Pages past — March 24

On this date … 2007: Communities across Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties were picking up debris and evaluating losses after multiple tornadoes tore through the region the night before. Clovis was hardest hit with more than a dozen hurt and more than 100 homes and businesses destroyed. Two Clovis residents soon died from injuries suffered […]

Sci-fi writer prefers Portales


Editor’s note: Forty years ago, on March 21, 1975, science fiction writer Jack Williamson spoke about the contrasts and the futures of small towns vs. big cities. Some of what he said then remains true today. Here are some snippets from the Eastern New Mexico University professor’s speech, delivered at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, […]

County employees take top honors in Great American Cleanup

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Norma Delarosa accepts the Great American Cleanup’s first-place award on behalf of the Curry County team Saturday afternoon at Clovis’ Parks and Recreation Department after the team collected 147 bags of trash. The event included 23 teams and more than 300 people with the top three teams collecting 323 bags of trash from around the city.

  By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor Curry County took top honors in the city of Clovis’ Great American Cleanup, with more than 50 dozen bags of trash cleared from various places throughout the city limits. The team of county employees compiled 147 bags, topping both the Cannon Air Force Base 551st Special Operations Squadron […]

Capital outlay bill fails

Staff and wire reports Infrastructure issues in eastern New Mexico have run into another obstacle — gridlock. Amid partisan fighting and barbs over blame, the New Mexico Legislature failed Saturday to come up with a plan to pay for various state projects as the 60-day legislative session came to an end. The Republican-controlled New Mexico […]

Inactive voters to be removed from registered list

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor If you haven’t voted in the last two major elections and still want to be a registered voter, you may want to make a visit or call the county clerk’s office before the next election. According to County Clerk Rosalie Riley, the clerk’s office was instructed by Gov. Susana […]

I’ll always remember the dreaded micromanager

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist A terrible boss can make it seem like you’re working under a rock. And when I reflect back on the worst bosses I’ve ever had, one of them always comes to mind. She came into the office on her first day and held an impromptu meeting.  She gathered us in […]

Pages past — March 22

On this date … 1975: Medical reports showed two Iranian students attending Eastern New Mexico University died March 13 from carbon monoxide poisoning. Seyed Moshen Ariarad, 31, and Ebrahim Karimi, 27, were found dead on the bedroom floor of Karimi’s home at 1519 W. 17th St. in Portales. Officials said a friend found them earlier […]

Plenty to do at Oasis State Park

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More than 80 species of birds call Oasis State Park home.

  Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. There’s plenty to do at Oasis State Park now that warm weather is here, starting with a spring trout fishing derby next weekend, Saturday and March 29. Reason to go The park is a true […]

Letter to the editor — March 22

Amount of trash disheartening It is rather disheartening to realize the irony in having the need for a periodic “Trek for trash.” Each time, it seems, the harvest exceeds the number of bags collected the time before, instead of fewer. I suppose we could attribute the persistent trash clutter to the newcomers and visitors we […]

Police blotter — March 22

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 7:46 a.m., Abandoned vehicle, 600 block of East 11th Street. • 8:02 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2700 block of Harrison Avenue. • 8:34 a.m.: Theft report, 1900 block of West 21st Street. • 11:03 a.m.: […]

What’s happening — March 22

Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Economic Tax Advisory Board — 7:30 a.m., Assembly room, Bert Cabiness City Government Center. Information: 575-769-7828 Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday National Nutrition Month […]

Arrests made for truancy

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Two Portales parents have been arrested in the last month for not sending their children to school. A 35-year-old man was arrested on Feb. 24, and a 30-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday, with both being released the day of their arrests on $1,000 bonds. Neither parent could be […]

Breaking horses his living

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Tripp Townsend of Earth, on board Dallas Fort Worthy, shows what the horse can do at Friday’s afternoon Ranch Horse Competition & Demonstration at the Curry County Events Center. Townsend took first place in the competition.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor Tripp Townsend grew up on a ranch, riding horseback and managing livestock in Earth and later on the Blackwater Ranch east of Portales. His dad urged him to do something else with his life and get a different job, but ranching is just in his blood. “It’s just all […]

Pets important to happiness

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies In a near magical fashion, faces light up when they’re around, smiles emerge, body language softens and, all too often, laughter is the end result. Critters — those with feathers, fur and even scales — have an uncanny way of reaching people in the most sincere and uninhibited […]

Be sure to check out any weirdness

By Grant McGee Local columnist I caught “the diabetes.” Oh, I know you don’t “catch” the diabetes. It just reminds me it didn’t catch me. Or did it? You see I rode my bicycle to and from work every day, well, except for those bad-weather days or when the wind was crazy. I did it […]

Former Clovis resident joins board at NMHU

Staff report A former Clovis resident has been approved as a member of the board of regents at New Mexico Highlands University. Sandra Turner was one of three nominees of Gov. Susana Martinez confirmed March 13 by the Senate, according to a release from the Las Vegas, N.M., school. She is a behavioral health unit […]

Person of interest in homicide released

Staff report A man police have identified as a person of interest in a March 8 homicide was released on bond from the Curry County jail on Thursday afternoon, officials said. Brandon Cordova, 32, of Clovis, had been held on a probation violation. The homicide occurred around 4 a.m. on March 8 at 1000 Beta […]

Pages past — March 21

On this date … 1971: Clint Judah of 1808 Axtell in Clovis authored a letter published in the Clovis News-Journal offering praise “where praise is greatly deserved but is so seldom given. I would like to say thanks to a policeman (or cop or pig as they are so unjustly called) who knocked on my […]

One hospitalized, one dead in murder/suicide

Staff report A former Tucumcari resident is dead and an unidentified woman hospitalized for life-threatening injuries following an attempted murder/suicide in Amarillo, according to the Amarillo Police Department. At 6:25 a.m. Tuesday, APD officers responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired at 6215 Belpree near Bell Street and Interstate 40, said Lt. Erick Bohannon, […]

Senate approves Ingle-sponsored driver’s license compromise

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate approved a two-tiered bill on Friday that would continue to grant driving privileges to people in the country illegally. The compromise reached on the issue calls for two distinct driver’s licenses — one that complies with federal identification requirements and another that does not. The bill […]