Ambulance will be first in African sister city

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Potipher Tembo, deputy mayor of Lusaka, Zambia, sits inside the donated ambulance Monday, while Clovis Mayor David Lansford looks on. Tembo was the leader of the Zambia delegation.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Not lost in all the goodwill exchanged Monday was the very real prospect that Clovis’ gift of an ambulance to its sister city in Africa will save lives. The decommissioned ambulance was given to a delegation representing Kasama, Zambia, during ceremonies at the Clovis Civic Center. It is the […]

Clovis city manager announces retirement (updated)

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By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com City Manager Joe Thomas’ surprise announcement of his impending retirement Monday will apparently have Mayor David Lansford and the city commissioners huddling behind closed doors later this week to figure out how to find a replacement. Thomas said a closed executive session is scheduled for Thursday’s City Commission meeting […]

Cat tracks: Rio Rancho wins guessing game

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Clovis’ Garren Bass and Estevan Romero Bring down Rio Rancho running back Angelo Lujan.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com In another contest against one of Class 6A’s elite teams, there wasn’t much positive for the Clovis Wildcats. On one hand, the Rio Rancho Rams scored 20 fewer points in this year’s game, a 42-14 win, than in last year’s 62-59 overtime triumph. But many of the same […]

Comedian Carlos Mencia talks about his return to Clovis

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Carlos Mencia has been in standup more than a quarter century, with a career that’s spanned movies, HBO and Comedy Central specials, his own television series (”Mind of Mencia”) and a share of controversies. Mencia, who performed in Clovis in late 2011, spoke with us this week about the show and his last three years […]

Farmers market offers local variety

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Green chiles are lined up to be roasted Saturday at the Clovis Farmers Market. Rick Ledbetter of Portales said roasting of the $25 bags of green chile is a free service and he estimates 99 percent of customers get their chile roasted.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com From big farmers with advertising flags to families operating out of a truck bed, from a sweet cantaloupe to the sweet heat of roasted chiles, there was plenty of variety for the customers Saturday at the Clovis Farmers Market. With cash in hand for produce without the middle man, […]

October busy month in area

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National Peanut Board mascot Buddy McNutty will be at the 2014 Peanut Valley Festival to hug, high-five, and take photos with children and their parents. The festival will include games and entertainment for all ages.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com October is shaping up to be a month chock full of events in the eastern New Mexico area, starting with busy weekends in Portales and Clovis. Comedian Carlos Mencia returns to the area Friday when he performs 8 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Tickets are $37.50, according to the Clovis/Curry […]

Clovis High’s homecoming bonfire long held tradition.

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Dylan Smith and Shyleen Cortez enjoy Clovis High’s homecoming bonfire Thursday night behind Central Baptist Church. The Wildcats host Rio Rancho in tonight’s homecoming game.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com As a slight breeze blew Thursday behind Central Baptist Church, members of the Clovis High School band had a high-stakes game of rock-scissors-paper going before director Brandon Boerio shouted, “Drumline, let’s go.” And just a few minutes later, the rest of the band followed suit. Then the cheerleaders. […]

Volunteer talks about her experiences as a child in the Ukraine

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com As a child in Ukraine, Elvina Kravchuck said she never had anything of her own. Kravchuck had four brothers and three sisters which she had to share everything with. When she was 7 years old, Kravchuck finally got a gift of her own, a shoebox full of goodies from […]

Operation Christmas Child starts season early

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Elvina Kravchuk, far right, packs shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Kravchuk will be speaking at 6 p.m. Sunday about Parkland Baptist Church helping her receive a shoebox when she was growing up in Ukraine.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Every year in November, churches and organizations in Curry and Roosevelt County start Christmas as little early when shoeboxes packed with personal hygiene products, candy, toys and other goodies are shipped around the world to children in need. Parkland Baptist Church is a relay center for Operation Christmas Child […]

Supermarket expected to begin construction in October

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Construction is expected to begin by mid-October on a  new $4.5 million, 30,000 square foot supermarket at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street.

