Clovis woman draws prison sentence for selling meth


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


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER 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 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


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 […]

Texas county denies prairie dog move

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Clovis has drawn national attention for its actions on prairie dogs this year, beginning when it poisoned the animals at Ned Houk Park at the request of nearby farmers.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer The dogs are denied again. Officials in Mitchell County, Texas, have informed Clovis city officials that they don’t approve of a citizens group effort to move 200 to 300 prairie dogs from Clovis city property to a private property in Mitchell County. City Manager Joe Thomas received a […]

Salvation Army closing thrift shop

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The Salvation Army Thrift Store, open in Clovis since the 1970s, will close Oct. 31.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer In what they call a tough but necessary decision, the Clovis Salvation Army has decided to close its thrift shop at the end of October. The store, open since the 1970s, has seen better years, and Jim and Rachel Gallop, Salvation Army co-chairs, think the community would be […]

Labor of love


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Fourteen Melrose women have spent the past week laboring over a quilt that will be given to a girl whose father passed away while fighting for his country. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ruoff, originally from Canon City, Colo., was working in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when he […]

Commission: No on new water study


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis City commissioners on Thursday unanimously voted to direct Mayor David Lansford to vote no on a new yield study on the Ute Water pipeline project. The vote was 5-0; Commissioners Randy Crowder and Dan Stoddard were absent and Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer joined via phone, but had technical […]

Safety stressed at kids event


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Area third-graders were given a crash course in farm safety Thursday as part of the 16th annual Progressive Agricultural Safety Day held at the Curry County Events Center. Nearly 750 students from across Curry and Roosevelt counties, as well as Friona, Farwell and San Jon, attended Thursday’s event, […]

Local restaurant donates gym supplies to Lockwood


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Leigh Dillon said it felt like Christmas Wednesday as employees from K-Bob’s Steakhouse delivered nearly $1,000 worth of gym supplies to Lockwood Elementary School. The physical education teacher had been working with old, run-down equipment for the past few years, and had only three tennis balls to be […]