Train derails in railyard

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A train derailed Monday morning in Clovis, with 10 total cars derailed. The cause of the derailment is under investigation, with no injuries reported. CNJ staff A train derailed at the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Clovis yard Monday morning sending 10 cars off the track, according to Joe […]

Joe’s Boot Shop reports burglaries

CNJ staff Joe’s Boot Shop, 2600 Mabry Dr., has been burglarized twice in the last week, according to Coli D. Hunt, the shop’s owner. A Clovis Police report shows Hunt reported the glass front door of his building was broken by burglars on Dec. 28. Hunt estimated that $1,500 worth of perfume, cologne and jewelry […]

Curry County jail administrator search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]

Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

Cannon boil water advisory lifted

CNJ staff A boil water advisory that was issued Tuesday for three streets in Joe Cannon Estates military housing near Cannon Air Force Base was lifted late Wednesday. The advisory affected Clarian Loop, Kasserine Place and Juggler Loop and was considered a precaution, said Lt. Stephanie Strine of Cannon Public Affairs. Strine said a water […]

Residents discuss Father’s Day gifts

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks The Benavidez family strikes a pose Friday inside Children’s Haven Daycare, which the family operates in Portales. From left to right Cambree, 2, Dana, Patrick, and Caylee, 4. Russell Anglin Joe Rede, a Tucumcari retiree, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of “a whole bunch” of children, has seen plenty of Father’s […]

Two names being added to county war memorial

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Courtesy photo: Billy Gonzales Joe Luis Gonzales enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968, he died in during an exercise board the USS Evans when an aircraft carrier ran through the ship in Australia. Gabriel Monte Joe Luis Gonzales is not a forgotten sailor. He’s a sailor who people barely remember. In fact, the Curry […]

First person: Growing up roping

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Courtesy photo Jesse Clark of Dora took top honors in Sunday’s Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping open competition. The seventh annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event drew more than 1,000 entries from across the country. But its top honors were claimed by a teenager less than 40 miles away. Jesse Clark, 18, of Dora […]

Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping

• What: Seventh Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping • What’s it about: The annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping features ropers at everylevel, including some of the top-ranked calf ropers in the world. • When: 9 a.m. Thursday through Sunday; 1 p.m. main event Sunday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Admission: Free except […]

Ticket feature: Ropers to compete in Joe’s Boot Shop event

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File photo The Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping contest features world class rodeo stars and kicks off April 28 at the events center in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico The annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event continues to challenge the skills of ropers at every level while giving spectators a chance to see some of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Make A Wish, missing the sun and the birth of an outlaw

Grab a cup of Joe and get ready to be properly informed. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Make a wish come true Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Make A Wish Foundation’s annual Wishing Upon A Star dinner and auction fundraiser. Their goal is to sell at least 20 […]

State needs leader such as Berry

What about Richard Berry? The mayor, I mean. Albuquerque. There are laundry lists of possible candidates for the Senate seat of Jeff Bingaman when he leaves office after his current term ends. Mayor Berry is on none I can find. Check out the New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan. Political junkie Joe is giddy with […]

Weekly update — Dec. 5

Dirt work starts this week on runway A few years down the road, a visit to the Clovis Municipal Airport could bring a body scan or patdown. City Manager Joe Thomas said the city is looking for airlines that could possibly serve Clovis to either Denver International Airport or Dallas/Forth Worth. “If we do that,” […]

Weddings — Oct. 3

Gammill Adele Lovorn of Portales and Joe Gammill of Lampasas, Texas, were married Sept. 19, 2010, in the bride’s backyard in Portales. The bride is the daughter of Elmer Harp and Jack and Blanche Williamson. Barbara George presided over the ceremony. The best man was Burtom Gammill. The bride was attended by Neil Lovorn and […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

Fall colors

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Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Luis Saenz of Joe’s Boot Shop cleans a straw hat. Saenz said a lot of customers bring their hats in for cleaning before they store them until the next season. Sharna Johnson In other parts of the country, the first sign of changing seasons is often the changing color of […]

County fair features five concerts

Little Joe will take to the Curry County Events Center stage at 9 tonight as one of five concert performances during the Curry County Fair. Described as “the king of brown sound,” Little Joe has been performing music for more than 40 years and is credited as a pioneer of Tejano music, which blends country […]

No point in just being normal

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist In his heartfelt eulogy for his mother, Jean Biden, Vice President Joe Biden quoted some words from her, very approvingly. These included the idea that “Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.” Furthermore, in his autobiography the vice president recalls something else he learned from his mother: […]

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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File photo Saturday’s Curry County Ranch Rodeo, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, will include children’s activities such as stick horse racing. Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that […]

Miranda rights worth defending

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer How many times does Lucy get to pull the football away? For the umpteenth time, Sen. Joe Lieberman is proposing something that’s ridiculously harmful to our way of life, and Democrats are open to compromising with him because he’s with them on everything except the war (and other things […]