Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

ENMU adds 14 recruits, eight more expected to sign

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has released the names of 14 high school signees to national letters of intent for the 2012 football season on Wednesday’s national signing day. First-year coach Josh Lynn said Wednesday night that he expects about eight more players to sign by the end of today. “It went […]

Eight apply for jail position

CNJ staff Curry County has eight applicants for its open detention center administrator position, vacant since Keith Norwood resigned Sept. 6. Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval is one of the applicants for the position, along with: • Mark Anderson of Newcastle, Maine • Gerry Billy of Newark, Ohio • Michael Sales of Sundown, Texas • Carl […]

Birthdays — July 24

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Fails Alvin Fails of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday on July 23. The celebration was hosted at his home. Fails was born July 21, 1916, in Milnesand. He has five children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Major school construction projects on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The new special education building at Marshall Middle School will be state-of-the art, said Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley, and will be surrounded by an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant courtyard. Liliana Castillo Each summer is busy for the operations side of Clovis Municipal Schools. But […]

Even world champs have bad days

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eight-time PRCA all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, competed during the PRCA Pioneer Days Rodeo Thursday in the tie-down roping and team roping events. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Trevor Brazile has had many good nights en route to Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association records of $4 million in […]

Shoutouts — May 29

Grandson returns from Afghanistan Bob and Mary Trujillo of San Diego Calif., have lived in Clovis for the last eight years. They are the very proud grandparents of 20-year-old Seaman Zachairah Trujillo, also from San Diego. He is the third generation serving in the armed forces. Zachairah is a medic attached to the Marine Corp. […]

Board picks bid in bond sale

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools received eight bids for the purchase of $8 million in general obligation bonds Tuesday. The board officially accepted the bid with the lowest interest rate from The Baker Group and the Bank of Clovis during its regular meeting Tuesday evening after the bidding process took place Tuesday morning. Financial […]

Jail, courthouse committee member list

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Commission on Dec. 7, created two committees charged with studying issues facing the jail and courthouse and presenting recommendations to the commission by March 15. As of mid-January, eight members of the committees have resigned, primarily complaining about a lack of transparency and steering by the commission after the committees […]

Our people: Community provider

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Courtesy photo Mario Chavez died in an accident in 1989. He was 23 and a father of four. Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working […]

Former ENMU student sentenced for child porn

CNJ staff A former Eastern New Mexico University student was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Christopher Kelley, 41, was convicted of eight counts of child pornography, and will be required to serve four years of probation and register […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Family hitting books

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Wendy Proctor, right, her son Matthew Pringle and daughter Veronica Proctor gather around the table for study time at their Clovis home. The Proctor family is on a mission and they know something about missions. Tech. Sgt. Robert Proctor is active duty military and his wife Wendy Proctor served 20 […]

Our people: Agent of Service

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Erinn Burch of Clovis is a mother of two and runs United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Erinn Burch of Clovis has run the United Way of Eastern New Mexico for eight years. She said she enjoys her work because everyone she works with is working to improve the community.

LSC South previews: Finding QB key for ACU

By Nick Eatman: lonestarconference.org Entering his sixth season as head coach, Chris Thomsen has several talking points to get excited about this year. Not only did the Wildcats return to the playoffs last year with a 9-4 record, which included eight straight wins to open the year and a No. 1 ranking at one time […]

Portales’ first 42 tournament set

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Faye Keener of Portales grabs dominos to shuffle after she and her teammate Beverly Winn won a game of 42 during a tournament in Texico last year. By Linda Usrey Long: PNT Correspondent The first 42 tournament for Portales happens Friday at the Roosevelt Electric Cooperative. Organizers say anyone who […]

Marshall, Yucca choirs receive awards

CNJ staff Yucca and Marshall Middle School choirs received awards at the 2010 Southeast New Mexico Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Festival. The festival was held Feb. 13 at Eastern New Mexico University. Thirty-eight students from Yucca sang solos. Of those, 32 received superior ratings, seven received superior-plus and six received excellent. Of the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Survey says and eight-second rides

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Survey says If there’s really nothing for your kids to do, here’s your chance. The Curry County Wellness Council and the City of Clovis Quality of Life Committee want your opinion on Youth activities and recreation options. Click on this link to take a survey for parents […]

Child’s health more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through tears […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]