Tops in Blue due Feb. 18

The U.S. Air Force’s Tops In Blue is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Marshall Junior High auditorium. The show “will wind visually and musically through six decades of history with footage laced with songs from each era,” according to a news release from Cannon Air Force Base. The event is free. […]

Local Roundup: Train strikes flatbed trailer

CNJ staff An eastbound train struck a flatbed trailer at the intersection of U.S. 84 and the New Mexico/Texas state line Friday night, police said. Emily Patterson of the Farwell Police Department said the accident occurred at 10:20 p.m. CST. The driver of a commercial pickup truck pulling a 35- to 40-foot trailer carrying heavy […]

Nov. 23, 1977

The Clovis Police Department received new uniforms in a shade of dark blue called “L.A. Blue,” named after the Los Angeles Police Department’s uniform colors. … The Clovis City Commission decided to sidestep federal regulation and re-install traffic signals at the 10th and 14th street intersections on Prince Street, claiming the intersections were dangerous. … […]

Business Feature: Biodiesel plant taking shape

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Job site superintendent Doug Noguez, left, of Agate Construction and Kevin Rubright, construction manager for ARES Corp., oversee work on the Clovis Biodiesel plant. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor In what was once a winter wheat field sits clusters of stainless and carbon steel tanks. The 14 tanks are […]

Research: Paris would make great VP

By kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I regret having to write this column because I’m likely to come off as condescending. But I’m probably smarter than you. I know you can’t see it from these first few sentences, and you certainly can’t see it from the black-and-white picture accompanying the column. I’m smarter because every morning […]

amos feels summer heat

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i have decided that winter must be over and i have put away my mittens […]

Grenade shocks couple doing yard work

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry A member of Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit looks at a grenade Saturday in Portales. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The old saying goes that close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. A Portales couple got closer to a grenade than they wanted […]

Biodiesel plant construction in motion

CNJ staff Construction of the $16 million Clovis Biodiesel plant has begun at the Clovis Industrial Park, according to a company official. Financing agreements have been completed with Bank of Albuquerque by ARES Blue Sun Development, Clovis Biodiesel’s parent company, officials announced in a news release. The plant is expected to be operational by the […]

Business Digest: Companies form joint venture

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Engineering firm ARES Corp. and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a joint venture to improve biodiesel processing technology and to build biodiesel production facilities in North America, according to a press release. The new company — ARES Blue Sun Development — has already selected a site in Clovis to […]

Feb. 2, 1958

A Clovis teenager was recovering from a head wound suffered at a school party. Police said the student was hit with a hatchet. … Businesses across town were celebrating “Dollar Days.” Levine’s was selling sweatshirts, throw rugs, feather pillows and even boys blue jeans for $1 each. … The weekend wrapped up with nine arrests […]

Farwell girls finish second at state

CNJ staff FARWELL — The Farwell girls cross country team finished third in Class 1A state competition two years ago, then was fifth last fall. Now, after placing second in Saturday’s 2006 state meet at Round Rock, the Lady Blue hope to take one more step up next season. Junior Chanel Castillo posted a season-best […]

Oasis fund-raiser sold out

CNJ Staff A dinner and dance fund-raiser on Saturday to benefit Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center is already a great success, the sponsoring group’s president said. Tickets have sold out for the dinner, but there are still raffle tickets left, according to Randy Rhue, Clovis chapter president of the Blue Knights, which is hosting the event. […]

Reporter’s notebook: Musicians to perform on ESPN2

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Chris Mondragon describes drum and bugle corps fans as insane because of their loyalty. He’s witnessed their enthusiasm firsthand. For the second summer, the 20-year-old Clovis native traveled the country as one of the 135 members of the Blue Knights of Denver. Mondragon can be seen in the Drum […]

Robber hits Clovis bank

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Air Force personnel joined local law enforcement responding to Friday morning’s bank robbery at New Mexico Bank & Trust. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base […]

Peace conference in New Mexico is waste

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Mark your calendar for September. New Mexico will stage her first World Peace Conference. Ever. And who better to host the event than Santa Fe, the epicenter of intellectual snobbery? Exciting. I can see it now. The Dixie Chicks will set the stage with the conference theme song, “Not Ready […]

Something red, something white, something blue

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Red, white and blue. On and around July Fourth, these patriotic hues can be seen nearly everywhere — in yards, storefronts and the aisles of grocery stores. But these decorations are ephemeral. Paying homage to the nation’s colors, the Clovis News Journal searched for them in more permanent states. […]

6/9 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. cami beats the summer heat boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i have decided that winter must be over and i have put away my mittens […]

Fillies top Lady Blue, advance to playoffs

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Bovina’s Lucero Saucedo takes a shot over Farwell’s Salida Edwards during Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Bovina clinched a playoff berth and ended Farwell’s season with the 63-57 win. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a long time since Bovina’s girls had beaten Farwell. Now they’ve done […]

Lady Blue wins rematch with Happy

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Farwell’s Brooke Lundsford releases a shot over a Happy defender during the first half of Friday’s semi-final game of the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In their second meeting of the season, Happy and Farwell had a complete reversal of fortune. In the first matchup, […]