Potholes plentiful in city

By CNJ Staff Nearly a week after close to a foot of snow fell on Clovis and its roads, motorists are still feeling the impact on their daily commutes. Several potholes have been discovered throughout the city, and officials say they have few options while there is still moisture on the roads. “Right now, until […]

Ice envelops area

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Katelynne Dow, 11, writes her name in the snow and ice with her skateboard on a cold Saturday afternoon. Temperatures in Clovis never climbed out of the 20s on Saturday. Freezing temperatures are expected for today. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry and Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers A winter ice storm enveloped Curry […]

Roads clear, snow possible tonight

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, […]

Traveling down life’s road Is an adventure

By Curtis K. Shelburne My wife and I rolled into our driveway late last night. Some sleepy cargo rested in the seats behind us—two sons fresh off the last plane that had flown them home from Uganda, jet-lagged and weary, out cold. If you’re tired enough, you can sleep almost anywhere. But Stephan and Josh […]

Bumpy road ahead for Clovis streets

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A large crack stretches across the northbound lane of North Prince Street at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Past the housing units, the businesses and the hospital, West 21st Street turns to dirt. Young rancher Fred Davis lives on that dusty road, and he […]

Candidate profiles: Curry County Commissioner

Frank Blackburn Party: Democrat Candidate for Curry County Commission, District 3 What is your background? I moved to Clovis when I was 4 years old. I lived in Melrose for a year and attended Clovis public dchools. I married Marcella, a lifetime resident of Clovis. We have lived west of Clovis all of our adult […]

1919 dirt road journey covered 639.3 miles

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian You’ll never believe this: a route book from Fort Worth, Texas, to Las Vegas, N.M., by way of Clovis, 639.3 miles of dirt roads in 1919. The route book was published by the Board of City Development of Plainview, Texas, and they called this aforementioned road the F.F.F. Highway. They […]

Letters to the editor: Rural roads deserve county’s attention

After reading the Curry County Commission’s wish list for next year, I wish someone would explain why we would spend $3 million-plus on an events center that has dubious use and ignore the county’s rural roads. I live on County Road Five and even though the road, at some points, is hard panned it is […]

Road safety main factor in snow days

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is not often that Mother Nature wreaks havoc — in the form of snow and ice — on eastern New Mexico. But when and if she does, Clovis Municipal Schools will be prepared, according to school officials. Whether or not to bestow its approximate 8,000 students with a […]

Cell phones not sole cause of bad driving

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Richard Roy, a state representative of Connecticut, was quoted in the Oct. 1 New York Times as saying, “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone driving down the road, on the phone or shaving or putting on make-up, and there’s a child in the back seat.” With this hyperbole he was […]

Economic growth top priority for local officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When business owner Bobby Newman moved to New Mexico 50 years ago, the state, he said, was infamous for three things. “There were three things everybody said about New Mexico: They had the worst roads in the union, we were second only to Louisiana as far as being politically […]

Country life marred by bad roads

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The charms of country life are instantly evident. The German Shepard pads around the yard regally. There is no leash to restrict his movements, so he follows closely behind three tow-headed children. A little girl sits on the cement steps, under a big, blue sky, and her brothers run […]

Machine could clear tumbleweeds

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Dan Kinnison may have the solution to the tumbleweed problem in Roosevelt County in the form of a machine. The retired Nebraska farmer said his relatively new tumbleweed eradicator can break the weeds into little pieces. Owner of Prestige Manufactur-ing Inc. of Kimball, Neb., Kinnison’s invention snags tumbleweeds […]

My daughter had wild balloon ride in Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will be published in next Sunday’s Lifestyles section. Clovis is not the best place to have a hot air balloon fiesta, but that is just what Clovis did from 1980 through 1986. You never know what the […]

Wintry storm blows through area

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Voters make their way through the snow to the polls Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A batch of cold and snowy weather waltzed through Curry County Tuesday, leading to slick and icy roads and a chilly wind that made freezing temperatures seem much colder. Clovis […]

Elimination of federal fire roads makes no sense

Freedom Newspapers Five feet and just a few seconds: That was the difference between life and death for 23-year-old firefighter Eva Schicke on Sept. 12, when she perished while battling a blaze in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. Schicke and other members of an elite helicopter forest fire fighting team suddenly found themselves scrambling for their […]

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Nitty-Gritty we raised our scholarly sights recently to delve into that age old conundrum, “Why does a chicken cross the road?” From a variety of sources we found answers from celebrities, some of them dead and rightfully so. Simply precede each quote with the question. • Ernest Hemingway: […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Clovis man survives rollover

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New Mexico State Police said a Clovis man flipped his car at least three times south of Clovis on County Road 4. He sustained only cuts and bruises. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF REPORTS A 19-year-old Clovis man escaped with only cuts and bruises after falling asleep and rolling his car at […]

Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]