Lesser prairie chicken to be listed as threatened species

The prairie chicken population dropped nearly 50 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com In a decision the Fish and Wildlife Service admits isn’t appealing to governors of its five affected states, and a decision that local officials think may deserve an appeal, the lesser prairie chicken has been selected for placement as a threatened species. The decision by Fish and Wildlife […]

Williams still state’s best


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com For the second consecutive year, the girls Gatorade state basketball player of the year resides in Clovis. And to think, she’s only a junior. Clovis High’s Danni Williams was named to the honor for the second consecutive year earlier this month, although she admits the award is somewhat […]

Showcase presents ‘best of best’

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  From improvisational acting to drill team demonstrations and a Quiz Bowl question and answer session, Clovis High School students will show off the best of the best next week in their second annual Spring Showcase. According to Alexa Pickel, CHS art teacher and one of the showcase organizers, the school will be open to […]

Banquet celebrates helping gestures

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Retired Clovis Media Inc. Publisher Ray Sullivan gives a speech about volunteerism and service after being honored at Tuesday’s banquet.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com When Portales churches banded together to help the 100-plus people laid off after Sunland Inc. filed for bankruptcy in October, local pastor Brad Morgan said the $7.60 donation of one 10-year-old boy spoke volumes of the community’s giving spirit. It was a reminder that no donation is too […]

CHS grad wants to give pro ball a shot

Texas Tech media relations
Jaye Crockett was a third-team All-Big 12 pick after leading Texas Tech in scoring and rebounding this season.

CNJ STAFF With his amateur basketball career over, Jaye Crockett is taking the steps for a potential pro career. Crockett, a 2009 Clovis High graduate, says he has been invited to the NBA’s pre-draft camp in Portsmouth and to the Reese’s All-Star Game, which will be played April 4 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, […]

Commissioners table squirrel relocation

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullock

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Relocating prairie dogs is nothing new in Clovis, but relocating squirrels is a new idea being pitched to the city. City Commissioner Randy Crowder presented the idea at Monday’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee meeting. Crowder said he spoke with a couple friends who were interested in seeing […]

Cats cruise past Coyotes

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High  junior Derik Kuykendall sends a pop fly to short right field during the first inning of Saturday’s game against Roswell High at Bell Park. Kuykendall later hit a two-run single as the Wildcats beat the Coyotes 14-2.

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com It didn’t take Clovis High’s baseball team long to take care of struggling Roswell High on Saturday. The Wildcats opened the bottom of the first with a single and stolen base by pitcher Matt Lanier, an RBI single and stolen base by shortstop Jordan Holguin and an RBI […]

New CMI publisher no stranger to challenges

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Mike Jensen comes to Clovis Media Inc. after a career of newspapers that most recently included his second stint at the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyo.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Nearly 20 years ago, Mike Jensen took on a challenge he didn’t want or expect. It was an average Friday — April 30, 1994 — when a woman walked into Jensen’s office at the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyo., locked the door and pulled out a .22-caliber […]

Springing into action

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Danny Lujan, Shane Cole, and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dave Baker, from left, work on getting the fountain pump out of Greene Acres Park Lake on Friday morning. The fountain pump repairs is part of the department spring work assignments.

  ecrowe@cnjonline.com It’s officially spring in eastern New Mexico, and local entities are taking to the streets and parks to do a little sprucing up to get ready for a successful summer season. From manicuring green areas to clearing weeds, city crews in both Clovis and Portales are already hard at work maintaining city parks […]

Family will walk in honor of Bataan survivor

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Richard Trask and Gov. Susana Martinez pose for a photo at the 70th Annual Bataan Remembrance ceremony in Santa Fe in 2012. Trask was a prisoner of war and survived the Bataan Death March during World War II.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ STAFF WRITER enorwood@pntonline.com At 94, Richard Trask says he lives the superstar life. That’s how the Bataan Death March survivor describes the feeling of being honored each year at the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, which kicks off its 25th annual march on Sunday. “It makes […]

Unwanted guests sprouting up

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A skunk at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Marty Martinez, director of the Clovis Animal Shelter, said animal control staff has picked up two skunks in the last few weeks throughout the city, but said there are plenty likely moving throughout the city in stealth.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com What does the fox say, nobody truly knows. What does the skunk spray, everybody truly wants to avoid. The two species have been spotted in the last few weeks around the area, with area officials noting that in most cases the animals are harmless and fear humans more […]

Sunland could have new owner today


CMI staff Hampton Farms, with a winning bid of slightly more than $20 million, appears to be the new owner of the shuttered Sunland Inc. peanut processing plant, KOAT-TV reported Thursday night. The bid offered at auction is expected to be finalized today at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque. Hampton Farms of […]

Immigration policies spur Portales protest

CHRISTINA CALLOWAY: Portales News-Tribune
Somos Un Pueblo Unido organizer Marina Pina uses a bullhorn to
work up the crowd of protesters.

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com Rocio Vargas’ worries extend beyond that of the average mother’s. In addition to making sure her family is safe and sound, the 37-year-old fears she’ll be ripped away from the family she supports here in Portales because she’s a Mexican immigrant. Vargas said she’s seen it happen to […]

State goes mad for March


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com March is soon ending, but the madness is just beginning in the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico has both of its Division I schools playing in the 68-team NCAA tournament, but does the area have a favorite? If you ask Dee Madrid, owner of the Sports Connection, […]

How to interactive: Joining March Madness


Steps and tips for filling out your men’s NCAA Tournament Bracket: Bracket Competition available in the paper.

New D.A. ready for action


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Newly-appointed District Attorney Andrea Reeb is taking over for the departed Matt Chandler. After 10 years of working directly under Chandler, Reeb, a 1989 Clovis High School graduate, says she is more than prepared to replace him. Reeb’s grandfather Richard “Dick” Rowley once held her current position, […]

Publisher calls it a career

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Retiring CMI Publisher Ray Sullivan at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum. Sullivan retired Friday after five decades in the newspaper industry.

  Ray Sullivan spent last week unpacking his office on 521 Pile Street of countless memories of a life in journalism — one that started in junior high and only let him take detours before always drawing him back because, “I missed newspapers.” The community around him has changed, with Cannon Air Force Base moving […]

Plant going to bid


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The defunct Sunland Inc. plant is headed to the auction block Thursday in what creditors hope will turn into a bidding war for the bankrupt Portales peanut processing plant. The reserve for all bidders in this case is $18.5 million — the amount California-based Ready Roast Nut Co. […]

Volcano Vista spoils Lady Cats’ title defense


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — Most of the time, Clovis High’s girls don’t have to worry much about trying to come from behind. In the few games where they had to do it, they were successful. This time, though, it wasn’t in the cards. Fifth-seeded Volcano Vista built a 13-point […]

CHS graduate closer to getting her wings

Alexic O’Leary
Attended New Mexico Military Institute

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Alexis O’Leary is no stranger to working hard to accomplish her goals. A 2013 graduate of Clovis High School, O’Leary was recently accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and will join the school’s freshman class this fall. After first applying to the academy in […]