AREA TRACK: Fort Sumner qualifier

CNJ staff Saturday Boys Team standings: 1. Fort Sumner 108; 2. Hagerman 85; 3. Santa Rosa 74; 4. Dexter 50; 5. (tie) Clovis Christian and Melrose 23; 7. House 19; 8. Mora 18; 9. (tie) Floyd and Friona 15; 11. San Jon 8. Field events Shot put: 1. Aaron Arcos, Friona 44-5 1/4; 2. Tyler […]

Rains wipes out LSC crossover event

CNJ staff IRVING, Texas — Rain forced the cancellation of the final few games on Friday and all of Saturday’s schedule in the Lone Star Conference softball crossover tournament. Fourteen games were scheduled each day — pitting teams from the LSC’s South Division against teams from the North — but only eight were completed on […]

STATE GOLDEN GLOVES: Champions split in semifinal bouts

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Joey Andrist of Clovis, right, lands a punch on Sammy Espinoza of Clovis during their age 14-15 match at 141 pounds on Saturday in the New Mexico state Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Roy Walker Community Center. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It was a split decision, of sorts, for […]

Storm kept 911 dispatchers on their toes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A sampling of calls taken by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: […]

Tornado of ’95 still fresh in Frionans minds

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He […]

Tornado of ’95 still fresh in Frionons minds

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He […]

Tips for document replacement

CNJ staff Social Security card Cost: Free What you need: A completed SS-5 Application for a Social Security card Proof of citizenship: U.S. driver’s license, state-issued identification card or U.S. passport If you can’t obtain any of those listed documents, an employee identification card, school identification card, health insurance card, military identification card or adoption […]

“Helping Our Kids and Families” campaign started

CNJ staff Money and gift card donations are being sought to help Clovis public school children and staff members whose families suffered damage to their homes or property from the March 23 tornado. Clovis Municipal Schools and the Clovis News Journal will collect donations for two weeks. The campaign starts Monday and runs through April […]

Fast-food employees ride out storm in freezer

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Recognize this photo? Marie Moore of Avondale Boulevard found it in her back yard after the tornado and wants to connect it with its owner. She can be reached at 762-6277. (Courtesy photo) CNJ staff Laura Aragon, 16, had been working at Long John Silver’s for only a couple of weeks when the tornado swept […]

Tornado facts

CNJ staff —Curry County has recorded five F2 tornadoes since records have been kept — on June 10, 1932, Sept. 17, 1944, May 24, 1957, June 11, 1964, and on March 23 of this year. An F2 includes wind speeds greater than 113 mph. The county has not seen a tornado greater than F2 in […]

Community comes to aid of dairy owners

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Workers remove portions of the roof of the Grande Vida Dairy’s milk barn damaged in a tornado a week ago. Joel Ochoa, left, and Arturo Perez, right support a portion of the roof while Jesus Cardillo removes bolts. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you […]

’44 storm hit some of same areas

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The Sept. 18, 1944, Clovis News-Journal captured damage from the Sunday evening storm. By David Stevens: CNJ Editor The March 23 tornado that ripped through southeast Clovis wasn’t the city’s first, but it was by far the most damaging in about 75 years of record keeping. Officials said one person was killed, 35 people were […]

Tornado cleanup 95 percent complete

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Doris Hudson, left, and Nell Thompkins stand outside Hudson’s house on Sycamore St. Hudson’s house suffered minimal damage from the storm. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado […]

One critical from tornado, about 100 buildings damaged

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A tornado that struck before 8 p.m. Friday caused extensive damage throughout southeast Clovis. Clovis Body Shop, 2024 S. Prince St., was among the hardest hit businesses. (CNJ Correspondent Photo: Roger Hatcher) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Throngs of Clovis residents waded through tatters of their lives Saturday as officials plodded to piece together […]

Tornado leaves more than a dozen injured

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A tornado hit the city of Clovis on Friday night. The unidentified passenger in this car on Mabry Drive escaped serious injury, according to witnesses. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Freedom Newspapers The worst tornado in Clovis’ history struck the city’s southeast side Friday night, leaving more than a dozen injured and possibly hundreds […]

Location least of Halliburton controversies

By Freedom Newspapers Hating Halliburton is almost as popular in the United States as hating Wal-Mart. So we were surprised to see so little applause, and so much consternation in left-wing circles, when the oil services company once headed by the vice president announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to the […]

Letters to the Editor: Church cleanup crew answer to prayers

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters related to the March 23 tornado through next Sunday. Please limit letters to 150 words. And yes, we will waive our Opinion-page policy regarding for-profit businesses, so that readers may thank them for services performed during the storm. Send letters to: dstevens@cnjonline.com A special thank […]

The bone keeper

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Joanne Dickenson walks the trails at the Blackwater Draw archeological site on March 23. Dickenson lives on the 157-acre sit and works as its curator. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An early morning rain has made the earth soft. On days like this, Joanne Dickenson strolls through her back […]

Clovis city workers to take weekend off

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Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos speaks at the town hall meeting at Parkview Elementary School on Friday afternoon. The town hall meeting’s purpose was to report on progress since March 23’s tornado. (Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Employees with the city of Clovis will take a much-deserved break […]

Residents warned of asbestos risk

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An advocate for asbestos education said Friday eastern New Mexico residents should protect themselves against a cancer-causing material, asbestos, that could be released in the demolition of homes destroyed by tornadoes. “It’s important for people to understand when asbestos is disturbed … it becomes dangerous,” said Charles Perea, president […]