Coming Sunday: Tornado and Title Town

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the worst tornado in Clovis’ history.

History teacher wants Harden’s job

State Sen. Clint Harden will have an opponent this November in the race for the 7th district.

Kids’ Day mixes food history, hands-on activities

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Kayla Quiroz, 4, enjoys a spoonful of a mud cup which she made herself at Kids’ Day on Saturday at ENMU. Her mother, Krista Quiroz, looks on. By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Where’s there’s food, you will find kids. And where there’s a nationally-recognized Smithsonian food exhibit, kids will get more than a full […]

Clovis holds off Hobbs

Jaden Isler hit three free throws in the final minute as Clovis held on for a 74-73 win over Hobbs on Saturday in the boys District 4-5A tournament championship game. Clovis beat Hobbs for the second time in three meetings in a matchup between the state’s top two ranked teams in 5A. As district champions, […]

… And that’s how I met my spouse

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” Bob Baker’s reply: “I met my wife in 1960 while stationed in England with the United States Air Force. I was 21 and she was 20.  She was in the Royal Air Force at the time.  “My assignment was […]

Finding your kin can be coincidental

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Bea Alma Peacock died at age 88 on June 6, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born northwest of Clovis, at Hassell, but later raised her family at Ima. In her obituary she listed five of her grandchildren, one of them being Misti McAlevy living with her husband […]

Letters to the Editor: Hotel Clovis has passed its prime

As a third-generation Clovisite and supporter of our historical heritage, I have watched and hoped for a solution to our despair over Hotel Clovis that would revive its majestic history. Realistically, I now face the truth with reverent reserve. Let’s face the facts: It is time for it to go, to be put down with […]

Dec. 14, 1920

The Clovis Supply Company, a wholesale produce house, announced it would be opening at the corner of Grand and Mitchell Streets. … City Chief Moye announced that many hobos had been passing through Clovis on their way to the Pacific Coast to avoid the cold weather. … The Clovis Steam Laundry claimed to be “The […]

La Casita students make history

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks La Casita Elementary School sixth-graders Leonardo Pereda, left, and Adriana Romero make adjustments Monday afternoon to a museum project they are working on. They are members of Mary Finifrock’s art class. By Gabriel Monte An art class at La Casita Elementary School learned about Clovis history by creating it. The […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Database of veterans available on Web site

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Library of Congress has a database to honor veterans of conflicts from World War I through present conflicts. Collections are stored at the Library of Congress and a searchable database of more than 44,000 names are also available online, according to the Veterans History Project Web site. The […]

ENMU hosting two Halloween presentations

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The origins of Halloween are vastly different from the holiday celebrated today in America, according to an Eastern New Mexico University history professor. He promises to enlighten people on the holiday’s origins and myths in a noon lecture today in the Sandia Room at the Campus Union Building at […]

Area gas prices unreasonably high

I have traveled extensively this past year and find gas much cheaper in other communities and states. On Friday, AAA New Mexico reported the average price for gas in Tucson, Ariz., was at $2.67 per gallon. The average was $2.75 in Denver and $2.81 in Amarillo. The average price in Texas was $2.69 per gallon. […]

Clovis attorney practices ‘country law’

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fred Tharp, 75, is beginning his 41st year as a lawyer in Clovis. “For an old man, I always seem to keep something to do,” he said. By James Mentink: CNJ Correspondent It would be tempting to think of Clovis attorney Fred Tharp as a hero in a John Grisham […]

Police: Tucumcari suspect has history of violence, illness

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — The man arrested Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a Tucumcari motel worker has a history of violence and mental illness, a state police officer said. James Benuska, 39, being held in the Quay County Detention Center, is charged with an open count of murder in […]

Historical marker unveiled at Petty studio

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Shirley and Kenneth Broad, owners of the Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, unveil a historic marker presented Thursday by the New Mexico Historical Preservation Division. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Dozens gathered Thursday in a small court yard at the Norman Petty Recording Studio to watch the unveiling of […]

Historic marker honors Petty

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis’ music history is being cast in stone with a scenic historic marker by the state honoring Norman Petty, according to state and local officials. The placard will be unveiled in a ceremony in front of the Norman Petty Studios at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to kick off the […]

Christ’s people have amazing heritage

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist In a little over a week, my wife and I are heading “across the pond” to Africa for three weeks with our sons and the other missionaries at Mbale, Uganda.   My oldest brother and his family served as missionaries in Malawi, Africa, for 20 years. We’ve had up […]

In final days, squadron honors fallen

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Capt. Chris Gruner of the 524th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base bows his head in prayer Friday afternoon at the rededication of a stained glass window that serves as a memorial to nine pilots who lost their lives while flying Cannon jets. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer […]

Local museum plans rolling

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CNJ staff photo: Helena Rodriguez Ernie Kos of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce shows one of the first donations to the future Curry County Historical Museum — a handgun used in a 1920s or 1930s feud. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Roswell draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its UFO museum every […]

Letters to the Editor: Tackling Saddam, Iraq was right move

Kirby Rowan’s letter (“Modern war bigger problem than enemies”) in the June 26 CNJ is completely misguided, and the analogy of a man dumping garbage in your front yard is asinine and simple minded. If all Saddam Hussein (presumed bad neighbor in the letter) was doing was dumping garbage in his neighbor’s yard that would […]