It’s all down hill from here

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Photo courtesy of Santa Peak Ski and Tram/ Ski Santa Fe : Sandia Peak Ski area in Albuquerque is only a four hour drive from Clovis. The Associated Press Some New Mexico skiers will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend on the slopes thanks to a combination of early season snow and cold temperatures, which […]

Title March

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Clovis High School senior Jameson Wilson, 17, plays the bass clarinet as he practices Wednesday morning at the high school. CHS will defend its 2003 state championship Saturday at the Zia Marching Festival. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School Band director Bill Allred stood on a 35-foot high […]

Dressing the part

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Extras in the crowd cheer as the they watch the action during the filming of the Medfield vs. Middleton basketball game for the movie “Believe in Me” Saturday at Gattis Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Being a movie extra takes more than just showing up. A Clovis […]

Days off cherished

By John Manulis: “Believe in Me” producer Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. A day off. Wow. After more 18-hour days […]

Behind the scenes: Plan changes costly

By Cotty Chubb: Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. The sun is shining brightly down here in Portales, while we’re shooting […]

Clovis man convicted on manslaughter

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James Rogers By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter last week. The victim’s mother had hoped for more. James Rogers, 43, of Clovis, was convicted on Friday of shooting and killing David Wilt, 47, on Sept. 9, 2003, in a mutual friend’s home at 4220 N. Prince Street. […]

Some city jobs come with long hours

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“We need to add police and firefighters and we need to add sanitation workers to speed trash pickup, and employees to do upkeep on our alleys.” Raymond Mondragon, city manager By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis officials say overtime and longevity are the most important factors in determining the size of employees’ salaries. Assistant […]

Lightning strikes officers

Staff and Wire Reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at […]

Bus driver training a rigorous process

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Advertising works. Cory Adair proved it on Monday, dressing up a 1949 school bus with a help wanted sign and parking it at a local restaurant. “It just said, ‘School bus drivers needed, three hours a day, $600 a month,’” said Adair, the school bus contractor for the Clovis municipal […]

Muleshoe dentist says goodbye to jogging, finds joy in bicycling.

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent For Robert Lepard, it all started with bad knees. The Muleshoe dentist of 19 years, who will take part in Saturday’s Tour of Muleshoe, simply couldn’t take the pain the constant pounding on the pavement was causing his knees. He had been running for years and lettered in track at […]