Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who farms 6,000 acres five miles west of Clovis in the Ranchvale community, checks on his beef cattle. He purchased these calves in September 2011. Benna Sayyed Local farmers say recent precipitation in the area has helped their crops a little but much more is […]

Tornado facts

CNJ staff —Curry County has recorded five F2 tornadoes since records have been kept — on June 10, 1932, Sept. 17, 1944, May 24, 1957, June 11, 1964, and on March 23 of this year. An F2 includes wind speeds greater than 113 mph. The county has not seen a tornado greater than F2 in […]

Representatives should proudly display stance

By Freedom Newspapers Should Texans know how their legislators vote on all major items? The answer should be obvious. How else would Texas residents know whether legislators are properly representing their interests? But some people surely will be surprised to find that Texas lawmakers don’t record all votes, and they like it that way. Six […]

Richards wins honor

Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Elizabeth Richards was named the Lone Star Conference South Player of the Week Monday. Richards averaged a team- high 27.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in the Zias two games last week, including a 76-63 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville where she had 26 points and 19 rebounds. For the season […]

Clovis music book continues after co-author’s death

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Back in 1997 my musician friend Larry Buchanan discovered that Waldo O’Neal, who moved to Clovis and is buried in the W. 7th cemetery, had written five songs which were recorded by the famous Blue Yodeler, Jimmie Rodgers. Larry and I decided to write a book on music made in and […]

Kinyon scores hole in one

CNJ staff Bill Kinyon of Clovis recorded a hole in one on the 167-yard, par-3 eighth hole on Thursday at Chaparral Country Club. The shot was witnessed by Kenyon’s wife, Gail.

Clovis experiencing wettest November in recorded history

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Water drains from a field at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in April. (Staff file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local farmers are holding out hope that the rain will stay away in the coming weeks so they can continue to harvest cotton. But the National Weather Service is predicting wetter than normal weather […]

Heavy rain hits Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Heavy rainfall hit the area Monday evening, dumping as much as 1.5 inches of rain in areas in Clovis, according to unofficial reports. Muleshoe also received a good dousing of rain, but most surrounding communities received little if any precipitation. “It’s coming down in sheets and sheets,” said […]

March becomes a month of wetness

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Rain drops form on a windshield as a car prepares to turn left on Prince Street from Seventh Street in the rain Friday. (Eric Kluth/Clovis News Journal) By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis is on track to have record rainfall reports for the first quarter of the year, according to National Weather Service officials in Albuquerque. […]

Rain at last

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis received its first snowfall of the season early Saturday, with some area observers reporting up to an inch of snow on the grass. The National Weather Service reported peak wind gusts of up to 40 mph in Clovis and an official rain total of 0.19 of an inch. Officials of […]

Clovis golfer records first ace

CNJ staff Bob Martin of Clovis recorded his first hole-in-one Wednesday at Chaparral Country Club. He recorded the ace with a 6-iron on the par-3, 164-yard 11th hole. Playing partners were Don Bonner, John Hager and Larry Lowry.

July blanked in precip so far

CNJ Staff Clovis recorded its wettest June in four decades last month. Late Wednesday, it was a few hours from potentially recording its first dry July in almost a century of record keeping. National Weather Service officials said the city has not recorded any measurable precipitation since June 29. NWS records show the city has […]

Buddy Holly, Norman Petty at the heart of the ‘Clovis Sound’

Don McAlavy In 1949, Hank Williams was all over the radio, as were a dozen cowboy, western and hillbilly singers. A few years later, Elvis Presley came out with his first hit, “That’s Alright, Mama,” and popular music would never be the same again. Then came Buddy Holly, who in 1957 soft-rocked the world with […]