Prairie dog debate rages

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird
Susan Hubby feeds cantaloupe to prairie dogs Saturday morning at the Goodwin Lake Walking Trail park. She said she only feeds the prairie dogs in the areas of the park where there is not enough food.

By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Hollywood would have a hard time creating a more colorful cast of characters. They are the saviors and tormenters of the furry High Plains native that has encroached civilization, driven by drought and its most basic instinct to survive. Prairie dogs may never have felt so much love, […]

Rep. Pearce tells audience amnesty not the answer

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Congressman Steve Pearce, right, listens to a local farmer’s concerns about immigration reform.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Immigration reform was the hot topic at Friday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce in Portales. About 40 area residents, many representing the Somos Un Pueblo Unido immigrant group, gathered at the Yam Theater as Pearce answered questions from his constituents. While several concerned citizens posed questions about the […]

He pulled over the wrong guys

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CMI Staff If you’re going to pretend you’re a police officer, the worst thing you can do is pull over a couple of law enforcement agents. John Shelton, 26, of Logan did just that on Thursday, according to New Mexico State Police. On Thursday afternoon, he was in jail facing charges of impersonating a police […]

Lighthouse ranch provides structure

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Discipleship Program members, along with program director Butch Reardon, prepare for work at Freedom Ranch.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Mike Carter arrived in Clovis seven years ago after what he calls a miracle of God. A bad divorce and a suicide attempt led Carter, who lived in Portland, Ore., but has family in Texas, to join the Discipleship Program at Lighthouse Mission and get his life back […]

Offspring of miniature donkey may be rarity

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A group of miniature donkeys stood in a field off Llano Estacado Boulevard on Wednesday as the tiniest member of the group peeked out from behind its mother and father. According to Stephenie Brooks, who has been raising miniature donkeys for the past decade, the baby is anything […]

Alternative crop: Scientists tout potential of guar plant at field day

Wheat farmer Doug Gibbs of Clovis smells the guar plant during the New Mexico State University annual field day at the NMSU agricultural science center at Clovis. There is a high demand for guar because guar gum is used in the hydraulic fracturing process.  

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline Area farmers were introduced Wednesday to a desert crop that is in high demand because of its use in the hydraulic fracturing process. “The U.S. spent $1 billion importing guar gum from India in 2011,” crop scientist Dick Auld of Texas Tech University said. “Guar is indigenously adapted […]

Video: Introducing Marquette Basketball Freshman John Dawson

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Video by Marquette Athletic Department

A night to reach out

A New Mexico State Police helicopter lands Tuesday evening during National Night Out at Greene Acres Park. Officials expected a crowd of 2,000 to 2,500 for the fifth annual event.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Steve West and his 9-year-old daughter walked around Greene Acres Park drinking chocolate milk Tuesday evening as firefighters, police officers and Cannon Air Force Base Security Forces airmen helped the city celebrated its fifth annual National Night Out.  Officials from the Clovis Police Department, New Mexico State Police, […]

Jail bond proposal voted down again

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Frustrated Curry County commissioners made it clear Tuesday there won’t be any new attempts to build a new jail or renovate the troubled existing facility with the latest bond issue failure. “I think we’ve tried about every angle we could try,” an exhausted and admittedly stressed Commissioner Ben […]

Cats off and running

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Clovis High assistant coach Chuck Jordan gives players instruction during a punting drill in Monday morning’s season-opening football practice. The Wildcats open the campaign on Aug. 30 at Leon Williams Stadium against Cherry Creek, Colo.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s football team is off and running on the 2013 season. The Wildcats opened practice on Monday with 86 candidates on hand, coach Eric Roanhaus said. The Cats are coming off a 6-6 season, and open on Aug. 30 at Leon Williams Stadium against Cherry Creek, Colo. […]