Area’s first 2016 baby born

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Parents Danielle Sharick and Antonio Enriquez stand with their son, Sebastian James, in a family photo at Plains Regional Medical Center. Sitting in front are Sebastian’s siblings, 5-year-old Jeremiah Sharick and 4-year-old Ivy Ann Enriquez.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR The area didn’t have to wait long after the ball dropped for its first baby of the new year. Sebastian James Sharick Enriquez joined the party at 2:33 a.m. after about four hours in labor at Plains Regional Medical Center. Sebastian, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, […]

Lansford seeks another term as mayor

David Lansford

By David Stevens Editor David Lansford announced Thursday he plans to run for another term as mayor of Clovis. And if elected, he said, he will push for a tax increase. Lansford, the city’s mayor 12 years before stepping down in 2008, was re-elected in 2012 in a landslide over incumbent Mayor Gayla Brumfield. […]

Year in review: Storm readers’ choice for top story of 2015

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The intersection of Miller Street and Jane Way was an example of how the side streets were after the storm.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories recapping news events in 2015. Since inclement weather prevented publication of Tuesday’s newspaper, the series will conclude on Sunday. By David Stevens Editor The winter storm nicknamed Goliath attracted the most attention from readers of the online Clovis News Journal in 2015, with more […]

Year in review: List of famous visitors grows in 2015

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Country crooner Dwight Yoakam celebrated his 59th birthday at Curry County Events Center in October.

By David Stevens Editor Some of eastern New Mexico’s proudest history includes legendary entertainers in our midst. Norman Petty’s recording studio made hits for Buddy Holly. Actor/musician Ronny Cox honed his skills growing up in Portales and taking acting classes at Eastern New Mexico University. Willie Nelson has performed at ENMU. Gene Autry received […]

Snow story: Dairy losses could prove heavy

Equipment and cows were buried in snow at the Mid-Frisian Dairy 6 miles south of Clovis. (Courtesy photo by Traci van der Ploeg)

By David Stevens Editor The Christmas weekend blizzard across eastern New Mexico is not being blamed for any loss of human life. But area dairies may have lost thousands of milk cows, according to an extension agent with New Mexico State University. “Cows have literally been buried alive for two days,” Robert Hagevoort told […]

Area digs out after storm

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Snow from the storm lines Seventh on Street Tuesday. Sights likes this could be seen thoughout Clovis.

By David Stevens Editor The power’s back on, the snowdrifts and the stranded motorists have been removed from the highways, the temperatures and wind speeds are reasonable again. Goliath 2015 is just a memory. It’s a memory most of eastern New Mexico will be trying to forget for awhile. No deaths or even serious […]

Snow story: City worker stranded trying to help another

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Wastewater Superintendent Durwood Billington, left, and Phillip Vigil pose for a photo Tuesday’s afternoon at the wastewater treatment plant.

By David Stevens Editor Durwood Billington understands how people got stuck in the blizzard Saturday night. It happened to him and his associate at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Their ordeals started about 9 p.m. Saturday when Phillip Vigil called to report his vehicle was stuck in a snow drift and he couldn’t get […]

Year in review: Ready Roast took on peanut plant; Southwest Cheese expanding

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California-based Ready Roast Nut Company began operations in September.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor It’s a fact as surefire as death, taxes and New Year’s resolutions that never quite take. Businesses open. Businesses sometimes remain open. And businesses close. In eastern New Mexico, businesses with that barely had a start in 2014 saw their finish in 2015. Other businesses started in the late […]

Snow story: Baby, what a memory

This Farwell baby was born about 3:30 a.m. Monday.

By David Stevens Editor Larry Kelsay had a busy weekend as Farwell’s police chief. He said he pulled probably 20 cars from snowdrifts and helped about 30 people find shelter at Farwell’s First Baptist Church as a blizzard closed the highways in and out of town. “We’ve had portable garages fly up and hit […]

Snow story: Ty Gonser won’t forget those faces

Ty Gonser and Bill Kshir pulled two people to safety through this hole in their front windshield.

