Clovis garden makes debut

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The first harvest is ready to go at the Clovis Community Garden behind Plains Regional Medical Center. There will be rock painting, fresh salads, and fruit infused water available there 10 a.m to noon today.

By Ryan Galloway Staff Writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com As summer is hitting its stride, and many are looking for hobbies and activities to do during these warm days, the Clovis Community Garden is offering a day of activities to display the recently completed garden. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, community members can go out to the […]

Summit takes in depth look at water practices

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Eastern New Mexico Water Conservation Summit panel discussion members, from left, New Mexico State Engineer Tom Blaine, National Association of Conservation Districts President Elect Brent Van Dyke and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Area Manager Blake Glover field questions during the morning session at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Deemed by organizers as the launch point for future action on local water sustainability, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Water Conservation Summit offered an in depth look at present practices with an eye toward potential sourcing options. The day-long effort, comprised of guest presenters and a pair of panel discussions, […]

Students show off more than Lego skills

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Jaida Shannon, left, and Jackie Valverde show Jackie’s mother, Victoria Valverde, some of the robotics they built and the programming used to operate them.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Parkview Elementary students spent Wednesday morning producing a piece demonstration, showing parents and grandparents the power of plastic parts, problem-solving and positivity. A group of 32 fourth- and fifth-graders got to show off a month worth of effort building various devices with Lego robotics kits. The students, Principal Mandy […]

3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas

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Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in Panhandle, Texas, that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The fire was still burning several hours later. An NTSB team was dispatched to the scene.

By David Warren The Associated Press DALLAS — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same […]

Smooth sailing for Draggin’ Main

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Draggin’ Main organizers said the attendance for the third annual event eclipsed previous estimates of 8,000 to 10,000 visitors.

By Ryan Galloway Staff writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com This past Saturday, the Third Annual Draggin’ Main came to a finish. As crowds cleared, they left with an experience of nostalgia and fun. Starting the weekend was a drive-in showing of the movie “American Graffiti” on a large screen in Clovis High School’s parking lot Friday night. Though […]

Business feature: At least four new restaurant chains expected on Prince

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Jason Jones, left, and Nathan Kwedor of Glikas Enterprises cut a piece of lumber for assembly of the framed wall in the soon-to-be Buffalo Wild Wings and Chipotle building on Prince Street.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Prince Street will soon get the royal treatment on food options, with at least four restaurant chains expected to make their way to the area, according to Clovis’ Building Safety Director Pete Wilt. In addition to the Chipotle Mexican Grill and Buffalo Wild Wings still under way at the […]

Car enthusiasts show off their wheels

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This 1955 Chevy 2-Door was among the dozens of vehicles on display during Saturday’s Draggin’ Main car show at the Curry County Events Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Curry County Events Center parking lot served as the backdrop for dozens of car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts to display their wheels as part of Saturday’s Draggin’ Main festivities, which also included a pin-up contest that resulted in the crowning of Miss Draggin’ Main. Whether attendees fancied vehicles […]

Fireworks sales begin two-week run

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Ray Heisch sets up a display of firework merchandise at the Mr. W fireworks stand on Friday.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com In just a two-week time frame, business is expected to boom, literally, for Clovis and Curry County firework stands this year. Monday marked not only the first day of summer, but also the start of firework sales in New Mexico for the Fourth of July holiday. Firework sales this […]

Friends of the Library hosts book sale at Clovis library

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Friends of Clovis-Carver library hosting a book sale to raise funds for the library’s programs. The sale continues 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today.

By Ryan Galloway STAFF WRITER rgalloway@cnjonline.com It is once again time for Clovis-Carver Library book sale. The event is a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Library, a volunteer group tasked to support library programs. The library receives donations of books throughout the year to sell at the event, and many members of the […]

Faith: New pastor coming to Kingswood

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Bill Case is set to preach his first service as the new pastor at Clovis’ Kingswood United Methodist Church on Sunday.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Kingswood United Methodist Church in Clovis will welcome a new pastor this weekend. After 12 years of ministry in El Paso, Bill Case is set for his first service on Sunday as Kingswood’s newest member. He’s bringing five years’ experience as an associate pastor at Western Hills United Methodist […]

