Proposal video seen nationwide

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Garret Hancock's marriage proposal to his girlfriend Haley Perry was filmed and submitted to the Today show for a contest. The Portales couple is a finalist.

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER Haley Perry was underwhelmed by the apparent carpet shampooer she received from her boyfriend Garret Hancock for her 19th birthday last month — until she opened the box. Large balloons with wording popped up; the one that caught her eye had the word “marry” on it. Putting it […]

Hitting its mark

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Clovis Christian School’s sixth-grader Matti Bratcher receives pointers from archery instructor Bruce Vincent at Tuesday’s practice session at the school’s gym.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Archery was never a sport on sixth-grader Mattie Steed’s radar, but when a new team started at Clovis Christian School, she jumped at the chance to join. “I thought that it was something that would be an interesting skill to learn,” Steed said. “So when they had the […]

Election results


Unofficial results from Tuesday’s New Mexico municipal elections and Texas primaries:   Clovis Commissioner — District 1 • Juan F. Garza, Sr. — 766 Commissioner — District 2 • Gary L. Elliott — 426 • Len A. Vohs — 196 Commissioner — District 3 • Jose A. Griego — 71 • Gloria P. Wicker — […]

Mayor pro tem Vohs ousted in District 2

District 3 City Commission winner Fidel Madrid compliments challenger Gloria Wicker on running a good campaign Tuesday after the final votes were counted at city hall.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER City voters kept two incumbents city commissioners, ousted another and selected a longtime Clovis business owner for an open seat in Tuesday’s  Clovis municipal election. Len Vohs was the lone incumbent voted out, with Gary Elliott winning District 2 in a 426-196 landslide. Fidel Madrid took 212 votes […]

Incumbent Jan Garrett wins municipal judge seat handily


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR The only question after the first voting numbers flashed on a screen Tuesday night at Clovis City Hall was whether Municipal Judge Jan Garrett could keep her astounding 85 percent of the vote. She did. Garrett, 12 years on the bench, got another four years from Clovis voters, […]

Several county judges not performing marriages


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Several judges in Curry County are no longer performing marriage ceremonies, and for at least two of them, the state’s new same-sex marriage law is to blame. In December, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. Local […]

Students show smarts at science fair


By Emily Crowe and Lillian Bowe CMI staff writers From figuring out the best way to shoot a basketball to testing which type of coin has more energy when used as a battery, young students from the region put their best scientific foot forward Saturday in Portales. Students, teachers, parents and judges converged on Eastern […]

Resale stores fuel charities


By Emily Crowe Disabled veteran Rick Hudson and his daughter Amber are working on fixing up his home, and managed to find a few affordable items at a resale shop in Clovis. Local branches of Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill have stores outfitted with gently used goods available at low prices to the public, […]

Cannon AFB News – Feb 28


Cannon honors Ratchet 33 February 28, 2014 By Senior Airmen Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Public Affairs Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing completed a ruck march and flag-folding ceremony, Feb. 18 at Cannon Air Force Base to commemorate the anniversary of “Ratchet 33,” a U-28A that crashed in Djibouti, Africa Feb. 18, 2012. […]

5-2-1-0 health challenge taking hold


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Kindergartners at Mesa Elementary were decked out in gym clothes Thursday morning as they jumped rope, played hackey sack, and learned the importance of eating a balanced meal. Students in each grade level at the school participated in the 5-2-1-0 health fair Thursday, which teaches elementary students the […]

Trial run goes well

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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,” […]

Students take to the airwaves

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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 […]

Candidates speak up

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Grant McGee, the moderator of Tuesday’s candidate forum, goes over the time signals with the candidates before the start of the forum held at the KTQM radio station.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Water, Clovis’ failed business venture and questions centered on a political feud between Mayor David Lansford and former Mayor Gayla Brumfield on Tuesday kicked up a local radio station’s candidate forum. All 10 candidates seeking office in the March 4 municipal election took the microphone at KTQM Radio. […]

Airport bidders make case


By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER No matter who it picked, the Clovis Civil Aviation Board was wooed Tuesday night by offers of flights to Dallas — and possibly Albuquerque — at prices low enough to fill the planes. In the end, though, the board decided a higher subsidy request from Boutique Air was […]

Five added to CMS hall of honors

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CNJ staff A former Clovis teacher, coach and athletic director is among five inductees for the Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation and Alumni Committee’s hall of honor. Brooks Jennings, Sandra Robinson Farley, Dr. Kenneth Mattox, Herb Edwards and Bill Gaedke will be honored at a 6 p.m. May 10 banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. “I’ve […]

School officials pleased with lawmakers lottery scholarship compromise

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  By Christina Calloway CMI senior writer Within the 30-day state legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed 10 bills including the compromised $6.2 billion budget. Here are a few of the bills that will affect the local communities:   Lottery scholarships The Legislature combined several ideas to save the state’s lottery-funded scholarship program, […]

Fate of hospitals pending


By Christina Calloway PNT SENIOR WRITER Local hospital administrators say the fate of the state’s rural hospitals is now in the hands of the state Human Services Department. The agency must find an additional $9 million for an indigent health care fund in order to trigger a federal match. Funding indigent care was a […]

The telephone is ringing, probably for me

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When the phone rings are you quick to answer it? The Lady of the House and I were kicking back in our recliners recently talking about this. “Remember how the telephone used to ring and you’d jump up and answer it?” I reminisced. “Excuse me?” said The Lady of the House. “Who used to run […]

Ideas come alive with 3D printers

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Clovis Christian High School junior Nathan Sanchez looks on as a 3D printer prints out a wheel that he created on a computer-aided design program.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER From a science laboratory to a local classroom, 3D printers are becoming more mainstream and students at Clovis Christian High School are getting first-hand education using the devices. What started as a hobby for local jeweler Mark Clayton turned into a full-time class at the high school when Ladona […]

Clovis couple issues apology


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR A Clovis couple is admitting they stole millions of dollars from the Air Force and is apologizing to the community as part of a federal judge’s order. In their letter of apology, Donald and Sherri Brewer said they created a sham company — Enterprise and Deployment LLC — […]