By David Stevens Editor Ty Gonser and Bill Kshir knew there was a car around there somewhere. “We knew it was between two telephone poles. I said, ‘That drift looks a little different.’ The snow looked kind of dark blue,” said Gonser, an employee of Ray Lee Equipment who drove one of the company’s […]

Weather clearing; roads expected to open this afternoon


By David Stevens Editor Hundreds of vehicles were stranded throughout Curry County on Monday afternoon, but sunshine, warmer temperatures and calm winds were allowing roads to re-open and life to return to normal after a weekend blizzard. Curry County Emergency Management Director Dan Heerding said he expected U.S. 60-84 would be open east and […]

Snow story: Buried alive for 20 hours

Betty and Jimmy Anderson were trapped for almost 20 hours. (Courtesy photo)

By David Stevens Editor They huddled together under a blanket in the front seat of their white Ford Fusion, imprisoned by a 12-foot snowdrift. Rescue workers knew they were about 2 miles southeast of Clovis on Curry Road 6, but it wasn’t exactly clear which snow drift they were buried under. They couldn’t get […]

Goliath calms, but roads, businesses remain closed

Roads are getting better, but this was U.S. 60-70-84 near Texico on Monday. (Photo courtesy Clovis police)

Yes, those were welcome blue skies over much of eastern New Mexico on Monday morning, but do not be deceived. The storm called Goliath still has a grip on the region. Almost 3,000 Xcel Energy customers were still without power at 7:45 a.m., many of them in the dark and without heat for 24 hours […]

Emergency coordinator: ‘We can’t get people to stay off the roads’

Clay Moyers, a Clovis district wildlife officer, lends a hand pulling stranded motorists out of the snow on Sunday.

By David Stevens Editor The good news: Most of the motorists stranded overnight in the region’s holiday blizzard had been rescued before sundown Sunday. Unfortunately, Curry County Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Heerding said, there have been about 20 more vehicles stranded since late Sunday afternoon. “It seems like as we get one clear, we […]

Area closings for Monday

Gwyn Del Toro records the scene outside her Clovis home.

Here are closings reported for Monday: 9th Judicial District Court in Clovis and Portales Melrose Clinic Plains Regional Medical Center clinics: Medical Office Building, South Campus, Cancer Center and Healthplex Curry County government offices Clovis city government offices Department of Health offices in Clovis, Fort Sumner, Portales Eastern Plains Council of Governments office

Storm leaves motorists stranded ‘all over the county’

Dianna Hernandez, who lives near Mesa Elementary School in Clovis, experiences the elements on Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

By David Stevens Editor Snow and high winds, producing 8-foot drifts in places, have left motorists stranded and roads closed and inspired Gov. Susana Martinez to issue a state of emergency across eastern New Mexico. “We have people stranded all over the county,” Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said this morning. “First responders are […]

Region wakes up to 8-foot snow drifts

Forecasters say a blizzard warning remains in effect for eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle until midnight.

Eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle woke up to 8-foot snowdrifts, roads closed throughout the region and no relief in site until after midnight.  “High winds and blowing snow have led to extremely dangerous and life-threatening conditions,” the National Weather Service reported for Curry and Roosevelt counties. Snowfall totals were difficult to measure with […]

Blizzard rocks region

The Christmas Tree at the Curry County Courthouse was felled by 50-mph winds on Saturday night . (Courtesy photo)

By David Stevens Editor The blizzard weather forecasters have predicted for days hit eastern New Mexico on Saturday night with all the fury expected. By 11:30 p.m., more than 5,000 Clovis customers of Xcel Energy were without power and most roads in the region were closed. Roads that remained open were icy and “extremely […]

Longtime doctor shares memories of 60 years

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Dr. Robert Timmons wrapped up a medical career spanning six decades last week. He moved to New Mexico in 1982 and practiced medicine in Portales until he moved to Clovis in 2006.

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer Some patients have been particularly memorable. “There was a young lady in Portales who came into the ER. Her coach said she was moving slow. She played on the volleyball team. “I ordered a CT scan after examining her and, low and behold, she had a brain tumor. She […]

Area preps for rare snow event

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D’Ann Townsend of Clovis chats with Burns Hardware cashier Sara Williford while she purchases four bags of ice melt Saturday morning. The hardware store started with six palettes of ice melt earlier in the week and was down to its final two. Owner James Burns noted he’s gone through winters without selling a single bag.

By David Stevens and Kevin Wilson CMI Staff White-out conditions. Temperatures well-below freezing. Sustained winds at 45 mph, with gusts to 60 mph. And don’t forget 10 inches to 2 feet of snow possible, with 5-foot drifts. That’s the forecast for today, and don’t think it can’t happen — it’s happened before in eastern New […]