The Hag is coming to Clovis

CNJ staff Doc Stewart Park will be the landing site for Merle Haggard’s Third Annual UFO Music Fest on July 3. Cannon Air Force Base marketing department officials confirmed the Grammy Award winner and Hall of Fame country singer is coming to Doc Stewart Park, but said they did not have any further information. The […]

Creativity needed to get kids to clean room

by Helena Rodriguez How clean is your house? That’s a scary question to ask someone, even a good friend, during a casual conversation. “How’s your day?” and “What do you think about the weather?” These are valid conversation topics. But talk about what lies behind someone’s closed doors and inside their closets and you just […]

Tent show kicks off

Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Joe’s Boot Shop has redefined the meaning of customer appreciation over the years with its annual July 4th Great Tent Event. You don’t even have to be a customer to appreciate it. Store patrons can expect live music and free drinks as the Western apparel and supplies store on Mabry Drive […]

Party registration affects the way we live

Grant McGee: Local columnist Over at the Curry County Courthouse, in County Clerk Mario Trujillo’s office, which political party do the records show you’re registered with? This hot race that’s going on for the district attorney’s job with people switching parties so they can vote in the race got me thinking and reminiscing. I registered […]

Clovis sunsets are smokin’

A haze of smoke purportedly from a fire in the Capitan Mountains hovered over Clovis on Monday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer People looking to the southwest on Monday afternoon may have noticed a dark sky and smelled smoke. The smoke wasn’t coming from anywhere nearby, however […]

Beware, Mississippi kites are moving in

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist You hear it every spring — “The kites are coming! The kites are coming.” Mothers shield their kids, bikers don helmets — Imagine that! — and police warn citizens to stay off the streets and listen to disaster radio. Behind all the screaming, yelping, baseless accusations and the wanton abuse […]

Jackson’s stunt sign of bigger problem

Ned Cantwell You would have thought, judging from the outcry, that our society was clean as a pasture blanketed with fresh snow before Janet Jackson made a boob of herself on national television. It’s as if she dumped a load of coal on an otherwise pristine landscape of cultural innocence. In one breast-taking moment at […]

De La Torre to sing in Muleshoe

QCS Staff Gospel singer Robert De La Torre of Dallas is coming to First Assembly of God at 521 S. First Street in Muleshoe at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 for what his organization describes as “dedicated service in proclaiming the sacred message of the gospel through song.” De La Torre sings in both Spanish and […]

Check out your Huber Horoscope here

Bob Huber It’s time once more for your annual Zodiacal — or is it Horoscopical? — predictions for the coming year. (At a point in my career I employed “upcoming” when referring to future events until one day a crusty old editor told me, “Huber, if you use upcoming one more time, I’ll be down-coming, […]

Temptations of a cultural, local nature

Clyde Davis It’s comin’ up pretty soon — next weekend, in fact. The next presentation in the ENMU theatrical offering for this semester. There is always one conjunctive with Homecoming, and this year it is The Picnic. I suppose because I have an unusual number of theater, dance, and drama people in my freshman writing […]

Q&A with Brian Bentley

Brian S. Bentley, 53, was recently named new administrator at Plains Regional Medical Center. He will take over his duties Sept. 1. Q: Where do you call home? A: We’re coming to Clovis from Merced, Calif. I grew up in Southern California, but I think of Arizona as my home. Q: What was your job […]

Residential building has tripled in less than three years, officials say

By Gary Mitchell Not only are major businesses — such as the new cheese plant, Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Chili’s — coming into the area, but new homes are on the increase as well. In fact, residential construction in the Clovis area has tripled since 2001, according to statistics from the city of Clovis Inspections […]

Beetles taking over West Texas

By Eric Butler The small black beetles showing up in homes and businesses in West Texas adhere to the classic definition of pests. The beetles, approximately one-quarter of an inch in size, haven’t caused any major damage but certainly are annoying, officials say. “They’re a nuisance pest is what they are,” said Monti Vandiver, an […]

Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]

Silver star willing to go the distance

By Eric Butler Have game. Will travel. That’s one way to describe Talmai Aguirre, who traveled more than 400 miles (one way) to play with the Clovis 14-and-under Wildcats in this weekend’s state AAU basketball tournament in Clovis. As a freshman at Silver (City) High, Aguirre was the state’s leading scorer, averaging 26.6 points a […]

Clovis schools tighten belt to avoid budget crunch

By Gary Mitchell Clovis schools will eliminate more than 20 teaching positions for the upcoming school year as a result of this year’s unfunded state mandate for an across-the-board raise for teachers. However, no teachers will be fired or laid off, Clovis school officials say. “We have about 22 teaching positions we have absorbed for […]