Restaurateur shares journey at women’s luncheon

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Laura Leal, owner of the two Leal’s Restaurant locations in Clovis, spoke to members of the Women’s Initiative Network on Mobday at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer A local restaurateur shared her journey to success with a group of women Monday at the quarterly Women’s Initiative Network luncheon. Laura Leal, who was 23 years old when she expanded her parents’ Muleshoe restaurant to Clovis, said she overcame financial adversity and an initial lack of business […]

Lake levels rise by up to 9 feet after rain

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CMI staff Last week’s soaking of eastern New Mexico raised the levels of Conchas and Ute lakes by up to 9 feet, providing relief from concerns about lake levels severely depleted by drought. Precipitation before last week’s deluge had risen Conchas Lake’s level enough so that the Arch Hurley Conservancy District could have allocated water […]

Fatal shooting at Washington Navy Yard


A defense contract employee and former Navy reservist killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard before he was slain in a gun battle with police. The shooting at a single building at the highly secure Navy Yard unfolded about 8:20 a.m. on Sept. 16. Your browser does not support the iframe HTML tag. Try […]

CAT TRACKS: Manzano rides early momentum


By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer Momentum is fluid in high school football. It can be a constant buildup, or it can be a quick strike. The Manzano Monarchs slowly built up momentum, scoring on two of their first three drives and stopping the Wildcats on their ensuing three. Then with three plays, momentum […]

Farmers market benefits from rain


CNJ staff The Clovis Farmers Market has benefited from the rain, according to Market Manager Margie Plummer. “This year has been a better year than last,” Plummer said. Plummer said this year’s rains have resulted in more produce at the farmers market. Although the rains have been a boon to the farmers market, Plummer said […]

Hearing set for dairymen to voice groundwater rule concerns

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Local dairymen said they are looking forward to an upcoming hearing in March that will allow them to voice their opinions about state groundwater rules  placed on them in 2010. Dairymen said they advocate for water safety for New Mexico residents, but want flexibility in how to achieve that goal.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer They felt their input wasn’t heard before, but earlier this week the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission voted to set a hearing in March 2014 to give a platform for dairymen to voice their concerns regarding groundwater discharge rules that affect them. The rules, set in December […]

Walk to Recovery ministry donates van

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Cipriano Martinez of Highland Baptist Menistry Restoration Project, right, congratulates Angela Guss on being awarded  a used minivan on Saturday at the Walk to Recovery at Greene Acres Park. Guss, who was at one time addicted to methamphetamine was awarded the van for “walking through recovery the right way.”

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer One woman’s road to recovery became easier Saturday when Highland Baptist Church gave her a used minivan during the church’s Third Annual Walk to Recovery on Saturday at Greene Acres Park. “I’m overjoyed,” said Angela Guss about receiving the 1998 Ford Aerostar. “I have three kids who live […]

Mayor, ex-mayor at odds over proposed Ute study


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor A recent call for an independent study of the much-vaunted Ute Water Project has two key players swirling in a pool of political rhetoric. Clovis Mayor David Lansford and former Mayor Gayla Brumfield, once friends, now passionate political enemies, stand on opposite sides of the shore when it […]

Lots of ways to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day

Sharna Johnson

Sunday, Sept. 22, is a big day. No, really, it’s a BIG day, So big, in fact — like seven or so tons big — it’s hard to imagine how anyone could forget. Here’s another hint: If they knew it was their day, they sure wouldn’t forget because they never forget. And with ears like […]

The kid brother: An ode to John

You probably knew a kid like John. It’s when you’re in high school and you’re hanging out with your friends and one of your pals has a kid brother who’s hanging around too. That was John. John was Mary Kay’s brother, Mary Kay was Catfish’s girlfriend and Catfish was my pal. That’s how I knew […]

Something special: First round of Special Olympics state equestrian competition under way

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Bob and Carol Bennett of Melrose served as volunteers at the Special Olympics state equestrian competition. They provided horses for the event and their granddaughter was a contestant.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER A special group of athletes has gathered in Clovis to strut their stuff alongside their equine companions. Volunteers, families and participants descended Friday upon the Curry County Events Center for the first round of events at the Special Olympics of New Mexico state equestrian competition. Participants showed off […]

Hounds blitz Sul Ross State 55-24

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Sul Ross quarterback Derrick Bernard throws the ball away as he averts a sack by Eastern New Mexico University’s Benjamin Langford during the first quarter of Friday’s game in the Lone Star Conference football festival at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Langford had two fumble recoveries, returning one 39 yards for a touchdown, as the Greyhounds routed the Lobos 55-24.

