County manager says jail kitchen renovation botched from start


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor Work resumed Monday after a more than two-week delay on the long-awaited Curry County jail kitchen renovation, a costly project County Manager Lance Pyle said was botched from the start. Pyle blames former county Facilities Manager Joe Wright. Wright, who describes himself as a disgruntled former employee, blames […]

Crowd at Old Timers Luncheon exceeds building

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Bill Delk, left, and Carl Coslett, both of Clovis, eat their lunch outside due to the crowd inside Saturday at the Old Timers Day Luncheon.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Area senior citizens filled the Extension Building to the brim at the Curry County Fairgrounds Saturday in celebration of the annual Old Timers Luncheon. Yvonne Hardage and Mary London, both of Farwell, joined friends old and new to enjoy their lunch at picnic tables outside the building. “I’ve […]

Turtle race draws more than 150 to ring

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Mel O’Dee the clown passes out balloons to the crowd at Saturday’s 14th Annual Great American Turtle Race t the Curry County Fair.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer The most important rule was announced before the event began: There’s no crying in turtle racing. A large circle was traced in the dirt at the Kevin Roberts Arena as the 14th Annual Great American Turtle Race kicked off Saturday morning at the Curry County Fair. More than […]

Livestock auction tops $300,000


By Kevin Baird For one teen, auctioning his prize steer wasn’t all about the money. “I’m going to miss him,” Tristan Lockmiller said while patting his steer Monopoly on the shoulder, shortly after auctioning off his grand champion steer Friday night at the Curry County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Events […]

Lubbock business owner, 51, races ATVs with his son

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Allen Scot, left, and his son Winston Scott both of Lubbock replace the fuel injector on Allen Scott’s ATV Friday after a practice session at Mounted Patrol Arena. The event continues tonight.

By Kevin Baird While most people his age would rather play golf, 51-year-old Allen Scott prefers motocross. “My thing is,” Scott said. “I want people to say, ‘that old guy is pretty fast.’” Scott, who is from Lubbock, raced in the pro-level heat Friday evening at the Curry County Fair’s Arenacross event. He finished […]

Reader Submitted Gallery: Funnel Cloud (Aug 15, 2013)

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Get ready to Jam

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By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer Country artist George Ducas fondly recalls his first trip to Clovis last fall. After a show at the Curry County Events Center, Ducas and his band went to a local 24-hour restaurant to grab a bite to eat. Everybody there seemed to have been at the concert, so […]

Hail pounds Curry County; funnel clouds spotted

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A storm cells lurks Thursday night over the Curry County Fairground.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Mike Hailey came home from work Thursday evening and noticed a storm brewing north of his home. He didn’t think much of it. After taking a shower, Hailey said, “I went outside and the clouds had just exploded.” Hailey, who owns Wienerschnitzel, compared the swirling funnel cloud above […]

Firefighters volunteer for taste-testing duty at fair’s cupcake contest


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Firefighters clamored for forks Wednesday as bakers faced off in a cupcake decorating contest at the Curry County Fair. First responders from the Texico Volunteer Fire Department and the Clovis Fire Department taste tested and scored the entries, which included cupcakes decorated as minions from the movie “Despicable […]

Principal seeks to raise graduation rates


Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of profiles on new principals in Clovis Municipal Schools.   Todd Morris is the incoming principal at Choices Alternative High School. He previously served as assistant principal at Mesa and Zia Elementary schools. Morris received his master’s in education administration in 2000.   Who is your […]

Udall visits Clovis, says Cannon here to stay


  Sen. Tom Udall spent much of Wednesday in Clovis as part of a three-day swing through eastern New Mexico that concludes Thursday morning in Santa Rosa. In Clovis he toured the Veterans Administration Clinic and Cannon Air Force Base. He also stopped by the Clovis News Journal to answer a series of questions about […]

Udall visits ENMU algae research site

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Professor Darron Smith, left, gives a container of laboratory processed algae to Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.,as they discuss the nutrition benefits of algae cattle feed. According to Smith, algae feed is high in protein and energy, and is nearly 100 percent digestible.

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer Sen. Tom Udall was impressed with the “ground-breaking research” of converting algae into livestock feed at Eastern New Mexico University after touring the university’s agriculture building Tuesday. Udall, D-N.M., was instrumental with getting ENMU involved in the project, which is researching whether there is feed value and marketing […]

Foretelling the future: Conjurer, Live Shark Encounter new to 2013 fair

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Philip Peters and his partner Capt. Rick prepare for their first show of the night in front of their Live Shark Encounter exhibit. The show includes three nurse sharks, all given to the show by research labs.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Just as Zoltar did in the movie “Big,” the Conjurer tells the fortunes of those brave enough to step up to his booth. The man behind the act, Robert Smith, is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and is working his magic nightly at the Curry County […]

Curry County man dies from West Nile virus


CNJ staff An 83-year-old Curry County man has died from a West Nile virus infection, according to a New Mexico Department of Health news release. It is the first death attributed to West Nile in Curry County since 2004. The man, who was not identified by the state health department, suffered from encephalitis, “the more […]

Roch named Logan superintendent


CMI State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been named the new superintendent of Logan Municipal Schools, effective Monday, the first day of classes. Roch was the principal of Texico Junior High and a former assistant superintendent at Texico and Tucumcari. Roch replaces Johnnie Cain, who resigned as Logan’s superintendent on July 14 to become superintendent […]

Clovis man charged with multiple thefts


A 38-year-old Clovis man has been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into the theft of tractors and other property from an unoccupied farm north of Melrose, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Ethan Davis is charged with seven felonies related to multiple thefts after police said he was […]

Youth prepare for Junior Livestock Show

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Nathaniel Flores, 12, weighs a rabbit Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Flores’ mother Amy, who is with Melrose 4-H, said the rabbits are weighed to make sure they are placed in the correct classification pen.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Jlea Fuqua and her family visited in the livestock barn at the Curry County Fairgrounds Monday as the Clovis 13-year-old prepared for her third year competing in the Junior Livestock show. The fairgrounds were full of hustle and bustle leading up to the fair’s official kickoff as participants […]

Curry County Fair schedule

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Monday 6 a.m.-noon: Junior livestock entries accepted 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Home arts entries accepted, Home Arts building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Flower show entries accepted, Home Arts building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Agriculture exhibits accepted, Agriculture building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: 4-H, FFA poultry & rabbit entries accepted, Poultry & Rabbit Barn Noon: Weigh and pregnancy check dairy […]

Crowds pack zoo, splash park on Family Day Out

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Daniel Brewster, 2, admires a tortoise Saturday afternoon during the Family Day Out. Daniel was one of many kids who was told not to touch a tortoise that day.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Hoards of children played in the splash park, friends and families gathered beneath the pleasant shade trees and the zoo animals received an abnormally high amount of attention on Saturday during the Family Day Out at Hillcrest park. Mayor Pro Tem Len Vohs said “It’s the biggest crowd […]

New attractions, contests to be featured at fair

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Now in its 93rd year, the fair has added a bevy of new attractions and contests, including a live shark exhibit, a pet costume contest, a fortune teller and the Little Miss Curry County Fair Pageant.

High-flying rides, fried food, livestock and unique contests will be front and center as this year’s Curry County Fair kicks off Tuesday. Now in its 93rd year, the fair has added a bevy of new attractions and contests, including a live shark exhibit, a pet costume contest, a fortune teller and the Little Miss Curry […]