Editor’s notebook — Sept. 18

Country when it’s cool: If you’re into country music, it’s a great time to be alive in eastern New Mexico. Stars old and new are soon to be in the neighborhood. Jason Aldean is set to perform Thursday at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock. Rascal Flatts is headed to Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque on Oct. […]

Police blotter — Sept. 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:21 a.m.: Driving under the influence, aggravated, 200 block of West 14th Street. • 12:32 a.m.: Driving on suspension/revocation, Plaza Drive and Main Street. • 3:35 a.m.: Motor vehicle theft- auto, 500 block of […]

What’s happening — Sept. 18

Today Special Olympics State Equestrian Games — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers needed for either day. No equestrian experience necessary. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave. Clovis. Information: Gary Jones, 575-799-1125 The Brickstreet Players present “Nunsense”— 7 p.m. First Christian Church, 1700 N. Main St., Clovis Saturday Melrose Senior Citizen’s Center Garage […]

Trinity Lutheran celebrating 50th

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Children and their leaders stand in front of an art project completed at Trinity Lutheran Church’s 2010 Vacation Bible School. The project consisted of boards painted by the children, who were told to paint whatever they wanted. In 2011, the boards were used in the construction of a local Habitat for Humanity house.

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Sharon Cowman and her husband, Jim, started going to Trinity Lutheran Church in Clovis about six years after it opened its doors in 1965. Soon after, she said they joined the church because of its friendly atmosphere and strong community involvement. Plus, Cowman said they had a strong youth […]

Water board members to visit Washington

Staff Report MELROSE — Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will speak with officials Wednesday in Washington D.C. about securing $2 million in year-end funding, Authority Chair Gayla Brumfield. Brumfield said the trip to the nation’s capital was discussed on Thursday during the authority’s regular meeting in Melrose. She said the delegation […]

CCC celebrates 25th year of being CCC

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Clovis’ community college has been celebrated for more than 50 years of educating the Clovis community. Friday, it will celebrate the silver anniversary of doing so as Clovis Community College. The college, in a ceremony hosted by President Becky Rowley, will hold a celebration 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

City officials to discuss Natural Chem

Staff report Clovis city commissioners are scheduled to meet at 5:15 tonight at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex to discuss Natural Chem Eco-Fuels, LLC’s plan to purchase land at the Clovis Industrial Park. Commissioners tabled the item on Aug. 31 for today’s meeting, giving commissioners more time to review the information they were given […]

Athletes preparing for Special Olympics equestrian events

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Shelly Cox, with Dakota a year ago, is ready to compete this weekend.

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Shelly Cox has found her “happy place,” riding horses. It’s a hobby she  took up around 2004 when she began competing in Special Olympics New Mexico’s equestrian events. When her mom died two years ago, she was positive that riding her retired ranch horse Dakota was her favorite thing […]

Vandals damage One Stop Feed

Staff report Around $20 in cash remained in a register at One Stop Feed after someone shot 10 rounds into the building and possibly entered on Monday night. The vandals also left behind an estimated $3,000 in damage, according to a Clovis police report released on Wednesday. At 11:23 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a […]

Friday night’s game one to remember

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist Friday night was a night to remember. Not only was the occasion another great Clovis High School Wildcat football game, it was also the evening of Sept. 11. The evening was a culmination of the many Sept. 11 activities taking place throughout the day across our district, commemorating this pivotal […]

Golden Library hosts great displays

By Betty Williamson Local columnist The seven glass-fronted cases that line the west side of the foyer of Golden Library might be the nicest gallery space in eastern New Mexico. Director Melveta Walker said her library is preparing for a two-year multi-million dollar renovation scheduled to begin in May 2016, but until then visitors to […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 17

Watch for weed eaters: Cannon Air Force Base personnel, along with Department of Transportation workers, will be busy Saturday. Starting about 8 a.m., they’ll be weeding the median along U.S. 60/84 between Wheaton Road and the Cannon overpass. Inside lanes on both sides of the median will be closed for safety purposes, according to a […]

Pages past — Sept. 17

On this date … 1980: Absentee ownership of commercial buildings, inadequate parking and lack of “creative financing incentives” were issues area residents were discussing about downtown Clovis. The Clovis News Journal reported a panel had been formed to discuss those issues and more, including a lack of traffic control downtown, insufficient restaurant facilities and “poor […]

Police blotter — Sept. 17

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 2:25 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 2800 block of Sheldon Street. • 7:46 a.m.: Improper backing /limitation on backing, 21st Street and Echols Avenue • 7:47 a.m.: Lost property, Prince and Eight streets. […]

What’s happening — Sept. 17

Today Peanut Festival Health Fair— 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Need your insurance card. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, East Lime St., Portales. Information: 575-356-4453 ext. 6361 Pre-K Storyhour— 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. […]

Gattis briefly evacuated

Staff report W.D. Gattis Middle School was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after a fire alarm went off in a girls’ locker room, said Carrie Bunce deputy superintendent of operations. Bunce said the alarm went off while girls were drying their hair, but there was no fire. A censor is “extremely sensitive,” Bunce said. Students […]

Official proposes taking in abandoned properties

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Abandoned or blighted properties in Clovis may see an upgrade — or, rather, the wrecking ball — if Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley succeeds in forming a partnership and plan with Clovis officials on addressing the problem. At the Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Ashley said he’d like […]

Country artist headed to town


By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music are coming to Clovis on Oct. 23, bringing country music pioneer Dwight Yoakam in tow. Curry County Events Center Manager Joelle Reed announced to Curry County commissioners Tuesday morning that Spectra, the contracted management company for the center, would be footing the entire bill […]

More murals join downtown

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Art teacher Gina Davis, in the hat, and some of her students pose with the mural they completed Saturday at Fourth and Main streets in Clovis.

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Downtown Clovis is a little more artsy today. Gattis Middle School Art Director Gina Davis and eight of her students created a mural Saturday on the south wall of the “As They Grow” children’s clothing store at Fourth and Main streets. The mural shows children swinging from a tree […]

Estoy abogando por una política de un corazón abierto

Hoy es El Diez y Seis de Septiembre. Día de la Independencia de México. Me hace pensar cómo, en muchos sentidos, de que los Estados Unidos depende en los inmigrantes mexicanos y sin embargo, en muchos sentidos, quiere ser dependiente de ellos. También me hace pensar acerca de cuántos inmigrantes mexicanos dependen de los Estados […]