Farm bill boon for cattle producers

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As the much-anticipated farm bill moves to the Senate, agricultural producers across the eastern side of the state are optimistic the programs they need will finally be secure, according to a state Farm Bureau official. The bill, which failed to make Congress’ floor the past two years, had […]

Mason bids adios with concert

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Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com   Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community […]

CHS weekend basketball capsules — Jan. 31

BOYS Clovis (11-8) at Hope Christian (15-3) • When: 7 p.m. today in Albuquerque • On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9. •  Last time out: The Wildcats defeated Eldorado 62-61 last Saturday to pull a split in a back-to-back with the Eagles and La Cueva. The Huskies defeated Manzano on 70-46 Tuesday to extend […]

Hounds turn back South Dakota Mines

CNJ staff PORTALES — Senior guard Rodney Blackmon drained a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession, and the long balls just kept coming for Eastern New Mexico University’s men Thursday night. Senior guard Rafael Love scored 21 points —17 in the second half — and Blackmon finished with 19, including a combined 8-for-13 from 3-point […]

Amos the churchmouse: the spaghetti dive

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.   boss there s a new form of high-class entertainment here in the church pew underworld these days – naw it s not […]

Bible says God will meet all your needs

Want to hear a true heartwarming story? A young couple wanted a swing set for their four little children. Each month they set aside a small amount of money to save for the swings. Yet, huge medical bills took most of their monthly income after the necessities were bought. The couple’s youngest child was born […]

California man convicted of voluntary manslaughter

Chip Fox

CNJ staff A California man accused in the 2012 stabbing death of his friend during a stop in Clovis was convicted Wednesday of voluntary manslaughter. Chip Fox, 37, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., was charged with second-degree murder. A Curry County District Court jury took about two hours to deliberate, returning with a conviction on […]

CHS boys, girls basketball capsules — Jan. 31

Boys Clovis (11-8) at Hope Christian (15-3) • When: 7 p.m. today in Albuquerque • On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9. • Last time out: The Wildcats defeated Eldorado 62-61 last Saturday to pull a split in a back-to-back with the Eagles and La Cueva. The Huskies defeated Manzano on 70-46 Tuesday to extend […]

Legislative roundup — Jan. 30

Days remaining in session: 21 Gazing at the sun: Inside the Roundhouse and out, eyes were trained Wednesday on the fiery orb around which life revolves. For Earth, that’s the sun; for New Mexico, it’s the zia sun symbol. While some lawmakers inside the Capitol decried widespread commercial use of the state symbol, outside the […]

A tumbleweed did that? Yes, it did

If 2013 was the Year of the Goathead, then 2014 is lining up to be the Year of the Tumbleweed. Our “brief and limited amounts of precipitation” (which the fascinating reference volume, “Weeds of the West,” says is ideal for tumbleweed procreation) produced a bumper crop. Every time the wind changes direction, new volunteers break loose […]

Streamlining good, but learn to share first

Gov. Susana Martinez has opened the floodgates to competition for precious water project money, asking lawmakers to approve $112 million in capital outlay money for water initiatives in the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins in July. Investing in water infrastructure is key to New Mexico’s future and the governor has been wise to target capital […]

Clovis High’s culinary program growing

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Junior Arik Yeager prepares flame-roasted red peppers for grilled chicken paninis. Yeager is a student in ProStart, a culinary program at Clovis High School.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com By spending extra time in the kitchen as part of the ProStart culinary program at Clovis High School, junior Juan Gutierrez said he has learned discipline, leadership skills, and how to cook for himself. “I became interested in the culinary profession in the seventh grade when I started […]

Study: Job creation stagnant in county

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Local leaders know times have been rough, but they expect job creation to outpace a study from a New Mexico State University economist. Curry County ranked 15th among the state’s 33 counties in 2013, according to the study that showed New Mexico in last place in the nation […]

Code talkers make impression on CHS students

Scott Robinson’s Clovis High School history class is studying World War II. Taking advantage of contacts, Robinson brought in Native American code talkers to add an extra dimension. “Code talking” is a term for the use of obscure languages to transmit coded intelligence during wartime. The first known use of code talking was during WWI […]

Ticket feature — Murder mystery set for Valentine’s Day

CNJ staff The Clovis Civic Center is pulling out all the stops for Valentine’s Day with a murder mystery dinner presented by Clovis’ own Brickstreet Players. “Murder on the Rebound” will feature four widowed friends who pool their insurance money to buy a restaurant called Rebounds. Each friend has a mysterious new man in her […]

Police Blotter — Jan. 30

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday • 1:07 a.m.: Prowlers, 1000 block of Gidding Street. • 1:18 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 300 block of North Davis Street. • 1:29 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of Ross Street. • 2:17 a.m.: Follow-up request, 2000 block of South Whippoorwill Way. • […]

What’s Happening — Jan. 30

Today 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. The High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Master’s Center, conference room, 810 E. 21st St. Information: 760-5423   Saturday 64th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day — 7 […]

3 Questions With — Jonah Walls

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Jonah Walls catches his breath after running wind sprints to start practice.

Senior Jonah Walls has helped the Texico boys basketball team to a 15-1 start and a No. 1 ranking in Class 2A in New Mexico.   Have you noticed among your classmates and the school’s fan base more excitement due to the Wolverines’ good start? Yeah, it has gotten a lot better since last year. […]

New Mexico fishing report — Jan. 30

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: Closed for the season. […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule — Jan. 30

South Dakota Mines (6-15) at ENMU (9-8) When: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Hardrockers lost 70-60 Wednesday at West Texas A&M. ENMU lost to Lone Star Conference leader and fourth-ranked Tarleton State 86-64 on Saturday. Last meeting: The teams played on New Year’s Day at Rapid City, […]