Aug. 18, 1940

Gov. John E. Miles was a guest at the New Mexico Press Association banquet held in Clovis. … Men’s suits could be purchased at Penney’s for $19.95. … Members of the Clovis Golf Club were scheduled to officially open their new clubhouse at Hillcrest Park. … And Christian counselor Sistar Yancy was born in New […]

Ranch gives everyone chance to show artistic side

It’s been an unmistakeable feature of West Texas, and Cadillacs, for more than three decades. It’s been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper stories, documentaries and even a theatrical film. It can be a day of fun for a family with a few cans of spray paint. The Cadillac ranch, located a few miles […]

Atomic History

By Tom Berg: Freedom News Service Surviving ground zero: Two Marines, one from Jacksonville, N.C., absorbed the blast. But could they withstand the fallout 50 years later? HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – It was 50 years ago this month the two men defied death in the Nevada desert. One hour before dawn, the young Marines were […]

Retiree aids education with fund-raising

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Courtesy photo Helen Miles, right, receives flowers and a crown from Tan-Terrific Federated Women’s Club President Phyllis Salguero as Education Queen for raising the most money for scholarships in the state association’s program. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Since retiring from nursing, Helen Miles of Clovis hasn’t stopped helping people, whether they are trying […]

Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

Courtesy photo One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive […]

Day Trip: Larger than life

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Courtesy Photo Artist and sculptor Brian Norwood stands between two larger-than-life cowboy sculptures he has erected near Jal on N.M. 18. 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 […]

Friday’s timeline

2:20 p.m. — National Weather Service issues tornado watch until 10 p.m. for Curry, Quay, Roosevelt, Lea and Eddy counties. 5:42 p.m. — First tornado warning for Roosevelt County. Doppler radar indicated possibility of a tornado based on weather conditions. Skywarn spotters were reporting a tornado on the ground 12 miles south of Milnesand, moving […]

Day Trip: Plainview, Texas, display honors cattle drive

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One of 48 decorated cow statues in Plainview, Texas, hitches a ride in a color-coordinated vehicle. In addition to the painted bovines, the town also offers a variety of shops. (Courtesy photo) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers For a different twist on a cattle drive, head on over to Plainview, Texas, and take a drive […]

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 […]

Member responds to column about Clovis Schools All-Band

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column. The second part will be published Jan. 14. Back on Sunday, Nov. 5, I wrote a column about the 1924 Clovis Schools All-Band, made up of elementary, junior and senior students, and listed some of the students in a […]

Day Trip: Let it snow in Cloudcroft

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Triple M Snow Play offers snow tubing and snowmobiling. (Courtesy photo) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Getting snowed in can be fun when you’re in the mountainous village of Cloudcroft. Just take a short drive to the snow-covered hills for a day of snow tubing, snowmobiling, skiing and ice skating. Nestled in the Sacramento Mountains, […]

Cannon F-16 crash history

CNJ Staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon has lost eight F-16s in crashes since 1997, according to newspaper archives. Nov. 27, 2006 — An F-16 assigned to the base’s 524th Fighter Squadron crashed in Iraq while supporting coalition ground combat operations. The fate of the pilot is unknown. However, the pilot was not from […]

Church celebrates 75 years

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Garth Hyde has been interim pastor at Broadview Nazarene Church for the past year and is preparing for the church’s 75th anniversary celebration on Sunday. He will deliver a special message at 11 a.m. CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer In a cozy office tucked inside a small Broadview church, Garth […]

Cranes return to refuge

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Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that can be observed during the winter months at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, the oldest refuge in Texas. By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to […]

Oklahoman comes to own ‘piece of God’s good earth’

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: The following was told by Jewel Buttram Ames. We came to the (New Mexico) territory Feb. 20, 1907. I was 5 years old. I think we came to establish a permanent home and to own a piece of God’s good earth. We came from … Henryetta, Okla. My […]

Running can be soothing to soul

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist I have always played sports, but never particularly enjoyed running. In college, I tried to join the track and field team, and gave up after the first day of practice. I thought it was too hard. Perhaps motherhood has increased my pain tolerance, or military life has made it imperative […]

Journey of 1,250 miles begins with jerky

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM columnist As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a […]

Oldtimers parade hits streets of Melrose

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The Clovis Capital Cowbells mounted group took part in Saturday’s Melrose Oldtimers Day parade. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Lillian Perkins cruised the Melrose Oldtimers’ Day parade route just ahead of the Melrose cheerleaders in her motorized wheelchair for a second straight year — this time dressed in a Raggedy Ann-style […]

Border towns celebrate unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGabriela Velez, left, 14, and Janie Balch, 15, both of Clovis, ride the train Saturday at the Border Town Days festival in Farwell and Texico. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A hunk of brisket to his left, a white apron masking most of his shirt, James William, a member of […]

Hat parade tops off state event

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Ella Turner of Hobbs models her hat for the judges at the New Mexico Association of Colored Women’s Clubs annual convention and hat parade Saturday at St. John’s Baptist Church. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As she did for those before and after Ruth Ballou hit the runway, emcee […]