Lansford says he plans to focus on infrastructure

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Mayor-elect David Lansford is interviewed by a television crew from Amarillo Tuesday after winning the race for mayor at Clovis City Hall. Lansford won 2,914 to Brumfield’s 1, 1718. Robin Fornoff Roads and streets across Clovis will take on new priorities. Recreation and other quality of life projects will […]

‘Par 3′ golf course renovations top parks priority list

Kevin Wilson In line with approving the start of a bid process for fixing the sprinkler system at Colonial Park Golf Course, the Clovis City Commission on Thursday directed Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell to push the “par-3” golf course renovation at Hillcrest Park to the top of his park renovation priority list. The […]

Committees may be consolidated

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Kevin Wilson When it comes to recreation and beautification committees, the city is hoping that less is more. That’s the reasoning for an upcoming ordinance for the Clovis City Commission meeting to combine the Parks and Recreation Board, the Ned Houk Park Board and the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee into one committee with more duties […]

City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

Parks and Recreation conference coming to Clovis

CNJ staff The Clovis Civic Center will host this year’s New Mexico Recreation and Park Association state conference, running Wednesday morning through Friday. An estimated 200 parks and recreation employees will attend the conference, with speakers from around the region offering educational sessions and National Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors Chair Janna Rankin […]

Commission discusses Hotel Clovis, parks plan

Kevin Wilson A special Clovis City Commission meeting scheduled generally to deal with Hotel Clovis renovation matters ended up putting just as much attention on upcoming parks and recreation additions. The commission quickly tackled a six-item agenda Tuesday afternoon, approving all items on unanimous votes inside of 20 minutes. The special meeting was mainly called […]

Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies […]

Letters to the editor: New course betters life in Clovis

New course betters life in Clovis Regarding negative comments about the new city golf course: What I understood is the money was already there to be spent on just parks and recreation projects. So I’m not sure where it would be wasted unless we didn’t use it to improve our way of life in Clovis. […]

Meetings watch: Parks and Recreation Board

The Clovis Parks and Recreation Board met Tuesday at the Parks and Recreation Department, 500 Sycamore. • Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said the Clovis Municipal Golf Course would stay open until the end of August, at least. He said the Colonial Golf Course is averaging 100 rounds a day on the weekend, and […]

State Golden Gloves set for this weekend

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Elijio Sena of Clovis, right, makes adjustment to the turnbuckle to tighten the ropes of the ring while Andy Birch of Clovis checks the status of the rope being tighten across the ring. Sena is a six-time state champion in the super-heavyweight division and will be making his last Golden […]

Experience shades expectations

It has not exactly been a year when cross country, or back country for that matter, skiers could pick and choose their time and place for recreation. In fact, by this time last year enough snow had fallen in the Curry County area for a number of skiing outings, but this year, even a trip […]

No one to blame in giraffe’s death

The Parks and Recreation Department is deeply saddened. First off because of the loss of our beloved “Jay” the giraffe. Secondly, because of the unfounded accusations that have been made by some of the “uninformed” citizens of Clovis. We realize that it is human nature to make quick judgments before knowing all of the facts […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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File photo Jay the giraffe was moved to Clovis’ Hillcrest Zoo on Oct. 10. He died Saturday, nearly five months after his arrival. Kevin Wilson Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen […]

City officials considering recreation area expansion

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The lake at the Clovis Municipal Course could be converted under Quality of Life task force recommendations into a family area with fishing similar to Green Acres Park. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials have a dream recreation center in mind. They just need money, land and another place to play […]

Two parks committee positions open

CNJ staff The City of Clovis has two vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Committee. This committee makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding parks and recreation activities in the city. For information or to obtain an application form, contact Claire Burroughes at 763-9653.

Friday morning briefing: Recreation, red shirts and summer vacation

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the dayRoy Walker Recreation Center is a local jewel that’s “In your backyard.” Check out our video. Grand Club Barry Elementary student Sterling Barth, 6, is getting a Grand Club Relay For Life T-shirt 6 p.m. today at opening ceremonies in Ned Houk […]

First person: Parks director sets youth activities as top priority

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Bizzell of Clovis is moving from education to parks and recreation after 38 years in schools. Bill Bizzell of Clovis is the new parks and recreation director in Clovis. Bizzell has lived in Clovis since 1972. Currently, he is the superintendent of Bovina Independent School District. Bizzell’s first official day […]

Golf more recreation than work

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Bob Hope once said “If you watch a game it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.” I guess it’s recreation because I think my golfing partners on a recent outing will attest that I wasn’t working all that hard at the game. […]

Clovis names new recreation director

The City of Clovis is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bill Bizzell as the new Parks & Recreation Director for the community. Mr. Bizzell is a Clovis resident who will be joining the City team from his position as Superintendent of Bovina I.S.D. Mr. Bizzell also served as Assistant Principal of Clovis High […]

First person: Parks director looking ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. He said he was glad the department grew during his time and […]