College gets gift of technology

By Gary Mitchell Clovis Community College officials recently received nearly three quarters of a million dollars to complete the construction of the college’s new library and technology center. Lynell Skarda, Citizen’s Bank chairman of the board, and Kent Carruthers, president and CEO of Citizen’s Bank, presented the college’s board of trustees with a check for […]

Rep’s legacy a right-slanted newsletter

You won’t catch George Buffett and me sitting around a campfire singing “whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.” We’re never going to be close. George is John Wayne right. I’m a middle-of-the-roader, although critics might suggest I am pinko left. When I called him last week, I was prepared to dislike George. He […]

Police Blotter 8/28

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A shop foreman from a Clovis business called police Friday morning to report an employee had stolen about $300 worth of punch and die sets that had been placed in a trailer used to collect scrap iron for recycling. The business was […]

Hahn, Wayne

Wayne Hahn Services:Have been held. Mr. Wayne Hahn, 79, of Portales, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at his home. He was born on July 7, 1924, in Portales, to Elver and Alvin Hahn. He was a lifelong resident of Portales. He married Louise Barber on June 24, 1944, in Lubbock. They operated their dairy farm […]

Zias hoping teamwork, talent offset lack of experience

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Based on the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, expectations are low for the first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program. ENMU coach Travis McCorkle and his players are determined to disprove that notion. The Zias, who went 1-2 in preseason exhibition matches, open their inaugural season this weekend when […]

CHS harriers open season at Borger

By Dave Wagner Brian Stacy takes over two distinctly different Clovis cross county teams. The boys team is senior-laden and experienced. The girls team is banking on youth. Stacy, who served as Mark Bussen’s assistant last season, is excited about both. “On paper, we have two phenomenal varsity teams,” he said. Senior Tyrell Northcutt, the […]

Mustangs hope to mount run for playoffs

By Eric Butler When Bovina takes the field Friday night against Texico, Wolverines coach Mike Prokop will see a familiar face across the field. From the time he was a quarterback at Clovis High in the mid-1970s — when Prokop was a Wildcats offensive lineman — through 16 years of serving as an assistant coach, […]

Penalty kick sparks NMMI’s 2nd-half surge

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NMMI’s Victor Rico and Eluid DeLeon battle for a loose ball during Tuesday’s match at Yucca. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White The New Mexico Military Institute Colts finished the match the same way they started it — undefeated and unscored upon. Lawrence Paustian scored two goals as NMMI beat the Clovis Wildcats 4-0 […]

Heavenly neighbor gets closer; Mars makes closest approach in 60,000 years

When Carol Nash of Ranchvale looks at the night sky, she is awed by its enormity and complexity. “When you just think about the solar system and how the Earth is tilted just right to make the seasons and all these objects out there doing their thing, it’s just kind of amazing,” she said. “You […]

Muleshoe High grad finds success in motivational speaking

By Eric Butler Jimmy Cabrera’s book is called “What’s In Your Backpack? Packing For Success In Life.” Its cover features a bag stuffed with notebooks, pencils and highlighters. Although the Muleshoe man works year-round giving motivational lectures to audiences of all kinds, it is perhaps appropriate that the school motif is utilized for Cabrera’s written […]

Company plants seeds for wind turbine farm

By Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind farm, which will be located about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the second of its kind for Quay County. […]

Lady Cats beat Portales in volleyball opener

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Portales senior Kelly Parkey tries to hit through the double block of Tara Ray (left) and Monique Walker during Tuesday’s match at Rock Staubus Gym. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner For a while, it appeared the Portales Lady Rams had Clovis High on the ropes in second game of Tuesday night’s volleyball opener […]

The joy of discovering African roots

By Leonard Pitts Let me tell you where I come from. Born in Southern California, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Both parents from Mississippi, but I’m not referring to that, either. I mean before that. Before Mr. James Crow laid down his law. Before raiders and slave traders dropped anchor in West Africa. […]

County’s small schools just memories

By Don McAlavy The records of our rural school in Curry County have been ruined or destroyed. One story is that the basement in the county courthouse flooded and ruined these records. All that is known of our rural schools was obtained from early day school teachers, from children that went to the first schools […]

Editorial: Venezuelan recall effort doubtful

It could be that California will not be the only place that recalls its chief executive this year. Opponents of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez have presented some 2.7 million signatures — 2.4 million were required — to call a national referendum on Chavez. But the president has questioned the legitimacy of the signatures and vowed […]

Portales firefighters promote plan for emergency access

By Kevin Wilson FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and […]

Bronchos hoping to build on last year’s strong finish

By Eric Butler Just do the math and it’s easy to see which part of the season was better for the Grady volleyball team last year. The Bronchos finished with a respectable 12-10 overall record, but Grady excelled in District 4-1A — only losing one of its 10 regular season matches in the second half […]

West Nile invades region

By Darrell Todd Maurina West Nile has invaded the region full force, with new confirmed or suspected human cases reported in Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey, and Parmer counties. Until mid-August, no human cases had been confirmed in the area, though a number of cases had been confirmed as early as last year in horses. Although West […]

Proposal could legalize carports under P&Z plan

By Darrell Todd Maurina About 90 percent of the 165 carports violating Clovis zoning ordinances could be legalized under a proposal discussed Monday night by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Under the proposal, owners of pre-manufactured, portable and flat-roof carports that don’t meet city standards would be allowed to apply for rezoning that would […]

Readers share favorite teacher memories

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about a favorite school teacher. Some responses: “I can’t pick a favorite. Is it my sixth-grade teacher […]