Cruz, Bernadine

Bernadine Cruz Services: Have been held. Bernadine “Bernie” Cruz, 41, of Clovis, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 in Clovis. She was born Dec. 16, 1962 to Walter and Phyllis Pierce Youngquist in Victorville, Calif. She has been a resident of Clovis since 1969. She worked for Twin Cronnies, Taco Villa, and K-Mart in Clovis. She […]

It’s all down hill from here

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Photo courtesy of Santa Peak Ski and Tram/ Ski Santa Fe : Sandia Peak Ski area in Albuquerque is only a four hour drive from Clovis. The Associated Press Some New Mexico skiers will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend on the slopes thanks to a combination of early season snow and cold temperatures, which […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Good deed turned tragic at area farmhouse

Don McAlavy How would you feel if you caused the death of your wife? It’s unthinkable, but such a tragedy occurred in Curry County nearly 87 years ago. Sometime on the Sunday night of Sept. 2, 1917, on a farm about 20 miles northwest of Clovis, a man walked up to the house of Rufus […]

Ranchers fight jets

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Cannon’s Col. Tip Wight explains details of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative proposal at a scoping meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. Freedom photo: Lisa Sonnenschein By Mike Linn PORTALES — Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents […]

Richest memories are growing up poor

By Don McAlavy Jim “Mac” McDonald of Clovis plays a round of golf almost daily. He’s 84. He says golf keeps him fit. Twenty-three years ago, I wrote a column about his grandpa, Moses B. McDonald, the accepted leader at the little settlement at Plain, which is a few miles west of Grady. Plain is […]

CHS girls basketball capsule

CNJ STAFF Frenship (11-3) at Clovis (6-2) When: 6 p.m. today (JV game at 4:30 p.m.) Where: Rock Staubus Gymnasium Radio: KKYC-FM 102.3 Notes: Lady Wildcats are coming off their first two losses of the season to host Rio Rancho (55-44 in the semifinals) and Dallas J.F. Kimball (50-46 in the third-place game) in the […]

Balloon race drifts near Clovis/Cannon

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Balloon racers participating in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta lifted off from Balloon Fiesta Park Saturday. Courtesy photo. STAFF & WIRE REPORTS Military officials were trying to contact a balloon team participating in the America’s Challenge cross-country gas balloon race Monday to prevent the balloon from encroaching into restricted air space, said a local airport […]

Clovis anxious to run at home

Rick White Bronchitis or not, junior Megan Willis isn’t about to miss Saturday’s Clovis Invitational cross country meet. “I’m going to be there no matter what because my team depends on me,” said Willis, who was held out of practice Thursday. “I might not get a top finish, but I can still help the team.” […]

The joy of discovering African roots

By Leonard Pitts Let me tell you where I come from. Born in Southern California, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Both parents from Mississippi, but I’m not referring to that, either. I mean before that. Before Mr. James Crow laid down his law. Before raiders and slave traders dropped anchor in West Africa. […]

County’s small schools just memories

By Don McAlavy The records of our rural school in Curry County have been ruined or destroyed. One story is that the basement in the county courthouse flooded and ruined these records. All that is known of our rural schools was obtained from early day school teachers, from children that went to the first schools […]

Future assured through heritage

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Evelyn Rising, second vice president for the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, speaks on Saturday about adults being role models for children during the New Mexico Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Conference. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina While she was a child growing up in New Mexico, Evelyn Rising’s family didn’t […]

Manager, officials at odds over weather

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]

Day drive includes dinosaurs

By Angela Peacock ? Less than a three-hour drive north of Clovis is one of the largest discovery of dinosaur tracks in the world. Clayton Lake State Park, located 12 miles north of Clayton, is home to more than 500 dinosaur tracks. The prehistoric footprints, which experts say were made more than 100 million years […]

Walk to honor brother who died of cancer

Jack King Sam Sena, a 50-year-old Fort Sumner resident, has a quest. He aims to walk 53 miles — 212 laps — today in the Relay for Life at Fort Sumner High School. Sena said he’ll make the walk in honor of his brother, Michael, who of died of leukemia March 5. Sam, who survived […]