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 […]

Trial run goes well

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Anselmo Valdez, election coordinator for Automated Election Services, instructs local election workers on how to use the new electronic system on Wednesday at City Hall.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ STAFF WRITER A trial run Wednesday for the city’s new convenience voting center system went well, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon, whose office oversees municipal elections. “I was pleased with the training. I feel like they (election workers) understand the concept and I think they’re ready for Tuesday,” […]

Students take to the airwaves

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Rooney and Moon production assistant Adam Penland, left, helps Project Lead student Marquese Gaither with voice coaching while recording a public service announcement about planting trees for Arbor Day.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Students from Clovis High School are taking to the airwaves to remind local residents about issues facing the community. Juniors in the Project Lead program wrote and recorded three public service announcements with a little help from Adam Penland, a production assistant at Rooney Moon Broadcasting. Project Lead […]

Candidates speak up

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Grant McGee, the moderator of Tuesday’s candidate forum, goes over the time signals with the candidates before the start of the forum held at the KTQM radio station.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Water, Clovis’ failed business venture and questions centered on a political feud between Mayor David Lansford and former Mayor Gayla Brumfield on Tuesday kicked up a local radio station’s candidate forum. All 10 candidates seeking office in the March 4 municipal election took the microphone at KTQM Radio. […]

Airport bidders make case


By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER No matter who it picked, the Clovis Civil Aviation Board was wooed Tuesday night by offers of flights to Dallas — and possibly Albuquerque — at prices low enough to fill the planes. In the end, though, the board decided a higher subsidy request from Boutique Air was […]

Five added to CMS hall of honors

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CNJ staff A former Clovis teacher, coach and athletic director is among five inductees for the Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation and Alumni Committee’s hall of honor. Brooks Jennings, Sandra Robinson Farley, Dr. Kenneth Mattox, Herb Edwards and Bill Gaedke will be honored at a 6 p.m. May 10 banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. “I’ve […]

School officials pleased with lawmakers lottery scholarship compromise

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  By Christina Calloway CMI senior writer Within the 30-day state legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed 10 bills including the compromised $6.2 billion budget. Here are a few of the bills that will affect the local communities:   Lottery scholarships The Legislature combined several ideas to save the state’s lottery-funded scholarship program, […]

Fate of hospitals pending


By Christina Calloway PNT SENIOR WRITER Local hospital administrators say the fate of the state’s rural hospitals is now in the hands of the state Human Services Department. The agency must find an additional $9 million for an indigent health care fund in order to trigger a federal match. Funding indigent care was a […]

The telephone is ringing, probably for me

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When the phone rings are you quick to answer it? The Lady of the House and I were kicking back in our recliners recently talking about this. “Remember how the telephone used to ring and you’d jump up and answer it?” I reminisced. “Excuse me?” said The Lady of the House. “Who used to run […]

Ideas come alive with 3D printers

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Clovis Christian High School junior Nathan Sanchez looks on as a 3D printer prints out a wheel that he created on a computer-aided design program.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER From a science laboratory to a local classroom, 3D printers are becoming more mainstream and students at Clovis Christian High School are getting first-hand education using the devices. What started as a hobby for local jeweler Mark Clayton turned into a full-time class at the high school when Ladona […]

Clovis couple issues apology


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR A Clovis couple is admitting they stole millions of dollars from the Air Force and is apologizing to the community as part of a federal judge’s order. In their letter of apology, Donald and Sherri Brewer said they created a sham company — Enterprise and Deployment LLC — […]

Fire burns through 3,000 acres


CMI staff A fire in Bailey County just miles off of the Texas-New Mexico border on N.M. 202 burned for more than four hours on Tuesday. According to Chief Tom Ladd of the Muleshoe Fire Department, there were no injuries or structural damage, but the fire consumed about 3,000 acres of grassland on private property. […]

Portales man arrested for child pornography

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CMI staff A Portales man was arrested Wednesday and charged with 167 counts of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age. Robert Hawkins, 43, is currently being held on a $15,000 cash only bond at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. According to court documents: • The New Mexico State Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes […]

Investigation of sex charges ongoing at Melrose


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Almost 10 months ago, Melrose schools Superintendent Jamie Widner heard rumors one of two coaches now under investigation for sex crimes might be having inappropriate contact with a student. Widner said Wednesday that he decided to counsel the coach last April rather than report him to law enforcement […]

Area battles fires, no injuries reported


CNJ staff The Clovis Fire Department responded to a grass fire in the 500 block of U.S. 70 on Tuesday afternoon. At 2:24 p.m. the department got the call, and by 3:28 p.m. the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this point. The department also […]

Recycling items focus of DIY session

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Curry County Home Economist Glenda Belcher talks about painting techniques Tuesday morning at a do-it-yourself workshop at the New Mexico Ag Expo, held at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Glenda Belcher has found a use for all of those pallets that accumulate over the years in the barns of farmers. The Curry County extension agent and home economist kicked off the 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo by showing a group of about 75 people Tuesday how […]

Former Melrose coach arrested


CNJ staff A former Melrose contract coach has been arrested and charged in connection with an unlawful relationship with a student, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Allison Draper, 28, of Melrose, was charged Tuesday with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and five counts of criminal […]

School officials praise Senate bill


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Local superintendents are calling the passing of two state Senate bills that affect local high schools a victory for public education. The Senate approved a bill Saturday on a 28-0 vote that would prevent the Public Education Department from changing high school graduation requirements of students once they […]