Only fair to do verifications locally

Enough is enough! And I am not talking about the nearly catastrophic Tea Party Takedown of America. No, reference here is to the abuse I must take from certain readers of this fair and balanced column. Check this email response to a fair, balanced column that said, in effect, that Governor Susana Martinez is crazy […]

Clovis awarded money for Ned Houk Park

CNJ staff The New Mexico State Parks has awarded Clovis money to restore motorized-use trails at Ned Houk Park. The state announced Tuesday it is allocating $15,000 for the park as part of almost $1.6 million for eight trail projects around New Mexico. The Recreational Trails Program, managed by the State Parks Division of the […]

City parks provide, escape, leisure

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Wednesday evening, as the storm which never arrived was brewing west of Ned Houk Park, my granddaughter and I were feeding the ducks. With the careful attention of a five year old, she was dropping pieces of food in the lake, and I was watching the birds. On shore came […]

Band set for concert at Ned Houk

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Robin Cozine and Stephen Quinn, Clovis Community band members, play their bass clarinets to the Sound of Music during band practice at Marshall Middle School. CNJ Staff The Clovis Community Band will perform a variety of standard band pieces, Broadway selections and a few marches in the informal setting of […]

Residents enjoy free fishing day at Ned Houk

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Norman Woodard of Clovis helps his grandson, Leighton, pull in his fishing line during a clinic on Saturday at Ned Houk Park. By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer It was a slow day for fishing as Santana Garcia reeled in a 12-inch channel catfish Saturday at Ned Houk Park. The […]

Ned, you have a question?

Columnist Ned Cantwell has a few questions he’d like answered, beginning with “Why do politicians ask loaded questions?”

Sept. 20, 1975

Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran and Trinity Churches, the Van Khau Phong family, Vietnamese refugees, were the guests of honor at a public reception. … Richard Ramsey of the Soil Conservation Service reported to the Ned Houk Memorial Park board that the construction on the Running Water Draw Dam was 85 to 90 percent complete. … […]

Female motocross racer takes to track

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Danni Williams, 10, of Clovis, has won nearly 100 motocross races. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Behind oodles of gear — a jumpsuit, a helmet, white boots and gloves — Danni Williams appears formidable. When she puts on the final piece of her outfit (orange-tinted goggles that shadow her […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commission action at Thursday’s regular meeting included the following: —Accepted a $754,346 state grant to maintain and enhance the Clovis Police Department’s 911 system. The upgraded system will automatically route calls to the appropriate emergency responder and display the caller’s location and telephone number. Funds also will […]

Where the bison roam

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CNJ Staff Photo: Marlena HartzThe outlines of bison kept at Ned Houk Park are illuminated during sunset. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Far from the pens of the Hillcrest Zoo, 10 shaggy bison roam along the banks of Ned Houk Park in Clovis. The plot of land at Ned Houk, enclosed by barbed wire, […]

Anniversaries 7/9

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Wright Ned and Marida Wright will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church at 12th and Main streets, Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their daughters, Candy and Kathy Wright, both of Clovis. The couple married July 13, 1946, in Portales. They have […]

Border project needs air of legitimacy

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist The Minutemen are coming to New Mexico but it is going to take an hour or so to sort out the players. Which Minutemen are we talking about, the New Mexico Minutemen led by American Civil Liberties Union sympathizer Clifford Alford, or the Minutemen Project in New Mexico, led by […]

Speaking of pathetic: A wrong-dog story

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When we lived in the boondocks outside Santa Fe, I woke one morning to the sound of a whining dog. That wasn’t unusual, because we had half a dozen semi-literate canines at the time, stray animals that showed up each day for breakfast. But I peered out the window anyway […]

Off-road vehicles just create problems

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should ban recreational vehicles from Ned Houk Park. Some responses: “RATHER THAN BANISHING recreational vehicles from the park, I favor appropriate regulations with enforcement. Disregard of the rules should result in the vehicle operator being banished from the park.” — Harold Burris, Clovis “I BELIEVE RECREATIONAL […]

Riders in the storm

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Clovis city officials are considering closing Ned Houk Park to recreational vehicle riders because of safety concerns and rising costs. Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon said the issue will go before an upcoming Ned Houk Board meeting. The seven-member group, which has not yet scheduled a meeting time, will face […]

Ned Houk race to benefit cancer

By Ryan Lengerich In 1996, Jim Davis died of lung cancer only a year after seeing the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex construction completed — a project in which he had a major stake. To honor Davis, NHMSC board members are holding the Jim Davis Memorial Race at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night to benefit […]

Campbell, Ned

Ned Campbell Services: Have been held. Ned Eugene Campbell, 85, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at Retirement Ranch. He was born on Nov. 17, 1917, in Clovis. He was a farmer and a painter for many years. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a charter member of First […]

Column writing not all tea and roses

By Ned Cantwell Advice to beginning column writers: Don’t write about Billy the Kid unless you have a vague idea of what you are talking about. If your knowledge of country music is limited to the notion it is all about a guy with a hangover who lost his dog a week after his wife […]