New Teen Miss Rodeo New Mexico crowned

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The pageant lineup Friday afternoon at the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant was full of leather, fringe and glitz. Visiting royalty Miss Rodeo Washington and Miss Rodeo America asked contestants questions alongside Miss Rodeo New Mexico testing their knowledge of rodeos, real-life issues in both school and in the world.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Perhaps each of the Miss Rodeo royalty hopefuls started out as what newly crowned Teen Miss Rodeo New Mexico Kristin White described as the future of rodeo. “Imagine this … A little girl with long braided hair and big pink bows, so proud of her brand-new boots,” White said […]

Local theater group performs for kids

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Actors with the Brickstreet Players local theater group played in front of a packed room Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Chris Cummins and Wayne Davies starred as the Hare and the Tortoise for the kickoff of the library’s Summer Reading Program. “It was a treat,” said Krissie Carter, […]

The future of rodeo

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Miss Rodeo America Lauren Heaton of Oklahoma made a surprise visit to the Little Buckaroo Rodeo Monday to sign autographs and encourage the kids in the competition. “This is where it starts, they are our foundation,” Heaton said. “They are the future of our sport of rodeo, so if […]

Rodeo royalty crowned

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Outgoing Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Janay Blevins, 20, crowns and pinns a sash on this year’s pageant winner, Kyla Myers, 18, Monday at the Curry County Events Center. Contestants competed in personality, appearance, and horsemanship to win the crown.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Here she is — after a long day of speeches and riding, Kyla Myers was crowned Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Monday at the Curry County Events Center. “I’m feeling pretty good,” Myers said with a smile after the coronation. Myers, 18, said winning the crown has been her goal […]

Commercial winery coming to Portales

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Doug Redmond planted over 150 vines on his land this spring in preperation for his new winery. Redmond said the blue plastic protectors are placed over the vines to filter everything out and protect them from wind and rabbits.

Staff report The first commercial winery to come to Portales is in the process of being built. Doug Redmond, the owner of 3 Mules Winery, said he began planning the business in September. “I have an acre and a quarter of grapes planted on my land, and in three years, the 155 vines will produce […]

Week-long event honors pioneers

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Pioneer Days parade organizer John Montano expects about 100 entries for the annual Saturday morning parade down Main Street.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A 1978 speech by radio commentator Paul Harvey tells us God made a farmer on the eighth day. Some time after, Clovis Pioneer Days organizers reasoned, there would be other needs. “So God made a cowboy,” and it’s being celebrated this week. Wilma Fulgham, who’s been promoting the Western […]

Variety of talent, food found at fiesta

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Sally Romero, left, and Manuela Torres, right, is helped by Onavaya Sintas, 7, to collect ticket Friday evening at the fiesta dinner and variety show. Onavaya also took part in the variety and song the theme song from the movie “Frozen”.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Variety shows are just that — a variety. You never know what you’re going to get, what you’ll witness or what you’ll have to grin and bear through for the sake of the performers. The audience didn’t have to bear 7 year-old Onavaya Sintas’s talent, though, who performed at […]

Young boys become men with help from Hamilton

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Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Conrad Hamilton sandwiched his college education around a pro football career that lasted six seasons before it was cut short by a knee injury. A two-time all-American defensive back at Eastern New Mexico University, the New […]

Seeing stars finally a success

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Actor Chris Pine walks out of Western Bank, transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank, on Thursday during filming of “Comancheria” on Pile Street in Clovis.

The latest filming of “Comancheria” took place on Thursday at the Western Bank in downtown Clovis. The bank was transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank of west Texas. On my way to work Thursday, the roads were blocked off a few blocks from the office, between seventh and 11th streets. At first, I was […]

Local church gives park makeover

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Heavy equipment operators moved dirt at the Goodwin Lake Walking Trail entrance Thursday morning in preparation for a facelift from a local church next week. Faith Christian Family Church will begin working on the xeriscaping and sign installation Monday and should be finished with the project by Thursday.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Goodwin Lake Walking Trail parking lot was busy with multiple heavy equipment operators moving piles of dirt Thursday morning in preparation for an entrance makeover by a local church next week. Faith Christian Family Church Special Events Coordinator Cindy Roybal said the park facelift is one of a […]

Yogis connect to something greater than self

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Amiee Constantopoulos, a yoga instructor at ENMU, said she knew after her first class yoga was her calling.

