Letters to the Editor: Splendid things happening at zoo

If you haven’t been to the Clovis Hillcrest Park Zoo lately, you are missing something great going on in our town and for our kids. For starters, it is being relandscaped and remodeled. There will be the new entrance, an educational building, picnic area, etc., and sculptures. Local artist Patsy Delk has painted lifelike metal […]

Video: Airmen thanked

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Sights and sounds of Cannon Appreciation Day, August 2, 2013.

Cats kick off football practice on Monday

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CNJ staff Things haven’t changed much for Clovis High football coach Eric Roanhaus as he begins his 36th season as the team’s head coach. Roanhaus, the winningest coach in New Mexico prep history with a 316-122-5 record and 10 state championships at CHS, knows the Wildcats have some areas of concern, but he takes a […]

Residents donate school supplies

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United Way volunteers from left, Amanda Valenzuela, 8, Vanessa Valenzuela, 6, from Troop 10403 of Clovis, their mother Michaela Kennison of Clovis, and Mary Guttierrez with SafeLink Wireless of Clovis, stuff the school bus Saturday with donated school supplies in front of Walmart.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A yellow school bus sat outside the bustling Clovis Walmart Saturday waiting to be filled with school supplies. United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s third annual Stuff the Bus campaign had residents and businesses donating pencils, folders, paper and all other means of school supplies in both Clovis […]

Shoppers hit stores for tax-free weekend

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Kim Birkenfeld and Sawnya Bullock, both of Lazbuddie, shop Saturday at 2 Shabby Divas on Main Street during New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. The friends didn’t realize their purchases were tax free until they started shopping.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Julie Maxey kept a watchful eye on the long checkout lines at the Clovis Walmart Saturday as eager shoppers came out for New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. Maxey, an assistant manager at the store, said things were going smoothly amid the chaos of restocking items and answering product questions. […]

Q & A with Rube Render, inducted into Boys Town Hall of History

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In 1917, Father Edward J. Flanagan founded what is now known as Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, based on a belief that there were no bad boys, only bad environments, training, examples and thinking. About 36 years later, and five years after Flanagan died, a boy named Richard Render joined Boys Town in Omaha, Neb., with […]

Early voting for jail bond ended Friday

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Early voting for a $9.88 million general obligation bond to fund a new county jail ended Friday at 5 p.m. County Clerk Rosalie Riley reported 845 early voting ballots were cast while 42 mail ballots have been requested with 36 of those being returned. The bond election is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. • […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission — Aug. 4

Curry County Commissioners Curry County Commissioners meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library to take consider the following: • Request to approve commissioner Ben McDaniel, Sheriff Matt Murray, County Manager Lance Pyle, County Attorney Steve Doerr, and Lt. Zach Boone of the detention center to serve on the Community Custody […]

Police blotter — Aug. 4

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Friday Caller reported: • 12:07 a.m.: Burglary report, 300 block of Diamondhead Drive. • 2:00 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 1200 block of Hickory Street. • 2:41 a.m.: Dispute report, 4300 block of North Prince Street. • 2:41 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 1900 block […]

What’s happening — Aug. 4

Today Back Pack Giveaway — 8 a.m. until supply runs out. Outdoor event by Oneighty at Faith Christian Family Church of Clovis. Information: 693-0515 Stuff the Bus — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Help United Way “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies, Walmart in Clovis and Portales. Information: Dial 211 or 935-0211. Flea Market — 8 a.m.-3 […]

Letters to the editor: Commission lacks plan ‘B’ for jail

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I attended last week’s meeting regarding the jail bond election scheduled Tuesday. Although most attending were negative, this is what I gleaned: • The property for location (15 acres) will be free. It may be annexed by the city so utilities will cost less. • The planning by qualified architects has already been paid for; […]

Living fulfilling life motivation, reward enough

Wendel Sloan

I do not know if there is an afterlife. When I admit this, some readers send me emails telling me I better choose their brand of truth, based on a book they seldom read, if I want to escape the contradictory fires of eternal darkness. Their arguments never include anything revelatory, and I often know […]

NM tax holiday designed to give families a break

— The Santa Fe New Mexican Get set, get ready, get shopping! It’s back-to-school season, complete with one last day without sales taxes on certain purchases. New Mexico is one of 17 states that provides a break on taxes on certain purchases, according to the conservative Tax Foundation group. The New Mexico tax holiday is […]

Cats kick off football practice on Monday

CNJ staff Things haven’t changed much for Clovis High football coach Eric Roanhaus as he begins his 36th season as the team’s head coach. Roanhaus, the winningest coach in New Mexico prep history with a 316-122-5 record and 10 state championships at CHS, knows the Wildcats have some areas of concern, but he takes a […]

VIDEO: W.D. Gattis Middle School open house

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Airmen, families honored

By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

Airmen, families honored

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By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

McGee: Aunt Maude’s lessons priceless

Grant McGee

A few days ago a bicycle shop customer overpaid me. “Keep the change,” said the man. “Well,” I said, “When I was a boy my Aunt Maude told me, ‘Boy, if someone hands you money you take it.’” Maybe you had an aunt like Aunt Maude. Aunt Maude was actually my great aunt — my […]

In search of ponies: Television enters its dog days

Sharna Johnson

Within a few days, there may very well be new dents in the couch cushions, atrophied muscles and another languid set of eyes in the house. Congratulations pups, you’ve made the big time. Not only do dogs now have their very own TV shows, they will have their own 24-hour channel playing non-stop dog-oriented programming […]

Accused embezzler sought

Charles Fleming

CMI staff Law enforcement is searching for an accountant accused of embezzling $296,000 after he failed to appear and faces charges in Magistrate Court in Clovis, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Friday in a press release. Officials believe Charles W. Fleming, 54, could be hiding in eastern New Mexico or west Texas, Chandler said. He […]