ENMU faculty prepared for start of school

By Tony Parra Students and parents broke the stillness of the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Thursday and it carried into the weekend. Students spent the last few days moving into the dormitories and registering for classes which begin on Monday. ENMU has also added 14 new faculty members. “It’s too early to tell […]

DA to probe county’s events center bid award

By Jack King District Attorney Brett Carter said Tuesday his office has assigned an investigator to look into allegations of wrongdoing in connection with the design and architect’s contract for a proposed special events center in Curry County. Carter said he is responding to complaints from county residents who visited his office last week. In […]

County OKs events center bid

By Jack King The Curry County Commission awarded a contract for architectural services for a county special events center at its Tuesday meeting. The contract went to LPDJ Architects of Bountiful, Utah, but is contingent on the successful negotiation of a contract between the county and LPDJ and on approval of technical language in the […]

Two events centers one too many?

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if the city of Clovis needs to build a civic center now that county officials seem to have decided on an events center for the fairgrounds. Some responses: “Both the city and county have researched the economics of an events center. Most will remember concerns about the centers […]

Center construction still pending

By Jack King County commissioners said this week it will be at least early August before they consider an architect’s contract or a builder’s contract for the proposed special events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds. County commissioners approved a design for the events center at their July 2 meeting, but held off discussing a […]

Rodeo tradition runs in family

By Jack King Rodeoing runs in Tuf Cooper’s family. His dad, Roy Cooper, has won eight world championships, including one all-around title. His brother-in-law, Trevor Brazil, won the world all-around title last year and is first in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association this year in steer roping. His uncle, Stran Smith, has made it to the […]

Rodeo promoters discus events center layout

By Jack King The arena floor is where you put on a rodeo — and if all the parts of the floor are there it doesn’t really matter what kind of building sits on top of it. That was the response of most of the rodeo promoters polled last week about the design chosen by […]

Junior rodeo begins Tuesday night

Kevin Wilson Three decades of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association comes full circle this week, as the HPJRA Finals will fill a week’s worth of activities. The rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at Clovis’ Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, has been a part of New Mexico and Texas rodeo since the association was […]

Aragon wrestles away title

By Kevin Wilson CJ Aragon admitted that he needed some luck. He had all he needed on Saturday night. Aragon, listed as competitor No. 7 in the Clovis Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo, got the run he needed with a time of 5.3 seconds to win the steer wrestling championship. “I was just trying to get […]

Could CHS sweep at state?

By Dave Wagner Clovis High boys coach Darren Kelley and girls coach Darrel Ray are heading into this weekend’s Class 5A state track meet at Alamogordo with high hopes for their squads. Neither is predicting a championship, but both believe their teams should be in the hunt. “This is the first time we’re going in […]

Clovis sweeps team titles

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High cruised to a sweep of team titles in the District 4-5A track meet Friday and Saturday at Wilson Stadium, and in the process qualified a few extra events for next week’s Class 5A state meet at Alamogordo. The CHS boys racked up 135 points to 92 for Carlsbad. New […]

Oasis State Park the site of a summer of activity

By Mike Linn If you’re a hopeless romantic who likes to gaze at the stars, or a rugged outdoors type with an infatuation for snakes, there may be some fun in the future for you. Oasis State Park officials have a full slate of outdoor and wildlife programs scheduled this summer. “It’s educational as well […]

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 […]