Day Trip: Sumner Lake

Families looking to cool off in the water or just relax and have fun can find the opportunity by visiting Sumner Lake State Park for a day or to camp overnight. With a lake that spans 4,500 acres, the 6,700-acre state park just west of Fort Sumner offers activities to enjoy on the water, while […]

Water reps prepare for Ute water project

Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer Representatives of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to lay groundwork for the expedition of the Ute Water Project. Years in the planning, the project would pump water for residential use from Ute Reservoir, near Logan, to eastern New Mexico communities via a […]

Wiggins, Raymond

Raymond Franklin Wiggins, 65, of River Falls, Ala., died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005 at his residence. He was born in Clovis on Dec. 20, 1939, to Mattie Felly and Ocie Franklin Wiggins. He is survived by his wife, Bessie Wiggins of River Falls, Ala.; three daughters, Teresa Wiggins, Linda Robbins (and husband, John), all of […]

Day trips: Christmas on the Pecos

Freedom Newspapers For a different kind of Christmas experience, drive to Carlsbad for the 14th Annual Christmas on the Pecos tour. This is a unique experience to tour displays of holiday lights along the Pecos River aboard pontoon boats. What is it The annual Christmas on the Pecos tours begin on Thanksgiving night, and will […]

James “Bud” Shipley, Eugene “Tooter” Fish

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James “Bud” Shipley Date of birth: Sept. 4, 1924 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Government care not always best for animals

CNJ staff O ne of the last known sanctuaries for the Devils Hole pupfish, only 180 of which are known to exist in the wild, became a scene of devastation and carnage earlier this month — but not because of bulldozing land developers, industrial toxins or greedy commercial fishers. Nearly half the fish were killed […]

Father’s Day rapids ride best as memory

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist One memorable Father’s Day my son Glen and I conquered the rapids of the Rio Grande from Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Dam in a four-man rubber life raft. Even now, after all these years, I sometimes wake in the middle of the night shouting, “Hard a-port! No, starboard! EEAAIIIIII! Happy […]

Wildlife service could designate Canadian River critical habitat for shiner

By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI —The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority heard concerns Wednesday about the possibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring the Canadian River a critical habitat for the Arkansas River shiner. Doug Murray of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission said the Arkansas River shiner critical habitat designation […]

Patterson, Willard

Willard Patterson Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Willard “Pat” Patterson, 85, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at the Muleshoe Area Medical Center. He was born on May 23, 1919, in Curry County, to James and Elizabeth Patterson. He graduated from high school in Floyd. He was an all-star […]

Sometimes the river flows smoothly

Grant McGee: Local Columnist I make no apologies for feeling the need to get out of Clovis every now and then on a road trip. I wanted some mountains, I wanted a break from the heat. Flagstaff, Ariz., is known for being cool. It’s directly west of us once you get up on I-40. So […]

Friday area prep basketball scores, summaries

CNJ STAFF Boys Clovis 93, Moriarty 66 Texico 74, Logan 37 Farwell 70, Happy 26 Amarillo River Road 58, Muleshoe 52 Tucumcari Tournament Consolation semifinals Tucumcari JV 71, Fort Sumner 63 Girls Texico 57, Logan 27 Grady 79, Roswell Gateway Christian 12 Happy 60, Farwell 47 Muleshoe 83, Amarillo River Road 39 Santa Rosa Tournament […]

Article puts want and need in perspective

Ned Cantwell There is something on my mind this morning, and I am not looking for a chorus of “it’s about time.” I get to thinking about the little, green Ford Ranger truck in my driveway. It’s from the 1990s but does everything I need it to do. It gets me to the post office, […]

Search engines: The race for the big money

Tom DiFrancesca Lots of breaking news concerning search engines this past week. Although Google.com has remained one of the more popular and profitable (through advertising sales) search engine services on the Web — for some time now, that may all be changing soon. For a while there, I watched as some of the major Internet […]

One dies in plunge to Pecos

By Jack King The body of a 77-year-old Fort Sumner-area man was recovered from 30 feet of water Wednesday morning after his pickup plunged into the Pecos River below Lake Sumner Dam on Tuesday night. Uley Dowell, who lived in a cabin on Lake Sumner, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Medical Investigator […]