Report: More choosing cremation over burial

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com More people are choosing cremation over burial for the first time in U.S. history, according to national reports. In a National Funeral Directors Association report released June 30, the rate of cremation in 2015 was an estimated 48.5 percent, while the burial rate was approximately 45.4 percent. This is […]

Baton Rouge shooter a former Marine

By Tammy Webber, Jesse Holland and Eric Tucker The Associated Press CHICAGO — The former Marine who killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers identified with a growing movement that originated among white supremacists and whose adherents believe they’re immune to most state and federal laws, including paying taxes and getting driver’s licenses. Gavin Long, […]

GOP leaders approve convention rules

By Alan Fram The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Over angry and prolonged objections from anti-Donald Trump forces, Republican Party leaders approved rules for their national convention on Monday and rejected demands for a state-by-state roll call vote, a discordant start to a gathering designed to project unity. Hundreds of socially conservative delegates opposed to nominating […]

What’s happening — July 19

Today Big Kids Hour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Thursday Children’s Hour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Saturday 2016 Ethnic Fair — 8 […]

Meeting calendar — July 19

Today Friends of the Library meeting — 11 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, genealogy room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Water Policy Advisory Board meeting — 8:30 a.m. Location TBA., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Portales City Council — […]

Meetings watch — July 19

Curry County Commission The Curry County Commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A contract for architectural services for an addition and renovation to the Curry County Detention Center. Commissioners will be asked to approve or reject a proposal with […]

HPJRA a family affair

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By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association charter is seven times the age of its youngest competitors. Needless to say, the many generations of contestants at Saturday’s rodeo performances proved you’re never too young — or too old — to appreciate the sport. In its 42 years of existence, the […]

Annual report shows overall crime drop

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com Per the recently released Clovis Police Department 2015 Annual Report, there were fewer aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts in the city in 2015 in comparison to the previous year. The 32-page document was issued by Clovis Police Chief Doug Ford Thursday, outlining the department’s mission and vision […]

Clovis youth edged in first heat at national soapbox derby

Matthew Lusk

STAFF REPORT Matthew Lusk’s whirlwind soapbox racer trip started five weeks ago down Sycamore Street in Clovis. It ended up stretching 1,400 miles into Akron, Ohio, and came just three-10ths of a second from going a little bit more. Still a great run, Matthew said, for his first and last All-American Soapbox Derby. “It was […]

Pages Past — July 17

1961: A deposit bag containing about $7,000 in cash and checks was “either lost or stolen,” Clovis police said. An employee of Wayne Wallace Motor Co. told police the money was either grabbed from under her arm or picked up when she laid it down in a store. The employee said she had stopped at […]

Road construction to require lane closure

STAFF REPORT A partial lane closure will be required July 24 on a county right of way along Curry Road 6. Work will begin 7 a.m. on the right of way from Curry Road 13 to Curry Road 12. Western Interconnect, the contracted construction company, has requested motorists seek an alternate route to expedite the […]

Police blotter — July 17

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday: • 6:03 p.m.: Breaking and entering, 100 block of Tucker Circle. • 7:15 p.m.: Failure to appear, Prince Street. • 8:12 p.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), 1500 block of Sheldon Street. Jail log The following […]

Events Calendar — July 17

Today USSSA World Youth Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament — 8 a.m. Guy Leeder Softball Complex, Sycamore and 14th streets, Clovis. Monday Andy Mason — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Movie Monday: Zootopia-PG — 1 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Tuesday Big Kids Hour […]

Meetings Calendar — July 17

Monday Local Growth Management Committee — 9 a.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Tuesday Friends of the Library Meeting— 11 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, genealogy room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Water […]

Grant provides funds for ‘blitz’ season

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Local law enforcement is cracking down on traffic violations in the summer months with a state grant program. The Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office have been pulling over more people and issuing more tickets in a “super blitz,” according to police officials. Lt. Chris Williams of […]

Ag producers feeling the heat

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Fire and agricultural risks are expected to increase in the near future due to a consistently hot summer, according to Roosevelt County fire officials and local farmers. “It looks like at this point there will be a lower chance of precipitation,” said New Mexico National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark […]

Boswell: Someday we’ll live long and prosper

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I often find myself admiring the minds of those in the science fiction realm. When you really stop to think about it, those who create science fiction ages, realms, worlds, etc., are not only creative thinkers, but they are possibly the most innovative and inspiring thinkers in regards to mankind. When I went to a […]

Print edition missing pages

To our readers: Today’s print editions of the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune are missing pages 5A, 6A, 5B and 6B. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will publish most of that content in Sunday’s print editions, and all of the content is available now on our ePaper online. To access the ePaper, go […]

Roping and wrangling

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kyan Wilhite of Clovis takes part Friday afternoon in the 2016 High Plains Junior Rodeo Association’s boys 7-9 ribbon roping at the Curry County Events Center. Wilhite’s time in the event was 14.99.

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com A chance encounter with a rope and a bucket helped to craft a Clovis child’s love for all things rodeo. “One day I just found an old rope and started roping a tin can bucket,” said Kyan Wilhite, who is competing in the goat tying and ribbon roping events […]

Pence wins Trump’s vote

By Julie Pace and Brian Slodysko The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After frenzied, final decision-making, Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday, adding an experienced politician with deep Washington connections to the Republican presidential ticket. Trump’s pick was aimed in part at easing some Republicans’ concerns about his temperament and […]