Business feature: Al’s Pets owner closing shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Al’s Pets owner Albert Lewis explains how the fluorescent fish he sells are bred. Lewis, who has been operating his store since 2000, plans to retire and close his shop in a month. CNJ staff Albert Lewis started his pet shop on 21st Street as part of an extension of […]

Man sentenced to 10 years for burglaries

CNJ staff A Clovis man police say they linked to more than a half dozen burglaries was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, according to a release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Police said they caught Floyd Pete Gutierrez, 40, in the act of burglarizing the When You Have Everything Nail and Hair Salon […]

Golfers express concerns at parks plan tour

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield points out a potential new area for a “Par 3” course at Clovis Municipal Golf Course Monday morning. Commissioners spoke of the need to retain the “Par 3” and make it an agenda item for a future commission meeting, but many leaned toward moving the “Par […]

ENMU narrows coach search to dozen

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is narrowing the search for a women’s basketball coach. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said Monday that the school’s search committee planned to conduct phone interviews with 12 candidates over the next three nights, beginning today, and by next week should be ready to invite finalists for campus […]

Baseball league seeking host homes for players

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Andrew Dunn, commissioner of the Pecos League, answers questions during a Wednesday meeting at the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department. The Clovis Pioneers will start play in May as part of the Pecos League. Kevin Wilson A few dozen Pioneers are going to need a home. That was the message […]

Contraband reports up at jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Adult Detention Center has seen a spike in contraband discoveries the past two months, timed with the launch of inmate work details at the facility. During July and August, detention officers patrolling the outside and public areas of the jail have found and turned over about a dozen contraband items […]

Police investigating criminal damage complaints

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating nearly three dozen broken vehicle windows over the weekend. Police began receiving reports of broken windows Saturday morning from residents in the mid-north to northwest portions of Clovis, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney. Police are investigating under the assumption the incidents are related due to the time and location […]

Fight strengthens against post office closure

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City Commissioner Len Vohs, addresses those in attendance Thursday at the Town Hall meeting about the closing of the Gidding Street post office at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Sharna Johnson Their ranks have tripled from just a week ago and now they are planning to take the fight to […]

A dozen vandalism incidents reported

Nearly a dozen convertible vehicle’s soft-tops were slashed in northeast Clovis over the weekend. Police records show the reports began coming in Sunday morning in Colonial Park and nearby neighborhoods. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said a witness reported seeing a suspect near one of the vehicles and described him as a heavy-set white male wearing […]

Area paramedics aid in Ike recovery

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Courtesy photo Apple Wood, an EMT-Intermediate for Causey, left,; Wiley Teal, an EMT-Intermediate for the Milnesand Fire Dept., center,; and Rhonda Gorrell, an EMT-Basic for Dora, stock an ambulance prior to deployment to assist in hurricane recovery efforts. CNJ staff Nearly three dozen paramedics from a dozen New Mexico counties are helping with recovery efforts […]

Good tamales don’t come from can

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Tamales. There, on the front page of a Sunday edition of the “Clovis News Journal,” was a picture of tamales being made. Now, didn’t that make me hungry? Marie Gomez was working with a bunch of masa, some tasty-looking pork and a pan of corn husks. She was making tamales […]

Field mice can be difficult to exterminate

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Old Reporters’ Retirement Home, I’m spicing up each day by writing a horror story. It’s a TV documentary inspired by an actual event. Hollywood will love it. It’ll star Arnold Schwarzenegger. I call it “Gnaws.” The actual event went like this: We remodeled our house one time, […]