In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their […]

Moving violations

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The sign indicating the illegal left from Prince into Walgreen’s Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, a coworker came through the office. He told us he had just left a meeting, where the discussion turned to traffic trivia around Clovis. “For example,” he said, “it’s illegal to turn left into […]

Scholar misses column’s point

Editor’s note: The error referenced in this column was corrected prior to publication in the Clovis News Journal. Many readers are probably sitting around right this moment wondering what it is like to be a newspaper columnist. Oh, wait a minute. You are not sitting around right this moment wondering what it’s like to be […]

Clovis’ first baby of year born to Portales couple

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Jada quietly sleeps in the arms of her mother, Kristen Pacheco. Benna Sayyed Jada Grace Pacheco slept quietly in the arms of her mother Monday morning in a room at the Plains Regional Medical Center. When she was born on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a buzz started around the hospital’s […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch-high pile of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Norman Luboff Choir. […]

Lawmakers paint brighter Legislature picture

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor What a difference a year makes. This time around the tone from lawmakers is radically different than it was just a year ago, as they tune up for a January budgeting session of the Legislature. “Last year we started at $240 million in the hole and were in some […]

Tuesday school closings, delays

Closures and delays this morning around eastern New Mexico and west Texas: • Clovis Community College closed • Clovis schools closed • Eastern New Mexico University closed • Elida schools closed • Farwell schools start at 10 a.m. (CST) • Floyd schools closed • Melrose schools closed • Muleshoe schools 2-hour delay • Portales schools […]

Driven to help

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Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico warehouse staff loaded food donations on to a shipping truck Saturday as donations came in from motorcyclists doing residential pickups. Benna Sayyed Motorcyclists rode around Curry and Roosevelt counties Saturday collecting canned food donations from in front of residents’ homes to help the Food […]

Hounds dealing with weather in Division II nationals

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Mike Harney was walking around Spokane, Wash., on Thursday and said the sun was out with the temperature around 30 degrees. For today’s NCAA Division II national cross country meet at Plantes Ferry Sports Complex, the forecast was for temps in the high 20s with a […]

A Tale of Wind and Sausage, War and Beauty

Curtis Shelburne The wind showed up early last Sunday. The country around here doesn’t need even close to that much of a head-start to be flying by in dingy brown grit-clouds and switching counties by noon. The afternoon would be a brown mess, best ridden out inside with doors and windows sealed, a comforter pulled […]