County manager appointed to committee

Staff report Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has been appointed to a committee of the National Association of Counties, according to a press release from Pyle’s office. Pyle will serve on NACo’s Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee, said Riki Hokama, the organization’s president. Pyle joins just four other New Mexico representatives — two […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years on drug charges

Staff report Jesse Gomez, 38, of Clovis was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty to two felony counts of drug trafficking, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Reeb said Gomez sold a Region 5 Drug Task Force officer methamphetamine in January during an undercover sting. Officers […]

Everybody’s business: Choosing legal form of business important consideration

As soon as the decision is made to start a business, one thing to consider is what legal form is best. Forms of business organization include sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, S-Corporations, and C-Corporations. For most individual startups, the important considerations are taxes, ease of transfer, and the cost of the organizational formation. Even more important […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in a special session at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s north annex. The four items on the action agenda: • A request to approve an order for the assessor to impose property taxes rates set by the state Department of Finance and Administration for the year. • A […]

What’s happening — Sept. 9

Today Curry County & Area Republican Women meeting — 11:30 a.m., Dakota’s Steakhouse, 816 Lexington. Information: 575-762-2885. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Planning & Zoning meeting — 3 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public  Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Board of County Commissioners […]

Police blotter — Sept. 9

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday ∞ 1 a.m.: Possession of methamphetamines, Cypress and Elm streets. ∞ 6:20 a.m.: Dispute in progress, 1900 block of East Fourth Street. ∞ 8:05 a.m.: Dispute in progress, 1900 block of East Fourth Street. ∞ 9:20 a.m.: Theft of identity, 2000 block of West 21st […]

Military update: ‘In-state tuition’ protection doesn’t take effect for another year

Perhaps the first thing veterans using GI Bill education benefits should understand about new “in-state tuition” protection that Congress approved last month is that it won’t take effect for another year — fall semester 2015. That delay will give state-run colleges and universities — or, in some cases, state legislatures — time to prepare policies […]

Pages past — Sept. 9

On this date … 1960: Bob Prince returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown, highlighting Clovis’ 20-0 high school football win over Portales. It was the Wildcats’ seventh straight win over the Rams. 1954: The Las Vegas Daily Optic newspaper published an editorial praising former state Rep. R. G. Bryant of Portales and Dr. […]

ENMU reports another record fall enrollment

Staff report Aggressive recruiting efforts, expanding athletic programs and the advent of online education are just a few reasons Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment figures continue to rise, according to university President Steve Gamble. The university announced on Saturday its fall enrollment is up for the 18th consecutive year. The number of ENMU students enrolled […]

Pages past — Sept. 7

On this date … 1970: Clovis’ Johnny Krattiger and guest partner Tim Nesbitt of Midland, Texas, won the annual Colonial Park Member-Guest Golf Tournament. The three-day event attracted 120 golfers. 1964: Harold Carpenter, 45, died from what his physician described as complications produced by a red ant bite. The Clovis farmer died from either extreme […]

Police blotter — Sept. 7

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 12:17 a.m.: Prowlers in progress, 200 block of Tierra Blanca Road. • 2:09 a.m.: Robbery with other dangerous weapons, 1000 block of North Mitchell Street. • 3:47 a.m.: Trespass in progress, 400 block of L. Casillas Boulevard. • 8:21 a.m.: Dispute, Rio and Sheridan […]

What’s happening — Sept. 7

Today Joseph Flores Sr. Recital — 3 p.m., free admission, Buchanan Hall, ENMU- Portales. Information: 575-562-2377. Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., CYSD Building, Hillcrest Park. Information: 575-769-7828. Tuesday Curry County & Area Republican Women meeting — 11:30 a.m., Dakota’s Steakhouse, 816 Lexington. Information: 575-762-2885. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., […]

Volunteers reviving history at Farwell Cemetery


By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Lots of big history here. Big as the state of Texas, where almost everything is always bigger, it seems. All of it shared by a less imposing, perhaps more modest, New Mexican border town. This is ranching country and has been for more than a century. That’s when “The […]

Checkup: Ute pipeline project

Gayla Brumfield chairs the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, a consortium of communities charged with completing the estimated $550 million Ute Water Project. The project is largely a massive 88-mile pipe that will draw water from the Ute lake reservoir in Quay County and pump it to each of the eight authority member communities […]

Just so you know

Q: I know the vegetables at the local farmers markets are fresh, but how do I know they’re safe to eat? Do vendors have to meet any guidelines? A: According to, a website about the state’s farmers markets, the produce you would get from your local market is the same, or better in terms […]

Pages past — Sept. 6

On this date … 1974: Tickets were on sale to see Rare Earth, a Detroit rock group whose 1971 hit “I Just Want to Celebrate” reached No. 7 on the pop charts. The Motown recording group was set to perform Sept. 8 at Eastern New Mexico University. General admission tickets were $3, on sale at […]

Reunion brings Farwell native home

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Farwell’s Clayton Corn has toured as a keyboarder with Phil Vassar and Pat Green. He joins Vassar for tonight’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival.

By Kevin Wilson Clayton Corn loved the Friday night lights of West Texas, so much so that he would do triple duty at Farwell football games — offense, defense and halftime marching band. “I was awful at all of them,” Corn said. “Make sure in the article that I’m not claiming to be a […]

Healthy family bonds critical for animals, too

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It’s all about the beginning. The first few months and years of a child’s life are well accepted as the foundation for the person they will become. How much interaction they receive, the nurturing and care as well as the quality and types of relationships they experience in that formative […]

Roosevelt County Commission support amendment to endangered species act

Staff report Roosevelt County commissioners on Friday unanimously approved a resolution to support the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act during a special business meeting. Commission Chairman Kendell Buzard told the board it would amend the Endangered Species Act, which has not been amended for 26 years. “This will really help the landowners effected by […]

Now that’s a good question

By Grant McGee Local columnist When I hear about stuff going on over in the Middle East I remember the time I used to know a couple from Lebanon who ran a business in one of the big cities here in The Great American Southwest. Bashir and Yara had a small store in a big […]