Santa Fe depot, Harvey House oldest buildings in Clovis

By Don McAlavy I n 1908, Burns Agency was started in back of the old Citizens Bank on Grand Ave. It was an insurance and real estate business, but moved several times. It’s now at 5th and Mitchell streets. It was started by Frank Burns, but ran many years by a son, the late Jim […]

Quilt raffle date changed

Freedom New Mexico The quilt raffle drawing for the Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties fundraiser has been moved to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, after the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Habitat office at 359-1344 or the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce […]

Two darling little ladies born in Clovis

By Don McAlvy: CNJ columnist Oscar Klein and his wife moved to a dugout home about 15 miles northwest of Clovis. Soon the family moved into Clovis around 1909. They had two daughters, Elizabeth, born in 1911, and Virginia, born in 1913. Oscar Klein bought the three houses on the northwest corner of Main and […]

First person: Retiree keeps busy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carole Eggleton says she came to Clovis 30 years ago and loves the city for the warm, friendly, good people that live here. CNj staff Carole Eggleton, 76, stays active by swimming three days a week and volunteering with the Curry Resident Senior Meals and Meals on Wheels programs. She […]

Food bank adds office space

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Patricio Garcia, left, and Adam Garcia of Bennett Trucking lift the building off beams Tuesday in front of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The former Cannon Federal Credit Union building will be used for office space. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It seems no matter where Sheila […]

Prosecutors want trial moved

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Prosecutors want the trial of a Clovis man charged with more than 100 counts of child molestation moved to Portales because of publicity, according to court records. A motion filed in the 9th Judicial District Court on Thursday cites prejudicial news coverage and statements made by the defendant’s brother […]

Education feature: Student test dates pushed back

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Education Department has moved state testing periods to three-and-a-half weeks later beginning in the 2008-2009 school year. According to a department press release, the move was in response to educators and legislators requesting more time to work with students prior to the test window for […]

Former residents describe Ruidoso flooding

Staff and wire reports Clovis native Bruce DeFoor, who retired and moved to Moon Mountain in Ruidoso two years ago, said flooding in Ruidoso was a shocking surprise after steady but gentle weekend rains. “It had rained Saturday, on and off most of the day, but it was just a real light rain,” DeFoor said. […]

He’s missing the plains

Richard Lopes, a longtime Project: Reader Reaction participant brought to eastern New Mexico by Cannon Air Force Base, e-mails to report the military has moved him to Las Vegas.

‘Brokeback Mountain’ star Heath Ledger found dead

The Associated Press NEW YORK — On a day meant for celebration in Hollywood, Heath Ledger, one of film’s bright young stars, was found dead at age 28, his promising career extinguished just as it was reaching full expression. Hours after the Academy Award nominees were announced, pomp and circumstance gave way to the sad […]

Pet of the day: Herman

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Name: Herman About: Herman is a beta fish. He is tough. He has been with me for more than two years and moved half-way across the country. For most of the time he lived in a fishbowl mounted on the wall but now he lives in a vase on a desk in the office. Owner: […]

Holmberg Jewelry closing doors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Yvonne Mercadante of Clovis helps the staff retag and reorangize inventory Monday at Holmberg Jewelry. Mercadante, who has worked at the store off and on since 1960, said the store closure is “absolutely devastating.” CNJ staff One of Clovis’ oldest jewelry stores is going out of business. Holmberg Jewelry, which […]

Family survives fire, dust bowl, depression

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist The Miller family first consisted of Vernon and Elma (Forbes) Harrison; Vernon born in Kansas in 1891 and Elma was born in Tennessee in 1895. They were married in Clovis on June 29, 1916. They first lived in Albuquerque where Vernon was in the grocery business. They moved back to […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Resident closely follows city happenings

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor JOHN WIDMARK’S FACE is a familiar one at Clovis City Commission and Curry County Commission meetings. Since the 71-year-old retiree moved to Clovis from the Seattle area in November 2001, he has had a front-row seat to the local political process. He attends the meetings of both governing bodies […]

Wildcat Relays moved

CNJ Staff Wildcat Relays moved Due to weather concerns, the Wildcat Relays have been rescheduled for Saturday. Clovis High track coach Darren Kelly said field events will begin at noon, and running events will start at 2 p.m.

Roosevelt County dairyman rides out storm

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The Grande Vida Dairy, nine miles north of Portales, suffered extensive damage in Friday’s tornado. (CNJ Correspondent Photo: Roger Hatcher) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived […]

In tribute: Man played backup for Elvis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clyde Norris loved music, and life was a never-ending song. Norris, a long-time musician and a Clovis business owner, died Feb. 20. Norris was born May 19, 1934, in Swenson, Texas, and moved with his mother and seven siblings to Lubbock. In Lubbock he came to know the two […]

Former Clovis All-Band member still enjoys life

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This installment concludes the story of Otis Kelley, 98, who was 16 and a member of the Clovis Schools All-Band in 1924. He wrote the following in response to a column published Nov. 5, 2006, about the band. It has been edited for clarity and style. I went […]

Adams, Estherline D.

Estherline Dutton Adams, 90, of Portales died Monday, June 5, 2006, at her home. She was born July 11, 1915, to Dena and P.E. Dutton in Burkburnett, Texas. Shortly after graduating from Burkburnett High School, she moved to Portales. She attended Eastern New Mexico University, West Texas Teacher’s College in Canyon, Texas, Texas Tech University […]

Sullivan, Boley

Boley Sullivan, 81, died Monday, June 5, 2006, at Southwest Regional Hospital in Lubbock. He was born Sept. 27, 1924, to Allie and Albert J. Sullivan in Post, Texas. When he was 8, the family moved to Portales. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and hit the beaches of Omaha on […]