NATO, good guys need to stick together

Donald Trump’s recent declaration that it may be time to abandon the North American Treaty Organization is causing serious international consternation, not only to U.S. diplomats and U.S. allies, but also to members of his own party. And correctly so. Earlier this month, in an interview with the New York Times, Trump was asked if […]

Sloan: Something to be said for humor

My book-of-the-month summary for July is “Funny Letters from Famous People,” edited by Charles Osgood. Excerpts: • President Dwight Eisenhower wrote his wife from Germany: “George Patton is going to drive me to drink. He misses more opportunities to keep his mouth shut than anyone I know.” • Author/photographer Lewis Carroll missed an appointment with […]

Border town bond

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Separated by nothing but a time zone change and train tracks, the neighboring towns of Texico and Farwell became even closer during the 50th annual Border Town Days celebration on Saturday. The festivities, aimed to strengthen the community rapport between the two cities, kicked off at 9 a.m. (10 […]

Clovis schools improvement projects close to completion

Staff report With the start of the 2016-17 school year just around the corner, Clovis Municipal Schools is in the midst of completing a myriad of construction projects. When students arrive for classes Aug. 15, they will be greeted by various improvements, some more visible and recognizable than others, at locales throughout the district. Funding […]

Reader reaction — July 31

We asked our Facebook followers on Friday, “Are you going to miss Hastings when it closes?” • Celeste Rathbun: Yes. I’m a an English teacher and Hastings offered an educator discount. I have purchased almost 600 books for my classroom to encourage students to read! Hastings has been a huge part of that! They always […]

Pages past — July 31

On this date … 2006: Gov. Bill Richardson had appointed David Reeb to fill the newly created fourth judge’s position in the 9th Judicial District Court. “I’ve aspired to be a judge since I was in law school,” said Reeb, 37, who had been a private-practice attorney since 2003. Reeb remains a district judge today. […]

Police blotter — July 31

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 5:01 a.m.: Concealing identity, 800 block of Sheldon Street. • 9:32 a.m.: Probation violation, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 9:58 a.m.: Failure to appear (felony), 200 block of North Pile Street. • 10:00 […]

Meetings calendar — July 31

Monday Civic Center Policy Committee Meeting — 2 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Clovis City Commission Executive Session — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, genealogy room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Portales City Council — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Information: 575-356-6662 The […]

Events calendar — July 31

Tuesday National Night Out — 6 p.m. Greene Acres Park, 21st and Mitchell streets., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9472 Wednesday Ribbon Cutting for Kinetico of West Texas — 11:15 a.m. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Thursday 2016 Best of Clovis Celebration — 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, […]

Farwell boy set to compete in national motocross event

Staff report On Monday, one young boy will compete against a field of 42 others at the Rocky Mountain AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Allen Florez, 8, of Farwell, is in the 50cc Limited class at the championships.  At an area qualifier, he had to finish in […]

Proud to call Clovis home

Sabra Smith is from Hereford, Texas. She has lived in the Clovis area for 10 years. In 1999, she started working for State Farm. She confidently describes her career as making sure her clients are confident about avoiding financial missteps, achieving their goals and living more confidently. Smith isn’t absent in community involvement either. She […]

Terry: Social skills in youth at peril

In the age of social media, employers say our newest employees are flunking out on social skills. That’s what a survey of employers by an ENMU College of Business professor revealed. Lack of interpersonal communication skills and the ability to connect with customers and co-workers seems to have put a generation in peril in the […]

Hartsfield: So many bags to choose from

Almost every woman enjoys a great handbag. There are so many different shapes and sizes that are trending at the moment. From mini bags to maxi ones, there’s an “it” bag that’s right for you and for your every occasion. What’s the look? Chain-handled handbags, hobo slouchy bags, over-sized clutches, fringed styles and mini bags. […]

Borden: Remodeler talks about stretching budget

Information on packing tips for a worry-free trip, using a smart pot to grow vegetables and flowers, and incorporating ribbon in needlepoint projects will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Party planner Patty Waid knows that packing can be stressful. […]

Senior calendar — July 31

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. exercise equipment; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 8 ball pool; 6 […]

Travel: Taos, a mecca of art, history

Nestled within the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Taos has always been a destination for dreamers, adventurers, and the eclectic looking for a home. From Clovis, the distance is about 250 miles, or about four hours of driving time. Taos is one of those communities where the visitor should plan on staying at least a couple […]

Lawsuit against Curry County continued

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — After listening to two and one half days of testimony, a district court jury will return to the courtroom Monday to decide the fate of a civil lawsuit filed against Curry County by a former jail administrator. Just after 5 p.m. Friday, after consulting with the attorneys […]

Clovis man held on kidnapping, assault charges

Staff report Clovis — A 29-year-old man was arrested Friday on warrants for several charges, including criminal sexual penetration and kidnapping. According to a new release from Clovis police, on Wednesday, officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to Plains Regional Medical Center in reference to a report of criminal sexual penetration. On arrival, […]

Report: State high on food insecurity list

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com One-in-three children in New Mexico struggles with food insecurity, according to Presbyterian Healthcare Services Director of Community Health Leigh Caswell. The 2016 “Map the Meal Gap” report by Feeding America shows that as of two years ago, New Mexico had the second highest child food-insecurity rate in the nation […]

Ag officials ask public for feedback

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is asking for feedback from local farmers and ranchers about improvements that can be made to the state’s Organic Program. The NMDA will host a meeting at the Roosevelt County Extension Office on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., according to a […]