STAFF REPORT Yoga, a practice known for its health benefits, also provides people with the opportunity to connect with something greater than themselves, according to Yoga Instructor Amiee Constantopoulos. Constantopoulos, who teaches at Eastern New Mexico University, said the simple practice of meditation through which people are able to find their inner peace is what […]

Solution found for street flooding

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The Clovis Public Works Department is hoping a pipeline system under 14th Street leading to a manhole on 13th Street, will be a stop-gap solution to prevent constant closures of the stretch of 14th adjacent to Dennis Chavez Park, such as this one over the weekend.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Whenever the city of Clovis has received heavy rains recently, the public works department has responded by closing the section of 14th Street adjacent to Dennis Chavez Park, then bringing equipment to pump excess storm drain water to a manhole on 13th street that provides access to the city’s […]

Kids go bananas with technology

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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com More than 50 kids were let loose to go bananas with technology at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Tuesday. At one exhibit bananas were the technology, as kids learned how to use a “MakeyMakey” to turn the fruit into piano keys and controllers for a video game. “They really love […]

Ground broken on Cannon medical clinic

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Col. Ben Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has a conversation with Meredith Bender and Dave Wagner of JE Dunn Construction prior to the Tuesday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony for the new medical clinic. Bender worked for 40 years and was present for the 1968 groundbreaking of the current facility, which will be replaced in 2018 by the $53 million facility.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com With seven shovels — six silver, one gold — pointed into the earth, people associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s past, present and future in medical care dug into the future site of the new Cannon Medical Clinic. A groundbreaking was held Tuesday afternoon for the $53 million project, […]

New memorial stone honors ship, crew

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John Fondrick, DAV President and organizer of the annual Memorial Day Observance, raises the flags during the ceremony Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A new memorial stone sits at the Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens cemetery, laid into freshly broken ground and engraved with the words “USS Frank E. Evans DD754: May we never forget the ship, the crews who proudly sailed her, and those who paid the ultimate price while serving their […]

More rain soaks region

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Horse trainer Trevor Carter, with student Molley MacCracken of Taos, enjoys a swim Saturday near Ned Houk Park north of Clovis. Photographer Tara Carter said the area has received about 4 inches of rain in the last two weeks, including a drenching early Saturday.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A National Weather Service volunteer reported 4.9 inches of rain fell 15 miles south of Fort Sumner early Saturday morning, according to NWS Meteorological Technician Troy Marshall. After the five-hour storm moved out of New Mexico around 6 a.m., the NWS received reports of 1.53 inches of rainfall two […]

Bickley memories return with new building

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Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Carrie Bunce said “great pains were taken” to give the face of the new James Bickley Elementary School building a similar look to the old one.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com On Sept. 2, 1947 — the day classes began at the new James Bickley Elementary School — the Clovis News-Journal reported a special visitor took great pains just to lay eyes on it. “James M. Bickley, 65-year-old veteran Clovis educator from whom the new north side grade school was […]

Yuccas planted between base, Clovis failed to survive the heat

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New Mexico’s state flower, the yucca, growing wild in a field off Llano Estacado Boulevard near Clovis.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Sometimes the heartiest of plants can’t survive New Mexico’s brutal sun and wind — even the state flower is no exception. In May 2013, Curry County officials and volunteers from the area planted about 65 yucca plants in the median between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base in an […]

Action! Moviemakers come to Clovis

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Workers on Saturday transform the Suddenlink communications building at 1106 Main St. in Clovis into a fictional bank. The building will serve as one of the first sets for the film “Comancheria” that is shooting in Clovis this week.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Bank robberies and shootouts are coming to Clovis — but never fear, they’re all part of the movie “Comancheria,” which begins filming Monday. “Comancheria” stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine, and is directed by David Mackenzie. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the film is about […]

Cats cross stage

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Clovis High School senior Derik Kuykendall, who will begin his education at West Point this summer, was one of three speakers at Friday’s graduation ceremony. He spoke about the future for himself and his classmates.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Chaos engulfed the Curry County Events Center Friday evening as thousands of friends and families shuffled into the building, milling around looking for a place to sit, grabbing concessions and congratulating each Clovis High School graduate, clad in royal purple gowns and cardboard hats. As the high school’s band […]