Van Soelen picked for judge vacancy

CNJ staff Former city commissioner and deputy district attorney Fred Van Soelen of Clovis was appointed Ninth Judicial District Court judge Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. “I’m excited,” Van Soelen said when contacted by phone. “It’s very humbling but I’m excited to get going.” Van Soelen was picked from among four candidates to replaced retired […]

Our people: Guard duty


By Lillian Bowe CMI staff writer Caitlin Dial, 17, keeps a vigilant eye on the swimmers as she has to be ready any minute to jump in and rescue a swimmer in distress. Dial has been lifeguarding at the Clovis Aquatic Center for four years. She was born and raised in Clovis and will […]

Rest in peace: MC-130 that was part of notable Vietnam mission retired at Cannon

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Speaker Capt. Tom Purdie introduces Cannon Air Force Base’s Wing Commander Col. Buck Elton at a retirement ceremony for an MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft that now sits near the front gate of the base.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Irl “Leon” Franklin said when he and hundreds of other servicemen were told about a secret mission more than 40 years ago, later found out to be the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam, they were given the choice to opt out. “There were […]

Second Roosevelt County escapee captured

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Escaped inmate Ruben Lozano waits in the backseat of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to be readmitted into the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, who was found Friday morning in Midland, Texas, was on the run for a week after escaping from the jail last Friday with another inmate.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Baird CMI staff writers On the run for a week, escaped inmate Ruben Lozano shielded his face as he sat in the back of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle as officials pulled up Friday afternoon to the north side of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, 42, was recaptured […]

An encounter with John Law in California

Paperwork and all the little things that can get you into several hundred dollars worth of trouble; those are things I don’t miss about truck driving. One of my trucking journeys took me to San Diego. After delivering my load I waited two days for another one. In trucking if you’re sitting you’re not making […]

Animals perfect conductors of emotional contagion

It’s downright logical to extend rights to animals, especially when it comes to having the right to a fair shake at living, the right to not be injured maliciously or negligibly — all living creatures inherently deserve such things. Maybe even in certain circumstances there are other rights that are appropriate. But one thing is […]

Local student scores align with state results

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The state’s high school students improved their reading proficiency scores on standardized tests this year, but there were declines for students in grades 4-6, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday. Locally, test scores tell a similar story. Clovis High School students in grades 10-11 saw gains in reading scores […]

Portales escapee back in custody

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer Roosevelt County officials this morning are confirming last week’s jail escapee has been recaptured. Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Ruben Lozano, 42, was arrested without incident at 7:25 a.m. (MDT) Friday in Midland, Texas. Lozano escaped last Friday night with another inmate who was recaptured an hour later. Parker said […]

Free summer meal program in full swing

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Julie Garcia hands Lorena Garcia, 2, a free lunch bag Thursday at Dennis Chavez Park. According to Garcia, they serve 250 free lunches daily at the site.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer An average of 2,200 lunches and 750 breakfast meals are served daily through the Summer Food Service Program. Conducted by the Food and Nutrition Service agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program was created to provide low-income children meals during the summer. Johnny Chavez, director of […]

Multiple arrests in 4 separate area burglaries

CNJ Staff Clovis police on Thursday reported arrests in four burglaries arrests since Sunday. Three people were arrested in two separate burglaries Sunday, according to a press release from Clovis police. Three more were arrested in separate burglaries on Wednesday, police said. On Sunday: • Quinn Ransom, 47, of Clovis, was arrested about 1 a.m. […]

Gods grace, faith for all roads ahead

Consider this scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). I was thinking on this verse in Jeremiah this last week in an attempt to personalize it. So an example from […]

amos the church mouse

amos on time boss you probably already know this but i have a problem with time – not telling time but operating within it i hardly ever get anywhere on time boss my tail either gets caught in a door somewhere or i get sidetracked by a friendly conversation or bushwhacked by some silly interrogation […]

Commission wants more input from horse racing industry

By Thomas Garcia CMI STAFF WRITER The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday they want to gather input from the horse racing industry before hearing community interest concerning a sixth and final racing license, according Warren Frost, who represents the Quay County Gaming Authority. Frost said the racing commission wants to first gather information […]

Smoke on the Water entertainment schedule

The entertainment schedule for the Smoke on the Water July Fourth celebration at Greene Acres Park is: • 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Martha Chace • 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. — Clovis Community Choir • 4:45 p.m.-5 p.m. — Cheyenne Edwards performing “God Bless America” • 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. — No Refund • 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m. — […]

Man’s truck catches fire

CNJ staff A pickup caught fire just after 2 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Allsup’s Convenience Store at the corner of Prince and 21st streets. The owner of the truck, who was not identified by the Clovis Fire Department, had gone into the store briefly, and when he came out there was smoke […]

Opinions on court ruling split

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer This is a periodic series asking area residents topical questions. This time we asked what they thought about the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, granting same-sex married couples the same federal benefits heterosexual married couples receive, and also the Supreme Court’s […]

Feature attractions: Main Street theaters works in progress


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Downtown Clovis is an ever-evolving neighborhood speckled with shops, restaurants, salons and theaters. Local entities and community members are working hard to breathe new life into those once-bustling theaters in hopes of creating a downtown arts district. Here is an update on the progress being made at the […]

USSOCOM commander visits Cannon

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing welcomed U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, and his wife, Georgeann McRaven, for a comprehensive look into operations at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Air Force Range on June 19.

Prepare for anything

By Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Preparing Air Commandos for battle is an essential part of mission success. One tool that is used to prepare these brave men and women is the Opposing Forces program at Cannon Air Force Base. OPFOR was designed to enhance training capabilities for airmen […]

Scholarships for Military Children provided at Cannon

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs One lucky recent Texico High School graduate was provided with a scholarship through the Defense Commissary Agency on June 13 at Cannon Air Force Base. The scholarship was administered by the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members […]