Family feeling

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Deja Hall serves corn on the cob during Juneteenth.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Looking at his surroundings at Potter Park, Eric Hall couldn’t help but feel like he was at a family reunion on Saturday — if you can consider a group of up to 2,500 people a family. What first started out as an intimate gathering in a barber shop 23 […]

Draggin’ Main revs up for third year

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Draggin’ Main enters its third year. Festivities start Monday with the Vintage Air Tour and include a drive-in movie Friday night before the public drag of Main Street 5 p.m. Saturday.

By Ryan Galloway Staff writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com Draggin’ Main returns to Clovis for its third year this week, with plenty of opening acts. Drive-in movies and restaurants, along with a national tour, are part of this year’s event that leads up to the 5 p.m. Saturday public cruise up and down Main. Draggin’ Main celebrates the […]

Knights of Columbus clean up cemetery

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Rich Champagne of the Cannon Air Force Base Knights of Columbus council, carries loose branches at Black Tower Cemetery Saturday morning. The cemetery, located west of Dennis Chavez Housing, is cleaned twice a year by the council.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The Black Tower Cemetery is the only home left for the residents of the now-defunct community, and a Cannon Air Force Base group spent Saturday morning making sure that home stayed in order. A group of about eight from the Cannon Knights of Columbus came with lawnmowers, weedeaters and […]

Veterans Resource Day combined effort

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U.S. Army veteran Patricia Keckler speaks with America’s Small Business Development Center Business Advisor Dominique Chairez during Friday’s Veterans Resource Day at the Roy Walker Recreation Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Santamaria has passion for helping anybody in need, especially veterans. But he had no idea a recent phone conversation with United Way of Eastern New Mexico officials would lead to an effort designed to connect veterans with a variety of resources under one roof. […]

Trials faced on pageant’s first night

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Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez accepts her award for top miss in the swimsuit category Thursday night at the Miss New Mexico Pageant.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Outstanding Teen contestants had to overcome their fair share of trials to perform in the opening night of the 2016 Miss New Mexico Pageant on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez, 21, the preliminary swimsuit winner Thursday night, said she […]

Juneteenth celebrations set for weekend

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A pair of celebrations are planned to mark Juneteenth, one beginning at dawn on Saturday and the other at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clovis area residents are preparing for a pair of celebrations this weekend with an eye toward observing an American milestone rich in historical significance. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating to 1865, it was on June 19 that Union […]

Faith: ‘Health Hut’ ready to ship

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Health Hut coordinator and Trinity United Methodist Church member Edwin Ford removes a microscope from its box as a finishing touch for the clinic.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Preparing to send their latest mission project thousands of miles to Africa, members of Clovis’ Trinity United Methodist Church compared the process to delivering mail. But a 40-foot shipping container needs a lot of stamps and quite the envelope. “It’s a big piece of mail, huh?” TUMC Pastor Amy […]

Business feature: Former bank now shooting range

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Target Sports employees Cory Griffith, left, and Holli Sacco practice their shooting before the facility’s grand opening event this weekend.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Shooters armed with machine guns, rifles and handguns will occupy a local bank this weekend — or what used to be a bank. Clovis’ newest shooting range and firearms store, Target Sports, is set for its grand opening on Friday. What was once Cannon Federal Credit Union at 1654 […]

First-time racer wins Clovis derby

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Paige Harris, right, gets ready for her race against Dillon Raney during the Clovis Soap Box Derby Saturday morning on Sycamore Street.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com When Matthew Lusk was asked to compete in Saturday’s 15th Clovis Soapbox Derby, he jumped at the chance. And now the 9-year-old is headed to the All-American Soapbox Derby next month in Akron, Ohio. “I feel really confident,” said Lusk, after winning the Clovis Rotary Club organized event in […]

Car seat techs help at clinic

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Mike Loftis, left, talks about proper car seat weight distribution during a car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon in the shared parking lot for Hobby Lobby and Hastings.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Of the estimated 30 cars that passed through the Safer New Mexico Now car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon, 24 were likely to have faulty car seats. According to Safer New Mexico Now Chief Operations Officer Mark McCracken, four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Lisa Stansell, […]

One dead after altercation at Clovis Apartments

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Staff report A Clovis man was killed early Friday morning after an altercation at the Clovis Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. About 12:45 a.m. Friday, police were called to the north side of the apartments where they found Ramon Rollings Jr., 52, on the ground with head injuries. Rollings was transported to Plains […]

