Amos the churchmouse: Sidney seeks God

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.   sidney seeks god one evening last week boss i bumped into a little flashing red light it was sidney the shutterbug i […]

Candidate profiles: District 64 state representative

Staff report Republicans Randal Crowder, 63, and Wade Lopez, 27, are candidates for the District 64 state representative seat. Clovis Republican Anna Crook held the position 20 years before announcing her retirement last month. The primary election is Tuesday. We asked both candidates questions via email. Crowder’s answers are below. Lopez did not respond despite […]

Candidate profiles: Curry County Commission

There are two contested races in the primary election Tuesday for Curry County Commission seats — District 3 in the Republican contest and District 1 in the Democrat primary. Each candidate was asked the four same questions. Their answers: District 3 Republican William G. Southard Age: 54 Background: Owner of Leslie Candy Co. What do […]

Free summer meals program starts Monday

Staff report Beginning Monday and ending Aug. 1, meals will be provided to all children without charge through a USDA program sponsored by Sacred Heart Church. Breakfast is 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals will be provided at the following meal site locations: • First United Methodist […]

What’s happening — May 30

Today Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiesta — 5:30 p.m., 117 Davis St.. Information: 763-4445. Saturday Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiesta — noon-8 p.m., 117 Davis St. Information: 763-4455. Fourth annual Southwest Cheese Truck Pull Competition — 10 a.m.-noon, Curry County Fairgrounds. Information: 769-2103. Sunday Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiesta — 11:30 a.m.- […]

Free meals for children program starts Monday

Staff report Beginning Monday and ending Aug. 1, meals will be provided to all children without charge through a USDA program sponsored by Sacred Heart Church. Breakfast is 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals will be provided at the following meal site locations: • 1st United Methodist […]

Police blotter — May 30

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 7:29 a.m.: Missing person, 300 block of West 10th Street. • 8:08 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 200 block of West 14th Street. • 9:38 a.m.: Battery report, 900 block of Rencher Street. • 10:33 a.m.: Traffic hazard, Prince Street and Ninth […]

Zias add pair of posts

Staff report Eastern New Mexico has signed a pair of junior college transfer posts for the upcoming Zia basketball season. Both Brittany Gutierrez of Otero Junior College and Teylor McMiller of San Joaquin Delta Junior College will be juniors for the Zias in the upcoming season. The 6-foot-2 Gutierrez, a 2012 graduate of Gallup High […]

Legislators need to revise taxi-service laws

Before the five New Mexico Public Regulation commissioners have another discussion on whether the ride-sharing service Lyft Inc. is in fact a taxi service, they should have to call for a ride. And as they wait, and wait, and wait for one of the two cab companies in Albuquerque or the lone company in Santa Fe […]

Audience behavior embarrassing

My family attended the graduation ceremony for the class of 2014 at the Curry County Events Center on Friday. I would like to compliment those in charge for a ceremony conducted with the utmost dignity and decorum. Thank you to the band for the processional music; the memory video was lovely, the speakers were well […]

Pioneer days celebration kicks off Saturday

Staff report The 44th annual Pioneer Days will be celebrated Saturday through June 8 in Clovis. The week-long celebration honors pioneers who settled the town and features activities for the entire family to enjoy. The theme of this year’s event is “Welcome Back to the Homestead.” Events include the 13th Annual Pioneer Women Breakfast, the […]

ENMU president: School has money to start stadium

By Christina Calloway Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said Wednesday the university has secured the $8 million it needs to begin the construction of its new multi-purpose stadium. Plans are underway to build the school’s new stadium, which will be built in town, replacing the 45-year-old stadium at Blackwater Draw […]

Food bank director says donations down

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Food has been more scarce than it should be for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to executive director MelindaJoy Pattison. Pattison said donations to the local post office food drive totaled 6,000 pounds this year compared to 13,000 pounds in the 2013 drive. “The need for […]

New Mexico fishing report — May 29

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 […]

Fiesta church’s biggest fundraiser

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer The Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta this weekend will fulfill a tradition — in more ways than one. This is the first year that event chairwoman Angie Garcia will coordinate the event, set to begin Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. However, this is not the first […]

City engineer says drainage system handled rain well

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer The city’s success when it comes to rainwater drainage was a focal point during a Public Works Committee meeting Wednesday morning at City Hall’s assembly room. “We’re getting the water where it needs to go,” said City Engineer Justin Howalt, as he showed the committee photographs of the area’s […]

School administration summer hours begin Monday

Staff report The Clovis Municipal Schools Administration summer hours of operation from June 2 to Aug. 7 will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. All facilities will be closed July 3 and July 4. Anyone with questions can contact the Superintendent’s Office at 769-4320.

From the editor’s desk: New superintendent first Clovis native in five decades

Jody Balch, selected as Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent on Tuesday night, appears to be the first CMS school boss in five decades who grew up in Clovis. Before Balch, who graduated Clovis High in 1975, the last Clovis native to become the district’s superintendent was Vernon Mills, who accepted the job in December 1964 and […]

Education column: Program promotes reading, writing

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy

Barry Elementary continues to expand activities to benefit kids; not only a certain grade level, but all students throughout the school. Recently Barry held an “Author’s Tea” to promote student interest in language arts. The idea began with Barry’s 5th grade teachers, Sara Williams and Christy Hughes. To encourage more connected student interest in reading […]

What’s happening — May 29

Today Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Rose Garden Dedication — 2 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 769-7870. High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Master’s Center Conference Room, 810 East 21st St. Information: 749-2955. Rolf Jordi Presents Sheriff Richard Mack — 7 p.m., $10 Adults, under 18 free, Curry County Events […]