Seven suspected in tagging spree

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
The wall behind ARISE Sexual Assault Services is one of the 20 locations in Portales tagged with graffiti Wednesday night. Officials said more could still be reported.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales police officials reported 20 incidents of graffiti on various buildings across town on Friday. The incidents occurred Wednesday night and were reported and investigated Thursday and Friday. Portales Police Department Public Information Officer Charlie Smart said most of the buildings tagged were businesses across Portales, adding that there […]

Fit camp serves Clovis, Portales

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Crystal Mondragon
Tiffany Chavez leads a fit camp group with shuttle runs on the football field at Leon Williams Stadium as Kimberly Calderon encourages the group.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Haleigh Bird figures young or old, there’s never a bad time to get healthier. And there’s no reason to do it alone. The Portales resident struggled with weight throughout her life, and started eating better. But nutrition only went so far, so she started a fit camp to help […]

Berry: Taking the path of least puddles

I got caught out in the rain last week. I waited as long as I could then made a mad dash to my truck. Before I stepped out, I planned what path I was going to take. I picked the smallest of puddles and the least amount of water to jump over. I ducked my […]

Johnson: Pets, owners have win-win relationship

The relationship between pets and their people can sometimes feel a little one-sided considering it is the two-legged animal that ends up doing most of the work and investing all the money. Indeed, maintaining a good feeding schedule, taking them for walks or changing litter boxes, cleaning cages, making sure they stay well-groomed, scheduling, making […]

Pages past — Sept. 24

On this date … 1976: A teenage driver crashed his car into the Radio Shack building at 121 Purdue in Clovis. No one was injured, but the impact left two holes in the building’s south wall. 1971: Clayton Reed, one of Clovis’ earliest settlers, had died at a local rest home. He was 90. Reed […]

City starts process to fill upcoming vacancy

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Clovis City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, center, shares a laugh with former Commissioner Len Vohs, left, and Commissioner Chris Bryant before a ceremony honoring him for 13 years of service to the commission. Sandoval’s official last day is Sept. 30.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Clovis City Commission to set the wheels in motion toward selecting a District 3 resident to fulfill the first half of departing Commissioner Bobby Sandoval’s term. During Thursday’s regular meeting the body voted to initiate the formal process for appointing a candidate to fill the vacancy. “I think […]

Officials tour Xcel facility at reopening event

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David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy for New Mexico and Texas, makes the first clip during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the expanded center in Clovis.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Nearly nine months after Winter Storm Goliath plowed through eastern New Mexico, leaving more than 7,500 Clovis customers with power outages, Xcel Energy is still recognized locally for its power restoration efforts. Mayor David Lansford praised the company for this and more during his speech at Xcel Energy’s grand […]

Police blotter — Sept. 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 8:04 a.m.: Battery, 14th and Mitchell streets. • 8:54 a.m.: Leaving scene of crash with property damage, 2900 block of Gidding Street. • 10:58 a.m.: Unattended motor vehicle, Mercury and Sunrise Drive. • 10:50 […]

Faith: Clovis Christian bringing Feed the Need to area

Courtesy photo: The Champion Group
Children in Kenya receive meals provided through The Champion Group’s Feed the Need fundraiser, which Clovis Christian Schools will launch in New Mexico for the first time on Monday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis Christian Schools will set a precedent on Monday when it brings the Feed the Need campaign to New Mexico for the first time. Feed the Need is a fundraiser offered through The Champion Group, a company that conducts various fundraising events for schools, ministries and organizations around the […]

Opinion: Tractor dents are stories to tell

By Audra Brown Local columnist If your motor-vehicle of record never leaves the paved road and only has encounters with those of its own kind and the occasional stationary object that — of course — just leaps out in your way, then the stories it tells are usually known as accidents and are hopefully forgotten […]

Pages past — Sept. 23

On this date … 1976: Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford squared off in their first televised debate, but most of Clovis learned little or didn’t watch. “However it should be noted that since the telephone survey was conducted during the morning hours of a work day, most of the respondents were housewives,” according to the […]

Events calendar — Sept. 23

Today United Blood Services: Blood Drive — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-625-9743 Hoops for Water — 9 a.m. Entry fee: $150. Register at currycountywatercoop.com Clovis Community College, south east parking lot, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 505-804-0714 Attorney General OMA and IPRA Training — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. RSVP: roadshows@nmag.gov. […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 23

Tuesday Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education — 5:30 p.m. CMS Administrative Offices, 1008 Main, Clovis. Information: 575-769-4300. Texico city meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 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 […]

Texas cyclists ride against cancer

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Davis Tucker, front, signals the stopping point for Wednesday to John Sikes, Bryan White and Josh Hare during their ride for 1,400 Miles.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A group of bicyclists made a stop in Clovis on Wednesday with a pair of messages. Any message is easier if you can share it over a beer, and don’t fear the finger. Riders from Austin, Texas-based 1,400 Miles made Clovis an overnight resting point for their trip to […]

CCC ranked among top community colleges

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clovis Community College is ranked among America’s top community colleges, according to the personal finance website WalletHub, which charts the school at No. 43 on its 2016 Best Community Colleges list. “I first heard about it from a colleague at another institution,” Clovis Community College President Becky Rowley said. […]

Overdose deaths down in Curry County

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Curry County was one of 20 counties in New Mexico with decreased drug overdose death rates in 2015, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. In a press release Tuesday, the NMDOH said nearly two-thirds of the state’s 33 counties saw a decline in overdose deaths last year. […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A proclamation declaring Thursday as “Bobby Sandoval Day.” A 3:30 p.m. reception is scheduled for outgoing Commissioner Sandoval. It is the last scheduled meeting for Sandoval, who will officially resign Sept. 30. Sandoval, […]

Opinion: Highland aiming for student growth

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist In this age of data-driven activity in education, all of our school sites work on specific goals and objectives, based upon what the student data reveal. Schools have detailed plans of action — specific and measurable — but, generally, all include improvement of reading and math skills along with increased […]

Police blotter — Sept. 22

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 1:03 a.m.: Possession of marijuana, Davis and 13th streets. • 7:06 a.m.: Careless driving, Hondo Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 8:15 a.m.: Following too close, 14th and Main streets. • 8:42 […]

Events calendar — Sept. 22

Thursday Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Farewell Reception to honor city Commissioner Robert “Bobby” Sandoval — 3:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Friday United Blood Services: Blood Drive — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main […]