Railroad changed early-day Portales valley

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist This is part of a story written by Rose White, an unofficial, but unanimously recognized historian of Roosevelt County. She takes us back to the cowboy and nester days. She wrote: “The ranchers who moved into the pre-Portales area found that they and their cowboys were the only settlers nearer […]

Man sentenced for gun in toy box

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for hiding his gun in a child’s toy box, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Sammy Guerrero, 24, was arrested in September 2003 and charged as a suspect in connection with a string of local robberies. The […]

Variety complicates basic breakfast

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I have many beliefs. Some are strong beliefs, like a man is innocent until proven guilty. Others I’m not so adamant about, like daylight-saving time being an elaborate prank by our government. (“Well, senator, I’ve got $20 that says I can make Americans change their alarm clocks because I’ll […]

Get to know your inner chatter box

By Anita Doberman, Local Columnist I recently finished a book by Susan Jeffers called “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.” I don’t usually read self-help books, but I enjoyed Jeffers’ book, and found her description of “the chatter box” applicable to my life. The chatter box is a person’s negative and habitual voice that […]

Clovis kid competes in All-American Soap Box Derby

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In less than 29 seconds, Kelsie Schwartz’s hopes were dashed, but she said she’s not going to let it keep her down. Losing at the 69th All-American Soap Box Derby on Saturday taught the enthusiastic 12-year-old a lesson — she wants to do it again, she said. In an […]

Police issue press release

Here is the text of the press release Clovis police issued on Friday afternoon in connection with Friday’s bank robbery: On 07-14-2006 at about 11:00 a.m., Clovis Police Dispatch received a call reporting a Robbery and Bomb Threat at the New Mexico Bank and Trust located in the Hilltop Shopping Plaza at 21st St. and […]

School supplies metaphors for life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Relgion Columnist Well it’s official. School supplies are out at Wal-Mart and other stores and that means that the countdown back to school has begun! With the passing of July Fourth, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside. That could be depressing … but there are plenty of summer […]

Birthdays 7/11

The following people celebrate birthdays today: • Gina Chavez • Dana Martinez • Brandon Moore • Francesca Sanchez • Kelsi Shough Birthday information must be submitted to KTQM by noon the day preceding the birthday, and on noon Thursday for birthdays on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Fax 769-0197, e-mail ktqm@plateautel.net or mail to P.O. […]

Racers getting ready for Soap Box Derby

CNJ staff Young racers are revving up for the fifth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. The event, which is sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street. According to Director Larry Erwin, 15 participants ages 10 to 18 will vie for the right to […]

5/12 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from May 4 through Wednesday: • Cole Michael Montgomery, 19, of Colorado Springs, Colo., to Samantha Danielle Sandy, 20, of Logansport, Ind. • Max L. Scarborough, 64, to Marcianna Ryan, 59, both of Amarillo, Texas. • Ricky Neil Stewart, 56, of Clovis to Sandra Garza Rogers, […]

5/2 Letters to the editor

Dumping dead pet as litter crosses line My family and I live on the edge of Clovis, just far enough in the country that people think it is acceptable to dump their unwanted trash onto our land. For years, we have picked up branches, boxes and other articles without any complaint. However, while picking up […]

TV show reminder of youthful imaginations

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The public television station out of Portales, KENW, runs a kids show every weekday afternoon called “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks.” It’s an animated show that originates from the United Kingdom. The show revolves around Piggley and his friends: Ferny the bovine, Dannan the duck, his sister Molly and […]

Box, Thomas

Thomas Leon Box, 70, of Clovis, died Friday, March 10, 2006. He was married to Genevieve K. Jackson for 35 years, and they were longtime residents of Grady, where they farmed and ranched. They attended the Broadview Church of the Nazarene in Broadview. He was very passionate about his children and grandchildren as well as […]

Barbecue recipe part of Taiban resident’s fame

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian One of the most famous characters at Taiban was “Mac” McMillan. “His real name was Chester C. McMillan, and he had a bar there, a kind of family-like place where his family and neighbors would gather, dance, have a few drinks, play pool and eat Sally’s pimento cheese sandwiches,” said […]

Reporter’s notebook: Students researching New Mexico

Two elementary students, one from Nebraska and one from Illinois, have adopted the state of New Mexico for research projects. Wanting display materials for their projects, both students have written letters to the Clovis News Journal asking local residents to send them postcards, letters, brochures, maps and other information regarding the state. Norma Swanson, teacher […]

Residents buy cheaper groceries through charity

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers About 200 Portales residents went to First Baptist Church on Saturday to take advantage of a new program that provides low-cost groceries. The Angel Food Ministries, a Georgia-based non-profit organization, reports on its Web site the average retail value of the groceries is about $50 per box. The charity sells […]

Valentine traditions fading

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Speaking of February, I’m reminded of that old Valentine that says, “Never fall in love with a girl from behind,” which doesn’t say much for clever love messages or the absolute truth that a girl in hand is worth two in the bush. But it does say something about how […]

Bunke, Juanita

Juanita F. Bunker, 81, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 13, 1924, to Fred and Cora Devinnia Underhill, in Moffet, Colo. She married Elmer Bunker May 13, 1945, in Taos. She was a business manager and co-owner of Elmer Bunker and Associates auction sales. She […]

Green, Artie W.

Artie Wreathel Green, 85, of Hereford, Texas, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005. She was born July 20, 1920, in Quay County to Ben and Nellie Morrison. She married Estel Green on Sept. 6, 1939 in Portales. She was a homemaker and a member of Frio Baptist Church near Hereford. She was preceded in death by […]

Genavee Clemmons

Genavee Clemmons, of Lubbock, Texas, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at her residence. She was a native of Floyd County. She graduated from Lubbock High School and attended Texas Tech. She married Bob Clemmons Nov.13,1956, in Lovington. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution and Beta Sigma Phi. […]