Labor bill will be tough sell

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A bill that would help farm and ranch laborers injured at work has gotten a lukewarm reception in the Legislature, and local lawmakers predict it has too many hiccups to pass. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and others said a bill that would amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to include […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Musicians get nod for induction

Small, black vinyl records cover the walls of the Norman Petty Studios, a testament to the musicians who recorded at the Seventh Street studio under the tutelage of Petty. The Clovis music producer and several of the musicians he worked with in the 1950s will be inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame. […]

Music festival draws 1,000-plus

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Music Festival was a weekend filled with rock ‘n’ roll and reminiscing. The event honored musicians from the 1950s who had ties to the Norman Petty Studios. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Liz Eisenbraun said the festival drew more than 1,000 fans from around the […]

Petty cured: Seventh-Street studio top attraction for music lovers

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Paul Diffin of San Diego, Calif., looks at the instrument panel Thursday during a tour of Norman Petty’s recording studio on Seventh Street.Tours of the studio are part of the three-day Clovis Music Festival. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) BY Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer England native Paul Diffin called the Seventh-Street studio where Norman Petty […]

Oldtime(rs) rock ‘n’ roll

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Jimmy Torres, front and Richard Stephens practice with the rest of the String-A-Longs at the Clovis Civic Center. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer After 42 years apart, the String-A-Longs have reunited to perform at the Clovis Music Festival. The group will perform tonight during the opening night festivities. Performances […]

Local landmarks show individual pride

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksA mule statue has been a part of Muleshoe for more than 41 years, dating back to its July 4, 1965, dedication. Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense […]

Petty, Clella

Clella Petty, 71, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at her home. Born June 20, 1934, in Clovis to A.C. and Bess Hays, she lived in Clovis all her life. She married Charles F. Petty on Dec. 24, 1950, in Clovis. She worked for many years at Queens & Teens. She was active in […]

Christmas tunes yield tales of 1950s studio

By Don McAlavy: Curry County historian The story is told that a New Mexico blizzard made its appearance during the two days (actually nights) when two songs by Jimmy Self were recorded by Norman Petty. It was said that the recording studio was so cold the musicians had to wear coats during the sessions. Perhaps […]

Clovis officials interested in Petty studio

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Various recording artists including Tommy Allsup, Aubrey Decordova, Charlie Phillips, Richard Stephens, and Gary and Romona Tollett talk with director Shawn Nagy during a filming session August 2002 at Norman Petty Studios. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is to seek $750,000 in capital outlay funds for tourism development, […]

DeFoor, Clyde L.

Retired barber Clyde L. DeFoor, 72, of Clovis died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 16, 1933, in Clovis to John “Pop” and Daisy Loving DeFoor. He married Wanda Lois Banister on Sept. 9, 1951, in Clovis. In 1952, he joined the Navy and became a 3rd class […]