Tornado touches down in Roosevelt County

STAFF REPORT A powerful storm late Friday churned up a short-lived tornado in southern Roosevelt County, dumped as much as 6 inches of hail on Melrose and flooded streets across Clovis. Officials in Curry and Roosevelt counties reported no serious injuries or major damage. A National Weather Service meteorologist said a short-lived tornado was confirmed […]

Variety of talent, food found at fiesta

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Sally Romero, left, and Manuela Torres, right, is helped by Onavaya Sintas, 7, to collect ticket Friday evening at the fiesta dinner and variety show. Onavaya also took part in the variety and song the theme song from the movie “Frozen”.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Variety shows are just that — a variety. You never know what you’re going to get, what you’ll witness or what you’ll have to grin and bear through for the sake of the performers. The audience didn’t have to bear 7 year-old Onavaya Sintas’s talent, though, who performed at […]

Relay for Life time, location changes

Staff report Roosevelt County Relay For Life hopes to attract more visitors and participants to its 2015 event with a new venue and earlier schedule. The 2015 Relay For Life event kicks off June 6 at 10 a.m. at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds and will last until 10 p.m. in an effort to keep participants […]

Notebook — May 30

Big doings … • Pioneer Days in Clovis kicks off today with the annual Rodeo Queen Pageant. Horse riding skills competition is 10 a.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds and personality compassion at 2 p.m., same place. Pioneer Days is a week-long affair with a variety of shows and events. See Sunday’s CNJ for a […]

Sounds of movie gunshots caught attention

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“Comancheria” bank robbers, played by actors Ben Foster and Chris Pine, speed away from shotgun fire during a scene filmed Friday afternoon on Pile Street in Clovis.

Star search The story of “Comancheria,” which is being filmed in eastern New Mexico, involves a divorced dad and his ex-con brother who resort to a bank-robbery spree. The brothers, played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster, go on a collision course with a Texas Ranger, played by Jeff Bridges, who is determined to bring […]

Johnson: Choosing dog gender matter of preference

The way a dog interacts with people is one of the most important things involved in the relationship between person and pet. Of course personality is unique to each, and there are numerous factors that heavily influence the way a pooch interacts with humans, including breed, upbringing, environment and the people themselves. The gender of […]

McGee: Couch surfing not as appealing as it was

We met a friend of our son’s the other day; he describes himself as a “Couch Surfer.” Others might call the guy a hippie or a homeless dude or simply a bum. We’re gonna call him Fred. Fred earned his title by spending his time visiting his pals around the country, playing their video games, […]

Clovis Community Band moves spring concert indoors

Staff report The Clovis Community Band is taking its annual late spring show indoors, with the State Theater set today to host a 6:30 p.m. concert. There is no admission for the concert, though the band does fundraising throughout the year towards the creation of music scholarships. Band Director Steve Baldock, who took over duties […]

More hail possible with next round of storms

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Portales was struck Thursday night with the largest sized hail the area has seen so far this year, according to Jason Frazier, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Frazier said Portales got up to golf-ball sized hail along with .15 inches of rainfall, while Clovis received .69 […]

Study: New Mexico 11th best for military retirement

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER New Mexico is the 11th best state for military personnel to retire, according to a recent study. In recognition of May being Military Appreciation month, and to help ease the burden of retirement planning for the nation’s military community, WalletHub, a personal finance social network, conducted an in-depth analysis […]

Water authority talks Ute project in Washington D.C.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has grown beyond being under the wing of municipal government and is now on its way to being its own independent entity, according the Chairman Gayla Brumfield and other members of the ENMWUA board. With the first step of hiring its own […]

Star search: Finally got a star sighting

Actor Chris Pine walks out of Western Bank, transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank, on Thursday during filming of “Comancheria” on Pile Street in Clovis.

The latest filming of “Comancheria” took place on Thursday at the Western Bank in downtown Clovis. The bank was transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank of west Texas. On my way to work Thursday, the roads were blocked off a few blocks from the office, between Seventh and 11th streets. At first, I was […]

Ex sports pro coaches football in Phoenix


Conrad Hamilton sandwiched his college education around a pro football career that lasted six seasons before it was cut short by a knee injury. A two-time all-American defensive back at Eastern New Mexico University, the New York Giants drafted Hamilton in the seventh round in 1996. The Alamogordo High product realized early that playing in […]

Brown: There’s a big difference between other’s work clothes and mine

Down on the farm There’s an interesting expectation, among those who don’t work in the dirt for a living, that everyday clothes are relatively nice and clean. I remember when I finally noticed the glaring difference in unstated expectations regarding what it means to be “work clothes.” To me, work clothes are the bottom of […]

Pages past — May 29

On this date … 1975: Benny Binion had announced he would not be bringing his popular stage coach from Las Vegas, Nevada, to participate in this year’s Pioneer Days Parade in Clovis. But Chamber of Commerce officials said 64 entries had been signed up, including the Owens Country Sausage shetland horses, New Mexico Miss Rodeo […]

To do list — May 29

Today • Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta dinner and variety show — 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Clovis. Adult plates $8 and children’s plates $4. • Asleep at the Wheel — 5:15 p.m. Dawg House, 1013 W. Second St., Portales. Information: • Second Annual Bit of Broadway Dinner Cabaret — Dinner […]

Roosevelt County on tornado watch

STAFF REPORT The National Weather Service of Albuquerque has issued a tornado watch in Roosevelt, Chaves and Eddy counties until 7 p.m. today. The NWS website said showers and thunderstorms are likely, and some of the storms could be severe. A south wind around 15 mph is expected with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. […]

New Mexico Boys’ State at ENMU

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Isaiah Thomas, right, and Kevin George start their career as Boys’ State Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday. Boys’ State teaches rising seniors in high school how government in their state works.

By Anna George Staff Writer New Mexico Boys’ State is occurring at Eastern New Mexico University this week. Boys’ State is a national program dedicated to teaching incoming high school seniors the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and how national, state, county, and city governments work in their particular area. The students are first […]

Kids’ College back for summer

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ENMU Kids College kicks off Monday with local children having the opportunity to interact with other kids in sports, art, swimming and more.

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University is getting ready to bring back another summer of fun and activities with their annual program, Kids’ College. Ciara Gilliland, coordinator for Kids’ College, said the goal is to give children in the community a fun, safe place where they can learn throughout the summer without actually feeling like […]

Celebration of the summer season

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Chardonnay, left, and Nevaeha Brown play basketball while waiting for their lunch from the La Casa lunch program.

By Anna George Staff Writer Classes let out for summer vacation Thursday and Portales students are gearing up for their days off. Keagen Chambers, 10, is very excited to spend his summer visiting various water parks, he said. His family will be going to both Oklahoma and Albuquerque to celebrate the summer season. Despite […]