Newspaper history

The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun have been sold to Clovis Media Inc., a new company based in Sheridan, Wyo., officials announced on Tuesday. The sale also includes all of the publications produced by the group now known as Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Here’s a brief history of each newspaper:

Meetings watch: CCC Board of Trustees

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meets at 8 a.m. today at Clovis Community College, Room 512. Agenda items for approval include: • 2013 spring and summer academic calendar • Audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 • Drug-free workplace and drug-free school and campus program review — Compiled by CNJ staff […]

Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari papers sold (updated)

Robin Fornoff Freedom Communications has agreed to sell the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun and their affiliated publications to Clovis Media Inc., Publisher Ray Sullivan told newspaper employees Tuesday afternoon. All 60 full-time and two part-time associates will retain their jobs in ownership transition, expected to take place before the end of […]

DA: Torres captured after six days of surveillance

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Noe Torres was arrested last Wednesday in Mexico, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Torres has been on the run since 2005, following the shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Robin Fornoff Noe Torres, one of Clovis’ and the nation’s most wanted fugitives since a 2005 shooting killed a sleeping 10-year-old boy, is in […]

Brothers move mother to hometown cemetery

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Photo provided by Steve Patton Brothers Steve Patton, left, and Gordon Patton make preparations to bury their mother, Bill Ward Patton, on Saturday at Hope Cemetery. The brothers moved their mother, who died seven years ago, to the cemetery to honor her dying wish to be buried next to her father. Kevin Wilson Seven years […]

Health department seeking Clovis man for treatment

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Courtesy photo Robert. J. Gutierrez, 45, of Clovis has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary lung disease. CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Public Health is looking for a man it believes needs isolated medical treatment. Robert. J. Gutierrez, 45, of Clovis has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary lung […]

Baby giraffe’s debut still on hold

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Public viewing of a baby giraffe born last week at the Hillcrest Zoo remains on hold, Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said Monday. CNJ staff Public viewing of a baby giraffe born last week at the Hillcrest Zoo remains on hold, Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell […]

Cats’ Betts opts to go to ENMU

Kevin Wilson Clovis senior tackle Kenny Betts has made a verbal commitment to play football next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Betts, who helped Clovis reach the Class 5A quarterfinals last November, announced his commitment ahead of Wednesday, the first day high school players can sign letters-of-intent to college football programs. Betts said he […]

School menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Yogurt and cinnamon toast. Lunch — Oven baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, ww roll, seasonal fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Bean tostada and salsa, Spanish rice, mexi salad, mixed fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and […]

Birthdays —

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Coffey [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Danielle Coffey of Clovis celebrated her 17th birthday Jan. 21 at her home. The celebration was hosted by her family. Danielle was born Jan. 21, 1995, in Clovis. — Submitted by Robin Coffey

On the shelves —

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking” by John Besh was given by James and Janice Gravely in memory of Nell Morris. The James Beard Award-winning restaurateur and “Iron Chef” champion makes a case for the importance of home-cooked meals while sharing essential advice […]

Religion feature: Pastor awarded for work with youth

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pastor Clyde Davis surveys an area in his office at the First Presbyterian Church in Clovis to hang the Celtic Cross award plaque he received Sunday. The award symbolizes Davis’ service to youth in the community. Benna Sayyed Throughout his career as a teacher and pastor Clyde Davis has used […]

Clovis zoo has baby giraffe

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis’ Hillcrest Park Zoo has a new resident. A female giraffe, already 6 feet tall, was born about 9 p.m. Wednesday night, officials said. Kevin Wilson The Clovis zoo’s newest arrival was somewhat of a surprise to zoo staff. Jael the Giraffe gave birth at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night […]

Burglaries in Clovis up 18 percent

Benna Sayyed Burglaries in Clovis increased 18 percent from 2010 to 2011 but the Clovis Police Department is working hard to curb these crimes, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Clovis police had a 12 percent clearance rate on burglaries in 2011. “That’s an awesome rate of clearance for burglaries. It takes people willing […]

Fund established for injured man

CNJ staff A fund has been established to help with medical expenses for a former Clovis man injured in a traffic crash Friday in Midland, Texas. Donations can be made at any branch of the Bank of Clovis to the Christopher Gladwell Fund.

Tiger’s tale: A few quick facts about the zoo’s latest feline resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tonjia Rolan Sooner, a Bengal tiger, was born in a wildlife preserve in Wynnewood, Okla., in May. When he arrived in Clovis at 11 weeks old, he barely had his eyes open. Today he is thriving under the care of Mark Yannotti, assistant zoo director at Hillcrest Park Zoo, who […]

Letters to the editor: Oak Ridge Boys put on good show

Oak Ridge Boys put on good show I would like to commend the Curry County Events Center staff for arranging for the Oak Ridge Boys to perform in Clovis. It was one of the best concerts I have been to. Will Banister opened the show. He is a young man with a lot of talent, […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 4:30 p.m. today at the CMS administration building, 1009 Main. Agenda items for consideration include: • Accounts payable check listing and voided check listing for Bank of America purchasing card charges for December • Activity report for December • Food service report for December • Investment report […]

Officials: Company could be up and running by April

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The former FrozFruit facility adjacent to the Clovis Industrial Park will soon be transitioned into the home for Beauty Health and Science Innovations, a product of a merger of two cosmetic companies. Officials hope for 120 to 150 jobs by the end of 2012 and 350 jobs within three years. […]

On the shelves — Jan. 22

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World” by Michael Lewis gives a guided tour through some of the far-reaching places hard hit by the fiscal tsunami of 2008, showing that cheap credit was the prelude to the global debt crisis that lies behind today’s headlines, and […]