Schools locked down

Andrew J. Chavez Jr.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Two Clovis schools were placed on a temporary lockdown around noon Thursday after a man police say was carrying a stolen AR-15 rifle was spotted running from the grounds of Yucca Middle School. Police spokesman Capt. Patrick Whitney said the man was arrested without incident when officers found […]

Wayland campus evacuated; classes moved to First Baptist Church

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Clovis’ branch of Wayland Baptist University was evacuated on Wednesday after a structural engineer became concerned the roof could cave in. Campus Dean Gary Mitchell said students will meet at First Baptist Church until the building can be repaired or declared safe. Mitchell said a structural engineer was called on to look at the building’s […]

Official: Evaluation system not ready

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Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, second from left, addressed the Legislative Education Study Committee Wednesday along with other members of the district’s administration department.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis Municipal Schools officials went to bat for New Mexico public schools before a group of state legislators Wednesday. The state’s Legislative Education Study Committee brought its meeting to Clovis this week, and CMS Superintendent Terry Myers let senators and representatives know that he is concerned about the […]

Three new West Nile Virus cases reported

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Staff report A 29-year-old Curry County man was among three new West Nile Virus cases reported in the state Wednesday, according to a Department of Health press release. The man had a more severe West Nile neurologic disease as compared to the other two cases, which included a 56-year-old woman from Dona Ana County and […]

Lockwood students salute airmen

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Lockwood Elementary School Principal Debbie Westbrook helps serve lunch to Cannon Air Force Base airmen as part of the school’s Constitution Day celebration.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Students at Lockwood Elementary extended a special thanks to a group of Cannon Air Force Base airmen Tuesday as part of their annual Constitution Day celebration. Constitution Day, a congressional initiative to educate students about the 226 year-old document, is required to be observed in schools that receive […]

Restaurateur shares journey at women’s luncheon

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Laura Leal, owner of the two Leal’s Restaurant locations in Clovis, spoke to members of the Women’s Initiative Network on Mobday at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer A local restaurateur shared her journey to success with a group of women Monday at the quarterly Women’s Initiative Network luncheon. Laura Leal, who was 23 years old when she expanded her parents’ Muleshoe restaurant to Clovis, said she overcame financial adversity and an initial lack of business […]

Lake levels rise by up to 9 feet after rain

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CMI staff Last week’s soaking of eastern New Mexico raised the levels of Conchas and Ute lakes by up to 9 feet, providing relief from concerns about lake levels severely depleted by drought. Precipitation before last week’s deluge had risen Conchas Lake’s level enough so that the Arch Hurley Conservancy District could have allocated water […]

Fatal shooting at Washington Navy Yard


A defense contract employee and former Navy reservist killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard before he was slain in a gun battle with police. The shooting at a single building at the highly secure Navy Yard unfolded about 8:20 a.m. on Sept. 16. Your browser does not support the iframe HTML tag. Try […]

CAT TRACKS: Manzano rides early momentum


By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer Momentum is fluid in high school football. It can be a constant buildup, or it can be a quick strike. The Manzano Monarchs slowly built up momentum, scoring on two of their first three drives and stopping the Wildcats on their ensuing three. Then with three plays, momentum […]

Farmers market benefits from rain


CNJ staff The Clovis Farmers Market has benefited from the rain, according to Market Manager Margie Plummer. “This year has been a better year than last,” Plummer said. Plummer said this year’s rains have resulted in more produce at the farmers market. Although the rains have been a boon to the farmers market, Plummer said […]