Pages past — Aug. 19

On this date … 1956: More than 2,000 people had attended the 50th anniversary in Melrose. Sixteen of the old-timers said they had been in the area for at least 50 years, when the town was called Brownhorn. Entertainment for the day included a greased-pig race and a fiddling contest. 1951: Clovis Air Force Base […]

Contestants show off pinup styles

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Denise Mejia has a laugh during her interview with emcee Tyleen Caffrey during the inaugural pin-up contest at the Curry County Fair Wednesday night. Mejia was crowned as champion.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com It’s not every day you see military uniforms paired with red lipstick and high heels. But the pinup contest at Curry County Fair is not an everyday event. In fact, the contest was the first of its kind for the 96th annual fair, according to event coordinators. Organized by […]

Clovis Christian moving forward with expansion

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By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com With an eye toward securing funding for a building slated to house its high school student population, Clovis Christian Schools officials were recently prepared to sign on the dotted line for a $1.5 million loan. But then one stroke of a donors pen changed the entire dynamic. Clovis Christian […]

Chamber hosting early screening of ‘Hell or High Water’

Staff report An early screening of “Hell or High Water” will be held 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at North Plains 7, according to a release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. The event is $15 per person, and includes a meal from Leal’s, a meet-and-greet with local stars, a movie poster and commemorative tickets. […]

Fuel operations decision on city agenda

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Carlos Arias, manager of Blue Sky Aviation, refuels a plane Wednesday afternoon at the Clovis Municipal Airport. The Clovis City Commission has an item on its Thursday meeting agenda regarding taking over fuel operations at the airport. Blue Sky was served with a 60-day notice of termination in June. The business has contined to operate past the Aug. 8 termination date while the city commission has weighed the matter.

Staff report The Clovis City Commission, for the second consecutive week, is planning to make a decision on potentially taking over fuel operations at the city’s municipal airport. The commission has a 4:30 p.m. executive session scheduled to discuss threatened litigation prior to the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public […]

Judges have keen eye for livestock

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Junior replacement dairy heifer show judge Andrew Vaz examines an entry during competition Wednesday at Kevin Roberts Show Arena.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com During this week’s Curry County Fair, dozens of 4-H and Future Farmers of America participants will receive awards and accolades for agriculture and livestock entries. At the heart of the competition stand the judges, who survey the competition and determine who gets the hardware. On a sun-splashed Wednesday morning […]

Opinion: First day of school is magical

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist No doubt about it, the first day of school is absolutely magical, but particularly if you work in education. From the youngest students to the oldest, there’s an all encompassing freshness and eagerness on the first day of school. This past Monday throughout the Clovis Municipal School district was no […]

Police blotter — Aug. 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 3:04 a.m.: Motor vehicle theft – auto, 300 block of Sandoval Street. • 4:13 a.m.: Harassment, phone. • 7:28 a.m.: Failure to appear, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 8:19 a.m.: Failure to comply […]

Events calendar — Aug. 18

Today Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Color Creators — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Color Creators — 6 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Friday Curry County Fair — 4 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds, Clovis. Junior Livestock Sale […]

Meetings calendar — Aug. 18

Today Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 City Commission — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Curry County Health Council Meeting — 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Hartley House, 900 N Main St., Clovis. […]

Pages past — Aug. 18

On this date … 1976: A queen coronation, fiddlers contest and tractor pull were among events scheduled for the Roosevelt County Fair. Cash prizes would be awarded the top three in the fiddlers contest. The fair’s four-day run was set to begin Aug. 25. 1976: Eastern New Mexico University was a week away from its […]

Opinion: Fair bet to say fair season’s here

By Betty Williamson Local columnist The 4-H and FFA kids are as busy as bees, and I’d swear there is a scent of fried food in the air. It seems fairly safe — even a fair bet — to say that fair season must be here. The Quay County Fair in Tucumcari and the Curry […]

Clovis woman found competent to stand trial on arson case

STAFF REPORT A Clovis woman accused of setting multiple fires around the region on two separate occasions has been found competent to stand trial. A brief confidential hearing was held Wednesday morning on Angelica Madrid, 41. Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said the case will be remanded back to the magistrate level. “She’s been […]

Fair goes to the hogs

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Lane McAlister, 13, shows Dottie during Tuesday’s junior market swine show at the Kevin Roberts Show Arena.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Lane McCalister takes great pride in caring for his swine and loves nothing more than putting them on public display. And there was no better stage than the Kevin Roberts Show Arena, where Tuesday’s junior market swine show took place at the Curry County Fair. “It’s a lot of […]

Officer assault trial slated for September

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Attorneys for both sides said Tuesday they are prepared for the case of a Portales man accused of assaulting a Portales police officer. Anthony Ortega, 28, is scheduled on Sept. 12 to face charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, disarming a peace officer and resisting, evading or […]

Gunshot victim airlifted to Lubbock

Staff report A suspected shooting led law enforcement Tuesday on a trip from a residential neighborhood to Hillcrest Park to Clovis’ La Vista Inn. Clovis Police Capt. Roman Romero said late Tuesday that no one was in custody regarding the incident. An injured 32-year-old man was referenced in a release from the Clovis Police Department, […]

Incest trial moved to October

Staff report The trial of a Clovis mother facing charges of incest has been moved to October. The case of 36-year-old Monica Mares was discussed during a docket call Tuesday morning in district court, with the decision to move the matter to the Oct. 26 docket. “I have ordered documents from Santa Fe,” District Attorney […]

Horse show priority for local students

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Brooke Reeves, 13, brushes her 9-year-old horse, Boaz, Tuesday morning before competing for the first time in the Curry County Fair Open Horse Show.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com School is five times every week. The Curry County Fair Open Horse Show is once a year. To young riders on Tuesday morning, the latter was the easy choice. Tuesday’s Curry County Fair events kicked off with the horse show at the Mounted Patrol Arena of the fairgrounds. Flapping […]

Former candidate seeks dismissal of charges

Staff report A trial is still scheduled for Aug. 26 against a former Curry County Commission candidate, but the future of the case is in the hands of a district judge. A motion to dismiss was filed Monday by Steve Gershon, who faces a felony charge of unlawful carry of a firearm in an establishment […]

Officials pass cost of living increase measure

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Curry County Commission passed a measure Tuesday establishing a cost of living increase for county employees. Resolution 2016-43 passed by a margin of 3-2 during the commission’s regular session, with Commissioners Ben McDaniel, Angelina Baca and Tim Ashley voting in the affirmative and Wendell Bostwick and Chet Spear […]