Local youth among winners at High Plains Junior Rodeo

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Kenna Hayes McNeil held onto her calf for the full six seconds and scored 64 points, taking the round, during Saturday’s short go at the high Plans Junior Rodeo Association finals held at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals […]

Pair of letters show Clovis history

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist This columnist, Don McAlavy, has two letters that Norvell G. Tate and W.H. “Bill” Duckworth wrote to each other in 1934. The first letter was from N.G. Tate of Albuquerque, June 25, 1934. “Mr. W. H. Duckworth, Clovis, New Mexico. Dear Sir; I am attempting a thesis for a master’s […]

County treasurer candidate profile: Kathrynn Tate

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Courtesty photo Kathrynn Tate is a candidate for Curry County Treasurer. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked Curry County treasurer candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3. Kathrynn A. Tate Party affiliation: Democrat Age: 59 Occupation: Farmer/rancher, […]

It’s Their Business: Pop’s Place

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Name: Pop’s Place Location: 2916 N. Main St. What they do: They serve burgers, sandwiches, steaks, chili, barbecue, seafood, frog legs and sides dishes. They offer catering services. There is an arcade in the restaurant as well. Who’s in charge: Fred “Pop” Tate and his son, Gary “Pop Jr.” Tate Employees: Six, with five of […]

HPJRA Finals comes to end

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sterling Smith of Post, Texas, zeroes in on his target during Saturday’s short-go in the 16-19 calf roping competition in the HPJRA Finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Smith finished first in the short-go competition with a time of 8.67 seconds. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Figuring out the […]

HPJRA finals: Dads give ‘mugging’ aid

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Tate Seaver, 12, Clovis, prepares his horse for competition in the 9-12 boys double mugging event on Tuesday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. He recorded the fastest time in Thursday’s draw. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent At the Thursday morning session of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals, […]

Historians run into trouble with historical feud

Don McAlavy: local columnist Haney Tate of Ranchvale was one of my best friends. He was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and I was a smart-aleck Republican, yet we didn’t let politics get in the way of our historian jobs. Many times he would jump in and do my newspaper column when I was away from Clovis. […]

Ferrell, J. P. “Jake”

J. P. “Jake” Ferrell, 86, of Portales, died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born April 28, 1920, in Forrest to Helen and Perry Ferrell. In 1929, the family moved to a farm near Portales. He quit school as a teen during the Depression to help support his family. On […]

Some struggling with commercial side of Easter holiday

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Norma Stickley shops for Easter baskets and bunnies Thursday at the Main Street Crafters Mall with her great-granddaughter, Alexys Ortiz, 6. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Easter, with the aisles of local stores filled with vivid displays of pink bunnies, assorted chocolates, marshmallow […]

2/4 Clovis Christian honor roll

First grade Jaclyn R. Beaman, Mya Borwick, Kylee M. Brooks, Devereux W. Cockrell, Genesis K. Davis, Mya A. Grimes, Elizabeth Hatfield, Jadyn M. Lara, Braden A. Laumbach, Brooke M. Matthews, Samuel P. Parker, Gaige A. Ramirez, Harrison H. Rikel, Isabel R. Scott, Mark A. Suniga, Jackson H. Tuls, Mandy K. Wilhoit Second grade Tamera B. […]

Discipline changes for every generation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist To paddle or not to paddle — that was the question raised at a recent Clovis Municipal School Board meeting. This discussion is nothing new. On one side there’ll be the “If you spare the rod you’ll spoil the child” crowd. On the other will be those who believe if […]

Jail administrator search continues

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven […]

Dunlap, Jackie

Jackie Dunlap, 72, of Fort Phantom Lake, Texas, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at his residence. He was born May 12, 1933, in Dunlap to Robert Cecil Dunlap and Hyla Vee Arnold Dunlap. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 in the Korean War. He was a repairman for Mountain Bell Telephone […]

Rural schools such as Ranchvale important

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Ranchvale Elementary School northwest of Clovis has quite a history. The first school in that area was located two miles east of present Ranchvale, taught by A.J. Reid. It was open only three months each year. In 1917-18, when four neighboring schools consolidated, they agreed to open Ranchvale Elementary School with […]

Wendall Travis Tate

Mr. Wendall Travis Tate, 80, of Clovis, died Sept. 30, 2005 at his home in Clovis. He was born on April 22, 1925, in Clovis to Vernon and Ada Tate. He was the youngest boy of 11 children. He graduated from Ranchvale in 1942. He was selected to attend San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center in […]

In Tribute: Auctioneer known for wit

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For more than 40 years, Haney Tate was known in the eastern New Mexico farm auction circuit for his dry wit. Tate started auctioning farm equipment about the time World War II was beginning and ran his business, Tate Auction Service, until about 20 years ago. Tate died Feb. […]

Brewton, Gary

Gary Brewton Services: Have been held. Gary R. Brewton, 54, of Roswell, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 16, 1951, in Artesia, to Elmer and Esther Brewton. Family members said he never met a stranger, and his unconditional love, giving, and compassion for others will […]

Jail overcrowding growing burden on county

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Curry County Adult Detention Center Director Don Burdine stands before the commission at each meeting and reads a list full of numbers chronicling how many inmates are incarcerated in and outside of the county. In 2002, he said those numbers averaged about 170 inmates. Last week he reported 340 […]

Commission hires former hospital administrator to run county

Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Former hospital administrator Dick Smith will succeed Geneva Cooper as Curry County manager, commissioners announced Tuesday. Smith, a certified public accountant, has signed a six-month contract beginning Jan. 3. Cooper, who announced her resignation in September, has held the position for 15 years. Her final day will be Dec. 17. […]

Nine apply for county manager position

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County manager’s office is on the cusp of a regime change, and the seated county commissioners have never been through this process before. Commissioners have not formally discussed the applicants or the transition process, but when they meet again on Tuesday they will introduce their ideas for […]