CHS band wins state competition

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The Clovis High School band was the class of the state, taking top honors at the Zia Marching Band Competition, held Saturday at the University of New Mexico. The band’s show, titled “Anime,” captured first place for the overall competition. It also claimed wins for outstanding music and outstanding general effect. “It was a good […]

Ute study writer has no definitive opinion on update

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Retired engineer John J. Whipple camped on the shores of Ute Lake while preparing his landmark study of the reservoir. Whipple said he’s not sure if there is a need for a new study, but he doesn’t think one would change his conclusions of 20 years ago.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Almost 20 years ago, engineer John J. Whipple spent several nights camped out on the shores of Ute Lake to get a first-hand look and feel for one of New Mexico’s largest bodies of water and the community of Logan surrounding the reservoir. Whipple was gathering data to […]

In tribute: ‘Scooter guy’ familiar fixture in Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Though it doesn’t come close to telling the story of his 82 years, Bobby Fambro ended his life doing the one thing everybody knew about him. Go talk to the average employee on Fambro’s stops across Clovis, and you might get a quizzical look when you tell them […]

Hall of honors 2013

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CMI staff This year, Eastern New Mexico University inducts five new members into its Hall of Honors. The five selected, in alphabetical order, are: Phil Clabaugh, former ENMU baseball coach Lindsey Davison-Masiarek, former Zia volleyball setter Mike Maguire, former ENMU volleyball coach and athletic director Elizabeth Richards-Capps, former Zia basketball forward Tommy Joe Smith, former […]

Hobbs beats Clovis for first time since Clinton administration

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Clovis running back David Sena takes off on a  31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Friday night at Watson Stadium in Hobbs. Sena carried three times for 46 yards in Clovis' 30-28 defeat.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com When the sun rises Saturday in Hobbs, “The Rebel” will be there for the first time since Bill Clinton was president and gasoline was $1.70 a gallon. The traveling trophy with the cannon on top is out of Clovis for the first time since 2000, as a 30-28 Hobbs win left […]

Clovis 6th on towns for young families list

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com When it comes to the best cities for young families in New Mexico, Clovis was recently ranked number six by a consumer advocacy website, and Portales stands at number seven. NerdWallet used data from across the Internet to make the determination based on quality of public schools, affordability […]

Clovis woman draws prison sentence for selling meth

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CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis woman accused of selling methamphetamine was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Irma Jimenez pleaded guilty to two felony counts of trafficking as part of a plea arrangement with Chandler’s office. District Judge Fred Van Solen also sentenced her to three years supervised […]

Veteran Texico teacher always learning

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com John Irwin has spent the past 44 years changing students’ lives in the classroom and on the playing field. Irwin has been a science teacher and football and track coach at Texico High School for 10 years, and has also taught and coached in Clovis and Muleshoe. Now […]

Cold weather doesn’t stop crowds at Peanut Valley Festival

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Roosevelt County native Theta Ainsworth sings as part of the entertainment Saturday afternoon at the Peanut Valley Festival at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Ainsworth was singing with 9 Mile Creek, a band of college students in the Lubbock area.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds offers a chance to grab something to eat, dance to local musicians and fill the Christmas stockings without fretting about a Black Friday that’s a month away. Or, for brevity’s sake, it’s time to go nuts. The 40th running of the Peanut Valley Festival, […]

Sunland preparing for bankruptcy since April

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By Robin Fornoff and Christina Calloway CMI staff writers Defunct peanut processor Sunland Inc. may have stunned and surprised Portales and much of eastern New Mexico by declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors this month. But documents filed in federal court show the one-time giant of the peanut industry had been preparing for the possibility […]