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 enorwood@pntonline.com 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 […]

Updated: Another fire on Clovis’ east side

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Burned video tapes and soda cans littered the front yard of a scorched and blackened trailer home at the corner of Seventh and Oak streets on Wednesday morning. “It’s hitting a little close to home,” said Larry Cordova, who lives nearby at Seventh and Hickory streets. “Hopefully this […]

Ticket feature: Third Day performing in Lubbock


CNJ staff Christian rock band Third Day will make a stop Feb. 9 in Lubbock as part of the Rock and Worship Roadshow. Now in its sixth year, the Roadshow tour features veteran and newer artists on the Christian music scene. The show will also include performances by Skillet, Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace, Royal Tailor, […]

Lady Cats stay purr-fect


By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com In little more than the blink of an eye, Danni Williams took Clovis High’s girls out of danger Tuesday night. Leading by one point early in the second period, the junior guard scored the final 11 points in a 17-0 run over a a span of four-plus minutes […]

In dogged pursuit: Company moves out animals


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Prairie dogs, those little furry critters populating parts of Clovis, are getting a new home and a free bubble bath courtesy of the folks at Eco Solutions of Santa Fe. Trent Botkin, owner of Eco Solutions, was in Clovis for four days this week with his two-man […]

Young, old alike march in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Local citizens celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by marching on the street named for his honor on Monday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Evelyn Archie clutched her mother’s hand as they marched up Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard early Monday morning with hundreds of others in celebration of the civil rights leader. At 7 years old, Archie understood why she was marching, even if she didn’t know all of the […]

Business feature: Official: Raintree Apartments could open by June

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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 enorwood@pntonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 rfornoff@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 enorwood@pntonline.com 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 enorwood@pntonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 lbowe@pntonline.com 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 […]