Hall of fame inductee shares roping memories

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Roping calves is a lot like teaching middle school. If anyone can prove that, it’s B.J. Pierce. Pierce taught in Clovis schools for 36 years — 12 at Highland Elementary,  12 at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary and  12 at James Bickley Elementary — and had the honor of being inducted into […]

ENMU gearing up for homecoming game

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and alumni are in the midst of celebrating their 81st annual homecoming and preparing for what will be the last homecoming football game at Blackwater Draw. “Homecoming is always special, but I know a lot of alumni that don’t generally come are going […]

Goat head crop too thin for fame

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I received an email in June from my friend Don Mitchell who runs a small independent press on the big island of Hawaii. He was publishing a novella set in eastern New Mexico and written by our mutual friend, Stefan Kiesbye, a former professor of creative writing at Eastern New […]

Ranchvale banking on the ‘wrangler way’

Ranchvale Elementary School has been busy lately. Not long ago, the whole school enjoyed its PBS Celebration with a sock hop. PBS stands for “positive behavior support,” strategies in place at Ranchvale that reward positive student behaviors. There’s a saying at Ranchvale: “Show us the Wrangler Way,” which means,  according to Principal Jennifer Longley, “We […]

Pages past — Oct. 1

On this date … 1985: Some Clovis streets remained flooded after heavy rainfall from four days earlier. City officials were installing a pump “to alleviate the swelling of Greene Acres Lake,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Eleven homes on La Salle Drive were damaged by flood waters, residents said. The city had received 1.2 inches of […]

Editor’s notebook — Oct. 1

Dean Oliver is widely recognized as one of the all-time best calf ropers in the history of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. Oliver won eight PRCA world championships for calf roping, from 1955 to 1969. One of Oliver’s inspirations? Clovis’ B.J. Pierce, who last weekend was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame for his […]

Police blotter — Oct. 1

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 3:34 a.m.: Contempt of court, 100 block of Redwood Street. • 5:35 a.m.: Burglary — forced entry, 4700 block of North Prince Street. • 8:19 a.m.: Tampering with motor vehicle, Hickory and 11th streets. […]

What’s happening — Oct. 1

Today Clovis City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Night of Decadence: Chocolate Wine and Diamonds Evermore — 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-2103 Friday Board of Regents Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Eastern New Mexico University, […]

Newspapers arriving late

To our readers: We had to print our newspapers in Odessa, Texas, last night. The papers have been printed and returned to Clovis and should be delivered by noon. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you don’t have your paper by noon, please call the Clovis office at 575-763-3431 or the Portales office at 575-356-4483. […]

CHS soccer teams beat Hobbs

Staff report In a matter of moments, Clovis High’s girls took control of Tuesday’s District 4-6A soccer match against Hobbs at Leon Williams Stadium. Staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis High senior Samantha Meza fights for positioning on a ball with Hobbs defender Allison Munoz in the first half of Tuesday’s District 4-6A girls soccer match  […]

ENMU falls short against unbeaten Aggies

Staff report LAWTON, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University nearly got its first Lone Star Conference volleyball win on Tuesday night — and nearly knocked Cameron from the ranks of the unbeaten as well. The Aggies, though, rallied from a two-set deficit to post a 22-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-15, 15-9 win to improve to 12-0 […]

Area prep volleyball summaries — Sept. 26, 29

Tuesday Texico 3, Tucumcari 0 Texico    25    25    25 Tucumcari    9    19    12 Texico individual statistics Kills — Jasmine Gannon 26, Brianna Reyna 7. Blocks — Maryelle Dickerman 1, Gannon 1. Digs — Jaden Stephens 8, Reyna 5. Aces — Stephens 5, Reyna 4 , Gannon 1. Assists — Audrey Wren 21, Kaylee Miller 11. […]

Pages past — Sept. 30

On this date … 1980: District Court Judge Reuben Nieves of Clovis said he would allow cameras into his courtroom for a murder trial. The Clovis News-Journal reported it was the first time in Curry County, and “possibly” the first time in New Mexico, a judge had agreed to allow cameras. “I hope this type […]

Lawsuit against Allsup’s alleges discrimination

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Allsup’s Convenience Stores, alleging discrimination against at least eight identified pregnant or temporarily disabled women and several others. An Allsup’s spokeswoman declined comment, noting the convenience store headquartered in Clovis had just received the lawsuit Tuesday. According to […]

City to look at funding ‘wish list’

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis city commissioners have a lone item on the agenda for Thursday night. It pertains to funding “wish list” items that were not included in the annual budget. “The idea is that after we finish the budget preparation for the year and know for sure what resources we have […]

Report ranks state as ninth worst overall for teachers

STAFF REPORT Despite the importance of the profession, teaching is among the jobs that are notorious for coming up short in the salary arena. According to a study done by WalletHub for best and worst states for teachers, income is not the only area that New Mexico’s teaching careers are lacking in with the state […]

Rosaries more than merely symbols

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist As a child, I remember summers at the North Portales Community Center, weaving bright strands of yarn around the frame of two crisscrossed popsicle sticks, forming a woven diamond called “Ojos de Dios.” Eyes of God. As an adult, I’ve taken up another cultural craft: stringing colorful beads together, by […]

Rosarios son un símbolo de tristeza

Como niño, recuerdo veranos en el Norte Portales Centro Comunitario, brillantes filamentos tejidos de hilo alrededor del marco de dos palitos entrecruzadas, formando un diamante tejido llamado Ojos de Dios”. Como adulto, he tomado otra arte cultural, ensartando collares de colores, por las décadas, para formar enlaces de oración conocido como rosarios. He estado asistiendo […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 30

Good schooling: The Associated Press is reporting Melrose Elementary School is one of three New Mexico schools that will be honored at a November ceremony in the nation’s capital as a National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education announced the awards Tuesday to 335 schools. In addition to Melrose, they include Newcomb Elementary […]

What’s happening — Sept. 30

Today New Mexico Manufacturing Day —10 a.m. Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand Ave. Clovis. Information: 575-769-4136 Thursday Clovis City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Night of Decadence: Chocolate Wine and Diamonds Evermore — 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 […]