Tuesday morning briefing: Milk money, scrambled golf and local Harley ladies

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Did you know? Xcel Energy, which provides power in Clovis and Portales, has 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its companies in eight states, according to its website. Xcel’s headquarters are located in Minneapolis. Got milk? Milk is the No. […]

Child gives up Christmas wish for friend in hospital

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Harley Pena, 6, combs new hair that is finally growing back in after her last chemotherapy treatment. Pena is fighting a rare combination of two types of acute leukemia. She enjoys putting on make-up and brushing her hair. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Harley Pena of Clovis is […]

Favorite ornaments say a lot about you

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The story begins at Holland’s Christmas Shop and Nursery, in Lubbock. I was debating whether to buy the Lenox “Dorothy” ornament as an early Christmas present for my wife,who loves The Wizard of Oz. Having decided that this was worth it, I was standing in line behind a woman who, […]

Ho ho, hogs

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Daniel Platt of Clovis rides with a bag of toys on his bike Saturday during the Harley-Davidson Toy Drive. The toys were collected from Platt’s coworkers at Cummins Natural Gas Engines. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Mix holiday spirit, Santa hats and leather jackets, and you get the High […]

Food Bank drive collects more than 17,500 pounds of food

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Police Department traffic officer David Bryant leads motorcycle riders though the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico warehouse as part of the holiday can food drive activities. By Gabriel Monte Vehicles on U.S. 60/80 pulled over to the side of the road Saturday morning, making way for about 50 […]

Business Digest: Harley-Davidson collects award

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer High Plains Harley-Davidson of Clovis was awarded the company’s 2007 model year Bronze Bar and Shield Circle of Achievement Award. The award is based on levels in motorcycle and related product sales, customer service and satisfaction, the facility, the staff’s skill level and other operational measures. Located at 4400 […]

Cops get new rides

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Clovis Police Lt. Richard Johnson sits atop the first of two Harley-Davidson motorcycles to be placed in service with the Clovis Police Department. Thursday was the first day the bike was used, Johnson said. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer They’re taking to the streets of Clovis on two wheels […]

Bikers give toys to needy

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Israel Reynosa, 11 months old, watches the action Saturday afternoon as area bikers prepare for the annual High Plains Harley-Davidson toy run. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A pair of dark, sleek shades covered his eyes; a pair of thick, black leather chaps his jean-clad legs; a bandana his hair. […]

Bad …to the bone

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Kay Stanton is not your typical biker chick. She’s 52 and has been a school teacher in Farwell for 25 years. She’s been riding for almost 10 years after getting into the sport with her husband, Joe. With he on his Harley and she on her bright yellow Honda trike, […]

Business feature: Two-wheelin’ women

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Local residents (counterclockwise from front left) Donna Labalt, Carla DuBuis, Sarah Zufelt, Wendy Bailey, Connie Bryant, Amy Wyatt, De’Aun Willoghby, Tina Sambrano and Joy Stoddard are proof motorcycles aren’t just for men. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When they ride their motorcycles through town, the roar of the engines bore […]

Motorcycle royalty tells company’s history

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Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of four co-founders of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, speaks about books she has written on growing up in the family. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson, spoke Saturday at Clovis Community College about the humble beginnings of Harley-Davidson, […]

Bad Bikers

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By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Organizers of the Badlands Motorcycle Rally say their rally, in its fourth year this weekend, draws bikers from all over New Mexico and West Texas. However, few visitors came from as far away as Deonne Wright, who rode her vintage 1979 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead on a solo trip from […]

Resident remembers the circus

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Here are some memories from Charlyne Allyn Sisler: “The Santa Fe Railroad and the men who ran it were the most important and dominant aspect of Clovis when I was a child. I loved watching the coming and going of the trains, plus the social atmosphere of the Gran Quivira, or […]

City manager making most of summer

Reporter’s Notebook One of eastern New Mexico’s more famous residents spent last weekend roaring around Ute Lake on a Harley. Well, sort of. Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon was seen zipping around on a Harley-Davidson replica mini scooter. The scooter goes about 25 mph and is powered by a two-cycle lawnmower engine, he said. “It’s […]

Accused child abusers arrested in Tucumcari

By William Thompson TUCUMCARI — A married couple wanted for felony child abuse in connection with the death of their infant girl in Colorado were apprehended by New Mexico State Police around 4 p.m. Monday near Tucumcari. Harley Quint Young, 21, was wanted for child abuse resulting in death. His wife, Micah Marie Young, also […]