Tres Amigas president: Completion date still 2016


By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer The president of Tres Amigas told Pure Energy Expo attendees Tuesday that although the project’s groundbreaking date was moved back numerous times, the company has made great strides with the project in 2013. “Like any development, every day gets closer,” David Stidham said of this year’s progress. “We […]

Winter weather could be cooler


CNJ staff Winter in eastern New Mexico is shaping up to be cooler than normal, according to the latest winter weather forecast from While precipitation amounts are not expected to stray more than 10 percent above or below normal, the cooler winter weather could bring snow or ice events to the region. Ken Clark, […]

Employment service offers aid to former Sunland employees

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Sunland closed its doors after 25 years last Wednesday when it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing the impact of a voluntary product recall and a government-enforced plant shutdown.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer When Sunland Inc. closed its doors earlier this week about 100 people were left jobless, many without a plan of what to do next. Of the 100 workers, there are some who haven’t been in a job-seeking position in more than a decade. With the ever-changing job market, […]

Official: No notices to remove prairie dogs so far


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer A month has passed since prairie dogs were added to the list of public nuisances and no one has been sent a notice to remove prairie dogs from their property, according to Clovis Chief of Code Enforcement Marcus Brice. “We’re doing things on a complaint basis,” Building Safety […]

Tres Amigas, energy development in spotlight at expo


By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer The recurring theme for this year’s Pure Energy Expo in Clovis will once again be Tres Amigas, transmission lines and wind energy development. Tres Amigas officials will be giving an update on their regional power superstation project, which is to serve as an electricity highway for energy and […]

Jack is back

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Cynthia Gutierrez organizes a pumpkin display at Hamilton Nursery and Landscape in Clovis. The nursery has hundreds of pumpkins and gourds of all varieties, including classic pie pumpkins, for sale.

By Emily Crowe The pumpkin harvest is in full swing in eastern New Mexico, and local residents are taking to their front porches and kitchens to put the staple autumn squash on display. Several vendors at the Clovis and Portales farmers markets sell pie pumpkins, jack-o-lantern pumpkins and the more whimsical ornamental pumpkins and […]

Cats win second straight


By Kevin Wilson ARTESIA — Big plays on the ground have been the staple of Clovis football this season. Friday night, a handful of big plays through the air did just enough to keep the Artesia defense honest, and the visiting Wildcats cruised to a 48-17 victory at the Bulldog Bowl for their second-straight […]

Wolverines drop heartbreaker

Clovis senior Traivon Sopila hauls in a 44-yard touchdown pass past defender Carlos Carrasco in the closing seconds of the second quarter. Sopila scored four touchdowns in Clovis' 48-17 win.

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — Their record may not show it, but the Texico Wolverines appear to be competitive with anyone in Class 2A. Trailing by a point and with Texico appearing set to run out the clock, Santa Rosa senior Ryan Lopez returned a Wolverines’ fumble 29 yards to the Texico 26 with […]

Jury convicts accused killer

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Albert Ramirez with his attorney Jesse Cosby Friday 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 Albert Ramirez’s sobbing during closing arguments Friday turned into accusations of an unfair trial when a District Court jury found him guilty of the 2007 first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend, Eladio Robledo, 39, of Clovis. Ramirez’s tirade erupted after Judge Teddy Hartley refused to let him read a statement into […]

Farmer: Pumpkin crop unaffected by rains

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Davis Farm owner Ken Davis loads a trailer Wednesday with 60 pallets of pumpkins, with a total weight of 40,000 pounds. The pumpkins are headed to a Walmart in Arkansas.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Ken Davis has been in the pumpkin business for the better part of three decades, and has been hard at work over the past few weeks tending to this year’s harvest. He still farms the land his grandfather homesteaded near Ranchvale, though these days he ships pumpkins to […]