little smarter, a little better educated and with a deeper southern drawl than the nation as a whole. The percentage of female enlisted members has declined […]

Old-fashioned watch might make a good gift

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Rather than go through the stressful ordeal of adjusting a digital watch for Daylight Saving Time, I almost prefer leaving it alone — simply keeping in mind that the watch is an hour off for half the year. This is why I no longer own a digital watch. Oh, the […]

Workers’ compensation system may get needed overhaul

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By Kevin McGinley Guest columnist This could be the year New Mexico updates our workers’ compensation system, resolving long-standing controversies and supporting efforts to strengthen our economy. A few critical bills are moving in the legislature, and eastern New Mexico-area legislators are taking the lead. All three bills have been endorsed by the Workers’ Compensation […]

Pages past — March 3

On this date … 1965: A Portales municipal judge was concerned the federal government was gaining too much power in prosecuting crime. “It’s high time that the people came to take care of their own law enforcement, or it is going to be taken over by the federal government,” Judge Eldon Whitten told a reporter. […]

CCC board election Tuesday

Staff report The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election is today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The polling places are: Colonial Clubhouse, 1300 Colonial Parkway; Roy Walker Community Center, 316 West 2nd Street; Trinity United Methodist Church, 1320 West 21st Street; and Youth Recreation Building (YRB), 1504 East 7th Street. Seats up for […]

Police blotter — March 3

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations.  Friday • 12:23 a.m.: Fraudulent use of a credit card, 300 block of North Connelly St. • 9:53 a.m.: Failure to yield from private drive, Mabry Drive and Sycamore Street. • 1:32 p.m.: Criminal damage up […]

In tribute 2014

Editor’s note: Here are the names of those who died in 2014 and whose obituaries were published in the Clovis News Journal or Portales News-Tribune. Please report any omissions to D’Nieka Hartsfield at dhartsfield@cnjonline.com • Abdill, Mary, 92, of Clovis, Dec. 13 • Abele, Daniel, 85, of Clovis, May 10 • Achen, Tamara, 75, of […]

What’s happening — March 3

Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting — 8 a.m., room 512 at CCC. Information: 575-769-4001 Curry County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library. City of Clovis Animal Control Task Force meeting — 5:30 p.m., Assembly Room, Clovis City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Weather Spotter Training Class — 12 p.m., Assembly […]

Former DA Harris found dead

Staff report Former 9th Judicial District Attorney Randall Harris, 54, was discovered dead in his home in the 1300 block of Concord Road early Monday, according to Clovis police. A police spokesman said rescue workers were responding to a call at 2:16 a.m. The spokesman said foul play wasn’t suspected and investigators are awaiting results […]