Rosaries more than merely symbols

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist As a child, I remember summers at the North Portales Community Center, weaving bright strands of yarn around the frame of two crisscrossed popsicle sticks, forming a woven diamond called “Ojos de Dios.” Eyes of God. As an adult, I’ve taken up another cultural craft: stringing colorful beads together, by […]

Rosarios son un símbolo de tristeza

Como niño, recuerdo veranos en el Norte Portales Centro Comunitario, brillantes filamentos tejidos de hilo alrededor del marco de dos palitos entrecruzadas, formando un diamante tejido llamado Ojos de Dios”. Como adulto, he tomado otra arte cultural, ensartando collares de colores, por las décadas, para formar enlaces de oración conocido como rosarios. He estado asistiendo […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 30

Good schooling: The Associated Press is reporting Melrose Elementary School is one of three New Mexico schools that will be honored at a November ceremony in the nation’s capital as a National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education announced the awards Tuesday to 335 schools. In addition to Melrose, they include Newcomb Elementary […]

What’s happening — Sept. 30

Today New Mexico Manufacturing Day —10 a.m. Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand Ave. Clovis. Information: 575-769-4136 Thursday Clovis City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Night of Decadence: Chocolate Wine and Diamonds Evermore — 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 […]

Always willing to offer pronunciation advice

By Sandy Fields Liam Neeson was playing the part of a Kansas sheriff in an old movie I watched the other day. He’s Irish, but he sounded like a regular American from the heartland most of the time. It seemed like he must have had some accent coaching. Still, the pronunciation for some of the […]

Defense department resists rules rollback

By Tom Philpott Military Update Thirty-one House members, most of whom, public records show, got campaign dollars from compound drug lobbyists, are pressing the Defense Department to soften rules set in May that block TRICARE coverage of compound medicines when medical efficacy is unproven or prices extreme. Defense officials say they don’t intend to relax […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 29

Way to go: Congratulations are in order for author Gary Mitchell, singer Halle Reid and Cadet Derik Todd Kuykendall, all from Clovis. • Mitchell learned over the weekend his collection of Amos the Churchmouse columns is a finalist for honors in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for 2015. Winners will be announced Nov. 20. • […]

Pages past — Sept. 29

On this date … 1985: An 18-year-old Clovis man was charged with murder in connection with the shooting deaths of his brothers, 17-year-old Juan Munoz and 9-year-old Fedencio Cardenas. Jesus Cardenas was also accused of shooting his mother, father and sister, who were all hospitalized. Cardenas suffered what authorities described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound […]

Police blotter — Sept. 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 12:22 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 2900 block of Smith Avenue. • 12:52 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 600 block of Ross Street. • 4:54 a.m.: Possession of marijuana, Gidding and Ninth […]

What’s happening — Sept. 29

Today Turners Book Club — 7 p.m. Clovis-Carver Library, Ingram Room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Wednesday New Mexico Manufacturing Day —10 a.m. Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand Ave. Clovis. Information: 575-769-4136 Thursday Clovis City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 […]

Lunar eclipse draws residents outside

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A full moon lunar eclipse took place Sunday night, causing what is called a “blood moon” or “harvest moon” when the moon goes behind the sun’s shadow. Some ancient civilizations feared lunar eclipses as a sign of death or the end of the world.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR It’s not exactly unheard of to see your neighbors pulling lawn chairs out in their front yard when they know a lunar eclipse is coming. There is always an air of excitement any time nature and the cosmos act in ways unusual to their daily — or nightly — […]

New airport manager selected

STAFF REPORT A new airport manager will be taking on the Clovis Municipal Airport beginning Oct. 12, according to a press release from City Manager Larry Fry. According to the release, Fry selected Kyle Berkshire to manage the airport. Berkshire brings with him air traffic controller experience with the Federal Aviation Administration in Albuquerque since […]

Road closures expected for water line construction

STAFF REPORT Water line construction on Seventh Street between Cameo and North West streets beginning Wednesday will have part of Seventh Street closed until the weekend. According to a release from Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes, construction is expected to last for two days. Construction company J&H Services, Inc. is working alongside EPCOR […]

Cameo Elementary in process of getting new roof

STAFF REPORT Cameo Elementary is in the process of getting a new roof, according to Clovis Municipal Schools Operations Deputy Superintendent Carrie Bunce. Bunce said two classrooms at Cameo have been sealed off since last winter due to a failure in the roof directly above them. Until school administration could secure funding from the state […]

Area native awarded for conservation efforts

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Tish McDaniel was awarded the Hamerstrom Award Thursday night by the Prairie Grouse Tech Council for her work in conservation in eastern New Mexico during her life. McDaniel is the second woman to win the award since 1992. The first, she said, was given to Frances Hamerstrom, for whom the award is named.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Patricia “Tish” McDaniel has traveled from Argentina to the Gulf Coast hiking, observing and studying everything she can about critters in their natural habitats, soaking up every sunrise and even having a jumpy encounter or two with coyotes. This world traveler got her love of nature from eastern New […]

CNJ staff takes prizes at press contest

Staff report The Clovis News Journal picked up eight awards on Saturday night at the annual New Mexico Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. CNJ awards were in the division for small dailies. CNJ winners were: • Kevin Wilson, first place for investigative reporting. • David Stevens, first place for editorials. • Andrew Bouillon, first place […]

Farwell tax ratification passes

Staff report A little more than 150 people weighed in on whether Farwell Schools would receive an additional $354,000 per year to spend any way it chooses. By a 111-43 count, voters gave the schools that opportunity with a tax ratification to $1.17. Currently, property taxes in Farwell are $1.04 — the highest allowable amount in […]

Port of entry moving to former visitors center

Staff report The New Mexico Department of Public Safety is beginning the process of moving its port of entry to the building that formerly housed the Texico Visitors Center. According to a release from the DPS, the building on U.S. 60/84 will immediately be filled with administrative offices, and renovation on the building will begin […]

Now’s the time for winter prep

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer The first day of autumn has come and gone, and it’s time for Clovis and Portales residents to get ready for the winter months ahead. But how does one prepare for the winter months? Several local experts decided to weigh in on proper winter maintenance to prepare cars, homes […]

Festival officials hoping for best

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Chamber of commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said a lot of new fun is coming with the 42nd annual peanut festival next month.

Staff report Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials are hoping for the best with the additional costs for this year’s annual Portales peanut festival. There was temporary panic among chamber and city officials earlier this year when Roosevelt County commissioners voted to close the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds for 11 months following the county fair. “It […]