And the bear said to the atheist …

Charles Hemphill passes along a joke about an atheist in the woods: As he walked along, the atheist heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. When he turned to look, a 7-foot grizzly bear was charging toward him. He ran but the bear was soon on top of him and the atheist began crying […]

They began as best friends

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” • Frank Dalton’s reply: “I met my wife Lois at A&M Farm and Ranch, where she worked in the clothing department and also ran the cash register. “I had just moved back to Clovis from Houston and frequented A&M for supplies […]

Wildcats pull away

Jaye Crockett scored 27 points to lead Clovis to a 77-61 win over Eldorado in a boys basketball game Tuesday in Albuquerque. Jaden Isler added 20 points and Bryce Hill 17 as the Wildcats stayed unbeaten at 15-0. The game was tied at 28 at halftime. • • • Here’s a list of stories we’re […]

Police standoff ends after three hours

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police officers try to talk an armed man into surrendering in a field at Hondo and Seventh streets . The pursuit, which started with a traffic stop, lasted almost three hours and ended peacefully behind Bella Vista Elementary School, police said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An armed Clovis […]

Hounds seek win at Kingsville

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tarleton State running back Michael Sampson follows a block from guard Michael Jones (61) for a short touchdown run during last week’s game with Eastern New Mexico University at Blackwater Draw. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University football team knew things would get pretty tough […]

Wildcat fans flood Bulldog Bowl

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CNJ Staff Photo: Rick White Clovis High Football Booster Club member Eric Boydston serves brisket to a Wildcat fan during a tailgate party before Friday’s nationally televised game in Artesia. Boydston’s son, Aaron, plays defensive end for the Wildcats. By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent ARTESIA — Custodians of the parking lot at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl […]

Sept. 13, 1974

Observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began with services in the home of Albert Vohs. … Jeanette Ward, the New Mexico Angus Queen, was presenting awards in the beef division of the New Mexico State Fair. …The Grand Ole Opry show featuring musical artists Margie Singleton and Leon Ashley was held at Marshall […]

Sept. 4, 1962

Airmen arrived at Cannon Air Force Base following a four-month Tactical Air Command tour of duty in Thailand. … Construction began for the $1 million Hilltop Plaza shopping center in Clovis. … McDaniel’s Inc. announced its new location at 1020 Main in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement.

Feb. 28, 1935

Law officers were asking for help investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy who was the victim of a hit and run driver. … Gorillo Pogi was set to square off against Vic Webber in wrestling at the Armory. Ringside admission was 60 cents. Ladies and children were admitted for a dime. … Barnes Tailoring […]

Reports: Man jailed after shooting threat

CNJ Staff A 23-year-old Clovis man is in jail after threatening to shoot his girlfriend Monday if she turned him in for using drugs, according to police reports. Norman Williams was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Monday after police found him driving near the home he shared with his girlfriend in the 2000 block of Chaparral […]

Warrants sought in alleged school assault

CNJ Staff Police are seeking arrest warrants for two junior high male students after a female junior high student reported being assaulted by them, according to a police report. A female student told Gattis Junior High School Assistant Principal Tamara Callahan she was leaving school on Oct. 30 when two boys approached her and began […]

Asparagus-counting traditions hard to break

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now that summer’s over, we can all give thanks for seasonal changes. In other words, no more steaming days, sweltering nights, grass clippings and asparagus sprouts. The asparagus liturgy at our house began one day years ago when my wife, Marilyn, came home with a sack of roots. She’d paid […]

The little town that was — then wasn’t

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Gate City beat Vega, Texas, in basketball at Gate City on July 10, 1938. Gate City? Where in the world is Gate City? Think Conchas Dam. Yes, there is a Gate City and old folks around Tucumcari know where it was. I say was because there is no Gate City […]

Signs easy to see in hindsight

By Clyde Davis: local columnist I was leaving the parking lot of a large hardware chain when I heard the sound of a driver slamming his way through the vehicle’s gears. The sound reminded me high school and Skip Weil. Pleasant, rotund Skip, our group’s resident gearhead, whose 1967 Chevelle was a patiently crafted and […]

Play born from childhood

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Growing up in Alamogordo during the Cold War era, Janeice Scarbrough heard it repeatedly as a child. From her mother, as well as others, the words echoed — “We will be among the first to be bombed, if and when it happens.”   The connection, of course, was Alamogordo’s, and […]

Clovis blows by Los Alamos

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Clovis junior outfielder Ashley Gallegos hustles into third during the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Lady Wildcats field. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Clovis and Los Alamos on Thursday batted the elements and each other for nearly four hours. After sweeping a pair of games from the Hilltoppers, Clovis coach […]

Portales police arrest six in drug bust

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Local police conducted drug-bust operations on Thursday night, which led to the arrests of six individuals, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Berry said Portales police officers worked with deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department on drug raids, which began shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday. “Most of the narcotics […]

Scott, Gladys

Gladys Elizabeth Scott, 88, of Roswell, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at her home. Born Nov. 25, 1917, in Elyria, Ohio, to Mary and Frank Detwiler, she graduated from Elyria Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1938 and began a nursing career that lasted until her 83rd birthday. She worked in hospitals in Elyria, Ohio, […]

57-year-old man pulled from burning house

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The Clovis Fire Department responded to 1013 Maple St. in Clovis on Thursday evening where they pulled a 57-year-old man from the home. He was transported to a Lubbock hospital. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Firefighters pulled a 57-year-old man from a burning home on Thursday night and he was flown to a Lubbock […]

Spanish music pioneers will be remembered

By Ben Salazar: Guest columnist Clovis’ music community suffered two great losses last month with the passing of Noe Anzaldua and Jose “Adan” Mondragon. Both individuals through their respective talents and personalities were instrumental in developing what has become known throughout New Mexico and West Texas as the “Clovis sound” for Spanish music. Anzaldua began […]