Education digest — Feb. 27

Tickets available for awards event The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation and Alumni Committee will soon be selling tickets to the 2014 Hall of Honor Banquet, according to a CMS press release. Five distinguished award recipients will be honored at the banquet, to be held May 10 at the Clovis Civic Center. The public is invited […]

What’s happening — Feb. 27

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Read with a Dog — 1 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Public Works Committee meeting — 5:15 p.m., 321 Connelly Street. Information: 769-7828. Blood drive — 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wheatfields Senior Living Community, to schedule an appointment, contact Dianna Hernandez. Information: 762-8700.   Thursday Pre-K […]

‘SMARTLearning’ at SMARTLab


Some pretty remark able learning is taking place in our middle schools. As well as the regular core classes, there are a number of interesting electives offered. One of these is the “SMARTLab”, formerly called the Tech Lab. This unique classroom has a number of computers and other high-tech equipment and is organized in workstation […]

Trial run goes well

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Anselmo Valdez, election coordinator for Automated Election Services, instructs local election workers on how to use the new electronic system on Wednesday at City Hall.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ STAFF WRITER A trial run Wednesday for the city’s new convenience voting center system went well, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon, whose office oversees municipal elections. “I was pleased with the training. I feel like they (election workers) understand the concept and I think they’re ready for Tuesday,” […]

Clovis Municipal election: Mondragon

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Retired Clovis Police Chief Raymond Mondragon says he can be a good municipal judge because of his experience as a law enforcer and as a victim. Mondragon, running against incumbent Jan Garrett in Tuesday’s municipal election, was beaten and robbed while on a business trip for Plateau almost […]

Softball team’s stated goal: State

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis softball coach Brandi Thomas give instruction to infielders during Tuesday’s practice at Lady Wildcat Field. The Lady Wildcats open the season at home on Friday night against Lubbock Monterey.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER With a relatively experienced team returning, Clovis High softball coach Brandi Thomas would like to see the Lady Wildcats do something they haven’t done in a while — reach the Class 5A state tournament. Thomas, a CHS grad who has been coaching in the program for 14 years, […]

Clovis Municipal election: Garrett

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Jan Garrett said she was “terrified” last June when a jail inmate escaped her courtroom. That incident and another that saw a man walk into court with a pipe bomb raised serious questions about security at the court; issues Garrett says she immediately addressed. Garrett, who is running […]

Cats approaching Carlsbad game as do-or-die

CNJ STAFF The Clovis Wildcats will likely make the 16-team Class 5A state tournament field even if they’re one-and-done in the District 4-5A tournament. But Clovis (12-14) would rather not find that out. “This is make it or break it time,” Clovis coach Matt King said on the eve of the Wildcats’ game at second-seeded […]

Students take to the airwaves

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Rooney and Moon production assistant Adam Penland, left, helps Project Lead student Marquese Gaither with voice coaching while recording a public service announcement about planting trees for Arbor Day.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Students from Clovis High School are taking to the airwaves to remind local residents about issues facing the community. Juniors in the Project Lead program wrote and recorded three public service announcements with a little help from Adam Penland, a production assistant at Rooney Moon Broadcasting. Project Lead […]

ENMU women’s basketball capsule — Feb. 27

Western New Mexico (10-16) at ENMU (6-19) When: 6 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-AM 1450 Last time out: Both teams lost at home on Saturday, the Lady Mustangs to Colorado School of Mines 79-70 and the Zias to Tarleton State 89-64. Last meeting: Nov. 22, 2005, ENMU defeated WNMU 87-52 at Greyhound Arena. […]

Police blotter — Feb. 27

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Tuesday • 12:03 a.m.: Situation check, 900 block of Wallace Street. • 12:05 a.m.: Possession of marijuana, 1200 block of block of North Sycamore Street. • 12:35 a.m.: Burglary, 3100 block of Mandell Circle. • 1:16 a.m.: Possession of marijuana under and ounce, […]

District tournament schedules — Feb. 27

Prep district tournaments (Seeds in parentheses) Boys District 4-5A Monday Playoff for top seed At Artesia Hobbs 79, Carlsbad 76, OT Thursday (3) Clovis at (2) Carlsbad, 7 p.m. Saturday Championship at (1) Hobbs, 7 p.m.   District 4-2A Monday Playoff for top seed At Tucumcari Clayton 70, Texico 60 Tuesday (3) Santa Rosa 59, […]

Prep summaries — Feb. 27

District 3-1A Girls Wednesday Logan 70, Fort Sumner 62 Fort Sumner (10-17) — Micah Crist 6, Autumn McMath 6, Kurstin Webb 1, McKayla Landreth 16, Ariana Lucero 5, Brooklyn Wootton 11, Johnni West 4, Angelica Torres 13, Totals 2312-27 62. Logan (22-6) — Bailey Hines 4, Connie Payne 2, Kippi Webb 20, Loren Robertson 2, Emily […]

New Mexico fishing report — Feb. 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: Open for the season […]

Lack of daily exercise cause of obesity

M⊇ore than one in three people in the   United States is obese, the category   beyond overweight, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. In New Mexico, at least one person in 10 — about 11 percent of the state’s population […]

Worst-case fears being spread as fact

Jake Swafford

The decision on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a “threatened” species will be made by the end of March, so time to influence the opinion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is running out. Agencies across the range of the species are working hard to create as much habitat as […]

Fishing report — Feb. 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes — Open for the […]

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CNJ staff The Curry County Cats lost a heartbreaker in Sunday’s home opener against the defending New Mexico Premier League champion New Mexico Titan sat Leon Williams Stadium. The Titan kicked a 35-yard field goal on the last play of the game to secure a 23-22 victory. Cats receiver Jacob Jones caught a 17-yard touchdown […]