Safety stressed at kids event

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Area third-graders were given a crash course in farm safety Thursday as part of the 16th annual Progressive Agricultural Safety Day held at the Curry County Events Center. Nearly 750 students from across Curry and Roosevelt counties, as well as Friona, Farwell and San Jon, attended Thursday’s event, […]

Local restaurant donates gym supplies to Lockwood

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Leigh Dillon said it felt like Christmas Wednesday as employees from K-Bob’s Steakhouse delivered nearly $1,000 worth of gym supplies to Lockwood Elementary School. The physical education teacher had been working with old, run-down equipment for the past few years, and had only three tennis balls to be […]

Transmission lines key to development

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico officials have high hopes of a wind energy boom in the near future with projects such as Tres Amigas, the Brahms wind farm in Grady and a Roosevelt County wind farm all in the midst of being developed. But the key factor needed to encourage […]

Electronic cigarettes could be banned from all buildings

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CNJ staff Electronic cigarettes would be banned from all buildings within Curry County’s legal jurisdiction under an ordinance placed on first reading Tuesday by commissioners. The proposal drew mixed reaction from the group, including Commissioner Tim Ashley, who wondered aloud if a ban on electronic or e-cigarettes was necessary. The county, as the city of […]

Tres Amigas president: Completion date still 2016

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The president of Tres Amigas told Pure Energy Expo attendees Tuesday that although the project’s groundbreaking date was moved back numerous times, the company has made great strides with the project in 2013. “Like any development, every day gets closer,” David Stidham said of this year’s progress. “We […]

Winter weather could be cooler

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CNJ staff Winter in eastern New Mexico is shaping up to be cooler than normal, according to the latest winter weather forecast from Accuweather.com. While precipitation amounts are not expected to stray more than 10 percent above or below normal, the cooler winter weather could bring snow or ice events to the region. Ken Clark, […]

Employment service offers aid to former Sunland employees

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Sunland closed its doors after 25 years last Wednesday when it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing the impact of a voluntary product recall and a government-enforced plant shutdown.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com When Sunland Inc. closed its doors earlier this week about 100 people were left jobless, many without a plan of what to do next. Of the 100 workers, there are some who haven’t been in a job-seeking position in more than a decade. With the ever-changing job market, […]

Official: No notices to remove prairie dogs so far

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A month has passed since prairie dogs were added to the list of public nuisances and no one has been sent a notice to remove prairie dogs from their property, according to Clovis Chief of Code Enforcement Marcus Brice. “We’re doing things on a complaint basis,” Building Safety […]

Tres Amigas, energy development in spotlight at expo

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The recurring theme for this year’s Pure Energy Expo in Clovis will once again be Tres Amigas, transmission lines and wind energy development. Tres Amigas officials will be giving an update on their regional power superstation project, which is to serve as an electricity highway for energy and […]

Jack is back

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Cynthia Gutierrez organizes a pumpkin display at Hamilton Nursery and Landscape in Clovis. The nursery has hundreds of pumpkins and gourds of all varieties, including classic pie pumpkins, for sale.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The pumpkin harvest is in full swing in eastern New Mexico, and local residents are taking to their front porches and kitchens to put the staple autumn squash on display. Several vendors at the Clovis and Portales farmers markets sell pie pumpkins, jack-o-lantern pumpkins and the more whimsical ornamental pumpkins and […]

Cats win second straight

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By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com ARTESIA — Big plays on the ground have been the staple of Clovis football this season. Friday night, a handful of big plays through the air did just enough to keep the Artesia defense honest, and the visiting Wildcats cruised to a 48-17 victory at the Bulldog Bowl for their second-straight […]

Wolverines drop heartbreaker

Clovis senior Traivon Sopila hauls in a 44-yard touchdown pass past defender Carlos Carrasco in the closing seconds of the second quarter. Sopila scored four touchdowns in Clovis' 48-17 win.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com TEXICO — Their record may not show it, but the Texico Wolverines appear to be competitive with anyone in Class 2A. Trailing by a point and with Texico appearing set to run out the clock, Santa Rosa senior Ryan Lopez returned a Wolverines’ fumble 29 yards to the Texico 26 with […]

Jury convicts accused killer

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Albert Ramirez with his attorney Jesse Cosby Friday moments before District Judge Teddy Hartley announced a jury had found Ramirez guilty of the 2007 first-degree murder of 39-year-old Eladio Robledo.

By Robin Fornoff rfornoff@cnjonline.com Albert Ramirez’s sobbing during closing arguments Friday turned into accusations of an unfair trial when a District Court jury found him guilty of the 2007 first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend, Eladio Robledo, 39, of Clovis. Ramirez’s tirade erupted after Judge Teddy Hartley refused to let him read a statement into […]

Farmer: Pumpkin crop unaffected by rains

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Davis Farm owner Ken Davis loads a trailer Wednesday with 60 pallets of pumpkins, with a total weight of 40,000 pounds. The pumpkins are headed to a Walmart in Arkansas.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Ken Davis has been in the pumpkin business for the better part of three decades, and has been hard at work over the past few weeks tending to this year’s harvest. He still farms the land his grandfather homesteaded near Ranchvale, though these days he ships pumpkins to […]

Producer: Area peanut market dead

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Roosevelt County farmer Kenneth Cox dug up his entire peanut crop nearly a week ago with hopes to ship his product to Sunland, Inc. After Sunland filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Wednesday, Cox said he has no one to sell his crop to.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kenneth Cox said the peanut market died in this area when Sunland, Inc. shut its doors Wednesday. The 48-year-old Roosevelt County farmer is among the peanut producers in the county and West Texas who have contracts with Sunland. He harvested and dug up his peanuts this year like […]

Accused killer takes witness stand

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Accused killer Albert Ramirez spent two hours on the witness stand — against his lawyer’s advice — then was removed from the courtroom Thursday for his continued disruptions. Ramirez took the witness stand for about two hours, telling jurors in rambling and sometimes tearful accounts that he was […]

Traffic solutions mulled

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City Engineer Justin Howalt, left, and City Commissioner Randy Crowder discuss Wednesday a conceptual plan for the 21st and Prince streets intersection during an open house to discuss traffic congestion at two intersections on Prince Street.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Concerned business owners spoke out against solutions to traffic congestion at the 21st-Prince and Commerce-Prince intersections that could have a possible negative impacts on business during an open house Wednesday. Engineer Paul Steffin, who helped conduct research on these intersections, said the primary problem with the area is […]

Sunland closes operations — files bankruptcy

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Sunland, Inc.was the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@cnjonline.com For Terri Lancaster, it started like any other work day at Sunland Inc., a place she said felt like home. Her world was shaken Wednesday morning when she was called into a company-wide meeting and told Sunland’s plants were closing. “It’s just a heartbreak. There was quite a […]

School gives airman hero’s welcome

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Students at Clovis Christian School welcome home Maj. Rob Bingham on Tuesday. The school’s 250 students lined the halls as Bingham reunited with his son and daughter.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Approximately 250 students lined the main hall of Clovis Christian School Tuesday for a true hero’s welcome. As Maj. Rob Bingham entered the school and walked down the hall, the students waved American flags and sang along to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” Bingham had been deployed […]

Officials hosting traffic congestion open house

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Clovis city officials will be hosting an open house tonight to discuss traffic congestion issues at the 21st-Prince Street and Commerce-Prince Street intersections. City Engineer Justin Howalt said studies on these intersections and the data will be presented at the open house, and five conceptual plans that address traffic flow will also be presented. The […]