Staff report Construction is expected to begin by mid-October on a  new $4.5 million, 30,000 square foot supermarket at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street, according to contractor Clayton Stallings of Heritage Southwest. Plans are to finish the store and have it open in nine months or by next summer, Stallings said Tuesday. The store […]

Cannon ruck march honors 9/11 victims

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Air Commandos participated in a ruck march in remembrance of the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, on Sept. 11, 2014 at Cannon Air Force Base. Team Cannon honored those who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the downed Flight 93.

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Sept. 11, 2001 is a date etched into the hearts and minds of people around the world. On that day, 2,997 souls perished; these public deaths were repeatedly plastered on television screens across the globe. It was an attack that was calculated and personal, and it became the […]

A bull rider’s best friend

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Tony Alarcon, a bullfighter from El Paso, Texas, prepares for the chute to open during the bull riding event Friday afternoon at the ENMU’s College “Daze” Rodeo in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Don’t call them clowns. There’s not a lot of comedy in trying to protect a rodeo cowboy from an angry, 2,000-pound bull. Tony Alarcon, 21, and Dakota Ebare, 23, are professional bullfighters. They take their jobs seriously. “I’ve got two broken ribs, but I can’t sit out because I’m hurt,” Alarcon, […]

Chief: Criminal probe started into excessive force claim

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By Robin Fornoff PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders confirmed Thursday his department has started a criminal investigation into a suspect’s allegations a police officer used excessive force in making an arrest. Jorge Corona, 26, suffered a broken cheek bone and other injuries Aug. 3 after being slammed to the ground while handcuffed […]

News, notes and numbers: Three unbeatens left

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Bovina senior Joseph Casas looks to pass to a receiver, while sophomore Emilio Espinoza provides pass protection in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Ralls.

Three weeks into the season, there are three undefeated area football teams left — Bovina, Melrose and Clovis Christian. All three figure to face stiff tests this week. Bovina (3-0) faces undefeated Crosbyton (3-0), which is averaging 40 points game. Melrose (2-0) also faces an unbeaten foe in former district rival Logan (3-0). Melrose hasn’t […]

Jaguars use big plays to overtake Clovis

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Clovis linebacker Jashawn Balancier pulls down Atrisco Heritage back Andre Sanchez in the second quarter Saturday at Community Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Wildcats, with the exception of a few stretches, dominated play against the host Atrisco Heritage Jaguars. But yet it was Atrisco Heritage gathered outside their locker room, chanting, “Oh yeah,” while Clovis was dejected just 150 feet away in their locker rooms. “Winners,” Clovis coach […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales

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By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

5 things to know about collectible card games

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Eric DeLeon, left, and John George engage in a game of Magic: The Gathering, while John Aceves looks on Thursday at Card Crazy. The shop, one of two hobby shops in town that sells the collectible card game along with True Games, is hosting a pair of collectible card game tournaments Saturday.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Collectible card games combine two aspects that somebody has found addictive at some point in their lives — playing a fun game with friends, and trying to get a complete set of cards. The clubhouse leader in the industry is Magic: The Gathering cards —available locally at Hastings, Wal-Mart, […]

Education feature: Clovis High’s Japanese course popular, challenging

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Tyler Kendrick talks with instructor Hisano Richeson during a computer lab portion of Wednesday’s Japanese II course at Clovis High School.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com At a corner classroom at Clovis High School, the letters go up and down and right to left, the last name comes first and the students refer to the teacher as “Sensei.” The Japanese course, taught at two levels at CHS, has been taught for three years, and school […]

Residents donate to replace stolen pumpkins

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Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]

Riding for veterans

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Matt Littrel of Elbert, Colorado, rests during his coast-to-coast horseback ride Tuesday at the Curry County Fairgrounds with Big Country, one of seven horses he and two companions are using on the trek. They started a Marine Camp LeJune, North Carolina, on May 1 and plan to make Marine Camp Pendleton, California, by mid-December to raise awareness about high suicide rates among veterans.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com To hear Marine veteran Matt Littrell tell it, this coast-to-coast horseback ride found him. It was about the time he placed the pistol that was to end his suffering on a table in front of him. “I just didn’t pick it up,” Littrell, 32, recalled during a day-long rest, […]