Education

The Curry County Literacy Council held a Word Worm competition to raise community awareness of the county’s literacy needs as well as services provided by the council. Twelve volunteer teams participated in the annual word and trivia game event. The teams represented Clovis Community College Center for Student Success, CCC’s marketing department, United Way of […]

Clovis district underdog

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Clovis sophomore Mandi Baca stretches to return a serve. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s tennis teams know they have their work cut out in today’s District 4-5A tournament at the CHS courts. After all, the boys and girls teams absorbed 9-0 losses in regular-season duals from Hobbs […]

Pricey at the pump

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Larry Devaney fills his tank Thursday at a gas station on Mabry Drive. An electrician from Melrose, Devaney said when it comes to rising gas prices, “you got to pass (the cost) down to the customer. It’s not making things easy.” By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A recent spike […]

Ethanol pollution standards lowered

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis resident fears a new law lowering air pollution standards for ethanol plants sets a bad precedent. Clovis resident Frank Dottle, an organizer of a local group that opposes construction of a plant just west of Clovis that would produce 108 million gallons of ethanol a year, felt […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Hobbs students show true colors

Jean Verlich: CNJ New Editor WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT the destruction from the March 23 tornado suffered by residents of their arch-rival Clovis, Hobbs students put aside their competitive spirit to help. Jars wrapped with ribbons in Clovis’ purple school color were set out to collect “Coins for Clovis” in Hobbs schools. HOBBS MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS […]

Tucumcari murder charge made

CNJ staff A 24-year-old Tucumcari man, Phillip J. Latham, has been charged with murder in connection with Tuesday’s shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton, according to a news release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Latham, who lives on South Seventh Street, is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm, the release said. […]

Centennial celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Wayne Lennon, chairman of the First Baptist Church of Clovis history committee, packs one of the commemorative medallions to be issued on the church’s 100-year anniversary May 6. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer From a small tent in a dirt field to a sprawling brick building, the First Baptist […]

Saying of day outlives moment in spotlight

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Soon the Marshall Junior High School and the other junior highs will be different. Ninth-graders from all over town will move to another location. No matter how much it changes, my memories of Marshall will still be vivid in my mind. Back then Johnnie’s store was right on the premises, […]

Wall epitomizes communication problems in Iraq

By Freedom Newspapers Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost has his neighbor say in the famous poem, “Mending Wall.” But his own sentiment — this is poetry so it’s open to interpretation — seems to be rather contrary: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling […]

Baby showers not just ladies’ affair

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The host of my sister Crisanta’s baby shower didn’t know we were supposed to play games until 10 minutes before the shower. Couldn’t blame him. How many men host baby showers? My cousin Eric staged his first baby shower last weekend, an event he promised to never do again despite […]

Windy day requisite part of state visit

By Grant McGee: Local columnist A couple of weeks ago, my daughter Wendy came to Clovis to experience the West. She saw a lot. There was the spring snowstorm that blocked our attempt at seeing Santa Fe. That day she saw 300 miles of southeast New Mexico. More wide open space than I believe she’s […]

CHS TRACK: Clovis girls set three records at Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — When they left the stadium prior to the 1,600 relay finale in Tuesday’s Hobbs qualifier track meet, Clovis High girls coach Darrel Ray figured the Lady Wildcats had compiled enough points to win the meet. Boy, did they ever. The Lady Cats broke three school records, including one which has stood […]

CHS TENNIS: Lady Cats topple Portales

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Clovis High’s girls defeated Portales 6-3 on Wednesday in their final tuneup before the District 4-5A tennis tournament. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Billie Merritt knew her Clovis High girls tennis squad didn’t face the full Portales “A” team on Wednesday at CHS, but she said the Lady Wildcats […]

Dow Jones average hits all-time high

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor The Dow Jones industrial average passed 13,000 Wednesday for the first time. Some experts didn’t see the news as all good, though, because many big corporations’ earnings were made overseas, and rising energy costs, a slumping housing market and a possible credit crunch still cause worry. Local financial advisors […]

Deputy mother has double the duties

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Carr-Romero is the mother of a 10-month-old daughter. Carr-Romero said becoming a mother has changed her life. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Carr-Romero is seeing things differently as her daughter nears her first birthday. Motherhood brought with it a new range […]

Albuquerque flights to continue

CNJ staff Great Lakes Aviation will continue to provide flights between Clovis and Albuquerque until the U.S. Department of Transportation awards a new contract for Clovis’ federally subsidized air service, according to Clovis Municipal Airport Director Steve Summers. The $2 million DOT contract awarded in March that called for Great Lakes Aviation to provide 18 […]

Letters to the Editor: Postal service needs proper competition

When a customer tells me “the check is in the mail,” I tend not to believe them. But I’m starting to change my mind. A customer two miles from us recently sent a payment for $28,000 through the U.S. mail. Based on the postmark, the two-mile trip took 28 days. My credit card bill normally […]

Police officer broke rules for right reasons

By Freedom Newspapers We are prone these days to acting hypercautiously — generally out of fear that we will be blamed for anything that goes wrong. So we would like to call attention to a Harlingen, Texas, police officer who instead decided on decisive action in an attempt to save a life. Officer Robert Ahrens […]

Mead receives honor

CNJ staff Clovis High senior running back Brian Mead was one of 50 players chosen in February for the Old Spice Red Zone player of the year award. Mead, Clovis’ all-time leading rusher with 4,266 yards and 55 touchdowns for his career, was one of two players chosen from New Mexico. The other was Artesia […]

Portales nabs team titles at Texico

CNJ staff TEXICO — Portales swept the team titles Tuesday at the Texico Invitational track meet. Tyler Anderson picked up wins in the 100 meters and 300 hurdles and Aaron Worten captured the 400 meters as Rams finished with 94 1/2 points. Fort Sumner was second with 66 and Texico third with 59. Other winners […]