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 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 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

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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 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 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 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 […]

Clovis grain facility asks for city funds


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff write After minimal discussion, Clovis’ Economic Development Tax Advisory Board unanimously recommended awarding $100,000 toward a proposed $1.3 million upgrade at a city grain facility. The recommendation during Thursday morning’s meeting will be forwarded to the city commission for approval. Charles Brettell, managing partner of Gavilon Grain, LLC, […]

Ticket feature: Comedian Paul Rodriguez performing at Clovis Civic Center

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Comedian Paul Rodriguez will perform at the Clovis Civic Center tomorrow with a little help from Adrian Washington and Juan Villareal. Tickets are $32 or $45 for VIP.

CNJ staff Funnyman Paul Rodriguez, better known to some as the Latin King of Comedy, is performing Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. Rodriguez, 60, has starred in several television shows and movies, but told the Clovis News Journal that his true job is stand-up comedy. “My act isn’t memorized,” he said. “It’s a stream […]

Convicted kidnapper sentenced


CNJ staff A Clovis man convicted of kidnapping and raping his ex-girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Paul Villanueva, 25, was convicted by jury in November of several felony charges stemming from the May 2012 attack in the victim’s home neat 11th […]

Student: Roswell shooter pulled gun from band instrument case


The Associated Press ROSWELL — A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy was […]

Final turbine installed at Grady wind farm

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The Brahms Wind Project will feature a dozen 1.65-megawatt-wind turbines that top out at more than 250 feet, and a power substation along Curry Road 34, near Curry Road Q.

By Eric Norwood CNJ staff writer With the last of 12 massive turbines installed, construction at a 19.8 megawatt wind energy project south of Grady will shift to finishing the substation and detail work, according to project officials. “We just installed the final turbine. There are a lot of details we need to work […]

CCC opens semester with pizza buffet

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Students join Dana Albright, psychology instructor and Campus Activity Board sponsor, left, for free pizza to honor the first day of the spring semester.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Jessica Garcia is headed back to school so she can become an elementary school teacher and teach young children about respect. She joined thousands of other students for the opening of Clovis Community College’s spring semester Monday, with students finalizing schedules, purchasing books and filing back […]

ENMU receives science grant

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By Lillian Bowe CMI staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has received a grant that will bring together formal and informal education to teach the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to students of all ages and the public. The grant is a $50,000 Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) project […]

Girl Scouts get fired up for cookie sales

CMI staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Anissa Corrales, left, and Subrina Motley, right, from Girl Scout Troop 3224 learn how to make change Saturday as Roberta Waggoner gives them play money to practice at the Cookie Rally. It was one of many activities for the Girl Scouts.

By Lillian Bowe CMI staff writer The Girl Scouts of the Eastern Plains region used a Cookie Rally on Saturday to fire up scouts for the annual cookie sale. The annual pre-sale get together was held at the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. Tera Wong-Williams, youth development specialist at Girl Scouts of New […]

Texico, Tatum gain finals

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Melrose’s Taylor Bostwick tries to split Tatum defenders Abby Medlin, left, and Kynzie McNeillin the second quarter of their Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament semifinal Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

By Kevin Wilson Two great minutes aren’t nearly enough to overcome nine bad ones on most nights. Against an undefeated Tatum team, it was even more difficult. Abby Medlin had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Tatum survived a late Melrose burst for a 48-36 victory in the semifinals of the […]

Still standing — Comedian Paul Rodriguez is coming to Clovis

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Paul Rodriguez will perform Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center.

Paul Rodriguez is a famous comedian, but he’s the second Paul Rodriguez to come up in a Google search. Rodriguez, who turns 60 on the Sunday following his Friday performance at the Clovis Civic Center, is the father of Paul Rodriguez Jr., a professional skateboarder who may be more famous these days. Tickets are $32, […]

Lesser prairie chicken plan touted


By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER Several landowners said they left Thursday’s informational meeting about the Range-wide Conservation Plan for the lesser prairie chicken with more questions than answers. The deadline is approaching for listing the rare grouse, native to New Mexico and four other states, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species […]

CHS senior nominated for Naval Academy


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis High School senior Pierce Hoyer has a distinct vision of what he wants to do with the rest of his life. The 17-year-old football player and track team member recently received nominations to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., from three New Mexico legislators, […]

Albert Ramirez sentenced to life in murder of mother’s boyfriend


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor A sobbing Albert Ramirez pleaded for sympathy Wednesday at his sentencing for the 2007 murder of his mother’s boyfriend. District Judge Teddy Hartley responded: “It would be wrong for you to live in society,” and gave Ramirez life plus six years in prison for what District Attorney Matt […]

Greyhound rally falls short


By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer PORTALES — If one knew the Greyhounds would hold Cameron under 60 points Wednesday night, you would probably anticipate an easy victory. Instead, the Aggies built an 11-point lead over the cold-shooting Hounds with three minutes left, and held off a furious rally for a 59-58 victory in […]