Cass signs with Greyhounds

CNJ file photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis’ Kamal Cass is one of atwo players in New Mexico prep history with multiple 2,000-yard rushing seasons. He finished his career with 5,444 yards and 73 rushing touchdowns./

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER After rushing for more than three miles as a Clovis Wildcat, Kamal Cass will take his show about 20 miles south next fall. Cass, the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico, faxed in his letter of intent Wednesday to play football for Division II Eastern […]

Ticket feature: Nebraska Theatre Caravan to present ‘The Fantasticks’

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The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of The Fantasticks will be presented at the Marshall Auditorium Feb. 13.

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series will bring its latest act to town Feb. 13 as the Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents The Fantasticks. The new steampunk adaptation of the long-running production will showcase elaborate costumes, props and scenery while keeping the original integrity of the play intact. Written by Tom Jones and […]

Neighbor describes finding shooting victim


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR His hands covered in his dying brother Joe’s blood, Frank Valero said he kicked in a neighbor’s door that night in September 2011 in a desperate attempt to find help. “He said my brother’s down,” neighbor George Sanchez testified Tuesday in Curry County District Court. It was minutes […]

Business feature: Restaurants looking to technology

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Thai City owner Seum Vongsa, left, discusses business using information from an IPad with his manager, Ronnie Rattanavong. Rattanavong set up the restaurant’s new POS (point of sale) system three months ago, and now all aspects of the business can be managed through an IPad.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Yep. There’s an app for that. Up until three months ago, Thai City had a communication problem between its American wait staff and its Asian cooks. That’s when manager Ronnie Rattanavong installed a point of service system run with iPads. “This system cuts down on order errors, […]

Pancake Day reunites longtime friends

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Tracy Kimberly of Clovis, a 12-year member of Clovis Kiwanis, pours pancake batter Saturday during the annual Pancake Day fundraiser at Clovis High School cafeteria. Kiwanis officials said they served 700 people and raised  $4,000 for youth in Curry County.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Elaine Williford’s history with the Kiwanis Club’s annual Clovis Pancake Day began as a singer in junior high school. Now she’s in charge of the show. “They used to provide entertainment, and I sang with my school choir,” said Williford, adding with a chuckle that now “I’m […]

Tres Amigas hoping for June start

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This shows the layout for the future power superstation. At left are the three construction phases for Tres Amigas.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer The anticipated groundbreaking for a proposed power superstation northeast of Clovis has been delayed again, but Tres Amigas officials say the project is still moving ahead. Financing for the $550 million “power highway” that would allow electricity to move from coast to coast remains the primary holdup, Chief […]

Mystery unraveled

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Surveillance video from the library shows “Bootsie” walking across the library Tuesday evening.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Margaret Hinchee and her staff at Clovis-Carver Public Library lived out a true mystery novel in the past week. In the mystery, there were police, stakeouts, traps, and surveillance cameras. All for a cat. “We think he snuck in sometime last week. He was here about five […]

Mason bids adios with concert

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Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer   Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community […]

Clovis High’s culinary program growing

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Junior Arik Yeager prepares flame-roasted red peppers for grilled chicken paninis. Yeager is a student in ProStart, a culinary program at Clovis High School.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER By spending extra time in the kitchen as part of the ProStart culinary program at Clovis High School, junior Juan Gutierrez said he has learned discipline, leadership skills, and how to cook for himself. “I became interested in the culinary profession in the seventh grade when I started […]

Tumbleweeds prove troublesome

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Art Thompson clears the area in front of his home of tumbleweed debris on Tuesday afternoon. Thompson said that on Monday morning his entire patio was full of tumbleweeds.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Beep. Beep. Beep. The sound of a city dump truck in reverse pierced the bitter cold air Tuesday as an armada of city workers, airmen and residents worked to clear the mountains of tumbleweeds that invaded a northwest Clovis neighborhood a night earlier. In what looked more […]

ENMU grooming new mascots

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Eastern New Mexico University’s new greyhound mascots cuddle in their kennel Monday after a visit to the veterinarian.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer It looks like a case of puppy love. “I got to walk them this morning, and I love them, they’re so cute,” said Eastern New Mexico University junior Yvonne Tillman of a pair of greyhound puppies being groomed to be school mascots. Nicknamed Duece and Trey, the […]

Tumbleweeds taking over

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]