What’s happening — Aug. 21

Today City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., Ingram Room. Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828. Saturday Heartbeats of Love for Hanna Benefit Concert — 3 p.m. (CDT) (Auction) 5 p.m. (CDT) (Music), donations accepted, City Park in Muleshoe. Sunday Ride […]

Probate judge candidate announces withdrawal

Staff report The Democratic candidate for Curry County probate judge announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the race due to health limitations. Charles “Benny” Adams, who ran unopposed among Democrats and faces Republican Mark Lansford and Independent Michael Wells in the November general election, said he formally withdrew from the race and his name will […]

Residents plan to create veterans’ shelter

By Christina Calloway Staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The number of homeless veterans in the area alarms Tommy Knight and Lori Brunsen, two community leaders who work with veterans. The two dedicate time daily to help veterans, but when they were told by a New Mexico Workforce Solutions official that more than 70 area homeless veterans visited […]

Commissioners vote to raise gross receipts tax

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com “I hate to raise taxes,” said Curry County Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn, then he did just that Tuesday along with three other commissioners. The unanimous 4-0 vote — Commissioner Ben McDaniel didn’t attend — sets the stage for a .25 percent increase in gross receipts taxes. Some of the […]

Commissioners back mayor’s water conservation plan

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners offered support in the form of a resolution Tuesday backing Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s plan to ease pressure on the Ogallala Aquifer, the only source of drinking water across much of eastern New Mexico. Lansford’s plan is to use available federal money to pay area farmers […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners approved the following at their meeting Tuesday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s north annex: • A resolution supporting water conservation efforts by Clovis Mayor David Lansford. • Reauthorization of a $107,085.57 state Department of Transportation capital appropriation project. • A five-year road maintenance and construction program. • Reusing old flashing by the […]

Celebrating the 1960s: Toys

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Editor’s note: This decade is the 50th anniversary of the 1960s. We’ve asked area residents to list some of their memories. Trademarked in 1962, Mattel’s Vac-U-Form allowed children in the 1960s to melt a piece of plastic and mold it into a whole new toy: A car, a boat, a dog, a house or a […]

Pages past — Aug. 20

On this date … 2003: Ridge Whiteman, the Portales man who introduced Clovis Man to the world, died at age 93. On Feb. 5, 1929, he wrote a letter to the Smithsonian Institute reporting he’d found an arrow point with elephant bones at the site now known as Blackwater Draw. Anthropologists and archaeologists soon realized […]

Police blotter — Aug. 20

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:19 a.m.: Concealing identity, 1300 block of West 15th Street. • 12:19 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1300 block of West 15th Street. • 5:40 a.m.: Vehicle theft, 200 block of North Maple. • 7:47 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 1800 block of Debra. […]

Mayor discusses conservation plan at water committee meeting

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Mayor David Lansford attended the Water Policy Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday morning at City Hall to discuss a conservation plan aimed at preserving the Ogallala Aquifer. Lansford said the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts is requesting funding for USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program — a Farm Bill program […]

Commentary: Time for a smaller spoon

Less than a decade ago, a group of researchers took a few bowls of candy to the lobby of an apartment complex. Over several days, the researchers placed a bowl full of M&M’S on a table, with a spoon and a note that said, “Take what you want.” The bowl and note never changed, but […]

What’s happening — Aug. 20

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Public Works Committee meeting — 8:30 a.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828. Saturday Heartbeats of Love for Hanna Benefit Concert — 3 p.m. (CDT) (Auction) 5 p.m. (CDT) (Music), donations accepted, City Park […]

Medical marijuana distributor opening up shop in Clovis

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For Budding Hope owner Mario Gonzales, providing medical cannabis to eastern New Mexico residents is an obligation. Gonzales, who has been growing and distributing medical cannabis out of Roy since July 2010, has recently acquired his Clovis business license to distribute medical marijuana through his Seventh Street store front […]

What’s happening — Aug. 19

Today Water Policy Advisory Board meeting  — 8:30 a.m., Assembly Room, City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Cultural & Ethnic Affairs Committee meeting— Noon, Clovis Community College, Room 405. Information: 575-769-7828. Economic Development ADHOC meeting —1:30 p.m., City Hall Information: 575-769-7828. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Public Works Committee meeting — 8:30 […]

Water concerns prompt plea over roads

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By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Growing concerns about dwindling underground water supplies are prompting a plea from Curry County’s road chief. Road Department Director Steve Reed said some farmers, particularly on the drier east side of Curry County, are over irrigating and damaging public roads. He wants farmers to be more careful and conserve […]

County employee threatens whistle-blower lawsuit

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The daughter of Curry County’s interim finance director is threatening a whistle-blower lawsuit, alleging County Clerk Rosalie Riley fired her Aug. 4 for reporting illegal activities. Riley said Monday she fired Kristy Pipes because of repeated errors. She said the county’s personnel office refused to comply with the dismissal […]

Military update: Civilian doc networks to backstop VA primary care too

More than two decades ago, when a shrinking military healthcare system saw patient demand exceed its capacity to deliver timely care, particularly for a burgeoning retiree population, the Department of Defense contracted with the private sector to provide alternative networks of civilian physicians to deliver managed care to military beneficiaries. The Department of Veterans Affairs […]

Official: Fair attendance up overall

Staff report Curry County’s fairgrounds director Kevin Jolley said despite a tough Friday, overall attendance at the Curry County Fair slightly bested the 2013 event. Jolley said he hadn’t completely calculated the numbers since the weekend, but estimated a paid attendance of about 26,000 and about 31,000 going through the gates throughout the five-day fair. […]

Pages past — Aug. 19

On this date … 1963: The piggy bank thief struck again. The latest victim was the Joe Vasquez home at 112 Thornton St. in Clovis. The thief cut a hole in a window screen, raised the window, and made off with a piggy bank that contained about $15 in change. Police said the city had […]

Police blotter — Aug. 19

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 12:16 a.m.: Residential burglary, 2200 block of Bobwhite Court. • 9:19 a.m.: Aggravated battery, 500 block of West Ninth Street. • 9:28 a.m. Battery on a household member, 1300 block of Sheldon. • 9:29 a.m.: Unconsciousness, 700 block of Maple. • 9:50 a.m.: Theft […]