Music provides relief from life

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I doubt that I am the only person in town who is eagerly awaiting the release of the movie, “Mama Mia,” the ABBA-based musical. In fact, by the time you read this, it will have been released, and if I can get a ticket, I will have seen it. (No, […]

Tucumcari wants to go racin’

Thursday will be a big day for Tucumcari. That’s when the New Mexico Racing Commission comes to town for a 5:30 p.m. meeting at the Tucumcari Convention Center, where it will hear investors’ proposal for a racetrack and casino.

‘Swing Vote’ due Aug. 1

The movie “Swing Vote,” starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper and Kelsey Grammer, is scheduled for release Aug. 1. Costner stars as Bud Johnson, a lovable loser from Texico, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by, according to the Internet Movie Database. No, the movie was not filmed in Texico. Filmmakers just […]

Residents get storm education

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico National Weather Service officials in Portales Wednesday say eastern New Mexico residents have proven themselves over the years as good skywatchers. Kenneth Drozd, senior meteorologist with the NWS, along with fellow meteorologist Tim Shy, were in town conducting the second SkyWarn class of the year in Portales. The NWS […]

A town to sing about

ITunes lists 13 songs on its roster with “Tucumcari” in the title.

A Country Rodeo

by Glenda Price Professional rodeos are fun, but my favorites are the small-town amateur “punkin rollins” and the ones at neighbor ranches. If we have an announcer at all he mostly yells through whatever kind of speaker system he can rig up. Often the local funnyman finds some baggy pants, borrows his wife’s makeup (which […]

Ohioans must forge ahead

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The rural, steel mill town church I served in northeastern Ohio had a standing tradition of the Mother’s Day Banquet. Many churches and organizations in that area do, and these events are usually held the night before Mother’s Day. They are wonderfully attended. Can you blame me, then, when I […]

Now that’s mudslinging

Glenda Price John and his wife Martha had a unique relationship. This is an understatement. Mostly what they had was a war of long duration interrupted now and then by skirmishes that came close to truce talks. They lived about 20 miles from town, the last five miles a dirt road. Most days one or […]

Local killings remain unsolved

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist A woman living alone with her front and back door unlocked in a secluded area is surely in danger in any part of the world today. Clovis is a quiet town usually, but murder is no stranger to Clovis. The murder of Mildred Reagan is a real mystery because her […]

Baskett bringing Eagle teammates to Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer One surefire way to fill up Rock Staubus Gymnasium is to have a basketball game between the Clovis Wildcats and the Hobbs Eagles. Charity organizers seek a similar audience Saturday when a different Eagles squad comes into town — the Philadelphia Eagles, led by Clovis native Hank Baskett III. […]

Town & Country stores to become “Stripes”

CNJ staff In coming months, the name of Town & Country Food Stores will be changed to Stripes following a purchase by Susser Holdings Corp., according to a news release on the Town & Country Food Stores Web site. Susser purchased TCFS Holdings, the parent company of San Angelo, Texas-based Town & Country in a […]

911 dispatcher flooded with calls as storm raced through area

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dina and Bob Sellers of Clovis stand in front of their rebuilt home on Fairmount Court while Bob holds up a photo of the damage their home sustained in the March 23, 2007, tornado. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Couples danced at a local senior citizens center. Other residents […]

Coming Sunday: Tornado and Title Town

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the worst tornado in Clovis’ history.

Memories of war

With the traveling memorial to fallen soldiers in town this week, we asked readers if they had memories of Vietnam they’d like to share. Check out the emotional responses on the editor’s Web log: http://fallingwithstyle.freedomblogging.com/ • • • The player of the week, honored for leaving a Web site comment that enlightens, inspires or just […]

Two times champs — again

Texico must be the proudest town on the planet today, bringing home two state championship basketball trophies. Ah, but it’s not all that unusual for the Wolverines and Lady Wolverines to be No. 1 together. They both won hoop titles in 2001, also. • • • Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado […]

Path to Mexican soul always special

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The feds shut down one of our ports of entry with Mexico last week. The place is about six hours from Clovis, the one just south of Columbus in Luna County in southern New Mexico. They re-opened the crossing after a bit. It was all over a shootout across the […]

No place like home

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked if they had a favorite Web site: Here’s what Christian Heller had to say: “I was born in Wedel, Germany, in 1957 — a small town the size of Clovis on the Elbe River west of Hamburg. I look at the scenes around there since they have a […]

Kingsville sweeps Eastern hoopsters

Texas A&M-Kingsville swept Eastern New Mexico University in a basketball doubleheader Wednesday in Kingsville, Texas. The Kingsville women beat the Zias 66-62 while Javelinas beat the Greyhounds 74-65. Eastern hosts rival West Texas A&M in a doubleheader Saturday in Portales. • • • Ethics reform should be at the top of the list of priorities […]

Lt. Guv supporting Hillary

New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has announced she’s supporting Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. “New Mexicans are concerned about the fate of the country and are paying close attention to who our next leader will be,” Denish said in a press release following Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nev. […]

Senators issue press release on “Air Force Roadmap”

U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman are reviewing the mission impact of a new “Air Force Roadmap.” The report indicates the types of missions and aircraft that could be deployed at New Mexico Air Force bases. The “More Features” section below provides access to the senators’ information. Highlight “Press Releases.” • • • Steve […]