First day always includes hiccups

Sarah Turk (left) and Stephanie Geraldsen, eighth-graders at Gattis Junior High School, laugh with Principal Manuel Molina over lunch on their first day of school. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: Monday was the first day of school for Clovis public school students. CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina spent […]

Fair figures slightly off

Ricky Burns, 16, of Texico, places potted plants onto a trailer Sunday as he cleans up the Curry County Fairgrounds after the conclusion of this year’s fair. A little more than 27,000 people attended the fair this year, organizers say. By Janet Bresenham Curry County Fair Board president Buddy Vaughan said Sunday he and the […]

Police Blotter 8/18

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10:30 a.m. Thursday, police received a report that a man was running around the area of Brady Avenue and Tennessee Street in his underwear; a second caller advised that the man was sitting on top of a barbed wire fence and […]

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 […]

Motocross hits rodeo arena

Brian Leonard, 15, from Gallup, practiced jumping his motorcycle Sunday afternoon on the Arena Cross track at the Curry County Fairgrounds. He competed in the 1-5 Novice Open Sunday evening. Photo by Mike Linn. By Janet Bresenham Gentlemen, start your engines. In the last three days, the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena has been transformed […]

Wolverines looking for brass ring this time

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines are sick of being bridesmaids. After losing to Fort Sumner for the past two years in the Class 1A state championship game, fourth-year Wolverines coach Mike Prokop hopes this is the year his team is able to break through. With nine starters back on offense and defense, […]

Offseason has Cats ready for two-a-days

By Dave Wagner If offseason workouts are any gauge, things are looking good this season for the Clovis High football team. CHS defensive coordinator Darren Kelley said the Wildcats had a good turnout for their three-times-a-week, early-morning program over the summer. The Cats begin two-a-day workouts on Monday, the first day of official practice for […]

Rider doesn’t let handicap slow him down

When people say they can’t ride a motorcycle, Don Smith points to himself as an example of someone who refuses to say “can’t.” “I’ve done it one-handed for 40 years,” said Smith, who at 50 has spent most of his life with a single arm. “People say you shouldn’t (ride), you’ll get hurt, and that’s […]

Letters to the Editor 7/20

When my husband told me we would be moving to Clovis, New Mexico, I was less than thrilled. Two years later, I am very saddened at the thought of leaving. My husband has served in the Air Force for nearly 18 years and, needless to say, we’ve had our share of moves and lived in […]

Billy the Kid probably a media creation

By Ned Cantwell Somewhere between heaping one more spoonful of potato salad onto the plate and decorating the hot dog with colorful pickles and mustard, a sense of foreboding clouds this celebration of our independence. Nagging thoughts: — Where in the heck are those WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)? — When will the next TIM […]

Broker, truck driver preach the Word

The Rev. Sam Duncan, who drives a Schwan’s truck during the week, serves as pastor of Floyd Baptist Church on the weekends. By Gary Mitchell Dean Turvaville is among a growing army of bivocational pastors throughout the nation — pastors of churches who also work in the public marketplace for their livelihood. So is Sam […]

First Christian Country Jamboree is this weekend

By Helena Rodriguez Eight area entertainment acts are slated to perform in Portales’ first Christian Country Jamboree on Friday and Saturday. The inaugural event is being held in conjunction with Roosevelt County Heritage Days and will run from 6:30 to about 9 p.m. nightly at City Park. Admission is free and the public is encouraged […]

Microplex drawing businesses to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With the coming of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Chili’s restaurant to the area, a new era of growth seems to be permeating the business community, local officials say. One of the factors that has apparently influenced chain retailers and other businesses to locate in the region is the recent designation of the […]

Hooked on fishing

By Janet Bresenham On the Saturday before Father’s Day, nothing beats spending a beautiful sunny day beside the lake fishing with your dad, your grandpa — or even your mom. “This is a good Father’s Day gift,” said Kenneth Bobo, who was watching his son Weston fish the waters of the big lake at Ned […]

FDR monument highlight of local speller’s daily tour

By Darrel Todd Maurina Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of daily reports from Michael Martinez, the 13-year-old Tucumcari Middle School student from Conchas Dam, who recently won the four-county Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Martinez is in Washington, D.C., with his parents, Joe and Rita Martinez. […]

Long road, well-traveled

By Gary Mitchell Talk about being true to your school. Two Clovis school employees — a special education teacher at Marshall Junior High and a teaching assistant at La Casita Elementary — have spent more than a third of a century teaching in their respective schools. Pat Bass, 63, will retire from Clovis schools this […]

City hopes to trade cash for services

Jack King By Jack King CNJ STAFF WRITER jack_king@link.freedom.com The City Commission directed the city Thursday to offer the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority with between $100,000 and $150,000 worth of services. City Commissioner Catherine Haynes said the services will be used as a partial match for $200,000 in federal funds that will fund […]

Cannon troops welcomed home

Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Capt. Christina “Thumper” Hopper beamed when she was handed a bouquet of red roses by her husband. “This is great,” said Hopper, one of 12 F-16 pilots deployed during the Iraqi war with the 524th Fighter Squadron who touched down their jets early Monday afternoon on Cannon’s runway. […]

March trip leads to April playoffs

By Rick White The trip spanned eight days and nearly 2,000 miles. Losing made it seem even longer. Part adventure and part misadventure, the Clovis Wildcats suffered five of the nine losses this season during a March road trip that included a three-day tournament in Albuquerque and a four-game swing through Arizona. Clovis coach Shane […]

Vaughan helps improve Wolverines

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — Buddy Vaughan’s backyard is certainly not a cornfield in Iowa. But thanks to his frustrations and adaptations six years ago, it’s become a field of dreams for Texico High School baseball. In the late 1990s, Vaughan was a Little League coach in Clovis. The problem wasn’t his players, but instead […]