United Way goal on horizon

By CNJ staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico is razor close to making its annual campaign goal. In hopes of achieving that goal, the campaign has been extended, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico press release. The 2006-2007 United Way Annual Campaign will last until Jan. 19, the release said. “UWENM […]

Santa comes to town

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Julie Rooney corrals her four children at the Portales Christmas parade on Friday evening (Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisle) By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The Grinch didn’t exactly steal Christmas, but he did help Borden Peanuts capture the best business float award during the annual Christmas parade Friday night in Portales. The giant trailer-turned-sleigh featured the […]

Muleshoe man wins truck roadeo

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer JAVIER CRUZ OF Muleshoe won the Texas Department of Transportation’s annual Truck Roadeo for the Lubbock district in September. SINCE 1988, the TxDOT has held an annual Truck Roadeo, where employees weave through obstacle courses in single-axle trucks, squeeze through narrow spaces, and inspect vehicles for defects. “IT NOT […]

Relay for Life kicks off

CNJ STAFF The American Cancer Society 2007 Clovis Relay for Life kicks off today at 6:30 p.m. at the Java Loft, 810 E. 21st St. According to co-chairman Rebecca Holt, the kick-off will include entertainment, door prizes and refreshments. Walking teams can register during the kick-off for the 12th annual Relay for Life in May. […]

Oasis park viewed as “Exemplary”

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Oasis State Park in Portales was named the “Exemplary Park” of 2006 by the New Mexico State Parks Division, according to a state parks news release. Honored at an awards banquet in October, Oasis received the award based upon the park’s overall performance and commitment to providing a quality place […]

Baptists hold annual event

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The 95th Annual Baptist Convention of New Mexico will be held in Clovis on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Embracing Our Culture” will be the theme for the two-day event at Central Baptist Church. Former Clovis High School graduate Joseph Bunce is scheduled to preach from the Gospel of Matthew on […]

Tax-free holiday means back-to-school bargains

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksStephanie Jones, left, and her Stepson David Jones of Clovis see what they plan on buying during Tax Free Days Friday through Sunday at J.C. Penney at the North Plains Mall. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer With two children gearing up for the new school year, Clara Hawkins is preparing […]

Pioneer Rodeo keeps ‘em coming

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Fast facts What: 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Where: Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena Tickets: $10-12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop; $12-14 at gate With 35 years of continuity behind it, the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo could have just about anyone in the […]

Pioneer Days kicks off Monday

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rodeo royalty, clowns and cowboys will be in attendance at the upcoming Pioneer Days. The six-day event will kick-off at 5 p.m. Monday with the coronation of the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. According to pageant coordinator Wilma Fulgham, six girls ages 5 to 9 were judged on personality, appearance […]

4/9 Local roundup

Clovis man convicted for stolen vehicle A jury convicted a 54-year-old Clovis man Friday of possessing a stolen vehicle, according to a press release issued Friday by the district attorney’s office. Lorenzo Chavez faces five to nine years in prison as a repeat offender, and will be sentenced in the next two weeks, according to […]

Students compete in annual Spanish competition

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The Muleshoe High School girls perform on Friday afternoon in the 25th annual Festival Romanico in the Campus Union Ballroom on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Parra) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hundreds of high school students from eastern New Mexico and west Texas attended Friday’s 25th Annual […]

Area to celebrate legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. could be in jeopardy, according to President of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Clovis Joyce Pollard. “A lot young people today don’t know about Martin Luther King Jr. — about what he stood for, about what he fought for,” the […]

11/3 Education Digest

Company says private loans growing fast Private student loans are the fastest-growing form of higher education student aid, according to a press release from the Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based private foundation which aims to expand access to education beyond high school. The press release cites a College Board annual survey which reports 22 […]

Peanut Valley Festival begins this weekend

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Every year in late October, the town of Portales uses the Eastern New Mexico University campus to go a little nuts. This year, there is also a chance to turn back the clock. The Office of Student Activities and Organizations at ENMU is putting on the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival […]

Border Town Days celebrates Farwell’s 100th anniversary

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Romeo Reyes, 5, of Farwell, waits in line to join the Border Town Days parade Saturday in Texico. Reyes decorated his bike to recognize Farwell’s 100th anniversary. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of people toting coolers and lawn chairs lined U.S. 70/84 in Texico and Farwell for Saturday’s annual […]

KENW-TV tele-auction deemed success

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Bid they did, as viewers helped KENW-TV raise $65,000 during its 29th annual tele-auction which ran June 6 through last Saturday “We upped our dollars per hour by a thousand,” Said Sheryl Borden, marketing director for KENW-TV. “Last year we averaged $2,000 an hour.” The total is $4,000 […]

Pioneer women remember old days at annual breakfast

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Lou Snyder, left, and Mary Lee Rogers, both born and raised in Clovis, visit after the fifth annual Pioneer Woman of the West breakfast Friday at Chapparal Country Club. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Mary Ballow began teaching in 1932, America was in the grips of the Great Depression. […]

Summer events listings

CNJ staff Clovis May 27-29 — Hoopla 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Hillcrest Park. May 30-June 4 — Pioneer Days. Contact: 763-3435. June 4-5 — CSA Pepsi Challenge Softball Tournament. Contact: www.cloviscsa.com June 11— Clovis Fire Department Poker Run. Contact: TBA June 11-12 — 5th Annual Myers Electric “Lil Custom” Youth Softball Tournament. Contact: www.cloviscsa.com June […]

Prairie chicken activists going overboard

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist So many New Mexicans take for granted the wealth of cultural, educational and celebratory events offered by communities that strive to broaden the horizons of our citizens. And why is that? I’ll tell you why. It is because lazy New Mexicans would rather sit on their butts complaining about nothing […]

Plant officials pleased with turnout

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese officials hope to have the bulk of their hiring done by the time the plant is scheduled to open in October. However, hiring will continue through the end of the year, according to Southwest President Maurice Keane. The $200 million plant will employ 225 when fully operational, […]