Business feature: Al’s Pets owner closing shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Al’s Pets owner Albert Lewis explains how the fluorescent fish he sells are bred. Lewis, who has been operating his store since 2000, plans to retire and close his shop in a month. CNJ staff Albert Lewis started his pet shop on 21st Street as part of an extension of […]

Clovis Legal Aid office finding footing

Benna Sayyed Matthew Rowland received a layoff notice two weeks after he started working as managing attorney of the New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis. “I was calling saying, ‘Is this some kind of a joke. I just got here,’” Rowland said. That was one year ago. Now things are looking up at the […]

A flying tribute

Tony Heiman, left, admires the flag collection at 213 E. 11th St. that he and his longtime friend Paul Ulibarri began building six months ago. They want the flags to unify Clovis. Benna Sayyed Tony Heiman hopes the collection of flags flying in his front yard in Clovis can inspire a sense of harmony and […]

Ticket feature: Special Olympics equestrian competition set

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File photo Clovis and the United Way of Eastern New Mexico are to host the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Game this weekend. Freedom New Mexico Clovis and the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team are hosting the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Games Friday and Saturday. The equestrian event for the Special Olympics started […]

Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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Robin Fornoff: Freedom New Mexico Calvary Baptist Church pastor Brad Morgan says he will actively oppose Sunday sales of alcohol at restaurants in Portales if a petition drive succeeds in forcing a special election. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in […]

Let’s get started

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Music teacher Sara Hennessy talks about hitting notes at the right volume on the xylophone during a Monday afternoon music class at The Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Kevin Wilson For approximately 9,000 students across 19 Clovis schools, Monday was the first day of pencils, pens, teachers and books. It […]

Monday morning briefing: Fireworks and what started it all

Good morning and happy Fourth of July. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke on the Water In case you missed it, here’s the rundown on today’s annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water activities in Clovis: Activities start at 8 a.m. with the 2nd Annual Smoke on theWater 5k Fun Run […]

McCain wrong to make fiery accusations

Freedom New Mexico J ohn McCain started the Arizona forest fires. OK, so we’re making this up. McCain the flamethrower probably did not start the fires. But this much is true. Freedom Newspapers had no less to go on when blaming McCain than McCain had in blaming immigrants. McCain may not be well. Here’s what […]

First person: Keeping connected

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Courtesy photo: Bob Morgan Jeff Moore retired earlier this month following 35 years with ENMR-Plateau. He left as chief operating officer of the cooperative’s wireline division. When Jeff Moore first moved to Clovis in 1964, it was just a few months before he started selling newspapers along Main Street as a part-time job. Nearly half […]

Dairy fire caused minor damage

CNJ staff A fire started by a tractor at a dairy Wednesday morning southeast of Clovis caused minor damage, fire officials said. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the fire began around 8:30 a.m. at the Heritage Dairy on Curry Road F, south of U.S. 60/84 and quickly spread to hay and tire piles. Firefighters […]

Caprock fire 60 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon

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Courtesy photo: Jeanie Coffey Austin A fire at the Caprock in north Curry County Wednesday evening was approximately 60 percent contained by Thursday afternoon. CNJ staff State and local fire crews are working contain a blaze that has consumed about 600 acres of remote grassland along the boundary between Curry and Quay counties. The fire […]

Gabriel’s Garden showcasing progress

Sharna Johnson Lori Yanez started Gabriel’s Garden more than a year ago with an “if you build it they will come” mentality, but has since found in Clovis “they” will come and help you build it. Yanez had a vision to use a two-acre lot of land she owns on U.S 60/84 near Cannon Air […]

Community shows support

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Rabiah Memon with ENMR Plateau paints a henna tattoo on fellow Plateau Relayer Sandy Albright during Friday’s Relay for Life at Ned Houk Park. Memon was offering the traditional eastern body art as a fundraising effort for the event. By Alisa Boswell Excitement and cheers filled the air at Ned […]

PRMC hires psychiatrist

CNJ staff Plains Regional Medical Center has hired a psychiatrist, according to a news release. Dr. Anne Ortiz started on April 11. Ortiz comes to PRMC from Artesia General Hospital where she was a psychiatrist for acute patients admitted to the hospital. Ortiz received a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Tech and her medical degree […]

Food at the speed of life: Pasta salad tangy, healthy

When I was growing up, my mom started making a pasta salad that’s still one of my favorites. (In fact, she made it last time she came to visit.) It’s cold, so it’s good for summer, and it has a nice variety of colors and flavors and a general light tanginess. It’s healthy, too. Mom […]

Way back to Father through Jesus

Curtis Shelburne We are all on a journey. What is particularly ironic about the journey is that we spend most of our lives trying to get back where we started. We spend most of our lives trying to fulfill our deepest longing, the desire to be home, truly home. If you think about the journey […]

Grass fire consumes 150 acres

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire Friday morning northeast of Portales burned about 150 acres, according to a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze reported about 11:31 a.m., said Portales Fire Department Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said the fire started on Highway 467 and spread to Roosevelt Roads 2 and 3. […]

Letter to the editor: Poor planning went into concert

My wife and I attended a concert Dec. 12 at the Clovis Civic Center. The program was one that we particularly wanted to see. We arrived 30 minutes early as we were aware that parking at the center is very limited. Upon entering the center, we were told we must wait in the lobby until […]

Fame not necessary to impact lives

Curtis Shelburne Like most folks who were alive at the time, I remember exactly where I was when we got the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. I was just six years old, but I remember. Like most of you, I remember where I was and what I was doing when on […]

Police blotter — Nov. 14

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. Oct. 28, an officer responded to a school in the 1900 block of Thornton Street for a report of child abandonment. A 16-year-old girl said her mother moved to another state, leaving her with a friend. She said when […]