In tribute: Former coach remembered for devotion to ENMU

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com When describing B.B. Lees, it might be simpler to list the things he didn’t do for Eastern New Mexico University. Lees, a former teacher, coach, and athletic director for ENMU, died Monday night at 84. University President Steven Gamble said the school will work with the family to hold […]

Pages past — Aug. 26

On this date … 2005: The federal military Base Closure and Realignment Commission agreed with the Department of Defense’s recommendation to close Cannon Air Force Base. The base would only be spared if a new mission could be found by 2010. Ten months later, DOD announced Cannon would become home to the Air Force’s 16th […]

Prairie chicken numbers increasing

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Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick says he believes the lesser prairie chickens’ comeback is due mostly to the rainfall the area has recently received.

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Lesser prairie chickens are pecking their way back to the top of their population game, but they still remain on the threatened species list — and that’s ruffling a few feathers locally. In 2013, Fish and Wildlife officials estimated the bird’s population hit a record low of 17,616, McClatchy […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 8:31 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor) 1600 block of North Prince Street. • 8:38 a.m.: Burglary (residence) 300 block of North Connelly Street. • 9:43 a.m.: Lost Property, 7 block of Buffalo. • 10:17 […]

What’s happening — Aug. 26

Today Meet and Greet Leadership Clovis— 11:30 a.m. Clovis Chamber of Commerce, 105 E Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Board of County Commissioners— 1:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday Melrose City Council— 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B. Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Custom Creations […]

A new beginning … beyond

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist There is a time and a season for everything. Soon the leaves will start to blush into hues of orange and red, perhaps wiping away tears that froze into the icicles of winter and then misted the flowers of spring and summer. Will autumn bring more dew to moisten eyes […]

Este nuevo principio… de más allá

Hay un tiempo y una temporada de todo. Pronto las hojas comenzarán a pintarse en tonos de naranja y rojo, tal vez limpiando lágrimas que congelaron en el hielo del invierno y luego pulverizarse las flores de primavera y verano. ¿El otoño traerá más rocío para humedecer los ojos que ya han sido bien regadas? […]

Commissioners to hold special meeting

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners are having a special meeting this afternoon at 1:30 at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Two action items are on the agenda, including approval of the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) that has a looming deadline to be in Santa Fe by Sept. 2. Curry […]

Yogurt company purchases FrozFruit building

Staff report A local yogurt company has purchased the old FrozFruit building in Clovis Industrial Park, just in case it needs to expand. Freanna Yoghurt owner Andle van der Ploeg said they purchased the building in December. “We need more bigger companies to sell our yogurt in bigger stores,” van der Ploeg said. “It’s not […]

Business feature: Roller World celebrates 35 years

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Patrons line up outside of Roller World on its opening day in August 1980. The business celebrated its 35 anniversary on Saturday.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Kids, families and churches have had their fair share of celebrations at Roller World over the years, but Saturday night the local skate joint in Clovis threw a party for themselves — they celebrated 35 years of business. Husband and wife team Ron and Teresa Johnson said the party […]

Officials say they doubt curfew effectiveness

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez said this month she plans to ask for state law that would allow communities across New Mexico to enact curfews. But it’s not an issue high on the priority list for local entities. And state Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is not a fan either. Government, he […]

Defense secretary weighing ‘technical career tracks’

By Tom Philpott Military Update Every year, hundreds of technically or tactically skilled officers and non-commissioned officers, trained at great expense, leave the military for the private sector. It’s not because their skills aren’t needed but because the military up-or-out promotion system and enlisted retention gates favor leadership qualities over technical expertise. Defense Secretary Ash […]

I love a good election

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Every weekend, a portion of my time is spent doing the payroll for our business. So every weekend, I spend a little time thinking about taxes. I watch those men working hard to earn their paychecks, and it’s my job to get all the money into the various accounts. Being […]

Pages past — Aug. 25

On this date … 2008: Clovis awoke to learn eight violent inmates had escaped Curry County’s jail the night before. Most were recaptured quickly, but convicted killer Edward Salas remained free until Oct. 4, 2012, when he was arrested in Mexico. 1962: Clovis learned a supersonic F-100 fighter bomber had crashed the day before near […]

Police blotter — Aug. 25

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 1: 20 a.m.: Driving under the influence, 13th and Reid streets. • 1:52 a.m.: Improper turn left or right, 2900 block of East Mabry Drive. • 7:24 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 1100 block […]

What’s happening — Aug. 25

Today Texico City Meeting— 6:30 p.m. 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 Cub Scout Pack 411 Registration— 6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1501 Sycamore St., Clovis. Information: 248-790-3126 Page Turners’ Book Club— 7 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, Ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 Public Meeting for the Curry County Comprehensive Plan— […]

Two arrested on robbery charges

Staff report Two Clovis men were arrested Friday on robbery charges, according to a Clovis Police Department news release. Lloyd Bagwell, 23, and James Michael Call, 26, were being held Saturday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. A police news release reporting the arrests began with a report of an attempted robbery at Wal-Mart […]

Group to speak against possible racino

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Talk of a racino — that’s a casino with a horse-race track — is back on Clovis’ front burners. This time, the executive director with New Mexico Coalition Against Gambling will be speaking to the High Plains Patriots Society. The gathering is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the […]

Final report not yet received in child death

Staff report Investigators are still waiting on results from the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque to determine how an 18-month-old boy died in May, according to Assistant District Attorney Brian Stover. The child arrived at Plains Regional Medical Center at 3:57 a.m. on May 4 with bruises and suffering from cardiac arrest, according […]

Hardware failures cause issues at court

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Two hardware failures caused some issues with the district court’s electronic filing system last week, but according to an official from the Administrative Office of the Courts in Santa Fe, the issues  were resolved by Tuesday. “E-mail wouldn’t work for a while and people weren’t able to get on […]