Pumpkins on parade at Parkview


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Pumpkins lined the main hall of Parkview Elementary School on Thursday as Clovis Municipal Schools personnel stopped in to take a peek. Each pumpkin was decorated as a literary character as part of the school’s second annual Pumpkin Parade event, according to Parkview Principal Mandy Carpenter. Broken up […]

Clovis firefighters ready to welcome Halloween visitors


CNJ staff Local firefighters are getting into the Halloween spirit with the Clovis Fire Department’s annual trick-or-treat event. According to Chad Healer, public education coordinator for CFD, monetary donations are given by local American Legions and VFWs each year and a large candy purchase is made. Candy is then passed out to local trick-or-treaters at […]

Wildcats march to another title

Drum major Robyn Howe strikes a pose while the
band performs at Saturday’s Zia Fiesta. The band earned overall grand champion for the eighth time since 1978.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis High School marching band took top honors at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta over the weekend, marking the band’s eighth win as overall grand champion in 34 years of the competition. More than 30 high school bands took part in the competition held Saturday at the […]

Kitten survives 90-foot plunge


CMI staff A small kitten got more than it bargained for when its dash for shelter led to a death-defying, 90-foot plunge that ended with the kitten shaking in the hands of her rescuer and eventual owner. Most people add kittens to the family as gifts, giving into the persistent pleading of a child, or […]

Halloween frequently fruitful for local merchants


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Holidays can mean big business for retailers, and Halloween is proving to be fruitful for businesses both locally and nationally. According to the National Retail Federation, approximately 158 million Americans will partake in Halloween spending this year. Total spending for the holiday is expected to reach $6.9 billion, […]

CHS band wins state competition


The Clovis High School band was the class of the state, taking top honors at the Zia Marching Band Competition, held Saturday at the University of New Mexico. The band’s show, titled “Anime,” captured first place for the overall competition. It also claimed wins for outstanding music and outstanding general effect. “It was a good […]

Ute study writer has no definitive opinion on update

CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff
Retired engineer John J. Whipple camped on the shores of Ute Lake while preparing his landmark study of the reservoir. Whipple said he’s not sure if there is a need for a new study, but he doesn’t think one would change his conclusions of 20 years ago.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Almost 20 years ago, engineer John J. Whipple spent several nights camped out on the shores of Ute Lake to get a first-hand look and feel for one of New Mexico’s largest bodies of water and the community of Logan surrounding the reservoir. Whipple was gathering data to […]

In tribute: ‘Scooter guy’ familiar fixture in Clovis

Bobby Fambro

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Though it doesn’t come close to telling the story of his 82 years, Bobby Fambro ended his life doing the one thing everybody knew about him. Go talk to the average employee on Fambro’s stops across Clovis, and you might get a quizzical look when you tell them […]

Hall of honors 2013


CMI staff This year, Eastern New Mexico University inducts five new members into its Hall of Honors. The five selected, in alphabetical order, are: Phil Clabaugh, former ENMU baseball coach Lindsey Davison-Masiarek, former Zia volleyball setter Mike Maguire, former ENMU volleyball coach and athletic director Elizabeth Richards-Capps, former Zia basketball forward Tommy Joe Smith, former […]

Hobbs beats Clovis for first time since Clinton administration

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis running back David Sena takes off on a  31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Friday night at Watson Stadium in Hobbs. Sena carried three times for 46 yards in Clovis' 30-28 defeat.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com When the sun rises Saturday in Hobbs, “The Rebel” will be there for the first time since Bill Clinton was president and gasoline was $1.70 a gallon. The traveling trophy with the cannon on top is out of Clovis for the first time since 2000, as a 30-28 Hobbs win left […]

Clovis 6th on towns for young families list


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com When it comes to the best cities for young families in New Mexico, Clovis was recently ranked number six by a consumer advocacy website, and Portales stands at number seven. NerdWallet used data from across the Internet to make the determination based on quality of public schools, affordability […]

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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
The Salvation Army Thrift Store, open in Clovis since the 1970s, will close Oct. 31.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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, […]