NM Constitution should remain basic principles

Con-sti-tu-tion noun 1. a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed. By definition, a constitution is a set of guiding principles, not a mechanism to get something on the books or a way to do an end-run around a branch of government […]

Legislature roundup — Jan. 22

Days remaining in session: 29 Skandera vote: Hanna Skandera has waited three years for the Senate to vote on her nomination as secretary of public education. Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, the majority leader and perhaps the most powerful state legislator, said Tuesday that Skandera’s nomination will be decided in the next 30 days. “It’s time […]

Competitive, yes, but in good fun

My friend — we’ll call him Thomas — is a man in a world that is not his own. He sees blue, they see red. He sees a star, they see an oval. They see contention, he has contempt. It’s a fun world for Thomas, because he’s a Dallas Cowboys fan living in San Francisco 49ers country. […]

ENMU men’s/women’s basketball capsules — Jan. 22

Men Texas A&M-Commerce (12-4, 1-3 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (8-7, 2-2) When: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Lions lost at Cameron 69-66 last Wednesday. ENMU pulled out a 72-68 overtime win at home on Saturday over Angelo State. Last year: The teams split, Commerce winning 84-77 […]

Sims adds another preseason honor

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University infielder Colton Sims has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s All-South Central Region first team, released on Tuesday. Sims batted .388 with four homers and 31 RBIs last season, with a .493 slugging percentage and a .489 on-base average. Earlier this month, the Reno, Nevada, native […]

In dogged pursuit: Company moves out animals


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Prairie dogs, those little furry critters populating parts of Clovis, are getting a new home and a free bubble bath courtesy of the folks at Eco Solutions of Santa Fe. Trent Botkin, owner of Eco Solutions, was in Clovis for four days this week with his two-man […]

Police believe fires connected, possibly arson

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that engulfed a storage facility Saturday night, as well as a residential fire Monday night just blocks away. According to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney, the two fires, as well as a third that occurred Saturday night, […]

State of the State address text

Santa Fe — The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 21. Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tempore; Mr. Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; honorable members […]

Woman facing assault charges for firing pistol at car

CNJ staff A Clovis woman accused of firing a pistol at a car during a party early Sunday is in jail facing several assault charges, according to Clovis police spokesman Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said witnesses indicated Sommer Tenoria may have been shooting at her husband during the incident about 4 a.m. outside her home […]

What’s happening — Jan. 22

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Read with a Dog — 1 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Public Works Committee meeting — 8:30 a.m., City Hall, 321 Connelly. Information: 769-7828.   Thursday Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840.   Friday Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce Banquet — 6 […]

Police blotter — Jan. 22

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday • 12:35 a.m.: Attempt to locate, 2000 block of St. Andrews Drive. • 12:50 a.m.: Situation check, 500 block of Maple Street. • 2:26 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 1000 block of West Plaza Drive. • 6:01 a.m.: Situation check, 2000 block of Jonquil […]

All humans worship someone or something

Human beings are inherently religious. We will worship someone or something. Of course, some folks claim to believe in no god. Truth be told, the deity they refuse to bow before and direct prayers to is rarely a god of the “to whom the universe may concern” generic variety; it’s almost always the Judeo-Christian “God.” […]

Hounds, Zias compete in Texas Tech Open

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Senior Jacob Lozano won the men’s 5,000 while juniors Beth Blind, Sabrina Huelga and Alesha Jones and sophomore Amber Saiz placed third in the women’s distance medley relay, highlighting Eastern New Mexico University performances over the weekend in the Texas Tech Open indoor track meet. Lozano posted a time of 15 […]

CHS girls basketball capsule — Jan. 21

Portales (14-1) at Clovis (16-0) When: 7 p.m. today at The Rock Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1, KSEL-FM 105.9. Last meeting: Clovis pulled away to hand the Lady Rams a 58-41 loss last January at the Ram Athletic Center. Last time out: The Lady Rams beat Class 4A No. 8 Roswell High 53-37 on Thursday at Roswell. […]

CHS swim teams take sixth, seventh

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls finished sixth while the boys were seventh in a field of more than 15 schools on Saturday in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational swimming meet. Both teams had one first-place finish, with Madison Silveira winning the girls 500 freestyle in 5 minutes, 36.56 seconds and Everett Ward taking the […]

Silence most pleasing of sounds

Sandy Fields

Silence pleases me. Tiny noises are the ones I enjoy most, like a clock ticking quietly in the middle of the night, no other sounds to drown it out. I like volume from a distance: Children screaming on a carnival ride; a train whistle floating on the night air; fireworks a few miles away. The […]

Air Force needs to make changes for our security

U.S. airmen with fingers poised over the buttons that can launch nuclear missiles across the globe should not only be smart and sober but also honest. Apparently that hasn’t always been the case, as the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Department are finding out. A cheating scandal — likely the largest in the Intercontinental […]

Fire department investigating third suspicious fire in three days

CNJ staff The Clovis Fire Department is investigating a third fire in three days of suspicious nature within a 10-block area of Clovis. The latest fire Monday evening damaged a shed and another outbuilding at Sixth and Maple streets, according to Battalion Chief Mike Leatherwood. Lt. Rick Qualls, who works with the fire marshal, said […]

District Attorney Chandler resigning March 1

CMI staff Matt Chandler will resign as 9th Judicial District attorney effective March 1, he said Monday night. “After several months of prayer and consideration,” he said, “I made the decision to pursue new endeavors in the private sector.” Chandler, 38, has held the district attorney position for Curry and Roosevelt counties since his election […]

Young, old alike march in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Local citizens celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by marching on the street named for his honor on Monday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Evelyn Archie clutched her mother’s hand as they marched up Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard early Monday morning with hundreds of others in celebration of the civil rights leader. At 7 years old, Archie understood why she was marching, even if she didn’t know all of the […]