Thursday morning briefing: A tasty event, a volunteer and a chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday briefing. A tasty groundbreaking There’s a groundbreaking 2 p.m. Friday at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis for Freanna Original Yoghurt. The yogurt facility will be owned and operated by Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family and is said to be an old family recipe. Volunteer honored […]

Roosevelt arena to house Ag Expo

Alisa Boswell The main cause of excitement for the 20th annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo is the new Roosevelt County Event Arena, which will house all of this year’s vendor booths at the event. Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher said the new facility puts all vendors under one roof. “I think it will allow […]

Local bird watchers unite for bird count

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Amateur bird watcher Don Hicks peers through his binoculars at Goodwin Lake Trail on Wednesday in search of birds. Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers during the Great Backyard Bird Count taking place Friday through Monday. Benna Sayyed Don Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers when […]

WT cancels final two days of event

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — The final two days of a three-day event hosted by West Texas A&M were canceled due to cold and windy weather conditions. Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team went 2-1 in three games on Friday. The Zias (3-4) were to face Texas-Permian Basin and Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday. ENMU […]

Zias take 2 of 3 in WT event

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Freshman Amy Smith earned a win and a save on Friday as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team took two out of three on the first day of a three-day tournament being hosted by West Texas A&M. The Zias (3-4) routed Texas-Permian Basin 9-2 in their first outing, then lost […]

‘America the Beautiful’ makes better anthem

Freedom New Mexico A nother major sporting event, another national anthem conflict. This time it wasn’t some disrespectful leftist butchering “The Star Spangled Banner,” then grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground as Roseanne Barr did before a baseball game. Instead, it was American rock legend and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler — a […]

Lighthouse Mission gearing up for Christmas celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Carolyn Rubio-Lopez, a part-time Lighthouse Mission staff member, organizes dolls and other toys for the children’s Christmas celebration at the Lighthouse Mission 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Benna Sayyed Lighthouse Mission staff and volunteers are busy preparing Christmas gift packages to give to less fortunate children in Clovis on […]

Night holiday event showcases zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Hillcrest Park Zoo Director Vince Romero, left, shows his daughter Olivia holiday decorations displayed at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The decorations are part of the Christmas Nites at the Zoo event Tuesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Benna Sayyed Donna Wilson is taking her granddaughter to the Hillcrest […]

Mixed martial arts matchmaker seeks quality fights

Gabriel Monte When a couple has good chemistry, sparks fly. Matchmaker Eric Kucevic hopes for explosions. Kucevic is a matchmaker for Clovis-based mixed martial arts promoting outfit Evolution Combat Sports, which has organized five fights last year and drew thousands of people to the Curry County Events Center and the Clovis Civic Center. Evolution Combat […]

Bull riding event set

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• What: L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Tickets: $12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop and Creighton’s Town and Country, Portales; $15 at the gate; Children 12 and under free with paying adult. • Total purse: $18,000 • Format: 40 riders […]

Wellness event day of health education

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Gayla Jaquess, nurse manager at Clovis Health Office, speaks to a Health and Wellness fair attendee about the actual amount of sugars found in sweets commonly consumed such as soda and ice cream. Benna Sayyed The United Way of Eastern New Mexico held its fourth annual Health and Wellness Day […]

Religion digest — Oct. 28

Church having holiday event Trinity United Methodist Church, 1320 West 21st, is having its first Truth and Treat event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday. Parables from the Bible will be presented in a western style. After each parable, treats will be distributed.

Quilt festival starts today

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Garland Stockard hangs up a quilt Tuesday afternoon in the Portales Memorial Building as he and several others prepare for the High Plains Quilt Festival, which will take place Thursday through Saturday and will include quilting classes, a luncheon, quilt viewings and more. Alisa Boswell The sixth annual High Plains […]

Business digest — Oct. 4

Civic center hosting business event The Clovis Civic Center will be the site of a Thursday event for businesses. Included in the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. event are opportunities to talk to commercial lenders, workshops for businesses, access to business consultants, and other support services. The event is come-and-go, and door prizes are available. There are […]

Cannon Appreciation Day set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Promotions Director Sandy Van Der Veen go through boxes of door prizes Monday afternoon for the Cannon Appreciation Day, which is happening Saturday in the 801 military housing. Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is holding a Cannon Appreciation […]

Special Olympics community effort

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Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

Equestrian competition held at events center

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Courtesy photo Michael Martin Murphy will be performing at the Under the Stars New Mexico event 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner. Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under […]

Ticket feature: Christian music event all day Aug. 13

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Courtesy photo: Chase Mahan Clovis’ Laughing Season will play as part of Shattering the Silence, an Aug. 13, seven band Christian concert. Freedom New Mexico Shatter the Silence is set to bring Clovis a full day of Christian music event. With doors opening at noon and music beginning at 2 p.m., the Aug. 13 concert […]

Team roping regional finals to be hosted in Clovis

CNJ staff The United States Team Roping Championships will host the Regional Finals in Clovis August 4-7 at the Curry County Events Center. Touted as the richest team roping series, the event will offer $340,000 in cash and prizes with an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million to the Clovis area, according to a press […]