Legislature roundup — Feb. 28

Days remaining in session: 21 Abortion restrictions: The House Judiciary Committee on Friday passed two Republican proposals that would limit availability of abortions. House Bill 390, sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, would restrict late-term abortions by banning termination of a pregnancy after 20 weeks of gestation. The proposal includes exemptions for women whose lives […]

PARCC test met with resistance

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com Students in Clovis Municipal Schools are getting ready to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test for the first time next week. The PARCC test is being met with resistance from some parents in the district, and a letter urging parents to opt […]

Snowfall could strike again next week

By Alisa Boswell and Derek Major aboswell@pntonline.com dmajor@pntonline.com Between Thursday and Friday about 5 inches of snow has dropped on the Portales and Clovis areas, leading to the closure of schools and some businesses and the delay of Cannon Air Force Base personnel until 11 a.m. The good news is that the worst is over. […]

Johnson: Canines, don’t go chasing phony balls

Call it the imaginary ball toss or the great fake-out — most dogs know it well — and it’s one of those things people do because it’s just plain funny sometimes. The game starts by holding a treat, favorite toy, ball or nothing at all, then pretending to toss said item far away and laughing […]

McGee: Pioneer ladies never far from mind

Have you seen that statue of the pioneer lady in the lobby of the Clovis Civic Center? I saw her the other day. I thought about statues. There are some here in the Southwest that stick in my mind. Just down the road from the Clovis Civic Center’s “Pioneer Woman” is Clovis Community College’s “Clovis […]

Q&A: Radio station employee talks race, cultural issues

Editor’s note: Suzanne West has lived in Clovis 23 years and works in Portales as an administrative assistant for KENW-FM Public Radio Network. She and her husband, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John West, have been married 43 years and have a son and daughter. We talked with her about race, discrimination, cultural issues […]

Pages Past — Feb. 28

On this date … 1974: Clovis and Portales postmasters were reminding area residents that postage rates were about to go up. First class mail would be 10 cents, airmail 13 cents and postcards 8 cents, starting March 2. 1970: Portales school board members voted unanimously to back the dismissal of journalism teacher Timothy Taylor. He’d […]

Weather pushes area prep games back

Staff report Due to this week’s third significant winter event since the start of the year, all of Friday’s scheduled district tournament and postseason basketball games were postponed, with all pushed back to today. Among those games: • Clovis High’s girls, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, will take on Hobbs at 7 p.m. today […]

Clovis girls game rescheduled for Saturday

Friday’s girls’ district championship basketball game between Hobbs and Clovis has been postponed due to the snow. Clovis Athletic Director Dale Fullerton said the game is tentatively rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Rock Staubus gym, weather permitting.

Snow cancels classes

Heavy snow overnight has resulted in multiple closings and delays around the region for Friday. They include: • Clovis Municipal Schools are closed. • Clovis Community College classes are canceled and all campus facilities are closed. • Curry County government offices will open at 10 a.m. • The Ninth Judicial District Court is closed. • […]

The truth about toothpaste

By Staff Sgt. Danielle Moore 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron Our morning routine can be somewhat mindless and monotonous. It is the same thing day after day, week after week, month after month. We wake up, shower, get dressed for work, brush our teeth, fix our hair and before we know it we are […]

Travelers’ health: Sun, sand and Chikungunya

By Senior Airman Logan Noble 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron Leave has been approved, suitcases have been packed and you are all set to go on vacation. Make sure you do not forget your sunscreen. You have been saving leave and tucking away cash for a week in the Bahamas — sun, sand and […]

A&FRC provides critical program to Team Cannon

By Staff Sgt. Alexxis Mercer 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Transition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as TAP, was initiated by the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011. The Veterans Employment Initiative requires that four congressionally mandated appointments be completed by all military personnel, regardless of branch, before separating or retiring from […]

Boot shop bankruptcy filed

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The owners of Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis have filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition listing assets of $560,000 and debts of $4.2 million. The petition was filed Feb. 20 at federal bankruptcy court in Albuquerque by Clovis attorney Wesley Pool on behalf of owners Coli and Jenna Hunt […]

Bream: ‘The Slide’ was God’s plan

By Rick White Correspondent Sid Bream has no doubt he would have slid into obscurity if not for his role in one of the most memorable plays in Major League Baseball history. He also has no doubt it was part of God’s plan when he chugged home from second base to score the winning run […]

Snow’s visit to stretch into Friday

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com For the second straight day eastern New Mexico can expect to wake up to snow on their cars.The Portales area saw 1-2 inches of snowfall late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Forecasters were predicting another two and four inches by this  morning. “It’s certainly a change from what we were […]

Letter to the editor: Testing creates too many questions

Some of the happiest and most gratifying times in my life were my years teaching in the Clovis schools. With that thought in mind, I watch in sadness as I see our nation’s schools being degraded into nothing more than a collection agency for the companies creating the standardized tests. States are paying millions for […]

Q&A: Hodges wants to be spark

Editor’s note: Versia Hodges II, 26, lives in Portales and is a graduate student in the Eastern New Mexico University Communication Department. He was also a member of the ENMU Greyhounds men’s basketball team and graduated in the fall of 2013 from Eastern with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast production. We talked with him about […]

Goodwin Lake Trails could get facelift from church group

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Goodwin Lake Trails park entrance could get a makeover in early June if the Clovis City Commission approves. The Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee on Monday unanimously approved the project proposed by Faith Christian Family Church. “Every year we plan on doing something in our community to give […]

Bookmobile coming through next week

Staff report The New Mexico State Library Bookmobile will be rolling through rural areas in Roosevelt and Curry Counties starting next week. The bookmobile features more than 4,000 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines for rural citizens to check out. Mary Kaminski, the public information officer for the New Mexico State Library, said the bookmobile […]