Events honor Clovis’ rock ‘n’ roll history

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Norman Petty Recording Studio Curator Kenneth Broad said he donated a sizable amount of artifacts including musical equipment and photos to the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum. The museum has an inventory of about 400 items. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sitting in a beach chair […]

Officials ferret out solution

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials said a ferret in the custody of Clovis Animal Control is headed to the zoo if her owner cannot be verified. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A ferret at the center of custody battle will be calling Hillcrest Park Zoo home if her owner can’t be identified by […]

Hillcrest entry arch could make historic register

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter points out a marker on the Hillcrest Park archway that explains who built the structure. By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer The Hillcrest Park entry arch has welcomed visitors for nearly 68 years, and it could soon be listed on the New Mexico […]

Feb. 4 – Treasure

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Addison Foskey, of Clovis, searches for buried treasure Monday at Hillcrest Park with a metal detector. Foskey said that he been digging for treasure for ten years and that its a fun hobby and have found coins, jewelry, and to many can tabs to count.

Dec. 26, 1959

Women’s midcalf pants cost $2.44 at Penney’s. … Services were scheduled for the following day for a 40-year-old Clovis woman who was killed in a murder-suicide in a wooded area of Hillcrest Park. … In a pre-season basketball poll, Clovis was ranked second behind the Hobbs Eagles.

Former pet hyenas make home at zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A contest to name the new hyenas at the Hillcrest Park Zoo starts today. At 10 months old, the hyenas are about one-third of the size of full-grown adults, zoo clerk Laura Shepler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Timid and still adjusting to their new home, a pair […]

Ellison Green remembers growing up in Hillcrest Park

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the nicest guys in Clovis is Ellison Green, who after all these years wrote about his growing up in a home in Hillcrest Park. Here is his story he told to me. I wish you could have known the people and the times when I was young. My […]

Monkey mom keeps close contact

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Cindy Arnold feeds the spider monkeys Tuesday afternoon at the Hillcrest Zoo. Arnold raised one of the zoo’s spider monkeys after his mother abandoned him at birth. (CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rules of the zoo are smashed by Cindy Arnold. She presses her face against the metal […]

Zoo misadventure traps family

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Tuesday afternoon excursion to the zoo left a 29-year-old Clovis man and his two daughters in the same situation as the animals — locked behind bars. Getting off work a little early, Chris Gauna decided to treat his children — 2 and 3 years old — to a […]

Jan. 25, 1941

Haynes Motors & Co. at 112 E. Grand advertised the “Best Buick Yet,” with prices beginning at $935 for the business coupe. … Clovis Golf Club members were trying to understand why membership was low despite the Hillcrest Park course being “the best course in the state on which to play,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe Siberian tiger Blondy lounges in the sun at the Clovis City Zoo. He has been an attraction at the zoo for about two years. Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes and reptiles, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe Siberian tiger Blondy lounges in the sun at the Clovis City Zoo. He has been an attraction at the zoo for about two years. Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes and reptiles, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty […]

Zoo animals beat heat

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Just monkeying around, this juvenile spider monkey is undaunted by the afternoon heat Wednesday at Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camel at the Hillcrest Park Zoo is shedding. Strands of thick hair dangle from its side. Patches of skin are revealed in a haphazard pattern, […]

Hillcrest Zoo officials hope to move young giraffe to new pen

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Her new pad has all the amenities a female giraffe could ever want — wall-to-wall grass, a football field’s worth of running room, and even an enclosed shed with a 24-foot ceiling and central heating for those cold eastern New Mexico evenings. But Jael, Hillcrest Zoo’s 3 1/2-year-old female […]

Participation below par for Hoopla 3-on-3 event

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David Everett of Cook’s Cafe drives to the basket on KnicAbockers Josh Pena on Saturday in the Hoopla 3-on-3 tournament at Hillcrest Park. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner From a bottom line standpoint, this weekend’s third annual Clovis “Hoopla 3 on 3 Streetball” basketball tournament at Hillcrest Park didn’t do as well as […]