Clovis officials seek redevelopment tax

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local officials want the state to authorize a special redevelopment tax, but city commissioners would have to approve it before it could be enacted, according to a local economic development official. The potential tax is part of a five-pronged package the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial […]

Portales officials pursuing housing development

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed […]

Late steals seal Rams’ win at Carlsbad

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]

Lady Rams rout Lovington in district opener

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Morgan Hill had 15 points to lead three Lady Rams in double figures, and Portales jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 71-42 victory over Lovington in Friday night’s District 4-3A opener. Portales (13-6) played an inside-outside game, with Hill scoring on the interior and her […]

Day trips: Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock

Freedom Newspapers Residents of eastern New Mexico are certainly proud of their areas ties to legendary singer Buddy Holly, whose work with the Norman Petty Studios are celebrated on a consistent basis. The Clovis studio certainly isn’t the only place to celebrate the rocker, however, and the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock is getting set […]

Commissioner proposes manditory energy-effecient water heaters ordinance

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Randall Crowder posed a question to attendees at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting: Do you turn your shower on and wait minutes for hot water? Crowder said his research shows this common practice wastes approximately 25 gallons of water a day per household. “I would like to […]

Journalist in dogged pursuit of happiness

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Those positive-thinking people who say you can envision what you want and get it are usually on the mark. However, I have been breaking my brain to achieve my latest desire. Alas, to no avail. I am still not my dog. There are several reasons someone would want to be […]

Valentine’s Day calls for unique gift ideas

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It is time, friends and neighbors, to prepare our hearts and minds — especially our hearts — for the celebration of romance and other forms of love, which we know as Valentine’s Day. A list of unique ideas occur to me. • Get some ideas from the Internet. I did […]

Part 1: John Childers, killer who came to Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the first real shootouts in Clovis happened on Aug. 15, 1909. That’s one of the first stories I heard when I started writing about Clovis history. Old Tom Pendergrass, the first historian of Clovis, told me the story. He was a lad of 9, who was in the […]

Billboard slogans return

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I opened a box of Pandoras a couple years ago when I wrote about those good old days of Burma Shave signs — you know, the little red billboards on every highway that kept us awake, clean shaved, and the children from being bored. (It didn’t take much to entertain […]

1/22 School menus

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Oatmeal and toast, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot homemade roll, chilled peaches and cold milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza, cold juice and milk . Lunch — Tacos with salsa, seasoned pinto beans, crisp lettuce, fresh apple and cold milk. Wednesday: School […]

1/22 Honors

Elizabeth Greig, of Clovis, was named to the Kansas State University chapter of Phi Kappa honor society. Several Clovis Schools participated in a canned Food Challenge. They collected 7.933 total pounds of food. The following is a list of the winning classes: • Barry Elementary,Terri Dixon, second grade • Bella Vista,Amanda Ratledge, fourth grade • […]

1/22 Senior happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — Health insurance benefits assistance. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – Fun walk.12:00 – Luncheon-provided by Center Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks; 2 p.m. — Refreshments. […]

Born to run: Dog agility competitions catching on

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Maggie, a 2 1/2-year-old border collie, posted the fastest time in three events in her first competition. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, […]

Governor supports mandatory treatment for mentally ill

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Flanked by police officers’ widows and an officer who survived a shooting, Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday threw his support behind court-ordered outpatient treatment for some mentally ill people. It was a turnaround for the administration, which just a couple of months ago had opposed the […]

Lawmakers plan ’junior’ budget allowing members to earmark money

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — With the state enjoying a revenue windfall, lawmakers are planning a possible $40 million “junior” budget bill that would allow each member to earmark several hundred thousand dollars for programs or projects of their choosing. The Senate is taking the lead in drafting the spending measure, […]

Residents seek alternatives to ‘pits or holes’ in developed areas

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Clovis city commissioners view ideas for storm-water management during a presentation Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioner Cathy Haynes says storm-water retention ponds in the city are unhealthy, unsightly and dangerous. Several area residents shared her views on […]

Family planning benefit concert

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Friends and family of Clovis’ latest homicide victim have planned a concert next weekend and it has two missions: Help offset hospital bills and funeral costs for Wilfred Salas’ mother and, according to one of its organizers, “to stop the violence.” “We’re trying to make something positive from what happened […]

Teen dinner theater helps raise money for ultrasound machine

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Lincoln Nelson, left, is held up by Ryan Beaman, right, and David Brosseau during a rehearsal of a scene from Jim R. Potter’s “The Lions of Trodheim.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Hope, for a group of Clovis teenagers, is an ultrasound machine. The pro-life teens believe the device can persuade women not to […]

Roswell High fends off Cats

CNJ STAFF ROSWELL — Through three quarters, the Clovis Wildcats hung with Roswell High. In the final period, though, the Coyotes pulled away and earned a 84-69 win on Thursday. “They had about a two-minute stretch were they got running,” Clovis boys coach J.D. Isler said. “Then they spread us out and worked the clock.” […]