Business feature: Consortium gives students look at dairy industry

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Amin Ahmadzadeh, a University of Idaho professor, uses visual aids and demonstrations to teach students at the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium in Clovis about the reproduction of dairy cows.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com As a former U.S. Army combat medic, Daniel Cooper didn’t expect to leave behind a battlefield for a dairy field. Now a student at Texas A&M University, Cooper, 26, is using his knowledge of medicine to one day provide treatment of another form — medical care for cows. For […]

Family feeling

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Deja Hall serves corn on the cob during Juneteenth.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Looking at his surroundings at Potter Park, Eric Hall couldn’t help but feel like he was at a family reunion on Saturday — if you can consider a group of up to 2,500 people a family. What first started out as an intimate gathering in a barber shop 23 […]

Draggin’ Main revs up for third year

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Draggin’ Main enters its third year. Festivities start Monday with the Vintage Air Tour and include a drive-in movie Friday night before the public drag of Main Street 5 p.m. Saturday.

By Ryan Galloway Staff writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com Draggin’ Main returns to Clovis for its third year this week, with plenty of opening acts. Drive-in movies and restaurants, along with a national tour, are part of this year’s event that leads up to the 5 p.m. Saturday public cruise up and down Main. Draggin’ Main celebrates the […]

Knights of Columbus clean up cemetery

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Rich Champagne of the Cannon Air Force Base Knights of Columbus council, carries loose branches at Black Tower Cemetery Saturday morning. The cemetery, located west of Dennis Chavez Housing, is cleaned twice a year by the council.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The Black Tower Cemetery is the only home left for the residents of the now-defunct community, and a Cannon Air Force Base group spent Saturday morning making sure that home stayed in order. A group of about eight from the Cannon Knights of Columbus came with lawnmowers, weedeaters and […]

Veterans Resource Day combined effort

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U.S. Army veteran Patricia Keckler speaks with America’s Small Business Development Center Business Advisor Dominique Chairez during Friday’s Veterans Resource Day at the Roy Walker Recreation Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Santamaria has passion for helping anybody in need, especially veterans. But he had no idea a recent phone conversation with United Way of Eastern New Mexico officials would lead to an effort designed to connect veterans with a variety of resources under one roof. […]

Trials faced on pageant’s first night

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Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez accepts her award for top miss in the swimsuit category Thursday night at the Miss New Mexico Pageant.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Outstanding Teen contestants had to overcome their fair share of trials to perform in the opening night of the 2016 Miss New Mexico Pageant on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez, 21, the preliminary swimsuit winner Thursday night, said she […]

Juneteenth celebrations set for weekend

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A pair of celebrations are planned to mark Juneteenth, one beginning at dawn on Saturday and the other at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clovis area residents are preparing for a pair of celebrations this weekend with an eye toward observing an American milestone rich in historical significance. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating to 1865, it was on June 19 that Union […]

Faith: ‘Health Hut’ ready to ship

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Health Hut coordinator and Trinity United Methodist Church member Edwin Ford removes a microscope from its box as a finishing touch for the clinic.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Preparing to send their latest mission project thousands of miles to Africa, members of Clovis’ Trinity United Methodist Church compared the process to delivering mail. But a 40-foot shipping container needs a lot of stamps and quite the envelope. “It’s a big piece of mail, huh?” TUMC Pastor Amy […]

Business feature: Former bank now shooting range

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Target Sports employees Cory Griffith, left, and Holli Sacco practice their shooting before the facility’s grand opening event this weekend.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Shooters armed with machine guns, rifles and handguns will occupy a local bank this weekend — or what used to be a bank. Clovis’ newest shooting range and firearms store, Target Sports, is set for its grand opening on Friday. What was once Cannon Federal Credit Union at 1654 […]

First-time racer wins Clovis derby

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Paige Harris, right, gets ready for her race against Dillon Raney during the Clovis Soap Box Derby Saturday morning on Sycamore Street.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com When Matthew Lusk was asked to compete in Saturday’s 15th Clovis Soapbox Derby, he jumped at the chance. And now the 9-year-old is headed to the All-American Soapbox Derby next month in Akron, Ohio. “I feel really confident,” said Lusk, after winning the Clovis Rotary Club organized event in […]