Curry jail administrator cleared

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR A letter released Friday by attorney Matt Chandler says District Attorney Andrea Reeb found nothing criminal in Curry County Jail Administrator Tori Sandoval’s purchase of a shadow box given as a gift to a departing jail officer. The letter written by Reeb said her investigators looked into documents, policies […]

Notebook — June 20

Portales jumping… • It’s the place to be today if you like parades, a car show and an assortment of live music. Heritage Days celebrations kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade starting near Second Street and Avenue O that proceeds to City Park. Vintage cars are on display most of the day and […]

Second round of pageant complete

Staff photo: Anna George
The competitors for Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen performed with smiles on their faces Friday night as they introduced themselves to the crowd. The Miss New Mexico competition is being held in Eastern New Mexico University’s theater center.

By Anna George Staff Writer Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen candidates faced their second round of preliminary competition Friday night, leading up to the Saturday crowning. The top 10 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teens will be revealed 2 p.m. today at the University Theatre Center (UTC) at Eastern New Mexico […]

Pages past — June 20

On this date … 1975: U.S. Sen. Joseph Montoya, D-New Mexico, was in Clovis to tour Cannon Air Force Base as a member of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on defense. “It’s not age we respect, but the expertise,” he said, explaining the significance of earning seniority in Congress, which led to his appointment to the […]

Johnson: Thanks to the fathers out there

In search of ponies When it comes to the natural world, fathers don’t tend to get cast in the greatest light and often fatherhood is seen as more of a single act than ongoing job. In critter circles, most dads are known for putting a lot of effort into the wooing part — impressing, courting, […]

Heritage Days schedule — June 20

The following is the schedule for the 31st Annual Heritage Days: Saturday: • 8 a.m. — MainStreet Fun Run at the Yam Theatre • 8 a.m. — Car show registrations at City Park • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. — Poker run starts, ends at Yam Theatre • 10 a.m. — Parade starts at Second and Avenue […]

McGee: Company’s bankruptcy no surprise

Sometimes before I drift off to sleep I try to pick up radio stations from faraway places. I use my little German radio. It’s a good one. I like my little German radio. This isn’t the first one I’ve had. One day in the 1990s my first one stopped working. I was at a loss. […]

First night Miss New Mexico preliminaries scored

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Miss New Mexico and Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico contestants perform a choreographed routine before introducing themselves during Thursday’s pageant preliminaries.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER With more than 40 contestants to narrow down, Miss New Mexico Pageant judges have their work cut out for them. Judges took to their score sheets Thursday night to help narrow the field during the Miss New Mexico Pageant’s first night of preliminary events. Thursday’s events included the on-stage […]

Two ENMU capital outlay bills approved

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Eastern New Mexico University will see an 8-year electrical project come to a close with money from a capital outlay bill recently signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. The bill was approved in the recent special legislative session and signed Wednesday by Martinez. ENMU Vice President of Business […]

Ute Reservoir focus of water authority meeting

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Ute Reservoir is storing 75 percent of capacity after having received almost 10 inches of rain, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority learned Thursday at its meeting in Texico. Chairwoman Gayla Brumfield also announced Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick will be replacing outgoing member Caleb Chandler, Clovis Mayor […]

Notebook — June 19

Civic duty… • Clovis is looking for someone — an adult — to serve on its Planning & Zoning Commission. If you’re interested, contact the city manager’s office at 575-769-7828. New officer… • One of three new officers elected to the Farm Credit of New Mexico board is local farmer and rancher J. Stanley Fury […]

Suspect in fatal crash identified

Staff report New Mexico State Police have identified a person they believe fled from a fatal single-vehicle crash the morning of June 7 near N.M. 267 and North Industrial Drive in Portales. A warrant has been filed for Jose Calderon, 25. He faces charges of homicide by vehicle (third degree felony), great bodily injury by […]

Lucero: Problem may be your misconceptions

Misconceptions about different social groups are abundant anywhere you go, but taking the time to become familiar with someone from a particular social group can completely change the way a person views the world around them. Since high school I have hung out with a group of people (people who frequent or frequented the local […]

Miss Blackwater Draw also church youth director


Editor’s note: The following is the first in a new series in which we profile religious leaders in Roosevelt County: Kelsey Prince, 21, is the youth director at First United Methodist Church in Portales. Prince is a student at Eastern New Mexico University majoring in communications with an emphasis in journalism. She is also Miss […]

To do list — June 19

Today • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth grade, “Zoom” at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Heritage Days activity — 6:30 p.m. Christian Country Jamboree at City Park. Information: 575-356-8541. • Miss New Mexico preliminary night 2 — 6 p.m. at University Theater Building. Opening Number/Intros, Group 1- Miss On-stage Question, Group 2- […]

Brown: Never know what awaits at farm auction

Down on the farm Look, on the farm! It’s a loader, it’s a skidsteer, it’s an ATV! No! It’s. It’s! It’s… I have no idea what it is, but it’s either genius or the silliest thing you’ve ever seen. This story begins, as many of the great ones do, at a farm auction. Every sale […]

Heritage Days schedule — June 19

The following is the schedule for the 31st Annual Heritage Days to be held at City Park June 19-20: Friday: • 6:30 p.m. Christian Country Jamboree at City Park Saturday: • 8 a.m. — MainStreet Fun Run at the Yam Theatre • 8 a.m. — Car show registrations at City Park • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. […]

Health class held at Community Services Center

Staff photo: Anna George
Lois Sparks, left, and Dorothy Glover, regulars at the community services center, participate in a group activity Wednesday at the fruits and vegetables presentation. They measured out red strips of paper to match the amount of fruits and vegetables they ate the day before.

By Anna George Staff Writer Senior and low income citizens were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge about healthy eating on Wednesday at the community services center. Carol Calderon, a nutrition educator at cooperative extension services, gave a presentation on eating fruits and vegetables. Calderon also spoke on how to eat healthily while […]

Pages past — June 19

On this date … 1975: Santa Fe Archbishop Rev. Robert Sanchez was making plans to visit all of the Catholic parishes in the Clovis-Portales area. “The complexities of the times with its inherent changes necessitates my movement among the people,” he said. 1960: Funeral services were being planned for a former Clovis resident who fell […]

Public Education Secretary visits Clovis

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera visited Clovis on Wednesday to talk to teachers and administrators. Skandera is traveling the state meeting with teachers and gathering feedback as part of an ongoing outreach program. The CNJ asked several questions: Why is it important for you to meet with teachers and administrators in person? When […]