At least there’s no seatbelts

Word recently came from my brother that my mom is in a new “home.” It’s a place for older folks near my brother in Florida. Mom had been at a different home for a long time, but recently she started to go on “journeys.” She’d take off in her wheelchair and disappear from her caretakers. […]

Dogs have puppy dog eyes down to science

They have us right where they want us. To call it manipulation might be a little harsh since it implies some nefarious undertone. Loosening the lid, softening up, warming the heart — those are concepts which are probably closer to the mark. It’s all in the eyes apparently. Big, round and soulful, they can penetrate […]

Clovis chamber honors community workhorses

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Outgoing Chamber President Sandra Taylor-Sawyer served as the master of ceremonies at Friday night’s Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Emily Crowe The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce got all jazzed up Friday evening to celebrate its annual banquet and honor community members for their myriad contributions in 2013. Top award winners included longtime community supporter Bill Kinyon, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and newspaper Publisher Ray Sullivan, who was the Citizen […]

Search continues for accused arsonist

Daniel R. Lucero

CNJ staff Police continued their search Friday for a Clovis man accused of firebombing a home with two young children inside. Daniel R. Lucero, 26, is accused of felony arson, child abuse, aggravated assault and attempted murder. His girlfriend, Cruzita Baca, told police the firebombing of her home Wednesday at 312 Thornton St., followed a […]

ENMU/Tarleton State capsules — Jan. 25

Men ENMU (9-7, 3-2 LSC) at Tarleton State (16-0, 5-0) When: 6 p.m. (MST) at Stephenville, Texas Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Greyhounds extended their winning streak to three and moved into a four-way tie for second behind TSU in the Lone Star Conference by edging Texas A&M-Commerce 83-78 on Wednesday at Greyhound […]

Pioneers’ fast start too much for Zias

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
ENMU junior Ashlee Pierson drives to the basket against TWU’s junior Ashley Salazar during the first half of  Thursday’s game at Greyhound Arena. It was Pierson’s second game back after recovering from a knee injury last season. She played four minutes in the Zias’ 78-66 loss to the Pioneers.

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer PORTALES — For the second night in a row, Eastern New Mexico University’s women dug themselves an early hole. This time, they were unable to dig out of it. Texas Woman’s opened a 14-2 lead less then six minutes into the game, then fought off the Zias with […]

CHS weekend basketball capsules — Jan. 24, 25

BOYS Clovis (10-7) at La Cueva (4-11), at Eldorado (9-5) 7 p.m. today and Saturday, respectively • On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9. • Last time out: The Wildcats lost 53-64 to Valley. The Bears lost 66-61 on Tuesday at Rio Rancho, their fourth straight setback and fifth in six games. The Eagles played […]

Thursday area prep summaries — Jan. 23

Boys Melrose 69, Grady 47 Melrose (10-8) — Colton Draper 9, Brian Hemminger 2, Braden Hemminger 10, Jay Faust 13, Cade Barnard 20, Wyatt Williams 15. Totals 27 9-16 69. Grady (4-9) — Koby Valentine 21, Ryan Bone 2, Trenton Lee 6, Dakota Rowland 1 0-0 2, Jordan Provencio 4, Tucker Northcutt 12. Totals 19 […]

Legislative roundup — Jan. 24

Days remaining in session: 27 Minimum wage, Round 2: Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, says Democrats will introduce a bill to increase the state minimum wage, and he wants $10 an hour to be the starting point. “It’s one of our top priorities,” said Sanchez, the majority leader. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez last year vetoed a […]

Right thing not contingent on legality

Kent McManigal

I may have hinted in the past that I’m not a big fan of voting. I understand the reasoning behind it, and why some liberty advocates still vote, especially in local elections. They argue they are morally responsible for doing all they can to avoid a fight — even when they believe the fight to […]

Professionals should run state’s big show

Did it really take more than two years for the state auditor to figure out Expo New Mexico could use some professional management and oversight — when everyone knew that going in? The State Fair has always been a political plum — the general manager and seven commissioners are appointed by the governor — with […]

Official: ‘Some fires arson’

By Rick White CNJ managing editor A fourth fire has been added to the list of suspicious fires in Clovis since Saturday. Lt. Rick Qualls, an investigator with the Clovis Fire Department, said a fire Wednesday afternoon at a home in the 900 block of Wallace Street was suspicious because the residence was unoccupied […]

Amos the churchmouse — amos fights his self-image

Amos the Church Mouse
Illustrated by Gary Mitchell

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.   yesterday boss i struggled to get out of my little matchbox bed and when i finally made it to the kitchen sink […]

God ready to turn mistakes into blessings

Judy Brandon

Think about this: sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be blessings. As a child, I loved Ivory soap. I was so amazed that it floated in the water when I took a bath. Then I would see the commercial on television — “Ivory Soap-the soap that floats!” The Ivory soap commercial was a 50s […]

History comes to Clovis High classroom


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer U.S. history students at Clovis High School got a different kind of history lesson on Thursday, as history actually came to the classroom in person. The students were visited by former Navajo Code Talker Jose Chavez, 90, and two other former soldiers and Native Americans who shared […]

Police blotter — Jan. 24

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday • 12:42 a.m.: Fire 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 Street. […]

What’s happening — Jan. 24

Saturday Original Team Roping Event — 8 a.m. Books open/Rope at 9 a.m., Curry County Events Center. Information: 935-7000.   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 […]

Police: Arson, attempted murder warrant issued for Clovis man


CNJ staff An arrest warrant for arson and attempted murder has been issued for Daniel Lucero, 26, of Clovis in connection with a fire Wednesday night at 312 Thornton St., according to a Clovis Police Department spokesman. The suspect’s whereabouts are unknown, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney stressed the warrant was for the Thornton […]

Hounds picked to tie for fifth in LSC baseball

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team was picked to tie for fifth-place with Cameron in the now-six-team Lone Star Conference preseason poll, released on Thursday by the conference office. The Greyhounds are coming off a 21-27 season (8-20 LSC) under Chris Terry, who left in August to become the head […]

Greyhounds win third straight

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
ENMU senior Phil Henry gets a lay up pass Texas A&M-Commerce junior Christian Macauley in the first half of Wednesday night’s game at Greyhound Arena.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s men were having a tough time shooting the ball. Texas A&M-Commerce had a tough time taking care of it. In the end they offset each other, but the Greyhounds (9-7, 3-2 Lone Star Conference) made enough plays down the stretch to pull […]