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 […]

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 rfornoff@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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

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