One injured in Thursday accident

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Traffic was stalled Thursday morning after a truck crash left one man hospitalized in Lubbock.

Staff report A Thursday morning vehicle accident on U.S. 60 west of Clovis injured one  and forced traffic to be redirected for more than two hours. The accident occurred between Fort Sumner and Melrose. New Mexico State Police received a report of the accident about 2:30 a.m., according to Lt. Cleo Baker. Baker said the […]

Country singer Merle Haggard dies at 79

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Merle Haggard tips his hat to the audience during a February performance at the Saban Theater in Bevely Hills, California. Haggard died on Tuesday, his 79th birthday.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Legendary country singer Merle Haggard died Wednesday in his Northern California home on his 79th birthday. Haggard reportedly died due to health complications from pneumonia. With musical accomplishments spanning more than 60 years, Haggard’s career includes more than three dozen Number One country hits on the Billboard charts, music […]

CYFD looks to network with local agencies

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Children, Youth and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson outlines her department’s mission during a public engagement meeting Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Monique Jacobson said one of the biggest stumbling blocks to helping children in New Mexico is overcoming existing perspective. The state’s Children, Youth and Family Department secretary made that point and others during a 75-minute engagement meeting with various community entities Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Jacobson, the […]

Arrest made in connection with shootings

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By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Two area men were shot early Tuesday morning, suffering “potentially life-threatening injuries,” and a Clovis man was booked into the Curry County jail on Tuesday night in connection with those shootings, officials said. A news release from Sheriff Wesley Waller said Chance Plummer, 29, of Portales, and Dennis Huggins, 48, […]

Unclear how many furloughed BNSF workers connected to area

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The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad recently announced 4,600 workers have been furloughed nationwide due to declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal.  Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks

Staff report Citing declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has furloughed about 4,600 employees nationwide, although it is not clear how many of those workers have Clovis-area connections. “We don’t release numbers as they relate to geographic areas,” said BNSF Director of Public Affairs Joe Sloan, whose […]

Home show draws crowds, vendors

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Pampered Chef Consultant Melissa Crowe, a vendor for 14 years at the Clovis Home and Garden Show, assists a visitor at her booth. The show featured more than 80 booths and 50 exhibitors this weekend.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The 2016 Clovis Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show on Saturday drew in more vendors than ever and a large crowd its first day at the Clovis Civic Center. The show, continuing today, is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico. Todd Farrell, show chair and the […]

Lectureship celebrating 40th year

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Science fiction author Connie Willis will be returning to the Jack Williamson Lectureship this year for its 40th anniversary as mistress of ceremonies. Author Victor Milan will be the guest of honor the Thursday-Friday event.

Staff report The annual Jack Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University will be celebrating its 40th year this month. The event will take place Thursday and Friday with guest of honor and science fiction author Victor Milan. According to the lectureship’s coordinator, Patrice Caldwell, Milan has been publishing literature in the science fiction genre […]

Drive-in movie planned for Draggin’ Main

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The week-long Draggin’ Main event in Clovis will start June 20. The event expected to feature a drive-in movie, contests, car show and longer route.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Plans for the third annual Draggin’ Main are kicking into high gear, with a drive-in movie in the works for the upcoming event. This year’s Draggin’ Main, scheduled for June, will implement several new festivities and be a week-long affair. The event aims to bring together car enthusiasts and […]

ENMU hosts annual career fair

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Tom Cordova, left, senior recruiter for Los Alamos National Laboratory, talks to Eastern New Mexico University students Krysten Finney, center, a biology major, and Makayla Gordon, a business major during the ENMU Job Fair Thursday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Career Fair on Thursday afternoon had around 75 students attend within the first two hours, according to ENMU’s Career Counselor Jacquelyn Campbell. “We are trying to turn student success into career success,” said Campbell. The career fair was held in the Campus Union Building Ballroom from […]

Faith: Church transforming container into ‘health hut’

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Members of Trinity United Methodist Church gather around Rev. Kirwa Maritim (center) as they prepare for their latest mission project, “Health Hut,” to be delivered to Nandi County, Kenya.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis is impacting the world right from its parking lot. Looking at the exterior of what seems like a green metal box outside the church, one might never guess that this large shipping container will eventually benefit the lives of hundreds of thousands of […]

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 […]