On the shelves — Jan. 26

These books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library The Legacy of the Purple Heart was given by Lillian Higgs in memory of Wayne Higgs. More than a history of the nation’s oldest military decoration, this volume commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of hundreds of American servicemen who were recognized for their service, and tells the human […]

No. 4 Tarleton State crushes Hounds

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State has been head and shoulders above everybody in Lone Star Conference men’s basketball this season. You don’t have to convince Eastern New Mexico University. The Greyhounds got an up-close-and-personal look at NCAA Division II’s No. 4 team Saturday night as the Texans improved to 17-0 (6-0 LSC) and […]

TexAnns recover to beat Zias

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University played 17th-ranked Tarleton State relatively even for much of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s matchup. It might have been better than that, except for 6-foot-1 senior post Kiara Wright. Wright went 13-for-13 from the floor en route to a career-best 39 points and the TexAnns snapped […]

Zia softball picked for seventh in preseason poll

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team has been picked for seventh place in the eight-team Lone Star Conference in a poll released on Friday by the LSC office. ENMU, under first-year coach Kristen Soukup, finished with 40 points to edge out Texas A&M-Kingsville, which had 37. The Zias were ninth […]

Clovis moves to 19-0 with win over Volcano Vista

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis coach Jeff Reed talks to his team during a time out in Saturday night’s game against Volcano Vista at the Rock.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Friday night against Lubbock Trinity Christian, it was a third-quarter eruption which carried Clovis High’s girls to victory. On Saturday against third-ranked Volcano Vista, it was the second quarter. Senior guard Danni Williams scored 28 points and the Lady Wildcats worked around early foul problems for senior guard […]

Hierarchy of needs? It needs work

Wendel Sloan

Thanks to social media, we need to update Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Physiological includes air, food and water. Finding healthy food in Portales is my toughest struggle. Safety includes personal and financial security, health and well-being. My biggest threat is opponents’ un-trimmed fingernails in noon-time hoops. Love […]

Education, as always, beats legislation

New Mexico lawmakers are supposed to be focusing on the budget this legislative session, but they always seem to find time to consider new laws to make us all “safer.” One bill they’ll consider, with support from Gov. Susana Martinez, is Senate Bill 19, which would outlaw texting while driving. Of course it’s a bad […]

Convicted child killer back in U.S. custody

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Edward Salas, center, at his trial for the 2005 murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Salas fled the country and eluded authorities for more than four years. He was extradited from Mexico and placed in a state prison Saturday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com A child killer who escaped Clovis’ jail and eluded authorities more than four years before being recaptured in Mexico is back in U.S. custody. Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler said Edward Salas was placed in the Department of Corrections facility in Los Lunas on Saturday. U.S. marshals […]

Animal control official: Social media helping save animals


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Thanks to the power of social media, more animals than ever in Clovis are being saved from certain death. According to Animal Control Supervisor Marty Martinez, the Clovis shelter allows local animal rescue groups to snap and post photos of the shelter’s dogs and cats and post them […]

Wildcats survive against Eldorado

CNJ STAFF The Clovis Wildcats hit 3-pointers early and often, and the Eldorado Eagles missed 2-pointers just often enough. One night after losing in overtime to La Cueva after a buzzer-beating shot to tie it in regulation, Clovis survived this time, 62-61 when Zach Gentry and Zak May both missed close shots in the final […]

Police blotter — Jan. 26

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursdays • 12:42 a.m.: Fire/High value response, Oak and Seventh streets. • 12:45 a.m.: Prowlers in progress, 1000 block of North Davis Street. • 3:03 a.m.: Situation check, 3000 block of Palmer Court. • 3:15 a.m.: Prowlers in progress, 700 block of West 20th […]

What’s happening — Jan. 26

Monday ENMWUA meeting — 10 a.m., Santa Fe. Information: 769-7828. Clovis-Carver Library Board meeting — 5:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, Board Room. Information: 769-7840. Tuesday Clovis Municipal Schools board meeting — 5:30 p.m., CMS board room 1009 Main St. Information: 769-4300.   Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Read with a Dog […]

Road work this week

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Clovis No updates. For questions or comments contact Mr. Justin Howalt, City Engineer at (575) 769-7828. Curry County New Mexico Gas will be working alongside Curry Road 10 from Curry Road C to Curry Road H. The Curry County Road Department is processing caliche on Curry […]

Child-killer Salas back in U.S. custody

A child killer who escaped Clovis’ jail and eluded authorities more than four years before being recaptured in Mexico is back in U.S. custody. Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler said Edward Salas was placed in the Department of Corrections facility in Los Lunas on Saturday. U.S. marshals delivered him to Albuquerque, where the Curry County […]

Portales scores sweep over Texico

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Texico guard Justin Rucker drives the baseline against Portales defender Caleb Burciaga in the second half Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center. Rucker scored five points in Texico’s 61-52 loss.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Portales hit from the inside, it hit from the outside. Then it hit from the free throw line, and by the end of the night, the Texico Wolverines took their first hit. Nathan Chavez scored 14 and hit four 3-pointers, including the nail-in-the-coffin shot with 2:49 to go, and […]

Lady Cats pull away behind Williams’ 42

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com The Clovis Lady Wildcats weren’t all that sure what they were getting into Friday night. Lubbock Trinity Christian, the equivalent of a New Mexico Class 2A school , jumped on the unbeaten Lady Cats early, opening a 10-4 lead in less than 2 1/2 minutes. Clovis, though, got the game back […]

Cats fall to La Cueva in OT

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s boys had one slip away Friday night, courtesy of a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer. La Cueva junior forward Devon Horne hit the shot from about 30 feet to force overtime, and the Bears posted a 77-74 win over the Wildcats. “I think our kids played hard and made […]

Friday area prep summaries — Jan. 24

Boys Non-district Clovis Christian 64, Mosquero 56 Clovis Christian (8-6) — Dalton Hardy 36, J.V. Perales 6, Will Ramsey 5, Michael Furros 16, Tucker Fly 1. Totals 22 20-25 64. Mosquero (1-14) — Andrew Eggert 5, John Chatfield 8, Phillip Libby 34, Gus Thrasher 5, Antonio Valdez 4. Totals 20 13-23 56. CCS    15    12   […]

Fifth-grader wins Curry spelling bee

CMI staff Clovis Christian Schools fifth-grader Ariel Kokoricha will be heading to Albuquerque for the third time by winning the Curry County Scripps spelling bee on Friday . Last year, Kokoricha won the New Mexico’s state spelling bee and went to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Kokoricha winning word was homburg, which is a […]

Sixth-grader wins Roosevelt spelling bee with tycoon

CMI staff photo: Lillian Bowe
The nine junior division spellers from Roosevelt County are getting instruction before the start of the spelling bee competition. The junior division went into three rounds before the a winner was declared.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Standing in front of three judges, the pronouncer, a room filled with parents and other spelling bee contestants, Riley Lujan, a sixth-grader at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary breathed deeply before spelling tycoon to win the title of Roosevelt County spelling bee champion. “I was so nervous up there, but I get to go […]