Clovis High’s culinary program growing

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Junior Arik Yeager prepares flame-roasted red peppers for grilled chicken paninis. Yeager is a student in ProStart, a culinary program at Clovis High School.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com By spending extra time in the kitchen as part of the ProStart culinary program at Clovis High School, junior Juan Gutierrez said he has learned discipline, leadership skills, and how to cook for himself. “I became interested in the culinary profession in the seventh grade when I started […]

Study: Job creation stagnant in county

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Local leaders know times have been rough, but they expect job creation to outpace a study from a New Mexico State University economist. Curry County ranked 15th among the state’s 33 counties in 2013, according to the study that showed New Mexico in last place in the nation […]

Code talkers make impression on CHS students

Scott Robinson’s Clovis High School history class is studying World War II. Taking advantage of contacts, Robinson brought in Native American code talkers to add an extra dimension. “Code talking” is a term for the use of obscure languages to transmit coded intelligence during wartime. The first known use of code talking was during WWI […]

Ticket feature — Murder mystery set for Valentine’s Day

CNJ staff The Clovis Civic Center is pulling out all the stops for Valentine’s Day with a murder mystery dinner presented by Clovis’ own Brickstreet Players. “Murder on the Rebound” will feature four widowed friends who pool their insurance money to buy a restaurant called Rebounds. Each friend has a mysterious new man in her […]

Police Blotter — Jan. 30

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday • 1:07 a.m.: Prowlers, 1000 block of Gidding Street. • 1:18 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 300 block of North Davis Street. • 1:29 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of Ross Street. • 2:17 a.m.: Follow-up request, 2000 block of South Whippoorwill Way. • […]

What’s Happening — Jan. 30

Today Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. GriefShare — Grief Recovery Support Groups — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 2501 Norris St. Information: 762-4727. The High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Master’s Center, conference room, 810 E. 21st St. Information: 760-5423   Saturday 64th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day — 7 […]

3 Questions With — Jonah Walls

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Jonah Walls catches his breath after running wind sprints to start practice.

Senior Jonah Walls has helped the Texico boys basketball team to a 15-1 start and a No. 1 ranking in Class 2A in New Mexico.   Have you noticed among your classmates and the school’s fan base more excitement due to the Wolverines’ good start? Yeah, it has gotten a lot better since last year. […]

New Mexico fishing report — Jan. 30

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: Closed for the season. […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule — Jan. 30

South Dakota Mines (6-15) at ENMU (9-8) When: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Hardrockers lost 70-60 Wednesday at West Texas A&M. ENMU lost to Lone Star Conference leader and fourth-ranked Tarleton State 86-64 on Saturday. Last meeting: The teams played on New Year’s Day at Rapid City, […]

Tuesday area prep summaries — Jan. 28

Boys District 3-1A Melrose 65, Fort Sumner 44 Melrose (11-7, 1-0) — Colton Draper 7, Brian Hemminger 3, Braden Hemminger 16, Jay Faust 12, Cade Barnard 11, Wyatt Williams 14, Michael Weigl 2. Totals 25 12-17 65. Fort Sumner (9-9 0-1) — Nate Maxwell 5, Garrett Hisel 9, Nick Sanchez 11, Talon Crist 10, Hunter […]

Legislature tidbits — Jan. 29

Days remaining in session: 22 ‘Abuelos’ get their due: More than half the grandparents in New Mexico are raising their children’s children. About 55 percent of grandparents in the state are raising grandchildren, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey. Often, the grandparents shoulder parental duties for five years or more. The […]

What might your perception be?

While having dinner with a friend a few weeks ago, I ordered fajitas. Just before delivery, my friend dropped in that she’d never actually had a fajita. What was it about a fajita, she asked, that made it special? As the tortillas, toppings and sizzling meat came to my table, I told her and myself, […]

Session can’t take on state’s laundry list

An energized Gov. Susana Martinez laid out her priorities for the state of New Mexico last week, summing them up like this: education, jobs and cooperation. It was a less combative Martinez than in past States of the State — a governing official rather than a politician, probably the image she wants going into a […]

Too old? Only if your imagination has withered

I turned 57 the other day. No big deal, even though 57 is widely recognized as a serious milestone. I’m sure if you “Google” it, you’ll find all sorts of articles and blogs where “Baby Boomer” folks like me wax philosophic about the big 57. My generation has always been gifted when it comes to […]

Tumbleweeds prove troublesome

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Art Thompson clears the area in front of his home of tumbleweed debris on Tuesday afternoon. Thompson said that on Monday morning his entire patio was full of tumbleweeds.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Beep. Beep. Beep. The sound of a city dump truck in reverse pierced the bitter cold air Tuesday as an armada of city workers, airmen and residents worked to clear the mountains of tumbleweeds that invaded a northwest Clovis neighborhood a night earlier. In what looked more […]

ENMU grooming new mascots

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Eastern New Mexico University’s new greyhound mascots cuddle in their kennel Monday after a visit to the veterinarian.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It looks like a case of puppy love. “I got to walk them this morning, and I love them, they’re so cute,” said Eastern New Mexico University junior Yvonne Tillman of a pair of greyhound puppies being groomed to be school mascots. Nicknamed Duece and Trey, the […]

School board approves waiver

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com More than 150 high school seniors once threatened by the possibility of not graduating with their peers will likely be able to earn diplomas in May, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools official. A November mandate from Education Secretary-designee Hanna Skandera stated that high school students must complete a […]

Meetings watch: Clovis school board

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday at the administration building. The board approved the following items: • A one-year extension of Superintendent Terry Myers’s contract. Terms will be the same as his previous contract from 2013, with Myers being paid $154,000. “As a board, we believe that Mr. Myers is going beyond […]

Police blotter — Jan. 29

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday • 2:09 a.m.: Subject with a weapon, 2000 block of Lisa Avenue. • 8:19 a.m.: Burglary, 4000 block of North Prince Street. • 8:27 a.m.: Dispute, 400 block of West Street. • 8:29 a.m.: Burglary, 2000 block of Jonquil Park Drive. • 9:02 […]

What’s happening — Jan. 29

Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Read with a Dog — 1 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840.   Thursday Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. GriefShare — Grief Recovery Support Groups — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 2501 Norris St. Information: 762-4727.   Saturday 64th annual Kiwanis […]