Man accused of sexual assault found not guilty

Staff reports A 49-year-old Clovis man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old was found not guilty Friday at his jury trial before 9th Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn, according to a press release from his attorney Jennifer Burrill. Burrill said the trial was the second for Marvin Gallagher, whose first in November 2013 ended with […]

Five questions with gubernatorial hopeful Lawrence Rael

Lawrence Rael

On Saturday, Lawrence Rael, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful and former chief administrative officer for the city of Albuquerque, made a campaign swing through Clovis. Rael is taking on candidates Howie Morales, Gary King, Linda Lopez, and Alan Webber in the June primary. The Clovis News Journal asked Rael five questions: You had a hand in the […]

Easter not eclipsed by lunar antics

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer The date may change from year to year but one thing is for certain — Easter always falls during a week of a full moon. “I know (Easter) rotates depending on the full moon,” said Alan Brockmeier, priest of St. James Episcopal Church. He said Easter is calculated to […]

Relay for Life boasts new events, location

Staff report The 19th annual Clovis/Curry County Relay for Life is gearing up for its main event May 9-10. All proceeds from the overnight walk will benefit the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer, and event organizers are hoping to surpass last year’s fundraising total of $117,000. This year’s honorary chair is Hank Baskett Jr., […]

What’s happening — April 20

Tuesday AD HOC Review Committee meeting — 1:30 p.m., Assembly Room, Bert Cabiness City Government Center. Information: 769-7828. Traci’s Greenhouse gardening tips and demonstration — 11 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Relay For Life of Clovis committee meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, Ingram Room. Information: 799-9159 or Relay For Life of Clovis team […]

Police blotter — April 20

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 12:05 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 2000 block of Chapparal Circle . • 1:49 a.m.: Remove subject, 2900 block of East Mabry Drive. • 6:43 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 1100 block of Ash Street. • 6:47 a.m.: Injured subject, 900 block of Cameo Street. […]

Celebrating our planet


By Emily Crowe Celebrating Mother Earth has been an American pastime since 1970, and this year eastern New Mexicans have several options to get in on the environmental action. Earth Day will officially be recognized Tuesday, but students at Eastern New Mexico University can start celebrating Monday with the Recycle Rally, which encourages students […]

In search of ponies: Easter can be dangerous to pets

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Frilly sundresses and bonnets, perfect, tiny little bow ties and shiny shoes — Easter is a day for fancy duds and in the space of another sunrise, life will be about bright colors, fuzzy critters, treat baskets, and happy kiddos. But amidst the celebratory tone of the day, dangers lurk […]

5 things to know about … umpiring softball

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Umpire Kirk Marcum calls a player safe at home Wednesday night during a Clovis Softball Association game at Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Being a softball umpire is more than  making calls on the field and wearing a uniform. Here are five things to know about being an umpire from Clovis Umpires Association Umpire in Chief, Troy Hannond, and three-year umpire, Stevon O’Neal. • Umpires have to work three to four games […]

Darn that salty language

By David Stevens CNJ editor New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez made headlines this week after a liberal news publication painted her as “nasty, juvenile and vindictive” in private interactions that featured colorful language. Martinez’ campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez was forced to concede one of the allegations was true. Yes, he said, the governor “used salty […]