Language important in all phases of education

The importance of learning a second language cannot be underestimated. Numerous research studies have proven the cognitive benefits from studying a second language. One article in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) maintains, “Foreign language learning is much more a cognitive problem solving activity than a linguistic activity. Studies have shown […]

Three Cats named to North-South squad

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis defensive end Jordan Holguin was one of three Wildcats selected to play in the Class 5A/6A North-South All-Star Game, set for July in Albuquerque. He was joined on the roster by tackle Tabor Stanfield and defensive back Kaine Bender.

STAFF REPORT More than a dozen Curry and De Baca county high school seniors have been selected to one of three North-South All-Star football teams, according to releases from the New Mexico Coaches Association. The senior-only games include various combinations of the seven classes of football — six-man, eight-man, and classes 2A through 6A. All […]

CHS moves up Saturday tipoff with Sandia

The Clovis High girls basketball team has moved up its Saturday game against Sandia, in an effort to help make the travel day easier for the Matadors. Clovis coach Jeff Reed said the new schedule has the junior varsity game scheduled for 4 p.m. and the varsity contest to follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. The […]

ENMU basketball capsule — Dec. 18

Women ENMU at Florida Southern, vs. University of Tampa When: 11 a.m. today and noon on Friday (MST), respectively, at Lakeland, Fla. Both opponents are members of the Sunshine State Conference. Records: ENMU 3-5, Florida Southern 5-2, Tampa 6-2. Last time out: The Zias defeated Northern New Mexico 66-62 on Tuesday at Greyhound Arena. Florida […]

N.M. Fishing Report — Dec. 18

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. […]

Nine years added to kidnapper’s sentence

Staff report A successful appeal by the district attorney’s staff got a Clovis man nine more years in prison Wednesday for his 2011 kidnapping and rape conviction, according to a release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Reeb said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was originally sentenced in 2012 to 18 years after District Judge Stephen Quinn ruled […]

Clovis woman pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charge

Staff report Tina Tafoya of Clovis pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. She and three other defendants entered a guilty plea in the case. Under the terms of her plea agreement, Tafoya will be sentenced to 78 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to a […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission — Dec. 18

The Clovis City Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A resolution that would grant a waiver for height and setback requirements for a cellular tower in the north half of the Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center. Lubbock-based NTCH-NM wishes to build a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 8:09 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, Norris Street and Mabry Drive. • 9:23 a.m.: Burglary report, 200 block of Schepps Boulevard. • 10:30 a.m.: Trespass in progress, 1100 block of Maple Street. • […]

Helping needy at Christmas Fraternal Order of Eagles’ tradition

Staff report Frank Romero has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for more than 15 years. He said as long as he’s been a member, the organization has been taking needy kids shopping every Christmas. This year, the FOE raised more than $18,000 so that 120 kids will each be able to […]

Pages Past — Dec. 18

On this date … 1969: Clovis city commissioners rescinded their actions of a week earlier that set 13th Street as the northern boundary line for liquor outlets. Mayor Chick Taylor, who previously cast the deciding vote in a 3-2 decision, made the motion to rescind. Taylor said he changed his mind after realizing it would […]

What’s happening — Dec. 18

Today Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., Portales City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Ribbon cutting — 11:15 a.m., 5756 Yoga Studio, 1423 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-3435. […]

Empty Stocking Fund — Family R

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family R • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This single mother has three daughters, ages 15, 8 and 1. Earlier this year she lost her job and had an accident that left her unable to […]

Zias get past NNMC

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
ENMU junior guard Sarah Stinnett scores over Northern New Mexico’s Francine Clark during the second half Tuesday’s women’s basketball matchup at Greyhound Arena. Stinnett scored 11 points in the Zias’ 72-57 victory over the Lady Eagles.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — By any standard, Tori Tucker had a quiet first half — no points and only one shot attempt for the leading scorer on the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. The senior forward took over in the second half, though, scoring six of her game-high 17 […]

Tuesday area prep summaries — Dec. 16

BOYS Texico 68, Melrose 64 Texico (5-3) — Justin Rucker 27, Rodrick Dean 11, Tanner Dickerman 6, Brannon Karger 14, Mason Golden 10. Totals 27 10-16 68. Melrose (4-4) — Chris Fisher 6, Cade Barnard 26, Wyatt Williams 18, Rowdy Allen 2, Braden Hemminger 11, Jay Faust 1. Totals 21 16-24 64. Texico    19    9   […]

Important WIPP stay closed until good plan made

The New Mexico Environment Department got tough with the feds to the tune of $54 million in civil penalties. And for good reason: a leaky drum of nuclear waste packed for shipment at Los Alamos National Laboratory that contaminated nearly two dozen workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and resulted in closure […]

Depence on fickle oil, gas no fun

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s almost laughable the way Americans just can’t win with gasoline prices. If they go up, it’s money out of our pockets, and if they go down, it’s money out of our investments. Poor folks couldn’t care less about how it affects the financial markets; they’re all for the cheaper […]

Dream of community garden coming to life

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Molly, a retired military working dog, guards the field that C.J. Pierce is planning to turn into “Nano’s Farm and Community Garden” in the spring.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Starting a community garden is a lifelong dream for C.J. Pierce. Before her mother passed away, she told her daughter to follow that dream. Now Pierce has 10 acres of land and is putting her plan into action. Pierce is planning to start a community garden this spring called […]

Once again taking part in worst Christmas tradition

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist I was suspicious when the knock came at the door. I wasn’t expecting anybody. The suspicion continued, even after I recognized my longtime mail carrier. I wasn’t expecting a package today. Oh, it’s a wrapped package from an online merchant. Looks like the family has started shipping me stuff. I’d […]

Family of slain mother seeks park safety improvements

Staff report The family of Ariel Ulibarri would like to see safety improvements at the park where the young mother was stabbed to death on Nov. 9. A statement from the family released Tuesday also asks for privacy as they adjust to life without her. The statement from attorney Matt Chandler reads: “Ariel’s family would […]