Fest draws new fans

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Great White featuring Jack Russell was the opening act of Saturday’s show at the Curry County Events Center and performed many of their hits including, “Once Bitten Twice Shy”, at the Clovis Music Festival.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Music fans of all ages rocked through the weekend during the 26th annual Clovis Music Festival. While the festival brought in an influx of concert-goers and a newer generation of hard rock lovers, festival chairman Randy Petty said he has mixed emotions about this year’s event. “The show […]

Clovis rocks: Night Ranger, Great White wow crowds at Clovis Music Festival


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Clovis native Misty Wall made the pilgrimage from Sierra Vista, Ariz., to see Jack Russell’s Great White play at the 26th Annual Clovis Music Festival Saturday night. Wall, who has traveled as far as Los Angeles to see Great White in concert, said she has been a fan […]

Rain delivers for some farmers

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Roosevelt County Farmer Allen Deen said nothing was in this 160-acre field between Portales and Floyd two years ago, but recent moisture has now produced corn as far as the eye can see.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It isn’t rocket science. All farmers said they needed was precipitation for so many problems to be answered and the rainfall over the summer delivered more rain in three months than most farmers received in all of 2012. For Floyd farmer Allen Deen, the 16 inches of water […]

Wildcats offense heats up

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis senior Steven Beckham turns the corner past Highland defender Jose Luis Ortega in the second half Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque. Beckham rushed three times for 86 yards and a touchdown in Clovis' 68-25 win over the Hornets.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — With the sun bearing down on Milne Stadium and no cloud cover in sight, the public address announcer delivered the gametime temperature at 86 degrees. It was far from the only number that seemed inaccurate. On a day where the heat might have been the most […]

Backyard celebration,concert at Norman Petty Studios


By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com The Norman Petty Recording Studio hosted a backyard concert and offered tours Friday as part of the Clovis Music Festival, and for one girl who had been talking about the event all year, it was an opportunity to dance to one of her favorite bands. While lead vocalist George Tomsko was […]

London couple make annual trek to Clovis Music Festival

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Judy and Alan Nash check out the Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum upon their arrival in Clovis on Wednesday. The couple has traveled from London for the Clovis Music Festival since 2009.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From across the pond in London, Judy and Alan Nash have made their annual pilgrimage to eastern New Mexico to take part in the 26th annual Clovis Music Festival. The couple, who fancy themselves American watchers, have been traveling stateside since 1971 and have visited each of the […]

Local honored with award from NM Music Commission


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A local music lover will be honored Saturday during the Clovis Music Festival, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce press release. Kenneth Broad will receive the Platinum Achievement Award from the New Mexico Music Commission. He will be recognized for his dedication to teaching the public […]

Ranchvale Elementary music, band instructor chosen as CMS Teacher of the Year


At this year’s Clovis Municipal Schools districtwide convocation, Brian Uerling was announced as the school district’s Teacher of the Year. Uerling is the music and band instructor at Ranchvale Elementary School and has been teaching music for more than three decades. He is passionate about music as an art form and vehicle for expressing feelings. […]

Local talent to take stage opening night


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis sound will be evolving at this year’s Clovis Music Festival, when local bands will take the stage for the first time during the event’s opening night. According to Randy Petty, music festival chairman, the idea of bringing in local acts has been discussed by festival organizers […]

Labor of love

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
From left, Kylan Zimmerman, 5, goes fishing at Ned Houk Park with his great-grandfather Bobby Whitley, his brother Christopher Zimmerman, 8, and Whitley’s brother-in-law Robert Love.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Robert Love and Bobby Whitley spent Monday teaching a much younger generation the basics of fishing. The two spent the afternoon at Ned Houk Park with Whitley’s great-grandsons, Kylan Zimmerman, 5, and Christopher Zimmerman, 8, and taught the boys how to bait a hook and cast a line. […]

Official: Jail kitchen remodel in final stages


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The kitchen remodeling project at the Curry County jail is in its final stages, and the kitchen will be ready to operate pending an inspection from a state fire marshall on Tuesday, according to Two Horse Construction President Wayne Petner. “If everything goes well,” said County Manager Lance […]

Q&A: Great White vocalist promises to give 100 percent


Much like another Clovis Music Festival headliner, Jack Russell has the Beatles to thank for his career in music. Though his band, Great White, has seen several different lineups throughout the years, Russell is the band’s original vocalist and promises to give his fans 100 percent at every performance. The late ’80s and early ’90s […]

Football fanatics heard throughout both counties

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Escorted by the motorcycles, the Clovis High School Wildcats football team hit the field for Friday night’s opener against Cherry Creek, Colo., at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Wilson CMI staff writers Before the sound of loud, passionate cheering coming from hundreds of dedicated Portales High School football fans, Dennis Lopez enjoys the sound of a cackling sizzle on the grill. The former Roosevelt County commissioner said that’s the sound people will hear before every Rams home game […]

Medley grateful music still popular


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Best known as one half of the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley has been making award-winning music for the better part of five decades. Medley and his Righteous Brothers partner Bobby Hatfield were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, just months before Hatfield’s unexpected […]

Library’s read with dogs program encourages kids to read outside of school

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Lisa Durbin and her therapy dog Sable, a 6-year-old Bernese mountain dog mix, read with Jeanette Ruitaga, 7, Wednesday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis-Carver Library went to the dogs Wednesday as eager children clamored to get face time with four friendly pooches. As part of the library’s Read With Dogs program, therapy dogs are brought in by their owners to spend time with children while they read books aloud. “It […]

Still motorin’

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Jack Blades, center, of Night Ranger said the group has been touring  a lot this summer, including shows with Journey, Loverboy and Cheap Trick.

Night Ranger’s Blades says touring is pretty much the same — except a lot more salads and smoothies By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From the moment Jack Blades first saw the Beatles, he knew he wanted to be a part of rock ‘n’ roll. As a singer, bassist, songwriter and producer with more […]

Police seek motive in beating


CNJ STAFF A Clovis man found bloody and beaten in the street early Sunday was due to be moved from intensive care to a private room at a Lubbock hospital, Police Chief Steve Sanders confirmed Tuesday. Sanders said police were called to a disturbance about 1 a.m. near 11th and Cameo streets and found Raul […]

Business feature: Food truck owners seeing growth in business

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird
“Catfish Mike” Hiter says he is very proud of his food truck because he designed it himself, including the Weezy’s Southern Catfish Kitchen logo.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Mobile food trucks are trending across the country, and in Clovis, food truck owners are seeing their businesses grow. “You can’t move a building, but you can move a truck to work special events, football games, or catering,” said “Catfish Mike” Hiter, owner of Weezy’s Southern Catfish Kitchen. […]

Littlefield’s empty jail has room for 372 inmates

Courtesy photo: Tim Ashley
Curry County Detention Center Capt. Ecipio Lucero looks over the control room during a tour of an empty jail in Littlefield.

By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A trip to Texas last week has the two newest Curry County commissioners thinking they just might have a solution to a smoldering crisis at the jail. “I hate to use the crisis word,” said Commissioner Tim Ashley, “but really it is where we are at right now.” […]

Man claims he was run off road by police officer


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A Clovis man says he was run off the road, barely avoiding a head-on vehicle collision with a Clovis police officer talking on her cell phone and driving on the wrong side of the street. “I honestly don’t think she ever saw me,” said Abby Parrish, a Clovis […]