NMHIX officials host informational meeting at ENMU.

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ENMU senior Serena Orrantia kicks a soccer ball, one of the activities to promote exercise, at the NMHIX event Thursday.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University student Robbie Garcia said he’s prone to accidents. A former athlete, the sophomore from San Jon said he still exercises regularly, so he’s in the market to purchase health insurance, but the social work major didn’t have an idea of where to […]

Cannon golf course set to open to civlians

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From left, Master Sgt. Ralph Bell, Chief Master Sgt. Hank Baskett, and Tech. Sgt. Archie Broussard look on as Dan Williams takes a putt on Whispering Winds Golf Course. Whispering Winds, located on Cannon Air Force Base, will now be open to civilians.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Cannon Air Force Base has announced that Whispering Winds Golf Course on base will officially be opened to civilians. An application process and background check is necessary before locals can play, however. Cannon AFB made the decision to open the course to civilians to bring the local […]

ENMU presenting Hansel & Gretel this weekend

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CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University will present Hansel & Gretel, a Fairy-Tale Opera this weekend for the local community. The operatic adaptation of the fairy tale, originally written by Englebert Humperdink, is directed by ENMU faculty members Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas and Kimberly Gelbwasser, and will feature actors from the school’s Stagecraft for Singers class, as […]

Lady Cats keep rolling with win over Cavegirls (updated with gallery)

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By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com With her senior season on the horizon, Clovis High’s Kyleigh Guthals was torn over whether or not to play basketball for the defending Class 5A girls state champions. A mainstay on the CHS volleyball team, Guthals originally decided not to play. It didn’t take her long to change […]

‘Clovis’ amongst stars

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By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ STAFF WRITER enorwood@pntonline.com The name Clovis is out of this world. Don’t believe it? Proof is at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, where there is a photo of an outcropping on Mars named after the city of Clovis and prehistoric spear points found at Blackwater Draw. […]

In tribute: Former Cannon commander participated in many major world events

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com During the eulogy for former Cannon Air Force Base commander Gabriel “Bart” Bartholomew, family members couldn’t shake the Sophocles quote, “One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.” The underlying story about Bartholomew, however, would be the numerous times he almost didn’t […]

Bill tracker 2014

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Here’s a quick look at some of the bills introduced at the Legislature and sponsored by local lawmakers:   Rep. Anna Crook, R-Curry Bill number: HB225 Summary: Would increase penalties for crimes committed against children. Details online: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20225&year=14 Follow all the bills sponsored by Crook: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/bill_display.aspx?SponsorCode=HCROO&year=14     Rep. George Dodge, D-Curry, De Baca, Roosevelt […]

Deleon found guilty of first-degree murder

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Jurors took less than an hour Friday to convict Enrique Deleon of the first-degree murders of his next door neighbors, Clovis couple Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25. Deleon faces mandatory life in prison on both convictions, plus another eight years for two counts of child abuse, […]

Takeout business goes up when temperature goes down

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Something Different Grill delivery driver Amber McClean 
gets into her car to make a food delivery on Thursday evening.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Snow apparently doesn’t take away the appetites of Clovis residents, as many local restaurants who offer delivery and carry-out service saw a noticeable spike in business on Wednesday night. Something Different Grill and Snappy Tomato Pizza offer delivery services, and their drivers hit the snowy roads more […]

Hounds edge Javelinas in overtime

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Greyhound guard Devone Davis leaps over Texas A&M Kingsville’s Adonis Bailey after he became tangled with Greyhound guard Rodney Blackmon in the first half of the Greyhounds’ game Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — It’s been a rough go for Eastern New Mexico University’s men after an 0-2 start in Lone Star Conference play, but the Greyhounds are positioned pretty well. ENMU struggled for much of the game, but rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to get to an overtime […]

Snow brings needed moisture

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Anthony Cordova, custodian at Parkview Elementary School, lowers the American flag after school Wednesday afternoon. Cordova who has been with Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years, said despite the cold temperature, the flag goes up the pole and down the pole every school day.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Clovis schools employee Britney Stephens said she wasn’t able to keep warm Wednesday during her visits to the schools. An employee of the district’s technology department, the Eastern New Mexico University grad and Hawaii native wasn’t used to the area’s winter temperatures, which remained in the teens most […]

Cass signs with Greyhounds

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Clovis’ Kamal Cass is one of atwo players in New Mexico prep history with multiple 2,000-yard rushing seasons. He finished his career with 5,444 yards and 73 rushing touchdowns./

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com After rushing for more than three miles as a Clovis Wildcat, Kamal Cass will take his show about 20 miles south next fall. Cass, the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico, faxed in his letter of intent Wednesday to play football for Division II Eastern […]

Ticket feature: Nebraska Theatre Caravan to present ‘The Fantasticks’

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The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of The Fantasticks will be presented at the Marshall Auditorium Feb. 13.

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series will bring its latest act to town Feb. 13 as the Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents The Fantasticks. The new steampunk adaptation of the long-running production will showcase elaborate costumes, props and scenery while keeping the original integrity of the play intact. Written by Tom Jones and […]

Neighbor describes finding shooting victim

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com His hands covered in his dying brother Joe’s blood, Frank Valero said he kicked in a neighbor’s door that night in September 2011 in a desperate attempt to find help. “He said my brother’s down,” neighbor George Sanchez testified Tuesday in Curry County District Court. It was minutes […]

Business feature: Restaurants looking to technology

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Thai City owner Seum Vongsa, left, discusses business using information from an IPad with his manager, Ronnie Rattanavong. Rattanavong set up the restaurant’s new POS (point of sale) system three months ago, and now all aspects of the business can be managed through an IPad.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Yep. There’s an app for that. Up until three months ago, Thai City had a communication problem between its American wait staff and its Asian cooks. That’s when manager Ronnie Rattanavong installed a point of service system run with iPads. “This system cuts down on order errors, […]

Pancake Day reunites longtime friends

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Tracy Kimberly of Clovis, a 12-year member of Clovis Kiwanis, pours pancake batter Saturday during the annual Pancake Day fundraiser at Clovis High School cafeteria. Kiwanis officials said they served 700 people and raised  $4,000 for youth in Curry County.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Elaine Williford’s history with the Kiwanis Club’s annual Clovis Pancake Day began as a singer in junior high school. Now she’s in charge of the show. “They used to provide entertainment, and I sang with my school choir,” said Williford, adding with a chuckle that now “I’m […]

Tres Amigas hoping for June start

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This shows the layout for the future power superstation. At left are the three construction phases for Tres Amigas.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The anticipated groundbreaking for a proposed power superstation northeast of Clovis has been delayed again, but Tres Amigas officials say the project is still moving ahead. Financing for the $550 million “power highway” that would allow electricity to move from coast to coast remains the primary holdup, Chief […]

Mystery unraveled

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Surveillance video from the library shows “Bootsie” walking across the library Tuesday evening.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Margaret Hinchee and her staff at Clovis-Carver Public Library lived out a true mystery novel in the past week. In the mystery, there were police, stakeouts, traps, and surveillance cameras. All for a cat. “We think he snuck in sometime last week. He was here about five […]

Mason bids adios with concert

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Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com   Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community […]

Clovis High’s culinary program growing

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Junior Arik Yeager prepares flame-roasted red peppers for grilled chicken paninis. Yeager is a student in ProStart, a culinary program at Clovis High School.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com By spending extra time in the kitchen as part of the ProStart culinary program at Clovis High School, junior Juan Gutierrez said he has learned discipline, leadership skills, and how to cook for himself. “I became interested in the culinary profession in the seventh grade when I started […]