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 […]

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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 dwagner@cnjonline.com 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 […]