Trail by Portales Springs first used by Indian hunters

By Ruth White Burns: Special to the CNJ Editor’s note: This is part of a series of Sunday articles describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. The trail going past Portales Springs, commonly known as “The Portales Road” or the “Fort Sumner Trail,” followed an old Indian trail that crossed the […]

Jan. 23 – Oasis Lake

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CNJ staff photo: Lilliana Castillo Oasis State Park fills it’s lake by pumping water from an irrigation circle half a mile away, according to park manager Jim Whary.

Springs part of Portales’ history

By Ruth White Burns: Special to the CNJ Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]

Confiscated airport goods going to waste

By Freedom New Mexico Most Americans recognize that wastefulness is pervasive in the federal government. By now, revelations that once generated disbelief and anger garner a defeatist shrug. But some cases still can make us shake our heads in dismay. Have you ever wondered where all the stuff goes that Transportation Security Administration personnel confiscate […]

Exhaustive search launched to find vets

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will run next Sunday. I was about 16 years old in the summer of 1947. About sundown our paperboy delivered the Clovis Evening News-Journal to our porch at 719 Wallace in Clovis. The tragic news in the […]

People’s water needs should trump plant’s

By Freedom New Mexico Did you ever think a time would come when people in this country’s Southeast would be praying for a few more hurricanes? Unfortunately, the normally soggy Southeast is suffering from a very real two-year rainwater drought that could threaten drinking water supplies for metropolitan Atlanta and other cities, and has stirred […]

What’s your policy regarding leaking boats?

By Curtis Shelburne: religion columnist Whatever your personal policy about riding in leaking boats, a real leak in a real boat in which you are really riding will put it to the test. The policy, I mean. The boat, too, I suppose. My wife and I and two of our sons recently had the opportunity […]

Bear captured at Ute Lake State Park

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Courtesy photo A black bear was caught at Ute Lake State Park and will be moved 130 miles away, according to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers UTE LAKE — His name is not Yogi, and he was not stealing picnic baskets. Nevertheless, a 2 1/2-year-old black bear […]

Homesteader fools family, hides money

By Don McAlvy: Columnist The name Liebelt came to mean something in this new, undeveloped country after Clovis was established. The first Liebelt was Alfred who was a medical student in San Francisco when his health failed and he was forced to seek a higher altitude. He went to Las Vegas, N.M., in 1903 and […]

Environment must be protected by law

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Last week, in this column, I wrote about my recent trip back to Western Pennsylvania, and specifically mentioned the day I spent at Lake Erie. This lake is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and is subject to sudden and dangerous storms. I have actually had the dubious privilege of being […]

Season begins with reliving old memories

By Clyde Davis: Columnist As I drove off the highway and onto the peninsula that is Presque Isle, I was not driving alone — at least not in spirit. Oh, it’s true that I was meeting my old friend Roger for the day at the beach, but he was coming in a separate car, driving […]

May 9, 1969

Don Bonner, co-owner of New Tex Outdoor Advertising in Clovis, was the newest city commissioner. He was appointed the night before to succeed Ted Waldhauser, who resigned a week earlier. … George Lake, Fred Williams, Gilbert Oakeley, Marvin Tucker and Herbert Bergstrom were all city pastors. … Police learned someone broke into Bella Vista school […]

Local Roundup: Armored truck case sentence given

CNJ staff A 22-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for his role in an armored truck embezzlement scheme. Chris Adcox pleaded guilty to receipt of stolen property, harboring a felon, tampering with evidence and five counts of forgery, according to court records. Adcox was the third and final defendant sentenced […]

The great outdoors

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Freedom File Photo Hoping for a big one, Jayson LeClear, 9, of Clovis sets out his line last year at Ute Lake. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers Wayne Clark of Tucumcari loves fishing, and 65 years of it has helped him develop a few methods. “At Ute, I fish for bass or channel cat (catfish),” […]

Day Trip: Larger than life

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Artist and sculptor Brian Norwood stands between two larger-than-life cowboy sculptures he has erected near Jal on N.M. 18. (Courtesy photo) Compiled by Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Natives call Jal the “Gateway to the Land of Enchantment,” according to its Web site. With its larger-than-life cowboy sculptures overlooking N.M. 18 and a well-stocked lake that […]

Letters to the Editor: Dumpster initiative should be dropped

In reading the most recent article reporting efforts to “Keep Clovis beautiful,” I had to laugh. I have to side with City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen. It would be virtually impossible to police those choosing to place trash in dumpsters without first bagging it. Simple economics are the word. A) Who will pay for the […]

Golf course approved near Ute Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission approved an agreement on Thursday that allows Ute Lake Ranch to construct and operate a golf course on the shores of Ute Lake, according to a news release from ISC. The project has had strong backing from Quay County area governments as a catalyst […]

Proposed superfund settlement plan irks officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A preliminary federal report that recommends a cash settlement for environmental damage in Clovis be invested more than a hundred miles away has ruffled several local officials. The state and federal report recommends a $459,000 settlement from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway be used for the restoration of approximately […]

Rain replenishing Conchas Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Fueled by monsoon rains, the water level at Conchas Lake is the highest it’s been in at least five years, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With higher water levels, more water will be available to irrigate farm and ranch operations south of the dam as […]

Fort Sumner: More than meets the eye

Clyde Davis: Guest Columist It’s a place where you stop for gas on the way to Albuquerque, right? Perhaps, instead of that, it’s a place where you make the decision whether you are going to go to Taos, or Santa Fe, or continue west on Highway 60, which can take you right into Arizona, a […]