Drawing right calf can make all the difference in roping

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Joshua Garrett of Gugdell Farms of Logan said 222 calves will be used in this weekend’s event. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Although it’s random, calf ropers know drawing the right calf can be the difference between a average run and a big payday. At Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping this […]

Prankster’s final joke a doozy

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Those of us who worked the news side of the Denver Post became concerned when Downhill Updyke stopped inventing elaborate practical jokes. When we asked him about it, he said he was just getting too old to play games. Pranks in those days were common in the city room, and […]

Early-day resident couldn’t stay out of restauranting

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian “Bill Ogg was one of the best known of the early-day restaurateurs,” said Tom Pendergrass, Clovis’ first historian. Tom, back in the early 1950s, did a “column” and live broadcast over KICA and KCLV. “Bill Ogg will be remembered as opening more restaurants in Clovis than any half dozen men […]

Child abuse, neglect deserve to be taken seriously

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was a long-term substitute-teaching assignment for seventh-grade math, with the teacher expecting to be gone for three weeks. Within three days of that three weeks, I had developed an opinion about what was going on in the life of one child. It was some objective pieces — the worn […]

Jeopardy! appearance first step in roadrunner’s rise to infamy

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers It’s official — the roadrunner has made it to infamy. Everyone knows, of course, the way to gauge if something is famous is if it shows up as a Jeopardy! question or a crossword clue. Since “Gargulinski” doesn’t fit well as a crossword clue, it’s better to gauge it by […]

4/30 Engagements

Pitts/Jesko John and Sally Pitts of League City, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Karen Pitts, of League City to Jason Jesko of Webster, Texas. He is the son of Larry Jesko and Dixie Jesko of Lazbuddie, Texas. The couple will exchange vows at 6:30 p.m. on July 1at St. Mary […]

4/30 Weddings

Baird/Hornsby Lori Ella Baird and John Darren Hornsby, both of Birmingham, Ala., were joined in marriage March 31, 2006, in Birmingham. The Rev. Ron Allen Headley performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of the late Donna M. Cooper Sisson of Lubbock and Billy R. Cooper of Farwell. The bridegroom is the son […]

4/30 Births

Sanchez Santiago Nazzareno Sanchez was born March 25 to Rachel and James Sanchez of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. He has two brothers, Stefano, 2, and Matthew, 5, and one sister, Siyerra, 7. Grandparents are Susan and Rick Poe of Clovis, and Herminia Sanchez of Clovis. Great-grandparents are […]

4/30 School menus

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Blueberry muffin, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Fajitas/salsa, sunshine corn, crisp lettuce, rosy applesauce and cold milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Eggs and toast, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Sloppy joe sandwich, tasty tator tots, pickle spear, fruit Jell-O and cold milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — Wonderful waffles, cold juice […]

4/30 Senior happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — Health insurance benefits assistance. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor exercise. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks; 2 p.m. — Birthday cake. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. […]

4/30 Organizations

Fairfield Extension Club The Fairfield Extension Club met on April 14 in the home of Betty Ingram, who hosted with Mary Winkles. Twelve members attended. Marie Wells and Mary Dell won the door prizes. New business included the upcoming birthday party on May 12, and the quilt top made by Sharon Ragland and finished by […]

Resident maintains oasis for victims

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Hank Baskett of Clovis explains the purpose of the Oasis Children’s Advocate Center, recognized by the 9th District Attorney’s Office for its work. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett, Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center director, believes God directed him down a path he could never have envisioned. He conducts forensic […]

Motion to dismiss death penalty denied

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Thursday denied defense motions to dismiss the death penalty as a possible sentence and separate the charges of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 33, is accused of killing his uncle and aunt, Odis and Doris Newman, […]

Clovis/Portales microplex renewed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining the […]

FDA’s marijuana post puts politics over science

Freedom Newspapers Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That […]

Manners universal, though rules differ

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I may not exactly be Miss Manners, but when it comes to social etiquette, I’ve got a few things to say. I’ll call these Helena’s mannerisms. When someone sneezes, any proper, caring individual should say “Bless you!” If the person sneezes again, it is only proper to sigh and say […]

TV show reminder of youthful imaginations

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The public television station out of Portales, KENW, runs a kids show every weekday afternoon called “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks.” It’s an animated show that originates from the United Kingdom. The show revolves around Piggley and his friends: Ferny the bovine, Dannan the duck, his sister Molly and […]

Civic Center hosting Home and Garden Show

CNJ staff A Home and Garden Show will be held this weekend at the Clovis Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico. According to Chairman Todd Farrell, 70 vendors will display products in a show-and-tell setting. Attendees can register to win door prizes or sit and relax […]

Oregon county sparks tale of two Currys

By Peter Rice: Pilot Staff Writer A time zone, two mountain ranges and several degrees of latitude appear to have isolated a linguistic oddity here in Curry County — Oregon, that is. A brief telephone survey this week revealed that the stalwart saying, “There’s no hurry in Curry,” hasn’t made it to conversation mills in […]

4/28 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, an officer was called to Marshall Junior High School, and a student was arrested and booked for possession of marijuana on school grounds after marijuana was found. The student was released after booking. • • • Officers responded to a […]