Outage knocks out power to nearly 20,000 customers

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Oran Stoner, left, and Chris Padilla of Xcel Energy repair a line Tuesday morning along East Brady Avenue. A transformer near the landfill blew shortly before 9:15  a.m.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A transformer failure is to blame for Tuesday morning’s power outage that affected nearly 20,000 customers in Clovis, Texico, Farwell and Tucumcari, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “We had a transformer failure in our Curry County interchange near Clovis,” Reeves said, “But the cause of that […]

Resident’s family weathers typhoon

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Staff and wire reports Lynn Vinton still hasn’t heard from her family, but friends have relayed the good news: Everybody survived the typhoon that has hammered 41 provinces in the heart of the Philippines. Vinton, who moved to Clovis two years ago, said video shot by friends shows her parents’ home near Iloilo still standing […]

Lady Cats capture finals

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CNJ staff Clovis High’s girls made relatively short work of Carlsbad in Saturday’s District 4-5A volleyball tournament championship match at Rock Staubus Gym. Senior outside hitter Sasha Smith-Pollard posted a season-best 10 kills as the Lady Wildcats took a 25-22, 2-10, 25-19 win over the Cavegirls. Clovis (14-7) will find out its seed today for […]

WWII fighter pilot’s dog tags returning to family after nearly 70 years

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A World War II fighter pilot’s dog tags will be returned to their rightful heirs this Veterans Day after a nearly 70-year trek home to the United States. Air Force Lt. Jack Robbins’s plane was shot down by enemy fire on June 24, 1944, near St. Giles, France, […]

In tribute: Bataan survivor remembered as strong, kind

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By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com Friends and family said he was strong, mostly quiet, and kind. M.C. Waltmon didn’t talk much about his experiences during the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. But he wrote that he survived through some luck, and good friends. Waltmon, 96, died Oct. 29 […]

Parade pays tribute to veterans

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Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com American flags soared high and motorcycles roared to life Saturday as local residents lined Main Street to pay special tribute to military veterans. Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets and American Legion members, as well as local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and civic groups, passed out candy to eager children […]

High school seniors preview ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico University resident assistant Ehren Hille gives housing information to prospective student Casey Martinez and his mother Ronda Martinez. The Martinez family came Portales from Artesia for Senior Preview Day on the campus of ENMU on Saturday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com While high school seniors have yet to take their final exams, they are already looking towards the future. Many seniors and their families spent Saturday seeing if those futures could be in Portales. They came in abundance to Eastern New Mexico University for Senior Preview Day. Parents […]

Clovis goal: Just win … by eight

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Class 5A playoffs will be seeded Saturday evening in Albuquerque, but it already has to feel like the playoffs have started for the Clovis Wildcats with a rollercoaster season that has felt fast to its players. “Extremely fast,” senior linebacker Bryan Abernathy said. Clovis (4-5, 0-1 District […]

Parade continues to honor area vets

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Saturday marks more than 20 years of celebrating the military veterans with a parade. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and a handful of local veterans from that war will serve as the parade’s grand marshals. “We have to respect them for what […]

Zias have definite local flavor

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By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Don’t put too much stock in a 21-point exhibition loss at Grand Canyon on Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. The Zias, under first-year coach Joshua Prock, also hope to prove wrong the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, which has them finishing […]

Students, family attend memorial for ENMU students

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Friends, family, faculty and students gathered at a memorial service for Adrienne Trujillo and Padyn Reanell Hughes on Wednesday night on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. Trujillo and Hughes, who were students at ENMU, died Sunday evening in a vehicle rollover.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Losing a loved one is never easy, but the pain was eased for those who knew and loved Padyn Reanell Hughes and Adrienne Trujillo on Wednesday night. A memorial service was held for the two Eastern New Mexico University students who were killed in a car accident […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Community Band sharing sounds of Sousa

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CNJ staff The Clovis Community Band will be sharing the sounds of John Philip Sousa with Clovis tonight. A local tradition for more than 30 years, the concert will feature Sousa’s “Mother Hubband March,” “Black Horse Troop March,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and a compilation of the composer’s three arrangements of “Yankee Doodle.” “We’ll also […]

Education feature: Online, digitial resources cut costs for CCC library

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By Thomas Garcia CMI Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Clovis Community College’s recent two-year commitment with New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries for access to online research databases and e-Book collections will save the school’s library money, which can be used toward additional resources, said Kelly Gray, CCC library director. Gray said the bulk of the library’s […]

Expansion offered as option for jail

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Building an addition to Curry County’s jail is one more option that has come into play for the county commission to consider in solving the jail’s overcrowding. The commission listened to a presentation from Reilly Johnson Architecture of Colorado about possibly building an addition to the Curry County […]

County to offer discount prescription card

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CNJ staff Curry County announced Tuesday it has signed on to offer a discount prescription card for county residents — a deal which could earn the county thousands of dollars a year. For each prescription purchase, or paid claim, made using cards that originated in Curry County, Coast2Coast Rx pays Curry County $1.25. Coast2Coast Rx […]

Two ENMU students die in rollover (updated)

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Adrienne Trujillo was a caring person with a goofy side who wore her heart on her sleeve, according to family and friends. Padyn Reanell Hughes was outgoing and always having a positive outlook on life. The two Eastern New Mexico University students were killed Sunday evening after being […]

Trio of former Wildcats make D-I adjustment

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com From as close as Lubbock, and as far away at Milwaukee, Clovis’ reach into college basketball is normally not this large. Half a decade ago, the eastern New Mexico city was pretty much known on the basketball landscape for Bubba Jennings, a Texas Tech standout who was drafted […]

Peanut farmers out millions of dollars in bankruptcy

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Hershel Carmichael looks at the half of his Valencia peanut crop that has yet to be harvested in his field in Causey. Carmichael said with Sunland’s closure and no other buyers in the market, the only option he has is to pay for storage.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Peanut farmers have a different pay schedule than most. Once they harvest their peanuts in the fall, typically about mid to late-October, they are paid for their crop for the entire year. When Sunland Inc., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy early in October, growers in eastern New Mexico and […]

Fishing clinic teaches young anglers

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Kayley Stockard, 4, and Mason Inge, 6, learn about what fishing supplies are needed in a tackle box from volunteers from the Eastern New Mexico University Fish Wildlife Club.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 23rd Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic was up and running bright and early Saturday morning at Oasis State Park. Youth anglers brought their poles, tackle boxes and listening ears as they took in the fundamentals of fishing from volunteers representing various organizations. The Kids Fishin’ Clinic was […]

Along for the ride

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Brant Atwood wants to drag his cowboy boots, wife and confidence to every Professional Bull Riders event this season in his journey to climb the ranks of his profession. The 26-year-old from Pampa, Texas, ranks 33rd in PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series and has every intention to top the list and […]