Hounds finish second in Angelo meet

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior Nimrod Lelei finished third in a field of 50 runners, leading the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a second-place finish in Angelo State’s Blue & Gold cross country meet on Tuesday. Lelei completed the five-mile course in a time of 27 minutes, 25 seconds, […]

County manager to stay through January

Curry County Manager Dick Smith is citing unspecified personal reasons for his recent decision to step down. Smith, a former hospital administrator, said he is going back to the private sector where “I’m not stalked by the paparazzi,” a reference to scrutiny he’s received as a public official. Smith submitted his letter of resignation to […]

Oct. 10 Military Digest

Olivas Army National Guard Pvt. Manuel Olivas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. He is the nephew of Michael Pena of Portales. Olivas is a 2003 graduate of Portales High. Hernandez Army Pvt. Xavier Hernandez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He is […]

Sheriff’s office: Three arrested in connection to copper wire theft

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three people Monday in connection with the theft of copper wire from a barn west of Portales. Sheriff’s deputies had been struggling to stop thefts of wire this summer driven by increases in the price of scrap copper, according to the sheriff’s office. […]

My candidate is better than yours

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Primaries are coming up pretty soon, and I think it’s time I let you down gently. Voters just aren’t going to back your candidate, and I think it’s time you came on board with me and my candidate. I know you’ll defend your candidate with all you are, but […]

Despite problems, private companies necessary in Iraq

By Freedom New Mexico The private security company Blackwater USA is on the hot seat just now, largely as a result of a shooting incident Sept. 16. That’s when 14 people, mostly Iraqi civilians, were killed and 18 people were wounded. If the imbroglio leads to clarifying the legal status of private security operatives and […]

Workforce One Stop Center launched

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Liandro Castillo researches truck driving positions Tuesday in the career resource center at the New Mexico Workforce Connections One Stop Center. An official estimates about 600 people will use the center each week. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local and state officials and business people gathered Tuesday morning for […]

Counselor: Deployments leave marks when personnel return

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks A local family counselor says deployments can be hard on families before, during and after the deployment period. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost […]

Citizen starts petition for Sunday alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A city restaurant manager plans to distribute a petition by the end of October to push for Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Robin Howe, who said he is part of a group called the Committee for Clovis Progress, hopes to garner enough signatures to have the proposal on the […]

Trek for Trash results

CNJ Staff Results for Saturday’s Trek for Trash cleanup event in Clovis. • Golden Dumpster award — Clovis Community College Trio, 147 bags • Silver Dumpster award — Clovis High volleyball, 92 bags • Bronze Dumpster award — Teen Court, 72 bags Of note: 170 volunteers collected 376 bags of trash

Clovis band takes honors

CNJ Staff Clovis High’s marching band won the Tumbleweed Classic for the sixth time in seven years Saturday at Denver City, Texas. The Wildcats band took home the following honors: • Grand champion • Best in Class 5A • Best drum major • Best percussion • Best color guard The band’s show was titled, “Holiday […]

Van fire

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Courtesy photo: Melanie Gutierrez A van caught fire at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday at 2318 W. Grand Ave. when the son of the vehicle owner attempted to use a torch to cut the vehicle in half, according to daughter-in-law, Melanie Gutierrez. Ruben Acuna was attempting to remove the disabled vehicle by cutting it in half, […]

Zias fall in LSC contest at East Central

CNJ staff ADA, Okla. — East Central’s Danielle Clark scored on a header off a corner kick early in the second half on Sunday, giving the Lady Tigers a 2-1 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match. The loss was the third in four outings for ENMU (8-5, […]

ENMU cruises to win

CNJ staff PORTALES — Sophomore forward Cesareo Contreras scored three goals as the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team blanked College of the Southwest 6-0 Sunday at the ENMU pitch. The goals raised Contreras’ total for the season to seven, and marked the first hat trick in the four-year history of the ENMU program. […]

Hounds, Zias picked down near cellar in South polls

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Tarleton State’s men and West Texas A&M’s women are projected to win Lone Star Conference South Division basketball titles in polls released last week by the conference office. Eastern New Mexico University was tabbed sixth in the seven-team men’s South race and seventh in the eight-team women’s poll. Tarleton State, […]

Lady Cats rally to win

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High junior Jasiman Dykes moves the ball around a Roswell High player during Monday’s girls soccer match-up at Yucca Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Down by three goals, the Clovis High girls soccer team went on an offensive explosion Monday night. The Lady Wildcats scored four goals […]

Business Feature: Clovis nabs economic award

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CNJ file photo The N.M. 467 overpass, opened in June, cost $3.6 million to complete. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Teamwork among local entities is the main factor that led to Clovis being awarded an economic development award from the governor, said Greg Williams, economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Government. […]

Police probe suspicious death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The death of a Clovis man whose body was found in a Bloomfield hotel last month is being investigated as suspicious, police said. Donald Prince, 52, was found dead Sept. 14. Bloomfield Police Lt. Mike Kovacs said the case has been classified as suspicious and is still under investigation. […]

Health care facilities change hands

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A California health care company assumed ownership Sept. 1 of two Clovis senior health care facilities. Skilled Healthcare Group bought 10 Laurel Healthcare Providers New Mexico facilities for $51.5 million, according to an August New Mexico Business Weekly article. Eight of those properties are in the Albuquerque area, according […]

Non-profit fair planned at CCC

CNJ staff A non-profit agency fair will be held from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis Community College, according to a press release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. In its third year, the fair offers attendees information on agencies and a variety of volunteer opportunities, the release said. Some of the groups expected to […]