Fort Sumner’s town greeter a standard for us all

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By David Stevens Editor When the fire alarm sounded, Tommy Mares Jr. would put down his Coke — he could often be found drinking a Coke and chatting with friends at Fort Sumner’s Addison Drug — and rush out into the street. “He was usually dressed in a reflective, orange vest,” said Juan Chavez, one […]

Police blotter — June 19

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:32 a.m.: Arson, 200 block of Axtell Street. • 12:32 a.m.: Fire/regular response, 400 block of Axtell Street. • 3:42 a.m.: Shots fired, 11th Street and Rencher. • 5:11 a.m.: Arson, 1800 block of Axtell Street. • 5:11 a.m.: Fire/still alarm, 1800 block of […]

Tornado Weather Gallery – June 6 & 7, 2014

Submitted by: Juan Pablo Urban

The following photos from Friday and Saturday night’s weather were submitted by readers via the CNJ Facebook page. A pair of tornados touched down in northeastern Curry County.

Tornado touchdowns reported in Curry County

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Staff report Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of tornado touchdowns — at U.S. 60-84 and Curry Road O and in the Pleasant Hill area. He said his officers “didn’t find any damage yet” and the areas were sparsely populated. He said the deputies are continuing to search the […]

ENMU retirees have fond memories

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Staff report Eastern New Mexico University released its list of 2014 retirees and with a few of its own moving on to “greener pastures” within the next month. Here are facts about the retiring university faculty members and their future plans: Rayburn “Paul” Hayes Information systems instructor Family: I have a wife, Janice (a retired […]

Just TV May 4th – 10th

By Betty Williamson Loclal columnist There are five basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and (of course) books. For most of my lifetime, that fifth need was filled by highly anticipated monthly visits from the Rural Bookmobile East, the mobile home-sized library on wheels that has operated out of Tucumcari since 1956 as […]

Purple Press @ CHS

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You may be wondering about why this insert is in your copy of the Clovis News Journal. This is a copy of Clovis High School’s Purple Press at CHS newspaper, which has not produced a paper since December. This paper had not always been named the Purple Press at CHS. Its roots date back to […]

McGee: It’s tough getting old

By Grant McGee Local columnist Have you been talking to old  friends lately? Comparing0  notes on how life is going? My old friend Catfish caught up with me the other day. Catfish and I go way back. Among my favorite memories are those summer days when I was 7 years old, sitting on the back […]

Zias rally, notch split with OPSU

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ENMU junior Amanda Martinez slaps the ball on the ground for a fifth-inning single during the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Oklahoma Panhandle State at Zia Field. The Zias lost the opener 8-2 before coming back to gain a split with a 12-2 victory.

Staff report PORTALES — One big swing pretty much did in Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team in the opener of Tuesday’s non-conference doubleheader against Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Zias, though, quickly turned the tables to earn a split. Pitcher Samantha Arledge keyed a six-run fifth with a grand slam that lifted the Aggies to […]

Lady Cats, Texico tie for team honors

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Clovis high school senior Victoria Fox watches a put during Monday’s Clovis Invite tournament at Colonial Golf Course. Fox led the Lady Wildcats for the day, shooting a score of 94.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Playing on their home course, Clovis High’s boys put together a solid round in Monday’s Clovis Invite. Four players finished under 80, each earning legs towards Class 5A state competition, and the Wildcats earned a team leg with a score of 307 at Colonial Golf Course in what was […]

Area prep baseball linescores — April 7

District 3-1A First game Melrose 5, Logan 2 Logan    001  100  0 — 2    2    0 Melrose    040  001  x — 5    5    0 Wyatt Strand and Grady Loveland; Brian Hemminger and Gage Dietz. W — Br. Hemminger. L — Strand. Top hitters — Logan: Strand 1-3, 3B, run. Melrose: Dietz 1-3, run; Braden Hemminger […]

Williams leads CHS all-state picks

Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Junior guard Danni Williams is one of three Clovis High girls basketball players to earn Class 5A all-state honors from the New Mexico Basketball Coaches Association. Williams, who led the Lady Wildcats to a 30-2 record and 5A state title last year and a 29-1 mark this season, was named to the […]

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Historic Free Fall – CannonConnections.com – March 7

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Historic 26 STS military free fall March 7, 2014 By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs History was made Feb. 28 at Melrose Air Force Range as two members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron conducted the first Military Free Fall jump in conjunction with one of the many aerial assets […]

Our link with dogs more than familiarity

If they could, they would shrink and disappear at the first sign of anger, their ears lying tight against their heads, tails tucked and shoulders curling inward. They open up to the sounds of laughter, on the other hand, tails wagging, ears perked up and searching for more. There is no doubt dogs interpret the […]

2014 Our Town: A guide to the communities in the Clovis-Portales area

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Lady Cats win second tennis tourney

CNJ staff The Clovis High girls tennis team is off to a fast start this spring, having won both tournaments it has played in. The Lady Wildcats went 4-0 in a five-team round-robin hosted by Roswell Goddard Feb. 14-15, then last weekend rolled through an eight-team tournament at Carlsbad. “This is the same set of […]

Cats, Lady Cats seek top-5 state swim showings

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Clovis freshman Jasmine White works on her breaststroke during Wednesday’s practice session at Clovis Aquatic Center. CHS swim squads are slated to compete in the state meet scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Without the numbers of some other programs in the state, Clovis High’s swimming teams don’t think in terms of a state championship. They do have enough, though, to make some noise in this weekend’s event at Albuquerque Academy. “I think both teams will be top 10,” said coach […]