Faith: Area Vacation Bible Schools starting up

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Children at last year’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church Vacation Bible School play a game as part of their Bible studies.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com For kids in Clovis this summer, vacation is occurring in the unlikeliest of places — school. It’s that time of year when Vacation Bible School programs are starting up across the community. From large groups of 200 children to smaller groups of about 25, VBS sessions will take different […]

Stabbing suspect arrested (update)

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Staff report Clovis police early Wednesday arrested a man wanted for stabbing a woman multiple times on Monday night. Aaron Morrisette, 32, was taken into custody after a standoff of nearly two hours. He was found in a residence in the 500 block of East 16th Street, according to a police news release. No one […]

Entrants up for this year’s soapbox derby

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The Clovis Soapbox Derby will run for the 15th time Saturday morning on Sycamore Street adjacent to Yucca Middle School, with weigh-in scheduled for Friday.

Staff writer Once Saturday morning arrives, it’s all downhill for a long-running Clovis event. But that’s a good thing. The weekend marks the 15th running of the city’s soapbox derby, with youth rolling their gravity-powered soapbox cars down Sycamore Street. The races start at 10 a.m. with double-elimination competition likely going until 3 or 4 […]

AT&T store to open in Clovis

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A new AT&T retail store is expected open in Clovis this summer, taking over the former Plateau store.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Former Plateau Wireless cell phone customers should not expect their services to be shut off in the transition to AT&T. But what they can expect is a new AT&T store to open in Clovis this summer. The AT&T branch is taking over where the former Plateau store used to […]

Cook-off celebrates chuck wagon days

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Farris Hightower, right, removes one of 200 chicken fried steaks from the cast iron skillet to be served at the Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-Off on Saturday, while Doug Swartz, left, prepares the Dutch oven-baked peach cobbler.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Withstanding a burning wood fire in 80-degree Clovis heat didn’t stop Walter Lowe from cooking 100 chicken-fried steaks on Saturday. But when it came to wind gusts, all bets were off. “The heat doesn’t bother me, but the wind makes the cast irons cold on one side and hot […]

Pioneer Days Parade results

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Tawny Pine gets loose from the J.P. Stone Community Bank float to show off her cow costume during the Pioneer Days Parade. The theme of the parade was “Party Till the Cows Come Home,” to honor the dairy industry and revisit a theme that won the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce a national award in the 1990s.

Sweepstakes winner: Curry County Marching/walking units: 1, Dance and Cheer Force Dance Studio. 2, Clovis High School Band. 3. Curry County Mounted Patrol. Floats, Business/Commercial: 1. Hamilton Big Country Ford. 2. J.P. Stone Community Bank. 3. Sun Loan and Tax Service. Mounted Units: 1. Pioneer Days Rodeo Queens and royalty. 2. High Plains Horseman’s Club. […]

Rodeo queens tour Wheatfields

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Miss Rodeo New Mexico Staci Trehern, far left, Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, center, and Miss Rodeo Arizona Alanna Hamilton, right, take turns greeting Dora Brown during the Rodeo Queens and Bullfighter/Clowns Tour at Wheatfields Senior Living Community on Friday.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com As a senior resident at the Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis, it’s not every day that Dora Brown gets to see rodeo queens and a professional rodeo clown. But as a long-time admirer of rodeo, Brown enjoyed the company on Friday morning. “It’s so nice meeting them today,” […]

Local ladies honored

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Frances Townsend, right, shows a tool involved in butter churning while daughter Debbie Spriggs churns during the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Pioneers, bonnets and hand-churned butter — things you wouldn’t often find in a 21st Century setting were brought together at the Clovis Civic Center on Friday morning. As a long-standing tradition, local women were honored and heritage was celebrated at the 15th annual Pioneer Women’s Breakfast. Nostalgia filled the […]

Good to be queen

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Kyla Myers of Clovis gives her speech, “So God Made a Cowboy,” during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico competition Friday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Myers was crowned as Miss Rodeo Elect New Mexico and will compete in 2017 for Miss Rodeo America.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Pomp and pageantry fit for a queen took center stage during Friday’s Miss Rodeo New Mexico fashion show, speech and coronation at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Contestants vied for the titles of Little Miss Rodeo, Miss Rodeo New Mexico Teen and Miss Rodeo New Mexico during the festivities. […]