Clovis High School soccer team wins Matt 25 boat race

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CNJ photo: Gabriel Monte The Clovis soccer team runs to its milk boat Sunday at Green Acres park during the Matt 25 Hope Center’s milk boat race. The team won first place, which it also won last year. Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High School soccer team claimed its first victory of the year, and […]

July 4 activities draw crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Heritage Dairy team dash to the lake during Saturday’s Matt 25 Boat Race at Greene Acres Park. The team finished the time portion of the race with a time of 2.36.20. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The 14th annual Smoke on the Water got underway with […]

Independence Day festivities to include live music, boat race

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File photo The Smoke on the Water fireworks display begins at 8:45 p.m. July 4 at Greene Acres Park. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Even though the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce isn’t quite to their $25,000 goal for the Smoke on the Water fireworks display, Director Ernie Kos said the day […]

Boat race takes creative spirit

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The Fourth of July celebrations in Clovis will include the second annual Dairy Boat Race at Greene Acres Lake. Participants were given a simple row boat and allowed to modify it within the rules, according to event organizer Steve Reshetar of the Matt 25 Hope Center, an office center […]

Drowning ruled as cause of deaths

CNJ staff Preliminary autopsy results indicate drowning as the cause of death of a Clovis teen and a Clovis firefighter who died last month at a Texas lake, officials said. Tyler Fontenot, 17, and his uncle, Joe Haseloff, 49, of Farwell, disappeared May 30 while on a fishing trip at Lake Brownwood in central Texas. […]

What’s your policy regarding leaking boats?

By Curtis Shelburne: religion columnist Whatever your personal policy about riding in leaking boats, a real leak in a real boat in which you are really riding will put it to the test. The policy, I mean. The boat, too, I suppose. My wife and I and two of our sons recently had the opportunity […]

Fourth festivities: Display not dampened

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jared Vander Dussen, 13, stands at the bow of his team’s boat Wednesday during the Dairy Boat Race, one of several Fourth of July activities held at Greene Acres Park. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Thirteen-year-old Jared Vander Dussen stood majestically at the stern of the boat like Captain […]

Farmers sponsor July 4 boat race

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Local dairy farmers will sponsor the first Greene Acres Boat Race this afternoon as part of the city’s Fourth of July activities. The race is a part of a fund-raiser for the Matt 25 Hope Center. Coordinator Kent Ware said $80,000 has been raised from entry fees and other […]

New Mexico not without its share of troubles

By Don McAlavy: Columnist My sister and her daughter told me to write about myself sometime. They live in Texas, so what do they know about New Mexico? But here goes. Whenever I come to a stop sign, 10,000 cars are waiting right down the street to pass by before I can get a chance […]

When seas get stormy, put trust in captain

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist On a family vacation during my growing-up years, our family headed across country to Niagara Falls. Our route led us to experience a ride on a ferry in West Virginia. Because we couldn’t get to the other side of the river, it was necessary for us to take the ferry. […]

Wayland staff helps man find pathway to faith

By Teresa Young: Wayland Baptist University Raymond Atchley admits he was unsure of his faith when he enrolled at Wayland Baptist University’s campus in Clovis a few years ago. “I’m not really sure that I’m a Christian, and I may be agnostic,” he told Carol Green, then dean of the Clovis campus, asking if he […]

Fathers do learn from children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Local hand lends aid to devastation

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer A former Clovis resident has been using his job training in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina hit in September. Blanton Christesson, a 1971 Clovis High graduate, is a foreman at Environmental Restoration Co. of St. Louis, Mo. The foreman said he and his crew worked seven days a week and […]

Joe Blair, H.G. Johnny Eastwood

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Joe Blair Date of birth: Oct. 15, 1925 Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and locations of service: […]

Harry “Ed” Lacey

Sharna Johnson On a PC boat carrying 65 men and measuring 173 by 15 feet, Lacey remembers Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Harry “Ed” Lacey Date of birth: July […]

Traveling temporary escape from world

By Helena Rodriguez My 14-year-old daughter Laura recently got to fly for the first time. In fact, she traveled by almost every possible mode — land, sea, plane and train — in the course of only a few days. Laura and I accompanied my friend Yolanda to Houston last week for outpatient eye surgery. We […]

Knowledge key to Ute Lake safety

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER When it comes to safety at Ute Lake in Logan, Park Manager Rodney Paris said flooding the water and banks with security personnel is the best way to prevent problems. “We try to use visibility as a deterrent, whether it is boat patrol or land patrol,” Paris said. The […]

Albuquerque man hurt in boating accident

CNJ Staff LOGAN — A boating accident at Ute Lake sent an Albuquerque man to the hospital with head and side injuries Sunday afternoon. New Mexico State Park personnel are investigating the accident. Rangers said details were still not clear but it appeared the injured man was riding a boat with family members when it […]

Lesher, Paul

Paul Lesher Services: Have been held. Paul Lesher, 77, of Logan, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, in Albuquerque. He was born on July 10, 1926, to George and Minnie Lesher. He moved to Albuquerque in the early 1960s, where he had a heating and refrigeration business for many years. In 1975, he moved to Clovis […]