Jury’s in on local art


Clovis students have pieces selected for inaugural art exhibit By Lillian Bowe CNJ STAFF WRITER lbowe@cnjonline.com Victoria Fox, 17, had two assignments while in her art class using charcoal. One was of a baseball glove holding a baseball, the other of three differently-posed mannequins. Even after her art teacher, Alexa Pickel, entered them into an […]

White July?

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A vehicle travels on Miller Street during Wednesday afternoon’s hailstorm.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com After the last few weeks of being a welcome visitor, rain paid an early Wednesday evening visit to Clovis. However, it brought its obnoxious friend — hail, and the National Weather Service estimates a a 30 percent chance both will be back for Independence Day. The storm that […]

Cannon commander promoted to brigadier general

CNJ staff photo:  Tony Bullocks
Brig. Gen. Buck Elton, center, has his new rank pinned on by Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander of Air Force Special Operation Command, left, 
and his wife 
Karen Elton, during a promotion ceremony Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Brig. Gen. Albert “Buck” Elton said he knew early in life what he wanted to do. As a child, Elton told an audience gathered Tuesday at the Landing for his promotion ceremony, he was riding horses with his mother in the Sierra Mountains when a low-flying Navy jet […]

Closer look into jail escape

Photo courtesy: David Casanova

To get through the roof, Lozano and Phillips broke through layers of metal, insulation, and a mixed tar-gravel layer.

By Kevin Baird CNJ Staff Writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The two inmates who escaped from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on June 22 used a metal bunk bed leg to pound their way through the ceiling and roof before  jumping off the roof, according to Jail Administrator David Casanova. Casanova said he does not know how long […]

Superheroes on parade at fundraiser


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Jenna Emerich, disguised as Batman’s sidekick Robin with a tutu, lunged forward and kicked a pre-cut board, breaking it in half. The 8-year-old smiled and wandered to a martial arts dummy and with a sheepish grin on her face shoved the dummy with both hands. Emerich, like many […]

Farmers market vendor says he’s excited for season


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Roger Henry doesn’t have room to grow fresh vegetables at his house, but he was able to purchase squash and a cherry tomato plant at the Clovis Farmers Market. The market officially opened on Saturday at the Goodwin Lake Trail parking lot and featured two vendors. Market manager […]

Rest in peace: MC-130 that was part of notable Vietnam mission retired at Cannon

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Speaker Capt. Tom Purdie introduces Cannon Air Force Base’s Wing Commander Col. Buck Elton at a retirement ceremony for an MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft that now sits near the front gate of the base.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Irl “Leon” Franklin said when he and hundreds of other servicemen were told about a secret mission more than 40 years ago, later found out to be the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam, they were given the choice to opt out. “There were […]

Second Roosevelt County escapee captured

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Escaped inmate Ruben Lozano waits in the backseat of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to be readmitted into the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, who was found Friday morning in Midland, Texas, was on the run for a week after escaping from the jail last Friday with another inmate.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Baird CMI staff writers On the run for a week, escaped inmate Ruben Lozano shielded his face as he sat in the back of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle as officials pulled up Friday afternoon to the north side of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, 42, was recaptured […]

Free summer meal program in full swing

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Julie Garcia hands Lorena Garcia, 2, a free lunch bag Thursday at Dennis Chavez Park. According to Garcia, they serve 250 free lunches daily at the site.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer lbowe@cnjonline.com An average of 2,200 lunches and 750 breakfast meals are served daily through the Summer Food Service Program. Conducted by the Food and Nutrition Service agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program was created to provide low-income children meals during the summer. Johnny Chavez, director of […]

Feature attractions: Main Street theaters works in progress


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Downtown Clovis is an ever-evolving neighborhood speckled with shops, restaurants, salons and theaters. Local entities and community members are working hard to breathe new life into those once-bustling theaters in hopes of creating a downtown arts district. Here is an update on the progress being made at the […]

Education feature: New school board member talks upcoming term


Attorney Jennifer Burrill officially joined the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education Tuesday after receiving her oath of office from retired Judge Teddy Hartley. Burrill was chosen by the board in May to fill the position left vacant by the late Charles Guthals. She answered five questions regarding her upcoming term and how the board […]

Farmers markets opening for season


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Locally sourced, farm-fresh produce will soon be readily available thanks to the upcoming opening of farmers markets in Clovis and Portales. Margie Plummer manages the Portales Farmers Market and Clovis Farmers Market, and said this year’s produce offerings will start off small. “It’s just so early right now,” […]

Inmate’s recent escape from jail not first attempt


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Stephen Phillips’ recent escape from the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was not his first attempt. District Court documents show that the 20-year-old had tried to escape in December while being transported to the jail from the hospital. “He’s been locked down quite a bit,” said the […]

DWI forfeiture decision tabled


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A county DWI vehicle seizure and forfeiture ordinance will not be enforced until at least September, and there is a possibility it will be repealed. The ordinance calls for the seizure of repeat DWI offender’s vehicles upon arrest or conviction. Curry County Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn motioned to […]

Board backs Myers on middle school zoning issue

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Work continues Thursday on Gattis Middle School, which is scheduled to open this fall.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday to stand by Superintendent Terry Myers’ decision to require middle school students to attend the school in which they are zoned. Myers had initially said he would grandfather in all eighth-graders wishing to attend a specific school, but that […]

Chamber seeking fireworks funds


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Independence Day is just around the corner and Clovis is gearing up for the 18th annual Smoke on the Water celebration. Live music, food vendors and a fireworks display will highlight the event, which will kick off at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at Green Acres Park. […]

Business feature: K-Bob’s back in business


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Pumpkin farmers Ken Davis and Duane Miller took a break from work Monday to eat lunch at the recently reopened K-Bob’s Steakhouse “We missed it,” Miller said while eating steak and a baked potato. “Because of the salad bar and meat.” “Clovis needed another steak house,” Davis said. […]

Police drama unfolds before her eyes

Ruben Lozano

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales’ Jeannie Ornelas was baking cakes and watching “Law and Order” with her children Friday when a real life police drama unfolded on her front yard. Stephen Phillips, one of two inmates who had escaped from the Roosevelt County jail 20 minutes earlier, turned up at her house […]

Freedom, unity celebrated at Juneteenth


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com For Khalilah Slaughter, Saturday was a chance to celebrate freedom, unity and togetherness for human kind. Slaughter was one of thousands of area residents who gathered at Potter Park to enjoy good food, games, swimming and community camaraderie at the annual Clovis Juneteenth Extravaganza. Juneteenth is celebrated across […]

Official: Feral swine on way out


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services said Curry and Roosevelt counties should be cleared of feral hogs soon. The New Mexico Feral Swine Eradication Team, which is made up of 10 federal and state agencies, has been hunting hogs in Curry and Roosevelt counties […]