Tumbleweeds taking over

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Russ Gould, who lives on Cheyenne Drive, worked Monday morning to clear out tumbleweeds from his property. Gould said in 20 years, this is the worst he has ever seen the tumbleweeds in his neighborhood.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Renee Ortiz awoke Monday morning to an unwanted guest at her front door — tumbleweeds covering her home from the roof down to the street. “I got up this morning and I went to the backyard and it was fine,” she said. “Then I walked to the front […]

Reader Submitted: Tumbleweed Invasion Photos 1-26-14


On Sunday the Clovis area was invaded by tumbleweeds. Here are photos submitted by our readers.

Convicted child killer back in U.S. custody

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Edward Salas, center, at his trial for the 2005 murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Salas fled the country and eluded authorities for more than four years. He was extradited from Mexico and placed in a state prison Saturday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com A child killer who escaped Clovis’ jail and eluded authorities more than four years before being recaptured in Mexico is back in U.S. custody. Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler said Edward Salas was placed in the Department of Corrections facility in Los Lunas on Saturday. U.S. marshals […]

Animal control official: Social media helping save animals


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Thanks to the power of social media, more animals than ever in Clovis are being saved from certain death. According to Animal Control Supervisor Marty Martinez, the Clovis shelter allows local animal rescue groups to snap and post photos of the shelter’s dogs and cats and post them […]

Sixth-grader wins Roosevelt spelling bee with tycoon

CMI staff photo: Lillian Bowe
The nine junior division spellers from Roosevelt County are getting instruction before the start of the spelling bee competition. The junior division went into three rounds before the a winner was declared.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Standing in front of three judges, the pronouncer, a room filled with parents and other spelling bee contestants, Riley Lujan, a sixth-grader at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary breathed deeply before spelling tycoon to win the title of Roosevelt County spelling bee champion. “I was so nervous up there, but I get to go […]

Clovis chamber honors community workhorses

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Outgoing Chamber President Sandra Taylor-Sawyer served as the master of ceremonies at Friday night’s Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce got all jazzed up Friday evening to celebrate its annual banquet and honor community members for their myriad contributions in 2013. Top award winners included longtime community supporter Bill Kinyon, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and newspaper Publisher Ray Sullivan, who was the Citizen […]

History comes to Clovis High classroom


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@cnjonline.com U.S. history students at Clovis High School got a different kind of history lesson on Thursday, as history actually came to the classroom in person. The students were visited by former Navajo Code Talker Jose Chavez, 90, and two other former soldiers and Native Americans who shared […]

Police: Arson, attempted murder warrant issued for Clovis man


CNJ staff An arrest warrant for arson and attempted murder has been issued for Daniel Lucero, 26, of Clovis in connection with a fire Wednesday night at 312 Thornton St., according to a Clovis Police Department spokesman. The suspect’s whereabouts are unknown, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney stressed the warrant was for the Thornton […]

Incendiary device starts structure fire


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Cruzita Baca said she was sitting in her living room Wednesday night when what she described as a Molotov cocktail flew through the window and started her North Thornton Street home on fire. Baca and her children fled out the front door of the residence and into […]

Updated: Another fire on Clovis’ east side

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Burned video tapes and soda cans littered the front yard of a scorched and blackened trailer home at the corner of Seventh and Oak streets on Wednesday morning. “It’s hitting a little close to home,” said Larry Cordova, who lives nearby at Seventh and Hickory streets. “Hopefully this […]

Ticket feature: Third Day performing in Lubbock


CNJ staff Christian rock band Third Day will make a stop Feb. 9 in Lubbock as part of the Rock and Worship Roadshow. Now in its sixth year, the Roadshow tour features veteran and newer artists on the Christian music scene. The show will also include performances by Skillet, Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace, Royal Tailor, […]

Lady Cats stay purr-fect


By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com In little more than the blink of an eye, Danni Williams took Clovis High’s girls out of danger Tuesday night. Leading by one point early in the second period, the junior guard scored the final 11 points in a 17-0 run over a a span of four-plus minutes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Business feature: Official: Raintree Apartments could open by June

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
The Raintree Apartments on Llano Estacado are still under construction, but should be 100 percent completed by June, according to an estimate by Development Coordinator Luis Ybarra. The two-story complex will have 192 units ranging from one to three bedrooms.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com After various setbacks, many weather related, Raintree Apartments should see its much anticipated grand opening hopefully by June, according to Development Coordinator Luis Ybarra. The 192-unit apartment complex being constructed on Llano Estacado is behind schedule, but should see its first units ready between March 1 and […]

King honored at annual breakfast


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Do you still dream? That was the question posed by Lt. Col. Marcus Brazell during his keynote speech at the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast held Saturday. Brazell, formerly stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, recounted the tale of King’s infamous 1965 march from […]

Three fires start within 90 minutes Saturday night

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis firefighters talk strategy while fighting a blaze Saturday night at Cissell Transfer & Storage — one of three suspicious fires reported within about 90 minutes.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Three fires within about 90 minutes Saturday night kept Clovis firefighters jumping and had police looking at the possibility of arson. Police Chief Steve Sanders said he wasn’t sure if Clovis had a firebug or kids walking around setting blazes but having two fires so close to each […]

Chandler named special prosecutor in connection with shooting

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CNJ Staff Clovis-Portales District Attorney Matt Chandler has been named special prosecutor in connection with last week’s shooting at Roswell’s Berrendo Middle School. The Roswell Daily Record and other media outlets reported Roswell DA Janetta Hicks asked Chandler to prosecute the case because of multiple conflicts of interest in her office. Mason Campbell, 12, has […]

A driving force

Bobby Dudley, a Clovis Area Transit System driver for eight years, checks the transmission fluid on a CATS vehicle Thursday as part of a pre-trip inspection.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Macrina Christian works nearly five miles from her home, and without a vehicle, she relies on the people she says are like her “best friends” at Clovis Area Transit System to give her a lift. “I do a lot of walking, so it’s nice to ride,” said Christian, who even gave […]

City commission asked to help contractors hurt by BHSI default


By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis City Commission showed a willingness to help contractors who lost out, just as the city did on the failed Beauty Health and Science Innovations cosmetic plant. Commissioners just weren’t sure what they could do without advice from state officials. The commission took no action during its […]