Junior rodeo opens weeklong run

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are a 30-year tradition in Clovis, and are important for the contestants as well as the community, according to organizers. With 135 contestants registered to compete in the week-long event at the Curry County Fairgrounds, the rodeo is expected to draw around […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo has array of events

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CNJ file photo Begun in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals are a 34-year tradition in Clovis. Pictured s Don Denley during the 2006 steer riding competition. For 34 years Clovis has won the bid to host the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals. The week-long event will include activities such as a talent show, […]

Fun requires little mileage

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist It was not so long ago that we could wake up on a Saturday morning and say to each other, “Wow, what a great day. Let’s check the Inet and see what’s going on in Albuquerque.” Those days are gone — perhaps for good, certainly for this summer. Last weekend, […]

Rodeoers have long careers in mind

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Jared Smith of Ranger, Texas, holds on tight Friday night in the bareback bronc riding competition on top of Hello Dolly at the 38th Annual Clovis Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Illusions of invincibility are part […]

Candidate Profiles: County Commission District 2

Editor’s note: The CNJ sent out a questionnaire to candidates running for county positions up for election. Candidates had a 300 word-limit for each question and their responses are published as submitted. Alan Glen Sumrall Age: 58 Occupation: Farmer/Rancher Previous elected offices: 9 years Curry County Fair Board; 2 terms Grady School Board; elected twice […]

June 1, 2008 Births

Long Kyla Leigh Ann Long was born May 22, 2008, to Larry and Tracy Long of Corpus Christi, Texas, at Woman’s Bay Area Hospital in Corpus Christi. She weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces. She has a 2-year old sister, Savanah Renae Long. Grandparents are Mary Jo Jones of Clovis and Jan and Mike Nolan […]

District 2 candidate profile: Alan Sumrall

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Courtesty photo Alan Sumrall is a District 2 County Commission candidate. Alan Glen Sumrall Age: 58 Occupation: Farmer/Rancher Previous elected offices: 9 years Curry County Fair Board; 2 terms Grady School Board; elected twice as President of New Mexico Wheat Growers Association; currently Treasurer of Curry County Mounted Patrol What is your long-term vision for […]

District 2 candidate profile: Daniel Stoddard

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Courtesty photo Daniel Stoddard is a District 2 County Commission candidate. Daniel J. Stoddard Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 48 Occupation: Owner of Fairhaven Assisted Living Facility Previous elected offices: None What is your long-term vision for the county? And how will you plan for that? My long term vision for the county is to help […]

Greatest legacy to pass on is faith

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist This column is being rerun at the request of a reader: I heard this story from a participant who has long since passed on. It was about

Short-term crisis help only hurts in long run

Freedom New Mexico When the world’s finance ministers meet under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as they did in Washington earlier this month, they usually rub their chins and harrumph portentously about arcane financial matters. But this year the meetings tried to focus on a more tangible problem: rising […]

Baskett gives back to community

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Hank Baskett III spends a lot of time visiting Clovis schools in the off-season to talk about the importance of academics and staying in school. CNJ file photo By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Long before Hank Baskett III was a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, he was receiving from Clovis. Now, he’s spending his […]

Cannon considered location for nuclear reactor

Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, according to a story published today by InsideDefense, an Internet news service covering defense and the aerospace industry. The InsideDefense copyrighted story quoted Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne as telling reporters after a Wednesday Senate hearing, “The […]

Cannon mentioned as possible nuclear reactor site

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Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base was mentioned as a possible site for a nuclear reactor in Air Force discussions about alternative energy. Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The secretary of the Air Force says Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, but other Air Force officials cautioned […]

Conservative record for McCain spotty

Freedom New Mexico With the see-saw Democratic nomination dominating the headlines, Sen. John McCain’s four-state victories — giving him enough delegates to tie up the Republican nomination — was anti-climactic. The senator’s victory was a foregone conclusion, which made the rather long concession speech by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a tad ridiculous. Huckabee has […]

Castro or not, meaningful change for Cuba far off

Freedom New Mexico It is difficult to tell just how significant is the fact that Fidel Castro has formally resigned as Cuba’s president. He “temporarily” ceded his powers to his younger brother, Raul, on July 31, 2006, but he remains a member of parliament and is likely to be elected to the 31-member Council of […]

Cross highest wisdom

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist You don’t have to be a fan of Charles Darwin to get a kick out of the Darwin Awards, those tongue-in-cheek awards that each year honor “people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in sublimely idiotic fashion.” Some of […]

McCain wins South Carolina; Romney wins Nevada

By Davd Espo: The Associated Press Sen. John McCain won a hard-fought South Carolina primary Saturday night, avenging a bitter personal defeat in a bastion of conservatism and gaining ground in an unpredictable race for the Republican presidential nomination. Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in Nevada caucuses marred by late […]

City commission candidates — District 1

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked Clovis City Commission candidates to answer the following questions in 150 words or less. The election is March 4. Candidate: Randal Crowder Age: 57 Occupation: Builder/developer Prior elected positions: City commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem since 2004 —What do you want to see happen to Hotel Clovis and […]

Richardson officially out of presidential race

The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after poor finishes in the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. “It is with great pride, understanding and acceptance that I am ending my campaign for president of the United States,” he […]

Tonya’s gone shopping

When shopping for clothes, you should know yourself and your proportions. If you are skinny on the bottom, wear a full top over narrow pants. If you are short waisted, long tops and shorter skirts work best. If you have a petite torso, wear a fitted top with full pants. If you are long waisted, […]