Area residents cast lines at Oasis State Park

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kade Duarte of Clovis gets ready to cut his catch from the line at the fishing derby held Saturday at Oasis State Park. Duarte checked for a tag, then threw the rainbow trout back in the lake. Kevin Wilson The phrase got bandied around plenty at Oasis State Park, in […]

Portales residents accused of stealing scrap metal

Three Portales residents have been arrested and accused of stealing scrap metal and irrigation pumps while a child slept in their vehicle, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release, deputies were sent to the 2200 block of South Roosevelt Road 4 after someone called to report possible illegal dumping. While […]

County approves burn ban ordinance

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday granting them authority to invoke a burn ban during periods of high fire danger. The ordinance, passed on a 4-1 vote, also identifies types of burning allowed during times of low fire risk. Burning of refuse in piles or back yard burn barrels, small fires for […]

Area residents create women’s organization

Liliana Castillo Six Clovis and Portales women have created a new organization intended to empower women. The idea for the organization, called We Organize Motivate Educate and Nurture, or W.O.M.E.N., came to Clovis counselor Sistar Yancy while preparing to speak at a women’s conference in California in 1990. Yancy said the idea lingered with her […]

Ticket feature: Music Man to take stage in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Music Man focuses on a con man in small town America. Freedom New Mexico The Music Man is set to take to the stage at the Marshall Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Presented by the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series, The Music Man is the tale of a fast-talking con artist […]

Temperatures to rise above freezing

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A goose and some ducks walk across the frozen lake Thursday at Greene Acres Park. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said while it may be safe for ducks, the lake is not safe enough for people or pets to walk or play on and he cautions everyone to stay off. […]

Letter to the editor: Families should have been notified

Families should have been notified We are among the residents upset over the “clean sweep” done at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens on Llano Estacado Boulevard. We were tending to my daughter’s grave Jan. 15 when a young couple asked us if we were missing anything from our grave site because someone had removed all the […]

Water fair scheduled

CNJ staff A water fair is scheduled for Saturday in Clovis, offering free water testing for Curry and Roosevelt County residents using private wells. Hosted by the New Mexico Environment Department, the event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roy Walker Recreation Center. Residents wishing to have their water tested free […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis residents taxed enough

Clovis residents taxed enough In Sunday’s edition of the Clovis News Journal, the mayor wrote about another gross receipts tax being needed in Clovis for the Ute pipeline project. It would be no skin off her back because she makes more money than most of us. We’re taxed enough already. Don’t you remember Mayor Brumfield […]

Residents upset about cemetery’s weekend sweep

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Debbie Green pulls a teddy bear figurine from a trash bin at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Saturday. Green and other families are upset because they said management threw away grave ornaments without telling them. Sharna Johnson Some area residents are upset with a local cemetery, whose operators say they were […]

GRT increase needed for future

In 1964, the Interstate Stream Commission created the Ute Reservoir to provide a future sustainable water supply for the residents of eastern New Mexico. Like other municipalities and counties in the area, the city of Clovis has a reservation for water from Ute Reservoir and, as the Ogallala Aquifer beneath Clovis continues to diminish, has […]

Area’s first baby also family’s first girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Alex and Anna Barraz welcomed their first daughter Yvette Barraz into the world at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, making her the first baby born in Clovis in 2011. Liliana Castillo The first baby born in Clovis in 2011 was Clovis residents Alex and Anna Barraz’ first daughter. Yvette Barraz was born […]

Chamber’s random acts charity helps residents with groceries

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Launa Lawson of Melrose was a target of Random Acts of Kindness on Thursday, receiving a $50 certificate toward groceries at S & S Supermarket. Alisa Boswell “Surprised” and “excited” are words grocery shoppers and Clovis Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors each used Thursday to describe their reactions to the charity […]

Residents asked to invite airmen to Christmas dinner

CNJ staff Local organizations are asking residents to invite a guest to Christmas Day dinner from Cannon Air Force Base. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said response was overwhelming after the “Invite an Airman to Christmas Day Dinner” project was announced Friday afternoon. “It was surprising how many single […]

Residents light up homes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tom and Shirley Cross decorate their home on the corner of South Avenue A and Eighth Street each year for the holidays. By Alisa Boswell Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween are just a few of the holidays Danny Kendrick of Clovis decorates his front yard on Grand. Kendrick, […]

County residents support Air Force

County residents support Air Force As a proud citizen of Quay County for many years, I would like to reply to the Quay County Commission’s resolution opposing the low-altitude training flights over our county. With due respect, I have more confidence in the Air Force’s planning and safety skills than I have in our county […]

New efforts won’t solve old problems

Freedom New Mexico Border residents surely are growing more alarmed at the escalating violence in Mexico, often within earshot of U.S. residents. Large gunbattles between drug cartels, and between them and the Mexican military, are getting larger, and closer. A recent U.S. government report isn’t going to ease the concerns of those who worry about […]

Don’t expect downsizing of government

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico residents who fear the Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives will mean a loss of benefits probably needn’t worry. Despite all the rhetoric to that effect, the Grand Old Party traditionally has shown a grand old habit for maintaining and even expanding services — and debt — […]

County made right decision taking down video

Freedom New Mexico Growing public outcry and a legal petition filed Monday finally got the attention of Curry County officials. On Wednesday they stopped playing a video in the county courthouse that many residents believe promotes passage of a bond and a tax to pay for a proposed $33 million judicial complex. We applaud the […]

Early voting turnout at 11.7 percent

CNJ staff More than 2,400 Curry County residents have already had their say in the upcoming general election. County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said Wednesday that 1,694 people have cast an early ballot at the county courthouse. As of 4:30 p.m. at the North Plains Mall, the county’s alternate early voting site, 761 votes had […]