Pages past — July 18

On this date … 1970: Downtown Clovis took on the appearance “of a college campus at the height of riot season, or, perhaps, a great outdoor stock exchange,” Clovis News-Journal photographer Charles Fischer Jr. reported. The hustle and bustle was centered around booths and stands city merchants had erected for the annual Sidewalk Bazaar. 1955: […]

Johnson: Toads handy during bug season

They’re back. Yep, toad days are here again. Just because you don’t have significant or numerous bodies of water doesn’t mean you don’t have toads, and a lot of them — in fact they’re pretty much an annual occurrence on the High Plains. During the day you won’t see much of them because they’re smart […]

Retired professor Brunsen dies

Bill Brunsen

By Rae Arnett and Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITERS When describing his late friend and colleague Bill Brunsen, retired Eastern New Mexico University business Professor Gerry Huybregts said the former ENMU professor never did anything for himself. “He did it for the students, college and university,” Huybregts said. “That was his motivation.” Brunsen, who was a […]

Wallin reflects on pageantry

Bobbie Wallin

STAFF REPORT Bobbie Wallin saw pageanting as an opportunity to fulfill her dream of having a platform to inspire and empower others to achieve success. Wallin, a former student and basketball player of Eastern New Mexico University, was crowned Ms. New Mexico United States 2015 at the end of March in Albuquerque. She went on […]

Church to host music

Staff Report A nine-member music ensemble called “Light” from California Baptist Church will perform 7 p.m. Monday at The Bridge located at Central Baptist Church. “California Baptist University has one of the finest music programs in the country,” said Worship Pastor Damon Pearce in a press release. “These students are a part of a dozen […]

Resident protests chicken citations

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR A Clovis resident dismayed about what she called selective enforcement of animal codes told the Clovis City Commission she wasn’t backing down in her real-life game of chicken. Mary-Beth Bouchard is facing seven counts of violating the city’s code on poultry location restrictions. She said she has lived in […]

Parks plan OK’d

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR The Clovis City Commission moved ahead Thursday night with what it called a roadmap for the next 10 years of parks and recreation, approving updates to its parks master plan. The 7-0 vote, arrived at following issues raised with language inside the plan, ends an eight-month process that included […]

Authority notes bureau support

Staff Report A copy of a letter from the Pentagon to the federal Bureau of Reclamation supporting the Ute Lake Pipeline Project was read Thursday to the board members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority during their meeting in Clovis. “This is a huge letter of support for the Ute Pipeline Project,” said […]

Notebook — July 17

Food giveaway… • United Way of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Ministerial Alliance need volunteers to help with a free food distribution July 25 at Central Christian Church, 1528 Main St., Portales. Many hands needed for distributions scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon. To volunteer, call 575-769-2103. Western fun… • The High Plains Junior […]

CNJ site back online; cleared of malware

Staff report The Clovis News Journal’s website,, was brought back online Wednesday evening, one week following its July 8 shutdown due to malware on the site that could infect files on a visitor’s computer. “We scanned the site multiple times, cleaned out the site,” Shawn Luscombe, CNJ web developer said. “(The virus) spreads, and […]

City has pair of water issues

Staff photo: Malinda Montgomery
Water erupts from a ruptured main near the intersection of First and Mitchell Streets Thursday evening.

Staff report The city had a pair of unconnected water leaks Thursday evening, with some customers losing water for a few hours. As of 8:30 p.m., EPCOR District Manager Brian Daly said both incidents were contained and that crews would make more permanent fixes on Friday morning. Daly said he received calls about both incidents […]

Brown: Sometimes, it’s just hard to be a heifer

When life gives you goat milk…bake a cake with it. And make delicious cheese, and a homemade, vacuum-operated, goat-milking device. That’s what a certain kid (of the non-goat variety) did and I’ll tell you what, it was pretty tasty. The kid now has one, blue-eyed, well-horned, king-of-the-haybale, fluffy, wool-endowed buck goat and one blue-eyed doe […]

Meetings watch — July 17

Clovis City Commission The Clovis City Commission met Thursday evening at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer did not attend. All action items listed below passed on 7-0 votes. • The commission heard a report from RBC Capital Markets on a Thursday bond sale to pay for street repairs, and gave final approval to […]

What’s happening — July 17

Today • USSSA World Youth Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament — 6 p.m. Guy Leeder Softball Complex, Clovis. Information: 575-762-8977 • High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals— 9 a.m. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E Brady Ave., Clovis. Information: (575) 763-3435 • 42 Shoot Out 3rd Annual— 7 p.m. Registration, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. $30 Entry fee […]

Pages past — July 17

On this date … 1975: Clovis city officials announced plans to repair “long-neglected, deteriorating stretches of First and Seventh streets,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Clovis Mayor Chick Taylor said the New Mexico Highway Department was pitching in 45 percent of the funds for the $140,000 projects. 1975: Clovis city commissioners learned that two city liquor […]

Clovis police capture man mistakenly released from jail

Staff report A Clovis man awaiting trial on more than a dozen charges was arrested Wednesday by Clovis police and placed in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, nearly two weeks after his mistaken release. Sandra Stewart, public services director for Curry County, said she received word around 8 p.m. from Detention Center Administrator Tori […]

Rodeo ready to ride

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The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals will run Wednesday through Saturday at the Curry County Events Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR It’s mid-July in Clovis. It means hot weather, but it also means rodeo and family. Clovis, and more specifically the Curry County Events Center, will play host once again to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals. The HPRJA, which was chartered in Clovis in 1974 and now boasts […]

A splash of color

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Running shoes, a white shirt, and a sense of humor were necessities for more than 40 runners at the Relay for Life Color Splash & Dash 5K Run and Walk Saturday at Greene Acres Park. While eight laps around the scenic lake seemed like a serious endeavor, stations full […]

Books sale helps raise funds for Clovis library

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Clovis’ Susan Bell was on the hunt for party favors Saturday. But she wasn’t looking for balloons and toys; she was searching for 15 or 16 children’s books at the Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Auria Bell, who is turning 11 later this […]

Stevens: Bickley the man was also memorable

James Bickley left a legacy of loyalty that went both ways. No, this is not about the old school building that was torn down last week on West 14th Street in Clovis to make room for the newer version that will open behind it in the fall. This story is about Bickley the man for […]