Protesters march for immigration reform

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Somos Clovis’ Rosa Lopez recites a chant with protestors as they march around the Curry County Court House Saturday afternoon.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com A system that, for some, puts undocumented immigrants on a fast-track to deportation was at the heart of a protest Saturday afternoon in Clovis. Organized by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a statewide civil rights initiative, the event brought out about 100 protesters. The protest was one of many across […]

Study: More jobs than workers through 2020

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Regional utility industries are anticipating a large number of retirements to take place in their industry within the next few years.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The U.S. economy will have 55 million job openings through 2020 and not enough workers to fill them, according to a 2013 study by Georgetown University based out of Washington, D.C. According to the study, over the course of the next several years, the U.S. will see 24 million […]

In tribute: Resident driving force behind Golden Gloves boxing

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By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Chuck Haas served in the military for 23 years, suiting up for the Navy, Army Air Corps and Air Force. But most of Clovis will remember him for helping hundreds of youngsters lace up boxing gloves and learn to think for themselves. Haas, one of Clovis’ biggest advocates for […]

Texas governor candidate Wendy Davis remembers Muleshoe at awards banquet

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By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com DUMAS, Texas — As a child, Wendy Davis spent summers in Muleshoe with her grandparents, and got her driving lessons on a small farm road leading to Littlefield. Now, Davis is traveling farm roads, state roads and interstates across Texas hoping they lead her to Austin for a four-year […]

Clovis fire chief retires

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By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com Retiring Fire Chief Ray Westerman favors one word when it comes to describing the changes made to the Clovis Fire Department during his 39-year run: Expansion. Westerman, too, has come a long way from the 18-year-old recent high school graduate who joined the department Jan. 16, 1975; his life […]

Columnist leads complicated life

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By David Stevens Editor Everybody knows Wendel Sloan. He’s director of media relations at Eastern New Mexico University, commissioner of the college’s noon-time hoops league and a Sunday columnist for this newspaper. I’ve known Sloan for 20 years. We used to get in trouble together writing columns for the Amarillo newspaper. But does anyone really […]

Latin Comedy Jam comedian not afraid of silence

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com At 17 years old, Dillon Garcia was the youngest comedian on Comedy Central when he took the stage on the show “Stand Up Revolution.” Now 22, the Whittier, Calif., native is part of the Latin Comedy Jam tour, which stops in eastern New Mexico on Saturday with a performance […]

Wife in suspected murder plot says her husband ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’

Cody Guss is being held in undisclosed location

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kristi Guss said she is praying her husband can come home soon. She does not believe he tried to hire someone to kill her, as alleged in federal court documents. Cody Guss, 36, is in the custody of U.S. marshals who have declined to reveal his exact whereabouts. Officials […]

Sunland sale complete

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Officials with Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods, the new owner of defunct Sunland Inc., said in court proceedings they intend to reopen the peanut butter plant and plan to start producing peanut butter soon.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The deal is done; Bankruptcy Trustee Clarke Coll confirmed Tuesday the sale of Sunland Inc. to Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods is complete. Golden Boy Foods, the high bidder at $26 million in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court auction for the defunct peanut processor, has plans to reopen the […]

Chosen city air service provider awaits approval

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Boutique Air currently plans to assign one of its current fleet of Pilatus PC-12 planes for Essential Air Services at Clovis, and plans to buy an additional aircraft if and when the U.S. Department of Transportation awards the two-year subsidy.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The details of Clovis’ Essential Air Service remains up in the air, or at least in the hands of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Clovis and Boutique Air are awaiting word from the DOT on acceptance of federally-subsidized service between Clovis Municipal Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The […]

Portales man arrested for murder for hire

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Staff report A Portales man is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife and stage it as a suicide, according to a federal court document. Cody Guss, 36, was arrested March 26 by the FBI. He faces one count of using a facility of interstate commerce (telephone) to pay for commission […]

Officials: Local real estate market increasing

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Home buyers are paying a lot more for an average home in Curry County today than they were paying two years ago. According to a Realtors Association of New Mexico report for February, the average median price for a home sold in Curry County rose from $132,450 in […]

Robinson humble despite Army accolades

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Damian Robinson has received significant recognition for his accomplishments this month, but he insists it’s a team-first mentality. Robinson, a 2005 graduate of Clovis High, is in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was named non-commissioned officer of the year at the conclusion of the four-day Expeditionary Sustainment Command competition at Camp Bullis, Texas, on March […]

Noodles and notes fundraiser draws crowd

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Clovis High School band parent Jessica Jaramillo, right, serves up spaghetti Saturday at the band’s Noodles and Notes annual fundraising dinner in which band students raise funds for band expenses.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Dozens of area residents poured into First United Methodist Church on Sycamore Street in Clovis Saturday afternoon to fill up on spaghetti and cupcakes. Clovis High School band students were holding their annual Noodles and Notes fundraiser to pay for various band expenses, such as instruments and repairs, […]

Freshman Friday

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com For a long-standing tradition, the Lions Club Floyd Jamboree’s organizers love newcomers. Celebrating 64 years, Lions Club member Fred Patterson said new acts give the show and the house band a breath of fresh air. Friday night’s show featured two freshmen on the Jamboree stage among the mix of other veteran […]

Merchandise dump drives local officials nuts

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A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

Officials: 58 truckloads of peanut butter in Clovis landfill

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A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

Lunchroom finger-scan system raises concerns

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CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Several parents are raising concerns they were not properly notified that two Clovis schools were testing finger-scan technology in the lunchroom. Among the concerns was that personal data could be collected. According to Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, the system is being piloted at Gattis Middle School and the Freshman […]

Lesser prairie chicken to be listed as threatened species

The prairie chicken population dropped nearly 50 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com In a decision the Fish and Wildlife Service admits isn’t appealing to governors of its five affected states, and a decision that local officials think may deserve an appeal, the lesser prairie chicken has been selected for placement as a threatened species. The decision by Fish and Wildlife […]

Williams still state’s best

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By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com For the second consecutive year, the girls Gatorade state basketball player of the year resides in Clovis. And to think, she’s only a junior. Clovis High’s Danni Williams was named to the honor for the second consecutive year earlier this month, although she admits the award is somewhat […]