Business feature: Al’s Pets owner closing shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Al’s Pets owner Albert Lewis explains how the fluorescent fish he sells are bred. Lewis, who has been operating his store since 2000, plans to retire and close his shop in a month. CNJ staff Albert Lewis started his pet shop on 21st Street as part of an extension of […]

Salvation Army, CNJ launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

Sutton’s Bakery closing

Benna Sayyed One of Clovis’ oldest businesses is about to close. Frank Simmonds, who’s owned Sutton’s Bakery since 1971 and worked there since it opened in 1946, said he is about to retire. While he would not give a date for closing, employees have told customers the last day will be Dec. 31. Simmonds said […]

Closing city golf course mistake

It seems to me the city is making a mistake by closing the municipal golf course. It is still the best course in Clovis. It was in very good condition right up to the closing on Aug. 30, thanks to the maintenance personnel. Many senior citizens, ladies and children enjoyed the course, but it seems […]

Thursday morning briefing: Fair warning, holiday closing and finding the Titanic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fair warning Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Clovis police will be operating a DWI checkpoint somewhere within the city. Officers will be targeting drunk drivers. Holiday closing Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. The […]

Webb’s Watering Hole bar closing

Another bar in Clovis — Webb’s Watering Hole — is closing. Thursday, employee Didi Sandoval confirmed the owner sold the facility’s liquor license and plans to close in September. It is the second bar to announce closure in 30 days, after Clovis City Limits closed June 14. The two were the only businesses in Clovis […]

Baxter-Curren Senior Center closing for renovations

The Baxter-Curren Senior Center will close 2 p.m. Tuesday for renovations.The center will reopen May 9. The front office will remain open.Information: 762-3631.

DA questions lack of action on closing courthouse entrances

Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler is questioning why an almost 2-year-old resolution to close Curry County courthouse entrances for security reasons hasn’t been implemented. Through a public record request, the Clovis News Journal obtained a series of emails exchanged recently between Chandler and County Manager Lance Pyle. In the emails, Chandler asks why the […]

Curry Road K closing intermittently

Curry Road K, between Llano Estacado Boulevard and Curry Road 13, will be closed off and on for repairs the next six weeks. County officials anticipate the closing started Wednesday continue through May 1, according to a press release. The closings enable the county, City of Clovis and Qwest communications do construction and complete repairs, […]

Monday morning briefing: Spring break, farm values and closing The Rock

Good morning and happy spring. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Spring break Sunday marked the first day of spring. Today marks the start of a week-long spring break for students at Eastern New Mexico University. Alas, university staff must continue to report to work. Quirky quote of the day “How would we measure […]

Today’s closings and delays

Area schools and institutions are closing or postponing events today in response to weather and the governor’s declaration. • Eastern New Mexico University — Business offices and classes canceled until Monday. • Clovis Community College — Closed until Monday. • Portales Municipal Schools — Closed until Monday. • Roosevelt County offices — Closed until Monday. […]

Wednesday weather closures

Area agencies and institutions being impacted by the cold weather have begun announcing early closures for Wednesday and hours for Thursday. • Eastern New Mexico University will conclude classes at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will close the campus at 5 p.m. The campus will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday with classes resuming at 11 a.m. […]

Closing arguments expected Monday in Tucumcari attempted murder trial

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments are tentatively set for Monday in the trial for a Tucumcari man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend. Earl Moses Ingram, 31, appeared Friday in the 10th Judicial District Court charged with multiple felony charges, including the attempted murder of Amber Simpson, 27, of Tucumcari on […]

Colonial Heritage health care facility may be closing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Caretakers are concerned at news Colonial Heritage Personal Home Health Care may be closing. Sharna Johnson The future of Colonial Heritage Personal Home Healthcare in Clovis has at least one caregiver wondering what to do now. Dejon Ruiz said she went to the facility Tuesday to pick up time sheets […]

Railroad work closing Sugarbeet Road

CNJ staff Railroad work is closing a portion of Curry County Road G, also known as Sugarbeet Road. The road will be closed Friday at the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe rail crossing from 8 a.m. until at least 6 p.m., according to the Curry County Road Department.

Closing arguments in slaying trial set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments in the slaying trial of William “Billy Joe” Watson are scheduled for Monday morning. Watson, a Roosevelt County farmer, is accused of hiring low-ranking Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor to kill rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn in 2005. The trial began more than two weeks ago. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said […]

Blackwater Draw museum closing for winter break

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Museum will close for winter break from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Jan. 4. The museum is on U.S. 70 approximately 7 miles north of Portales near Greyhound Stadium. Information: Matt Hillsman at 562-2202.

Oasis closing for furloughs

CNJ staff Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from Oasis. […]

Store closing means end of downtown Clovis fixture

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File photo Don Clark, 72, was a fixture in downtown Clovis as he helped bring visibility to Smyth Auto parts store by waving at passing motorists on Main Street. The 58-year-old store closed for good on Friday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A bygone era in automotive service is truly coming to an end […]

ENMU closes for Thanksgiving

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is closing for Thanksgiving break from Wednesday through Sunday. The university’s Golden Library will be open from noon to midnight on Sunday, according to a news release from ENMU. The campus is set re-open and classes to resume Nov. 30.