Events calendar — Sept. 22

Thursday Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Farewell Reception to honor city Commissioner Robert “Bobby” Sandoval — 3:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Friday United Blood Services: Blood Drive — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 22

Thursday Melrose city meeting — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Clovis City Commission  — 9 a.m. North Annex, Clovis Carver Public Library, 701 Main St., Clovis Information: 575-763-6016 Tuesday Texico city meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 The meetings calendar is a […]

Opinion: Local devotes life to caregiving

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Smokey Ball may be one of the most recognizable figures in Roosevelt County.  Highly visible in his trademark blue overalls, tinted glasses, beard, and ever-present cap, he’s rarely without a story, and he’s rarely alone. A lot of us have eaten produce from Smokey’s gardens over the years, and been […]

County votes to table land use plan

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Curry County’s draft of its Land and Resource Management Plan took center stage during Tuesday’s commission meeting and after nearly two hours of discussion, the body voted to table the matter. At the end of the discussion that included input from residents both for and against the plan, Commission […]

County applies to host conference

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Curry County has applied to host the 2019 New Mexico Association of Counties Conference. During Tuesday’s meeting, county commissioners voted to submit an application to host the event. “When we hosted in 2013, we received Lodger’s Tax funds,” County Manager Lance Pyle said. “We also received a lot of […]

Princess party an affair for royalty

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Alix Rosa, right, a volunteer dressed up at last year’s Monarch Formals princess party, doesn’t break character as she interacts and laughs with one of the young attendees.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Tyleen Caffrey proves you’re never too old to enjoy fairytales. The fifth annual Monarch Formals princess party promises a full cast this year, among other festivities geared toward young girls and their parents. The event is to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Community […]

Pages past — Sept. 21

On this date … 1976: A peacock was on the loose in the 3700 block of Autumnwood in Clovis. Gary Engel reported the colorful bird spent the night on his roof before flying to a neighbor’s house. Roman “Junior” Romero of Clovis’ animal shelter captured the bird after climbing a ladder and shooing it off […]

Police blotter — Sept. 21

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 4:20 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2200 block of Echols Avenue. • 7:54 a.m.: Burglary (commercial), 1100 block of East Brady Avenue. • 8:20 a.m.: Public affray, 1500 block of Sycamore Street. • 10:00 a.m.: Shoplifting […]

Events calendar — Sept. 21

Today Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Tween programs — 4:30 p.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Farewell Reception to honor city Commissioner Robert “Bobby” […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 21

Today Families A.S.A.P. Focus Group Meeting — 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mental Health Resources, Inc., 1100 W. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 855-484-0144 Thursday Melrose city meeting — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Clovis City Commission  — 9 a.m. North Annex, Clovis Carver Public Library, 701 Main St., Clovis Information: […]

Roosevelt County hosting job fair

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Prospective employees from across the Eastern New Mexico and West Texas region will soon have the opportunity to seek potential jobs in Roosevelt County. The Portales and Roosevelt County Job Fair, coordinated by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation, will be held on Sept. 29 from 3-7 p.m. at […]

Business feature: Clovis restaurant manager wins top award

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Robert Vick Jr., the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s 2015 Restaurateur of the Year, presents Laura Leal with the 2016 award.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A Clovis restaurant manager has won New Mexico Restaurant Association’s top award for the fourth time since its inception in 1967. Laura Leal, owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant, was named Restaurateur of the Year on Sept. 12 in Albuquerque. The Hospitality Industry Awards recognize community involvement and extensive restaurant […]

Judge denies bond request for man accused in shooting

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A man accused of shooting a Clovis Police Department officer last month made a brief appearance in district court Monday morning, requesting through his attorney that his bond be reduced in a separate case. But the court denied the motion. Anthony Baca is slated to stand trial Jan. 24 […]

Abandoned dog gives birth at ENMU arena

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Grace is the mother of five healthy puppies, born last month at Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball arena.

By Amy Waltner ENMU communication services They had a winner on Aug. 26 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena, but it had nothing to do with basketball. With time running out, university employees rushed in to assist as an abandoned dog gave birth to five healthy puppies. It’s unclear exactly how the animal — […]

County to discuss land use proposal

Staff report The Curry County Commission will discuss an upcoming proposal for a land use plan during its 9 a.m. meeting today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The county has been working since March with Y2 Consultants of Wyoming. The plan is intended to give local governments a place at the […]

Focus group to aid parents of learning disabled children

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com A focus group will be in Clovis on Wednesday to help parents of learning disabled children discover what resources are available to them. Mental Health Resources in Clovis will host a focus group meeting held by Families ASAP, a New Mexico organization that helps families obtain resources and services […]

Business digest — Sept. 20

Company names general counsel Farm Credit of New Mexico has named Alan Pederson its general counsel, according to a Farm Credit news release. Pederson was previously with Farm Credit Services of America in Omaha, Nebraska, where he focused on loan documentation and financial advising for large-scale agricultural operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business […]

Police blotter — Sept. 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 6:47 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 900 block of Wallace Street. • 7:59 a.m.: Battery, aggravated (felony), Seventh and Hull streets. • 8:02 a.m.: Battery on a household member, aggravated. • 9:12 a.m.: Leaving scene […]

Events calendar — Sept. 20

Today Afterschool S.T.E.A.M — 4:30 p.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 Books N Babies — 10:30 a.m. Portales Public Library, 218 S. Avenue B., Portales. Information: 575-356-3940 AARP Driver Safety Class — 8 a.m. $15 for members. $20 non-members Information: 575-769-1468 The Jordan World Circus 2016 — 7 p.m. Curry […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 20

Today Curry County Commission  — 9 a.m. North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 Main St., Clovis Information: 575-763-6016. Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee meeting — Noon City Hall, conference room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Portales city meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Dora city meeting […]