Student says his homework not intended to cause chaos

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The list of ingredients inside Michael Morrissey’s 30-inch burrito — steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa, red peppers, and jalapenos — was impressive. But Morrissey never imagined a burrito would attract so much attention. Morrissey, an eighth-grader at Marshall Junior High, said his teacher encouraged him to create a commercial advertising […]

Roping competition draws pro cowboys

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In the 1950s, some of the best calf ropers in the world competed in Clovis. World champions including Toots Mansfield, Lovington’s Troy Fort, House’s Glen Franklin would shell out $500 to enter. Clovis’ B.J. Pierce won the event one year. “The arena would be plumb full,” said Pierce, who […]

Clerk predicts flood of bankruptcies

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer If anyone is gonna go for broke, they’re gonna do it now. At least that’s what U.S. Bankruptcy Court clerk for New Mexico Norman Meyer predicts will happen in droves from now until Oct. 17 when a new bankruptcy law goes into effect. Officially called the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention […]

Reporter’s notebook: Miss Clovis moving on to Miss New Mexico pageant

For the third year in a row, Aleiha Applegarth has been crowned Miss Clovis. She said the pageant, held March 13 in Las Cruces, was something she “just fell into” after receiving a flier at work. With the encouragement of her co-workers and friends, Applegarth entered her first pageant competition. “I figured ‘why not?’,” she […]

Aucoin, Edward

Edward Aucoin Services: Have been held. Mr. Edward Donald Aucoin, 68, of Clovis, died Friday, April 15, 2005, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Amarillo. He was born on Nov. 28, 1936, in Henniker, N.H., to Wilfred and Therese Favreau Aucoin. He married Norma Nudd on Dec. 28, 1963, in Henniker, N.H. He served […]

Faith-based group tries to turn abandoned hospital into place of hope

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Volunteersof the Matt 25 project, led by Rev. Steve Brown, are trying to resurrect this abandoned hospital at 12th and Thornton streets in Clovis into a location where people in need can get help. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer To look at the old, abandoned building at 12th and Thornton […]

Amos 4/29

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. a nightmare trauma boss you should never eat day-old pizza slices leftover from a church youth party it creates strange visions – and not those of the biblical sort last night i […]

Signs there to show correct road to take

By Judy Brandon Many of us go through the times of our lives disregarding God and his existence in our lives. Realizing this, two or three years ago an attempt was made by some in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to bring God back into the awareness of the general population. Consequently, an advertising agency launched a […]

Birdie blitz propels Wildcats

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Clovis High School senior Guillermo Chavez watches his putt on the back nine during the Clovis Invitational Golf Tournament on Thursday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Chavez shot a 71 to win. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys golf team struggled to get going Thursday, finding its […]

Struggling Wildcats try to stay positive

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s “wait til next year” for the Clovis High and Cibola baseball teams. Both have already been eliminated from the District 4-5A race as they prepare for a three-game weekend series, starting with today’s 4 p.m. single game at Cibola. While the defending Class 5A state runnerup Wildcats (7-13, […]

Lady Wildcats’ hopes hinge on sweep of Cibola

By John Eisel It’s all or nothing for Cibola and Clovis this weekend at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. Both teams likely need a sweep in the District 4-5A softball three-game series to have any chance of catching Sandia for second place and a spot in the Class 5A state tournament. “It’s huge, obviously. Clovis […]

Muleshoe champ hopes for one last landing at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow has a state championship and several runnerup finishes to her credit in the past two years. Lady Mules coach Benjie Jay hopes she can put herself in position for a big state finish at this weekend’s Region I-3A track competition at Odessa. Withrow leads a […]

¡Celebramos el Cinco de Mayo!

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “The Fifth Of May,” commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It has become increasingly popular in the U.S. among those with a Hispanic background. It’s celebrated by family and friends through Mexican culture […]

By the grace of God

Curtis Shelburne If I could somehow know that I had but one more opportunity to stand before Christ’s people and share God’s word, I would like to think that final sermon would be centered on the good news of God’s grace. What grace? The grace of God as expressed through Christ Jesus and his death […]

Dual Language Program promotes proficiency in both Spanish and English

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La Casita second grader Sigrid Viera reads from her text book during science class Tuesday at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis. Ten years ago it would be hard to find a student speaking Spanish in the classroom. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink […]

Initiative under way to preserve prairie chickens

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Federal program seeks to enhance the number of habitable acres for New Mexico’s lesser prairie chicken. (New Mexico Game & Fish) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Imagine southeastern New Mexico as it once was — lacking in cars, bustling with grasslands, and hopping with prairie chickens. Although the small fowl still pepper the state […]

Clovis man sentenced for molestation

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Derrick Ervin listens to testimony from the victim’s family Wednesday during his sentencing at Curry County Courthouse. Ervin was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex crimes committed over an 18-month period. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold some […]

4/28 Education Digest

ENMR-Plateau awards scholarships The ENMR-Plateau Telecom-munications Education Foun-dation recently awarded more than $25,000 in educational scholarships to local high school seniors, according to an ENMR press release. The winners were announced at the cooperative’s annual membership meeting on April 16. The ENMR-Plateau Education Foundation Funds are made possible through abandoned capital credit payments from the […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

State doesn’t need help of ‘Minutemen’

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Picture this. You are a Mexican fellow wanting to slip into the United States to do work Americans sneer at. Your family is hungry. You want more than anything to improve their lot. So you make your way to the Mexico-Arizona border and prepare to cross. But then you look […]