She’s a classic: Car show continues in Portales


By Emily Crowe Richard Rodriguez has loved working on cars since he was a young boy. “When I was little, my brothers had me underneath the cars,” he said. “I was their little monkey guy, so I grew up around this.” Rodriguez of Portales had his midnight blue 1956 Chevy pickup on display at […]

Fundraising group rolls through Clovis


By Lillian Bowe CNJ STAFF WRITER For 40 days, a group of young adults have been cycling across the country to raise money, bring awareness and support to young people whose lives have been affected by cancer. They stopped off in Clovis on Wednesday. The 4K for Cancer group is 26 young adults. They […]

Grades in for local schools


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Some Curry County schools fared better than others in this year’s public school grades announced Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Among the 16 Clovis schools that received letter grades, three received higher grades, six remained the same and seven schools dropped a grade. “It sounds like it was […]

Burn building burn


Training house gives department chance to train with live fire By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER For most of his 38 years as a Clovis firefighter, Chief Ray Westerman has been gradually working toward one goal — creating a place to train staff under live fire. Westerman’s dream is gradually taking real shape next […]

Educational program preps prospects

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Tiffini Allen and other Upward Bound students mingle Wednesday at a mock wedding reception. The program provides educational opportunities to low-income high school students who want to attend college.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The Clovis Civic Center was decorated for a wedding reception Wednesday afternoon, but the only attendees were 25 high school students busy learning proper etiquette. The party-goers, members of the local Upward Bound program, received instructions from an etiquette expert on how to effectively mingle, how to correctly […]

Swimming, spending time with family and traveling top summer fun list

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Taylor Robertson, 17, left, and Draben Devenport, 14, play catch with a tennis ball Friday at the Portales City Pool. Taylor and Draben are step-brothers and they visit the pool a couple times a week.

By Kevin Baird and Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writers July 4 is about the halfway point of summer vacation in eastern New Mexico, so we checked to see what area youths have been doing to stay busy. What we found ranged from a toddler who loves snakes to a 16 year old balancing work, […]

Fireworks punctuate festive Fourth


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer The night sky was lit up by about 2,500 shells at the annual Smoke on the Water Fourth of July celebration, according to lead pyrotechnician Larry Jergins. Greene Acres Park was packed with Clovisites admiring the fireworks on Thursday. We asked them what they did on their holiday […]

Jury’s in on local art


Clovis students have pieces selected for inaugural art exhibit By Lillian Bowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Victoria Fox, 17, had two assignments while in her art class using charcoal. One was of a baseball glove holding a baseball, the other of three differently-posed mannequins. Even after her art teacher, Alexa Pickel, entered them into an […]

White July?

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A vehicle travels on Miller Street during Wednesday afternoon’s hailstorm.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER After the last few weeks of being a welcome visitor, rain paid an early Wednesday evening visit to Clovis. However, it brought its obnoxious friend — hail, and the National Weather Service estimates a a 30 percent chance both will be back for Independence Day. The storm that […]

Cannon commander promoted to brigadier general

CNJ staff photo:  Tony Bullocks
Brig. Gen. Buck Elton, center, has his new rank pinned on by Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander of Air Force Special Operation Command, left, 
and his wife 
Karen Elton, during a promotion ceremony Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Brig. Gen. Albert “Buck” Elton said he knew early in life what he wanted to do. As a child, Elton told an audience gathered Tuesday at the Landing for his promotion ceremony, he was riding horses with his mother in the Sierra Mountains when a low-flying Navy jet […]

Closer look into jail escape

Photo courtesy: David Casanova

To get through the roof, Lozano and Phillips broke through layers of metal, insulation, and a mixed tar-gravel layer.

By Kevin Baird CNJ Staff Writer The two inmates who escaped from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on June 22 used a metal bunk bed leg to pound their way through the ceiling and roof before  jumping off the roof, according to Jail Administrator David Casanova. Casanova said he does not know how long […]

Superheroes on parade at fundraiser


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Jenna Emerich, disguised as Batman’s sidekick Robin with a tutu, lunged forward and kicked a pre-cut board, breaking it in half. The 8-year-old smiled and wandered to a martial arts dummy and with a sheepish grin on her face shoved the dummy with both hands. Emerich, like many […]

Farmers market vendor says he’s excited for season


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Roger Henry doesn’t have room to grow fresh vegetables at his house, but he was able to purchase squash and a cherry tomato plant at the Clovis Farmers Market. The market officially opened on Saturday at the Goodwin Lake Trail parking lot and featured two vendors. Market manager […]

Rest in peace: MC-130 that was part of notable Vietnam mission retired at Cannon

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Speaker Capt. Tom Purdie introduces Cannon Air Force Base’s Wing Commander Col. Buck Elton at a retirement ceremony for an MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft that now sits near the front gate of the base.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Irl “Leon” Franklin said when he and hundreds of other servicemen were told about a secret mission more than 40 years ago, later found out to be the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam, they were given the choice to opt out. “There were […]

Second Roosevelt County escapee captured

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Escaped inmate Ruben Lozano waits in the backseat of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to be readmitted into the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, who was found Friday morning in Midland, Texas, was on the run for a week after escaping from the jail last Friday with another inmate.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Baird CMI staff writers On the run for a week, escaped inmate Ruben Lozano shielded his face as he sat in the back of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle as officials pulled up Friday afternoon to the north side of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, 42, was recaptured […]

Free summer meal program in full swing

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Julie Garcia hands Lorena Garcia, 2, a free lunch bag Thursday at Dennis Chavez Park. According to Garcia, they serve 250 free lunches daily at the site.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer An average of 2,200 lunches and 750 breakfast meals are served daily through the Summer Food Service Program. Conducted by the Food and Nutrition Service agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program was created to provide low-income children meals during the summer. Johnny Chavez, director of […]

Feature attractions: Main Street theaters works in progress


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Downtown Clovis is an ever-evolving neighborhood speckled with shops, restaurants, salons and theaters. Local entities and community members are working hard to breathe new life into those once-bustling theaters in hopes of creating a downtown arts district. Here is an update on the progress being made at the […]

Education feature: New school board member talks upcoming term


Attorney Jennifer Burrill officially joined the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education Tuesday after receiving her oath of office from retired Judge Teddy Hartley. Burrill was chosen by the board in May to fill the position left vacant by the late Charles Guthals. She answered five questions regarding her upcoming term and how the board […]

Farmers markets opening for season


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Locally sourced, farm-fresh produce will soon be readily available thanks to the upcoming opening of farmers markets in Clovis and Portales. Margie Plummer manages the Portales Farmers Market and Clovis Farmers Market, and said this year’s produce offerings will start off small. “It’s just so early right now,” […]

Inmate’s recent escape from jail not first attempt


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Stephen Phillips’ recent escape from the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was not his first attempt. District Court documents show that the 20-year-old had tried to escape in December while being transported to the jail from the hospital. “He’s been locked down quite a bit,” said the […]