Notebook — July 4

Appointed… • Former District Attorney Matt Chandler of Clovis was appointed Friday to the state Uniform Law Commission by Gov. Susana Martinez. Chandler, now in private practice, is also one of six candidates recommended to replace retired District Judge Stephen Quinn — a decision Martinez has not yet made, or at least announced. Saving water… […]

Holiday schedule — July 4

The following are events that will be held in the region in conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday: • Clovis fireworks: Annual Smoke of the Water display at Greene Acres Park. Festivities start at 3 p.m.; fireworks display at dark. • Portales fireworks: 9 p.m. at Greyhound Arena and baseball field • Fundraising event […]

Johnson: Grasshoppers are back en masse

Perhaps you’ve seen them, perhaps not. After all, at this point they are still relatively tiny and unnoticeable until one walks through tall grass and they rise up and jump away in clouds of popping sounds. But that will change. It’s already begun with some older hatchlings, and in a couple more weeks the bulk […]

McGee: Thanks to helpful teachers

Plaid shirt. Plaid shorts.Not paying attention, I had walked out of the house wearing this outfit. How could I let this happen? I knew better. When I think of plaid on plaid I think of a teacher who put my head on straight about such things: Coach Hill. Coach Hill was our “phys ed” and […]

Pages past — July 4

On this date … 1970: Clovis’ Sandia Baptist Church, at 1100 W. Manana, was preparing for an “old fashion outdoor revival.” The guest evangelist was Winfred Moore from First Baptist Church in Amarillo. Each of the eight nights started at 8 p.m. 1965: Results from Colonial Park’s championship flight: Dave Diffenderfer defeated Cotton Simms 2 […]

Officials: Common sense key to safe holiday

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com When it comes to fireworks, the Portales Police Department and the Portales Fire Department say common sense is key. With the Fourth of July just a day away, fireworks will be lit throughout the city in celebration of independence, but local law enforcement and firefighters encourage safety precautions be […]

OUR Vets hosting rally at Clovis Walmart

Staff Report OUR Vets will be hosting a rally 11 a.m. today in front of the Clovis Walmart in response to “Walmart denying OUR Vets’ request to allow Walmart associates to wear R.E.D (Remember Everyone Deployed) shirts on Fridays in exchange for a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project,” according to a release from the […]

Notebook — July 3

More money… • The Clovis Chamber is still short about $3,300 from its goal of donations needed to pay for the annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display. It’s at Greene Acres Park come dark Saturday evening. The chamber will accept donations from as little as $1. Contact them at 575-763-3435. Help wanted.. • The […]

Lucero: It’s been good, Portales

The time has come, after years of contemplation, for me to venture away from my home in Portales to a new and far more hikeable land known as Colorado. If it wasn’t for my experiences working for both the Clovis News Journal and the Portales News-Tribune, I don’t think I would have confidence or the […]

Holiday calendar

The following businesses will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday: • City of Portales Offices — Friday • Eastern New Mexico University — Friday • Fire Department Administration — Friday • James Polk Stone Community Bank — Friday • Magistrate Court — Friday • Municipal Court —Friday through Monday • Police Department Administration […]

To do list — July 3

Saturday • Fourth of July celebration — Sundown, behind Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-356-8541. Monday • Games and activities — 10:30 a.m. for K through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Tuesday • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • Comic crafts — 10:30 a.m., ‘melted suncatchers’ for […]

Brown: Day off still a work day for farmers

Down on the farm Wheat harvest. Grease in the morning, run until the stalks start wrapping around in the header, then get a few hours sleep and hopefully a shower between sometime after midnight and before it’s much past daylight. The hours are long and odd, the working schedule is even worse. One day on, […]

Pages past — July 3

On this date … 1975: Lyndell Terry, David Barth, Merle Terry and Thomas Rice, all members of Clovis Evening Lions Club, were preparing to distribute U.S. flags around the city as they did each July 4. The nation was celebrating its 199th birthday. 1955: The lights went out at the Redman’s Club west of Texico, […]

Letter to the editor — July 3

Free speech extends to entire community Regarding recently published letters to the editor on same-sex marriage: The free speech, emotions and beliefs that authors Scott Willis and Sharon Faulkner are privileged to enjoy accrue to all others, including the homosexual community. Christianity, like alcohol, is capable of a wide range of influence. Some Christians, like […]

Shelburne: God’s victory assured regardless of law

The colored lights recently painting the White House, the Obama administration’s anything-but-classy dance in the end zone after the Supreme Court’s incredibly overreaching “legislation” last week, cast the White House flag in a strange and dim light. I don’t like how some folks have tried to dim and sully rainbows and their breathtaking beauty. I […]

Non-profits get Xcel Energy grant

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com Several area non-profit organizations were awarded a cumulative $22,500 in grant money by Excel Energy last week to help support their programs. The grant recipients included the following: • Eastern New Mexico University Foundation’s minority education outreach program • Clovis Community College’s arts outreach program • Clovis Main Street’s […]

Piepkorns still busy amid chaos

STAFF REPORT Despite a fire that damaged their property in January, Gary and Judy Piepkorn have continued to run their business even in the midst of ongoing reconstruction. Almost Home Bed and Breakfast, which the Piepkorns lived in and rented out to guests, suffered a fire in January. A fire that originated in the fireplace, […]

ENMU host summer STEM programs

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com For Portales High School graduate Garrett Cain, pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM) is a goal, but trouble with mathematics pushed him to look for help. For students like Cain looking to pursue STEM-related careers, Eastern New Mexico University has established a summer program […]

Notebook — July 2

Request for donations … • Juanita Chavez, a longtime Fort Sumner resident, is teaching English as a second language to students in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. She said she’s having a difficult time finding English-language books on a second- or third-grade reading level. Anyone want to send her gently used materials? The mailing address is: P.O. […]

Pages past — July 2

On this date … 1970: The fine for anyone caught manufacturing, detonating or selling fireworks in Clovis’ city limits was $300 or 90 days in jail. “Clovis has a population of 30,000 and fully a third of that population will become lawbreakers this Saturday,” the Clovis News-Journal reported in a front-page report previewing the July […]