Group puts twist on charity motorcycle run

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Craig Lonjin and Jessica Karges of Clovis compete in the wet cup relay following the Combat Skills Charity Motorcycle Run at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280. In the timed event, the driver must navigate through a series of traffic cones while the passenger keeps a cup of water on a board balanced above the driver’s head.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer For more than two dozen area riders, Saturday was a perfect chance to enjoy a motorcycle ride through the country. And take a break with a grenade throw, target shooting and jungle raid. In a first of its kind for the area, and a rarity overall for motorcycle charity […]

Analysis: ID law interpretation difficult

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A vague definition of the petty misdemeanor charge of concealing identity creates difficulties for law enforcement and citizens alike.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. No one can lawfully search your house or demand you even identify yourself if you’re minding your own business. But if an officer of the law has reason to suspect you’ve committed a crime? Then be prepared to give […]

District attorney candidates talk issues

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Andrea Reeb, right, a Republican, and Jennifer Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election.

Editor’s note: Andrea Reeb is an 18-year prosecutor appointed district attorney when Matt Chandler resigned March 1. Jennifer Burrill is a criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Reeb, a Republican, and Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election. They answered […]

5 things to know: About earning a music degree

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Rafael Marin, a Clovis High graduate, is set for his senior recital 3 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Hall at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER Rafael Marin, a Clovis native, is getting ready to make some of his final notes at Eastern New Mexico University. The tuba player has his senior recital 3 p.m. Saturday at ENMU’s Buchanan Hall. Here are five things to know about going for a music degree: ONE LONG […]

Marching back in time

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Wildcadettes march during the annual Christmas Lights Parade down Main Street in the 1980s .

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER As far as extracurricular programs go at Clovis, none match the stability of the football program, with just 10 coaches since 1922 and just three coaches since 1970. Next on the list? Look no further than the Wildcadettes, a tight-knit program that has just four head coaches in […]

Steel Magnolias appearing at Central Christian Church

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The Steel Magnolias will perform a free concert Saturday night at Clovis’ Central Christian Church.

STAFF REPORT A night of southern gospel music is set for Clovis this weekend, as the Steel Magnolias are coming to Clovis. The San Marcos, Texas-based group is scheduled to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Central Christian Church as part of a whirlwind 10-day stretch of it’s “READY!” Mission Tour through New Mexico, Texas, Colorado […]

Rainfall raises spirits

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Flooded intersections such as this one at Prince and Seventh Streets during a rain storm early this month were a common sight this summer.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Stan Furry believes he will be able to harvest a dryland winter wheat crop this spring on his Broadview farm for the first time since 2010. Even with less rainfall than their counterparts to the south, Furry said farmers in northern Curry County are grateful and optimistic about the […]

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 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)


By Robin Fornoff Projects editor 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 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


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 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 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 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

Elvina Kravchuck

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer 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 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 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


By Robin Fornoff PROJECTS EDITOR 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 […]