Fair concludes without typical rainy weather

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Ticket sales for the Curry County Fair totalled about $88,000. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Preparations for this year’s Curry County Fair included roof work and chip sealing of the food court area in case of rain. But not a drop fell during last week’s fair, a rarity according […]

Fair organizers hyping heritage

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ oldest surviving house will reside at the Curry County Fair as part of the new Pioneer Village. Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson said the village will include antiques, demonstrations and people dressed as pioneers. “To go with the Pioneer Village, we’re going to have all kinds of antiques in […]

Farmers sponsor July 4 boat race

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Local dairy farmers will sponsor the first Greene Acres Boat Race this afternoon as part of the city’s Fourth of July activities. The race is a part of a fund-raiser for the Matt 25 Hope Center. Coordinator Kent Ware said $80,000 has been raised from entry fees and other […]

Elida centennial set

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers After months of preparation, the town of Elida is set to mark its 100th anniversary this weekend with a variety of events. “You can’t believe how many people have worked on this,” committee member Red Halliday said of the volunteers who prepared for the celebration. The all-school reunion will begin […]

Fireworks show required hard work, flexibility

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Thirty-nine years ago on July Fourth, a man and his wife and two children were sitting around thinking there ought to be something to do. The only celebration of July Fourth was some fireworks at the drive-in theater north of Clovis, and people had to pay to get in. Charlie Wade, […]

Cops and Courts: Man gets 25 years for stabbing, rape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man convicted of stabbing and raping his girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Ricardo Sena, 19, was convicted by a jury in June of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery, child abuse […]

Western memorabilia on display

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This covered wagon, also known as a prairie schooner, is on display at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Courtesy photo By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Roswell has more to offer than UFOs. The Roswell Museum and Art Center has reopened an exhibit called “West of Beyond.” “The collection consists of 2,000 artifacts, all western […]

Fireworks fund $2,000 short of goal

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, the anxiety level over contributions for the annual Smoke On the Water fireworks display is also rapidly diminishing. On Wednesday event coordinators said they were within $2,000 of meeting their goal. According to Clovis businessman Tom Martin, the city’s businesses and organizations have […]

Holiday memories fueled by variety of experiences

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What are the pieces that compose the collage of memories that you have marked “Christmas and holiday season?” What are the sights, the sounds, and the special places that they take you in your mind at this time of year? In the middle of all the frantic juggling of schedules and […]

ENMU biology department receives alligator

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This Caiman crocodylus, also known as the South American Alligatorid, was donated to the Natural History Museum exhibit at Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman is about 3 1/2 feet long. By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an […]

Fireworks fly high at annual event

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Spectators watch fireworks erupt over Greene Acres Park during “Smoke on the Water” Monday night. (CNJ Correspondent: Andrew Chavez) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer For Clovis residents Christy and Richard Masterson, July Fourth is more than fireworks and barbecue. They said American freedom is where it’s at for them — especially after spending three […]

Quilter to showcase her work at ag expo

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Laura Merrick works on a quilt at her Portales home. Merrick, an avid quilter since she was a child, looks forward to participating in the quilt show this month at the New Mexico Ag Expo. The Ag Expo is Feb. 23-25 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. By Tony Parra PORTALES — Laura Merrick of Portales […]

More than cattle on display at ag expo

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Last year’s 11th annual New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales featured a dairy heifer auction. Freedom Newspapers: Lisa Sonnenschein. By Michelle Seeber PORTALES — About 400 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada are expected to display their wares Feb. 24-25 at the 12th Annual New Mexico Agricultural Expo […]

City airport hosts ‘flying…museum’

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Tony Mulhare, holding their 15-month-old son, along with his wife Alicia, points as they look into the bomb bay of the B-29 Superfortress the “FiFi” Saturday as it is on display at the Clovis Municipal Airport. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Autumn Saldana, 6, said she felt comfortable behind the controls of […]

Government, religion don’t mix well

By Tibor Machan Alabama’s suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore has argued in television appearances that requiring him to remove the 5,300-pound monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama judicial building amounts to a violation of his constitutional right to declare his faith in God. There is also the fact that other […]

Project Reader Reaction — Ten Commandments

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked “What do you think about the Ten Commandments being displayed in government buildings?” Some responses: “My chief concern is that the Ten Commandments be displayed in people’s lives by day-to-day living out of their precepts. That, however, never comes about without continual exposure to lofty standards, of which […]

Officials defend Decalogue

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An unidentified person walks past the Ten Commandments outside the Curry County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. A Ten Commandments monument was removed from a courthouse Wednesday in Alabama. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell A Ten Commandments monument was removed from an Alabama courthouse on Wednesday, but Clovis officials said they’ve not heard any discussion […]

Country star tops show

By Eric Butler By Eric Butler CNJ Correspondent Country performer Holly Dunn will provide the music and an Oklahoma company the fireworks when the “Smoke on the Water” Fourth of July Celebration takes place tonight in Clovis. The event will be held at Greene Acres Park in the center of town and roads will begin […]

Fired up for the Fourth

By Gary Mitchell Three-time Grammy Award nominee Holly Dunn will perform in concert during this year’s Smoke on the Water Fourth of July Celebration in Greene Acres Park. “Holly Dunn will be singing at 8 p.m., followed by the fireworks display,” said Liz Eisenbraun, events coordinator for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. “If people […]