Our tows: Agriculture drives Portales

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell City Park in Portales is regularly visited by Portales residents for family fun, such as picnics, sports and time on the playground. It is also home to the Portales City Pool and a baseball field. Alisa Boswell By Alisa Boswell Cannon Connections Portales is a town rich in heritage and agriculture. […]

Cattle Baron founder dies

CNJ staff Jeffrey W. Wilson, chief executive officer and founder of the Cattle Baron Restaurants Inc., of Roswell, died Sunday at Roswell Regional Hospital. He was 57. Cattle Baron Restaurants, Inc. was founded in Portales in 1976. Today there are eight Cattle Baron locations operating throughout New Mexico and Texas, including Roswell, the home of […]

Metal businesses joining forces

CNJ staff A pair of longtime metal businesses are combining forces. Clovis Metal Buildings and Wilhite Construction are combining to form Consolidated Metal Builders. The business will work with clients to offer design assistance, engineering and consulting services through the execution of construction projects, according to press release. Jarod Wilhite, chief operating officer of CMB, […]

Jan. 20 Letters to the Editor

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Newspapers have lengthy legacy

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Newspapers are the lifeblood of any community. Like the many communities that once existed in East-Central New Mexico and have faded away, so have newspapers faded away. Would you believe that in Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties 62 newspapers once existed? In the early days the local paper was perhaps the […]

Clovis youths plan trip to see Legislature

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Natasha Beachum is interested in seeing how laws are made first hand. The Yucca Junior High eighth-grader will be one of about 90 Clovis students scheduled to leave at 4:30 a.m. today for a trip to the state capitol fourth African-American Day. “You can learn about it in books […]

Man began 15 papers in New Mexico towns

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Most old-timers and historians know about Arthur Curren being the father of Clovis newspapers in 1907. Not many know that Arthur’s father, James Edward Curren, established 15 newspapers in the territory of New Mexico, as well as others in Colorado and Texas. Jim Curren was a man of quick wit, […]

Area Events of Note

Don McAlavy Events that helped the area… –1901-1907 – The Santa Fe Railway building the 250-mile Belen cut-off from Texico to Belen and founded Clovis. The railroad made possible the great influx of homesteaders from 1903-1912. –1907-present: Clovis created a 5,000-square-mile trade area that became a major factor in our growth. –1909 – The creation […]