Resident: Movie was ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Mary-Lou McAnulla of Clovis poses Thursday afternoon in the outfit she wore as an extra in the movie “Hell Or High Water.” Clovis’ Western Bank became Texas Midlands Bank for the movie.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis resident Mary-Lou McAnulla witnessed a bank robbery, and she couldn’t be more excited. McAnulla had a minor role in a major movie, “Hell or High Water,” starring actors Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. The film, released Aug. 12 in select theaters, reached full release today. The […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 1:15 a.m.: Resisting, evading or obstructing police officer, 200 block of La Salle Drive. • 8:45 a.m.: Warrant service. • 7:38 a.m.: Improper turn, 1900 block of West 21st Street. • 10:10 a.m.: Careless […]

Shooting trial postponed until January

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The trial for a Clovis man accused of a 2015 fatal shooting won’t happen until 2017. Jonathan Cruz, 25, is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 30 through Feb. 3 on charges connected to the death of Joseph “Jo Jo” Chavez, after a continuance was issued in Thursday’s pre-trial conference. […]

Opinion: Some rides not worth the risk

By Audra Brown Local columnist The weather’s getting a little cooler at night and just in time, too! It’s fair time and that’s good news. The fair is many different things to many people, but whether you’re there for the lambs, the chow, the music, or any one of the too numerous to list events […]

Events calendar — Aug. 26

Today Wayland Baptist University-Clovis Campus Commencement — 10 a.m. Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., Clovis. Sunny Sweeney Live — 8 p.m. Tickets $30. Bingo Hall, 611 Industrial Park Rd., Clovis. Information: 575-762-9664 Sixth Annual 42 Domino Championship Tournament — 7 p.m. Fee: $30 (cash only). Texico Community Center, 211 N. Griffin St., Texico. […]

Meetings calendar — Aug. 26

Today Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents Meeting — 9:30 a.m. ENMU administration building, regents room, 1500 S Avenue K, Portales. Information: 800-367-3668. The meetings calendar is a daily listing of area public meetings. To place an item on the calendar, call the newsroom at 575-763-6991 or e-mail: cmondragon@cnjonline.com

Pages past — Aug. 26

On this date … 1976: Tammy Welch had been named Roosevelt County Fair queen. Welch, a 16-year-old junior at Portales High School, said her favorite hobby was horses. 1956: The new Clovis High School at 21st and Thornton was ready to open. The building featured nine classrooms, a library, study hall, a home economics department, […]

Tour showcases area ag producers

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Kenneth Davis, a third-generation farmer of Davis Farms, points out the different types of grapes in his vineyard as he talks to a tour group on Wednesday. The Ag True Tour in Clovis was hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is all too familiar with New Mexico farms. But a tour of a Clovis dairy on Wednesday hit him differently than ever before. “I had a very interesting experience there at the dairy,” Woods said about Mid-Frisian Dairy in Clovis. “I’ve been around a lot […]

Wayland commencement set for Friday

Staff report Wayland Baptist University’s Clovis campus will have something that is both a first, and a second, during its Friday graduation ceremonies at Central Baptist Church. The 10 a.m. ceremony will celebrate the graduations for 25 students through the Clovis campus, located at the Masters Centre. Dean Gary Mitchell noted that Joe Callahan, a […]

School officials weigh in on PARCC scores

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The New Mexico Public Education Department released letter grades for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Wednesday afternoon, reflecting that local schools are a mixed bag of improvements and declines. “It looks like to me, if you’re at the top, you have a long […]

Q&A: Portales resident talks ‘Hell or High Water’

Brandon Carter

Portales resident and Eastern New Mexico University graduate Brandon Carter, 23, worked as a location assistant on “Hell or High Water.” The film, released Aug. 12 in select cities and set for release Friday in Clovis, was partially shot in eastern New Mexico. Here’s what he had to say about his involvement in the production: […]

Residents voice traffic concerns

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis residents brought a petition to Wednesday’s Public Works meeting requesting stop signs at the intersections of 16th and Axtell and 16th and Gidding, and closing other sections of Axtell and Gidding to through traffic. Commission members delayed making any recommendations, citing a need for further study.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A group of Clovis residents voiced concerns with regard to traffic, speeding and other matters of safety during Wednesday’s Public Works committee meeting, with the body tabling action on the residents’ recommendations in order to further assess the situation. “The Clovis residents living on Axtell and Gidding Streets between […]

Opinion: Help always available for students

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist In this day and age when education is more important than ever, it is our firm belief that every student is capable of graduating from high school. This is the foundation for our students’ futures. A recent conversation with Clovis High School principal, Jay Brady, shed some light on the […]

Opinion: I’m a pioneer by definition

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Even though my 55th birthday happens this year, and my AARP invitation may be already in the mail, I found out earlier this week that I am already, by definition, a Roosevelt County pioneer. Before you poke fun at my advancing age, hold on. You may be one, too. While […]

Police blotter — Aug. 25

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 1:46 a.m.: Burglary, aggravated. • 6:46 a.m.: Flashing red light, Prince and 21st streets. • 8:27 a.m.: False report, 600 block of East Llano Estacado Boulevard. • 10:03 a.m.: Careless driving, 21st and Martin […]

Events calendar — Aug. 25

Today Roosevelt County Fair — 4 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. Friday Wayland Baptist University-Clovis Campus Commencement — 10 a.m. Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., Clovis. Sunny Sweeney Live — 8 p.m. Tickets $30. Bingo Hall, 611 Industrial Park Rd., Clovis. Information: 575-762-9664 Sixth Annual 42 Domino Championship Tournament — 7 […]

Meetings calendar — Aug. 25

Today Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274. State Water and Natural Resources Committee Meeting — 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435. Friday Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents Meeting — 9:30 a.m. ENMU administration building, regents room, […]

Pages past — Aug. 25

On this date … 1966: Two Cannon Air Force Base airmen were listed in good condition at the base hospital after they ejected from their F-100 jet the day before near Floyd. The jet crashed into a maize field. The airmen said they bailed out after the plane developed engine trouble. 1946: Funeral services were […]

Curry County PARCC letter grades released

The New Mexico Public Education Department released the The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) letter grades for New Mexico schools Wednesday afternoon. Watch for a story later. The following are the grades for local school districts for the last three years. Clovis Municipal Schools: Arts Academy at Bella Vista: • […]

Sixth-grade athletics consideration fails

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A consideration to allow sixth-grade students to participate in seventh and eighth grade athletics, with the exception of football, failed by a 3-2 margin during Tuesday’s Clovis Municipal Schools board meeting. School board President Kyle Snider joined members Justin Howalt and Cindy Osburn in casting votes against the proposal […]