Rains fell swiftly to flood some areas

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On Thursday, as the runoff from the fields got stronger and spilled into the swollen Plaza Larga Creek, a small waterfall rushed along Quay Road AF. (Freedom Newspapers: Chellie Delaney) By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Just when you thought there was a drought, it rains six inches and starts flooding. Wednesday night’s steady showers, […]

Snap judgements frequently lead spirit awry

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist This Father’s Day weekend, I remember a talk I had with my father when my attitude was less than Christianlike. It was years ago and all the teenagers were sitting at the back of the church. As my minister father walked to the pulpit, a strange man stepped into the […]

Clovis skaters find place of their own

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Skaterboarders and rollerbladers watch as Michael Landsey, 15, of Clovis attempts a trick Saturday at Greene Acres Park. Landsey said, “I’m out here every day, It’s a great way to stay in shape.” (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer He unzips his black backpack, pulls out a screwdriver, and flips the […]

Sometimes summer reports need stretch

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I stumbled upon a school report by my older sister Becky in elementary school titled “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and was shocked. According to the report, she went to Disneyland and Six Flags. Funny, I didn’t remember going to those places that summer. I just remembered riding in […]

Thieves demean our neighborhoods

CNJ Readers Being a mother to a toddler and trying to keep the domestic front in order is like having two jobs. I am a bit overwhelmed at times. I don’t have the time to do extracurricular activities except for special occasions. On Sunday, my child and I finally had a chance To put up […]

Uncle charged in connection with injured boy

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The uncle of a 10-month-old boy who fell from a deck on Oct. 4 has been arrested in connection with the case. Derek Parker, 22, of Clovis, was charged with abandonment abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Parker turned himself into Portales police […]

10/23 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police went to the intersection of Sunland and Sandia drives in response to a call stating that a vehicle collided with a child on a bike. The report said the driver told police he was going 15 […]

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 […]

Best not to roll dice on unknown eatery

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The Lady of the House and I have a new saying. It’s “How bad can you mess up breakfast?” First of all, I want you to know that I’m not writing about any eatery in Curry, Roosevelt, Parmer or Bailey counties. Our saying was inspired by a restaurant many miles […]

Stuck in the bone zone

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer It’s Georgia O’Keefe’s fault I have dead things in my yard. Mind you it’s not like I have rotting corpses and half-decayed brain clumps lounging about, but I have a fine collection of moldering skulls. I recall a bookmark of one of her paintings adorned with skulls and peonies. […]

4/17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded April 7 to the 400 block of Hickory Street in reference to a car that had crashed into a house. According to police reports, a pedestrian had also been struck in the accident. Approaching the residence, the officer noted the […]

Don’t judge or look down on your brother

by Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Have you ever passed judgment on someone else without knowing all the facts? I’ve told this story before, but it never goes out of style: One Sunday night about 1963, I was sitting on the back pew at church with the rest of the teenagers. My father was preaching and […]

Sweep pushes Zia win streak to eight

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Junior Lindsay Schiely and sophomore Grace George combined for 23 kills and just two hitting errors Tuesday night, and Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to eight matches by pounding winless Wayland Baptist 30-18, 32-30, 30-15 at Greyhound Arena. Schiely had 14 kills and George added nine, […]

Where were you when the world stopped?

Grant McGee I’ve been meaning to write a nice letter to the country singer Alan Jackson for a while now. It would be just a fan letter, letting him know how I think he has been blessed with a great songwriting talent. I thought about writing that letter when I first heard his song “Where […]

On the front line

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At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Clovis coaches believe junior Kendall Richards can develop into a force at offensive tackle. Richards is expected to be one of four new starters on the offensive line. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White Alex Everett is crossing the line for the Clovis Wildcats. With just one returning […]

Light rain brushes area; misses Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNj staff writer Most Clovis streets remained dry Wednesday night, but some areas north of Clovis may received up to 0.15 inches as a storm front passed through about 8 p.m. Another front will pass through this afternoon and is expected to carry rain, according to National Weather Service officials. “The […]

Little boy’s dog remains loyal to the end

By Jack King By all accounts, Jenny was just a mutt. A little less than a year-old, black and brown, with floppy ears, a large head and big feet attached to a puppy’s body, she was rescued from the Clovis Animal Shelter. But John Samuel Kelm will always remember Jenny as a lifesaver. John Sam, […]

Police Blotter 12/8

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 4:40 p.m. on Nov. 30, police responded to criminal damage at the 1200 block of Chama. Officers found the rear window of a car had been broken and the owner said a witness had observed the person smashing the window. The […]

Snap judgments mostly are a little faulty

By Judy Brandon It has been many years, but that Sunday night long ago is still clear in my mind. God knew all about me and my attitude and still it hurts a little even today when I think about my attitude that night. It was about 1963. The teenagers at church customarily all sat […]

Clovis teen struck by car

CNJ Staff A 16-year-old boy is recuperating in a Lubbock hospital today after being struck by a vehicle near Ned Houk Park north of Clovis early Thursday morning. Danny Benavides is in “stable condition” in the intensive care unit at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to his mother, who was at the hospital on Thursday. […]