Snakes most often encountered without useful tools

Some of the most interesting stories you’ll hear told over a stiff cup of coffee are concerning the many and varied encounters a person has had with a rattlesnake. The first thing you need to understand about rattlers, is that there are plenty of ‘em and being aware of that, folks generally come prepared. You […]

Pages past — Aug. 22

On this date … 1971: Police were looking for four men accused of attacking a Clovis couple and stealing $87 as they walked through an alley in the 100 block of Connelly Street shortly after midnight. The couple told police they were walking home from a bar at 221 W. First. No serious injuries were […]

Religion digest — Aug. 22

New associate pastor joins church Brother Eli Hita is the new associate pastor at the Living Word Church. Hita completed a law degree from St. Mary’s University before joining the church. He is being mentored by Pastor Dave Stevens. He is looking forward to starting a weekly Spanish service at the church. Religion Digest is […]

Police blotter — Aug. 22

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:13 a.m.: Burglary (residence), 2500 block of Sheldon Street. • 12:39 a.m.: Reckless driver, Mabry Drive and Prince Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Door knockers, 2100 block of West Grand Avenue. • 4:33 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 200 block of Saturn Circle. • 7:53 a.m.: […]

What’s happening — Aug. 22

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 for Bully Awareness — 11:30 a.m. registration begins at Walmart parking lot, 1 p.m., ride will start. Information: http://www.stopbully.com/clovis Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., City […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library’s north annex. The only item listed under new business on the agenda is a request for approval of one representative to serve on the Water Policy Advisory Committee. Under proclamations, awards and presentations, the agenda states there will be a: • […]

Roden-Smith gift shop closing doors

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
The Roden-Smith gift shop will shut its doors next month due to the retirement of the store’s owners. The pharmacy will remain, while Paradise Market will absorb the gift shop’s 17,000 square feet during a four-week renovation in October.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Roden-Smith Pharmacy started nearly 60 years ago just after World War II as a drug store. After two changes of address and countless products and services, it will survive as a pharmacy as its adjoining gift store will close its doors at the end of September. “It’s been a […]

Students challenged to commit to graduation

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Lakeisha D. Lobstein, president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Tau Nu Chapter, gives a presentation Wednesday as part of the Community College Completion Corps — or C4 — challenge at Clovis Community College.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Short-term deadlines such as homework, midterms and arranging next semester’s classes may detract students from their long-term, light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel goal: Graduating. To keep them on track to achieving academic success, Clovis Community College students had the option of signing their name on a banner Wednesday as part of the Community […]

County manager: Tres Amigas past due on franchise fee

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Superstation Tres Amigas is more than a month past due paying Curry County its $35,000 annual franchise fee, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle said he sent a letter Monday to Tres Amigas CEO David Stidham reminding him of the debt after the company failed to respond to […]

Education column: Students, teachers eager to begin school year

There’s nothing like the beginning of a new school year. It all begins a week or two before students arrive. Teachers arrive to set up their classrooms, attend workshops and meetings, and prepare for the new year. This year was no different in the Clovis schools. The first week back for teachers culminated in our […]

Letter to the editor — Aug. 21

People’s wishes must be considered I am not a Curry County commissioner until Jan. 2, but I told my constituents I would ask their opinions on important issues. Presiding commissioners have  approved a notice of intent to increase gross receipts taxes by .25 percent. This increase, according to financial advisor Rob Burpo, is necessary to […]

Pages past — Aug. 21

On this date … 1965: The emergency room at Clovis Memorial Hospital was being misused as an extension to the physician’s office or as an outpatient clinic, the hospital’s administrator and board chairman claimed. They said the hospital saw 6,050 patients in its emergency room in 1964, but only 25 percent of them were “true […]

Education digest — Aug. 21

ENMU graduation hour requirement being reduced Eastern New Mexico University is reducing the number of hours required for graduation for the majority of degree programs from 128 to 120 hours, starting with the fall 2015 undergraduate catalog, according to a school press release. Jamie Laurenz, vice president for Academic Affairs, said the objective for this […]

Police blotter — Aug. 21

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:12 a.m.: Juvenile problem in progress, 100 block of Lydia Street. • 1:03 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 1300 block of Gidding Street. • 4:42 a.m.: Domestic in progress, N.M. 467. • 5:56 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident with injuries, N.M. 77 and Curry Road. • […]

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 […]