April 21, 1938

The Piggly Wiggly was at Fourth and Pile streets. Palmolive soap was sold for 6 cents a bar. … C.V. Steed Undertaking was advertising its funeral and ambulance services. The phone number was 14. … Baseball slugger Lou Gehrig and singing cowboy Smith Ballew were starring in “Rawhide,” scheduled to open April 22 at the […]

March 29, 1937

The proprietor and an employee of Long Horn Café were facing charges they sold liquor to minors and sold liquor after designated hours. The arrests came on the heels of Clovis Mayor L.J. Stone’s promise to residents that the city would crack down on liquor regulations. … The entire region received 2 to 3 inches […]

‘Believe in Me’ tickets selling fast

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CNJ staff More than half of the VIP tickets for the sneak preview of “Believe in Me” have been sold, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Jenni Gee. “As of 2:11 p.m. (Monday),” Gee said, “we have sold 393 tickets out of the 600 available.” The tickets, which went on sale at 8 […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Entrepreneurship class uses skills to raise funds

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer CLOVIS RESIDENT Judy Uerling remembers her first year as a restaurant owner in Albuquerque. Business was slow. But Uerling still turned to those less fortunate. “RATHER THAN FEEL sorry for myself, I made five gallons of vegetable beef soup and took it to a (soup kitchen). They were so […]

Shopper stories

Freedom Newspapers Some shoppers got everything they wanted in a matter of minutes. Others fought through crowds to discover their targeted items were sold out. We talked with a few shoppers on their Black Friday experiences in eastern New Mexico. Ashly Baccas, shopping in the afternoon with family, said she has never done the early […]

“Kirby man” keeps going

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLawrence Riggins shows his “100 Percent Kirby Club” pin received during 50 years working with the company. He received the pin for 16 sales of the vacuum cleaner and a stone for each additional 16 sales. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Lawrence Riggins once sold a vacuum cleaner for a […]

State clarifies food mandate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School-aged hawkers of peanut patties and cookie dough have cause to celebrate. An ambiguous state law that restricts or prohibits the sale of food and beverages for fund-raisers does not apply to off-campus fund raising, according to a memo sent in late September by New Mexico Secretary of Education […]

ENMU going nuts about fund-raising

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University and Sunland Peanuts officials have decided to throw peanuts at the task of raising scholarship money at the university — a whole bunch of peanuts. At a press conference Friday, the Peanut Project Program was formally launched. “Investing in Education: One peanut at a time” is […]

Livestock sale fair tradition

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Ring men Wayne Kinman of Elida, front, and Johnny Ogden of Floyd work the livestock auction crowd Friday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Andy deLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The contours of smooth-soled cowboy boots and treaded sneakers decorate the dirt. A man in a peach Oxford shirt dances across the […]

‘Pirates’ helps Portales theatre set new mark

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers The Tower Twin Theatre set a new house record July 7 by selling out the 6:30 p.m. showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest.” Theater Manager Michelle Goodwind said the theater hadn’t sold out a showing since owner Larry Allen bought the business in the 1980s. Goodwind […]

Weather dampens fair attendance

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Trucks bearing carnival rides from last week’s county fair began pulling out from the Curry County Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon. Fair officials believe poor weather hampered the turnout at the fair this year. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The first week of school and a series of evening thunderstorms contributed […]

Clovis having trouble keeping up with demand for housing

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Brothers jake, left, and John Neufeld work on a house under construction Monday at 3909 Springwood in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The housing market in Clovis is so tight that homes are selling nearly as fast as they are being built. In response, local real estate companies […]

Selling CD for a cause makes horse sense

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Trenton Meeks, 17, of Farwell, brushes 3-year-old quarter horse CD before taking the horse out for a ride Saturday during the Spring Horse Sale at the Clovis Livestock Auction. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Clovis Livestock Auction owner Danny Rogers estimated 1,000 horses would be sold this weekend in the business’ annual […]

Five stores caught in tobacco operation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two Melrose businesses were caught in a tobacco sting operation conducted Tuesday by officers from the Special Investigations Division of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. According to a press release from Agent D. Ledezma-Pinon, the underage tobacco compliance operation targeted rural areas of Curry, De Baca, and Guadalupe counties. […]

Clovis steer sells for $91,000

Reporter’s Notebook Zane Drager, 19, of Clovis recently sold in Denver, Colo., a grand champion steer for $91,000. He sold the animal at the National Western Stock Show’s Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House bought the steer. “It’s gone,” Drager said Tuesday. “He’s already been slaughtered.” Drager said he was […]

Muleshoe Journal sold to Dimmitt newspaper publisher

By Michelle Seeber The owner of the Muleshoe Journal has sold the newspaper for an undisclosed amount to Chris Bradford of Dimmitt, Texas. Former owner Scot Stinnett of Fort Sumner said he closed the sale on Monday after “discussing it off and on for the last three or four years.” Stinnett still owns two other […]

Shops drop costs

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Shoppers walk past one of many signs offering post-Christmas sales Saturday at North Plains Mall. Stores were slashing prices in hopes of luring shoppers into spending money after Christmas. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses did well with their post-Christmas sales, according to store managers who said much of their […]

Trees that keep giving

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By Eric Butler Some Clovis residents don’t just buy their Christmas trees for the holiday season. Their purchase is for the duration. A tree farm outside the city, operated by Joe and Jill Whitehead, supplied about 70 Clovis families their Christmas trees this year. When the festivities are done and the lights come down, these […]

Freedom won’t be sold, agrees to partnership

FREEDOM NEWS SERVICE IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., whose fractious family owners have been bitterly divided over how to let some of their shareholders cash out, said Tuesday its board of directors has endorsed a plan that will leave intact the libertarian legacy of company founder and patriarch Raymond C. Hoiles. Irvine, California-based Freedom, […]

Sale cracks quarter million mark

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Jennifer Blackburn, 16, of Grady, left, and Laiken Crist, 12, of Clovis, right, wait to show their lambs as Delanie Crist, 10, of Clovis, center, gives her lamb a kiss at Friday’s Junior Livestock Sale at the Curry County Fair. . Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham For Laiken Crist and her friends Kayla […]