County museum named for ‘Pappy’

By Don McAlavy Born in 1913 on the north side of the Running Water Draw near Pleasant Hill, Ardale “Pappy” Thornton started cowboying at age five by herding cows on horseback. When Pappy was old enough, he decided to try his hand at homesteading. Since there was no more homesteading land in Curry County, he […]

Fire destroys barn in Curry County

Fire destroyed a barn near Pleasant Hill Saturday, according to Texico fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper. Fire departments from Clovis, Texico, Pleasant Hill and Farwell responded to a barn fire Saturday on 1720 curry Road C, according to Cooper. The fire started around 1:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported, according to Cooper. The Pleasant […]

Hill eyes eventual D-I spot

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Former Clovis High standout Bryce Hill has started the last 13 games for Jacksonville (Texas) College. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Before ending with “God bless,” Bryce Hill’s voice mail requests a message that’s “brief, but substantial.” It’s kind of what the 2008 Clovis High graduate is hoping for at his current basketball stop. […]

Finance program coming to Pleasant Hill

Freedom New Mexico Financial Peace University’s 13-week finance program is coming to Pleasant Hill. FPU has helped more than 650,000 families positively change their financial future, according to a news release. The program teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small group accountability. Each class participant needs a kit. […]

American 11-12s hold off Zia

CNJ staff Jarron Hill went 2-for-3 and John Meyers struck out 13 in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night to lift American past Zia 8-5 in a first-round game of the District 3 Little League 11-12 tournament at Dickenson Field. American led 8-0 before Zia rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth, capped […]

Hill expected to sign with Jacksonville College Thursday

Clovis guard Bryce Hill is expected to sign a letter-of-intent today Thursday to play basketball for Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas, Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. Hill, a 6’0” senior, scored 19.6 points per game, third for the Class 5A runnerup Wildcats (29-2). He leaves Clovis as its No. 3 all-time scorer and all-time leader […]

Smoke clears Portales courthouse

PNT Staff The Roosevelt County Courthouse has been closed after smoke was seen coming out the top of the building. Lance Hill, a battalion chief with the Portales Fire Department, said officials believe a burned motor in the air conditioning unit caused the smoke.Hill said the courthouse will reopen later today, once the smoke is […]

Person rescued from Portales grain elevator

By Freedom New Mexico Portales Fire Department personnel performed an aerial rescue Monday at the J.D. Heiskell grain elevator in Portales. One person was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the accident did not result in a fatal injury. Hill said privacy laws prohibited him from releasing the […]

Turning off heat at night not always efficient

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With evening temperatures in the low 40s this week, eastern New Mexico residents will be pulling out extra blankets and mugs for hot chocolate and cider. They’ll also be looking for ways to heat their residences. A few small steps can make a home warm, safe and efficient. Andy […]

Sept. 14 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 5 through Wednesday: Brandon Lee Christian, 28, to Michael Marion Morrison, 25, both of Clovis Aaron Dewayne Parker, 22, of Maple Hill, N.C., to Kimberly Rae Adkins, 20, of Clovis Matthew John Buchanan, 26, to Leslie Anna Mitchell, 22, both of Clovis John Matthew […]

2007 Curry County Fair results part 2

Department O Flower Show Junior Division Rose Hybrid Tea Pink 1. Lily Martin Hybrid Tea Yellow 2. Jessica Cary Hybrid Tea Red 1. Lynnae Allen 3. Katelyn Ruebush Hybrid Tea Blend 1. Katelyn Ruebush 3. Gemma Martin Hybrid Tea Peach 2. Lynnae Allen Hybrid Tea Lavender 1. Baylee Sours Hybrid Tea Salmon 3. Katelyn Ruebush […]

Women’s club membership wavering

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle From left, Alice Pierce, Nancy Barnes, Lala Barnes, Lueja Clark and Wilma Whitener of the Pleasant Hill Women’s Club hold an 1930s membership list that included 38 members. The club currently has 12 active and two inactive members. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams open at Hobbs

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Clovis golfers, from left, Austin Spears, Ben Blair and Kyler Brewer watch teammate Brad Props, attempt a putt during Friday’s practice at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Clovis’ squads open the season Monday at Hobbs.(CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With the end of the Travis Reid-Guillermo Chavez era two years […]

Cats hope to relieve pain from losses

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ Bryce Hill will make it clear that the Wildcats’ two losses this season to District 4-5A rival Hobbs have hurt. The Cats (22-4) hope to relieve their pain today when they travel to Hobbs (25-1) for a shot at the district tournament championship in a 7 p.m. clash. […]

Cats squash Carlsbad

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Clovis senior Michael Lews draws a foul in the second quarter of the Cats District 4-5A matchup against Carlsbad. Clovis beat the Cavemen 90-56 and will face Hobbs Friday night. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis Wildcats coach J.D. Isler said he’d been dreading having to play Carlsbad for […]

Feb. 17, 1938

A Pleasant Hill farmer announced he had electrified a fence in efforts to corral his livestock. The shock was “somewhat less than you get from the spark plug of a car,” I. L. Cone said. … Clovis Livestock Sales offered horses and mules every Wednesday, beginning at 11 a.m. … Mandell’s was having a suit […]

CNJ BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats hope to get back in action today

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s boys weren’t able to get right back on the court after absorbing their second loss of the season on Friday, a 97-91 verdict at Rio Rancho. A Saturday afternoon game at Sandia was called off to give the team a better chance of getting back to Clovis […]

Tobogganing can be dangerous sort of fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Folks in these parts aren’t real familiar with deep snow, toboggans and holiday omelets, and that’s probably a good thing. But I’m recalling the now famous Great Toboggan and Omelet Debacle of 1945, an unparalleled event in the annals of winter sports, although it was heralded by some as the […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats blitz Tascosa to advance to finals

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis is fouled by Tascosa’s Ruben Solis as he attemptsa layup during Friday’s Milk Cow Classic semifinal game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After one half, host Clovis seemed in jeopardy of suffering its first loss of the year — in the semifinals […]

Cats survive Sandies scare

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Clovis High’s Layne Strebeck posts up on Amarillo High’s Jonathan Ries, right, in Tuesday’s boys match up at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis defeated the Sandies 66-52. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Based on how Clovis High started out against Amarillo High on Tuesday, a 66-52 win for the Wildcats might sound about right. But after […]