City landmarks set to change

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File photo The Hotel Clovis, opened in 1931, was once the tallest building between Albuquerque and Dallas. It will be converted into an apartment complex, with a ceremonial groundbreaking set for 11 a.m. Friday. Kevin Wilson A shovel will hit the ground Friday morning, and a gate will be locked Friday evening. The Hotel Clovis [...]

Officials estimate fair attendance up

CNJ staff Though admission dollars are still being counted, Curry County Fair officials are estimating a gate attendance spike of at least 15 percent compared to the 2010 fair. “We’re still counting arm bands and the weekly passes we sold,” said Kevin Jolley, general manager of the Curry County Fairgrounds that held the fair Aug. [...]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air [...]

Couple sought in dognapping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Larry Rogers of the Clovis Animal Shelter replaces a sign Wednesday to the gate that got ran into by a car after a person took their dogs from the shelter and attempted to leave in their car. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis couple is facing charges for [...]

Accident didn’t slow down farmer

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist This story is told by the daughter of Clyde Sparks, Neva Riggins of Clovis, and takes place in the fall of 1945. “Dad said that he lacked two rounds being completely finished with the wheat harvest in that field. It was close to sundown so he felt that he could [...]

The little town that was — then wasn’t

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Gate City beat Vega, Texas, in basketball at Gate City on July 10, 1938. Gate City? Where in the world is Gate City? Think Conchas Dam. Yes, there is a Gate City and old folks around Tucumcari know where it was. I say was because there is no Gate City [...]

Zoo gets out word on bird(s)

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Zoo clerk Laura Shepler saysd she will hand-feed an orphaned bird cat food for at least two months before weaning it onto bird seed. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. [...]

New gates open at Cannon

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Airman 1st Class Jason Knockaert, 27th Security Forces Squadron, tests the buttons for the pop-up barriers at Cannon’s new main gate. The redesigned gate opened for traffic at midnight Friday. (Freedom Newspapers: Keith Pannell) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cannon personnel and Clovis citizens met Friday afternoon to celebrate the completion and re-opening of [...]

Reporter’s notebook: Persistence pays off for dog owner

By Tova Fruchtman Many people may have seen the signs and advertisements last month looking for “Stitch,” the Reyna family’s lost shih tzu. After a three-week search the Reynas finally found their dog, which escaped when Mike Renya was working on the gate at his home, he said. Renya said he got a call after [...]

Turkey dog has Clovis adventures

Lassie, Hank the Cowdog and Scooby-Doo have had their dog days. Now somebody should write a book or make a television show about the real-life adventures of George. John Considine’s dog has been homeless, tied up, befriended by strangers, even face-to-face with a pair of would-be house burglars. Chapter one. George was just a pup [...]