Youth focus of MLK day events

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Chair Joyce Pollard lines up winning posters for the commission members to see at their meeting Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Liliana Castillo Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Clovis and Portales are centered around teaching King’s philosophies to youth. Both cities have events […]

Education column: Prepare to celebrate new year

New Years: A holiday uniquely shared around the globe; we await the clock striking 12, and then, in unison — in whatever meridian we happen to be located — we shout, cheer, perhaps imbibe bubbly beverages, accompanied by an array of noise-makers and fireworks celebrations, for the arrival of a New Year’s beginning. Whether we […]

Hail damage claims through roof

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Juan Flores, left, and Manuel Morales of R.G. Construction apply shingles to a new home Monday on Springwood Drive. As 2010 gets ready to bid its farewell, hail damage from a pair of June storms is hanging around some houses like the Griswolds’ cousin Eddie. The storm caused millions of […]

Local charities say giving season has been good

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Volunteer Connie Cordova, left, hands Angel Tree gifts to Jaylyn Price, middle and Isaiah Sena Thursday at the Salvation Army. Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said […]

Parade lights up Main Street

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Beacon of Light float was one of the floats with the most lights during the Christmas Light Parade. Liliana Castillo It might have been because it was cold, but the only float to include fire took first place at the Christmas light parade Saturday. With temperatures hovering around 40 […]

Events center to host Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Events Center has landed “the biggest and richest ranch rodeo in the world,” Manager Kevin Jolley told commissioners Tuesday. Jolley said he’s been working for a couple months to negotiate and secure a commitment from the 2011 Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo, traditionally held in Waco, Texas. “Never in my wildest […]

Digital signs popping up

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Coli Hunt programs a new digital sign for Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive. Hunt said the sign seems to be an attention-getter to passing traffic. Sharna Johnson A new breed of sign cropping up around town is downright moving. In recent months, several businesses — from banks to car […]

Corn harvest yields vary for area farmers

Argen Duncan The harvest of corn for silage has gone smoothly in Roosevelt and Curry counties, and yields have varied around the area, according to farmers and harvesters. Most corn grown in the area is chopped for silage, which is used to feed cattle, said Kevin Breshears of SPRA-Green Custom Harvesting. Roosevelt County farmer Rick […]

Police blotter — Sept. 12

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 1 p.m. Aug. 30 an officer responded to Plains Regional Medical Center in reference to a woman trying to get into people’s cars. The officer found security with the woman outside the emergency room and was told she had been discharged […]

Autopsy indicates Clovis girl did not suffocate

CNJ staff Preliminary autopsy findings show a 2-year-old Clovis girl did not suffocate as police initially thought. Aspen Reiller died Sunday after her parents reported they woke around 10 a.m. and found her unconscious and not breathing. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her […]

More than 180 turtles enter races

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Sarah Heller and her daughter Elanna Heller place their turtle for a race in the first round of the 11th annual Great American Turtle Race Saturday at the Curry County Fair. Liliana Castillo The fence around the turtle racing ring was lined with children, some who couldn’t see […]

Christian lives should speak volumes about faith

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist With the beginning of school, I always think of my sister Susie and her postcard project. Susie was an elementary school teacher for more than 20 years. Even though she no longer lives in Clovis, her past students still stop me at times around town and ask if I am Susie’s […]

Letter to the editor: City workers quick to clean up

City workers quick to clean up I recently had a concern and called the city to ask for help with something I noticed around Mitchell, Sixth and Main streets. Recently with all the rains we’ve had, the weeds have had a chance to grow at a faster pace and they did just that. Just to […]

Listening party draws around 100 visitors to museum

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Kathy Teston shows a copy of Tom Petty’s unreleased CD “Mojo” to Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza during a Monday night “Mojo Listening Party”. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About 100 people mingled at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Monday night to hear Tom Petty’s […]

Lil Custom tourney set this weekend

By Dave Wagner Youth softball teams from eastern New Mexico and the Amarillo area will gather this weekend for the ninth annual Lil Custom tournament at Guy Leeder Complex. Tournament director Roger Jackson expects around 46 boys and girls teams to participate in 10 divisions, ranging from 8-and-under to 16-and-under. Play will begin around 8 […]

Police: Two men arrested after burglary attempt

CNJ staff Two Clovis men are in jail after police said they were caught burglarizing a house Friday. Gabriel Rodriguez, 27, and Jeremiah Mascarenas, 30, were apprehended around noon after a foot pursuit. According to a Clovis police press release: • Officers were called to Nancy Lopez Drive in northeast Clovis by neighbors who reported […]

High winds cause damage in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Police patrol officers Colby Morgan, front, and Byanca Vega direct traffic around a tree the wind blew into one lane of U.S. 70 near Stripes convenience store Monday morning. The National Weather Service reported peak wind speeds around 60 mph in the area. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico […]

State police investigating crash in Roosevelt County

Freedom New Mexico At least one person was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital after a two-vehicle accident around 8:15 p.m. Friday at N.M. 206 and South Roosevelt Road 7, said New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Glascock said the involved section of N.M. 206 was closed for the investigation as of about 9:30 p.m. […]

Children learn importance of higher education

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools I entered and the school colors were all around me…obviously fans were excited about the day and you could not help but catch the spirit yourself. There were posters with school names and mascots, there were faces painted and even individually crafted flip-flops and ball caps with school colors […]

No injuries in apartment fire

CNJ staff Nobody was hurt in a fire Monday night at a Clovis apartment complex. Crews were still investigating the cause of the fire late Monday night at one of four duplex buildings at 928 Cameo St., Battalion Chief Montie Powell said. The 911 call came in around 8:20 p.m. Residents of the neighboring apartments […]