Time to address jail issue long overdue

After years of debate, two failed bond elections and much criticism, I believe the Curry County Commission has a viable option for fixing our “catch and release (or escape)” jail. In the previous bond elections for the jail, voters were not happy with the decision to expand the jail in downtown Clovis and the high […]

Mental health providers must put clients first

— Albuquerque Journal In 1965, Title XIX of the Social Security Act created Medicaid “to assist states in furnishing medical assistance to eligible needy persons” — not to keep health-care providers in business, much less in golden parachutes. Yet that’s where the focus of discussion has been too often since the state Human Services Department […]

CHS football: Season opener less than six weeks off

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis High School football season is less than six weeks away from kickoff. The 10-game regular season — including seven non-district and three District 4-5A contests — begins with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Leon Williams Stadium on Aug. 30 against Cherry Creek, which makes the trip […]

HPJRA FINALS: Newcomers doing just fine


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Dalton Kasel and Sergio Cervantes each got a bit of a late start in High Plains Junior Rodeo Association competition, but both seem to have transitioned just fine. Both youngsters clinched season-long HPRJA cham-pionships this weekend, Kasel in the age 13-15 bull riding division and Cervantes in 10-12 […]

Opinion on sheriff’s consultant contract sought


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick has asked for an attorney general opinion on a $36,000 a year private consultant contract awarded Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray to supervise jail operations. “A timetable has not been set for this matter, however, a thorough effort is being made to render […]

Zia 10-11 All-Stars post win

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Zia’s Jacob Wolftongue is greeted at third base by manager Lance Coiner after hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning during Saturday’s first-round state 11-12 Little League game against Albuquerque Westgate at Dickenson Field. Wolftongue also had a double in Zia’s 7-1 win over Westgate

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com One big swing pretty much put the Clovis Zia 10-11 All-Stars on their way to victory Saturday in the state 11-12 Little League tournament at Dickenson Field. Shortstop Jacob Wolftongue lined a three-run homer to left, capping a five-run, second-inning rally that lifted Zia past Albuquerque Westgate 7-1 […]

Our People: Roll player


Constance Williams, 31, a wife, mother and a business owner, does not shy away from having fun. What does Williams find fun? Being part of the Clovis Roller Derby’s Dirty Curry Prairie Dollz. Williams grew up in Pampa, Texas, and now lives in Clovis with her husband, Jamaal, who is a Clovis native, and son. […]

Tire change easier said than done

Vacations are supposed to be a time of rest, reflection and relaxation. More often when I’m involved they’re a time of dejection, drama and depression. Such was the case this past week when we took a trip to Red River in the northern mountains of New Mexico. My first clue should have been the weather […]

Birthdays — July 21

Gonzales Max S. Gonzales of Melrose celebrated his 90th birthday July 13, 2013, at Melrose Park. The celebration was hosted by his children. Gonzales was born July 13, 1923, in Fort Sumner. He has 11 children, 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. The celebration was open to friends and family.

Reunions — July 21

Greathouse The 57th Greathouse Reunion was held July 13 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales. The group looked at scrapbooks, shared stories and enjoyed visitation during a delicious potluck dinner. President Regina Harris called the business meeting to order. Sheryl Abdill read correspondence from Kathy McAlavy in Florida, Lovell Greathouse in Georgia, Roma Greathouse in […]

Weddings — July 21

Lovvorn-Newman Kim Lovvorn of Hereford, Texas, and Ben Newman of Clovis were joined in marriage July 12, 2013 at Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The Rev. David Gardiner performed the beachfront wedding. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Lovvorn of Hereford, Texas. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene […]

Engagements — July 21

Hay-Mefford Donald and Daris Hay of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Tonya Hay, of Portales, to Paul Mefford, of Santa Rosa, son of Tircia Garcia of Santa Rosa. The couple will exchange vows 2 p.m. July 27, 2013, at Portales Church of God. The reception will be at the church […]

On the shelves — July 21

The following books are available:   Clovis-Carver Public Library Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier and The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman were given by the Scott Hulder family in memory of Claude Earl Brown. Open This Little Book celebrates the power of books in a fun story that will entertain the youngest reader […]

Senior calendar — July 21

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. Bingo (Portales) Tuesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. Bingo (Clovis); Sewing class 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Portales) Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. Bingo (Clovis) Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 […]

Old house hides memories

Under the circumstances, it seems appropriate that the piped in music consists of songs like – Glenn Miller’s “American Patrol.” or Vaughn Monroe’s “When the Lights Go On Again, All Over The World.” That is, after all, the music that most of them danced to, as young adults. Like my father, a huge number of […]

Creative Living — July 21

Information on creating oriental designs using fondant and how to use essential oils for various skin types will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Nancy Siler represents Wilton Brands, and she’s going to show how to create oriental designs for cakes using fondant, a […]

CMI earns awards in national contest

CMI Staff Clovis Media Inc. earned a second place and honorable mention in the National Newspaper Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. Winners were announced Friday. CMI includes the Clovis News Journal, Portales-News Tribune and Quay County Sun. CMI Editor David Stevens’ editorial “Respect for All,” supporting the Portales Recreation Department’s decision to stop coach-led prayer […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission July 21

Editor’s note: This is a supplemental report from the meeting that was not finished by press time Thursday evening.   The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All commissioners were in attendance. All action items mentioned in this report passed 8-0. During the meeting: • Siblings Shelby […]

Q & A with Ardinee Thomas

If the day was named for you, what would you do? Aridnee Thomas spent hers packing. Thomas is off to Washington, D.C., this weekend to take part in Girls Nation, an American Legion Auxiliary program where students who have completed their junior year of high school participate in a seven-day mock program that teaches them […]

Emails look at land negotiation for new jail site

The following is a compilation of email exchanges and the latest developments between officials negotiating a site for a new jail. Curry County Commissioners are asking voters to renew a $9.8 bond issue scheduled to be paid off next year to help finance the jail to be built somewhere other than downtown Clovis. Curry County […]