Video: Tumbleweed removal technique

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City of Clovis tractor smashes tumbleweeds so they can be removed from a north Clovis neighborhood. Video by CMI – Eric Norwood

Active-shooter training needed in new reality

The “active-shooter” training given to students and staff at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell was an important factor in containing the emotional and physical effects of this month’s school shooting — perhaps the most important one. And as more districts sign up, it’s important to note the training can be even more “active,” giving staff […]

Prairie dogs erode, don’t restore

I found Wednesday’s CNJ article about prairie dog removal interesting and informative, until I got to the last paragraph, where Trent Botkin says, “There’s a demand for both getting prairie dogs out of places that are no longer their natural habitats, and a demand for people who are looking for prairie dogs to restore grass […]

Lady Cats post win at Hobbs Invite

CNJ staff HOBBS —Clovis High’s girls posted a team victory in Saturday’s Hobbs Invite while the boys were third. Due to problems compiling scores in a meet which was scored 16 deep, team scores were not available. Behind the Lady Wildcats were Alamogordo and Hobbs, while the boys finished behind Hobbs and Artesia. The girls […]

Attorney says stabbing self-defense

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor A cross-country road trip with a deadly ending in Clovis was either self-defense or murder District Court jurors were told Monday in opening statements by attorneys at the Chip Fox trial. Fox, 37, is accused of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the August 2012 stabbing death […]

Tumbleweeds taking over

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Russ Gould, who lives on Cheyenne Drive, worked Monday morning to clear out tumbleweeds from his property. Gould said in 20 years, this is the worst he has ever seen the tumbleweeds in his neighborhood.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Renee Ortiz awoke Monday morning to an unwanted guest at her front door — tumbleweeds covering her home from the roof down to the street. “I got up this morning and I went to the backyard and it was fine,” she said. “Then I walked to the front […]

What’s happening — Jan. 28

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 Pancake Day […]

Schools return to normal operations after two-hour lockdown

CNJ staff Clovis schools were placed on a precautionary lockdown for about two hours Monday as police searched for a man who allegedly suggested he could take guns into a school. No violence was reported and schools returned to normal operations after the man was taken into custody. Tony Romero, Social Security Administration office manager, […]

Police blotter — Jan. 28

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday •12:08 a.m.: Situation check, 500 block of North Prince Street. • 2:02 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 400 block of North Tennessee Street. • 5:02 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 400 block of West Plaza Drive. • 11:19 a.m.: Burglary, 1000 block of West of […]

Clovis schools back to normal after lockdown

A CNJ staff Clovis schools were placed on a precautionary lockdown for about two hours Monday as police searched for a man who allegedly suggested he could take guns into a school. No violence was reported and schools returned to normal operations after the man was taken into custody. Tony Romero, Social Security Administration office […]

Reader Submitted: Tumbleweed Invasion Photos 1-26-14


On Sunday the Clovis area was invaded by tumbleweeds. Here are photos submitted by our readers.

Saturday area prep summaries — Jan. 25

Boys Texico 87, Eunice 42 Eunice (10-6) — Isaiah Nichols 22, Andrew Torres 3, Donovan Nichols 2, Emmanuel Gonzalez 4, Dorion Rosalez 1, Armando Rodriguez 2, Jose Luis Rodriguez 6, Totals 15 6-12 42 Texico (15-1) — Justin Rucker 19, Gentry Doolittle 6, Brannon Karger 13, Miles Grau 2, Kendall Naceanceno 8, Jonah Walls 9, […]

Castaways will always be stranded on island

Castaway for half a century Gilligan, the Skipper and all the passengers of the S.S. Minnow are back in the spotlight recently. As TVLand prepared to reintroduce audiences to the shipwrecked seven this past week the Professor (actor Russell Johnson) died of old age. That’s right. The show’s egg-headed heartthrob was whisked from the island […]

Senior happenings — Jan. 26

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 8-ball pool tournament, 10 a.m. $5. Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 11 a.m. (Clovis); Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sewing (Portales) Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sewing group, 10 a.m. (Clovis) Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities; […]

Dress your best for Super Bowl

Are you ready for some football? Super Bowl Sunday is just a week away and some of you may want to celebrate your team in style. I have been asked what I think one should wear to a Super Bowl party. Here are a couple of suggestions you may want to consider for your football […]

Felt projects on upcoming show

Information on cooking artichokes and doing felting projects will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Cookbook author and chef John Vollertsen (more commonly known as Chef Johnny Vee) will demonstrate how to clean an artichoke, steam it in a pressure cooker and then make ravioli using Won Ton […]

Still going strong


At the age of 75, Lewis Cooper has no plans to slow down in his post as chief of the Texico Volunteer Fire Department. Originally from Portales, Cooper went to basic training in the late 1950s and served in the Army Reserve for 13 years. He retired after 39 years with Helton Oil in 2000, […]

Club notes — Jan. 26

The Meals on Wheels Board of Directors met Jan. 21. President Phyllis Davidson opened the meeting, with following members in attendance: George Boal, Cleta Cook, Pam Kamradt, Mary Weigl, Harold Wuest and executive coordinator Sherry Turner. Turner provided the monthly report showing 781 meals were delivered in December, with 11,026 meals delivered during calendar year […]

School menu — Jan. 26

Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast- breakfast pizza. Lunch – beefy Mac, garden salad, mini carrots with ranch, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast – cinnamon roll. Lunch -chicken sandwich, baked French fries, veggie cup with ranch, fruity Jell-O. Wednesday: Breakfast – mini pancakes. Lunch – pig in a blanket, garden salad with ranch, green beans, fresh fruit, […]

Every Super Bowl has good components

Every several years, it seems like a good idea to review the pieces and components which contribute to a good celebration of the Super Bowl. Needless to say, this celebration takes a different form when the teams are of neutral value to the one doing the planning. In my case, the teams with intense loyalty […]