Boy’s first haircut goes to charity

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Hair stylist Donnie Prilling gives 6-year-old Brody Crockett the first haircut of his life. Ten inches of hair will be donated to the Children With Hair Loss organization.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A Clovis resident received his first haircut after 6 1/2 years Wednesday afternoon — and all for a good cause. Shane and Brittany Crockett estimated their son’s hair was about 13 inches long before the haircut, which took place at Albert Maxx Salon on 21st Street. The goal was […]

ENMU’s Jazz Fest coming up

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The annual Jazz Fest at Eastern New Mexico University is happening next weekend. The event entails workshops for New Mexico high school jazz students and includes two concerts open to the public.

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s Music Department will be paying tribute to what music professor Richard Schwartz calls “one of the only musical art forms that was created solely here in America.” The annual Jazz Fest is approaching and will be held  April 8 and 9 at the ENMU Music Building. Jazz is a […]

Home and garden show set for weekend

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The 2016 Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show will include home improvement, gardening, décor, arts and crafts, food and hundreds of dollars worth of prizes and drawings.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The 2016 Clovis Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show will be held this weekend at the Clovis Civic Center. The show is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico, a member trade association comprised of business professionals within the local housing and residential construction industries in Curry […]

Q&A: Senator talks politics and policy

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Sen. Martin Heinrich Heinrich visited the Clovis News Journal on Friday.

Editor’s note: Sen. Martin Heinrich is in his first term as the junior senator for New Mexico. The former representative won the seat vacated by the 2012 retirement of Jeff Bingaman. Heinrich visited the Clovis News Journal for an approximate 25-minute conversation on Friday. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity, and split […]

Business feature: T-Mart changing locations

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Sales clerks Rubith Rascon, left, and Mona Gomez prepare for T-Mart’s upcoming relocation.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After 2 1/2 years in the same building, T-Mart is relocating across Hilltop Plaza. The beauty supply store at 320 W. 21st is located on property now operated by Twin Arrow Bingo. Twin Arrow owner Rocky Bernard said his gaming facility will be expanding into the T-Mart space. So […]

Mutton busting to bull riding at junior rodeo

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Jose Renderia, 6, of Odessa, Texas, holds on in vain during the Mutton Bustin’ event Saturday afternoon at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. The center will host the year-end association championship in July.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Curry County Events Center hosted dozens of rodeo participants ranging in ages from four to 19 on Saturday through Sunday, as the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association (HPJRA) made a tour stop in Clovis. The Hobbs, New Mexico-based HPJRA is a non-profit youth rodeo organization represented by boys […]

Q&A: Senator talks water and local education

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Sen. Martin Heinrich Heinrich visited the Clovis News Journal on Friday.

Editor’s note: Sen. Martin Heinrich is in his first term as the junior senator for New Mexico. The former representative won the seat vacated by the 2012 retirement of Jeff Bingaman. Heinrich visited the Clovis News Journal for an approximate 25-minute conversation on Friday. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity, and split […]

Floyd’s Colin Chandler honored

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Collin Taylor, right, hugs Paul Benoit after receiving the Floyd Citizen of the Year Award at the annual Floyd Jamboree Friday night. Benoit and others said Taylor is “always willing to get up and go to anyone who needs help.”

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com At the 66th annual Floyd Jamboree, the Floyd Lions Club presented its Citizen of the Year award to Colin Chandler, who was a Floyd village councilor for eight years and Floyd mayor for six years. “He’s been on the Floyd Fire Department for 13 years and an EMT for […]

Faith: Freedom Ranch hosting Good Friday observance

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Royce Shivers, a member of the Lighthouse Mission’s Men’s Discipleship Program, helps set up chairs for the Good Friday service at Freedom Ranch.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Local pastors, nonprofit organizations and community members will gather at Freedom Ranch tonight to observe Good Friday. As Easter approaches, many churches are in the midst of the three-day period known as Triduum, which began with Holy Thursday and ends with Easter Sunday. Good Friday, which falls right in […]

Spring Trout Derby coming up

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Oasis State Park, just outside Portales, holds an annual fishing clinic and trout derby each year. This year’s event will be all day Saturday and Sunday and will include cash prizes for tagged fish.

