Library program raising funds

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Imagination can go a long way. But the Imagination Library program at Curry County has hit a road block. A financial road block has sparked a fundraising drive to help keep the children’s reading program alive. County Manager Lance Pyle said expenses are exceeding the program’s private donations. It’s […]

Elections staying close to home

Staff report Super Tuesday means presidential politics for Texas and other states today, but in New Mexico the elections are closer to home. Municipalities across the state will host voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. New Mexico’s primary elections are in June. Clovis will feature two contested City Commission races today, plus a decision […]

Leap Day babies notch another year

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Odelia Chavez turned 15 on Monday. She had to work, but at least all four of her children were able to wish her happy birthday on her birthday. “My son won’t usually call me until March 1, because he says it just isn’t my birthday on (Feb. 28),” she said. […]

Police blotter — March 1

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 1:59 a.m.: Failure to appear, Maple and Sixth streets. • 3:20 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), Merriwether and 13th streets. • 6:06 a.m.: Improper backing/limitation on backing, 2300 block North Main Street. • 10:29 […]

What’s happening — March 1

Today Portales City Council— 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Board of County Commissioners — 9 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 Wednesday Clovis Chamber Ambassador Meeting— 11:30 a.m. Clovis Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Clovis Community College Board of […]

Buffs earn top seed in 2A boys tourney

Staff report According to the brackets, the Melrose boys are the only Curry County team favored to bring home a state basketball championship. But Texico girls and boys squads are penciled at No. 2 in Class 3A, while the Grady girls were seeded No. 2 as well in Class 1A. The Buffaloes received the top […]

Lady Cats go 3-2 in Lovington tennis meet

Staff report LOVINGTON — Clovis High’s girls won three of five “mini-duals” on Friday and Saturday in the season-opening Wildcat Open, hosted by Lovington. The Lady Wildcats scored 4-0 sweeps of Portales and Mayfield, and also posted a 3-1 victory over Lovington. They lost to Hobbs 4-0 and to Artesia 3-1. Senior Samantha Lee led […]

State prep basketball pairings — Feb. 29

(Seeds in parentheses) Round-of-16 BOYS All games Saturday Class 6A (16) Santa Fe High at (1) Onate, 6 p.m. (9) Sandia at (8) Hobbs. 6 p.m. (12) Atrisco Heritage vs. (5) Valley at Sandia H.S., 6 p.m. (13) Volcano Vista at (4) Carlsbad, 7 p.m. (14) Las Cruces High at (3) Cibola, 6 p.m. (11) […]

Pages past — March 1

On this date … 1976: Ron and Jeanell Harmon, along with their sons Gary, Tim and Tye, were planning to participate in a wagon train memorializing the United States’ 200th birthday. Their plan was to meet the wagon train near Belen, travel horseback and  camp out for two or three days. “It’s something the boys […]

Opinion: Cheap gas prices can end any day

By Jim Constantopoulos Guest columnist U.S. imports of foreign oil are now at a 44-year low. Energy security is stronger than it has been in decades. But if we’re not careful, backsliding will happen and we will wind up back on square one. Shortsighted energy policy — focused largely on federal lands in the West […]

Adams State rolls in series finale 15-4

Staff report PORTALES — As it turned out, the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader proved to be the rubber match in Eastern New Mexico University’s home-opening baseball series with Adams State at Greyhound Field. ENMU notched a 10-9 win in that one before the teams took turns bludgeoning each other. The Greyhounds won Saturday’s second […]

State basketball: Melrose top boys seed; Texico teams, Grady girls, receive No. 2 seeds

STAFF REPORT According to the brackets, the Melrose boys are the only Curry County team favored to bring home a state basketball championship. But both Texico girls and boys squads are penciled in as having a pretty good chance. The Buffaloes received the No. 1 seed in Class 2A and both Wolverine squads received the second seeds […]

Buffs get past ENMU in LSC men’s finale

Staff report PORTALES — David Chavlovich scored 22 to lead four West Texas A&M players in double figures, and the Buffaloes closed out the Lone Star Conference regular season with an 82-63 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night at Greyhound Arena. Jerrod Walton and Eric Golightly Jr. added 16 points apiece for […]

Texico, Melrose, Grady post district title wins

STAFF REPORT TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines took no chances Saturday night in their bid for a District 4-3A tournament title. The district’s top seed opened a 20-6 lead at the quarter and cruised the rest of the way in a 72-49 victory over the fourth-seeded Eunice Cardinals, who had pulled off a couple of […]

Williams adjusting to limited freshman role for No. 11 Aggies

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com When then-Clovis senior Danni Williams said she expected a limited role when she signed with Texas A&M, it was the humble thing to do for a basketball player that always talked team first. Now that the 5-foot-10 guard is actually playing that role for the Aggies, it’s the frustrating […]

Wildcats cruise behind Gallegos’ 12 Ks, beat Lovington 13-0

STAFF REPORT LOVINGTON — In his first career varsity start, Clovis High senior Daniel Gallegos made quite a splash — both at the plate and on the mound. Gallegos tossed a five-inning, two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and also delivered three hits and three RBIs at the plate as the Wildcats walloped Lovington 13-0 on […]

Bailey, Parmer voters see mostly unopposed races

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Voters in Bailey and Parmer counties can participate in Super Tuesday this week, but only one local office will be contested. Bailey County residents can choose between Republicans Kent Wiley and Ronald L. Morgan for the constable position. There is no Democratic Party opposition. The constable is a licensed […]

School future in air

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The language Clovis school board members used to announce plans for closing Ranchvale Elementary School left some hopeful the decision might not be final. The motion read Tuesday by Secretary Terry Martin: “I move to no longer offer educational services at Ranchvale Elementary School, starting with the 2016-17 school […]

Dose of reality

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A set of folding chairs with a fictitious family name, surrounded by volunteer-manned tables, hardly resembles the real world. But for Clovis High School freshmen, it was more than enough for a Reality Check. The simulation had its fifth and final run Friday at the CHS Freshman Academy. Over […]

Lady Buffs hold off Hounds to clinch LSC title

Staff report PORTALES — Trying to clinch their third consecutive Lone Star Conference women’s regular-season championship, the ninth-ranked West Texas A&M Lady Buffs got a whole lot more than they bargained for on Saturday night. But in a game where neither team led by more than four points until late, WT put together a 10-0 […]