Area lakes still open for business

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By Emily Crowe, CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The extended drought in New Mexico has caused water levels to drop across the state, but all of the lakes in the region are still open for business. “All of our lakes are lower than what we would normally have at this time of year,” explained Toby Velasquz, […]

Residents recall fatherly advice

By Lillian Bowe, CNJ staff writer lbowe@cnjonline.com Part of a father’s job is to give advice, sometimes his own personal advice and sometimes sage clichés from others: “Shake it off!” “Do you think money grows on trees?” “Go ask your mother.” “Because I said so.” These catch-phrases are known as Dad-isms, and Clovis residents shared […]

Derby racers turn up heat

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By Emily Crowe, CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Twelve years of racing in the Clovis Soap Box Derby hasn’t slowed down the Womack and Renfro families. Jared Womack, 21, is a veteran of the Clovis race, having competed eight times during his years of eligibility. “I’m probably the one with the most years racing without ever […]

Judge takes blame for escape

Jan Garrett says court failed to follow protocol in Tuesday’s escape. By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Court Judge Jan Garrett said prisoner protocol was not followed in the escape of Ruben Hernandez from her courtroom Tuesday morning. She said the blame lies with her. Hernandez, 40, an inmate at the Curry […]

Police still searching for escaped inmate

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A Curry County jail inmate who police believe planned an elaborate escape, was still at large and possibly armed on Tuesday night. Ruben Hernandez, 40, escaped while making an appearance in Clovis Municipal Court on Tuesday morning and may be armed with a rifle, Clovis Police Chief Steve […]

Student loan interest rate hike deadline raising concerns

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Eastern New Mexico University student Emily Vander Dussen, left, talks to ENMU financial aid office employee Rita Herrera about her financial aid package for her final semester. Vander Dussen is one of millions of college students across the U.S. who receives federally-funded student loans.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The potential increase of the interest rate on a federal loan that about 3,000 Eastern New Mexico University students receive along with millions of other college students across America teeters on a July 1 deadline, again. Financial aid officers, U.S. congressmen and students are all too familiar with […]

Business feature: Locally owned businesses make list of culinary treasures

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Alex Loya (left) and Ruben Sepulbeda make a steak fajita in the kitchen of Taco Box. Taco Box, along with the Foxy Drive-in and the Twin Cronnie Drive-in are local food establishments that were placed on the New Mexico Culinary Treasures list.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com When Duane Chase was a freshman in 1974 his family relocated from Florida to Clovis. “Taco Box was the very first place my family ate at when we got here,” Chase said. “I’ve been eating here ever since.” Chase said he keeps coming back for green chile burgers […]

Trees uprooted, property damaged in Friday night storm

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Alyssa Idsinga said Friday night’s storm caused some of the worst weather-related damage she’s seen in the 18 years she’s lived on her farm in Roosevelt County just southeast of Portales. After eating dinner in Clovis Friday night, she returned to five uprooted trees and three on their […]

Cooking it old school

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The menu board, as prepared by the Lost Creek Farms Wagon during the Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuckwagon Cookoff Saturday afternoon.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com There was neither Pillsbury nor Sara Lee, nor a Kenmore to cook them with, nor power to run the appliances. Even with the most basic of ingredients and cooking methods, the seven camps still got food cooked for the Duke of the Dutch Oven Chuckwagon Cookoff, and they […]

In Search of Ponies: Many answers lie in vessels

One would be lucky to have  heart like theirs. They never  get their due, what with all the lion heart references and such. But even at an average of 7 millimeters long — about the size of seven mustard seeds — their teeny, rapidly beating hearts might just be the biggest of all. They fight […]

Dangerous work means big coin

Do you remember your first summer job? I do. It was just after I graduated from high school. All my pals had jobs. I figured I ought to get one too, that way I’d have some spending money. I landed a position as “houseman” at the big hotel downtown in the ol’ hometown. The houseman […]

Pioneers honored

Miss Rodeo America Chenae Shiner of Utah speaks at the 12th annual Pioneer Women Breakfast Friday morning at Clovis Civic Center.

Women of all ages donned bonnets and cowboy hats Friday morning to celebrate their western heritage. The 12th annual Pioneer Women Breakfast welcomed 125 guests, including reigning and potential Rodeo New Mexico queens and princesses, city officials, Chamber of Commerce members, and most importantly, descendants of the men and women who helped put Clovis on […]

Drought numbers don’t lie

The Ag 50 of eastern New Mexico met Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce to hear a presentation by John Longworth from Santa Fe, who is the chief of the Water Use and Conservation Bureau under the State Engineer. Longworth has been with the State Engineer's office for more than nine years, and his main […]

Areas outside Clovis hit hardest

Rain hit eastern New Mexico hard Wednesday night, with Portales taking the brunt of the inclement weather with about an inch of rain, but emergency crews in Portales and Clovis reported they responded to no calls for injuries. Mark Fettig, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said the highest rain total reported […]

Red Hats always primp for a parade

Keeping consistent with this year's Pioneer Days parade, the Red Hat Floozies' float will be made to look like a Santa Fe Railroad dining car, complete with chairs and tables inside. Members will be dressed up with big red hats and feather boas and sipping tea. The theme for Saturday's annual parade is "Honoring BNSF: […]

Three Clovis police academy recruits resign

Three Clovis police recruits won't be graduating from the police academy and no one is saying why. The city is out $60,000 for their six months of training, officials said. Chief Steve Sanders and City Manager Joe Thomas confirmed the three resigned Friday from the force. Thomas and Personnel Director Nancye Clements identified the officers […]

County, Tres Amigas reach agreement

Curry County commissioners approved a non-exclusive franchise agreement with Tres Amigas LLC on Tuesday at the county commission meeting. The agreement will allow Tres Amigas to use the county's right of way so they can install towers for their electrical transmission lines. Tres Amigas plans on uniting the nations three main power grids by building […]

Officials encourage prairie chicken feedback

More than 100 eastern New Mexico residents packed the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library Tuesday to get educated about the lesser prairie chicken and what it means to the region. The bird is native to New Mexico, as well as four other states, and has been identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

Business feature: Aucutt’s Paint Store celebrates 75 years

Bob Aucutt began working at Aucutt's Paint Store, which was then G.C. Williams paint store, in 1961, when he was still in high school CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird Bob Aucutt, left, and owner Tisha Brothers, center, provide customer service to Joan Hultman, who is getting paint to matched to a gray quilt. Hultman is […]

Weekend storms damage property

Severe storms accompanied by high winds and lightning rocked the Clovis area Sunday night into Monday morning. A large tree in Mary Faircloth's backyard was pulled up by the roots around 1:30 a.m. Monday. "It is a great big tree," Faircloth explained. "It hit two sheds and smashed them." The tree has been cleaned up, […]