City commission asked to help contractors hurt by BHSI default


By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER The Clovis City Commission showed a willingness to help contractors who lost out, just as the city did on the failed Beauty Health and Science Innovations cosmetic plant. Commissioners just weren’t sure what they could do without advice from state officials. The commission took no action during its […]

Clovis grain facility asks for city funds


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff write After minimal discussion, Clovis’ Economic Development Tax Advisory Board unanimously recommended awarding $100,000 toward a proposed $1.3 million upgrade at a city grain facility. The recommendation during Thursday morning’s meeting will be forwarded to the city commission for approval. Charles Brettell, managing partner of Gavilon Grain, LLC, […]

Ticket feature: Comedian Paul Rodriguez performing at Clovis Civic Center

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Comedian Paul Rodriguez will perform at the Clovis Civic Center tomorrow with a little help from Adrian Washington and Juan Villareal. Tickets are $32 or $45 for VIP.

CNJ staff Funnyman Paul Rodriguez, better known to some as the Latin King of Comedy, is performing Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. Rodriguez, 60, has starred in several television shows and movies, but told the Clovis News Journal that his true job is stand-up comedy. “My act isn’t memorized,” he said. “It’s a stream […]

Convicted kidnapper sentenced


CNJ staff A Clovis man convicted of kidnapping and raping his ex-girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Paul Villanueva, 25, was convicted by jury in November of several felony charges stemming from the May 2012 attack in the victim’s home neat 11th […]

Student: Roswell shooter pulled gun from band instrument case


The Associated Press ROSWELL — A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy was […]

Final turbine installed at Grady wind farm

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The Brahms Wind Project will feature a dozen 1.65-megawatt-wind turbines that top out at more than 250 feet, and a power substation along Curry Road 34, near Curry Road Q.

By Eric Norwood CNJ staff writer With the last of 12 massive turbines installed, construction at a 19.8 megawatt wind energy project south of Grady will shift to finishing the substation and detail work, according to project officials. “We just installed the final turbine. There are a lot of details we need to work […]

CCC opens semester with pizza buffet

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Students join Dana Albright, psychology instructor and Campus Activity Board sponsor, left, for free pizza to honor the first day of the spring semester.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Jessica Garcia is headed back to school so she can become an elementary school teacher and teach young children about respect. She joined thousands of other students for the opening of Clovis Community College’s spring semester Monday, with students finalizing schedules, purchasing books and filing back […]

ENMU receives science grant

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By Lillian Bowe CMI staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has received a grant that will bring together formal and informal education to teach the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to students of all ages and the public. The grant is a $50,000 Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) project […]

Girl Scouts get fired up for cookie sales

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Anissa Corrales, left, and Subrina Motley, right, from Girl Scout Troop 3224 learn how to make change Saturday as Roberta Waggoner gives them play money to practice at the Cookie Rally. It was one of many activities for the Girl Scouts.

By Lillian Bowe CMI staff writer The Girl Scouts of the Eastern Plains region used a Cookie Rally on Saturday to fire up scouts for the annual cookie sale. The annual pre-sale get together was held at the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. Tera Wong-Williams, youth development specialist at Girl Scouts of New […]

Texico, Tatum gain finals

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Melrose’s Taylor Bostwick tries to split Tatum defenders Abby Medlin, left, and Kynzie McNeillin the second quarter of their Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament semifinal Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

By Kevin Wilson Two great minutes aren’t nearly enough to overcome nine bad ones on most nights. Against an undefeated Tatum team, it was even more difficult. Abby Medlin had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Tatum survived a late Melrose burst for a 48-36 victory in the semifinals of the […]

Still standing — Comedian Paul Rodriguez is coming to Clovis

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Paul Rodriguez will perform Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center.

Paul Rodriguez is a famous comedian, but he’s the second Paul Rodriguez to come up in a Google search. Rodriguez, who turns 60 on the Sunday following his Friday performance at the Clovis Civic Center, is the father of Paul Rodriguez Jr., a professional skateboarder who may be more famous these days. Tickets are $32, […]

Lesser prairie chicken plan touted


By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER Several landowners said they left Thursday’s informational meeting about the Range-wide Conservation Plan for the lesser prairie chicken with more questions than answers. The deadline is approaching for listing the rare grouse, native to New Mexico and four other states, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species […]

CHS senior nominated for Naval Academy


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis High School senior Pierce Hoyer has a distinct vision of what he wants to do with the rest of his life. The 17-year-old football player and track team member recently received nominations to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., from three New Mexico legislators, […]

Albert Ramirez sentenced to life in murder of mother’s boyfriend


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor A sobbing Albert Ramirez pleaded for sympathy Wednesday at his sentencing for the 2007 murder of his mother’s boyfriend. District Judge Teddy Hartley responded: “It would be wrong for you to live in society,” and gave Ramirez life plus six years in prison for what District Attorney Matt […]

Greyhound rally falls short


By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer PORTALES — If one knew the Greyhounds would hold Cameron under 60 points Wednesday night, you would probably anticipate an easy victory. Instead, the Aggies built an 11-point lead over the cold-shooting Hounds with three minutes left, and held off a furious rally for a 59-58 victory in […]

Zias, Tucker rally for win


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER PORTALES — For 36 minutes, Eastern New Mexico University’s Tori Tucker was just trying to stay in the game — she drew two offensive fouls in the first five minutes, and found herself saddled with four midway through the second half. In the end, though, the junior guard […]

Ticket feature: Milk Lover’s Ball coming to Clovis Civic Center


CNJ staff The United Dairy Women are bringing their ninth annual Milk Lover’s Ball to the Clovis Civic Center this weekend. This year’s “Arabian Nights” event is open to anyone over 21 years of age and will include a band, DJ and milk toast with New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. Tickets are $100, […]

Clovis escapes after blowing 20-point lead

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Clovis senior Justin Henderson picks up a loose ball as Canyon defender Grainger Fishbacher applies pressure in the second half. Henderson scored eight points on 2-of-3 shooting as the Wildcats defeated Canyon 72-65 in overtime.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER Willie McCray had two free throws, but he was essentially shooting a one-and-one. Miss the first, and the second one might as well not exist. At the line stood McCray, Clovis trailing 58-56 and no time left on the clock. His four Wildcat teammates waiting in the backcourt, […]

Ten candidates file for March 4 election


By Emily Crowe and Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writers On the lone day to file for Clovis municipal races, 10 candidates filed for five races in the March 4 election. Of the five races, only one is unopposed — Juan Garza faces no opposition for his fourth term as a commissioner for District 1. In […]

Lectra-Tech named SBDC’s 2013 Success Client

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Lectra-Tech was named 2013 Success Client for the Clovis Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Lectra-Tech wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College, according to co-owner Arlin Nightingale. Lectra-Tech, which Nightingale purchased almost three years ago, was selected as the Small Business Development Center’s 2013 Success Client. Tristan Schmidt is […]