Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission — May 2

Despite being a point of contention during the April 17 Clovis City Commission meeting, the issue of allowing $23,000 of Lodger’s Tax funds to go toward the salary of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce events coordinator passed unanimously during Thursday’s meeting. “We have done this for years,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie […]

Governor failed to hold staffer responsible

Intent often is not a measure of whether a miscreant is breaking the law or policy. As a  former prosecutor, Gov. Susana Martinez knows that better than most. Her knowledge of the law makes it even more difficult to understand why she isn’t doing more to rein in her free-spending chief of staff. Her office’s […]

Small-town staple going extinct

By Tom McDonald State columnist Most small-town county seats have them — once attractive single-screen movie theaters, with a 35mm projector room in the balcony and a neon-lighted marquee outside. Once upon a time they were entertainment centerpieces in their communities, and in some instances they still are. A lot of them are long gone, […]

Drunken driving fixes abound

By Kent McManigal Local columnist I hate drunken driving — and the “checkpoints” and patrols excused as attempts to stop it. The legalistic approaches inevitably violate the rights of all other drivers while trying to catch some of the guilty. The rights violations increase out of proportion to the “success” of combating drunken driving. A […]

5 things to know about: County IT guys

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com In today’s ever-changing world of technology, Information Technology specialists are constantly dealing with the hardware and software that process, store, and transmit information for companies, schools, and governments all over the world. Curry County IT director Aaron Jones and technology specialist Cedrick Rael answered a few questions about the […]

New Sunland owner’s CEO mum on peanut plant plans

By Christina Calloway Staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Golden Boy Foods’ CEO said nothing has changed in his intentions to reopen the shuttered Sunland Inc. factory, but he declined to say what his plans are or how long it will take before the plants are back to producing nut butters. Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Director Stan […]

All you can do is dance to life’s music

By David Stevens Editor Sometimes I wonder what my life might have been like if Bobby Jack Chaddick had lived a little longer. He was born in Bluit, south of Portales, on July 31, 1931, and died in a car crash at age 23 on Sept. 26, 1954, near Deming. His headstone in the Portales […]

What’s happening — May 2

Saturday Clovis Roller Derby vs. Plainview “Down N Derby” — 10:30 a.m., tickets: $5 advance/$8 at the door, 1721 Wallace St. Information: www.facebook.com/clovisrollerderby. Great American cleanup — 8 a.m., City of Clovis Parks & Recreation, 500 Sycamore. Information: 769-7870. Habitat for Humanity ReStore grand opening — 9 a.m., 3 p.m., Eighth and Gidding streets. Information:gytarson@yahoo.com […]

Hound seeking LSC tourney berth

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team will need either a series sweep of Angelo State this weekend or some help to reach next week’s Lone Star Conference baseball tournament. ENMU (24-23, 13-19 LSC) currently stands fifth in the six-team league, but with a sweep of the fourth-place Rams (25-22, 14-18) could […]

Police blotter — May 2

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: • 2:59 a.m.: Minor in possession of alcohol, 2000 block of North Prince Street. • 6:44 a.m.: Burglary (commercial), 1000 block of East Brady Avenue. • 6:47 a.m.: Harassment, 900 block of North Connelly Street. • 8:23 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, Curry Road 10 and E. […]

‘Sign’ language varies

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Cue the music. Do this. Don’t do that. Can’t you read the signs? Nothing makes a coach angrier than when the answer is no, as longtime Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley can attest. “Oh, they’ve missed the sign,” Crowley says with a laugh. “It makes me angry, because I […]

Golf squads battle cold at Black Murphy

Staff report The Clovis boys took two of the top four places, while the Clovis girls placed one in the top four during a Black Murphy Tourney in Lovington where the weather was the stiffest competition. Victoria Fox shot an 87 for Clovis, getting her best holes in early. “The course is in great shape, […]

New Mexico fishing report — May 1

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was fair […]