Library’s read with dogs program encourages kids to read outside of school

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Lisa Durbin and her therapy dog Sable, a 6-year-old Bernese mountain dog mix, read with Jeanette Ruitaga, 7, Wednesday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis-Carver Library went to the dogs Wednesday as eager children clamored to get face time with four friendly pooches. As part of the library’s Read With Dogs program, therapy dogs are brought in by their owners to spend time with children while they read books aloud. “It […]

Still motorin’

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Jack Blades, center, of Night Ranger said the group has been touring  a lot this summer, including shows with Journey, Loverboy and Cheap Trick.

Night Ranger’s Blades says touring is pretty much the same — except a lot more salads and smoothies By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From the moment Jack Blades first saw the Beatles, he knew he wanted to be a part of rock ‘n’ roll. As a singer, bassist, songwriter and producer with more […]

Police seek motive in beating

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CNJ STAFF A Clovis man found bloody and beaten in the street early Sunday was due to be moved from intensive care to a private room at a Lubbock hospital, Police Chief Steve Sanders confirmed Tuesday. Sanders said police were called to a disturbance about 1 a.m. near 11th and Cameo streets and found Raul […]

Business feature: Food truck owners seeing growth in business

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“Catfish Mike” Hiter says he is very proud of his food truck because he designed it himself, including the Weezy’s Southern Catfish Kitchen logo.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Mobile food trucks are trending across the country, and in Clovis, food truck owners are seeing their businesses grow. “You can’t move a building, but you can move a truck to work special events, football games, or catering,” said “Catfish Mike” Hiter, owner of Weezy’s Southern Catfish Kitchen. […]

Littlefield’s empty jail has room for 372 inmates

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Curry County Detention Center Capt. Ecipio Lucero looks over the control room during a tour of an empty jail in Littlefield.

By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A trip to Texas last week has the two newest Curry County commissioners thinking they just might have a solution to a smoldering crisis at the jail. “I hate to use the crisis word,” said Commissioner Tim Ashley, “but really it is where we are at right now.” […]

Man claims he was run off road by police officer

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By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A Clovis man says he was run off the road, barely avoiding a head-on vehicle collision with a Clovis police officer talking on her cell phone and driving on the wrong side of the street. “I honestly don’t think she ever saw me,” said Abby Parrish, a Clovis […]

Golfers: Colonial Park course turning corner

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Tom Drake watches his shot from the No. 1 tee Saturday morning at the Colonial Park Golf Course.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com After a few summers of doubt about the prospects of the city-owned Colonial Park Golf Course, a busy facility seems to be turning a corner, according to the golfers now filling the course on the weekends. Buoyed by a wetter summer than recent years and maintenance that helped […]

Youth participate in livestock sale

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Between the loud cheering and toe tapping that matched the auctioneer’s rhythm, if audience members paid attention, they might have known they were being fooled by Tayler Fraze’s confident smile. While the 16-year-old reigned supreme as the steer grand champion at the Roosevelt County Fair, she said it was an emotional […]

Home Arts Barn has variety of exhibits

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Reggie Yarbrough stops to look at a Boy Scout exhibit in the Home Arts barn at the Roosevelt County Fair. Yarbrough, who recently moved to Portales from Alaska, said this is the first county fair she has been to. Yarbrough is a police officer in Portales.

By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com For Reggie Yarbrough, the Home Arts Barn at the Roosevelt County Fair was a chance to learn more about her new community. A Portales police officer and transplant from Palmer, Alaska. Yarbrough said Friday it was her first time at a county fair, and she was enjoying the fair as she […]

Community rallied around girl 25 years ago

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At age 5, Christie Kentzell had just undergone surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah, in hopes she would one day be able to walk.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Thirty years ago, Christie Martinez Kentzell was born a month premature, and weighing only 2.5 pounds. She was so tiny that she could fit into doll clothes, and spent several months in the hospital until she was strong enough to return home with her parents and her big […]

Congressman opposes ethanol as fuel

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CMI staff U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M, told his Clovis constituents Thursday he does not support the use of ethanol derived from corn, and it should be stricken from the Renewable Energy Standard. “The question has been, ‘should food be used to operate machinery?’” Lujan said. “The growing consensus is that it shouldn’t.” Lujan […]

Clovis man convicted of abusing foster children

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CNJ staff A Clovis man convicted in June of abusing his foster children with a stun gun was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Michael Vargas, 40, was found guilty of 24 counts of child abuse, all third-degree felonies. Chandler said in October 2010 two children reported to […]

Sheriff: Clovis inmate trashed Texas jail cell

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CNJ STAFF Charges will be sought against a Curry County inmate accused of trashing a cell in a fit of anger while being housed in the Parmer County Jail, according to Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries. Geries said Shuntae D. Byrd, 35, of Clovis, knocked off a sprinkler head in his cell Friday, flooding parts […]

Series provides medley of talent

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The sounds of England, Italy and the bayou are coming to town this year as part of Clovis Community College’s 2013-2014 Cultural Arts Series. This year’s schedule features eight shows from September to May, with everything from tap dancing to a string quartet. Buzz is already building around […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

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CNJ STAFF A Clovis man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a child, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District. David Jouett, 45, was sentenced to six years in prison for abuse of a child under age 13. The charges stem from 2011, with sexual trauma discovered by the child’s physician during […]

CCC officials: Fall off to great start

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Marie Jones was back at Clovis Community College this week to start the process of getting her cosmetology license reinstated. “I’m just here for five weeks, but I plan to continue my education,” said Jones, 51. “I think I’m going to go into the arts, just to fulfill […]

County facing cost increase to house inmates in Texas

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County is looking at double-digit rate increases from Texas jails that house inmates to relieve overcrowding in Clovis. County Manager Lance Pyle told County commissioners Tuesday that he was told by officials in Bailey and Parmer counties to expect the increases soon. Bailey cited a 28 percent […]

Fourth, final defendant sentenced in 2010 bank robbery

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CNJ Staff The fourth and final defendant was sentenced Monday for his involvement in the April 2010 bank robbery in Melrose ,according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Marcos Maestas, 23, was dealt a 12-year prison sentence after being convicted in June of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to Chandler. According to […]

First day of school smooth — mostly

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Children were met with hugs from awaiting parents Monday as they filed out of Parkview Elementary School following their first day of school. Clovis Municipal Schools students in grades 1 through 12 were back in the classroom Monday, while kindergarteners will head back to school on Thursday. Parkview […]

Press release: Alternative routes suggested for Mesa, Gattis schools

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The Clovis Police Department would like to address traffic congestion issues evident at Llano Estacado and North Thornton intersection and the Wilhite Road and Prince Street intersection now that school has started. Officers of the Clovis Police Department and New Mexico State Police were out in force this morning on the first day of school. […]