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 […]

Business feature: Broadview wind project under way

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The Broadview wind project is under way, and for investor Kay White it is a dream come true. Kay White, did not have much to say at the site of the Broadview wind project, but her husband, Elmer White said she was instrumental in moving this project forward […]

Clovis High band takes first in division at contest

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CNJ staff The Clovis High School marching band took home first place in the 5A division and second place in finals at the Tumbleweed Marching Festival, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release. The band also received accolades for outstanding drumline, outstanding colorguard and outstanding soloist (Logan Aragon) at the festival, which was held […]

ENMU celebrates homecoming festivities

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Alfie Venezuela grills some chicken for the tailgate event at Blackwater Draw. Free food was served at the event, along with face painting, a bungie jump, music, and freebies given away.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming theme “Escape to Paradise”, had a strong influence on all festivities Saturday. The Homecoming parade looked like an Hawaiian Luau, as the tropical theme was displayed on almost every float, and leis with colorful flowers were thrown along with the traditional […]

Police: Murder trial witness steals pickup truck, crashes it

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A key witness in a murder trial and controversial jail beating stole a pickup truck from a dealer Friday, fled police and minutes later crashed into an SUV at 14th and Mitchell Streets, according to Clovis police. Police spokesman Capt. Patrick Whitney said a woman in the SUV […]

Students overwhelmingly pass new stadium proposal

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Eastern New Mexico University cheerleaders kept a spirited vibe Friday night at ENMU’s homecoming bonfire rally.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Valerie Mestas is excited to know that in a couple of years, she’ll be watching the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds play at a stadium in Portales with her son, an updated experience she wants to share from her childhood. “My parents went to school here, so growing up, I got […]

Mum’s the word

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Brittanie Harris arranges homecoming mums Thursday at Clovis Floral. Harris said the florist makes some pre-made mums and also takes special orders for more ornate versions.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Jaymi Firestone’s experience with ribbons and hot glue guns comes in handy this time of year. A photographer and 2004 Clovis High School graduate, Firestone has fulfilled orders for 12 mums to commemorate homecoming in Clovis and Melrose. “I’ve made them ever since I was in high school […]

Man sentenced to 18 years prison

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A Clovis man was sentenced to 18 years in prison by District Court Judge Drew Tatum after pleading guilty Wednesday in District Court to three felony drug trafficking charges. Darren Louis James, 47, was arrested by Clovis and state police for possession of methamphetamine on three separate occasions between November 2012 and February, according to […]

Fugitive caught after girlfriend used discount card

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By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com U.S. Marshal agents were tipped off about Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio’s location after his girlfriend attempted to use an employee discount card Tuesday at a Salt Lake City Wal-Mart. Agents in Utah said they had been working with U.S. Marshals in New Mexico, who had been […]

Suspected drug traffickers on loose

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By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Two Portales residents accused of drug trafficking saw their chance to escape while New Mexico State Police secured a search warrant on their home Thursday at 1015 North Main St., according to state police. Kandis Merrill and Wayne Beck left the residence after a search of their […]

Portales fugitive captured

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio was captured without incident Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Claudio, 31, who was being held on an aggravated battery charge, escaped late Friday night with two other men. Claudio was also on parole for […]

Hospital interpreters grant peace of mind

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Registered nurse Chris Garcia, standing center, works with interpreters Ted Anaya and Yvonna Gonzalez to help Celina Chavez, a patient at Plains Regional Medical Center.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Patient comfort is important when it comes to good medical care, and Noemi Flores has made a name for herself among Hispanic patients at Plains Regional Medical Center. As a volunteer interpreter at the hospital, Flores helps give patients who are not fluent in English a voice and […]

Escaped inmates used similar method to June escapees

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By Christina Calloway and Eric Norwood CMI staff writers Like most people who get surprised by late night visitors, Amanda Bonilla was suspicious why her cousin’s ex-boyfriend and his friend were knocking at her door around 1 a.m. Saturday. Nothing about their appearance or actions suggested Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales, and Noel Webb, 32, […]

Group walks to raise hunger awareness

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a walk, though several Clovis residents set out with more than just a casual stroll in mind. The group walked nearly 3 miles to raise awareness about hunger as part of a national event called CROP walk, which stands for Communities […]

Three men escaped from the Roosevelt County Jail

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CMI Staff Report One man accused of a violent crime remained at large  and two others were captured early this morning in the second escape from the Roosevelt County jail in three months. All three men escaped from the Roosevelt County jail late Friday, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker said. Robert Claudio, 31, of Portales, […]