Jewelry store robbed in Portales

CNJ Staff Woody’s Jewelry in Portales was broken into about 9 p.m. Friday, according to Portales Police Chief Lonnie Berry. The thief broke into the front door of the jewelry store on 117 W. Second St., grabbed two cases from the top of the counter. When a security alarm in the store sounded, the thief […]

Food fuels football fun

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Every year, sports fans around the globe gather with friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl, and the communities of Portales and Clovis are no different. In addition to the various decorations, jerseys and drinks, another necessary component of a proper Super Bowl fest is food. Michelle Taylor, […]

Urlacher success surprises former opponents

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Brian Urlacher helped the Lovington Wildcats go undefeated and win the Class 3A state football title in his senior season. However, area players and coaches who faced Urlacher while he was at Lovington are mildly surprised he became an NFL superstar with the Chicago Bears. The five-time All-Pro middle linebacker […]

One Super Sunday


Kim Chisum of Clovis shows off her dedication to the Indianapolis Colts. Chisum has followed the Colts since Peyton Manning arrived. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The 1985 Chicago Bears went 15-1 in the regular season, outscored their three playoff opponents 91-10, and were so confident they recorded a […]

Living the dream


Hank Baskett shows how he caught a pass in an NFC playoff game against the Saints. The catch, which would have kept Philadelphia’s last-minute drive alive, was negated by a penalty. New Orleans escaped with a 27-24 win. (CNJ staff 0photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Hank Baskett describes his rookie season […]

‘Believe in Me’ back in town


“Believe in Me” is based on a true story of a coach’s dream to take a rural Oklahoma high school girls’ basketball team to the top. (Photo courtesy of By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Memories came flooding back Thursday afternoon as Liz Eisenbraun sifted through photographs. Eisenbraun, film liaison for the Clovis/Curry County […]

Clovis Fire Department battles employee retention

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer City officials are evaluating an employee compensation plan proposed by the Clovis Fire Department in response to retention problems, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. On the cusp of receiving his paramedic’s registration — a three-year investment — firefighter Joel Gershon will receive a raise of 75 cents […]

Airport expansion plan takes flight

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis Municipal Airport expansion got off the ground Thursday as the Clovis City Commission approved the Airport Action Plan and an agreement for design of the 1,800-foot runway extension. ASCG Incorporated of New Mexico was awarded the runway contract for $238,508, with the Federal Aviation Administration paying 95 […]

Hospital receives citation for transfer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A health care regulatory agency has cited Plains Regional Medical Center for failure to counsel a psychiatric patient before transferring the patient to another hospital. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that strives to improve health care […]

Police department celebrates promotions


Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, oreground, swears in new Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram on Thursday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A bar of paper stars taped to his chest by his young son elicited laughter from a crowd of onlookers as Mike Ingram was named deputy chief […]

Base realignment measure shouldn’t affect Cannon

CNJ staff Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., has asked the Air Force to determine if a military spending measure that the House passed Wednesday could adversely impact New Mexico Air Force installations, according to his spokesperson, Chris Gallegos. The House spending measure — to be considered by the Senate in coming weeks — provides extra money […]

On the cold front


Robert Osborn uses his 4-wheeler to pull his sons Blaze, 9, left, and Camron, 7, down the street. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A prolonged cold spell pushed the average temperature in January in eastern New Mexico well below normal. According to, the average daily temperature last month was […]

Campus gender gap widens


Second semester nursing students, from left, clockwise, Levi Hill, ElizabethVerespie, Victoria Cabrera and Stephanie Walley work Wednesday in a study group at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Women spill across the cafeteria, with their backpacks, purses, scarves and coats strewn across tables and seats. Peals of […]

Drowning settlement reached

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The family of a 3-year-old boy who drowned at Potter Pool in 2005 has received an undisclosed lawsuit settlement amount, according to city officials. F. Michael Hart, an Albuquerque attorney representing the child’s mother, Angela Davis, said his client feels city officials have been sincere in their efforts to […]

Education digest: Director resigns from state post

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A former Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent announced his resignation Jan. 22 from a position of statewide leadership. Joe Mack Mitchell, executive director of the New Mexico School Boards Association, resigned from the post effective July 1. Mitchell has held the position since 1997. He accepted it following retirement as […]

Student profile: Maher

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Megan Maher is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Robert and Angela Maher. Tell us about your pets: I absolutely adore my two cats. Gizmo joined our family a few years ago when we got her from a friend, and Gadget, my black cat, was […]

Aviation board votes to extend contract

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis subcommittee believes Clovis Municipal Airport’s resident airline’s large flights mesh with the airport’s plan for growth. The Clovis Civil Aviation Board unanimously agreed Tuesday to recommend the city extend its contract with Wyoming-based Great Lakes Aviation, which provides flights to Albuquerque as well as Amarillo and Denver. […]

Courthouse security heightened during trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Court security personnel and sheriff’s deputies were highly visible throughout a five-day trial that ended Tuesday with Robert Macias being convicted of first-degree murder. Yellow security tape blocked the front steps of the Curry County Courthouse, diverting pedestrian traffic into the courthouse through a side entrance. Visitors passed through […]

Jury finds Macias guilty


Defendant Robert Macias, left, and his attorney, James Klipstine Jr., wait to hear the verdict at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Wilfred Salas Jr.’s family members put their arms around each other and leaned their heads together as the jury’s verdict was read. Robert Macias, […]

New phase of paying


Credit, debit and gift cards are changing the way people pay while simultaneously increasing profit margins for businesses. (MCT Illustration) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When the tuition bill rolls around each semester at Eastern New Mexico University, Roma Vivas throws down her Discover card even though she has the money on hand. Several […]