Merchandise dump drives local officials nuts

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

Texas Woman’s edges Zias in opener, claims sweep

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team came within two innings of extending its winning streak to three games, but left Friday afternoon with a two-game losing skid instead. Visiting Texas Woman’s rallied for two runs in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead, then took a 5-4 win when leftfielder Tealey Farquhar homered […]

Suit between former Clovis coach, NMAA comes to close

CNJ staff The legal battle between former Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler and the New Mexico Activities Association came to an official close this week. The U.S. District Court in Santa Fe on Wednesday filed an order of dismissal with prejudice, meaning neither party will bring the issue back to court again. Each […]

Angelo exploits Hound miscues for win

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team continues to struggle trying to close out close games in Lone Star Conference play. Junior first baseman Blake Cooper belted his second home run of the game, a two-out, two-run shot in the top of the ninth, but the Rams responded for three […]

Bulldogs outslug Wildcats

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis High’s baseball team hit the ball well enough to win Friday. The Wildcats had trouble keeping Artesia in check. The Bulldogs broke the game open with an eight-run fourth to hand CHS a 13-4 loss in the consolation semifinals of the Rio Rancho Invitational. CHS (4-6) faces Roswell Goddard, […]

CHS softball drops pair

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Playing Class 5A second-ranked Onate didn’t do a lot for Clovis High’s confidence. Playing Navajo Prep, on the other hand, did. The Lady Cats put some offense together, but committed eight errors and dropped a 17-7 decision to the unbeaten (10-0) Lady Knights in the opening round of the Kristin […]

Portales softball team moves to 3-0

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Portales High’s softball team opened its own weekend tournament with a walk in the park on Friday. Taking advantage of nine Santa Fe Indian errors, the Lady Rams needed only three innings to run-rule the Lady Braves 15-0 at Wheeler Park. PHS (3-0) added a 14-4 win over Las Vegas Robertson […]

Rams get back on track

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales sophomore Draven Saiz fires a pitch during the third inning of the Rams’ game against West Las Vegas Friday at Ram Field. PHS defeated Pojoaque 6-3 before notching a 12-7 win over the Dons.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com After a frustrating doubleheader loss at Roswell High on Monday, the Portales Rams were able to quickly get back on the winning track in their own weekend event. The Rams beat Pojoaque 6-3 and West Las Vegas 12-7 on Friday at Ram Field. They’ll complete play in the eight-team event — […]

Wildcat golf just misses mark

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — The Clovis High boys golf team came up short in its bid to win the season-opening Great 8 tournament on Friday at The Links. More disappointing for the Wildcats, though, was that they couldn’t get the first of three needed legs toward Class 5A state competition. Class 1A-3A power Socorro held […]

Officials: 58 truckloads of peanut butter in Clovis landfill

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

CHS squads set for golf opener

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By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s golf teams are in a bit of a rebuilding mode heading into the season, which begins today in the Great 8 tournament at Ruidoso. The Wildcats return two of three players who qualified for Class 5A state competition last spring, but seventh-year coach Cal Fullerton says […]

Errors costly in Cats’ tourney loss

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — With a little better defense and maybe a key hit or two, Clovis High’s baseball team could have beaten Sandia in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the Rio Rancho Invitational. The Wildcats committed five errors and stranded 12 baserunners, though, and dropped a 4-1 decision to the Matadors. Junior Landon Williams threw […]

Area prep linescore — March 27

New Mexico Military tournament Quarterfinals Texico 10, Tularosa 1 Tularosa    100  000  0 —  1    4    5 Texico    105  040  x —10    8    0 Dawson Prudencio, Nathan Aragon (4) and Greg Gonzalez; John Myers, Hayden Spears (6) and Jonah Walls. W — Myers. L — Prudencio. Top hitters — Tularosa: Aragon 1-3, RBI. Texico: Devin […]

Faithful cast protection over Melrose

CNJ staff photo: Vanessa Kahin
Steve Patton, left, and Bobbie Rogers stand next to Melrose’s northernmost cross on N.M. 268.

By Vanessa Kahin CNJ STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com There is, in the words of at least two of the village’s locals, a hedge of protection over Melrose. Visitors who drive into the town of just under 700 souls from any direction are greeted by a strategically placed cross. These plain, wooden symbols adorn the highway and […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. The following items were discussed: • Proclamation of April 1 being recognized as “National Service Recognition Day” in honor of Foster Grandparent and Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteers with Curry County. • Approval of a 15-item consent agenda, including […]

Police blotter — March 28

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday Caller reported: • 3:38 a.m.: Situation check, 300 block of North Prince Street. • 4:14 a.m.: Situation check, 4700 block of North Prince Street. • 8:06 a.m.: Situation check, 1800 block of Hammett Street. • 8:11 a.m.: Vehicle theft, 1300 block of Rencher […]

A small change can make a big difference

Judy Brandon
Columnist

A childhood friend of mine visited an upscale, gourmet bakery in New York City. She was fascinated with the variety of breads she found displayed there! Bread was in various shapes and textures. There was black pumpernickel bread and white potato bread, and hundreds of varieties in between. Some breads were twisted — some sprinkled […]

What’s happening — March 28

Today Last New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Q&A — 9 a.m., Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand Ave. Information: 763-3435. Book Fair — All day, Plains Regional Medical Center. Information: 763-3435. Annual Noodles and Notes Concert — 6:30 p.m., Marshall Middle School Auditorium. Information: 714-2657 or email us at clovisbandboosters@yahoo.com.   Saturday 2014 Home and […]

Adventure not hard to find for columnist

Joan Clayton retired from newspaper column writing last month. She is 85 and decided it was time to seek new adventure. She’s had plenty adventure already, especially when she taught elementary school for 31 years. “… My children in my classroom taught me a lot about life and relationships instead of me teaching them,” she […]

Lunchroom finger-scan system raises concerns

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CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Several parents are raising concerns they were not properly notified that two Clovis schools were testing finger-scan technology in the lunchroom. Among the concerns was that personal data could be collected. According to Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, the system is being piloted at Gattis Middle School and the Freshman […]