Regular attendees say Peanut Valley Festival only getting better

Staff photo: 
Joshua Lucero
Victoria Jaramillo, center, and her husband Claude Jaramillo, right, browse through items for sale at the Karl’s Coins, Currency, and More booth Saturday afternoon. Jaramillo said she and her husband have attended the Peanut Valley Festival since it began 41 years ago.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Peanut Valley Festival veterans Claude and Victoria Jaramillo, the event only gets better with age. Victoria Jaramillo, of Portales, said she and her husband have been attending the peanut festival since it began 41 years ago. “We love it,” said Jaramillo. “I like coming here to look at […]

Commission takes charge of money for Ute Lake study

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer The Interstate Streams Commission has taken charge of a $50,000 capital outlay allocation requested by the village of Logan, approved in legislation and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez. A spokesperson said the ISC will use the cash to update its existing study of Ute Lake’s capacity. Officials in Quay […]

Governor candidate talks jobs, water

Gary King

New Mexico’s attorney general, now the Democrat candidate for governor,  Gary King flew into Clovis on Friday for a town hall question and answer session on education. King is running against Republic Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election. The CNJ asked King questions about his positions and his campaign. His answers are edited […]

Library’s Southwest Room showcase of regional works

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Clovis-Carver Public Library Director Margaret Hinchee displays some of her favorites book Thursday from the Library’s Southwest room.

By Aubry Buzek Correspondent In the Clovis-Carver Public Library, tucked down a long hallway just past the fireplace, is the Southwest Room. In this quiet room one will find a desk, historic maps hanging on the walls and many shelves of books devoted to preserving the stories and voices of the region. “It’s important to […]

Pages past — Oct. 19

On this date … 1971: Clovis police had a new “paddy wagon,” acquired with city and federal funds. Police Chief Ken Kingsbury said the vehicle “gives Clovis police the potential of mass arrests.” 1966: The region learned a 1964 Muleshoe High School graduate had been killed in Vietnam. Woodward Steven Hatfield Jr., 21, died on […]

Holiday happenings

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Oct. 31 • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-A-Treat (Food, Games, Dunk Tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223 • First Christian Church — Trunk or Treat 6 p.m. 1700 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-7113 • Immanuel Lutheran Church — Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m. […]

Police blotter — Oct. 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 12:56 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, Connelly Street and Grand Avenue. • 7:32 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident with injuries, 21st and Moberly Street. • 7:34 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, […]

What’s happening — Oct. 19

Today Patriotic Sunday with Evangelist Time Lee — 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., First Baptist Church. Information: 575-762-2926 or Escanaba in Da Moonlight — 2 p.m., tickets available on website or at door, northeast Corner of Grand Avenue and Mitchell Street. Information: Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., City […]

ENMU maintenance crew has field day

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Doug Lee, left, and Dust Cathey walk off the field after completing an end zone. Dent McGill, ENMU grounds manager, said each letter in the end zone is painted by hand.

Staff report With game day only one day away, Eastern New Mexico University’s grounds and paint crews worked Friday to get the field at Greyhound Stadium for play. ENMU Grounds Manager Dent McGill said the grounds crew spent the days leading up to the game striping and grooming the field in preparation for the Hounds’ […]

Know where to go for revenge tips

By Grant McGee Local columnist While at a yard sale the other day, a book titled “When Strangling is Not an Option” caught my eye. Below the title it said it was about how to get along with difficult people, like difficult co-workers. “I’ve just got to know,” I said to the yard sale hosts. […]

Pages past — Oct. 18

On this date … 1966: Central Baptist Church of Clovis was in the midst of a week-long revival led by Rev. Fred Hubbs of Detroit. The executive secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention of Michigan was joined by Al and Ivy Walsh of Atlanta, who led the singing. 1954: A Clovis jury was unable to […]

Halloween goodies ghastly for pets

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies It’s a disturbing day, really, and it’s coming on fast. But the disturbances aren’t because of all the little ghouls and goblins running around everywhere, or the copious amounts of money spent on candy that is going to super charge all the little people in the neighborhood for […]

RGH readies for remote possibility of Ebola case

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Tony Lucero, left, Roosevelt General Hospital director of plant operations and materials management and Dr. Larry Leamer, hospital CEO, erect a plastic barrier to block off hospital rooms as part of the hospital’s preparations for possible Ebola cases in the Portales area.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Roosevelt General Hospital is on high alert at the remote chance that the Ebola Dr. Larry Leaming, RGH’s chief executive officer, said the hospital is taking steps to prepare for an Ebola case as news of three Ebola cases in Dallas have garnered national attention. Leaming said RGH officials […]

History of area peanuts spans century

Photo courtesy of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce
Photos from the Bradley family will be on display at the 41st Annual Peanut Valley Festival at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, John M. Bradley was the first person to plant a peanut crop in the Portales area.

Staff report Peanuts have been a part of the Roosevelt County culture for years, and as the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce learned, they have been in the area for 100 years this year. Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry said he was surprised to learn that this year marked 100 years since the first recorded […]

Halloween events — Oct. 17

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Oct. 31 Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-A-Treat (Food, Games, Dunk Tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223 First Christian Church — Trunk or Treat 6 p.m. 1700 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-7113 Immanuel Lutheran Church — Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m. 11th and Prince […]

Meetings watch: City Commission — Oct. 17

• The Clovis City Commission took the following action at its meeting Thursday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex: • Approved an ordinance establishing the membership of the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee. Approved an ordinance amending the zoning code to include definitions of adult entertainment. • Tabled two requests involving funding for the […]

Problems with cell service reported

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Area phone company officials are trying to find out why some Sprint mobile phone customers cannot reach Plateau Wireless cell numbers. Kyleigh Knight, Sprint Store manager in Clovis, said she believes the issue is with Plateau. But Plateau regulatory manager Launa Waller said Thursday she knew of only one […]

What’s happening — Oct. 17

Today Halloween dance — 7 p.m., $6 cover, Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4261. Fall choral concert — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University, Buchanan Hall, Portales. Information: 575-562-2798 Saturday Samaritan house block party —11 a.m., free food and refreshments, $2 ticket drawings, Seventh and Wallace. Information: 575-219-2670. Kids crafts — 10 […]

Police log — Oct. 17

The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday: • Male, 30, bond revoked. • Male, 25, armed robbery, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, tampering with evidence (third- or fourth-degree felony). • Female, 38, failure to pay fines, failure to comply with conditions […]

Pages Past — Oct. 17

On this date 1974: Col. Caryl W. Calhoun, a 1955 Eastern New Mexico University graduate, had received the Distinguished Flying Cross for aerial achievement as a B-22 Stratofortress pilot and airborne commander in Southeast Asia. He earned the award for completing a combat mission despite intense enemy groundfire, according to Air Force officials. 1968: A […]