Wildcats brace for pair of state’s best

If there's only one regular season boys game you catch at Rock Staubus Stadium … it's the Feb. 22 regular season finale against Hobbs. Everybody who wears Wildcat purple knows that. But if you only see three regular season games, this weekend would likely fill out most of your ticket, as Clovis hosts No. 1 […]

Murder conviction overturned

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said he plans to retry accused killer Arnoldo Navarette, 42, after the New Mexico Supreme Court overturned the original conviction in a 1993 Portales murder case. The state's highest court issued it's decision Jan. 17, saying Navarette wasn't allowed to confront a witness at trial. Navarette was found guilty […]

Happy birthday to you, you live in a zoo …

Jerrica, daughter of Hillcrest Park Zoo's adult giraffe Jael, turns 1 year old today. The Rothschild-reticulated cross giraffe is the first giraffe born at the zoo. "It's a big milestone," said Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti." "It's not easy to raise a baby from day one." CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jerrica being bottle fed […]

Homicide suspect Reagan found competent to stand trial

The man accused of killing 35-year-old Shondel D. Lofton in a bizarre June homicide and kidnapping was found competent Thursday to stand trial. Jimmy Reagan Jimmy Reagan, 31, is charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault for a total of 28 violent felonies stemming from the June 6 attack. His jury trial is now set for […]

What’s happening – Jan. 25

Today Board of County Commissioners Meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis Carver Library. Information: 763-6016. Clovis/Curry County Chamber Awards Banquet — 6 p.m., Max Impact, the high energy premier rock band of the United States Air Force will provide entertainment. Dinner served at 6:45 p.m. $40 tickets. Clovis Civic Center. Information: 763-3435. Saturday Coffeehouse Event— 7 […]

Police blotter – Jan. 25

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday 12:42 a.m.: Caller reported harassment, 2900 block of Hammond Boulevard. 2:53 a.m.: Caller reported battery, 2800 block of Kelso Avenue. 3:00 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic dispute, 900 block of West 2nd Street. 5:07 a.m.: Caller reported suspicious circumstances, near Sunland Street and […]

Obama needs to make good on lofty goals

President Barack Obama began his second term Monday with a speech that recalled the words of the Founders and civil rights pioneers to challenge the American people to come together today to realize the dreams of earlier generations. The newly elected president hit an appropriately high tone for an inaugural address on the steps of […]

Your liberty depends on their liberty

Liberty is not a buffet where you pick the parts you like, while trying to deny other people the same freedom. If you claim to value the Second Amendment, the best way to prove it is to fight violations of the other nine amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. This means defending the […]

WT takes extra frame from Hounds

In a game that swung back and forth, West Texas A&M made just enough plays in overtime. Senior guard Darnell Jackson hit a fadeaway 3-pointer out of the right corner with 40 seconds left in the OT and the shot clock running out, giving the Buffaloes just enough cushion for a 69-65 Lone Star Conference […]

Lady Buffs hold off Zias

Devin Griffin, West Texas A&M's leading scorer this season, had a relatively quiet game Wednesday night until late. With West Texas A&M's women clinging to a small lead, Griffin took over, scoring 12 of her game-high 23 points in the final eight minutes to lift the Lady Buffaloes to a 62-51 in Lone Star Conference […]

New Mexico fishing report

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. CATCHES OF THE WEEK: If you have a […]

Clovis man sentenced to seven years on drug conviction

Jaime Salazar, 26, of Clovis, was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday for dealing cocaine, according to a news release from the office of Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler also said $53,000 confiscated in the original drug arrest will be forfeited to law enforcement. According to the news release: Salazar was convicted […]

Prairie chicken meeting scheduled

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Portales to discuss implementation of a management plan for lesser prairie chickens, according to a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish press release. The plan includes management goals, objectives and on-the-ground activities throughout the range of […]

Parkview students respond to reading challenge

Little could be heard Wednesday morning in Amanda Harris' class at Parkview Elementary as students read their books to reach their goal. Parkview students are striving to collectively read and test high on 4,000 books to watch their principal Mandy Carpenter kiss a pig. Harris and Carpenter created the challenge to get their children excited […]

Meetings watch: Regional Growth Management Quality of Life Task Force – Jan. 24

The Regional Growth Management Quality of Life Task Force met Wednesday afternoon at Clovis City Hall. During the meeting: Col. David C. Piech, commander of the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group, told members that the 801 Housing in Portales would turn over to new ownership July 23, and said the new rent rates were […]

Growth committee hears wind energy concerns

In its first meeting of 2013, the Local Growth Management Committee set up its leadership and its goals for the next few months. The group, created to deal with community growth issues resulting from the change of mission at Cannon Air Force Base, took 90 minutes to span various topics. The meeting was chaired by […]

Resident raises concern about safety on Colonial Parkway

Drivers unfamiliar with a section of Colonial Parkway by the Colonial Park Golf Course are having trouble with the curve, and a resident is concerned about the possibility of accidents sending vehicles careening into citizens' front yards and bedrooms. During the Clovis Public Works Committee meeting Wednesday morning, resident Richard Rowley said a dip created […]

Public Works Committee recommends street closure near jail

The city's Public Works Committee approved a recommendation Wednesday morning for closure of Eighth Street between Mitchell and Main streets, and the alley between the Curry County Adult Detention Center and the women's annex. The change would essentially remove that portion of Eighth Street as a through street, with the county putting up some manner […]

Police blotter – Jan. 24

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls: Tuesday 12:24 a.m.: Caller reported shots fired, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 1:51 a.m.: Caller reported suspicious circumstances, 1700 block of Mabry Drive. 2:27 a.m.: Caller requested public assistance, 2100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. 2:39 a.m.: Caller reported harassment, […]

What’s happening – Jan. 24

Today LEPC Emergency Response/HAZMAT Committee meeting — 10 a.m., Emergency management conference room, 320 Connelly Street. Information: 763-9485. Moscow Nights/Golden Gates — 7 p.m., Clovis Community College Marshall Auditorium. $22 tickets. $17 military/seniors/students. Information: 769-4956. Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Preschool Storyhour. Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Friday Board of County Commissioners Meeting — 9 a.m., […]