Experience shades expectations

It has not exactly been a year when cross country, or back country for that matter, skiers could pick and choose their time and place for recreation. In fact, by this time last year enough snow had fallen in the Curry County area for a number of skiing outings, but this year, even a trip […]

No one to blame in giraffe’s death

The Parks and Recreation Department is deeply saddened. First off because of the loss of our beloved “Jay” the giraffe. Secondly, because of the unfounded accusations that have been made by some of the “uninformed” citizens of Clovis. We realize that it is human nature to make quick judgments before knowing all of the facts […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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File photo Jay the giraffe was moved to Clovis’ Hillcrest Zoo on Oct. 10. He died Saturday, nearly five months after his arrival. Kevin Wilson Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen […]

City officials considering recreation area expansion

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The lake at the Clovis Municipal Course could be converted under Quality of Life task force recommendations into a family area with fishing similar to Green Acres Park. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials have a dream recreation center in mind. They just need money, land and another place to play […]

Two parks committee positions open

CNJ staff The City of Clovis has two vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Committee. This committee makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding parks and recreation activities in the city. For information or to obtain an application form, contact Claire Burroughes at 763-9653.

Friday morning briefing: Recreation, red shirts and summer vacation

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the dayRoy Walker Recreation Center is a local jewel that’s “In your backyard.” Check out our video. Grand Club Barry Elementary student Sterling Barth, 6, is getting a Grand Club Relay For Life T-shirt 6 p.m. today at opening ceremonies in Ned Houk […]

First person: Parks director sets youth activities as top priority

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Bizzell of Clovis is moving from education to parks and recreation after 38 years in schools. Bill Bizzell of Clovis is the new parks and recreation director in Clovis. Bizzell has lived in Clovis since 1972. Currently, he is the superintendent of Bovina Independent School District. Bizzell’s first official day […]

Golf more recreation than work

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Bob Hope once said “If you watch a game it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.” I guess it’s recreation because I think my golfing partners on a recent outing will attest that I wasn’t working all that hard at the game. […]

Clovis names new recreation director

The City of Clovis is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bill Bizzell as the new Parks & Recreation Director for the community. Mr. Bizzell is a Clovis resident who will be joining the City team from his position as Superintendent of Bovina I.S.D. Mr. Bizzell also served as Assistant Principal of Clovis High […]

First person: Parks director looking ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. He said he was glad the department grew during his time and […]