Running can be soothing to soul

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist I have always played sports, but never particularly enjoyed running. In college, I tried to join the track and field team, and gave up after the first day of practice. I thought it was too hard. Perhaps motherhood has increased my pain tolerance, or military life has made it imperative […]

City airport expansion on horizon

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Officials plan to extend the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport to the north. The city bought the land for the planned expansion in 1988. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff Plans to extend the Clovis Municipal Airport’s runway to accommodate larger planes is waiting for the completion of an environmental assessment, according to airport […]

Ag Sense: Dairies efficient water users

By Victor Cabrera: Guest Columnist There seems to be a misconception about how much water dairy farms actually utilize and their efficiency with this precious resource. According to officials at the Office of the State Engineer, dairies account for only 1.3 percent of the state’s water usage. Yet, dairying in New Mexico produces more cash […]

Rain replenishing Conchas Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Fueled by monsoon rains, the water level at Conchas Lake is the highest it’s been in at least five years, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With higher water levels, more water will be available to irrigate farm and ranch operations south of the dam as […]

Rains fell swiftly to flood some areas

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On Thursday, as the runoff from the fields got stronger and spilled into the swollen Plaza Larga Creek, a small waterfall rushed along Quay Road AF. (Freedom Newspapers: Chellie Delaney) By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Just when you thought there was a drought, it rains six inches and starts flooding. Wednesday night’s steady showers, […]

Police search for possible female robber

CNJ staff Clovis Police are looking for a female suspect they believe robbed three city convenience stores in the space of two hours early Saturday morning, according to a press release from Clovis Police. The suspect is described as a female standing between 5 feet and 5 feet, 3 inches, and weighing about 120 pounds […]

ENMU NOTES: Hounds javelin thrower still hopes for national berth

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Zach Gerleve is still hoping for a berth in the NCAA Division II national track and field meet, scheduled for May 25-27 at Emporia (Kan.) State. Gerleve, a provisional qualifier for nationals for the third year in a row, threw a personal best […]

Day trips: Railroading memorabilia abounds at Clovis museum

Compiled by William P. Thompson Remember playing with choo-choo trains when you were a kid? You can rediscover the fun of model railroads at the Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum. The depot has been restored to the same condition it was in the 1950’s. An operating telegraph station is inside and there are plenty […]

Residents give input on regional water plan

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Irrigated farming, as area residents know it, could become a thing of the past in eastern New Mexico. Hydrogeologist Amy Ewing gave statistics Monday night that project water saturation thickness in the underground aquifer beneath Curry and Roosevelt counties will be at an all-time low of less than 100 […]

East German prison metaphor for country

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist BERLIN — More than 16 years after the Wall fell, West Berlin and East Berlin have melded together enough that a visitor wandering around the city often can’t tell which was which. But at a dingy gray building surrounded by concrete walls topped with barbed wire, there is no escaping […]

Discipline changes for every generation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist To paddle or not to paddle — that was the question raised at a recent Clovis Municipal School Board meeting. This discussion is nothing new. On one side there’ll be the “If you spare the rod you’ll spoil the child” crowd. On the other will be those who believe if […]

Mother was tough shopper

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist My mother was the epitome of rough, tough Nebraska stinginess, but she always made a special trip to Denver just before Christmas to show me the holiday decorations. On these trips she also bought pigs’ feet. Besides being cheap, they provided hours of winter fun for the family as we […]

Winds integral part of life in New Mexico

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a New Mexican in Washington, D.C. who has told me when the wind blows there it reminds her of home. Yes, we have the wind here. Phoenix has its heat, there are hurricanes for the Gulf Coast and the West Coast has earthquakes. Here in eastern New Mexico and […]

There’s always been oil under Curry County soil

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Perhaps 1926 should be remembered as the year oil was found in Curry County. Deliberate or not, rumor had it that an unnamed, big oil company paid someone to sabotage the well. What happened to another well in 1927 is unknown. Professional oil well drillers drilled four or five test holes […]

Injured woman identified

CNJ staff A woman found injured in a Clovis alley on Oct. 7 has been identified, police said on Wednesday. Police said the woman’s family has been notified and police do not believe she was the victim of any crime. When she was found lying in an alley in the 3100 block of Ross Street, […]

High Risers

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer From the ground, the wind can seem tame. It is almost always deceptive, though, according to recent college grad Eric Denton. He spent a big chunk of the last five years up in the air — his only protection, a harness. Denton discovered the hard […]

ALS adds another to its Wall of Heroes

Senior Airman Ricardo Bonvincin, 522nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Col. John Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander, Mr. Lee Roach, Mr. Roach’s wife Una Roach, Mr. Gary Hamilton, Mr. Allan Farkas, Senior Airman Thomas Trout, 27th Security Forces Squadron Airman Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs In 1941 New Mexico, like many other states, was subject […]

Woman dies in two-car crash

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Clovis Police officer Roger Dial, left and, detective Jim Lara mark points Tuesday during the investigation of a fatal car crash on South Prince Street. CNJ Staff A 27-year-old woman died Tuesday in a two-car accident south of Clovis on U.S. 70. Police declined to name the victim Tuesday night […]

ENMU biology department receives alligator

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This Caiman crocodylus, also known as the South American Alligatorid, was donated to the Natural History Museum exhibit at Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman is about 3 1/2 feet long. By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an […]

Boots make for kickin’ occasion

By Ryn Gargulinksi: CNJ staff writer Boots have always had a special place in my heart — and feet — ever since I was a kid. Mom may have even had my first pair bronzed and made into excruciatingly garish bookends before I learned to walk. When I did learn to walk, I started off […]