Noodles and notes fundraiser draws crowd

CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell
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 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


By Christina Calloway 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

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway 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

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway 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 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 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


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER 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 […]

Showcase presents ‘best of best’

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  From improvisational acting to drill team demonstrations and a Quiz Bowl question and answer session, Clovis High School students will show off the best of the best next week in their second annual Spring Showcase. According to Alexa Pickel, CHS art teacher and one of the showcase organizers, the school will be open to […]

Banquet celebrates helping gestures

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Retired Clovis Media Inc. Publisher Ray Sullivan gives a speech about volunteerism and service after being honored at Tuesday’s banquet.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer When Portales churches banded together to help the 100-plus people laid off after Sunland Inc. filed for bankruptcy in October, local pastor Brad Morgan said the $7.60 donation of one 10-year-old boy spoke volumes of the community’s giving spirit. It was a reminder that no donation is too […]

CHS grad wants to give pro ball a shot

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Jaye Crockett was a third-team All-Big 12 pick after leading Texas Tech in scoring and rebounding this season.

CNJ STAFF With his amateur basketball career over, Jaye Crockett is taking the steps for a potential pro career. Crockett, a 2009 Clovis High graduate, says he has been invited to the NBA’s pre-draft camp in Portsmouth and to the Reese’s All-Star Game, which will be played April 4 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, […]

Commissioners table squirrel relocation

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullock

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Relocating prairie dogs is nothing new in Clovis, but relocating squirrels is a new idea being pitched to the city. City Commissioner Randy Crowder presented the idea at Monday’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee meeting. Crowder said he spoke with a couple friends who were interested in seeing […]

Cats cruise past Coyotes

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High  junior Derik Kuykendall sends a pop fly to short right field during the first inning of Saturday’s game against Roswell High at Bell Park. Kuykendall later hit a two-run single as the Wildcats beat the Coyotes 14-2.

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer It didn’t take Clovis High’s baseball team long to take care of struggling Roswell High on Saturday. The Wildcats opened the bottom of the first with a single and stolen base by pitcher Matt Lanier, an RBI single and stolen base by shortstop Jordan Holguin and an RBI […]

New CMI publisher no stranger to challenges

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Mike Jensen comes to Clovis Media Inc. after a career of newspapers that most recently included his second stint at the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyo.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER Nearly 20 years ago, Mike Jensen took on a challenge he didn’t want or expect. It was an average Friday — April 30, 1994 — when a woman walked into Jensen’s office at the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyo., locked the door and pulled out a .22-caliber […]

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. 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

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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 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 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 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 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.