Ethnic fair in 20th year

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File photo Everette Sage, a 2008 performer with the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers, was one of four Navajo dancers to perform the bow and arrow dance at the Ethnic Fair on Clovis’ Main Street. The dance group from Albuquerque is again one of the entertainment acts slated for this year’s fair. Kevin Wilson In 1992, […]

Officials: Giraffe died after fall

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Hillcrest Zoo’s giraffe Jael eyes a heated barn in her enclosure Monday afternoon. Zoo keepers say giraffes Jael and Jay frequently went inside to escape the cold during cold weather last week. Jay was euthanized Saturday after he was injured in a fall. Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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File photo Jay the giraffe was moved to Clovis’ Hillcrest Zoo on Oct. 10. He died Saturday, nearly five months after his arrival. Kevin Wilson Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen […]

Male giraffe arrives at Clovis zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell feeds an apple to new Hillcrest Park Zoo resident Jay the Giraffe. Jay was delivered at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, with city officials hoping he and Jael will produce offspring. Kevin Wilson Jael knew something had to be up, with the zoo closed […]

Some residents fear Dennis Chavez Park neglected by city

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Domingo Bolanso of the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department lops a branch Thursday from a pine tree in Dennis Chavez Park. Shane Cole of the Parks and Recreation Department said they plan to trim and shape all trees in the park, allowing patrons a chance to enjoy more shade this […]

March 7, 1984

Clovis’ newest city commissioners were James. B. Moss, James R. Dickenson, Jay Michael Johnson and Patrick C. Sandoval. Russell Muffley beat nine other candidates for the municipal judgeship. The March 6 election brought out 4,128 voters. … A Rotan, Texas, woman won the “name the cup contest” sponsored by Clovis-based Allsup’s convenience stores. She selected […]

Oct. 27, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Oct. 19 through Wednesday: • James Mark Cleveland, 49, to Victoria Julia Ortiz, 48, both of Clovis. • Brian Amando Hernandez, 24, of Mission, Texas, to Erica Villarreal, 29, of Friona, Texas. • Roberto Martinez, 24, to Thelma Yzaguirre, 31, both of Hereford, Texas. • […]

Weddings 8/13

Rice-Anderson Susan Rice and David Anderson were joined in marriage July 1 at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Urbana, Ill. The bride is the daughter of June Rice of Munroe Falls, Ohio, and the late Alan Munroe. She is a graduate of Stow High School in Ohio. The bridegroom is the son of Wayne […]

In Cristal matter, rappers may be all wet

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist “Don’t believe the hype” — Public Enemy I feel sorry for Shawn Carter. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. It seems that in recent weeks, Carter, a rap star and music executive known professionally as Jay-Z, has pronounced himself angry with the makers of Cristal champagne. Cristal, you should […]

Reaching Clovis Junior High fire an adventure

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian William A. Noffsker is to be remembered as a banker and a soldier in the 200th Coast Artillery during World War II, four years of which were in a Japanese prison camp. Returning home to Clovis, he resumed his former position with the Citizens Bank of Clovis and had a […]

Preaching has no place in classroom

By Walter Williams: CNJ syndicated columnist Several weeks ago, I wrote about Overland High School teacher Jay Bennish’s indoctrination of his geography class. In commenting on President Bush’s State of the Union address, he told his 10th-graders: • “Sounds a lot like the things Adolf Hitler used to say.” • “Bush is threatening the whole […]

Longley, Harold

Harold Longley, 67, of Clovis died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Claude, Texas, to Jay Allen and Mary Alice Loving Longley. He married Wilma Jean Wilkerson on June 28, 1958, in Tucumcari. He was a self-employed truck driver and member of the Apostolic Truth […]

Jay C. Boone

Sharna Johnson Boone was part of the first wave that took the island of Leyte after off-shore guns had cleared the way… Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Jay C. […]

Muleshoe’s Withrow captures four medals

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer AUSTIN, Texas — Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow capped off her illustrious prep track career Friday with two gold medals and two silver medals at the Class 3A state track tournament at the University of Texas. Withrow won the high jump (5-foot-8) and 100-meter hurdles (14.75) and was second in […]

Muleshoe champ hopes for one last landing at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow has a state championship and several runnerup finishes to her credit in the past two years. Lady Mules coach Benjie Jay hopes she can put herself in position for a big state finish at this weekend’s Region I-3A track competition at Odessa. Withrow leads a […]

Hopkins, Russell

Russell Hopkins Services: Have been held. Russell Hopkins, 75, of Tulsa, Okla., died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was born on June 6, 1929, in Alex, Okla., to Don and Bertle (Ashlock) Hopkins. He was a livestock inspector for the State of Oklahoma for 26 years. He retired in […]

Claborn, John Cecil “Jay”

John Cecil “Jay” Claborn Services: Have been held. John Cecil “Jay” Claborn, 83, of Friona, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on July 16, 1920, in Post, Texas, to John and Cordie Claborn. He joined the Army during World War II. He fought in five major battles […]

Ellsworth: ‘The best of champs’

SPECIAL TO FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The family of Rolland Ellsworth Jr., an Eastern New Mexico University student killed in a bull-riding accident Oct. 2, remembers him as a loving brother and a son who “lived life with no regrets,” according to a Tuesday release from ENMU. “We know it wasn’t an accident. We know it wasn’t […]