Santa’s Elks

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Fred Lybarger of Clovis staples a cotton “snow blanket” to a trailer Thursday in his driveway in Clovis. The trailer was set up as a sleigh to help deliver gifts to a needy family for Christmas.

By Kevin Wilson For one down-on-its-luck family in Portales, Santa Claus is coming to town. Santa’s sleigh, which is set for a Saturday night delivery, is lined with reindeer, pulled by a truck and powered by Elks. The Clovis-Portales Elks Lodge No. 1244, which has membership through the area of more than 400, is […]

Birds, critters have inside scoop on weather

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies It’s not too hard to notice when things change. Some storms just seem to occupy, consuming the sky with an all-over gloom for hours. Others move in quickly, turning bright skies gray in a matter of minutes. Either way, it doesn’t take much in the way of deductive […]

No boxed stuffing at Christmas this year

By Grant McGee Local columnist Christmas time’s a- comin’, this week as a matter of fact. What’s on your Christmas feast menu? I’ll tell you this, there won’t be any “stuffing from a box” on our Christmas feast table. We had that at Thanksgiving. The Lady of the House and I probably won’t have it […]

Pages past — Dec. 20


On this date … 1973: Skippy Hawkins, 15, of Clovis, died while playing on a frozen Greene Acres Lake. A nearby gas station attendant saw the ice break and ran to help the struggling boy, breaking ice himself as he tried to reach him. Don Loring’s legs were badly bruised from the ordeal, but he […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 20

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family T • Household members: 5 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: This mother is raising two boys and two girls during the day and working at night. The two girls are ages 3 and 17 and the two […]

ENMU basketball capsule — Dec. 19

Men ENMU at South Dakota Mines • When: 6:30 p.m. today at Rapid City, S.D. • Records: ENMU 6-4, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 2-9. • Last time out: The Greyhounds overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Texas-Permian Basin 102-99 on Saturday at Odessa, Texas. The Hardrockers also played on Saturday, losing to […]

Rare crane bolsters refuge crowd


By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Last month, the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge received a special guest from Russia. His name is Vladimir, he stands taller than everyone around him, and he might stay until February. Just to be clear, Vladimir, or Waldo, depending on who you ask, is a Eurasian common crane and he […]

Commission denies cell tower request

By Robin Fornoff PROJECTS EDITOR Clovis city commissioners said no Thursday to plans for building a 160-foot cell phone tower in the middle of the Hilltop Plaza neighborhood. Commissioners voted 6-1 to deny Cleartalk’s request to waive height and setback requirements of the city’s zoning ordinance. The vote followed about an hour of sometimes […]

Medal on way back to family

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer On Feb. 14, 1968, Freddie Joe Roberts of Melrose was sent to Vietnam with the 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army. A month later, the infantryman was killed in hostile combat in the Quang Tri Province during the Tet Offensive at the age of 20, […]

Empty Stocking Fund — Family S

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family S • Household members: 5 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: This mother of four recently had knee surgery and is caring for her children while recovering. The children’s grandmother, who they were close to, recently passed away. […]

Authority: First phase near completion

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer The first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System will be nearly completed by Saturday, officials said. The completion of the Ute Lake water intake station was announced Thursday morning during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board meeting at the Memorial Building in Portales. ENMWUA […]

Fundraiser nets more than $133,000

Courtesy photo: 
Chad Patton
Pat Cheville and Tam Curry’s kindergarten class sang at the Clovis Christian Schools annual Christmas fundraiser Dec. 6. The auction and raffle prize items brought in more than $133,000 for scholarships and other annual school expenses.

Staff report Clovis Christian Schools’ annual Christmas fundraiser brought in more than $133,000 through live and silent auctions on Dec. 6, school officials said. A large portion of the money was raised by a donated Jeep Rubicon, which brought in $81,500. All of the students at the school created art for the silent and live […]

Food bank sets up New Year’s Eve open house

STAFF REPORT The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has planned an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31. The public is invited to tour the facility, located at 2217 East Brady, meet new Executive Director Dianna Hernandez and the food bank’s staff. In a release from the food bank, Hernandez […]

Brown: Ignorance, some substances, go up in flames

Life on and about the farm requires a number of skills. Some, quick to master, others more slow, and then there are those skills that must be learned before it’s too late. There is no try, just do it right and don’t blow it — or let it blow up. Case in point: Gas-in-jug, and […]

Day Trips — Canyon offers startling scenery change

Courtesy photo: U.S. Forest Service
The walls of the Melvin Mills house still stand at the Mills Canyon Campground near Roy.

Mills Canyon, in Harding County, presents a startling but pleasant change from the sea of prairie grass above it. At its end, the road into Mills Canyon descends rapidly, shifting from level prairie grasses to ponderosa and pinyon pine and rock cliffs. The descent ends at the Canadian River. A look back reveals the river’s […]

Police blotter — Dec. 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 7:50 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, 900 block of Connelly Street. • 9:54 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 2200 block of Duckworth Avenue. • 10:54 a.m.: Warrant service, 200 block of North Pile Street. […]

Pages Past — Dec. 19

On this date … 1960: Clovis put four on the Class AA all-state football team announced by United Press International — halfback Jimmy Reynolds, end Jim Gee, tackle Richard Ybarra and center Ronnie Bowman. Portales’ Richard James was named to the Class A team as a back. Melrose had four on the Class C team […]

School board candidates

The following are candidates who registered Tuesday for Feb. 3 Curry County school board elections: Clovis District 3 Paul Cordova District 4 Jennifer Burrill Justin Howalt District 5 Terry Martin Jose Griego Grady Position 1 Allen Wade-Edwards Leona Powell Postion 2 James Schell Position 3 Jack Driever Jerome Joseph Provencio Melrose Position 1 Barry Allen […]

Christmas services — Dec. 19

Here are area Christmas services reported to the CNJ: Sunday • Christmas play Living Word Church of God 10:45 a.m. 3719 E. 21st St., Clovis Information: 575-763-6796 Wednesday • Come and go open communion service Living Word Church of God 6 p.m.-7 p.m. 3719 E. 21st St., Clovis Information: 575-763-6796 • Christmas service St. James […]

What’s Happening — Dec. 19

Today Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. Saturday December Christmas Bonanza (Good Samaritan Inc.) —1 p.m.-3 p.m., free food, a skit, drawing for prizes, Church of Brethren, 101 Acoma St. Information: Evangelist Curtis Brewer at 575-219-2670. Ongoing Artist of the Month — Lois Snyder,  Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. […]