Public deserves answers about Dog Head Fire

As the Dog Head Fire reached 95 percent containment Wednesday, out of the ashes arose questions about when the first report of the suspected human-caused wildland fire came in, what the early response was and if there were some decision to let the fire go as a controlled burn. The U.S. Forest Service, which is […]

McManigal: Only intelligent choice is no vote

Trump or Clinton? It’s the question that seems to be on a lot of minds — not which candidate would be best as president, but which would be the least bad. It’s a false choice. First of all, pretending those are your only choices is like saying you can only choose between hamburgers and tacos; […]

Render: Night club killer’s motivation clear

Rev. Terry Jones took over as senior pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, an unaffiliated Christian denomination, in 2004. At that time, Dove World had approximately 100 members; at last count, it was said to have less than 50 members who actually attended services. Jones received national attention in 2012 when he burned a […]

Area officials stepping up wildfire precautions

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com With the recent surge of dry weather combined with wildfires occurring elsewhere in the state, Clovis and Portales have taken significant precautions to prevent any large-scale fires in their respective cities. While there is no immediate risk of a large-scale fire in the city of Portales, severe conditions can […]

Church to commemorate 15th century martyr

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A man burned at the stake and accused of heresy six centuries ago is recognized today for his martyrdom, as a local church will demonstrate at its Sunday service. Wednesday marks the 601st anniversary of the death of an early 15th century Christian reformer. Jan Hus (also spelled John […]

County receives Gidding certificate of occupancy

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Curry County personnel stand a step closer to moving into their newly renovated administrative digs at 417 Gidding Street. “We have received the certificate of occupancy for 417 Gidding,” County Manager Lance Pyle said. “SDV Construction is currently working on the punch list. We did a walk through and […]

Opinion: Expect the worst, but don’t worry about it

By Audra Brown Local columnist There are a lot of moving parts on a tractor, or a combine, or any of an assortment of important pieces of equipment. There are standard types of preventive maintenance that you can (and better) do to keep the obvious parts from unnecessarily breaking down. But, no matter what you […]

Police blotter — July 1

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:03 a.m.: Criminal damage over $1,000, 200 block of Cameo Street. • 2:29 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1100 block of Hinkle Street. • 4:27 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 700 block […]

Pages past — July 1

On this date … 1971: A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in Portales public schools was filed in U.S. District Court by five students and the Chicano Youth Association. The lawsuit claimed school officials tried to “instill a feeling of insecurity and worthlessness” by punishing Mexican-American students who spoke Spanish on school property. In 1974, an […]

Events calendar — July 1

Monday Kids Singing Talent Contest — 5 p.m. New Life Church, 517 W. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3221. Kingswood United Methodist Church Celebration — 7 p.m. Greene Acres Park., Clovis. Information: 575-762-1253. Smoke on the Water Fireworks — 9 p.m. Greene Acres Park., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828. Portales celebration — 9 p.m. Portales Softball Complex, Industrial […]

Meetings calendar — July 1

Tuesday The American Legion Post 117 Auxiliary Unit meeting — 5:30 p.m. Post 117, 2800 W. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-4030 Portales city meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662. Wednesday Clovis Chamber Ambassador meeting — 11:30 a.m. Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. […]

Faith: Getting emotional about my country

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist What is patriotism? Patriotism consists of dedicated love and support, and protection of one’s country. Think about this question: If we eliminate the emotional part of patriotism, what do we have? I am one of those sensitive people that gets teary eyed when some band plays “The Star Spangled Banner.” […]

Faith: It’s Thanksgiving in July

By Helena Rodriguez Religion columnist The purple dinosaur of the 1990s was right when he said “Please and thank you, they’re called the magic words.” In Psalm 50:23, God says, “Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me.” In texting lingo, a little “ty” goes a long way. After days of bickering and arguing recently, […]

Faith: Values, faith, love the legacy we leave

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist C.S. Lewis writes that the very fact that time itself seems so strange and surprising to us is proof that we were not originally created to live in it as our natural habitat. Presumably, fish don’t feel wet in water, but we fight with time continually. Within just a few […]

Former Wildcat joins Braves organization

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Tyler Greene dreamed of playing professional baseball someday, just like any of his teammates wherever he went. This year, the former Wildcat figured out he might not be dreaming when he took to the mound for Southwestern Illinois College. “First game, I had seven scouts there,” Greene said. “I […]

Jaye Rock camp set

STAFF REPORT Jaye Rock Athletics will hold a pair of co-ed basketball camps July 11-13 at Gattis Middle School. A camp for players entering grades 1-6 will be held 8 a.m.-11 a.m. both days, with a registration fee of $55. There will be six separate sessions for players entering grades 7-12, 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. and […]

Summit takes in depth look at water practices

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Deemed by organizers as the launch point for future action on local water sustainability, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Water Conservation Summit offered an in depth look at present practices with an eye toward potential sourcing options. The day-long effort, comprised of guest presenters and a pair of panel discussions, […]

Opinion: Quilting camp pieces craft together

By Betty Williamson Local columnist There were no campfires or s’mores at the quilt camp held recently by the Winner’s Circle 4-H Club in Portales, but there were plenty of jelly rolls to go around (more on that in a moment), and a downright impressive collection of beautifully hand-crafted projects to show for the effort. […]

Students show off more than Lego skills

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Parkview Elementary students spent Wednesday morning producing a piece demonstration, showing parents and grandparents the power of plastic parts, problem-solving and positivity. A group of 32 fourth- and fifth-graders got to show off a month worth of effort building various devices with Lego robotics kits. The students, Principal Mandy […]

Official: Parkview building timeline advantageous

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Plans for the new Parkview Elementary School are gradually coming into focus. During Tuesday’s regular meeting Deputy Superintendent of Operations Carrie Bunce provided Clovis Municipal Schools board members with a build update. “We just met with the architects last week on 90 percent completion of our drawings,” said Bunce […]