Staff report It’s time for Portales residents to grab their fishing poles again for the seventh annual Spring Trout Derby to be held at Oasis State Park this weekend. The event, which is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, is open to all ages and invites anglers to catch tagged fish that […]

City gearing up for annual egg hunt

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The city’s annual Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The city of Clovis is gearing up for their annual Easter egg hunt for local children with more than 5,000 plastic eggs waiting to be hunted, according to Administrative Assistant Vicki Reyes. The annual Easter egg hunt will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Guy Leeder Softball […]

Spelling champ making second trip to D.C.

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Clovis Christian School 8th grader Ariel Kokoricha, 13, won the 2016 New Mexico spelling bee statewide competition Saturday at Sandia Elementary School and will now advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com By virtue of emerging victorious during Saturday’s 2016 New Mexico Spelling Bee, Clovis Christian Schools eighth-grader Ariel Kokoricha has punched her second ticket to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Kokoricha, 13, correctly spelled lanceolate at the state competition at Sandia Prep to clinch a spot on […]

Military members looking off-base for homes

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Privatized homes are being newly built or renovated at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The privatized housing project at Cannon Air Force base is well under way, but trends in the local Clovis/Portales real estate market show military members have been more likely to look off-base for homes. Privatization at Cannon consists of Balfour Beatty Communities owning, operating and managing the five neighborhoods […]

Bodies found in Portales fire

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Investigators go in and out of a charred house on North Avenue J Wednesday morning. Two bodies were found in the home after firefighters put out the flames early Wednesday morning.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales emergency workers responding to a house fire early Wednesday found two people dead inside. Police said they did not know the cause of the deaths and had not identified the bodies. Portales Police Officer Charlie Smart said officials responded to the structure fire at 1:30 a.m. in the […]

Business feature: Twin Arrow Bingo set to open next week

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Construction is finishing up for the March 25 opening of the Twin Arrow Bingo hall at Hilltop Plaza.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Twin Arrow Bingo, located at Hilltop Plaza on West 21st Street, is scheduled to open March 25, Owner Rocky Bernard said. Construction has been ongoing about eight months. Bernard said he has plans for the gaming and entertainment center to include a restaurant, but that section of the facility […]

Melrose tops Mora for school’s fourth title of year

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Melrose senior Wyatt Williams celebrates with fellow senior Braden Hemminger after the close of Saturday's Class 2A title game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Melrose's 63-51 win over Mora.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Forget maroon. Blue is the new color for the Melrose Buffaloes. The Buffaloes led wire-to-wire in their latest coronation, a 63-51 win over Mora for the Class 2A state championship Saturday at The Pit. Led by sophomore Cade Barnard’s 20 points, the Buffaloes (26-3) claimed their fourth […]

Opinions on gun law mixed at show

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Vendors Jim Beevers, left, and Gale Blackwell, both of Clovis, price their inventory at the Clovis Evening Lions Club Gun, Knife, and Coin Show at the Clovis Civic Center. Today is the last day of the show; hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com House Bill 336, which Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law on Feb. 28, aims to strengthen gun safety by requiring that New Mexico courts report mental health records to the National Criminal Background Check System. The bill unanimously passed through the House and the Senate, but brought mixed reaction […]

Equine training event new at Ag Expo

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Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers shows area residents how to cook Pecan-Crusted Chicken Friday morning during her Simply Prepared Meals and Menus class during the 2015 AG Expo.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com An equine training event is a first for the annual New Mexico Ag Expo this year. Suzette Howard, who is hosting the event with her son and daughter-in-law, Sterling and Chelsea Howard, said the presentation titled “A New Look: Training Horses for Multiple Disciplines” will have education and safety […]

Texico whips Tucumcari to claim state title

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Texico senior Brannon Karger draws contact from Tucumcari defender Jose Flores-Duran in the second quarter of Saturday's Class 3A state championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Karger had 24 points in Texico's 77-52 win.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — The family joined the fraternity. Behind an attacking defense and a 46-point, 21-rebound effort from Brannon Karger and Nathan Phipps, the Texico Wolverines joined the ever-growing fraternity of state champions with a no-doubt 77-52 Class 3A win over Tucumcari to claim its fifth title in school history […]

Faith: Dallas Christian College choir to perform in Clovis

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The Dallas Christian College concert choir is set to perform in Clovis tonight.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The Dallas Christian College concert choir is set to perform in Clovis tonight. The concert, called “Identity,” is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church of Clovis, 1700 N. Main St. It’s part of the choir’s 2016 Kingdom Week Tour Program. The tour occurs during Dallas […]