Business feature: Al’s Pets owner closing shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Al’s Pets owner Albert Lewis explains how the fluorescent fish he sells are bred. Lewis, who has been operating his store since 2000, plans to retire and close his shop in a month. CNJ staff Albert Lewis started his pet shop on 21st Street as part of an extension of […]

Police searching for ‘person of interest’ in shooting

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Abel G. Vega CNJ staff Clovis police are looking for a “person of interest” in connection with a March 2 shooting that injured a Clovis man, according to a police press release issued Thursday. Police believe Abel G. Vega, 29, was present at the time of the shooting in the parking lot of a motel […]

Press release: Clovis police looking for ‘person of interest’

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Abel G. Vega Clovis – March 8, 2012 – On Friday, March 2, 2012, at approximately 4:49 PM, Clovis Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Mabry, in the hotel parking lot, on a report of shots being fired. Information was given there were two vehicles in the area where the gunshots were heard. […]

Clovis trio looking to make playoff run

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s the last year for a Clovis trio in Abilene, Texas — and in another way, it’s a last year for the McMurry basketball team they’re a part of. Coached by former Clovis High coach J.D. Isler, with former Wildcat guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill in their senior […]

Religion column: First impressions can often be misleading

Sometimes we make up our minds about people by looking at their dress or mannerisms. Yet, most of the time our assessments are wrong. Paul wrote: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) The following story is an everyday example of how […]

Great Lakes looking to move services from Albuquerque to Denver

Kevin Wilson The Clovis Municipal Airport can continue to use Great Lakes Airlines as its Essential Air Services carrier, or it can fly to the Albuquerque Sunport. It just can’t do both. That’s the message — albeit with an accommodating ultimatum — given by Great Lakes CEO Chuck Howell IV to the Clovis Civil Aviation […]

Reader-submitted: Former resident seeking restaurant information

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Courtesy photo New Mexico native Robert Patrick O’Connor is looking for information on his parents, Stan and Jo Durkee, and the Artistocrat restaurant they briefly ran in Clovis in 1950. A former New Mexico resident working on a history book is looking for people who remember his parents’ ties to Clovis and a restaurant that […]

Black Friday not enough to revive U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. economy is looking to the figurative skies for Santa Claus to swoop down and bestow copious presents. But we don’t know yet whether the jolly old fellow judges us to be naughty or nice. On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at a 2 percent annual […]

In search of ponies: Pet rentals great for commitment phobic

Commitment-phobe? Just not ready to take the plunge? Or maybe just looking for a temporary good time… Well, there’s a solution. Rental pets is a new rage sweeping through metropolitan communities and apparently it’s an idea that is really taking off and gaining popularity, particularly in the concrete jungles. I stumbled onto the concept while […]

Crockett looking for breakout season

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Texas Tech media relations Clovis’ Jaye Crockett averaged five points a game for Texas Tech last season as a freshman. By Nick Kosmider: Lubbock Avalance-Journal KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jaye Crockett has to hear the excruciating reminders every day. The sophomore forward, one of Texas Tech’s three returning players, is the second all-time leading scorer […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Jail help, Gala’s on hold and a No. 1 record

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Jail volunteers Christian Believers is looking for volunteers to help at both the Curry County jail and youth detention center. There’s a training session 6 p.m. Thursday at the Believers headquarters, 209 W. Seventh St. Information: Sistar Yancy at 763-1715 Gala’s on hold Clovis […]

Sometimes, giving up only option

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

Letters to the editor: U.S. manufacturing industry gone

U.S. manufacturing industry gone My tennis shoes were looking a little raggedy, so I went shopping over the tax-free weekend. My main criteria was that my new shoes be made in the USA and not fluorescent purple or pink (actually just a plain ol’ white pair of tennis shoes). I went to numerous stores, but […]

Tiger cub donated to Clovis zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Zoo Curator Mark Yannotti feeds Sooner, a 12-week-old tiger, who was donated to the Hillcrest Park Zoo from an Oklahoma exotic animal facility. Sharna Johnson When he wakes, he bounds to his feet and goes looking for his bottle, finding it quickly in the hands of his mother. After a […]

Police looking for mistakenly released Clovis woman

Area law enforcement are looking for a 25-year-old Clovis woman who was mistakenly released Tuesday from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Catalina Ortiz was released on her own recognizance Tuesday after being arrested July 28 for failing to appear in Clovis Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge, court records show. However, she still has […]

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez came by the Clovis News Journal office Wednesday for an interview with staff after visiting Cannon Air Force Base. Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And […]

Wrens looking forward to big week at rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Chad Mayfield, 10, right, of Clovis and Jayden Shearer, 12, of Muleshoe take part in Wednesday’s age 9-12 team roping first go round in the High Plains Junior Rodeo at Curry County Events Center. Mayfield and Shearer had a no-time on the run. Dave Wagner Texico’s Dalton Wren was a […]

Youth coalition seeking 1,000 volunteers

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection teens and children take a break from renovating and painting a mural in a basement room at the Matt 25 Hope Center in February. Liliana Castillo The Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection is looking for 1,000 volunteers by the end of July. Some might say that’s a lofty […]

Isler leaving Clovis to take over at McMurry

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J.D. Isler has made a verbal commitment to McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where his son, Jaden Isler, is getting set for his senior season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After 10 seasons, Clovis High will be looking for a new boys basketball coach. J.D. Isler has made a verbal commitment to McMurry University […]

Police department looking at shelter policy

Kevin Wilson The Clovis Police Department is still in the process of looking at policy following news rescue groups had taken a small percentage of animals from the Clovis shelter and signed them in as stray pets at shelters in Albuquerque. Police Chief Steve Sanders said any policy change is solely at his discretion, but […]