In search of ponies: Horses offer good fuel mileage

If you really think about it, even with the blowing dirt, tumbleweeds and drive time to bigger cities, eastern New Mexico and the surrounding region have some pretty good advantages. Particularly in light of predictions gas prices could increase to a point where many people would have no choice but to park it — naysayer […]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

Not all rural deliveries welcome

Where we lived when I was a kid gave Rural Free Delivery (RFD) a whole new dimension. It was two miles to the mailbox, dirt road of course, and the mailman only drove the 25 miles from town twice a week. My brother and I ordered stuff through the mail. I sent in a boxtop […]

Weekly update — Dec. 5

Dirt work starts this week on runway A few years down the road, a visit to the Clovis Municipal Airport could bring a body scan or patdown. City Manager Joe Thomas said the city is looking for airlines that could possibly serve Clovis to either Denver International Airport or Dallas/Forth Worth. “If we do that,” […]

Let the dirt fly

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Ray Reeser of Clovis climbs out of the car he uses as an “enforcer” during enduro car races at the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. Reeser said the enforcer serves as the track referee, which may include bumping cars that are violating the rules. By Clarence Plank Engines rev and […]

Area students take FFA honors

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FNM correspondent: Helena Rodriguez From left, Jake Tayler, Chase Varnell and Calvin Tayler examine soil outside Dora High School. The trio took first place in the homesite evaluation contest during the recent New Mexico State FFA Career Development Event in Las Cruces. FNM correspondent: Helena Rodriguez Dora High School students have uncovered a lot of […]

Now that’s mudslinging

Glenda Price John and his wife Martha had a unique relationship. This is an understatement. Mostly what they had was a war of long duration interrupted now and then by skirmishes that came close to truce talks. They lived about 20 miles from town, the last five miles a dirt road. Most days one or […]

Student profile: Schaap

By CNJ STAFF Ryan Schaap is a Clovis Christian School senior. He is the son of Art and Renee Schaap. GPA: Approximately 3.4. Extra-curricular activities: Football, golf, praise and worship. Hobbies: Listening to music, playing video games and riding dirt bikes. Future plans: College, either at West Texas A&M University, Eastern New Mexico University, Lubbock […]

1919 dirt road journey covered 639.3 miles

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian You’ll never believe this: a route book from Fort Worth, Texas, to Las Vegas, N.M., by way of Clovis, 639.3 miles of dirt roads in 1919. The route book was published by the Board of City Development of Plainview, Texas, and they called this aforementioned road the F.F.F. Highway. They […]

Lenten sacrifices lend greater appreciation

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The 40-day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday has begun. It’s during this time of year that I think of Grandma Emma, her Friday meals without meat and the stories she’d share with us. If you’re Catholic, you know meat is out on Fridays during Lent. But with Grandma Emma’s special […]

Childhood hill teaches lesson of constant change

More than 25 Christmas seasons ago, my children Annie and John Scott asked for new bicycles for Christmas. At that time, we lived in a newly developed area. Behind our house was a giant dirt pile where the contractors had leveled off the lots to build new homes. Our children were little and the attraction […]

Motorcyclist collides with street sweeper

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Clovis Police Detective James Lara takes a look at the motorcycle at the scene of a crash between a motorcycle and a city street sweeper Thursday near the intersection of Remuda and Wrangler Way. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A motorcyclist was in serious condition late Thursday night after the […]

Bears preferable to workplace idleness

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I recall a saying I heard during my brief career as a construction heavy equipment operator: “I’d rather wrestle a bear than spend all day doing nothing at work.” It was the 1980s and I heard there was “big coin” in heavy equipment operating, and I needed “big coin.” After […]

Balloon ride has controlled crash landing

By Don McAlavy, Local Columnist Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was published in last Sunday’s Lifestyles section. We were about to land, and were low on fuel. We had taken the ‘wind blows’ route while the chase crew (our rescue crew) had to stay on the […]

Mountains may crumble, but God’s love remains

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist More than twenty five Christmas seasons ago my children, Annie and John Scott, asked for new bicycles for Christmas. At that time, we lived on the other side of town in a newly developed area. Behind our house was a giant dirt pile where the contractors had leveled off the lots […]

‘Digging’ into the minds of young boys

What is it about young boys that makes them dig holes in the ground? Now that I’m older, I believe all boys have a gene in their DNA that is a “survival gene,” a throwback from our cavemen ancestors who took haven in caves and had to fight to defend them. I grew up a […]

as the worm churns

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and the dashes. spring is about to spring on me soon boss here i am glowing in the warm […]

CNJ readers snow how to handle the weather

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Josh Martinez of Clovis sails through the air toward a patch of snow Saturday, after being unexpectedly separated from his skateboard. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Project: Reader Reaction Project: Reader Reaction participants were recently asked for snow stories. Some responses: “I spent most of my elementary school years in North Dakota, so snow days […]

Rodeo promoters discus events center layout

By Jack King The arena floor is where you put on a rodeo — and if all the parts of the floor are there it doesn’t really matter what kind of building sits on top of it. That was the response of most of the rodeo promoters polled last week about the design chosen by […]