Study: Downtown key to future

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Workers in the downtown make more on average than workers in other areas of Clovis, according scientist Jeffrey Mitchell. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis’ commercial corridor is creeping north on Prince Street, pulling businesses and residents away from the city’s once-vital downtown. Yet Main Street holds the key […]

Feb. 4, 1923

Dorothy Tracy, De Aun Sammons and Fay Brandon were among students voted “favorite girl” in classes at Clovis High. … A professional baseball league was formed in Plainview, Texas, and Clovis was recommended as the site for one of the teams, along with Roswell, Lubbock, Amarillo, Plainview and Slaton, Texas. … J.S. Stockton, who lived […]

Bull rider earns state honor

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L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer L.J. Jenkins always felt he’d win a world championship as a professional bull rider, just not this soon. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title […]

“Hey, Coach Shelburne! Hey, Coach!”

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Hey, coach Shelburne! Hey, coach!” The kids on our brand-new Little League team had a question and needed some answers. No problem. It just took me a minute to answer to “Coach Shelburne.” Who, pray tell, was he? I was helping coach Ted Johnson coach the team or, well, technically, he […]

4/16 Thank-you letters

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will periodically publish thank-you letters of public interest. Letters should be less than 300 words and the writer must be identified. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses may be deleted prior […]

Local television has every right to cover NFL

Freedom Newspapers The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would […]

Teti, Francis

Professor Francis Michael Teti, 68, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, in Portales. He was born on Feb. 5, 1937, in Utica, N.Y., to Frank T. and Nella Teti. He spent his 36-year professional career as a professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey, Calif., where he also served as acting […]

Quay cowboy lived entertaining life

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Burl “Booger” Mullins, father of Mennell Mullins of Clovis, was a trainer of horses. He taught them to do tricks that included jumping over cars. Back around 1934, Booger appeared as an American Indian on his horse in Tucumcari, and was photographed by Gene Autry’s film crew, as an “End […]

Thomas , B.W.

B.W. Thomas Services: Have been held. B.W. “Limey” Thomas, 96, of Clovis, died Friday, June 17, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 21, 1908, in Hale County, Texas, to Benjamin and Janie Calvert Thomas. He married Opal Hair on Aug. 3, 1929, in Clovis. He was a professional […]

Less classroom time won’t help students

By William Ward: Guest Columnist On April 26, the school board passed a resolution to release grade-school students from class, every Wednesday afternoon between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. This applies to elementary school students only. The intended purpose of the release is to give teachers the time to pursue professional development and further comply […]

New golf pro Maciel brings experience, respect to Clovis

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Charlie Maciel is the new golf pro at Clovis Municipal Golf Course after 23 years at the Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer At 51, Charlie Maciel has been golfing since he could walk. Local golfer Jeff Fontanilla, who has competed against Maciel in many tournaments over […]

Salon inexpensive for public, practice for students

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Clovis Community College cosmetology student Natalie Salaz of Portales adds highlights to fellow student Blanca Ramos’ hair last week during class at the college. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The salon looks professional with a full product line, a waiting area and posters of beautiful models with perfect hair. It […]

Arenacross coming to fair

By Dave Wagner Kody Vigil is looking forward to performing in front of a home crowd in Saturday’s Curry County Fair Arenacross at Mounted Patrol Arena. He’s also considering turning professional in the next year. “I’ve been at it for a while now,” said Vigil, a 19-year-old California native. “I’ve been racing motorcycles since I […]

Ronstadt broke professional promise

By Tibor Machan “Those who complain that (Linda) Ronstadt should just sing, rather than express her opinions, forget that all art has a responsibility to inspire and provoke, not just soothe and entertain.” Those are the words of George Varga, the pop music critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, in the wake of Ronstadt’s […]

Readers: Clovis mudslinging was mild

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “How do you think local candidates acted in the primary elections? Were they professional … or did they sling too much mud?” Some responses: “I (didn’t) see anymore mudslinging during this election cycle than previous elections. What did bother me was the county manager’s backing of a specific […]

Cancer mixes physician’s personal, professional life

Capt. Kirin Madden: Guest columnist Relay for Life has a lot of meaning for me, both personal and professional. Like most people, cancer has touched my life and made its impression on my soul. As a physician, I spend a lot of time and energy looking for cancer through a variety of screening exams. In […]

Reader Reaction: Blue denim issue is a red hot debate

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis school teachers should be allowed to wear blue jeans to work. Some responses: “THE FACT THAT (SUPERINTENDENT Neil) Nuttall and those in control actually spent their time … outlawing teachers in blue denim amazes me.” — Auggie Jones, Clovis “I SEE NO PROBLEM with jeans. An […]