Injuries, fatalities understood risks of bull riding

By Alisa Boswell Staff Writer aboswell@pntonline.com Bull riding is often called the most dangerous sport in America. Competitors at the high school, collegiate and professional level are quick to say injuries are many and fatalities few, though finding reliable statistics to support such observations is difficult. The dangers of the sport hit home with the […]

Riders spread world health message

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com On a coast-to-coast trip covering about 80 miles per day, a group of cyclists are set to arrive in Portales today to share information on world health. Ride for World Health is a cycling team and nonprofit that undertakes a 3,200-mile cycling journey every year from San Diego to […]

Prairie chicken, water conservation talks highlight EPCOG meeting

By Vanessa Kahin Staff Writer vkahin@cnjonline.com From water to the lesser prairie chicken — preserving the environment was a main topic during the Eastern Plains Council of Governments Board of Directors meeting Wednesday at the EPCOG office, 418 Main St. An update on the EPCOG’s backlogged annual audits was also discussed, with a 2012 audit […]

Education column: Former gang member teaches powerful lessons

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy

“It isn’t about how you start, it’s how you finish.” These were the words of former gang member, “Crazy” Ted Sutton, who recently spoke to students at Clovis High School’s Lecture Hall. A lively and animated speaker, Sutton spoke to each class of students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors sequentially, as each group filled the hall […]

Education digest — April 10

CHS culinary students win second On March 26, a team of Clovis High School students finished second in the New Mexico State ProStart Invitational contest in Albuquerque Under the direction of instructor Judy Uerling, several students vied to be part of the team, and had to try out to compete by writing an essay, dicing […]

What’s happening — April 10

Today Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza — 1 p.m.-2 p.m., For all toddlers and preschoolers. Take your photo with the Easter Bunny and sign up to win Easter Basket, Wheatfields Senior Living. Information: 762-8700.   Friday 2014 Clovis Mainstreet Taste This — 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Tickets are […]

Police blotter — April 10

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:30 a.m.: Door knockers, 300 block of Wilmington Circle. • 1:13 a.m.: Prowlers, 1700 block of Sheldon Street. • 1:39 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident with injuries, 1300 block of West 15th Street. • 6:49 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 200 block of Schepps Boulevard. • […]

Friends: Cowboy loved bull riding

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Hadley Howe, a roper for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, speaks about the passing of teammate Irvying Urquijo during a prayer vigil Wednesday on  the ENMU campus.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Irvyng Urquijo’s chosen sport was fraught with danger and he knew it, an Eastern New Mexico University rodeo teammate said as about 200 mourners gathered Wednesday for a prayer vigil around the fountain at the heart of the campus. Urquijo, 20, died Tuesday after a bull stepped on his […]

Dixon pleads in accusation of running down judge

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com After almost three years of court wrangling, Portales attorney Eric Dixon has pleaded to lesser charges after being accused of using his vehicle to run down District Judge Teddy Hartley outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon’s attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso said Dixon entered an Alford plea Tuesday to […]

Committee touts water conservation efforts

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com April is Water Conservation Month, and members of the Water Policy Advisory Committee outlined the ways the city of Clovis is educating the community about conservation efforts during their meeting at Clovis City Hall on Tuesday. Members of the committee heard comments and looked over water conservation materials provided […]