Do you believe in magic

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer It may be a bunny or a magic book that Jamie O’Hara will pull out of his magician’s hat Friday when the Portales Public Library kicks-off its summer reading program. O’Hara, who calls himself “The Magic Guy,” has been practicing magic since he was 7 years old. “I have […]

New Mexico allows for development of novice green thumb

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer The only garden I ever grew in New York was the mold that sprouted in the back of the fridge on the vegetable lasagna. Either that, or the green stuff that budded between shower tiles on Avenue C. Out here in New Mexico, with the wide-open sky, the wide-open […]

Recipient of Clovis’ first burial up for debate

By Don McAlavy Five single brothers were the first settlers in what is now Clovis. Alfred Liebelt, the oldest brother of the Liebelt brothers, came from Bunzlau, Germany, to America at the turn of the 20th century and went to San Francisco in 1902. Alfred was sent by a doctor to Las Vegas, N.M., for […]

Gestures maintain romance

By Clyde Davis I n the spirit of the day, which is our sixth anniversary, I want to go back to one of my favorite subjects — romance and the art of keeping it alive and green. If you are married or permanent with the love of your life, as I feel about Janice, you […]

Pioneer Days offers hands-on look at roping, riding

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Wild Bill Cathey, of Dora, left, demonstrates to Dalton Wren, 9, of Texico how to spin a rope Thursday during the Curry County Mounted Patrol’s rodeo encounter at the county fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff writer It wasn’t Holly Tyler’s first time on a horse — she rode one in […]

Another feed firm to use cheese plant byproducts

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese continues to attract new ventures. A Texas-based firm has reached an agreement with Southwest Cheese to purchase a cheese-processing by-product called whey to be used in animal feed. Officials for Houston-based Westway Feed Products and Southwest Cheese confirmed the agreement on Wednesday. Westway, which uses the protein-rich […]

Commission approves pay raise

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer City employees will receive a little more than half of a pay raise package outlined in April by city management. City officials said the uncertainty presented by Cannon Air Force Base’s appearance on the Base Realignment and Closure list prompted them to scale back the pay plan. “I promised […]

Doctor part of long line of practitioners

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer When his son was hit by a car, his leg smashed in several places, Dr. Allan Haynes Sr., a general surgeon with a orthopedic specialty, mended the wounds of his eldest with his own hands. The little boy with the broken leg followed in his father’s footsteps, as […]

Scout refurbishing park to earn Eagle Scout badge

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Ryan Waters’ goal is to refurbish Pocket Park, a small niche between Hotel Clovis and the Chamber of Commerce, in time for Saturday’s annual Pioneer Days Parade on Main Street. Waters, 13, is using the project as a means of earning his Eagle Scout badge. Waters said he and […]

State promotes fishing with annual event

Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Game Commission’s annual free fishing day is Saturday when residents and non-residents can fish public waters with no license or habitat stamp required. “It lets the people themselves know what they’re missing out on,” said Jim Whary, the manager of Oasis State Park. “It’s just to encourage people to get […]