Rio Rancho beats Clovis 27-14

RIO RANCHO —Jason Fitzpatrick threw for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter and Rio Rancho beat Clovis 27-14 Friday. Sophomore Kamal Cass scored on a 10-yard run and 61-yard screen pass for Clovis (2-3), which dropped its third straight game. Rio Rancho (3-2) led 6-0 at halftime on a pair of Carlos Garcia […]

Officials ready for Goodwin Lake Trail ribbon cutting

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Goodwin Lake Trail in north Clovis travels through a 32-acre parcel of land the city owns for drainage purposes, and covers about 1.125 miles. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials are set for a ribbon cutting on a walking trail first discussed two years ago, on a piece of land […]

Monday morning briefing: A new trail, campus compass and the worst disaster

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some of the most important news of the day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday morning briefing: New recreation Clovis is hosting a ribbon cutting for the Goodwin Lake Trails 10 a.m. Tuesday at 3205 N. Prince St. It’s open to the public…and feel free to […]

Letters to the editor: Walking trail greatly appreciated

Walking trail greatly appreciated I commend Mayor Gayla Brumfield and our Clovis leaders for creating the walking path around Greene Acres lake. This path is used and greatly appreciated by many people every day, and the number is growing. This addition significantly enhances the park’s utility and brings people and families together in a pleasant […]

Taco Box celebrates election to Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail runs right through Portales and Clovis. Taco Box celebrated its recent election to the New Mexico Department of Tourism Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail on Wednesday. Taco Box owner Tom Martin said his restaurants were among the 20 independent establishments and chains voters, mostly visitors […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hitting the green chile cheeseburger trail

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Cheeseburger, cheeseburger Turns out Taco Box in Clovis and Portales has some hot stuff going with its local version of green chile cheeseburgers. The stores are among 48 restaurants selected by the state for its first Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, celebrating the state’s iconic burger. […]

Talks under way to build nature trail at Goodwin Lake

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Goodwin Lake was named for longtime planning and zoning committee member Betty Jane Goodwin. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Justin Howalt was asked why Goodwin Lake was an ideal spot for a nature trail, he let a laugh slip out.And then Clovis’ city engineer said, “You haven’t been there, have you?”Clovis city officials, […]

Cardinals headed to Super Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — That’s not a mirage rising out of the desert, folks. It’s the Arizona Cardinals soaring to their first Super Bowl. Yes, the Cardinals, founding members of the NFL, but historically among the most dysfunctional of franchises, finally have joined the big boys. Capitalizing on Larry Fitzgerald’s three first-half touchdown receptions, then […]

Hounds trail in weather-delayed game

Bethany, Okla. — Southern Nazarene leads Eastern New Mexico University 10-7 early in the second half of a weather-interrupted game Saturday.At 8 p.m., the game had been delayed by lightning for more than an hour.

Hiking relaxing getaway

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I remember the old story, or analogy, about not being able to see the forest for the trees. The reality, which underlies so much of life, is that we cannot find that which is right in front of us. The story applies, among other areas, to summer and the beauty […]

Arrest warrant issued for defendant’s mother

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A dozen witnesses took the stand for the prosecution Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Morning witnesses included Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the Sept. […]

New proposal would hurt more than help

Freedom New Mexico Out on the campaign trail, most of the presidential candidates have been going on at length about how important it is that affordable health insurance be made available to every American. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has taken a significant step toward making that goal unobtainable. At least the affordable part. By […]

Trail by Portales Springs first used by Indian hunters

By Ruth White Burns: Special to the CNJ Editor’s note: This is part of a series of Sunday articles describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. The trail going past Portales Springs, commonly known as “The Portales Road” or the “Fort Sumner Trail,” followed an old Indian trail that crossed the […]

Lubbock Lake Landmark still digging into past

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Compiled By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers If you’re looking for a daytrip to stretch your mind as well as your legs, a trip to Lubbock Lake Landmark could be for you. The attraction, operated by Museum of Texas Tech University, combines an archaeology and natural history preserve with exhibits and a learning center. The site […]

Snowy Canada pleasant break from dry winter

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The sun was setting behind the mountains in Vancouver, B.C., bringing with it the cold Canadian coastal night. Our skis were beginning to ice up, and we were still several miles from the lodge with its warm and welcoming fire, its hot tubs, its steaming, inviting drinks. We’d never been […]

Students revisit Billy the Kid’s last ride

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De Baca County Agent Rex Buchman answers questions posed by Fort Sumner and Capitan fourth graders at the “End of the Trail” educational session Wednesday at Fort Sumner’s National Monument. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer For a 125-mile wilderness trek on horseback that reenacted Billy the Kid’s last ride, Fort […]

Hallowed ground found by hiking

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist In the early afternoon, the temperature is still climbing. It is easy to see that it would reach 100 degrees, if that hadn’t happened already. With plenty of water, we set off along a trail that winds up a ridge for about the first quarter of a mile. We are […]

Head ‘em up and move ‘em out on the old Chisholm Trail

Tom DiFrancesca Last week, I ended my column by mentioning Glen Seeber’s Internet endeavors. Glen is the news editor for the Clovis News Journal. So, as promised, I’m here with the scoop. The Chisholm Trail — after hearing or reading those words, I immediately picture in my mind, long arduous cattle drives, men who receive […]