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. […]

County manager says jail kitchen renovation botched from start

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By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Work resumed Monday after a more than two-week delay on the long-awaited Curry County jail kitchen renovation, a costly project County Manager Lance Pyle said was botched from the start. Pyle blames former county Facilities Manager Joe Wright. Wright, who describes himself as a disgruntled former employee, blames […]

Crowd at Old Timers Luncheon exceeds building

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Bill Delk, left, and Carl Coslett, both of Clovis, eat their lunch outside due to the crowd inside Saturday at the Old Timers Day Luncheon.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Area senior citizens filled the Extension Building to the brim at the Curry County Fairgrounds Saturday in celebration of the annual Old Timers Luncheon. Yvonne Hardage and Mary London, both of Farwell, joined friends old and new to enjoy their lunch at picnic tables outside the building. “I’ve […]

Turtle race draws more than 150 to ring

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Mel O’Dee the clown passes out balloons to the crowd at Saturday’s 14th Annual Great American Turtle Race t the Curry County Fair.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The most important rule was announced before the event began: There’s no crying in turtle racing. A large circle was traced in the dirt at the Kevin Roberts Arena as the 14th Annual Great American Turtle Race kicked off Saturday morning at the Curry County Fair. More than […]

Livestock auction tops $300,000

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By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com For one teen, auctioning his prize steer wasn’t all about the money. “I’m going to miss him,” Tristan Lockmiller said while patting his steer Monopoly on the shoulder, shortly after auctioning off his grand champion steer Friday night at the Curry County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Events […]

Lubbock business owner, 51, races ATVs with his son

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Allen Scot, left, and his son Winston Scott both of Lubbock replace the fuel injector on Allen Scott’s ATV Friday after a practice session at Mounted Patrol Arena. The event continues tonight.

By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com While most people his age would rather play golf, 51-year-old Allen Scott prefers motocross. “My thing is,” Scott said. “I want people to say, ‘that old guy is pretty fast.’” Scott, who is from Lubbock, raced in the pro-level heat Friday evening at the Curry County Fair’s Arenacross event. He finished […]

Reader Submitted Gallery: Funnel Cloud (Aug 15, 2013)

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Get ready to Jam

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By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer lbowe@cnjonline.com Country artist George Ducas fondly recalls his first trip to Clovis last fall. After a show at the Curry County Events Center, Ducas and his band went to a local 24-hour restaurant to grab a bite to eat. Everybody there seemed to have been at the concert, so […]

Hail pounds Curry County; funnel clouds spotted

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A storm cells lurks Thursday night over the Curry County Fairground.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Mike Hailey came home from work Thursday evening and noticed a storm brewing north of his home. He didn’t think much of it. After taking a shower, Hailey said, “I went outside and the clouds had just exploded.” Hailey, who owns Wienerschnitzel, compared the swirling funnel cloud above […]

Firefighters volunteer for taste-testing duty at fair’s cupcake contest

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Firefighters clamored for forks Wednesday as bakers faced off in a cupcake decorating contest at the Curry County Fair. First responders from the Texico Volunteer Fire Department and the Clovis Fire Department taste tested and scored the entries, which included cupcakes decorated as minions from the movie “Despicable […]