When picking your fight, make it worthwhile

Judy Brandon I have vivid childhood memories from years spent in Kansas City during my parents’ seminary days. The family budget was tight so my parents were very frugal and very inventive in making ends meet. On one occasion, my mother purchased an old sofa from a thrift store. The sofa’s wood trim was in […]

Clovis News Journal wins general excellence press award

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS The Clovis News Journal won the New Mexico Press Association’s general excellence award for newspapers under 10,000 circulation, along with 10 awards in other categories. During the association’s Saturday evening award banquet in Albuquerque, the Clovis News Journal’s sister papers also won eight awards: seven for the Quay County Sun, one […]

Carports covered on commission agenda

Jack King Clovis’ city commissioners will consider an ordinance establishing new criteria for carports and amending current code sections at its meeting at 5:15 tonight in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main. The new criteria are based on recommendations from city staff who have been surveying carports in the city. Under […]

Clovis’ wildcat now behind glass

By Don McAlavy Starting at 10 a.m. today, the Clovis-Carver Public Library will display Bobby Wildcat for two weeks before he is taken back to Clovis High School. Our 53-year-old stuffed-and-mounted CHS mascot is now in his own new glass case, courtesy of the CHS Class of 1953, which met in Clovis last weekend. When […]

Spirit, fortitude overcome ‘giants’

Judy Brandon With each new semester, my students arrive with hopes and dreams for the future. They bring with them goals, plans and thoughts of anticipation about college and what is to many, a new beginning. Their dreams are heartfelt, distinct and meaningful. Most of them are determined to succeed against all odds. But alongside […]

Lady Cats sweep Roswell

CNJ staff Roswell — The Clovis Lady Wildcats ran their season-opening winning streak to five matches Thursday with a convincing 25-14, 25-14, 25-20 win over Roswell. Senior middle hitter Monique Walker led Clovis with 10 kill while Jessica Hohn added six kills and 13 digs. “It was pretty much a mismatch,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray […]

On-line xeriscaping class to be offered

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Cactus is used as a means to landscape a front yard in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez People who want to learn to xeriscape their lawns for themselves may want to head to the electronics store instead of the garden store. An on-line class at Eastern New Mexico University this fall will […]

Lady Cats have seven-year itch

Eric Butler The Clovis Lady Wildcats’ bid to win their own tournament for the first time is one of several storylines heading into this weekend’s seventh annual Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament. The 16-team tournament begins Friday morning with pool play at the high school and Marshall Junior High, with quarterfinals beginning at 2 p.m. “We’ve […]

Littlejohn thinks Texico could make run at state

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — If Mike Littlejohn were a betting man, he might have wagered last year’s Texico volleyball team would have a better chance at a Class 2A state championship than the talented, senior-laden 2001 squad that actually won it. That would come as a surprise to a lot of people, he admitted. […]

Readers share favorite teacher memories

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about a favorite school teacher. Some responses: “I can’t pick a favorite. Is it my sixth-grade teacher […]

City to revisit carports

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a second special meeting to discuss prefabricated carports at 6:30 p.m. today in the assembly room of City Hall at 321 Connelly. At the meeting, commission members and city staff will describe proposed changes to city regulations on the carports and will take public […]

Senior-laden Lady Cats hope to challenge in 5A

By Dave Wagner With a strong nucleus of seniors, fifth-year Clovis High School volleyball coach Darrel Ray figures this could be the Lady Wildcats’ time to challenge at the state level. A half-dozen seniors saw action on last year’s 16-7 squad that reached the Class 5A regional round. A seventh senior, middle blocker Jessica Wymore […]

Celebrating the past

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Melrose High School Class of 1973 members Eyvonne Gunn, Sherry Smith, Cindy Mitchell and Becky Hagee enjoy looking at pictures of each others’ children and grandchildren Saturday during Melrose Old-Timer’s Day. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Patsy Qavi left Melrose for California 23 years ago, but traveled nearly 960 miles with […]

City votes to delay decision on carports

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to delay a decision on whether to allow prefabricated carports in city limits, saying a survey by the city planning department was not yet complete. On a motion by Commissioner Bill Bollinger, the commission voted to hold a public meeting on the subject within […]

Readers invited to share family stories

Gayline Shaw was still 16 when she graduated from Bledsoe High School as valedictorian. Brains were not her only gift. The school’s senior class of 1950, “being of unsound mind and disintegrating memory after four strenuous years,” issued a class will. While Ona Mae left “her most charming looks and personality to Helen” and Wayne […]

Madd Doggs charge to title

Dave Wagner Falling into the losers bracket with an early Sunday morning loss put the Hobbs Madd Doggs in a bind in Men’s Class E play in the 20th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic at Guy Leeder Complex. No matter. The Madd Doggs rallied for five consecutive wins to take the title, including 17-14 and […]

Davis, Cordova chosen

CNJ STAFF Clovis High grads Darren Davis and Matt Cordova have been selected to the South roster for this weekend’s 28th annual North-South series at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces. The teams will play a 7:30 p.m. single game on Friday and have a noon doubleheader on tap for Saturday. Davis also was chosen as […]

Meritocracy no longer making the grade

Walter Williams Dr. Mike S. Adams, an associate professor of criminal justice at University of North Carolina’s Wilmington campus, has given me an excellent idea for grading students, which appeared in his commentary in the web-based Agape Press newswire. For 35 years, I’ve taught economics and graded students on the racist, culturally biased standards of […]

Christian school graduates 12

Janet Bresenham Tobias “Tobi” Knierim traveled a great distance to attend Clovis Christian School. Knierim, 18, moved to Clovis in August from his hometown of Langenburg, Germany, a small town of about 2,000 people in the southern part of the country. “I just wanted to be in a Christian school,” Knierim said. “I had never […]

Texico graduates looking ahead

By Janet Bresenham Sunday marked much more than just graduation time for the 38 students in the Texico High School Class of 2003. “It was really neat because we graduated from kindergarten together and later we graduated from eighth grade together and now we graduated from high school together,” said Texico High graduating senior Nicole […]