Bagging up for a clean city

Linda Norman of Clovis carries trash bags Saturday down South Main Street to a Dumpster in her neighborhood. By Jack King City and country residents collected more than 20 tons of trash Saturday in an annual spring clean up sponsored by the city of Clovis, said city Parks and Recreations Department Director Rob Carter. In […]

Craven, Billy

Mr. Billy Gene “Santa” Craven, 70, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, in Amarillo. He was born on May 26, 1932, in Wellington, Texas. He moved to Amarillo in 1961 from Clovis. He served in the Army for two years and the Air Force for four years. He was a veteran of the Korean […]

CHS prepares for Eldorado

By Dave Wagner It’s pretty cut and dried this weekend for both teams when Clovis High takes on Eldorado in a three-game District 4-5A baseball series in Albuquerque — win at least two games or, in all likelihood, kiss your postseason chances good-bye. The Wildcats, Eagles and Carlsbad are in a virtual tie for the […]

Lake dropped from Superfund list

By Jack King The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway Co. will hold an open house Thursday at Santa Fe Lake to celebrate the removal of the lake from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List. The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the lake site on South Main Street across […]

CCC trustees election drawing more interest than in past years

Gary Mitchell Seven candidates and three contested races have made this year’s Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election a bit more interesting than in past years, say election officials. “We’ve already had more activity in this election than any other election of its kind in the past,” said Coni Jo Lyman, deputy chief county […]

Clovis History Tied to Land

Don McAlavy David Calvin Myers and his family stand outside of their home at 123 Prince St. in Clovis in 1916. Photo Courtesy of High Plains Historical Foundation. “The old-time cowmen were a type of which we will never see again. They are as distinct as gold is from silver. They came from the same […]

Golden years saw Clovis population double

Don McAlavy A decade that has been called Clovis’ “Golden Era” saw the population double in a 10-year period, and has not been matched since. The decade got off to a slow start with the early 1920s financial recession and Congress enacting prohibition in 1919, which didn’t look good to a lot of people. Even […]

Nature, military aggression tests Curry County residents

Don McAlavy “From 1931 to 1934 was the driest years I ever saw in New Mexico, and there were a lot of sandstorms,” said Lee Merrill, who owns a 10,000-acre ranch in Running Water Draw. “Back then, you could buy all the groceries you could carry for $1.50. During the big drought in 1934, the […]

Buddy Holly, Norman Petty at the heart of the ‘Clovis Sound’

Don McAlavy In 1949, Hank Williams was all over the radio, as were a dozen cowboy, western and hillbilly singers. A few years later, Elvis Presley came out with his first hit, “That’s Alright, Mama,” and popular music would never be the same again. Then came Buddy Holly, who in 1957 soft-rocked the world with […]

Area Events of Note

Don McAlavy Events that helped the area… –1901-1907 – The Santa Fe Railway building the 250-mile Belen cut-off from Texico to Belen and founded Clovis. The railroad made possible the great influx of homesteaders from 1903-1912. –1907-present: Clovis created a 5,000-square-mile trade area that became a major factor in our growth. –1909 – The creation […]

Sources

Don McAlavy Reading sources on east-central New Mexico, Curry County and Clovis: “Curry County History,” 1978, published by the High Plains Historical Foundation of Eastern New Mexico. “High Plains History,” 1980, published by the High Plains Historical Foundation of Eastern New Mexico. “Our Kind is Hard to Kill,” 1997, by Don McAlavy. “Clovis Revisited – […]

Breaking boundaries

Tracy Simmons A gun rests on his hip, a radio is clipped to his shirt, a golden badge shines from his chest and a camera hangs on his shoulder. This has been his uniform for nearly 25 years. Lt. Robert Morgan, 50, is more than a police officer with the Clovis Police Department, he’s a […]

Lady Eagles Beat Clovis

Special to the CNJ HOBBS — Clovis junior Roxanne Luera nearly capped off an improbable comeback, but her 3-pointer just before the buzzer came up just short as Hoibbs held on to beat Clovis 64-61 in te District 4-5A girls basketball tournament championship game Saturday at Ralph Tasker Arena. Clovis (17-8) trailed by as many […]

Deadly Day in Clovis Area

CNJ Staff The bodies of two men found early Friday morning in the middle of a county road west of Clovis have been identified. The victims are Wesley Griest, 39, of Clovis, and Alex Rodriguez, 29, also of Clovis, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “The information we have at this time is very […]

Garden show returning

Gary Mitchell Touted as one of the city’s most economically enhanced weekends, this year’s Home and Garden Show in Clovis should provide a good financial jolt for local and out-of-state businesses, show co-chair Jim Sitterly said. “The residual effects of this show are phenomenal,” said Sitterly, who planned the show for March 29-30. “It’s great […]

Lady Cats dominate

Dave Wagner Suffice it to say, it wasn’t Carlsbad’s night. The Cavegirls knew they had their work cut out trying to win in Rock Staubus Gym. Then one of their top players, senior forward Monique Rodriguez, did not play for disciplinary reasons, and they lost standout sophomore point guard Katie Hellebust with a knee injury […]

Eagles thump Bronchos

Eric Butler GRADY – Clovis Christian jumped out of the gate quickly against Grady Thursday night and rarely looked back as the Eagles thumped the Bronchos 55-40 in a District 4-1A boys basketball contest. Clovis Christian (9-3, 2-0 in district ) held a 9-5 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter, but then […]