PRMC pharmacy opens

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By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com After almost two years in the making, Plains Regional Medical Center opened its new pharmacy Friday south of the hospital. The pharmacy is fully staffed and is ready to fill prescriptions with over the counter medication also stocked in the aisles. “The team that brought this place together took risks and […]

Breast cancer awareness raised through athletics

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By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com For Texico eighth-grader and volleyball player Brianna Barnes, local “pink-out” athletic events are more than just an excuse to play in a pink uniform. Barnes, 14, said the annual breast cancer awareness “Volley for the Cure” game between Portales and Texico volleyball teams hits home because her aunt is a cancer […]

5 things to know about: Pumpkins

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By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Pumpkins have already been a local headline-grabber across the globe, thanks to a local account of pumpkins stolen from Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The headline at The Guardian read, “New Mexico pilferers plunder Portales preschool pumpkin patch.” Here are a few facts about the fall vegetable, […]

ENMU music professor says he’s humbled by state award

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Eastern New Mexico University Music Department Chair Dustin Seifert’s work educating musicians at Eastern for more than 13 years has not gone unnoticed. Seifert is the 2015 recipient of the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s Music Educator of the Year Award. The Music Educator of the Year Award is based on nominations from NMMEA members. […]

Clovis man, wife attacked in garage

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By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Roger Forester, 74, had a split second to decide whether to fight or dash into the house and away from the masked man rushing him in his garage on Kathie Street early Sunday morning. Forester chose fight. “It’s fight or flight,” Forester said Wednesday. “You know at my age, […]

Band students start early to perfect performance

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Clovis High color guard members toss their flags during section practices.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com It’s 7:19 a.m., and students are walking between the Norvil Howell Band Hall and Leon Williams Stadium. As the sun peeks just above the home stands at the football field, Assistant Band Director Karl Powell tells students “30 seconds” to get inside the facility. Those 30 seconds expire, and […]

District attorney candidates spar over budget, qualifications

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Andrea Reeb, right, a Republican, and Jennifer Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election.

Editor’s note: Andrea Reeb is an 18-year prosecutor appointed district attorney when Matt Chandler resigned March 1. Jennifer Burrill is a criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Reeb, a Republican, and Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election. They answered […]

New ENMU associate professor hopes to change focus

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Gary Bond works with research assistants in the Philippines. He traces his interest in psychology to a skydiving experiment.

By Desiree Cooper ENMU Communications Gary Bond, a new associate professor of psychology at Eastern New Mexico University, has a lot on his mind —  primarily, what’s on other people’s minds. “I listen to language to figure out how people’s minds work,” he said. “The way people express themselves gives you clues to how they […]

Band takes grand champion title in contest

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The Clovis High School marching band, shown performing during the Sept. 26 homecoming game, took top band honors Saturday at the High Plains Marching Contest in Amarillo.

Staff report The Clovis High School Wildcat marching band walked away with the grand champion title and numerous awards from the High Plains Marching Contest in Amarillo on Saturday. The band, under the direction of Bill Allred, was the top band in preliminary competition, and also won the finals and grand champion designation for its […]

Group puts twist on charity motorcycle run

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Craig Lonjin and Jessica Karges of Clovis compete in the wet cup relay following the Combat Skills Charity Motorcycle Run at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280. In the timed event, the driver must navigate through a series of traffic cones while the passenger keeps a cup of water on a board balanced above the driver’s head.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com For more than two dozen area riders, Saturday was a perfect chance to enjoy a motorcycle ride through the country. And take a break with a grenade throw, target shooting and jungle raid. In a first of its kind for the area, and a rarity overall for motorcycle charity […]

Analysis: ID law interpretation difficult

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A vague definition of the petty misdemeanor charge of concealing identity creates difficulties for law enforcement and citizens alike.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. No one can lawfully search your house or demand you even identify yourself if you’re minding your own business. But if an officer of the law has reason to suspect you’ve committed a crime? Then be prepared to give […]

District attorney candidates talk issues

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Andrea Reeb, right, a Republican, and Jennifer Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election.

Editor’s note: Andrea Reeb is an 18-year prosecutor appointed district attorney when Matt Chandler resigned March 1. Jennifer Burrill is a criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Reeb, a Republican, and Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election. They answered […]

5 things to know: About earning a music degree

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Rafael Marin, a Clovis High graduate, is set for his senior recital 3 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Hall at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Rafael Marin, a Clovis native, is getting ready to make some of his final notes at Eastern New Mexico University. The tuba player has his senior recital 3 p.m. Saturday at ENMU’s Buchanan Hall. Here are five things to know about going for a music degree: ONE LONG […]

Marching back in time

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Wildcadettes march during the annual Christmas Lights Parade down Main Street in the 1980s .

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com As far as extracurricular programs go at Clovis, none match the stability of the football program, with just 10 coaches since 1922 and just three coaches since 1970. Next on the list? Look no further than the Wildcadettes, a tight-knit program that has just four head coaches in […]

Steel Magnolias appearing at Central Christian Church

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The Steel Magnolias will perform a free concert Saturday night at Clovis’ Central Christian Church.

STAFF REPORT A night of southern gospel music is set for Clovis this weekend, as the Steel Magnolias are coming to Clovis. The San Marcos, Texas-based group is scheduled to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Central Christian Church as part of a whirlwind 10-day stretch of it’s “READY!” Mission Tour through New Mexico, Texas, Colorado […]

Rainfall raises spirits

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Flooded intersections such as this one at Prince and Seventh Streets during a rain storm early this month were a common sight this summer.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Stan Furry believes he will be able to harvest a dryland winter wheat crop this spring on his Broadview farm for the first time since 2010. Even with less rainfall than their counterparts to the south, Furry said farmers in northern Curry County are grateful and optimistic about the […]

Ambulance will be first in African sister city

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Potipher Tembo, deputy mayor of Lusaka, Zambia, sits inside the donated ambulance Monday, while Clovis Mayor David Lansford looks on. Tembo was the leader of the Zambia delegation.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Not lost in all the goodwill exchanged Monday was the very real prospect that Clovis’ gift of an ambulance to its sister city in Africa will save lives. The decommissioned ambulance was given to a delegation representing Kasama, Zambia, during ceremonies at the Clovis Civic Center. It is the […]

Clovis city manager announces retirement (updated)

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By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com City Manager Joe Thomas’ surprise announcement of his impending retirement Monday will apparently have Mayor David Lansford and the city commissioners huddling behind closed doors later this week to figure out how to find a replacement. Thomas said a closed executive session is scheduled for Thursday’s City Commission meeting […]

Cat tracks: Rio Rancho wins guessing game

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Clovis’ Garren Bass and Estevan Romero Bring down Rio Rancho running back Angelo Lujan.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com In another contest against one of Class 6A’s elite teams, there wasn’t much positive for the Clovis Wildcats. On one hand, the Rio Rancho Rams scored 20 fewer points in this year’s game, a 42-14 win, than in last year’s 62-59 overtime triumph. But many of the same […]

Comedian Carlos Mencia talks about his return to Clovis

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Carlos Mencia has been in standup more than a quarter century, with a career that’s spanned movies, HBO and Comedy Central specials, his own television series (”Mind of Mencia”) and a share of controversies. Mencia, who performed in Clovis in late 2011, spoke with us this week about the show and his last three years […]