Pages past — Sept. 14

On this date … 1968: Two 8-year-old boys and a 6-year-old boy were suspected of vandalizing James Bickley elementary school. About $60 worth of milk had been destroyed and school supplies had been taken, police said, over two nights. The boys were released to their parents’ custody to await a juvenile hearing before Officer Bob […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales


By Lillian Bowe The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

McGee: Anesthesia World not that exciting

Have you had an operation lately? I had one a few days ago. The doctor had to sew up some holes where it seemed my “chitlins” were trying to squiggle out. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had surgery,” I said. “The last time I had an operation they put me to sleep using […]

In search of ponies: Degrees matter to pets

The meager degree here and degree there is almost indistinguishable to us humans. Still warm enough for summer clothes, swimming and cookouts. However, if one rises early enough in the morning or ventures out after dark, the cooler temperatures can be felt easily enough. And though a drop from the mid 90s to the high […]

Police: Suspects identified in pumpkin theft

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University police have identified four juveniles as suspects in the weekend pumpkin thefts from the university’s Childhood Development Center. The suspects are 15, 15, 14 and 14, ENMU Police Chief Bradley Mauldin said. Video footage provided information that allowed police to identify the teens, Mauldin said. Mauldin said the four […]

Local social worker appointed

Staff report Sandra Turner of Clovis has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Board of Social Work Examiners, according to a press release from the governor’s press office. Turner is a clinical therapist, social worker and owner of Life Changes Counseling and Consulting. She was previously a school social worker for Clovis Municipal […]

Pages Past: Sept. 13

On this date … 1961: Citizens Bank of Clovis and Clovis National Bank had established accounts for victims of Hurricane Carla, one of the nation’s all-time most powerful tropical cyclones. The local Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Salvation Army were collecting food, clothing and bedding to send to victims. Carla, which made landfall near Port […]

Prep football scoreboard

Friday Area Texico 49,Portales 32 Seagraves 40, Muleshoe 34 Fort Sumner 51, Questa 8 Clovis Christian 38, Whitharral JV 8 Hondo 62, Floyd 12 Logan 77, Dora 37 Bovina 27, Ralls 19 Farwell 23, Hale Center 6 New Mexico Alamogordo 46, Highland 8 Artesia 48, Valencia 31 Aztec 56, Kirtland Central 6 Belen 35, Farmington 20 Bloomfield […]

Police blotter — Sept. 12

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday ∞ 12:38 a.m.: Prowlers in progress, 1200 block of Beta Street. ∞ 2:52 a.m.: Drunk person, 100 block of Gayland Drive. ∞ 4:21 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 1200 block of Ash Street. ∞ 7:35 a.m.: Shots fired, 1500 block of U.S. 60. ∞ […]

5 things to know about collectible card games

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Eric DeLeon, left, and John George engage in a game of Magic: The Gathering, while John Aceves looks on Thursday at Card Crazy. The shop, one of two hobby shops in town that sells the collectible card game along with True Games, is hosting a pair of collectible card game tournaments Saturday.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Collectible card games combine two aspects that somebody has found addictive at some point in their lives — playing a fun game with friends, and trying to get a complete set of cards. The clubhouse leader in the industry is Magic: The Gathering cards —available locally at Hastings, Wal-Mart, […]

Property taxes lighter for most homeowners

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Property taxes got a little less expensive for most homeowners Thursday under a new tax rate approved by Curry County commissioners. County Assessor Candace Morrison said the tax rates adopted by commissioners represents about a 2.7 percent drop from last year overall across the county. Clovis homeowners will get […]

Tractor makes good place for audio learning

On the tractor. That’s where I’ve spent a lot of my life. Back and forth and forth and back. Downshift, implement up, turn, implement down, speed back up, drive straight, don’t run over any junk or wells … repeat until through. All day long for days on end. Some might look at it as a […]

Pages past — Sept. 12

On this date … 1966: A full page advertisement in the Clovis News-Journal told readers Holsum Bread “looks as good as it tastes.” Every slice, the ad read, “is perfectly white, perfectly smooth, and perfectly uniform.” 1961: Roosevelt County farmers were closely watching the progress of 1,500 acres of castor beans growing in the Floyd […]

What’s happening — Sept. 12

Today Special Olympics Equestrian Games — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (opening ceremonies), Curry County Events Center. Information: 575-935-7000. Women’s Initiative Network luncheon — noon, Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-769-2103. Saturday Special Olympics Equestrian Games — 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Curry County Events Center. Information: 575-935-7000. Monday Regional Water Planning meeting — 1:30 p.m., Convention […]

Education feature: Clovis High’s Japanese course popular, challenging

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Tyler Kendrick talks with instructor Hisano Richeson during a computer lab portion of Wednesday’s Japanese II course at Clovis High School.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer At a corner classroom at Clovis High School, the letters go up and down and right to left, the last name comes first and the students refer to the teacher as “Sensei.” The Japanese course, taught at two levels at CHS, has been taught for three years, and school […]

CCC board seat to remain vacant until election

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor There won’t be anyone appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Clovis Community College board after the four remaining board members deadlocked in a vote to fill the position. The seat will remain vacant until voters decide in a March 2015 election, said board Secretary Russell Muffley. The […]

Anonymous text prompts lockdown in Grady

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor No drugs or weapons were found at Grady schools during an hour and a half lockdown Wednesday morning prompted by an anonymous text message, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The text saying there were illegal drugs and guns in the school was received about 9 a.m. by […]

Residents donate to replace stolen pumpkins

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]

Ordinance approved defining adult entertainment

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission took a small step Wednesday, should the city ever need to create an ordinance to deal with a strip club inside city limits. During a review of city ordinances, Louis Gordon of the city’s building safety department, said it was discovered that while […]

Education column: Athletic success worth sharing

Our sports season got off to a bang-up start with our beloved Clovis High School Wildcats winning their first home game at Leon Williams stadium Friday night. It was an exciting game, ending in a 28-23 win. Last week before the game, I had an opportunity to sit down with the Clovis Schools Athletic Director […]