Clovis Music Festival upcoming

The annual Clovis Music Festival runs Sept. 7 through Sept. 11 and draws music fans from around the world. The festival is an annual celebration of the Clovis sound, attributed to music producers Norman and Vi Petty and rock music legend Buddy Holly, who recorded many of his biggest hits at their studio in Clovis.

Developers: Regulations, price of land add to cost of building

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Houses on Carmel Lane near the Clovis Civic Center are in various stages, from empty lots to homes in progress to moved-in residences. Developer John Bourne said it’s hard to find a balance between building a home that’s affordable to residents and making enough money on a project to justify […]

Clovis’ future depends on water

I always have loved to call Clovis home. The amazing people of this area have always shown great heart, soul, courage and faith with any challenge we have faced. Recent examples include getting off the Base Realignment and Closure list in 2005 and the tornado recovery effort in 2007. Now we get to face our […]

Curry County Cats take opener

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Curry County Cats kick returner Jacob Jones steps out of bounds after slipping past New Mexico Crush defender Raul Anaya during the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff The biggest play for the Curry County Cats might have been the opposition’s extra-point conversion. Cade Wheeler, […]

Peanut yields up

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Brian Clark Jr. waits for a trailer to fill with peanuts Wednesday at Portales Select Peanut Company Inc. The machine separates dirt and debris from the nuts, which are then sent to be dried or, in this case, graded. Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields […]

Volunteering has biggest payoff

I visit the local hospital on a regular basis to receive a special medication. Each time, I’m greeted by volunteers. They wear pink along with a friendly smile, and are willing to provide any assistance I might need. One of my daughters is a March of Dimes director, and many volunteers help her in the […]

Monday morning briefing: Hair check and looking for a biggest loser

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day A day in the life of one of Clovis’ real heros…it’s “At your service.” Heads up Tomorrow (Tuesday) is picture day for students at Cameo Elementary School in Clovis. Make sure to check your student’s hair before they head out the […]

Program trains teen parents

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Martha Torres, an eighth grader from Marshall Middle School, holds her newborn son at the hospital Friday. Torres, 15, said a teen parent program has taught her about everything from nutrition and health to how to read to and play with her baby. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As […]

Year in review: Clovis selects first female mayor

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo After being elected mayor in March, Gayla Brumfield said she was “excited and speechless, which is unusual for her.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The biggest indication that 2008 would be a year of change for Clovis was an event that happened with plenty left on 2007’s calendar year. […]

Religious critics could be biggest benefit to cause

Freedom New Mexico Don’t call it the “Freedom From Religion Foundation.” Instead, go with “Friends Of Religion Foundation.” This mean-spirited group does more to strengthen and promote religion and religious liberty than any religious leader could ever hope to do. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is the group that rented a […]

In tribute: Mother, wife, twin did things her way

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Charlene Seales never met a stranger. She preferred hugs over handshakes and believed everybody should be a twin. She was also remembered by family members as the biggest source of energy and support in their lives —whether it was the distinct voice of support in athletics or the quiet […]

Biggest blessings in life can come from mistakes

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Think about this: sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be blessings. I think back to an early event in my life that illustrates this statement.

Former CCC prez talks new position

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure bowed down from that position last August to become New Mexico’s first secretary of higher education. The Odessa, Texas, native oversees a staff of 33, which is expected to grow by 13 positions in the next year, she said. In April 2005, […]

Squadrons competing to name ‘Biggest Loser’

Melanie Salazar It may not sound as glorious as it is, but for some Cannon Airmen and civilian employees, it’s time to be the biggest loser. The wing staff agencies, 27th Mission Support Squadron and 27th Comptroller Squadron are hosting a Biggest Loser contest, a light-hearted competition to get people to lose pounds and inches […]

Nothing like unorganized summer baseball

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When I was a kid, there was nothing more pleasurable than summer baseball. A friend might ask, “What you want to do today?” and I always replied, “You crazy? Play ball, of course.” I’m not talking about Big League, Little League, or the Abner Doubleday Code of Conduct. I’m talking […]

More than 100 anglers turn out for fishing derby

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Dennis Smith helps his 4-year-old son Isaac reel in a catfish during the Kids All-American Fishing Derby Saturday at Ned Houk Park. A record 323 fish were caught this year, according to organizers. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Never mind baseball, Zack Austin said, fishing is his all-American sport. In […]

Fishing more than bait, hooks, says derby director

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Fishing can be much more than hooking up a squirmy worm and whaling it in the lake — especially for those who plan to take part in Saturday’s Kids All-American Fishing Derby, according to derby director Jeff Baum. This 18th annual event, held at the back lake of Ned […]

Clovis pulls off improbable win

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — With 1:45 left in Friday’s game at Sandia, the Clovis boys basketball team appeared headed for a painful road loss. After trailing by 17 at the end of the third quarter, Clovis still trailed by 12 and were staring at the No. 4 seed in the upcoming District 4-5A tournament. But […]

Church celebrates 50 years of serving turkey

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — Forty roasted turkeys, 24 tubs of dressing, 250 pumpkin pies, 80 gallons of green beans, 500 apples, 100 stalks of celery and 14 gallons of cranberry sauce. Sounds like enough to feed an army — or about 1,400-plus hungry people expected to attend the 50th annual First United Methodist Church […]