Discount stores dot west side

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent While most of the attention in a recent wave of Clovis business expansion has gone to the development in the north part of town, a quieter pair of retail openings is changing the way some west-siders go about their shopping. Since the Gibson’s Discount Store on 21st St. closed in […]

King, Jack E.

Jack King Services: Have been held. Mr. Jack E. King, 81, of Portales, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on April 20, 1923, in Clovis, to Gracie Dell and Luther Eber King. His family moved from their home north of Clovis to Cedarvale by covered wagon in […]

Business Digest 6/1

Fun-Putt reopens for business After acquiring it from Play Inc., new owner Paul LeClear has reopened the Fun-Putt Fun-Time Miniature Golf course at 1520 Thornton. LeClear estimates that it’s been “three or four years” since anybody had played a round at the site — until, that is, LeClear officially opened for business two weeks ago. […]

Martinez ready to take on new challenge

Don’t expect Fort Sumner’s Mario Martinez to do a coaching version of Michael Jordan and make a comeback any time soon. The longtime the Foxes football and boys track coach recently accepted a position as assistant director of men’s athletics for the New Mexico Activities Association. The NMAA is expected to formally approve the hiring […]

Brothers died in WWII

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. Jack Love and Seaman 1st Class Dan Love died on the opposite sides of the world during World War II, but their deaths enabled their widowed mother to petition for the discharge of a third brother, Clyde Love, who returned home to Clovis […]

Man killed four days before armistice

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer In 1907, Charles Ledbetter came to Curry County when it was still a pioneer community only recently connected to the rest of the world via the new Santa Fe railroad line. A few years later he became one of the first three graduates of Clovis High School. “Charles […]

Young man was eager to join paratroopers

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When Helen Garcia Trujillo observes Memorial Day, she can’t decorate her older brother’s grave. The grave of Joe C. Garcia, along with thousands of others, is located in France, not far from the location where he died on D-Day while the 101st Airborne Division was parachuting out of […]

Man anticipated risk in Vietnam

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Pfc. Jimmy Hohstead was approaching the end of his scheduled duty in Vietnam when he was killed in action on Oct. 9, 1967, according to his sister, Donna White. Hohstead’s death came as a blow to his sister. The two had just a few years before suffered the […]

Rodeo highlights Pioneer Days

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Jubal Pierce, left, of Melrose and Matthew Glenn, of Clovis, paint numbers on the steps of the seating boxes Saturday afternoon at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Balloons, pageants and a parade will accompany the usual sights and sounds at three nights of rodeo […]

Albuquerque man hurt in boating accident

CNJ Staff LOGAN — A boating accident at Ute Lake sent an Albuquerque man to the hospital with head and side injuries Sunday afternoon. New Mexico State Park personnel are investigating the accident. Rangers said details were still not clear but it appeared the injured man was riding a boat with family members when it […]

Monument is a tribute to Clovis’ heroes lost in war

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Clovis veterans and their relatives come to today’s Memorial Day services scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, they won’t be hearing speeches by politicians or community leaders. Instead, they’ll hear family members of eight of the 171 war dead whose names are engraved on a new veterans’ […]

Tascosa sweeps Clovis

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — Amarillo Tascosa rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Clovis 5-3 and complete a sweep of their West Texas League baseball doubleheader on Saturday. Tascosa won the opener 13-3, ending the game in the bottom of the fifth on the league’s 10-run rule. Daniel Casarez doubled […]

Thomas named CHS softball coach

By Dave Wagner Brandi Thomas didn’t foresee a head coaching job coming open at this point in her coaching career, but when it did she was ready. Thomas, a 1994 Clovis High graduate and an assistant in the program the past four years, was hired this week to replace Larry Trower as the Lady Wildcats’ […]

Clovis resident reflects on season competing in WBL

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Clovis resident Mary (Fuller) Scott played for the St. Louis Streak during the final season of the Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1980-81. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner For a small-town girl from Mississippi, Mary Scott was thrilled to get the opportunity to play women’s professional basketball. The Clovis resident just wishes the […]

DA race means tough choice

CNJ Editorial T uesday’s primary election ballot features five contested local races. One in particular has created a stir big enough to already have attracted heavy voter turnout. The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Republican primary has spurred about 2,000 Curry and Roosevelt County residents to vote early. The two-Republican race has inspired voter registration increases […]

Chandler will be attorney for the people

By Bennie Nieves: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal on Thursday offered a guest column to both district-attorney candidates in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Brett Carter chose to write his own report, while challenger Matthew Chandler asked his honorary campaign chairman to write the report. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 […]

DA office is not an entry-level position

By Brett Carter: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal on Thursday offered a guest column to both district-attorney candidates in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Brett Carter chose to write his own report, while challenger Matthew Chandler asked his honorary campaign chairman to write the report. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 […]

DA challenger outspending incumbent

By Darrell Todd Maurina Matt Chandler has raised nearly $4,200 more than incumbent Brett Carter in the campaign for district attorney, according to campaign finance records filed Thursday evening State law requires candidates to file campaign finance reports on May 10 and May 27. Through Tuesday, Chandler had raised $29,007.84 and spent $25,696.03; Carter had […]

War monument to honor Clovis heroes

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Four pillars honoring Curry County residents known to have died in war will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Monday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. (CNJ staff photo Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina In most years, Clovis veterans gather at a local cemetery for Memorial Day services honoring deceased veterans. This year will be different, as […]

Speller competing for national title

By Ryan Lengerich His friends call him Zack, but Tuesday he will be known simply as “Speller No. 141.” That number will be assigned to Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly when he represents eastern New Mexico in a three-day competition this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New […]