CMI staff ARLINGTON, Texas — It took Eastern New Mexico University’s football team a while to get untracked on Friday. Once the Greyhounds got rolling, Sul Ross State didn’t have any answers. Down 12-0 after two Sul Ross touchdowns early in the second quarter, junior running back Jordan Wells broke off a 64-yard touchdown run […]

City steps in on prairie dogs

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The Clovis City Commission approved final passage of an ordinance adding prairie dogs to the city’s definition of public nuisance.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis’ city government’s reach was officially extended Thursday night into the burrows of prairie dogs. By a 6-1 vote, city commissioners approved final passage of an ordinance that added the creatures to the city’s definition of public nuisance and required property owners to, “maintain their property as to […]

A taste of monsoon


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER After nearly a month of hot, dry weather, Curry County has gotten a taste of monsoon season. A storm system brought heavy rain showers and flash flood warnings to the area Wednesday. Twila Gorley, who lives three miles east of Melrose, experienced standing water in her front yard […]

Sheriff: Homicide case remains priority


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Curry County’s oldest unsolved homicide remains a priority for the sheriff’s office and lead investigator Sandy Loomis. “I don’t like to be beaten,” said Loomis, who knew 67-year-old J.C. Tucker and has been involved in the investigation since the Clovis businessman was found shot to death 10 years […]

Cats, Lady Cats post soccer shutouts

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Clovis senior Carrie Sharp battles two Ruidoso defenders for possession of the ball during Tuesday’s girls soccer matchup at Leon Williams Stadium. Sharp had four goals and an assist in the Lady Wildcats’ 10-0 rout.

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Freshman Alejandro Medina scored midway through the first half and Clovis High’s boys never relinquished control in a 2-0 win over New Mexico Military on Tuesday. Medina beat Colts goalkeeper Juan Tasich in the 22nd minute after the Wildcats caught NMMI in a defensive switch. Sophomore Albert Nava added an insurance […]

Boy Scout troop helps less fortunate

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Boy Scouts from Troop 411 pack bags full of non-perishable food for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s weekend backpack program Monday evening.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Boy Scout Troop 411 spent Monday evening helping those in need at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Scouts in grades 6 through 10 formed an assembly line and packed 100 bags full of non-perishable food as part of the food bank’s weekend backpack program. The program […]

Fest draws new fans

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Great White featuring Jack Russell was the opening act of Saturday’s show at the Curry County Events Center and performed many of their hits including, “Once Bitten Twice Shy”, at the Clovis Music Festival.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Music fans of all ages rocked through the weekend during the 26th annual Clovis Music Festival. While the festival brought in an influx of concert-goers and a newer generation of hard rock lovers, festival chairman Randy Petty said he has mixed emotions about this year’s event. “The show […]

Clovis rocks: Night Ranger, Great White wow crowds at Clovis Music Festival


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Clovis native Misty Wall made the pilgrimage from Sierra Vista, Ariz., to see Jack Russell’s Great White play at the 26th Annual Clovis Music Festival Saturday night. Wall, who has traveled as far as Los Angeles to see Great White in concert, said she has been a fan […]

Rain delivers for some farmers

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Roosevelt County Farmer Allen Deen said nothing was in this 160-acre field between Portales and Floyd two years ago, but recent moisture has now produced corn as far as the eye can see.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer It isn’t rocket science. All farmers said they needed was precipitation for so many problems to be answered and the rainfall over the summer delivered more rain in three months than most farmers received in all of 2012. For Floyd farmer Allen Deen, the 16 inches of water […]