Firefighters volunteer for taste-testing duty at fair’s cupcake contest

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Firefighters clamored for forks Wednesday as bakers faced off in a cupcake decorating contest at the Curry County Fair. First responders from the Texico Volunteer Fire Department and the Clovis Fire Department taste tested and scored the entries, which included cupcakes decorated as minions from the movie “Despicable […]

Principal seeks to raise graduation rates

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of profiles on new principals in Clovis Municipal Schools.   Todd Morris is the incoming principal at Choices Alternative High School. He previously served as assistant principal at Mesa and Zia Elementary schools. Morris received his master’s in education administration in 2000.   Who is your […]

Udall visits Clovis, says Cannon here to stay

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  Sen. Tom Udall spent much of Wednesday in Clovis as part of a three-day swing through eastern New Mexico that concludes Thursday morning in Santa Rosa. In Clovis he toured the Veterans Administration Clinic and Cannon Air Force Base. He also stopped by the Clovis News Journal to answer a series of questions about […]

Udall visits ENMU algae research site

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Professor Darron Smith, left, gives a container of laboratory processed algae to Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.,as they discuss the nutrition benefits of algae cattle feed. According to Smith, algae feed is high in protein and energy, and is nearly 100 percent digestible.

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Sen. Tom Udall was impressed with the “ground-breaking research” of converting algae into livestock feed at Eastern New Mexico University after touring the university’s agriculture building Tuesday. Udall, D-N.M., was instrumental with getting ENMU involved in the project, which is researching whether there is feed value and marketing […]

Foretelling the future: Conjurer, Live Shark Encounter new to 2013 fair

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Philip Peters and his partner Capt. Rick prepare for their first show of the night in front of their Live Shark Encounter exhibit. The show includes three nurse sharks, all given to the show by research labs.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Just as Zoltar did in the movie “Big,” the Conjurer tells the fortunes of those brave enough to step up to his booth. The man behind the act, Robert Smith, is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and is working his magic nightly at the Curry County […]

Curry County man dies from West Nile virus

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CNJ staff An 83-year-old Curry County man has died from a West Nile virus infection, according to a New Mexico Department of Health news release. It is the first death attributed to West Nile in Curry County since 2004. The man, who was not identified by the state health department, suffered from encephalitis, “the more […]

Roch named Logan superintendent

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CMI State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been named the new superintendent of Logan Municipal Schools, effective Monday, the first day of classes. Roch was the principal of Texico Junior High and a former assistant superintendent at Texico and Tucumcari. Roch replaces Johnnie Cain, who resigned as Logan’s superintendent on July 14 to become superintendent […]

Clovis man charged with multiple thefts

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A 38-year-old Clovis man has been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into the theft of tractors and other property from an unoccupied farm north of Melrose, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Ethan Davis is charged with seven felonies related to multiple thefts after police said he was […]

Youth prepare for Junior Livestock Show

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Nathaniel Flores, 12, weighs a rabbit Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Flores’ mother Amy, who is with Melrose 4-H, said the rabbits are weighed to make sure they are placed in the correct classification pen.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Jlea Fuqua and her family visited in the livestock barn at the Curry County Fairgrounds Monday as the Clovis 13-year-old prepared for her third year competing in the Junior Livestock show. The fairgrounds were full of hustle and bustle leading up to the fair’s official kickoff as participants […]

Curry County Fair schedule

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Monday 6 a.m.-noon: Junior livestock entries accepted 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Home arts entries accepted, Home Arts building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Flower show entries accepted, Home Arts building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Agriculture exhibits accepted, Agriculture building 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: 4-H, FFA poultry & rabbit entries accepted, Poultry & Rabbit Barn Noon: Weigh and pregnancy check dairy […]

Crowds pack zoo, splash park on Family Day Out

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Daniel Brewster, 2, admires a tortoise Saturday afternoon during the Family Day Out. Daniel was one of many kids who was told not to touch a tortoise that day.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Hoards of children played in the splash park, friends and families gathered beneath the pleasant shade trees and the zoo animals received an abnormally high amount of attention on Saturday during the Family Day Out at Hillcrest park. Mayor Pro Tem Len Vohs said “It’s the biggest crowd […]

New attractions, contests to be featured at fair

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Now in its 93rd year, the fair has added a bevy of new attractions and contests, including a live shark exhibit, a pet costume contest, a fortune teller and the Little Miss Curry County Fair Pageant.

High-flying rides, fried food, livestock and unique contests will be front and center as this year’s Curry County Fair kicks off Tuesday. Now in its 93rd year, the fair has added a bevy of new attractions and contests, including a live shark exhibit, a pet costume contest, a fortune teller and the Little Miss Curry […]

Prairie dog debate rages

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Susan Hubby feeds cantaloupe to prairie dogs Saturday morning at the Goodwin Lake Walking Trail park. She said she only feeds the prairie dogs in the areas of the park where there is not enough food.

By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Hollywood would have a hard time creating a more colorful cast of characters. They are the saviors and tormenters of the furry High Plains native that has encroached civilization, driven by drought and its most basic instinct to survive. Prairie dogs may never have felt so much love, […]

Rep. Pearce tells audience amnesty not the answer

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Congressman Steve Pearce, right, listens to a local farmer’s concerns about immigration reform.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Immigration reform was the hot topic at Friday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce in Portales. About 40 area residents, many representing the Somos Un Pueblo Unido immigrant group, gathered at the Yam Theater as Pearce answered questions from his constituents. While several concerned citizens posed questions about the […]

He pulled over the wrong guys

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CMI Staff If you’re going to pretend you’re a police officer, the worst thing you can do is pull over a couple of law enforcement agents. John Shelton, 26, of Logan did just that on Thursday, according to New Mexico State Police. On Thursday afternoon, he was in jail facing charges of impersonating a police […]

Lighthouse ranch provides structure

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Discipleship Program members, along with program director Butch Reardon, prepare for work at Freedom Ranch.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Mike Carter arrived in Clovis seven years ago after what he calls a miracle of God. A bad divorce and a suicide attempt led Carter, who lived in Portland, Ore., but has family in Texas, to join the Discipleship Program at Lighthouse Mission and get his life back […]

Offspring of miniature donkey may be rarity

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A group of miniature donkeys stood in a field off Llano Estacado Boulevard on Wednesday as the tiniest member of the group peeked out from behind its mother and father. According to Stephenie Brooks, who has been raising miniature donkeys for the past decade, the baby is anything […]

Alternative crop: Scientists tout potential of guar plant at field day

Wheat farmer Doug Gibbs of Clovis smells the guar plant during the New Mexico State University annual field day at the NMSU agricultural science center at Clovis. There is a high demand for guar because guar gum is used in the hydraulic fracturing process.  

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline Area farmers were introduced Wednesday to a desert crop that is in high demand because of its use in the hydraulic fracturing process. “The U.S. spent $1 billion importing guar gum from India in 2011,” crop scientist Dick Auld of Texas Tech University said. “Guar is indigenously adapted […]

Video: Introducing Marquette Basketball Freshman John Dawson

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A night to reach out

A New Mexico State Police helicopter lands Tuesday evening during National Night Out at Greene Acres Park. Officials expected a crowd of 2,000 to 2,500 for the fifth annual event.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Steve West and his 9-year-old daughter walked around Greene Acres Park drinking chocolate milk Tuesday evening as firefighters, police officers and Cannon Air Force Base Security Forces airmen helped the city celebrated its fifth annual National Night Out.  Officials from the Clovis Police Department, New Mexico State Police, […]