Clovis banker’s son once famous actor

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Take a look up at the top of the two-story brick building at 416 Main St. You’ll see it says “Rogers-Awalt 1908.” The Rogers refers to Bert Rogers, who came with his family to Clovis from Olathe, Kan., in 1908. He and A. L. Awalt built the 416 Main St. building. […]

‘Believe in Me’ taught local woman new meaning to life

Candice Tyler, Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Candice Tyler, an employee of the Clovis News Journal, earned a spot on an opposing team in the movie “Believe in Me.” She kept a diary of her thoughts regarding the movie, from the first day the film came to town to her final take, which included a fight […]

Bush was at his best, but will it be enough?

Freedom Newspapers The president came out swinging in the final debate on Wednesday night, appearing unusually poised, well-spoken and forceful as he defended his record and attacked Sen. John Kerry as a Massachusetts liberal who makes Ted Kennedy seem like a conservative. That last point was his best line, perhaps, but George W. Bush did […]

No-nonsense ode to prep football in Texas

by Craig Outhier, Guest Columnist If you thought Texans were nuts anyway, wait until you get a load of “Friday Night Lights,” director Peter Berg’s no-nonsense ode to prep football in America’s most pigskin-crazy state. Based on Buzz Bissinger’s best-selling nonfiction book, Berg’s movie chronicles the 1988 Permian High School football season in the economically […]

Hounds seek cure for road blues

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ENMU quarterback Steven Hinson tries to escape an Abilene Christian defender. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jerry Vandergriff has done a lot of winning in his 23 seasons as head coach at the Angelo State. Right now, though, the Rams are going through some tough times. Angelo State takes an 0-5 […]

Kube never did anything half-hearted

J.D. Chandler-Autrey, Guest Columnist I was all the way in Palm Harbor, Fla., having just survived Hurricane Frances, when my little brother from Clovis called me and told me the horrible news about Spencer Kube. It is the single most devastating experience I have ever gone through in my life. For someone to say that […]

Logan family feeling effects of war

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — A U.S. Marine with direct ties to Quay County died in Iraq recently, making him one of the first military personnel with such ties to the county to die in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Staff Sgt. Marvin Best, 33, grandson of Mary E. Daniels of Logan, and the son of Charlotte […]

Readers: Best hamburgers found all over

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked, “Where’s the best place to get a burger in eastern New Mexico?” Some responses: “I LIKE BURGER KING, but my son and his girlfriend like the burgers at the Stone Soup cafe. I realize that Burger King is in every state and every town, but it is still […]

Today all fathers desever appreciation

CNJ Editorial S ome are gruff and distant, some are warm and touchy-feely. Stories shared by readers in today’s Lifestyles section are proof that fathers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and temperaments. The best dads are those offering time and affection, nurturing confidence and independence. The means by which those necessities of life are […]

City champ wins again after 7-year long layoff

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David Gutierrez, of Clovis, finishes a drive on the 18th tee during the Clovis City Golf Championship on Sunday at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. He won the title with a two-round total 137. (CNJ staff photo, Loretta Kos) CNJ staff reports Some golfers are eternal pessimists. Dave Gutierrez won the Clovis men’s city championship […]

Injury breaks up twin terrors

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Fort Sumner junior Sandy Fortner is the Class 2A state record holder in the long jump. Photo courtesy of Andrew Chavez/imastore.com By Rick White Sandy and Kelly Fortner have been twin terrors since they burst onto the state track scene as precocious eighth-graders four years ago. The past two seasons the speedy sisters and identical […]

A day to go low

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Clovis junior Guillermo Chavez chips onto the 18th green during the Clovis Triangular golf tournament Thursday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Chavez birdied the hole and won the tournament with a 70. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Guillermo Chavez’ timing couldn’t be better. With the district and state tournaments coming up in […]

Depth carries La Cueva girls to win

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Clovis freshman Kela Williams was unable to score in a deep field in the 100-meter hurdles. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner No one individual dominated the girls division of Friday’s Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium, and that suited La Cueva coach Jim Ciccarello just fine. The Lady Bears spread the points […]

City takes first step to approve $200 million dollar bond

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer The City Commission gave initial approval Thursday night to the issuance of a $200 million industrial revenue bond to finance the construction of the Southwest Cheese Plant. A special commission meeting will be held May 13 to give final approval to the bond, commissioners said. The proposed bond purchase […]

Teachers must work to be good

Clyde Davis Thank you, John Timmerman. When we had you for freshman English, we looked up to you. We thought you were a good teacher. So the day we came up to talk to you, having heard that you pitched college baseball, we wanted you to join our intramural softball team. Since I was going […]

County releases salary records

By Jack King Curry County officials on Friday supplied employee salary and benefits information as requested by the Clovis News Journal — but the paper’s officials said Monday their dispute is not over. The newspaper last week sued the county for release of the salary information, contending it is public record. County Attorney Stephen Doerr […]

CNJ sues county over pay records

By Jack King Curry County’s attorney is using an inaccurate interpretation of the New Mexico Public Records Act to justify withholding county pay records, an attorney for the Clovis News Journal said on Monday. The paper filed a lawsuit against the county Monday in 9th Judicial District Court, asking the court to order the county […]

Lady Bronchos gain state Class 1A finals

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Sparked by full-court pressure, Grady rallied in the final two minutes to beat Elida 40-38 Thursday in a Class 1A girls semifinal game at West Mesa High. Stephanie Bailey’s free throw with 26 seconds proved to be the game-winner as Grady (26-5) survived a six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter […]

Coleman’s big night is extra special

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Octavia Coleman flew in from Chicago to see her son play for the first time in two years. Garland Coleman responded with one of his best efforts of the season. The Eastern New Mexico senior scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds Thursday as the Greyhounds rode a 15-2 second-half […]

Where a strike is a good thing

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Gene Davis grips his bowling ball in his stance before throwing during practice Wednesday at the lanes. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber Gene Davis fell in love with bowling when he was 9 years old. He got into bowling, he said, because his brother played baseball, and Davis didn’t like baseball. His […]