Park going to dogs

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Golden retrievers Maya, left, and Rio wait for Wes Robertson of Clovis to throw them a tennis ball Friday afternoon at the city’s new dog park. Kevin Wilson The city of Clovis is holding a ribbon cutting 12:30 p.m. Monday at its new dog park at Hillcrest Park. The park […]

In search of ponies: Dove had one last ride

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Courtesy photo: Sharna Johnson Sleeping on the warm back of a horse on a cold winter night may seem like a great idea, except in the case of one dove who learned the hard way that tree limbs probably are the best roosts for cold birds. It looked a little like a seasoned sailor, oblivious […]

Tiger cub donated to Clovis zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Zoo Curator Mark Yannotti feeds Sooner, a 12-week-old tiger, who was donated to the Hillcrest Park Zoo from an Oklahoma exotic animal facility. Sharna Johnson When he wakes, he bounds to his feet and goes looking for his bottle, finding it quickly in the hands of his mother. After a […]

Large water leak fixed in Portales system

Water storage levels in Portales have risen 4 feet since a large leak was discovered and stopped, and three more city wells are expected to go online within the next two weeks, the city manager has said. Portales City Manager Tom Howell made the remarks during an emergency city council meeting Friday morning at City […]

Officials eye first step of parks plan

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A view of the enclosed patio at the Youth Recreation Building, through a hole in the patio’s west wall. Lead-based paint and asbestos removal could begin by next week, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said. Kevin Wilson At Hillcrest Park sits about 5,000 square feet of concrete, paint and […]

Gidding Street post office remodeled, reduced

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales resident Sara Allison checks her employer’s post office box Thursday at the Gidding Street post office in Clovis. The post office has changed from almost 14,000 square feet to a 2,500 square foot space in the same building. Liliana Castillo Patrons to the Gidding Street post office are adjusting […]

Officials: Runway extension set for completion by late September

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A 1,800 foot expansion of the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport is underway and will be completed by late September or early October. Kevin Wilson An extension of the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport should be completed by late September or early October, according to city officials and […]

Counties placed on fire restriction

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties are among 29 in New Mexico placed on restriction Friday limiting fireworks, smoking, campfire and open fires due to dangerous fire conditions. The restrictions will go into effect 8 a.m. today and remain in effect until further notice. Smoking is only allowed only in enclosed buildings, developed […]

Spring season full of surprises

Winter may slip up on us quietly but spring has a way of surprising even the most prepared. Carl Sandburg described the fog as coming in on little cat feet, sitting on silent haunches, then moving on. I think spring is like that same cat blasting off from its haunches to pounce on a mouse. […]

Police blotter — Jan. 9

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon Dec. 29 an officer responded to a report of a crash at Prince and Brady. A man told the officer he was towing farm equipment and when he drove under the utility lines, the equipment caught the lines and pulled […]

Press release: Hull Street overpass ribbon cutting Wednesday

The City of Clovis will be holding a ribbon cutting on the north side of the Hull Street Overpass at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 1st, 2010. The ribbon cutting will be immediately followed by a reception at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 108 N. Davis Street when area representatives involved with the reconstruction will comment […]

Runway construction to begin Dec. 6

Kevin Wilson Officials involved with the runway expansion at the Clovis Municipal Airport hope for a boring project and much better service 10 months from now. Airport Director Steve Summers said the runway extension is expected to be complete in September 2011, with dirt work set to start Dec. 6. The runway will be extended […]

Outdoor guide: Bottomless Lake State Park

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Clarence Plank: Portales News-Tribune Photo from an observation point on top of Lea Lake at Bottomless Lake State Park. Lea Lake is 90 feet deep and offers boating and swimming. Bottomless Lake State Park The lakes are water-filled sinkholes. Geology and water chemistry create a unique environment for plants and animals. The lakes are a […]

Thunderstorm hammers Clovis

Clovis dealt with flash flooding and hail late Saturday night. As of 11 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque had recorded .76 inches of rain at the Clovis Municipal Airport and .67 inches at Cannon Air Force Base. About 9:45 p.m, spotters reported heavy rain and flooding from a group of thunderstorms over […]

Seven-foot bull snake found on Seventh Street

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Watched by fellow officer Dennis Weist, Animal Control Officer Robin Wiggins, at 5-feet-two-inches tall, has difficulty fully stretching a Bull snake that was killed Thursday morning on Seventh Street. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A near 7-foot long dead Bull snake caught Clovis Animal Control Officer Dennis Weist by […]

Flawed angels still messengers of God

On top of the entertainment center in our now-decorated living room, there sits an angel with a red dress, bare feet, and flyaway auburn hair which cascades over her shoulders. About 10 inches in size, and purchased at the after-Christmas sale two years ago, she quickly won my granddaughter’s heart and is, arguably, Mikayla’s favorite […]

Cannon pilot helps students march on

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Clovis High School band members play during their morning rehearsal Wednesday. Cannon pilot Jerry Ridgeway has been helping teach the students marching techniques. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections From aircraft in the sky to feet pounding turf … Cannon Air Force Base Predator pilot Jerry Ridgeway has been helping Clovis […]

City seeking bids for runway expansion

CNJ staff The City of Clovis is seeking bids for extending a runway at the municipal airport. The bid is for an extension of about 1,800 feet to the 4-22 runway. Airport Manager Steve Summers said the renovation would put the runway at 7,200 feet. City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said the extension would allow […]

Melrose youth sets national pole vault record

CNJ staff Caley Barnard, 12, of Melrose, set a new girls national junior pole vault record Wednesday at the Amateur Athletics Union national championship meet at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Barnard cleared 9-6.25 feet in the finals, more than a foot higher than second-place finisher Heather Shaffer (8-6) of Leander, Texas. The previous […]

Feb. 15, 2009 Letters to the editor

Increasing need for firearms On Jan. 30, two males kicked in the door of our home and were approximately 4 1/2 feet from my daughter. (“Clovis woman fires on intruders,” Feb. 6 CNJ) I am extremely grateful the police arrived within three to four minutes. Unfortunately crime is escalating and we cannot expect them to […]