Letter to the editor — July 7

Hope owners rethink fun center I heartily agree with Alan McAlister’s letter to the editor in Sunday’s paper regarding the so-called family fun center being built in Hilltop Plaza. Now there will be another opportunity for parents to park their children in front of a television screen to be “entertained” while they go off and […]

Pages past — July 7

On this date … 1975: Police arrested three Clovis men in connection with burglaries from the C.B. Trucking Lines. About $4,000 worth of merchandise was recovered at an abandoned elevator shaft and other locations around town. 1970: Officials had set July 22 as the target date for opening a $40,000 visitor’s center and museum on […]

What’s happening — July 7

Today Big Kid’s Hour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St. Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Cultural And Ethnic Affairs Committee— 12 p.m. City Hall, 321 Connelly St. Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Civil Aviation Board meeting — 5:30 p.m. Texico. Information: 575-769-7890 Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board— 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 321 Connelly St. Clovis. Information: […]

Star-spangled holiday

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Area residents watch the Smoke on the Water fireworks display Saturday at Greene Acres Park.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com American flags waved in the wind, pops of firecrackers frequently erupted around the city, barbecue scented the breeze, and the geese at Greene Acres Park came ashore to solicit leftovers as Clovis-area residents gathered to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday. The holiday action started well before the sun came […]

DA talks legislative plans, truancy

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Andrea Reeb is the 9th Judicial District attorney. Question: You are working on reversing a state Supreme Court ruling last year that says only one charge of possession of child pornography can be brought, even if a defendant has […]

Commissioner: D.C. trip ‘no vacation’

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley said his trip to Washington, D.C., last month was no vacation, but instead a “grueling” few days packed with several workshops that can help the county get the most out of its relationship with Cannon Air Force Base. “There were multiple workshops that I […]

Fraternity cycles into Portales

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com After a 90-mile ride, 26 Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members from all over the nation cycled into Portales on Friday on their Journey for Hope, a fundraiser for those with disabilities. The cyclists and 10 crew members are traveling 3,700 miles across the country from Long Beach, California, to […]

Roosevelt officials: Change happening at jail

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Detention Center has made headlines over the last two years for all the wrong reasons. Five inmates escaped in two separate incidents in 2013. And last year, a murder suspect was allowed out on a work detail and given an ax that he  used to beat […]

Water conservation tips to be offered at library

Staff report There may not be water, water everywhere, but Thursday will be saturated with tips on conservation and ideas for improving water quality. Clovis Water Policy Advisory Board is hosting a Water Conservation Education Day starting at 10 a.m. Thursday Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. “For many years, the city of Clovis has adopted […]

Off to search for a publisher

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Some day I’m going to write a book of Gavinisms in which I list all the various statements that come out of my 8-year-old stepson’s mouth. I have determined I am going to start a Gavin journal, so I can begin recording all of the antics. I regret that I […]

Pages past — July 5

On this date … 1975: Three people died in a head-on collision 12 miles west of Clovis. Dock and Maude Dodd of 516 Dixie Drive in Clovis were killed, along with a Lubbock man. The Clovis News-Journal reported the Lubbock man’s vehicle “was apparently across the center line” and had “clipped” another vehicle minutes earlier. […]

What’s happening — July 5

Today Rockin’ Roundup of Weekend Events— 5 p.m. Freedom celebration cookout and concert, free and open to the public Wheatfields Senior Living Community, 4701 N. Prince St. Clovis. Information: 575-762-8700 Monday Free Movie Maleficent — 1 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St. Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Clovis-Carver Public Library Board— 5:30 Clovis-Carver Public Library, […]

Stevens: Baseball ghosts fill Bell Park

By David Stevens Editor The history of eastern New Mexico usually begins with Clovis Man about 13,000 years ago, then skips to Billy the Kid at Portales Springs and usually ends up in Norman Petty’s rock and roll recording studio. But my favorite regional ghosts began gathering in a field of dreams on East Seventh […]

Clovis man killed in early morning crash

An early morning auto crash has left one person dead in Clovis. Police responded to a single-vehicle crash at 4 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of West 12th street. On arrival, officers discovered Rikki Johnson, 24, dead from injuries sustained in the crash, according to a Clovis police news release. “There were no other […]

Locals sound off about freedom

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com For Portales resident Donna Labatt, America isn’t just the land of opportunity, it’s also the land of possibilities. “Other countries don’t have it as well as we do,” she said. “If you don’t have freedom, you don’t have life.” Labatt said freedom means she has the opportunity to make […]

Preparing for fireworks launch

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon
Western Enterprises employees Ryan Lasusky, left, and Hal Perry, right, work on building the launch pad Friday for tonight’s Smoke on the Water fireworks show. Greg Clark, their supervisor, said this is the first year they are putting the boxes on tarp-covered palettes in hopes of keeping the explosives dry in case it rains. He estimates between 900 and 1,000 fireworks will be shot off.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com While a majority of city government was off on Friday to observe the Fourth of July holiday, public works employees and munitions company Western Enterprises were working hard on North Main Street preparing the launch pad for tonight’s Smoke on the Water firework display at Greene Acres Park. According […]

Notebook — July 4

Appointed… • Former District Attorney Matt Chandler of Clovis was appointed Friday to the state Uniform Law Commission by Gov. Susana Martinez. Chandler, now in private practice, is also one of six candidates recommended to replace retired District Judge Stephen Quinn — a decision Martinez has not yet made, or at least announced. Saving water… […]

Holiday schedule — July 4

The following are events that will be held in the region in conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday: • Clovis fireworks: Annual Smoke of the Water display at Greene Acres Park. Festivities start at 3 p.m.; fireworks display at dark. • Portales fireworks: 9 p.m. at Greyhound Arena and baseball field • Fundraising event […]

Johnson: Grasshoppers are back en masse

Perhaps you’ve seen them, perhaps not. After all, at this point they are still relatively tiny and unnoticeable until one walks through tall grass and they rise up and jump away in clouds of popping sounds. But that will change. It’s already begun with some older hatchlings, and in a couple more weeks the bulk […]

McGee: Thanks to helpful teachers

Plaid shirt. Plaid shorts.Not paying attention, I had walked out of the house wearing this outfit. How could I let this happen? I knew better. When I think of plaid on plaid I think of a teacher who put my head on straight about such things: Coach Hill. Coach Hill was our “phys ed” and […]