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 enorwood@pntonline.com 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 […]

Boy’s arrest case of mistaken identity

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Marcus Lewis, 12, and his mother Denise Eaton look over a blank tort claim Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders gave Marcus after apologizing for mistakenly arresting him recently near his home. Lewis spent a night in juvenile jail after being booked on a warrant for another juvenile with a similar name.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Marcus Lewis, 12, is “a little annoyed” at being arrested by Clovis police and jailed overnight in a case of mistaken identify. Marcus said he has accepted an apology from Chief Steve Sanders and is ready to move on. His mother Denise Eaton, however, has hired an attorney […]

Answering the call

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United Way of Eastern New Mexico 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar takes a call at the United Way office located at Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. The 2-1-1 program connects local residents to agencies and organizations throughout Clovis and Portales that provide health and human service needs.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From a single mother getting back on her feet to a drug addict looking to better his life, United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s 2-1-1 program has proven to be a beacon of hope for struggling area residents. According to 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar, the 2-1-1 phone number is […]

New Year’s baby waited out year’s end

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Lidieth Rocha holds her newborn baby, Emily Alayna, just before being released from Plains Regional Medical Center on Thursday. Emily was the first baby born in 2014 at Plains Regional Medical Center.

CNJ staff Lidieth Rocha was not expecting to have a New Year’s baby when she went into labor Dec. 30. The now mother of three, 24, welcomed her new bundle of joy at 1:49 a.m. New Year’s Day, making little Emily Alayna the first baby born at Plains Regional Medical Center in 2014. “I started […]

New starts, new promises ahead for 2014


By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI STAFF WRITER enorwood@pntonline.com Dressed in full firefighter’s gear with his fire hose draped over his shoulder, Charles Nunez scaled up the 25-foot ladder on a sunny and breezy Wednesday afternoon. Training to fight fires is how Nunez and about 20 other Clovis firefighters spent the first day of 2014. “It’s […]

Year in review: BHSI scandal leaves impact

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The failed BHSI plant was supposed to create more than 300 new jobs for the area.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Two years and more than $2 million later, Clovis is still counting the losses from its decision to fund a startup business that never got started. The failed Beauty Health and Science Innovations (BHSI) cosmetics plant and the ensuing scandal was easily the story of 2013, as selected […]

Hospital offering health act help


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Local residents having trouble signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid can now turn to Plains Regional Medical Center for assistance. PRMC has two state-certified application counselors who can help people navigate the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, as well as three staff […]

Year in review: Three standoffs end without bloodshed

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Albert Ramirez with his attorney Jesse Cosby moments before District Judge Teddy Hartley announced a jury had found Ramirez guilty of the 2007 first-degree murder of 39-year-old Eladio Robledo.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Two men called cold-blooded killers were sent packing to prison. District Court got a new judge. And Clovis police successfully ended three standoffs with gunmen without any bloodshed. It was a busy year, 2013, for local courts and police. There were two homicides in Clovis. Another shooting death […]

Sandia edges Cats in OT


By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com There were two noticeable differences between the first time Clovis and Sandia played on Dec. 13 and when they played Saturday night. The Wildcats were quicker with guard Kamal Cass in their lineup, and the Matadors had less size inside with Tim Brennan injured. But just as before, […]

Lady Cats roll again in title tilt


By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com You might have thought Clovis High’s girls would have a tough time topping themselves after two totally dominant performances on Friday in the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. Instead, the Lady Wildcats probably saved their best for last, running fellow defending state champion (Class 3A) Lovington […]

Sheriff, jail issues dominate year


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com New faces, another failed jail bond issue, a controversial contract with the sheriff and a new take on same-sex marriage were some of the issues dominating 2013 in Curry County. Here is a brief look at five issues for the year: A new face and an old new […]

Lighthouse community dinner gets early start

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Davonn Davis, 6, of Clovis digs into his meal Wednesday afternoon at the Lighthouse Mission Christmas dinner. Davonn said that Santa Claus brought him the hat and other stuff too.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com As the line at Lighthouse Mission grew longer Christmas morning, volunteer Jesse Karges could no longer make them continue waiting. “It was cold outside, I couldn’t make them wait,” said Karges, 36, with a smile, about opening the doors to the mission’s annual community dinner Wednesday a […]

Year in review: New schools, controversy mark district’s year

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Clovis Municipal Schools brought two new schools online this year with the opening of Gattis Middle School and a new Lockwood Elementary School.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The opening of new Clovis schools, a new football stadium for Eastern New Mexico University and the passing of an advocate for public education in Clovis marked the year in education for 2013. Here are five key things to remembers from the education beat 2013: PED issues: Local […]

Home for the holidays

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Gay Luna, right and her daughters, Devyn, middle, and Tori, far left, enter their new home built by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Gay Luna and her two daughters, Devyn, 16, and Tori, 15, got some Christmas joy a little early this year. On Saturday, the family got a newly constructed home from the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity. Tears shed and hugs given, the family moved in on […]

Curry County issues first same-sex marriage license

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Amber Adams, a retail clerk, left, and Alexis Cross, a dry cleaning service provider, were issued the county’s first
same-sex marriage license early Monday morning. The couple was married later in the day during a wedding
ceremony in a local park.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Alexis Cross and Amber Adams wanted to set a local precedent when they arrived Monday morning at the Curry County Courthouse. The couple received Curry County’s first same-sex marriage license just after 8 a.m., then vowed their lives to each other in a small wedding ceremony in a […]

Man crawls to escape house fire

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The Farwell Volunteer Fire Department was still at the scene of a fire on Fourth Street on Monday afternoon. Officials said the home’s occupant, Jerry Ford, was able to crawl to safety from the fire, which started about 10 p.m. (CDT) Sunday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com An elderly Farwell man who crawled from his burning home Sunday night will attempt to piece his life back together a day after the fire took all of his possessions. Jerry Ford, 65, was treated for smoke inhalation and released Monday night at the University Medical Center […]

Making a joyful noise

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George Hostler plays his saxophone outside Walgreens on Prince Street while he works to collect donations for the Salvation Army. Hostler is retired, and is a member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of reports on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Bell ringing has been taken to a new level thanks to two Clovis Salvation Army volunteers. Santiago Leal and George Hostler have both found unique and musical […]

Letters to Santa


Editor’s Note: One of the best things about Christmas are the many children’s letters to Santa sent to us by the kids or forwarded to us by the U.S. Postal Service for sharing with the community. Sometimes humorous, at times touching, these letters are presented as written by the many children so full of hope […]

Decorating for a cause

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Barbara St. John and her family decorated 82 Christmas trees in their home this year. Community members are touring the home and donating money to three local families affected by cancer.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of reports on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. Decking the halls for Christmas is an annual event for Barbara St. John and her family, but this year they decided to do some holiday decorating for […]

Holidays can be busy time at Hartley House


By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The holidays can be particularly tough on struggling families, and the Hartley House is doing what it can to help local families who are dealing with abuse. Executive Director Donna Horton said the domestic abuse shelter and resource center sees a lot of families coming in around this time of year. […]