McDaniel announces candidacy for county commission

CMI staff Clovis businessman Ben McDaniel said Friday that he will be a candidate for Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard’s seat. It is McDaniel’s first bid for county office. Stoddard has already said he will be filing for re-election. Both are Republicans. All candidates for county and state office must file Tuesday at the Curry […]

Benefit team roping event scheduled

CNJ staff A benefit team roping event for Kaycee McDaniel of Lovington is scheduled for Nov. 20 at the Curry County Events Center. McDaniel was named Miss Rodeo New Mexico 2011 at the annual Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant begins her reign on Jan. 1. She is the daughter of Gary and Denise McDaniel of […]

Sugar-free blueberry pie wins fair contest

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Randy Rhue with the Clovis Lions Club takes notes on one of three pies entered in the pie baking contest Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Liliana Castillo At the age of 13, Rebecca McDaniel says she’s been baking “a really long time.” The Clovis native’s experience and attention to […]

Republicans elect officers

CNJ staff The Curry County Republican Party held elections for offices Monday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Officers elected were: Rube Render, county chairman; Brett Johnson, first vice chair; Ben McDaniel, second vice chair; and Marge Render, secretary/treasurer. Rube Render, Johnson and McDaniel were also elected to the Republican Party’s state central committee. Also […]

County Clerk Candidate Profile: Cindy McDaniel

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Courtesty photo Cindy McDaniel is a Curry County Clerk candidate. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked county clerk candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3. Cindy A. McDaniel Age: Declined to respond. Occupation: Purchasing specialist at Clovis […]

Searching for a new challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim McDaniel, Clovis Municipal Schools assistant superintendent for personnel, is retiring. He started as a teacher in Clovis in 1969. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Jim McDaniel said teaching hasn’t changed much since he started at what was then Gattis Junior High School in 1969. He said today’s teachers […]

First Person: Environmentally aware

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tish McDaniel spends her spare time in nature and reading. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Part of Tish McDaniel’s job with the Nature Conservancy is to coordinate the Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand each year. Born and raised in eastern New Mexico, McDaniel, 54, is glad she can do […]

Early voting begins

CNJ staff Early voting for the March 4 Clovis Municipal Election started Wednesday at the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, 321 Connelly St. Early voting will be open until the end of the month. Four commissioner seats and a mayor position are up for election. A proposal to allow Sunday alcohol sales is also on […]

Exhibit touts lakes’ importance

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Freedom New Mexico: Casey Peacock Tish McDaniel, with The Nature Conservancy, and Kathy Durand, chair of the Anthropology department at Eastern New Mexico university, studies one of the posters that will be on display at the “Playas: Gems of the Plains” exhibit. By Casey Peacock: Freedom New Mexico Many people do not understand the importance […]

Cops and Courts: Arrest made in robbery case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police have arrested a Clovis man and issued two more arrest warrants in connection with an armed robbery at an apartment Aug. 15, police said. Stephen Levenshown, 21, was arrested Friday and is being held on $100,00 bond at the Curry County Detention Center, jail officials said. Warrants were […]

Foxes looking for three-peat in Class 1A

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Coming off back-to-back Class 1A state championships, Fort Sumner coach Dexter McDaniel is hoping the Foxes can do something they’ve never done. “We’re excited about this year because the boys have an opportunity to three-peat, which is something never done at Fort Sumner,” said McDaniel, beginning his fourth season […]

In Tribute: Teacher left mark on peers, students

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer By the time Sylvia Burgett retired as a teacher, she’d taught students in kindergarten through high school for more than 40 years around the world, including more than 18 years in Texico. Burgett died July 12 at 89. Born and raised in Grady, she graduated in a class of […]

HPJRA Finals comes to end

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sterling Smith of Post, Texas, zeroes in on his target during Saturday’s short-go in the 16-19 calf roping competition in the HPJRA Finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Smith finished first in the short-go competition with a time of 8.67 seconds. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Figuring out the […]

Rodeo set for Clovis next week

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than eight, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

Saying of day outlives moment in spotlight

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Soon the Marshall Junior High School and the other junior highs will be different. Ninth-graders from all over town will move to another location. No matter how much it changes, my memories of Marshall will still be vivid in my mind. Back then Johnnie’s store was right on the premises, […]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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Joe Whitehead of the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Clovis shows a field trip group attending the sixth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival a clump of native little bluestem grass. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. […]

Police arrest 91-year-old storm victim

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McDaniel— Oxygen tank ran low after tornado By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 91-year-old Clovis man has been arrested for hitting a police officer with a vehicle at a checkpoint for a tornado-damaged neighborhood, according to police and court records. Clinton McDaniel was returning to his home the morning after a March 23 tornado […]

Daylight-saving time helps some business thrive

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Some people love it, others hate it. Either way daylight-saving time arrived early this year thanks to a law signed by President Bush in 2005. Officially the change should have been made at 2 a.m. this morning — local time. “It’s good for our business,” Portales Country Club pro shop […]

Some teachers’ salaries exceed principals’

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Some teachers in Clovis Municipal Schools are being paid more than principals because of a skewed salary system mandated by the state, according to Clovis Schools administration. The highest paid teachers in the district get approximately $7 more an hour than elementary principals, according to a breakdown of salaries […]

Foxes host district rival Clayton in 1A finals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While he wouldn’t mind seeing a repeat of last month’s 32-13 district win at Clayton, Fort Sumner football coach Dexter McDaniel expects it won’t be that easy when the teams clash for the Class 1A state championship at 3 p.m. today in Fort Sumner. The defending champion Foxes (6-4) […]