Ranchers: USDA not paying out on policies

Argen Duncan A number of New Mexico ranchers say the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t giving them the insurance payments they paid for and need. Last year, the USDA Risk Management Agency offered a pilot program in which ranchers in New Mexico and other states could work with private insurance companies to buy policies they […]

Convention embraces steampunk culture

“ Bubonicon 43 is Aug. 26–28. Bubonicon 43 memberships at door only. We strongly recommend registering for Bubonicon 43 on Friday of the convention after 3 p.m. We might have to turn you away if we hit our fire-code capacity of 650 – and you wait until the last minute to get your membership. The […]

Green thumb no match for drought

If I ever had a green thumb it has turned black. I’ve lamented recently the condition of my front yard but I have to report with the recent rains it’s starting to green up. Of course the green parts are grass burrs. The rose bushes decided to emerge from their drought-induced dormancy long enough for […]

School menus — Aug. 21

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese breakfast taco. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and gravy, fruit, whole wheat roll. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Cheeseburger on a bun, tater tots, lettuce/tomato/pickle, blueberry whip. Wednesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Pig in a blanket, mini carrots and ranch, corn, banana […]

No such thing as leftover chili

Information on a new die cutting machine, making positive changes in our lives and selecting unfinished furniture will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Sandy McCauley represents Accugraphic Sales Inc., and they make a machine called a Klic-N-Kut. She will demonstrate how the machine can cut vinyl […]

Senior happenings — Aug. 21

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance at La Casa Senior Center, 1120 Cameo. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., […]

On the shelves —

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them” by Wayne Pacelle examines our special connection with animals of every kind, as well as the conflicting interests that have led us to betray this bond through widespread and systematic cruelty. “Miles to Go” by […]

Club notes — Aug. 21

Altrusa of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis held their annual picnic Aug. 13 at the home of President Kathy Travis. A pot luck meal was enjoyed by all. Altrusa members present were: Kathy Travis, Mary Weigl, Judith Glikas, Pat McCullough, Carolyn Muffley and Leslie McCloud. Excellent vocalist Joseph Haremann, from Cannon Air Force Base, provided […]

Reunions — Aug. 21

Carlton The family of Aubrey and Elmira (Crow) Carlton, formerly of Friona, held their 25th annual reunion at the homes of Ricky and Donette Sabins and Debbie Carltonon July 16 in Plainview, Texas. Special guests attending were Ethelyn Garnett of Lockney, Texas, and Tami Vernon of Plainview. Family attending were Saundra Lappe of Ovala, Texas; […]

Honors —

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Slocum Air Force Airman Marcus A. Slocum recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Teresa Slocum of Clovis. Slocum graduated […]

Birthdays —

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Laccur [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Ilario Laccur of Clovis celebrated his first birthday Aug. 17. The celebration was hosted by his mom Naomi Garcia, sister Lynnea Olivas, grandpa Joe Bullet, step-grandma Debbie Garcia, grandma Vickey Garcia and great-grandparents Jake and Trini Garcia. Ilario was born Aug. 17, 2010, in Clovis.

Anniversaries —

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Hill Mark and Dee Hill of Clovis will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary 2 p.m. Saturday at 2129 Jonquil Park Drive, Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children Clint and Kelsey Hill; Dan and Kari Hill; and Matt and Callie Whittington. The couple was married on Aug. 29, 1981, at Kingswood United Methodist […]

Our people: Voice of the Cats

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Clovis resident Bill Gaedke has been called the voice of Clovis High School Wildcat sports. He earned the name by announcing for every home game of nearly every sport at the high school. Gaedke said he couldn’t pick a favorite sport. He doesn’t like them all — he loves them all. “I like that I […]

Youngsters put 113 animals up for sale at livestock show

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Kevin Wilson Somewhere at the Curry County Fair, a food court customer might have noted some sticker shock when they paid $8 for that once-a-year turkey leg. But as far as invoices go, the food court has nothing on the act of charity and support for youth agriculture that goes on a five-minute walk west […]

Martinez adds Portales man to land protection committee

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Matthew Rush of Portales to the Natural Lands Protection Committee. Rush was among 11 appointments announced Friday by the governor. Rush is executive vice president, secretary and treasurer of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. With his father, he owns and operates Rush Cattle Co. Rush serves on the […]

In search of ponies: Spoiled horse gets schooled in manners

Sharna Johnson When Sancha first came into my life she was the only horse and like an only child often does, she became a bit of a diva pretty quickly. A number of the defiant or spoiled little stunts she would pull were enough to concern me about her future disposition and attitude. The general […]

Their view: Branding serves as protection for livestock

Joe Parker Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, writes about the importance of branding cattle.

Libertarians lead invisible life

In day-to-day life, being a libertarian really doesn’t attract any attention. We are pretty much invisible. We are the neighbors who mind our own business. We probably don’t have noisy parties but won’t call the cops about yours. We are the people who pick up the dropped keys for the person struggling with grocery bags. […]

Still too early to pick leading GOP candidate

Freedom New Mexico The Republican presidential race is tightening. The Iowa straw poll Saturday didn’t pick any delegates, which will be done at the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 6, but the poll began culling the herd of GOP candidates. Finishing first with 4,823 votes was Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was born in the Hawkeye State […]

Portales mascot earns All-American designation

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Portales High School mascot Rammy will be representing the Portales school district at the 2012 Capital One Bowl pre-game in Orlando, Fla., in January of 2012. Rammy was the only mascot out of the several Curry and Roosevelt county mascots who tried out for the event to be chosen to attend. The event is the […]