Halloween frequently fruitful for local merchants


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Holidays can mean big business for retailers, and Halloween is proving to be fruitful for businesses both locally and nationally. According to the National Retail Federation, approximately 158 million Americans will partake in Halloween spending this year. Total spending for the holiday is expected to reach $6.9 billion, […]

CHS band wins state competition


The Clovis High School band was the class of the state, taking top honors at the Zia Marching Band Competition, held Saturday at the University of New Mexico. The band’s show, titled “Anime,” captured first place for the overall competition. It also claimed wins for outstanding music and outstanding general effect. “It was a good […]

Ute study writer has no definitive opinion on update

CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff
Retired engineer John J. Whipple camped on the shores of Ute Lake while preparing his landmark study of the reservoir. Whipple said he’s not sure if there is a need for a new study, but he doesn’t think one would change his conclusions of 20 years ago.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Almost 20 years ago, engineer John J. Whipple spent several nights camped out on the shores of Ute Lake to get a first-hand look and feel for one of New Mexico’s largest bodies of water and the community of Logan surrounding the reservoir. Whipple was gathering data to […]

In tribute: ‘Scooter guy’ familiar fixture in Clovis

Bobby Fambro

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Though it doesn’t come close to telling the story of his 82 years, Bobby Fambro ended his life doing the one thing everybody knew about him. Go talk to the average employee on Fambro’s stops across Clovis, and you might get a quizzical look when you tell them […]

Hall of honors 2013


CMI staff This year, Eastern New Mexico University inducts five new members into its Hall of Honors. The five selected, in alphabetical order, are: Phil Clabaugh, former ENMU baseball coach Lindsey Davison-Masiarek, former Zia volleyball setter Mike Maguire, former ENMU volleyball coach and athletic director Elizabeth Richards-Capps, former Zia basketball forward Tommy Joe Smith, former […]

Hobbs beats Clovis for first time since Clinton administration

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Clovis running back David Sena takes off on a  31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Friday night at Watson Stadium in Hobbs. Sena carried three times for 46 yards in Clovis' 30-28 defeat.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com When the sun rises Saturday in Hobbs, “The Rebel” will be there for the first time since Bill Clinton was president and gasoline was $1.70 a gallon. The traveling trophy with the cannon on top is out of Clovis for the first time since 2000, as a 30-28 Hobbs win left […]

Clovis 6th on towns for young families list


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com When it comes to the best cities for young families in New Mexico, Clovis was recently ranked number six by a consumer advocacy website, and Portales stands at number seven. NerdWallet used data from across the Internet to make the determination based on quality of public schools, affordability […]

Clovis woman draws prison sentence for selling meth


CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis woman accused of selling methamphetamine was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Irma Jimenez pleaded guilty to two felony counts of trafficking as part of a plea arrangement with Chandler’s office. District Judge Fred Van Solen also sentenced her to three years supervised […]

Veteran Texico teacher always learning


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com John Irwin has spent the past 44 years changing students’ lives in the classroom and on the playing field. Irwin has been a science teacher and football and track coach at Texico High School for 10 years, and has also taught and coached in Clovis and Muleshoe. Now […]

Cold weather doesn’t stop crowds at Peanut Valley Festival

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Roosevelt County native Theta Ainsworth sings as part of the entertainment Saturday afternoon at the Peanut Valley Festival at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Ainsworth was singing with 9 Mile Creek, a band of college students in the Lubbock area.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds offers a chance to grab something to eat, dance to local musicians and fill the Christmas stockings without fretting about a Black Friday that’s a month away. Or, for brevity’s sake, it’s time to go nuts. The 40th running of the Peanut Valley Festival, […]

Sunland preparing for bankruptcy since April


By Robin Fornoff and Christina Calloway CMI staff writers Defunct peanut processor Sunland Inc. may have stunned and surprised Portales and much of eastern New Mexico by declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors this month. But documents filed in federal court show the one-time giant of the peanut industry had been preparing for the possibility […]

Texas county denies prairie dog move

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Clovis has drawn national attention for its actions on prairie dogs this year, beginning when it poisoned the animals at Ned Houk Park at the request of nearby farmers.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The dogs are denied again. Officials in Mitchell County, Texas, have informed Clovis city officials that they don’t approve of a citizens group effort to move 200 to 300 prairie dogs from Clovis city property to a private property in Mitchell County. City Manager Joe Thomas received a […]

Salvation Army closing thrift shop

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The Salvation Army Thrift Store, open in Clovis since the 1970s, will close Oct. 31.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com In what they call a tough but necessary decision, the Clovis Salvation Army has decided to close its thrift shop at the end of October. The store, open since the 1970s, has seen better years, and Jim and Rachel Gallop, Salvation Army co-chairs, think the community would be […]

Labor of love


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Fourteen Melrose women have spent the past week laboring over a quilt that will be given to a girl whose father passed away while fighting for his country. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ruoff, originally from Canon City, Colo., was working in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when he […]

Commission: No on new water study


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Clovis City commissioners on Thursday unanimously voted to direct Mayor David Lansford to vote no on a new yield study on the Ute Water pipeline project. The vote was 5-0; Commissioners Randy Crowder and Dan Stoddard were absent and Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer joined via phone, but had technical […]

Safety stressed at kids event


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Area third-graders were given a crash course in farm safety Thursday as part of the 16th annual Progressive Agricultural Safety Day held at the Curry County Events Center. Nearly 750 students from across Curry and Roosevelt counties, as well as Friona, Farwell and San Jon, attended Thursday’s event, […]

Local restaurant donates gym supplies to Lockwood


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Leigh Dillon said it felt like Christmas Wednesday as employees from K-Bob’s Steakhouse delivered nearly $1,000 worth of gym supplies to Lockwood Elementary School. The physical education teacher had been working with old, run-down equipment for the past few years, and had only three tennis balls to be […]

Transmission lines key to development


By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico officials have high hopes of a wind energy boom in the near future with projects such as Tres Amigas, the Brahms wind farm in Grady and a Roosevelt County wind farm all in the midst of being developed. But the key factor needed to encourage […]

Electronic cigarettes could be banned from all buildings


CNJ staff Electronic cigarettes would be banned from all buildings within Curry County’s legal jurisdiction under an ordinance placed on first reading Tuesday by commissioners. The proposal drew mixed reaction from the group, including Commissioner Tim Ashley, who wondered aloud if a ban on electronic or e-cigarettes was necessary. The county, as the city of […]

Tres Amigas president: Completion date still 2016


By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The president of Tres Amigas told Pure Energy Expo attendees Tuesday that although the project’s groundbreaking date was moved back numerous times, the company has made great strides with the project in 2013. “Like any development, every day gets closer,” David Stidham said of this year’s progress. “We […]