Pages past — July 29

On this date … 1975: Charles Higdon, the band instructor at Marshall Junior High in Clovis, was among coaches for a summer band camp. Young musicians participating included sixth-graders Jackie Holt, Kenda Sue Dickenson and Cindy McDaniel. 1965: Heavy rains had pounded the region in recent days. The Otho Smith farm in Quay County  recorded […]

Local roundup — July 29

Airmen to weed highway medians Squadrons from Cannon Air Force Base this morning will be weeding medians along U.S. 60/84 from Wheaton Road to the Cannon ramp, according to a news release from Curry County. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have inside lanes closed from 8 a.m. until the work is complete, around […]

Baskett retiring from Oasis

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Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Hank Baskett Jr. is retiring after 21 years 
with the children’s safehouse.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Hank Baskett Jr. sums up his time with the organization as “a blessing.” Baskett, 71, is retiring after 21 years with the children’s safehouse at a fundraising banquet scheduled Aug. 15 at the Clovis Civic Center. “It’s a good feeling,” Baskett said. “But […]

Parks board approves festival, park steps

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com The first Rocktoberfest music and beer festival was approved Monday night at the city of Clovis parks and recreation board meeting, along with forward steps on improving Hillcrest Park and the par-3 golf course. Young Professionals of Clovis requested that the city parks and recreation board approve their idea […]

Ag center looking to future of farming

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Crop Physiologist Sangu Angadi is experimenting with alternative dryland farming crops such as guar, amaranth, quinoa, and sesame as potential drought-tolerant crops for farming in the area.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The primary focus of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis is to “serve the people of the area first,” which means there is a lot of acreage devoted to conducting variety trials of sorghum, wheat, and corn, according to Superintendent Abdel Mesbah. While the trials […]

County resident arrested on sex charges

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A 57-year-old man was arrested Friday for sexually molesting a 15-year-old girl, according to court records. Raymond Pepin, a Curry County resident, was charged with assault with intent to commit a violent felony and criminal sexual penetration, the arrest affidavit states. Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said Pepin is […]

Records: Couple faces 16 counts of child abuse

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A Clovis couple faces 16 counts of child abuse against seven of their nine children, court records show. Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Patricia and Duane Gartner were indicted Friday by a grand jury. Both posted $150,000 bond the day they were arrested early this month. Patricia […]

Commission to look at pay increases

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com The Curry County Commission may approve pay increases for employees and elected officials. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. today  at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. If all proposed pay increases are approved, it could cost the county up to $237,410 annually, County Manager Lance Pyle said. Also on […]

Meetings watch: ENMU Board of Regents

The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday in the Regents Room at the Administration Building in Portales. Regents took the following action: • Approved research and public service project funding requests at ENMU-Portales for fiscal year 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by the Higher Education Department in August, prior to their review […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the board room at 1009 Main Street. Agenda items: • Clovis Municipal Judge Jan Garrett will administer the oath of office for  board members, including new  member Cindy Osburn. • The board will vote on eight items on the […]

VA spurred to broaden access to care

By Tom Philpott Military Update The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics, spurred VA to broaden access to care. Turns out it did so largely through use of existing and often costly contract […]

Goodness is overwhelming

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Life takes us down paths we never want to travel, throwing medical terms at us we don’t want to learn. This has been a hard month to endure. My darling 2-year-old cousin Eliza became very ill in June. She was diagnosed with HUS — Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Following a life […]

Business digest — July 28

Chamber, CIDC unveil websites The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial Development Corp. unveiled redesigned websites on Friday. The addresses of clovisnm.org and developclovis.com remain the same. The Chamber site give members their own custom page, plus access to add events, job listings, hours of operation, maps and links to social media. The […]

Pages past — July 28

On this date … 1975: A San Jon couple had been killed when an explosion rocked their home the day before. Erman and Thelma Waller, both 67, died. They’d lived in the area since 1937. Officials said a leaky butane line caused the explosion, which was so forceful it forced the home’s floors through its […]

Editor’s notebook — July 28

Worth investigating Every elected or appointed official in eastern New Mexico should care about this. Attorneys with New Mexico’s Office of Attorney General are conducting open-meeting and public-record training in Clovis on Aug. 31. Every public entity in the area should have at least one representative on hand to learn the laws related to government […]

Police blotter — July 28

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 8:09 a.m.: No driver’s license, 1600 block of North Prince Street. • 8:59 a.m.: Burglary, 2600 block of Sheldon Street. • 9:34 a.m.: Burglary, 2600 block of Sheldon Street. • 9:42 a.m.: Shoplifting, 4000 […]

What’s happening — July 28

Today Texico City Council— 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St. Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 Big Kids Hours— 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Thursday United States Team Roping— 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Events Center, 1900 […]

Letters to the editor — July 28

Planned Parenthood should spark outrage On April 15, 1945, Gen. Walton Walker, discovering the holocaust at Buchenwald “Concentration Camp,” had German residents view the gas chambers and piled-up bodies so they’d know what was happening under their noses. The citizens were horrified and greatly ashamed, claiming they didn’t know. Millions were murdered in these human-processing […]

Border Town Days brings towns together

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
People lined the side of U.S. 60/84 for the annual Border Town Days parade from Texico to Farwell, Texas.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local lore holds that the annual Border Town Days is the only parade in the nation to cross state lines. While that’s not quite true — the Woodsville-Wells River Fourth of July Parade has been crossing the Connecticut River from Woodsville, New Hampshire to Wells, Vermont since 1981 — […]

Complaint alleges ‘unlawful harassment’

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A Curry County employee’s complaint against Commissioner Chet Spear alleges “numerous forms of unlawful harassment,” and a violation of civil rights. County Jail Administrator Tori Sandoval penned the complaint to County Manager Lance Pyle over Spear’s scrutiny of her work performance on Feb. 23. It was made public last […]