Nasty storm couldn’t slow McAlavy clan

Don McAlavy: Local Columist “A ‘baby tornado’ formed in the Claud community, on Saturday, July 5, 1930,” according to a letter received this morning (July 9) from the correspondent of the News-Journal at Claud, 12 miles north of Clovis. “Telephone lines were down and even the rural mail carrier could not make the trip through […]

June 4, 2006 Engagements

Amy Leaverton of Clovis announces her engagement and approaching marriage to Justin Johnson of Clovis. She is the daughter of Stan Lassiter of Clovis and the late Rebecca Lassiter of Levelland, Texas. He is the son of Wade Wilson and Sondra Johnson, both of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 5:30 p.m. July 2 […]

Roosevelt County ablaze with more than 12 fires Sunday

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Lightning strikes caused havoc Sunday, starting more than 12 fires in Roosevelt County that burned more than 24,000 acres, according to local firefighters. There were no injuries or damaged structures reported because of the grass fires that occurred near Elida, Floyd, Arch, Milnesand, Highway and Crossroads. Firefighters from Roosevelt and […]

Obituaries — April 27

Bill Lott Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Bill Lott, 55, of Portales, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at his residence in Highway. He was born March 1, 1951, in Portales to Patsy and Oscar “Pouch” Lott. He grew up in Highway and graduated from Dora High School in 1970. He […]

Construction officials hope to start repaving in March

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Brazier Construction officials are hopeful to start repaving of New Mexico Highway 206 by mid-March. A three-mile portion of loose gravel leading into the town of Dora has left area residents and travelers to deal with poor road conditions throughout the winter. Anthony Pacheco, a paving supervisor for […]

Grass fire closes roads

Staff and wire reports A grass fire that charred 1,500 acres of land along State Highway 467 and temporarily shut down two stretches of road Wednesday was ignited by a lit cigarette or the heat from a vehicle’s catalytic converter, according to a New Mexico State Forestry release. The blaze started in a ditch on […]

God’s guidance more than billboard on highway

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Today is Jan. 6. The new year is just days old. None of us knows the changes, events and all the new prospects that are before us for 2006. As the chance for a new year and new beginnings, I always decide to do things differently for the upcoming year. […]

Day Trip: Pinatafest celebrates party tradition

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The Roswell Folklorico Group is part of a weekend of entertainment during the Pinatafest. The event is entering its 12th year. (Courtesy photo) Compiled by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Roswell is home to the Coyotes of Roswell High, the Rockets of Goddard High and UFO fanatics. It’s also home to the annual “Pinatafest.” The festival […]

8/7 Local Roundup

Texico-Farwell highway closing U.S. 70/84 at the Texico-Farwell state line will be closed at 8 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Wednesday for repairs on the railroad crossing, according to railroad and highway officials. Resurfacing is taking place due to the settling of concrete, which is causing a rough crossing, according to Burlington Northern State Railroad […]

ATV safety an issue for parents, riders alike

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Alex Sallade, 10, wears a helmet and protective gear as he rides his dirt bike Thursday afternoon in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Kendall McDaniel said he has been a motorcycle enthusiast since he was old enough to ride — which for him was 4. Over the years, […]

HIghway department cleaning road between Clovis, Cannon

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer New Mexico’s highway department has been mowing grass and trimming trees along U.S. Highway 60/84 between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base the last few days. State Highway 523 between Clovis and the municipal airport is also receiving a cleanup. State officials said the cleanup is routine — and […]

State police department lacks discipline

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Speeding down U.S. Highway 70, I glanced into the rear-view mirror and saw the red lights. Red lights are pretty on a Christmas tree. If you are going 72 in a 65 mph zone, they are about as welcome as a Baptist teetotaler at a Budweiser convention. The New Mexico […]

Highway bill prime example of pork-barrel projects

Freedom Newspapers It would be almost a shame for President Bush to spend his first presidential veto on a bill filled with typically tawdry pork-barrel projects rather than on some more epic piece of irresponsibility by Congress. But better to use it on a new highway and transit spending bill than never to wield it […]

God sees beauty in people where others don’t

Judy Brandon: CNJ correspondent Christ loved us enough that he gave his life for us. We are valuable to him and he sees value in us that others do not see. Think about this illustration: At first glance, the highway from Fort Sumner to Santa Rosa really looks desolate and bleak. We were traveling that […]

Citizens push for overpass site change

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor While campaigning in south Clovis in the fall, Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, kept hearing the same complaint. Residents south of the railroad tracks felt cut off from city amenities since the Wheaton Street railroad crossing was closed in May 2003. A proposal to build an overpass about two […]

On the road to salvation

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Doug McGimpsey (left) Gary Ford (center) and pastor Art Evans each played a role in the crosses being erected in Broadview. There are three crosses on the roadside, including one 30 feet high and two others 24 feet tall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer During a car ride home, Trenton […]

Chamber nurtured early Clovis growth

Don McAlavy A lot of people in Clovis today may not remember Bob Spencer. He was manager of the Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, from 1957 to 1982. We have a file of his notes of the history of the chamber, donated to the High Plains Historical Society by his wife Helen in 1983. […]

Rain can’t stop rally’s poker run

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Despite heavy rains, Badlands Motorcycle Rally organizers figured out a way Saturday morning to keep a motorcycle rally tradition alive — a “Poker Run” in which motorcyclists pick up poker cards at various stopovers on a prescribed route. Poker Run winner Amy Campbell of Clovis took a shorter […]

Domenici requests funds for cheese plant roadway

CNJ Staff U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici will request federal funding to improve the roadway infrastructure in Curry County to serve the new Southwest Cheese Plant, he said in a news release Tuesday. Domenici, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, said he would submit a $2.375 million request to the Transportation, Treasury and General Government […]

Fighting drugged driving laudable, but tactics aren’t

Freedom Newspapers When the Founding Fathers set up our federal government they envisioned a system under which the national government was responsible for things that concerned all the states and would be difficult if not impossible for the individual states to handle themselves. This covered such issues as waging war and taxing imports. The national […]