City approves beer, wine license for bingo business

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Three things stood in the way of a beer and wine license for Twin Arrows Bingo, LLC and owner Rocky Bernard — a City Commission approval, High Plains Patriot Carolyn Spence and the anti-alcohol religious community. Despite concern for the city’s welfare, the future of our children and fraudulent […]

Group making quilts for orphanage

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com They’ve made enough hats and scarves to stock a small department store. Now a group of friends are sharing warmth in another way. About a half-dozen Clovis-area women meet weekly to make quilts that go to an orphanage in Juarez, Mexico. “This is something I do from my heart, […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 1

The winner is: Clovis MainStreet has received an award for outstanding architectural design, according to a news release from New Mexico MainStreet. The award was presented Aug. 13, at a MainStreet meeting in Artesia, where the group celebrated 30 years of public/private partnerships for economic development and revitalization efforts. Clovis’ award was for “the adaptive […]

Police blotter — Sept. 1

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations:   Friday • 12:19 a.m.: Shoplifting, 1300 block of North Prince Street. • 12:21 a.m.: Unlawful taking of motor vehicle, 1700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. • 2:45 a.m.: Resisting evading obstructing police officer, 10th and Hull […]

Portales attorney admonished for ‘misconduct’

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Portales attorney Eric Dixon has been publicly censured by the New Mexico Supreme Court and removed from the New Mexico Disciplinary Board in connection with an incident from April 2011 that involved Dixon and District Judge Teddy Hartley. The public censure was filed in the New Mexico Supreme Court […]

What’s happening — Sept. 1

Today Portales City Council— 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Fundraiser for Red Cross and GLU Factory— 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Applebee’s Restaurant, 516 E Llano Estacado Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting — 8 a.m. Clovis Community College, room 512, 417 Schepps […]

Recruiters worried bad press damaging efforts

By Tom Philpott Military Update Perhaps to a degree not seen before, news outlets, politicians of every stripe and wounded warrior charities have turned an intense spotlight on problems service members and veterans have faced on returning from war. Consider the number of news stories on post-traumatic stress and suicide, congressional hearings on the same […]

Pages past — Sept. 1

On this date … 1954: The Muletrain News was first broadcast from Muleshoe. Gil Lamb media owner Magann Rennels reports her father, Gil Lamb, conducted the broadcast “from the living room of our home at the corner of West Fourth and Avenue B. “It was aired remote on radio station KICA out of Clovis until […]

Cats fifth in Los Alamos tourney

Staff report LOS ALAMOS — Seniors Eduardo Hernandez and Drew Kernan scored about eight minutes apart and the Clovis High boys soccer team made it stand up for a 2-1 win over Farmington on Saturday in the fifth-place match of an eight-team tournament hosted by Los Alamos H.S. Hernandez gave the Cats (5-0-1) the lead […]

CAT TRACKS: Transfer back makes mark

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Rushing for first downs, punishing defenders and barking encouraging words on the sidelines to his teammates. Jose “Bubba” Alonzo looked every bit like a senior with a four-year backstory in the Clovis Wildcats football program. Not bad for a junior in his first year with the squad. With four returners […]

County may consider economic development tax

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said it’s just an idea. But if Curry County were to implement an economic development tax, it could generate $100,000 a year. County officials met Tuesday to hear ideas from residents on ways to help Curry County update its comprehensive plan. […]

Students build games from cardboard

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com From imagination to creation, the primary focus at Arts Academy at Bella Vista is to enhance learning through teaching the arts. One example was on display Friday as the school hosted Academy Arcade Day. Students, teachers and parents followed the lead of a boy in Los Angeles who made […]

School officials unconcerned about background check review

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Local school officials say they are not concerned about orders from the governor’s office to review their policies for workers’ background checks. “It’s just standard procedure for us,” said Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain. “We probably go even further than a lot of schools do … Before we […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Monday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A project agreement and real estate sales agreement at the Clovis Industrial Park for Natural Chem. The Houston-based company wants to buy 50 acres at a cost of $20,000 per acre, with a […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 30

Firefighters win: Remember the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive held earlier this month? Results are in. This is from Stephanie Seabrease, a United Blood Services representative from Roswell: “We had some great battles in Southeast New Mexico with Clovis taking the No. 1 spot for most donations collected during our Battle of the Badges […]

Pages past — Aug. 30

On this date … 1970: Clovis’ Aztec Bowl on Maple Street was recruiting for fall leagues. Mondays were for business and professional leagues; the “major leagues” would compete on Tuesdays; industrial leagues were scheduled for Wednesdays; and the “continental” league was slated for Thursdays. Individual bowling instruction was also available every Tuesday afternoon, according to […]

Police blotter — Aug. 30

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 6:32 a.m.: Burglary (auto) 4200 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • 7:02 a.m.: Burglary (auto) 4100 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • 7:10 a.m.: Burglary (auto) 3800 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • 7:28 […]

What’s happening — Aug. 30

Today Free Concert Featuring the band: “Unhindered” — 7 p.m. Marshall Auditorium, 100 Commerce Way, Clovis. Information: 575-762-2926 Monday City Commission Meeting— 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Portales City Council— 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Fundraiser for Red Cross and […]

Letter to the editor — Aug. 30

Thanks for quality of life improvements For 35 years, my office has been located in Colonial Park. I’ve felt fortunate to have the large green open space of the golf course as my view. But I’ve never seen it look as good as it does now. I know we have been blessed to have the […]

Remember county ignored voters to secure upgrades

Right about a year ago, Curry County commissioners decided they were tired of asking taxpayers to fund projects at the jail and the courthouse. More precisely, they were tired of taxpayers rejecting their requests. And so commissioners — like robbers — just told us to stick ’em up. They got away with more than $14 […]