It’s their business: Inspirations

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Inspirations, 1310 N. Main St., offers a complete selection of education supplies. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Inspirations Location: 1310 N. Main St. What they do: Sell teachers and students supplies, including books, educational games, flash cards, stamps, bulletin board sets and educational materials, with a section for […]

March 16, 1970

Former New Mexico Gov. and Clovis resident A.W. Hockenhull wrote a letter to the editor from his home in Dallas, declaring Clovis “will always be my Magic City.” Hockenhull also wrote that he’d enclosed his check for a year’s subscription to the Clovis News-Journal. … Dear Abby was asked how a newlywed couple could get […]

March 16, 1970

Former New Mexico Gov. and Clovis resident A.W. Hockenhull wrote a letter to the editor from his home in Dallas, declaring Clovis “will always be my Magic City.” Hockenhull also wrote that he’d enclosed his check for a year’s subscription to the Clovis News-Journal. … Dear Abby was asked how a newlywed couple could get […]

First impressions matter — sometimes

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve had plenty of opportunities to make first impressions in my life because I’ve had so many job interviews. I’m just about an expert in the field. As they say, first impressions make lasting impressions, and yet job experts say it only takes a few seconds for these impressions to […]

It’s their business: The Hat Barn

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By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Business: The Hat Barn What they do: They sell men’s hats, make custom caps, and crease and reshape all types of hats. Who’s in charge: Rod Dickinson is the owner. How long in business: They opened in 1991. How many employees: One Contact information: The store is at 1600 […]

CNJ wins 14 awards

CNJ Staff The Clovis News Journal captured 11 first-place honors and three second-place awards Saturday in the New Mexico Press Association contest. Two other Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, the Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, earned four first-place awards as well. First place for newspapers with under-10,000 circulation went to the Clovis News Journal […]

Bloopers create perplexing journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Oct. 8, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Are we Americans concerned of the dangers surrounding our daily lifestyle? Our great God has allowed us liberty and national existence for some 230 years since the signing of our constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Are the successes about to come to an end? Despite all of our kindnesses — financial and medical help […]

6/6 Business digest

CNJ editor, reporter receive news award Clovis News Journal reporter Marlena Hartz and Editor David Stevens received a first-place citation for spot news reporting in the 2006 Best of the West awards announced last week. Best of the West honors the top work by newspapers and television stations in 13 western states, according to an […]

Former editor talks about New Mexico boyhood

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian After five years of writing a column for the Curry County Times, I got a call from the editor of this newspaper: W. W. “Bill” Southard. This was right after Jan. 1, 1982. He told me I could get more readers if I moved over to the Clovis News Journal. […]

Reporter’s notebook: United Way to wrap up campaign

United Way of Eastern New Mexico is looking to wrap up its annual campaign by Friday. Executive Director Erinn Burch said pledges total about 91 percent of the campaign’s goal of $482, 005. Burch said Curry County pledges total $388,141, about 94 percent of the $412,005 goal. Roosevelt County pledges total $48,579, about 69 percent […]

Choosing battles important life lesson

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist A former editor of mine invited myself and other minority reporters to her home for lunch and asked for feedback. One reporter remarked, “How do I say something without coming across as an angry black woman?” The response this editor from Texas gave has stayed with me: “It’s like your […]

Blog, blog, blog: CNJ editor goes online

David Stevens I like Dylan as much as Tom T. Hall. I like rain and snow and people with passion. I don’t like mornings much. My all-time favorite movie is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” but “Hud” is a close second and “Toy Story” is a close third. I love a good quote, a […]

Longtime editor of CNJ looks back on Clovis

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist When I worked at Chick Taylor Press in the 1950s I was lucky enough to type up longtime Clovis News Journal editor Jack Hull’s columns. He was retired then and writing his column, “Caught in the Round-Up.” Here’s one of his columns: “I’m an old-timer in this country, a real old-timer. […]

8/30 BRAC Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from Cannon, as recommended by the Department of Defense. But commissioners ordered Cannon “enclaved,” or open in limited fashion, until Dec. 31, 2009, in hopes DoD will find it another mission. Here are excerpts from some e-mailed letters: Removing […]

Editors deserve recognition

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Editors, as a whole, are usually decent, hard-working and totally dedicated to their task. Editors of small town newspapers in the old days, not too unlike their counterparts today, often found it difficult to please everybody. On April 23, 1909, in the first issue of Clovis’ first daily newspaper, “The […]

Reporter’s notebook: Former Clovis resident inducted into hall of fame

Faye Plank is in the hall of fame. The 92-year-old former Clovis resident was inducted into the (Texas) Panhandle Press Association’s elite group earlier this month, more than 30 years after she began working as a reporter. Plank, who now lives in Dalhart, Texas, said she started her journalism career in the 1970s at the […]

Cooking school is tonight

Reporter’s Notebook Hungry anyone? Bring some spice into your evening by attending this year’s Taste of Home cooking school at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Marshall Junior High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. The Clovis News Journal-sponsored event will allow attendees to learn 12 new recipes and be in […]

‘KerryVan’ roles through Clovis

Reporter’s Notebook Last Monday Curry County Democrats Gloria Wicker and Sandra Martin welcomed the “KerryVan” to Clovis. The KerryVan group — state Democrats who support John Kerry’s bid for President of the United States — visited all 33 New Mexico counties in seven days last week. “We are very excited about this election,” said Martin, […]

Sisters unite in carpentry

Reporter’s Notebook The relationship of three Clovis sisters is built with love as strong as cement and lumber. Their father was a carpenter who taught them an appreciation for remodeling and building. They replace windows, do electrical work and repair water lines, among a hodgepodge of other tasks. Their latest project — pouring a cement […]