Bethlehem will always trump Times Square

Curtis Shelburne We all know what time does, right? Tempus fugit! I learned that phrase long ago in one of the most practically valuable classes I’ve ever taken, the Latin class at Amarillo’s Sam Houston Junior High. Mister Craddock would be proud. Tempus (time) fugit (flies)! As I write, we’re slipping into the wee hours […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo Gaynelle Thomas, left, with the help of Katelynn Skinner, right, robes Ashlynne Goins Thursday night at the coronation for Little Miss Merry Christmas. The 11 contestants raised $5,326 in funds for Portales’ Christmas Jubilee with Goins raising the most at $2,019. The Jubilee will be today at 6:30 p.m. at […]

Gidding Street post office remodeled, reduced

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales resident Sara Allison checks her employer’s post office box Thursday at the Gidding Street post office in Clovis. The post office has changed from almost 14,000 square feet to a 2,500 square foot space in the same building. Liliana Castillo Patrons to the Gidding Street post office are adjusting […]

Ticket feature: Square dance group holding district dance

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File photo Saturday’s district dance includes square dancing groups from Clovis, Artesia, Hobbs, Roswell, Portales, Carlsbad and Ruidoso. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ square dancing group, the Portales Starlight Swingers, is hosting this quarter’s district dance. The dance includes square dancing groups from Clovis, Artesia, Hobbs, Roswell, Portales, Carlsbad and Ruidoso. Karl Cox […]

Parade lights up Portales square

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Jarek Ham, 11, Bobby Terry, 6, and Joe Terry ride the Portales Women’s Club float created by Raymond Kobernick during the Christmas Jubilee Lights parade in Portales Friday night. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cold weather didn’t dim the lights or stop the crowd at the Live […]

City OKs land lease agreement

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission has a contract up in the air. Commissioners, by an 8-0 vote, gave the tentative OK to a land lease agreement between the city and Bosbeck LLC for work at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Bosbeck, with James Bostwick and Sid Strebeck as principal representatives, plans […]

Politics prevent square deal for Curry County

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County may be New Mexico’s third smallest county, but it’s never hard to find. “You see a map of New Mexico,” said County Commissioner Frank Blackburn, “and you can spot Curry County quickly because of those stair steps.” The “stairs” that separate Curry County, from Quay County to […]

Summer camp focuses on leadership skills

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Michelle Williamson, middle, helps teammate Juan Ceniceros, left, walk his way across an uneven two-by-four during a ropes course during a Leadership Odyssey activity in Clovis Community College’s gym. The activity helps students learn to work toget By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer About 20 students watched warily as Clovis Community College faculty member Brad […]

a view from under the pew: the sudoku maze

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist boss i m swearing off numbers for the rest of my little mousy life i m sure by now you ve heard about my most recent escapade when i happened to stumble into a sudoku maze it s the latest craze says freddy flea to me says who says me […]

Swing time

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Josiwak of Roswell twirls Mary Weigl of Kenna at The Circle 8 District square dance Saturday. The couples have to dance each step the caller calls in time with the music. David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple […]

Developers: Portales housing market strong

By Casey Peacock Planners and developers said the market for new homes in Portales is still strong and will get stronger as Cannon Air Force Base grows. Larry Combs of Combs Properties is in the early stages of putting in a 55-lot residential development adjacent to Western Skies, west of Greyhound Arena. Territorial Estates will […]

Elida centennial set

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers After months of preparation, the town of Elida is set to mark its 100th anniversary this weekend with a variety of events. “You can’t believe how many people have worked on this,” committee member Red Halliday said of the volunteers who prepared for the celebration. The all-school reunion will begin […]

Association honors square-dance couple

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers If there is square dancing in heaven, James Pettus is probably calling one right now. The Portales resident, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and his wife Wanda were the heart and soul of square dancing in eastern New Mexico for three decades, according to local square dancers. The […]

Auto parts business back, in bigger store

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Ronnie Marez of Clovis holds a wall steady Monday at the construction site for the Checker Auto Parts store on North Prince Street. According to Marez, of Allstate Mechanical, the store should open in July. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Checker Auto Parts is returning to Clovis with a […]

Feb. 28, 1935

Law officers were asking for help investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy who was the victim of a hit and run driver. … Gorillo Pogi was set to square off against Vic Webber in wrestling at the Armory. Ringside admission was 60 cents. Ladies and children were admitted for a dime. … Barnes Tailoring […]

Preparing the troops: A comparative look at eastern New Mexico, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The similarity of the Melose Bombing Range’s terrain to that of Afghanistan and Iraq was mentioned as one reason the 16th Special Ops Wing was assigned to Cannon. Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer When the congressional delegation announced last week Air Force Special Operations Command had selected Cannon Air Force Base as the home for […]

King, J. C. (Clint)

J. C. (Clint) King, 89, of Portales died Monday, June 12, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born Feb. 16, 1917, in Scottland, Ill., to Mahree and John T. King. He lived in Illinois and Indiana until 1980, when he retired and settled in Portales. He graduated from high school in […]

Mayo, Cecil

Cecil Mayo, 88, of Fort Sumner, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis following a short illness. He was born July 6, 1917, in Wise County, Texas to Herbert and Callie Mayo. The family homesteaded in Catron County in 1930. He attended school in Mountain View. He married June Griffith […]

Proposed civic center appears within budget

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A proposed Clovis civic center may be smaller than some might like, but it fits in a $5 million budget, officials said Thursday. An Albuquerque-based architectural firm presented conceptual drawings of a proposed civic center to Clovis city commissioners and to a steering committee on Thursday. No action was taken, […]

Sometimes the river flows smoothly

Grant McGee: Local Columnist I make no apologies for feeling the need to get out of Clovis every now and then on a road trip. I wanted some mountains, I wanted a break from the heat. Flagstaff, Ariz., is known for being cool. It’s directly west of us once you get up on I-40. So […]