Scientist: Ebola outbreak unlikely in US

Courtesy photo: John Arnold
Steven Bradfute’s work focuses on improving the effectiveness of experimental Ebola vaccines.

By John Arnold University of New Mexico A poll released last week shows that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are worried there will be a large Ebola outbreak in this country. But such fears aren’t justified, Ebola experts say. A large, lengthy Ebola outbreak like the one happening in West Africa would be unlikely […]

Military update: Officials: Allowing veterans to shop online could boost profits

Allowing 18.8 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate brick-and-mortar department stores and concessions on base, could boost store profits enough to pump more than $100 million back into base quality-of-life programs. That’s part of the “business case” made by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) […]

Court upholds Ute intake construction

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A federal court of appeals in Denver has refused to reverse a decision giving the green light to construction of an intake at Ute Lake Reservoir, part of the Ute Lake Project plan to pipe drinking water to communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The decision made Monday rejects […]

Tres Amigas official: Late bill was oversight

Staff report The chief financial officer for electric superstation Tres Amigas is telling Curry County the check is in the mail. CFO and Senior Vice President Russell Stidolph said the county should get its past due $35,000 annual franchise fee today since he sent it Monday via Federal Express. Stidolph said Tres Amigas’ failure to […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday ∞ 1:58 a.m.: Vehicle theft in progress, Fifth and Oak streets. ∞ 2:20 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 600 block of West 18th Street. ∞ 7:08 a.m.: Harassment in progress, 1800 block of Mabry Drive. ∞ 8:03 a.m.: Remove violent subject, 400 block of Curry Avenue. […]

What’s happening — Aug. 26

Today Class 4 Winds & Renewables Luncheon — 11:30 (registration);  noon (Lunch),  K-Bobs steakhouse, $20/ plate (sign up online www.class4winds.org). Information: 806-420-1321. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Saturday Clovis Roller Derby — Clovis Roller Derby vs. Albuquerque, Roller World, 1721 Wallace. Information: 575-763-3435. 5K Rockin’ Color Run — 8 […]

Clovis residents take ice bucket challenge

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Josh Johnson, Clovis Christian School’s head football coach, has a bucket of ice water poured over him by CCS junior Michael Furrow at the school’s west campus. Johnson challenged his wife, Kallye Johnson, and staff members Chad Patton and Jerry Hargraves.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com The ice bucket challenge is a charitable effort of the 21st century — spurred by social media, it’s attracted the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Shakira, former President George W. Bush, LeBron James and Stephen King, to name a few. The challenge, which involves people posting videos online of them […]

KENW celebrates 40 years

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KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan with the KENW staff in the 1970s. Ryan said more than half of his staff stayed with the station for 25 years.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Duane Ryan came to Portales six  decades ago with a vision to start a radio and television program from the ground up. KENW was born as a public broadcasting station 40 years ago, but Ryan, the station’s director of broadcasting, said there were challenges along the way. KENW broadcasts […]

Just so you know — Aug. 24

Can a pig, chicken, horse or other livestock be kept in city limits? Per the city code about animals on the city of Clovis website, the answers differ from animal to animal. To look it up, go to: http://cityofclovis.org Under the City Government drop-down tab you’ll click City Code, which will open up a Municode […]

Pages past — Aug. 24

On this date … 2008: Eight violent inmates escaped Curry County jail. Most were recaptured quickly, but convicted killer Edward Salas remained free until Oct. 4, 2012, when he was arrested in Mexico. 1962: A supersonic F-100 fighter bomber crashed near the Melrose gunnery range, killing its pilot. Lt. Leroy H. Hellman was the second […]

Police blotter — Aug. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Caller reported: Thursday • 1:34 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 500 block of Sheldon Street. • 3:42 a.m.: Request to remove subject, 1100 block of Ross Street. • 4:54 a.m.: Missing person, 1400 block of West […]

What’s happening — Aug. 24

Today Ride for Bully Awareness — 11:30 a.m. registration begins at Walmart parking lot, 1 p.m., ride will start. Information: http://www.stopbully.com/clovis Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Civic Center Policy Board meeting — 3 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-769-7828. Tuesday Class 4 Winds & Renewables Luncheon […]

Letters to the editor — Aug. 24

Tax increase bargain, not theft I read with interest articles in Thursday’s and Friday’s News Journal about the .25 percent sales tax the county commissioners have discussed. Voters in Curry County voted against a property tax increase for new or remodeled jail facilities. I’ll admit I voted against these increases. My thoughts are everyone should […]

Livestock sale night

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Kasyn Creighton of Elida 4-H/FFA shows her grand champion pig during the Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale. Creighton’s pig sold for $4,000, and received a $200 sponsor add-on.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Sheltering the grand champion meat pen rabbits from the brief, heavy rain on Friday, Ethan Friend waited for his time to get in the sale ring at the Roosevelt County Fair. Dottie, Tt and Brandy, his three rabbits, snuggled up in their basket and made a cute trio when he walked […]

Animals have entered selfie craze

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Goofy grins, sultry eyes, sweet smiles, pensive stares … everywhere you turn, they are all the rage. The “selfie” works a lot like playing in a mirror, capturing and immortalizing those fractional moments of self-perspective that in days of old were rarely documented. A phenomenon with ever-evolving social ramifications, thanks […]

Airman’s identity released

Staff report The man found dead Thursday in his Cannon Air Force Base home has been identified as Senior Airman Christian Barreto, a sensor operator with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron. Cannon officials did not provide any additional information on Friday, but Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said it’s his understanding the death is not […]

Thoughts on alternative history

By Grant McGee Local columnist Do you like to think about “what ifs”? I do. I was thinking about this while out driving one afternoon with The Lady of the House. I said to her, “You know alternative historians speculate that Utah could’ve gone on to be a nation on its own.” “Who said what?” […]

Convicted murderer gets life

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com Daniel Murrell III, who was convicted of first-degree murder by a Curry County grand jury on Aug. 7, was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years Friday afternoon. The murder conviction stems from a Jan. 4, 2013, mugging, in which Murrell, 25, of Clovis, beat 61-year-old Joe Garcia, also of […]

Pages past — Aug. 23

On this date … 1964: Clovis city officials announced the Hull-Brady bypass was open to traffic and the final phase of construction would begin in about a week. The final phase consisted of placing “asphalt concrete” on the road, according to project supervisor Joe Nail. 1957: A 12-year-old Clovis boy picked up for taking a […]

Airman found dead in base housing

Staff report A Cannon Air Force Base airman was found dead in base housing early Thursday, a news release from Cannon reported. The airman’s name was being withheld until 24 hours after family has been notified, the release said. The body was found about 8 a.m. Capt. Neil Samson, with Cannon public affairs, said he […]