Lansford seeks another term as mayor

By David Stevens Editor David Lansford announced Thursday he plans to run for another term as mayor of Clovis. And if elected, he said, he will push for a tax increase. Lansford, the city’s mayor 12 years before stepping down in 2008, was re-elected in 2012 in a landslide over incumbent Mayor Gayla Brumfield. […]

State leaders need to make Real ID happen

The federal government has given New Mexico a narrow window to finally agree to comply with a 10-year-old law and ensure its driver’s license system is secure from criminals, including human smugglers and terrorists. Not even comply – just agree to. The question is, can the Legislature put aside political maneuvering and linguistic gymnastics to […]

McManigal: Still standing for liberty in 2016

As 2015 ends, I find myself thinking one thought: I hope 2016 is better. To the extent I can control it, I will try to make sure it is for myself and for those around me. A sad fact of life is you can’t control everything that happens. No matter what, bad stuff can (and […]

Render: ‘Star Wars’ with family great time

The first “Star Wars,” later called “Episode IV, A New Hope,” was released in May of 1977. I was on recruiting duty at the time and really didn’t understand the fascination that the film would cause. I was aware that people were lining up to see the movie and when they left the theater, they […]

Hounds capture home opener over Pioneers

By Matthew Asher Staff writer PORTALES — It’s been a while since the ENMU men’s basketball team has played at home — last season, in fact. The Greyhounds opened the 2015-16 home slate with an 84-75 New Year’s Eve win over NAIA No. 12 Wayland Baptist at Greyhound Arena, pulling away with a strong […]

Words lose meaning in the abstract

By Audra Brown Local columnist Words that represent rarely encountered concepts can start to lose meaning, diluted in the attempt to find a use for them. Before I’d been in the middle of the great “Tire Fire” of 2011, I’d never understood the meaning of the word wildfire, assuming it to describe a fire in […]

Clovis man sentenced on drug charges

Staff report A 28-year-old Clovis man on Wednesday was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of cocaine. Steve Jurado had also been accused of trafficking cocaine, but a jury on Nov. 18 was unable to reach a verdict on that charge, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Jurado will […]

Year in review: Storm readers’ choice for top story of 2015

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories recapping news events in 2015. Since inclement weather prevented publication of Tuesday’s newspaper, the series will conclude on Sunday. By David Stevens Editor The winter storm nicknamed Goliath attracted the most attention from readers of the online Clovis News Journal in 2015, with more […]

Opinion: What’s the right tune to sing for the new year?

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist Although I certainly wish for you and yours a happy and blessed New Year, I confess that I’m rarely very excited about New Year’s fanfare. I like almost any reason for some days off and time with friends and good food, so I’m not a total New Year’s Grinch by […]

Opinion: Focus on God in 2016

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist My mother and Daddy had quite the library. Now this collection of 5000 books is in bookshelves in the room my mother used to occupy in our home. At least once a week, I go back and browse through the old treasures. I have first editions books, one of which […]

amos the churchmouse: amos ventures on sabbatical

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: For the present, this will be the last Amos the Churchmouse column to be run in this newspaper. Amos explains why in this week’s column. Amos is a churchmouse, who types by throwing himself at the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital […]

Pages past — Jan. 1

On this date 1976: Ilya Marissa Uribe was due on New Year’s eve, but decided to wait and become the first baby born in Clovis in 1976. She arrived at 3:38 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Her parents, Airman Robert and Noemi Uribe, lived at 609 Lea Street. 1966: Clovis’ first baby of the […]

Police blotter — Jan. 1

Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday: • Kelsy Mitchell, 38, parole violation. • Tony Gomez Vasquez, 21, parole violation. • Trina Childress, 44. • Dominique Gonzales, 29, probation violation. • Carlos Gonzales, 23, shoplifting ($100 or less), concealing identity. The following were released on bond from […]

What’s happening — Jan. 1

Ongoing Artist of the Month — Lois Snyder at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Artist of the Month of January— Kelly Karn and Lucille Bradburn, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery Presents — Through Jan. 15, showcasing artwork from Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University Students, […]

Wednesday area prep basketball summaries — Dec. 30

BOYS Wildcat Classic At Littlefield Championship semifinals Lamesa 62, Farwell 46 Farwell (12-2) — Jace Perkins 16, Angel Graxiola 10, Leo Cervantes 7, LeeRoy Cervantes 4, Ethan Stancell 4, Izaiah Benoit 2, Oscar Muniz 2, Gerardo Martinez 1. Totals 11 23-35 46. Lamesa (11-3) — Dre Smiley 24, Jaleel Edwards 11, KeShawn Hunter 10, Tyquail […]

Lady Cats pull away for win over Caprock

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Both teams looked at times like they’d been off a while, but Clovis High’s girls righted the ship with a big third quarter against Amarillo Caprock on Wednesday at Rock Staubus Gym. Sophomore guard Teya Morris and sophomore post Mimi Coleman combined for 30 points and the Lady Wildcats […]

ENMU basketball teams finally play at home

By Matthew Asher Staff writer After 21 combined games away from Greyhound Arena, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s and women’s basketball teams finally play their first true home games of the season today. The women, who played a home game against Wayland Baptist earlier this month in Clovis, face Northern New Mexico at […]

Year in review: List of famous visitors grows in 2015

By David Stevens Editor Some of eastern New Mexico’s proudest history includes legendary entertainers in our midst. Norman Petty’s recording studio made hits for Buddy Holly. Actor/musician Ronny Cox honed his skills growing up in Portales and taking acting classes at Eastern New Mexico University. Willie Nelson has performed at ENMU. Gene Autry received […]

Commissioners to review comprehensive plan

Staff report Curry County commissioners are scheduled to review and take action on a comprehensive plan on Jan. 14. The meeting is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Its content can be downloaded from the county website —  — or from its Facebook page, according to a […]

Official: Salvation Army donations up

Staff report Maybe the economy is improving, or maybe the Salvation Army has a higher profile and residents are more aware of the non-profit agency’s work. The reason may be debatable, but the numbers don’t lie: Donations were up across the board this holiday season, according to Lt. Kelly Berggren. Berggren said red kettle donations […]