What’s happening — May 17

Today 27th Annual Knights Challenge Softball Tournament — all day Guy Leeder Softball Complex 14th Street Information: 575-762-8977 or email clovisusssa@3lifties.com Monday Women’s Initiative Luncheon — 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 lunch and 2 raffle tickets. $20 lunch 12 raffle tickets. 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis Civic Center. Information 575-769-2103 Free Soccer Skills Clinic — Ages […]

ENMU baseball player jailed for battery

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com An Eastern New Mexico University baseball player was arrested Thursday for breaking another ballplayer’s jaw in a fight at the end of a game last month. Daniel Ward, 23, was booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center for aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, after an incident that took place […]

May Day tradition continues at James Bickley

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
James Bickley Elementary held its fourth grade wind the Maypole event for the last time at the school’s old building Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The May Day tradition runs deep at James Bickley Elementary — in fact some may say it defines them. “It’s tradition,” Jody Burrage, a fourth-grade teacher at James Bickley Elementary said Friday before the 67th Annual May Day celebration. “That’s why. It’s our tradition. It is James Bickley.” In […]

Notebook — May 16

Never mind … • A Portales City Council meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday is canceled. The council will meet again May 28. Graduation reminder … • The clock’s ticking. Clovis High School graduation is 6 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Portales High School seniors take the walk 7 p.m. Friday at […]

Pages past — May 16

On this date … 1970: David Paul Ryder, a 22-year-old Briton suffering from polio, was walking from “the Pacific Blue to the Emerald Green Atlantic,” to raise money and awareness for the handicapped. Ryder, who was passing through Clovis, said one of his missions was “to bring hope to the many handicapped people who have […]

McGee: A tale of the lad and the chamber pot

The Lady of the House and I were looking at some real estate on the Internet. One particular home caught her eye. “It just has one bathroom though,” she said. “And it’s not near the master bedroom. It’s all the way at the other end of the house.” “We’ll just have to get a chamber […]

Johnson: Don’t forget to put on the sunscreen

The season is changing, and with it, the High Plains are about to get a whole lot of a good thing — sunshine. More than just warming, those extra rays of summer can be truly wonderful things that make a significant difference in the health and quality of life for creatures great and small. Not […]

Local roundup — May 16

Portales man convicted for child porn possession A Portales man charged with possession of child pornography was convicted Friday, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office. Robert Hawkins, 25, was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography and faces a maximum sentence of 18 months and must register as a […]

Meetings watch — May 16

ENMU Board of Regents The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday in the Regents Room at the main campus in Portales. Regents took the following action: • Approved recommendation to designate Kathleen Donalson as associate professor emerita of reading education effective upon her retirement. • Approved recommendation to designate Leslie Paternoster as […]

Psychologist by day, farm hand by night and trumpeter in between

Barry Smith

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Barry Smith has kept busy in retirement. A resident of Eugene, Oregon, who earned his undergraduate degree at Eastern New Mexico University in 1967, Smith helps maintain the city’s police vehicle fleet as a volunteer and […]

New Mexico part of $6.5 million investment for water conservation

Staff report Eastern New Mexico is one of seven priority areas to be impacted by a $6.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture investment into water conservation and quality improvement for the Ogallala Aquifer. Through the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with agricultural producers on converting from irrigated to dryland crop […]

Torres gets life plus 31 years

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The final suspect in the 2005 shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez was sentenced Thursday. Noe Torres, 36, will spend at least 61-and-a-half years in the state prison. Chief District Judge Drew Tatum gave Torres a life sentence — a sentence of at least 30 years that does not end until […]


Liberals celebrate… • Ribbon cutting and open house 11:30 a.m. today at the newly rebuilt Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Open to the public. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry notes it’s “a building that is near and dear to a lot […]

Boutique Air to make flight schedule changes

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Effective June 1, Clovis’ federally-funded air service provider will change its schedule between the Clovis Municipal Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Currently, Boutique offers the following 18 round trips weekly. All flights are between 90 and 105 minutes, but arrival times fluctuate due to the time zone changes. […]

Police blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday May 13. • 3:47 a.m.: Shoplifting in progress, 1400 block of north Norris Street. • 9:14 a.m.: Burglary report, 1200 block of Lea Street. • 10:58 a.m.: Failure to comply with conditions of release, 200 […]

What’s happening

Today Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — 5 p.m., 321 N. Connelly, Clovis City Hall. Information: 575-763-9653 Saturday Relay For Life — Noon, Hillcrest Park 1208 N. Norris St. Cops and Kids Basketball — 9 a.m., Rock Staubus Gymnasium, 1900 N. Thornton St. 27th Annual Knights Challenge Softball Tournament — All day, Guy Leeder Softball […]

New courthouse, high price

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners spent more than an hour of an almost five-hour meeting Thursday pondering four options for renovating the courthouse, prices ranging from almost $5 million to $10 million. After the session, commissioners said they don’t have the money to commit to any of the options offered. At […]

County commissioners approve 2016 budget

Curry County commissioners approved a $15.8 million preliminary budget Thursday for fiscal year 2016, beginning July 1. County Manager Lance Pyle said the budget doesn’t include any employee raises or additional staff. He said those issues could be addressed in the next two months spent developing the county’s final budget. A preliminary budget must be […]

Cannon fatality in range accident identified

Staff report Cannon Air Force Base has identified a service member killed Monday in a utility task vehicle accident at Melrose Air Force Range. Staff Sgt. Jordan Lewis, a flight engineer with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, died Tuesday afternoon of head trauma at University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a release from the […]

ENMU Athletic Scholarship Awards Recipients, 2015

According to an Eastern New Mexico University public service announcement, the following local ENMU students were awarded scholarships from ENMU Athletics at the scholarship awards ceremony on April 21. • Andrew Anaya of Clovis • River Fine of Portales • Kaylee Foster of Portales • Hunter Haley of Portales • Anabel Muniz of Portales • […]