CHS alum Chavez to compete in nationals


By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer Clovis track coach Darren Kelley recalls with a laugh a meet the Wildcats went to around five years ago. The host school had new facilities, and officials there were beaming with pride over the new pit for the shot put. The beaming faces soon turned red with embarrassment, […]

Texico, Melrose advance to quarterfinals


CNJ staff TEXICO — Junior guard Justin Rucker scored a career-high 23 points and fourth-seeded Texico rolled over Penasco 76-35 in a round-of-16 boys Class 2A state tournament game on Saturday night. Seniors Gentry Doolittle and Miguel Reyna added 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Wolverines (25-4), while three others finished with at least […]

In tribute: Educator put family first


By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer Sister, teacher, mother, speaker, singer. Those are five of many things people would associate with Ange Green as an adult. Part of the reason she may have been so good at each could be that she didn’t wait to be an adult to start doing most of them. […]

Lady Cats spank Onate

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Clovis junior Nichelle Hyman gets a basket as Onate’s Kelsie Rosales tries to defend during the first half of Friday’s Class 5A round-of-16 girls state basketball game at The Rock. Hyman had a pair of 3-pointers and eight points as the Lady Wildcats improved to 28-0 with a 67-21 victory.

By Dave Wagner One down, three to go. The easy part for the Clovis Lady Wildcats came on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym, when the top-seeded, unbeaten and defending 5A champions cruised to a 67-21 victory over outmanned 16th-seed Onate. Clovis now faces a third matchup against District 4-5A rival Carlsbad, which won […]

Eighteen of 20 degrees awarded by Wayland Baptist postgraduate


By Emily Crowe Master Sgt. Christopher Corralez knew he wanted to further his education, but wasn’t interested in online schooling. That led the active duty airman, stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and originally from Pecos, Texas, to pursue his bachelor’s in management at the Clovis branch of Wayland Baptist University. He received his […]

Clovis girls ready to defend title


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER This is the part of the season the Clovis High’s girls have been waiting for all year. The top-seeded defending Class 5A girls state champions open their bid for a repeat with a 7 p.m. round-of-16 game against Onate (10-19) at Rock Staubus Gym. “I’m ready to go,” […]

Foxy’s founder receives Freemasons lifetime achievement award


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis resident A.C. Bryant has finally had his day. A well-known local businessman, church deacon and freemason, Bryant, 98, was honored Tuesday by the Freemasons Grand Lodge of New Mexico with the Kit Carson Award for lifetime achievement. Bryant came to Clovis in 1929, and has been a […]

Wildcadettes finish fifth in national event

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The Clovis High Wildcadettesdrill team finished fifth overall among 15 other teams competing. The team won first place for novelty, hip hop, pom and military in the novice division.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The Clovis High School Wildcadettes dance team strutted their stuff in Florida over the weekend, taking home top honors at the 2014 Orlando Dance/Drill Team National Competition. The Wildcadettes finished fifth overall among 15 other teams competing. The team won first place for novelty, hip hop, pom and […]

Historic Free Fall – – March 7


Historic 26 STS military free fall March 7, 2014 By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs History was made Feb. 28 at Melrose Air Force Range as two members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron conducted the first Military Free Fall jump in conjunction with one of the many aerial assets […]

Wall of tumbleweeds blocks road

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Dee Fish attempts to back through a pile of tumbleweeds in Melrose on Wednesday morning, to no avail. Fish, a train conductor, ended up driving a four mile detour to make it to work.

CMI STAFF Dee Fish pulled out of his home in Melrose on Wednesday morning like any other, on his way to work as a train conductor. But what made this day different was that Fish’s normal route to work on state road 311 was blocked by a 10 foot tall pile of tumbleweeds. “I’ve been […]

Proposal video seen nationwide

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Garret Hancock's marriage proposal to his girlfriend Haley Perry was filmed and submitted to the Today show for a contest. The Portales couple is a finalist.

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER Haley Perry was underwhelmed by the apparent carpet shampooer she received from her boyfriend Garret Hancock for her 19th birthday last month — until she opened the box. Large balloons with wording popped up; the one that caught her eye had the word “marry” on it. Putting it […]

Hitting its mark

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Clovis Christian School’s sixth-grader Matti Bratcher receives pointers from archery instructor Bruce Vincent at Tuesday’s practice session at the school’s gym.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Archery was never a sport on sixth-grader Mattie Steed’s radar, but when a new team started at Clovis Christian School, she jumped at the chance to join. “I thought that it was something that would be an interesting skill to learn,” Steed said. “So when they had the […]

Election results


Unofficial results from Tuesday’s New Mexico municipal elections and Texas primaries:   Clovis Commissioner — District 1 • Juan F. Garza, Sr. — 766 Commissioner — District 2 • Gary L. Elliott — 426 • Len A. Vohs — 196 Commissioner — District 3 • Jose A. Griego — 71 • Gloria P. Wicker — […]

Mayor pro tem Vohs ousted in District 2

District 3 City Commission winner Fidel Madrid compliments challenger Gloria Wicker on running a good campaign Tuesday after the final votes were counted at city hall.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER City voters kept two incumbents city commissioners, ousted another and selected a longtime Clovis business owner for an open seat in Tuesday’s  Clovis municipal election. Len Vohs was the lone incumbent voted out, with Gary Elliott winning District 2 in a 426-196 landslide. Fidel Madrid took 212 votes […]

Incumbent Jan Garrett wins municipal judge seat handily


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR The only question after the first voting numbers flashed on a screen Tuesday night at Clovis City Hall was whether Municipal Judge Jan Garrett could keep her astounding 85 percent of the vote. She did. Garrett, 12 years on the bench, got another four years from Clovis voters, […]

Several county judges not performing marriages


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Several judges in Curry County are no longer performing marriage ceremonies, and for at least two of them, the state’s new same-sex marriage law is to blame. In December, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. Local […]

Students show smarts at science fair


By Emily Crowe and Lillian Bowe CMI staff writers From figuring out the best way to shoot a basketball to testing which type of coin has more energy when used as a battery, young students from the region put their best scientific foot forward Saturday in Portales. Students, teachers, parents and judges converged on Eastern […]

Resale stores fuel charities


By Emily Crowe Disabled veteran Rick Hudson and his daughter Amber are working on fixing up his home, and managed to find a few affordable items at a resale shop in Clovis. Local branches of Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill have stores outfitted with gently used goods available at low prices to the public, […]

Cannon AFB News – Feb 28


Cannon honors Ratchet 33 February 28, 2014 By Senior Airmen Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Public Affairs Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing completed a ruck march and flag-folding ceremony, Feb. 18 at Cannon Air Force Base to commemorate the anniversary of “Ratchet 33,” a U-28A that crashed in Djibouti, Africa Feb. 18, 2012. […]

5-2-1-0 health challenge taking hold


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Kindergartners at Mesa Elementary were decked out in gym clothes Thursday morning as they jumped rope, played hackey sack, and learned the importance of eating a balanced meal. Students in each grade level at the school participated in the 5-2-1-0 health fair Thursday, which teaches elementary students the […]