Potter Pool vandalized, temporarily closed

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Vandals broke into the Potter Park swimming pool overnight Monday, throwing trash into the pool and breaking equipment. The pool will be temporarily closed while repairs are made. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer City officials temporarily closed Potter Pool on Tuesday due to damage incurred during a vandalism spree. […]

Sadly, dumpster-diving days long gone

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist When I took the trash out the other day, I realized my dumpster-diving days are over. There, by the dumpster, was a really good designer chair. I looked at the thing. All that was wrong with it was the canvas on the seat had given way. A good cleaning, a […]

Nuttall’s success should be seen by harshest critics

CNJ Editorial Neil Nuttall completes 7 1/2 years as Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent this week, leaving Tuesday for North Central Missouri College where he becomes its president. Nuttall leaves behind a legacy of academic vision and infrastructure that will serve Clovis students and the community for decades to come. And, as with all such agents […]

Director brings Hollywood to Clovis

Question and Answer Robert Collector is the writer and director of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title. The production crew has been filming in Clovis, Portales, Elida and other eastern New Mexico towns. Collector spoke about his role in film, his Hollywood career and what […]

Behind the scenes: When it rains we’re poorer

John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. After a week of smile-inducing, sunny-looking weather reports […]

Area students learn farm safety

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Third-graders from Clovis Christian School and Faith Triumphant School react to a controlled grain dust explosion Thursday during the Clovis Fire Department’s eighth-annual Farm Safety Day camp at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo by Eric Kl By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Bob Maher stood surrounded by about 30 third-grade students, crammed inside a […]

Clovis businesses celebrate 75 years

By Don McAlavy In 1929, a small-town newspaperman came to Clovis from Kansas to start a dynasty. Not only did Mack Stanton combine two weekly newspapers into a daily — the Clovis Evening News Journal at 215 Main — he also created a printing plant to do commercial printing at 313 Main and he called […]

Clovis police department officials consider new cars

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Police Department may soon have $125,000 added to its budget to purchase new police cars. At a meeting Tuesday morning, Clovis City Commission’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to recommend the full city commission add that amount to the police department’s capital budget to pay for police cars. The […]

Spring time to shape up golf swing

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Jason Saiz of Clovis was testing a new driver Saturday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Kevin Wilson With the recent change in weather, it’s no surprise people are enjoying some of their free time with a set of clubs and a few golf balls at a local country club. […]

Kitchen could cause Lighthouse Mission to close

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Susan Armijo, kitchen manager at the Lighthouse Mission, prepares a meal for mission administrator Richard Gomez. (staff photo by Darrell Todd Maurina) By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis ministry that feeds up to 80 people a day could close next year unless it replaces its kitchen equipment to comply with state regulations. The expected cost […]

State law causes Lighthouse dilemma

By Darrell Todd Maurina Jon Goldstein, communications director for the New Mexico Environment Department, said the Lighthouse Mission’s current quandary happened because of a change in state law. Until 2000, Lighthouse Mission was legally allowed to use “homestyle” kitchen facilities for its cooking. That’s no longer allowed for new food service operations, but those that […]

Business Briefs 2/24

Portales parlor company expands PBI Parlor Systems of Portales purchased Ross-Holm inc. of Petaluma, Calif., on Feb. 4, according to a news release. PBI Parlor Systems designs and builds parallel, herringbone and drop-rail stalls, along with crowd gates, the release said. It has been in business since 1989. For 60 years, Ross-Holm has designed and […]

An exercise in deployment

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A1C Sean Ellenburg, of the 27th Comm Squadron, secures a pallet full of equipment before it’s weighed in the cargo yard at Cannon Air force base Thursday during a training exercise (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Robert Yates wants his Cannon Air Force Base personnel […]

Amarillo man injured after crashing plane

The Associated Press AMARILLO — A pilot returning from Tucumcari crash-landed his small plane Saturday at an airport south of Amarillo. Robert Lea, 79, of Amarillo, was the only person on board the 1953 model Cessna 195-B. He was taken to a local hospital for a possible hip injury, according to the Texas Department of […]

Senior Calendar 11/9

La Casa De Buena Salud 1120 Cameo Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — HIBAC. Tuesday: 9 a.m. — BOD meeting; 11 a.m. — General senior meeting; Noon — Refreshments. Wednesday: 10 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor […]

Eastern’s coaches are ready

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — For Eastern New Mexico University fans, the football season lasts from September to November. For the players, it lasts from August to spring football in March — not including summer workout programs. For the coaches, it’s a 12-month process, and it comes full-circle this week when practices begin on Thursday. […]