Notebook: July 24

Baskett honors… • They’re planning a big bash Aug. 15 for Clovis icon Hank Baskett Jr. He’s retiring as executive director after more than 20 years with Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center. The retirement party is actually a fundraiser for Oasis…way to go Hank. Call the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce 575-763-3435. Good food and… • […]

Notebook: July 23

Jail talk… • Don’t forget today’s special meeting to hash out issues at the Curry County jail. Commissioners meet at  9 a.m. in the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. They are expected to approve a $400,000 contract to repair the sieve of a roof at  the county’s troubled lockup. A citizens group is also planning a […]

Resident wins game of chicken with city

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis chicken owner Mary-Beth Bouchard may have reached a compromise with the city allowing her to keep chickens at her home. Bouchard met with city officials Wednesday to discuss a variance, which is a request to deviate from the limits of an ordinance or zoning requirement, that would come […]

CMS ag educator named AgriScience Ambassador

Staff Report Clovis Municipal Schools Agriculture Educator Kalynn Baldock was recently named an AgriScience Ambassador after completing the 13th annual DuPont National AgriScience Teachers Ambassador Academy July 22 at Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Maryland. The NATAA “Ag Academy” is a professional development institute sponsored by DuPont and the National Association of Agriculture Educators. According to […]

Wayland Baptist University offering new online degree

Staff Report Wayland Baptist University will begin offering an online doctor of management degree program next summer, according to a release from the university. The degree prepares students to work in various business settings as consultants or leaders with the knowledge to deal with complex issues involving the management of an organization, the release said. […]

Food bank to give away milk

STAFF REPORT If you need some milk Friday, head on over to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico to pick up a free half gallon … or four. According to a press release from Executive Director Dianna Hernandez, the food bank recently received a large unexpected donation of Horizon Organic Whole Milk from an […]

Pages Past: July 23

On this date … 1975: Al Woodburn was Clovis’ official observer for the National Weather Service. He had a thermometer that continuously showed the day’s lowest temperature until reset. He had a second thermometer that showed the day’s highest temperature until reset. He also had a measuring device for moisture that showed the city had […]

Many hands make light work

I gained a whole new appreciation of the adage, “Many hands make light work,” when I walked into the fellowship hall at Central Christian Church in Portales on June 27. Picture 6,591 pounds of produce, a ton of bread (2,177 pounds, if you’re counting), and pallets of boxes filled with dried fruit, canned soup, juice […]

Curry Road I bears brunt of discussion at public works meeting

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com More than halfway through a lengthy Clovis Public Works Committee meeting, Chairman and City Commissioner Randy Crowder half-joked on a new rule he planned to institute: No more starting an agenda item by saying, “We have a problem.” He drew a mixture of laughs, a brief change to call […]

Kids get a taste of dairy farms

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
A mobile dairy presentation rolled through the Clovis-Carver Public Library Wednesday teaching kids about dairy farms.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A mobile dairy classroom led by Cody Lightfoot and his instructional assistant Peach, a 7-year-old Holstein cow, pulled up to the Clovis-Carver Public Library Wednesday to teach local kids about the nutritional value of milk. As Lightfoot began his presentation, Peach interrupted him with a low grunt. “He’s moo’ing!” […]

What’s Happening: July 23

Today Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Curry County Commission — 9 a.m. Clovis-Carter Library’s North Annex Information: 575-763-6016 Friday Curry County Water Fair — 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Plains Council Of Governments , 418 Main Street,. Clovis. Information: (575) 762-7714. Saturday Circle […]

Police blotter: July 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday: • 3:31 a.m.: Shoplifting up to $500, 2100 block of West 21st Street. • 8:33 a.m.: Death Unattended. • 9:22 a.m.: Proation violation, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 9:26 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, […]

Commissioners may take action on jail roof

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County Commissioners may take action to fix the jail’s roof during a special commission meeting slotted for Thursday morning after they tabled a bid on June 30. The $592,900 bid from DKG & Associates was tabled due to the high cost, but county officials were able to talk […]

Melrose schools agrees to $500,000 settlement in sex assault case

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Melrose School District has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $500,000 over the sexual assault of a student by contract coach Allison Draper. Draper is serving a six-year sentence in state prison. The settlement was agreed to Monday in Ninth Judicial Court, Superintendent Jamie Widner and Matt Chandler, attorney […]

Worker’s comp changes worry farmers, ranchers

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com A decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals last month, ruling that exempting farm and ranch workers  from workers’ compensation was unconstitutional, has left local business owners unsure of the financial future for agricultural businesses. “Workers’ compensation has been available for agriculture for years, but farm and ranch […]

Rains to continue

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com On Monday, Portales received 1.25 inches of rain, bringing the rain total for July up to 3.2 inches in Portales. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, Elida has received 4.4 inches for the month. In previous years, the average amount of rainfall in Roosevelt County for June […]

Notebook — July 22

Justice delayed … • You’re going to have to reschedule if you have any kind of hearing coming up between now and Tuesday in Portales Municipal Court. It’s closed during that time for training. The wheels of justice do grind slowly. Wake up … • If you’re an early riser, you still have time to […]

Officials to meet about chickens

Courtesy photo: Mary-Beth Bouchard
Mary-Beth Bouchard’s pet chickens Henny and Penny crossed the road to visit with the community at the Ethnic Fair Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Bouchard is fighting seven counts of violating a city ordinance for having the chickens at her home. Bouchard’s trial is Aug. 18 at Municipal Court.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A Clovis woman fighting City Hall after being accused of violating a city ordinance by having pet chickens is set to sit down with city officials for a discussion today. Mary-Beth Bouchard has been outspoken about her predicament over the past few weeks . She started an online petition […]

Pages past — July 22

On this date … 1975: Border Town Days in Farwell-Texico was kicking off a three-day celebration on a Thursday with its annual parade through both communities. Other activities included three rodeo performances, a queen contest, a barbecue in Farwell’s City Park and the official dedication of the Parmer County Law Enforcement Center. 1950: Roads were […]

Police blotter — July 22

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 1:28 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 2300 block of Williams Avenue. • 4:03 a.m.: Robbery with firearm. • 5:26 a.m.: failure to pay fines, block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Seventh Street. • 5:52 […]