Cats off and running

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Clovis High assistant coach Chuck Jordan gives players instruction during a punting drill in Monday morning’s season-opening football practice. The Wildcats open the campaign on Aug. 30 at Leon Williams Stadium against Cherry Creek, Colo.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER Clovis High’s football team is off and running on the 2013 season. The Wildcats opened practice on Monday with 86 candidates on hand, coach Eric Roanhaus said. The Cats are coming off a 6-6 season, and open on Aug. 30 at Leon Williams Stadium against Cherry Creek, Colo. […]

Raintree apartments behind schedule

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Rafael Ruiz, left, Lucas Roberts, center, and Alexis Garcia lift a wall frame before nailing it into the floor Monday afteroon at the Raintree Apartments construction site.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer The 192-unit Raintree Apartments being constructed on Llano Estacado are about 60 days behind schedule, according to apartment developer Chad Lydick of Clovis. Lydick cited funding delays and bad weather among other factors behind the delay of this $20 million project. He hopes 128 of the 192 units […]

County’s $9.88 million bond election to fund a new county jail is today


Fast facts: The county’s $9.88 million bond election to fund a new county jail is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Voting will take place at the following locations.  Barry Elementary School: 3401 Thornton Street; precincts 3,10, &15. Information: 769-4430.  Clovis High Freshman Campus: 1400 Cameo; 7,8 & 9. Information: 769-4350  Colonial Clubhouse: 1300 Colonial […]

Residents donate school supplies

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
United Way volunteers from left, Amanda Valenzuela, 8, Vanessa Valenzuela, 6, from Troop 10403 of Clovis, their mother Michaela Kennison of Clovis, and Mary Guttierrez with SafeLink Wireless of Clovis, stuff the school bus Saturday with donated school supplies in front of Walmart.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer A yellow school bus sat outside the bustling Clovis Walmart Saturday waiting to be filled with school supplies. United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s third annual Stuff the Bus campaign had residents and businesses donating pencils, folders, paper and all other means of school supplies in both Clovis […]

Shoppers hit stores for tax-free weekend

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Kim Birkenfeld and Sawnya Bullock, both of Lazbuddie, shop Saturday at 2 Shabby Divas on Main Street during New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. The friends didn’t realize their purchases were tax free until they started shopping.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Julie Maxey kept a watchful eye on the long checkout lines at the Clovis Walmart Saturday as eager shoppers came out for New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. Maxey, an assistant manager at the store, said things were going smoothly amid the chaos of restocking items and answering product questions. […]

VIDEO: W.D. Gattis Middle School open house

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Airmen, families honored


By Kevin Baird Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

James nominated for Air Force secretary post


The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former assistant defense secretary and House staffer is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next secretary of the Air Force, the White House said Thursday. Obama is nominating Deborah Lee James, an executive at the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., to head the Air Force, where she […]

Gattis Middle School holds first open house


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Students, parents, school employees and community members flooded the halls of the newly constructed W.D. Gattis Middle School on Thursday afternoon as the school district held its first open house at the state-of-the art building. The school’s 130,00 square-foot campus encompasses six interconnected buildings, two of which have […]

Education Feature — Director: Band camp helps build camaraderie

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Members of the Clovis High School band practice during this year’s band camp. The camp runs through next week.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The sounds of brass and percussion permeate through the parking lot behind Clovis High School as the school’s marching band prepares for the upcoming year. Band camp is in session, and 250 musicians are busy keeping time with the beat and learning about good old-fashioned teamwork. According to […]

Citizens air jail concerns


By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER James Slagowski is concerned the site of the proposed Curry County jail in south Clovis is too close to his neighborhood, which includes an elementary school. He asked Curry County commissioners and county officials during Tuesday’s town hall meeting to discuss next week’s $9.88 million bond election if […]

Music educator honored


Alan Dropps has dedicated much of his life to teaching youth of all ages the fundamentals of music. Dropps, now serving as the director of music education for CMS, has been an educator and administrator in Clovis for the past 28 years. Last week, he was selected Administrator of the Year by the New Mexico […]

Local racer edged out at national derby


By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER They say baseball is a game of inches. So apparently is Soap Box Derby racing. “We lost by this much,” Chris Crawford said as he held his thumb and index finger half an inch apart to describe how close his stepdaughter, Hailey Renfro, came to advancing out of […]

Documents: Loaded pistol found in suspect’s room

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Police found a loaded gun in the hotel room of a man involved in a six-hour standoff Friday at the Westward Ho Hotel, according to court documents. Patrick Lopez, 31, of Clovis surrendered peacefully early Saturday morning but not before hiding in a crawl space above several rooms […]

AG files to overturn rape dismissal


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer The state attorney general’s office on Friday filed a brief to overturn the dismissal of a rape case involving a former Dora middle school coach. The attorney general’s office filed its motion in support of the district attorney’s appeal of the case in which police said girls basketball […]

Manhunt ends in standoff, arrest

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CNJ staff The hunt for a man police said jumped bail escalated into a six-hour standoff Friday at a Clovis motel. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the Clovis Police SWAT team used chemical agents to flush George Lopez out of the attic of the Westward Ho Hotel. Sanders said at about 7:30 p.m. a local […]

War vets share memories over breakfast


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Korean War veterans shared memories of the cold over a hot pancake breakfast Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3015 in Clovis. “There was two feet to four feet of snow on the ground in Korea,” said Tommy Flicking of Clovis. “I promised the good lord and […]

Q&A: Texas girl at heart


By Emily Crowe Growing up in the small town of Farwell, Charla Corn dreamed of making it big in country music. Since her early beginnings singing at Border Town Days and local county fairs, Corn has toured nationally with the likes of Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Aaron Watson and the Josh Abbott […]

County commission approves pay raises

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By Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER All Curry County employees and elected officials will be receiving a pay increase, some as early as next month. The Curry County Commission voted Friday in a special meeting to raise the salaries of county employees on a graduated scale, dependent on how much each respective employee is […]

TeamBuilders closing doors


By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer The leaders of the TeamBuilders Counseling Services are preparing to throw in the towel after struggling to remain in operation since the New Mexico Human Services Department froze Medicaid payments to behavioral health services providers that are under investigation for possible overbillings, Lorraine Freedle, Teambuilders chief financial officer […]