Police blotter — Nov. 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 12:35 a.m.: Failure to pay fines, 1200 block of North Pile Street. • 12:57 a.m.: Shoplifting (muni), 1000 block of Mitchell Street. • 8 a.m.: Fail to yield left turn (muni), Hicks Mobile Park. […]

Communities prep for Thanksgiving events

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local communities are bringing people together for family-friendly activities this Thanksgiving, according to event organizers. Central Christian Church in Portales is hosting a Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. today at the church. According to Ministry Coordinator Candace Bagwell, multiple speakers will participate in the event. Speakers include Trinity […]

Event offers Girls Scouts look at STEM careers

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Aubrieanna Hill has a knack for science and plans to study robotics when she’s not busy building or testing rockets. Aubrieanna is 8 years old. That future scientist was one of about 40 girls at the STEM event at Clovis Community College Saturday morning, an educational opportunity for members […]

CHS dress code draws ire of students, parents

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com When a Clovis High School student arrived at school early for band practice last week, she didn’t expect to be sent home for what she was wearing. She also didn’t expect the response she got from the community. CHS senior Morgan Jeffcoat said she was practicing scales Nov. 9 […]

Portales artisans offer personal gifts

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Portales residents got a head start for their holiday shopping while supporting local artisans. The Hydration Station hosted their Holiday Craft Bazaar Saturday in Portales, which brought shoppers together to look at homemade gifts and to purchase for family and friends. Lilla Cortez said she came to the bazaar […]

Holiday depression not uncommon, officials say

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The holiday season is typically known as a time for joy and unity between families and friends, but for some, this time of year can have its own set of challenges, including symptoms of depression. With increased rates of stress during the holidays, the Portales Police Department has historically […]

Altrusa set for Holiday Happening

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Christmas spirit is underway in Portales. Altrusa International of Portales is hosting its 19th annual Holiday Happening 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Ballroom. The event is held to celebrate the season and support a good cause, according to club President Cozetta […]

Book sale ends today

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Today marks the second and final day of the Friends of the Library Book Sale, which is slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., nestled inside the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Library. Organizers said the event proceeds aid in the organization’s support of the library. Officials said hundreds […]

Curry County manager gets vote of confidence

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Upon reconvening from executive session to discuss threatened and pending litigation in federal/district court, during Friday’s meeting the Curry County Commission extended a vote of confidence to County Manager Lance Pyle. The voice vote to issue the measure of support was unanimous. “We went into executive session to discuss […]

Volunteer feels need to help

Editor’s note: The following is an article in a series profiling local volunteers. By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com “Why do you do it?” is a difficult question for Portales Meals on Wheels Treasurer Glenn McCoy to answer. “It’s like, ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’ Because it was there,” said McCoy, who has […]

Johnson: It’s natural to include pets in festivities

Ushered in by a crisp tinge in the air and colorful leaves collecting on the ground, turkey day is so close, you can practically smell it already — and in a few short days thou shall be fat, sleepy and flush with leftovers. Almost four hundred years ago (five-shy of that, to be precise), the […]

Car accident causes Clovis power outage

STAFF REPORT A smattering of businesses and residences in central Clovis had their power knocked out mid-afternoon Friday after a car accident took place near a transformer on 14th and Sycamore. Xcel Energy spokesperson Wes Reeves said 167 customers lost power around 2:15 p.m. after a car accident led to a pair of line fuses […]

Pages past — Nov. 19

On this date … 1956: Briscoe West, scheduled to begin his term as Curry County sheriff on Jan. 1, had named his assistants. Nelson Worley, who lived at 1108 Lea St., was named chief deputy, or undersheriff. L.B. Redwine was named jailer and would live in the apartment atop the Curry County Courthouse. Ernest Garcia […]

Official says Natural Chem hopes to open several blending facilities

Staff report A new biofuels blending facility is expected to open in Portales Industrial Park in April, officials said. Natural Chem Group of Houston announced this week it had purchased the former Abengoa plant in the Portales Industrial Park after Abengoa went bankrupt earlier this year. Natural Chem President Robert Salazar said the facility will […]

Body camera policy on county agenda

Staff report The Curry County Commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Among the agenda items to be considered is discussion and requested action on developing a policy with future Implementation for body cameras for detention center staff. In correspondence to county officials regarding […]

Cricket Wireless plans ribbon cutting

Staff report Cricket Wireless is planning a ribbon cutting and grand opening this week at its new retail store, located at 600 Texas St., Unit G in Clovis. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today, with the grand opening celebration through Sunday with a drawing for a Thanksgiving turkey. Store hours are 9 […]

Faith: Operation Christmas Child gets ready to roll

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Impoverished children around the world will have something special to open on Christmas morning, maybe for the first time, thanks to the effort of a Clovis church. For 10 years, Parkland Baptist Church has partnered with Operation Christmas Child, an outreach program offered through the Samaritan’s Purse international relief […]

Pages past — Nov. 18

On this date … 1971: Much of the region saw the first snow flakes of the season. Early risers in Clovis, Muleshoe, Fort Sumner, Grady and Melrose all reported snow between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. “By 8 a.m., the frozen precipitation had ceased and disappeared without a trace in most areas,” the Clovis News-Journal […]

Clovis sisters to dance in Macy’s parade

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Clovis’ McBride sisters are going to see over the next week that dance can take them places. Of course, Gahbrielle and Devynne are no strangers to that. The two are taking off today for New York City to be part of a dance group performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving […]

Events calendar — Nov. 18

Today El Desayuno Kiwanis 27th Annual Chili Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets: $8. Free: Children under 5 Parkland Baptist Church, 921 Parkland Dr., Clovis. Friends of the Library book sale — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 700 Main St. Information: 575-769-7840. United Blood Service — 12:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. […]