Springing into action

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Danny Lujan, Shane Cole, and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dave Baker, from left, work on getting the fountain pump out of Greene Acres Park Lake on Friday morning. The fountain pump repairs is part of the department spring work assignments.

  ecrowe@cnjonline.com It’s officially spring in eastern New Mexico, and local entities are taking to the streets and parks to do a little sprucing up to get ready for a successful summer season. From manicuring green areas to clearing weeds, city crews in both Clovis and Portales are already hard at work maintaining city parks […]

Family will walk in honor of Bataan survivor

Courtesy Photo
Richard Trask and Gov. Susana Martinez pose for a photo at the 70th Annual Bataan Remembrance ceremony in Santa Fe in 2012. Trask was a prisoner of war and survived the Bataan Death March during World War II.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ STAFF WRITER enorwood@pntonline.com At 94, Richard Trask says he lives the superstar life. That’s how the Bataan Death March survivor describes the feeling of being honored each year at the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, which kicks off its 25th annual march on Sunday. “It makes […]

Unwanted guests sprouting up

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A skunk at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Marty Martinez, director of the Clovis Animal Shelter, said animal control staff has picked up two skunks in the last few weeks throughout the city, but said there are plenty likely moving throughout the city in stealth.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com What does the fox say, nobody truly knows. What does the skunk spray, everybody truly wants to avoid. The two species have been spotted in the last few weeks around the area, with area officials noting that in most cases the animals are harmless and fear humans more […]

Sunland could have new owner today


CMI staff Hampton Farms, with a winning bid of slightly more than $20 million, appears to be the new owner of the shuttered Sunland Inc. peanut processing plant, KOAT-TV reported Thursday night. The bid offered at auction is expected to be finalized today at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque. Hampton Farms of […]

Immigration policies spur Portales protest

CHRISTINA CALLOWAY: Portales News-Tribune
Somos Un Pueblo Unido organizer Marina Pina uses a bullhorn to
work up the crowd of protesters.

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com Rocio Vargas’ worries extend beyond that of the average mother’s. In addition to making sure her family is safe and sound, the 37-year-old fears she’ll be ripped away from the family she supports here in Portales because she’s a Mexican immigrant. Vargas said she’s seen it happen to […]

State goes mad for March


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com March is soon ending, but the madness is just beginning in the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico has both of its Division I schools playing in the 68-team NCAA tournament, but does the area have a favorite? If you ask Dee Madrid, owner of the Sports Connection, […]

How to interactive: Joining March Madness


Steps and tips for filling out your men’s NCAA Tournament Bracket: Bracket Competition available in the paper.

New D.A. ready for action


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Newly-appointed District Attorney Andrea Reeb is taking over for the departed Matt Chandler. After 10 years of working directly under Chandler, Reeb, a 1989 Clovis High School graduate, says she is more than prepared to replace him. Reeb’s grandfather Richard “Dick” Rowley once held her current position, […]

Publisher calls it a career

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Retiring CMI Publisher Ray Sullivan at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum. Sullivan retired Friday after five decades in the newspaper industry.

  Ray Sullivan spent last week unpacking his office on 521 Pile Street of countless memories of a life in journalism — one that started in junior high and only let him take detours before always drawing him back because, “I missed newspapers.” The community around him has changed, with Cannon Air Force Base moving […]

Plant going to bid


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The defunct Sunland Inc. plant is headed to the auction block Thursday in what creditors hope will turn into a bidding war for the bankrupt Portales peanut processing plant. The reserve for all bidders in this case is $18.5 million — the amount California-based Ready Roast Nut Co. […]

Volcano Vista spoils Lady Cats’ title defense


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — Most of the time, Clovis High’s girls don’t have to worry much about trying to come from behind. In the few games where they had to do it, they were successful. This time, though, it wasn’t in the cards. Fifth-seeded Volcano Vista built a 13-point […]

CHS graduate closer to getting her wings

Alexic O’Leary
Attended New Mexico Military Institute

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Alexis O’Leary is no stranger to working hard to accomplish her goals. A 2013 graduate of Clovis High School, O’Leary was recently accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and will join the school’s freshman class this fall. After first applying to the academy in […]

This week on CannonConnections.com – March 14


Mech Tech molds master mechanics March 14, 2014 By Senior Airman Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The mirror image of the ever-evolving aircraft they maintain, Air Commandos assigned to the 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Cannon Air Force Base have made it their mission to roll […]

Superintendent to leave post

Terry Myers

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers will be leaving the district at the end of the current school year, he confirmed Wednesday. Myers was named Tuesday as the new superintendent at Crockett Independent School District north of Houston. He will take over that position beginning July 1. Hired […]

Loving girl will be missed by those she touched

2010 CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo 
 Brooke Hankins of Clovis embraces Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman after she was named an honorary fire fighter Saturday at the Department’s Station 1.

By Hank Baskett III Growing up in Clovis, I learned it takes a community to raise a child. I still believe that. There are countless people who helped shape me to be the man I am today. But sometimes it’s not always the community that raises the child. In special cases it’s a child that […]

CHS alum Chavez to compete in nationals


By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
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 dwagner@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 […]