Songs, suits and successes

Homer Tankersley may be one of Clovis’s best-known treasures. He’s worked with Norman Petty, sang in gospel groups all around the world and has settled down with his 54 year-old business on Main Street in Downtown Clovis. Tankersley, a Dallas native, opens up about his music and fashion careers, and gives away the secret to […]

Moving election date to March good for state

From the standpoint of raising New Mexico’s profile in the selection of presidential candidates, tabling a bill to move up the state’s primary elections from June to March was the wrong move. If the goal is to hold down voter turnout for state and local candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries, keeping the status […]

Moonlighting may pay off

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist I’ve been brainstorming ways to earn supplemental income to fund the lifestyle to which I’d like to become accustomed. I’ve never been wealthy, so I’m not talking lifestyles of the rich and spoiled. For me, being extravagant is: • Marie Callender instead of Banquet; using the automatic carwash; buying a […]

Work like a knotted ball of string

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Growing up, and even today, I have always liked to sort through knots. It requires patience, and sense of order, consistency, and a motivation to get all the way through. Every project, career opportunity, or objective I have ever taken on I have approached like a knotted ball of string, yarn, […]

Treasures of the High Plains

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. Fort Sumner will forever be linked with legendary outlaw Billy the Kid. It was also home to another dark 19th-century event — the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans in the U.S. government’s attempt to […]

Letter to editor: Newspaper no longer shares values of residents

My wife and I have subscribed to the Clovis News Journal continuously from January 1971 to present. That is 44 years. We no longer believe that CNJ reflects the moral standards and values of our fine community. The picture and article about the same-sex couple on the front page of the Feb. 14 paper suggests […]

Commissioners welcoming community to give input for county courthouse remodeling

STAFF REPORT Curry County will hold a public meeting on ideas, suggestions and input for county courthouse renovation. The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Monday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The meeting will include a quorum of Curry County commission members, but there will be no votes or policy formulation […]

You’re dead … until the parachute deploys

I’ve done 467 skydives in my life, but the one I remember the most is jump 212. It’s hard to forget about a skydive when your main parachute doesn’t work. I was training with my four-man skydiving team in southern California. It was a sunny day with blue skies and not a cloud in sight. […]

Pages Past

On this date … 1975: Clovis police had formed a Special Weapons and Tactics Team. The team consisted of six members who had taken more than 600 hours of specialized training. “Every city should have one,” said sniper Randy Ellison. “There are numerous situations that can arise in a city, say the size of Clovis, […]


To our readers: “Peanuts” is back. “Shoe,” too. There’s more local news, and it has some bite. And, yes, the newspaper even looks different today. And we’re going to keep tweaking. We can’t please everybody. We know that. But here’s what we can do, at readers’ request: We can offer more variety in our news […]

National Marrow Donor Program coming to town

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Organizers say a fundraiser coming to Portales this week is the first of its kind in eastern New Mexico. The idea is to add to the Bone Marrow Registry, which matches patients with potential donors across the country. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday […]

Agile canines show off skill, sport

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER If you are expecting to see freaky-fast border collies at the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club’s American Kennel Club Agility Competition, you won’t be disappointed. But if you are looking for the unexpected, you will also see papillons and a kuvasz tackle the same courses with ease and speed. The agility […]

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than just mind

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR When Julianne Moore mentioned Alzheimer’s during the Oscars last weekend, it brought the disease to the nation’s forefront. But for family members taking care of grandparents or parents with Alzheimer’s, they didn’t need reminding of its devastating impact. “You’re afraid to leave them alone; it affects your life completely,” […]

Zias can’t keep up with Lady Buffs

Staff report CANYON, Texas — You kind of figured Eastern New Mexico University’s women were in trouble when, trailing by 12 points ad the intermission, they opened the second half 11-for-15 from the field and found themselves down by 19 at that point. Fourth-ranked West Texas A&M pulled away from there, posting a 99-67 victory […]

ENMU looks to start spring drills Monday

Staff report PORTALES — When it comes to spring drills, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn isn’t used to waiting to see what the weather does. The Greyhounds are scheduled to open four weeks of practice on Monday, but Lynn said on Saturday that they may push it back a day depending on […]

Clovis girls game reset for Monday

The girls’ district championship basketball game between Hobbs and Clovis has been postponed again due to the snow. Clovis Athletic Director Dale Fullerton said the game originally set for Friday and rescheduled Saturday is now tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Rock Staubus gym, weather permitting.

Local resident prepares for world MMA event

By Kevin Wilson Roy Saucedo had a bad life as a kid, and he says it’s part of the reason he fought all the time. Now 29, Saucedo is working for a chance to let fighting make his life better. The Clovis resident is one of 40 mixed martial artists across the world invited […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Feb. 28

MEN ENMU at West Texas A&M • When: 3 p.m. (MST) today in the Lone Star Conference and regular-season finale for both teams at Canyon, Texas • Records: ENMU 7-19 (0-13 LSC), West Texas A&M (16-11, 6-7) • Last meeting: WT slipped past the Greyhounds 76-73 on Jan. 31 at Greyhound Arena. • Last time […]

Lent time of sacrifice, improvement

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With Easter around the corner, citizens of Clovis and Portales are preparing themselves to receive the glory of God and giving up their worldly pleasures. For 40 days, from Feb. 18 until April 2, followers of Christ give up vices, sweets, and more in an effort to bring themselves […]

Storefront loans bill tabled by Senate committee

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican State Sen. Bill Soules says attempts to regulate New Mexico’s storefront lending industry appear dead for at least another year. Soules, D-Las Cruces, is sponsoring one of the three reform bills to cap interest rates on loans at 36 percent. Currently, storefront lenders often charge rates of 400 […]