Lady Cats keep rolling with win over Cavegirls (updated with gallery)


By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer With her senior season on the horizon, Clovis High’s Kyleigh Guthals was torn over whether or not to play basketball for the defending Class 5A girls state champions. A mainstay on the CHS volleyball team, Guthals originally decided not to play. It didn’t take her long to change […]

‘Clovis’ amongst stars


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ STAFF WRITER The name Clovis is out of this world. Don’t believe it? Proof is at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, where there is a photo of an outcropping on Mars named after the city of Clovis and prehistoric spear points found at Blackwater Draw. […]

In tribute: Former Cannon commander participated in many major world events


By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer During the eulogy for former Cannon Air Force Base commander Gabriel “Bart” Bartholomew, family members couldn’t shake the Sophocles quote, “One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.” The underlying story about Bartholomew, however, would be the numerous times he almost didn’t […]

Bill tracker 2014


Here’s a quick look at some of the bills introduced at the Legislature and sponsored by local lawmakers:   Rep. Anna Crook, R-Curry Bill number: HB225 Summary: Would increase penalties for crimes committed against children. Details online: Follow all the bills sponsored by Crook:     Rep. George Dodge, D-Curry, De Baca, Roosevelt […]

Deleon found guilty of first-degree murder


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Jurors took less than an hour Friday to convict Enrique Deleon of the first-degree murders of his next door neighbors, Clovis couple Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25. Deleon faces mandatory life in prison on both convictions, plus another eight years for two counts of child abuse, […]

Takeout business goes up when temperature goes down

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.:
Something Different Grill delivery driver Amber McClean 
gets into her car to make a food delivery on Thursday evening.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Snow apparently doesn’t take away the appetites of Clovis residents, as many local restaurants who offer delivery and carry-out service saw a noticeable spike in business on Wednesday night. Something Different Grill and Snappy Tomato Pizza offer delivery services, and their drivers hit the snowy roads more […]

Hounds edge Javelinas in overtime

CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero
Greyhound guard Devone Davis leaps over Texas A&M Kingsville’s Adonis Bailey after he became tangled with Greyhound guard Rodney Blackmon in the first half of the Greyhounds’ game Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER PORTALES — It’s been a rough go for Eastern New Mexico University’s men after an 0-2 start in Lone Star Conference play, but the Greyhounds are positioned pretty well. ENMU struggled for much of the game, but rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to get to an overtime […]

Snow brings needed moisture

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Anthony Cordova, custodian at Parkview Elementary School, lowers the American flag after school Wednesday afternoon. Cordova who has been with Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years, said despite the cold temperature, the flag goes up the pole and down the pole every school day.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Clovis schools employee Britney Stephens said she wasn’t able to keep warm Wednesday during her visits to the schools. An employee of the district’s technology department, the Eastern New Mexico University grad and Hawaii native wasn’t used to the area’s winter temperatures, which remained in the teens most […]

Cass signs with Greyhounds

CNJ file photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis’ Kamal Cass is one of atwo players in New Mexico prep history with multiple 2,000-yard rushing seasons. He finished his career with 5,444 yards and 73 rushing touchdowns./

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER After rushing for more than three miles as a Clovis Wildcat, Kamal Cass will take his show about 20 miles south next fall. Cass, the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico, faxed in his letter of intent Wednesday to play football for Division II Eastern […]

Ticket feature: Nebraska Theatre Caravan to present ‘The Fantasticks’

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The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of The Fantasticks will be presented at the Marshall Auditorium Feb. 13.

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series will bring its latest act to town Feb. 13 as the Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents The Fantasticks. The new steampunk adaptation of the long-running production will showcase elaborate costumes, props and scenery while keeping the original integrity of the play intact. Written by Tom Jones and […]

Neighbor describes finding shooting victim


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR His hands covered in his dying brother Joe’s blood, Frank Valero said he kicked in a neighbor’s door that night in September 2011 in a desperate attempt to find help. “He said my brother’s down,” neighbor George Sanchez testified Tuesday in Curry County District Court. It was minutes […]

Business feature: Restaurants looking to technology

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Thai City owner Seum Vongsa, left, discusses business using information from an IPad with his manager, Ronnie Rattanavong. Rattanavong set up the restaurant’s new POS (point of sale) system three months ago, and now all aspects of the business can be managed through an IPad.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Yep. There’s an app for that. Up until three months ago, Thai City had a communication problem between its American wait staff and its Asian cooks. That’s when manager Ronnie Rattanavong installed a point of service system run with iPads. “This system cuts down on order errors, […]

Pancake Day reunites longtime friends

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Tracy Kimberly of Clovis, a 12-year member of Clovis Kiwanis, pours pancake batter Saturday during the annual Pancake Day fundraiser at Clovis High School cafeteria. Kiwanis officials said they served 700 people and raised  $4,000 for youth in Curry County.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Elaine Williford’s history with the Kiwanis Club’s annual Clovis Pancake Day began as a singer in junior high school. Now she’s in charge of the show. “They used to provide entertainment, and I sang with my school choir,” said Williford, adding with a chuckle that now “I’m […]

Tres Amigas hoping for June start

Courtesy illustration: Tres Amigas
This shows the layout for the future power superstation. At left are the three construction phases for Tres Amigas.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer The anticipated groundbreaking for a proposed power superstation northeast of Clovis has been delayed again, but Tres Amigas officials say the project is still moving ahead. Financing for the $550 million “power highway” that would allow electricity to move from coast to coast remains the primary holdup, Chief […]

Mystery unraveled

Courtesy photo: Scott Jones
Surveillance video from the library shows “Bootsie” walking across the library Tuesday evening.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Margaret Hinchee and her staff at Clovis-Carver Public Library lived out a true mystery novel in the past week. In the mystery, there were police, stakeouts, traps, and surveillance cameras. All for a cat. “We think he snuck in sometime last week. He was here about five […]

Mason bids adios with concert

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Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer   Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community […]

Clovis High’s culinary program growing

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Junior Arik Yeager prepares flame-roasted red peppers for grilled chicken paninis. Yeager is a student in ProStart, a culinary program at Clovis High School.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER By spending extra time in the kitchen as part of the ProStart culinary program at Clovis High School, junior Juan Gutierrez said he has learned discipline, leadership skills, and how to cook for himself. “I became interested in the culinary profession in the seventh grade when I started […]

Tumbleweeds prove troublesome

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Art Thompson clears the area in front of his home of tumbleweed debris on Tuesday afternoon. Thompson said that on Monday morning his entire patio was full of tumbleweeds.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Beep. Beep. Beep. The sound of a city dump truck in reverse pierced the bitter cold air Tuesday as an armada of city workers, airmen and residents worked to clear the mountains of tumbleweeds that invaded a northwest Clovis neighborhood a night earlier. In what looked more […]

ENMU grooming new mascots

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Eastern New Mexico University’s new greyhound mascots cuddle in their kennel Monday after a visit to the veterinarian.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer It looks like a case of puppy love. “I got to walk them this morning, and I love them, they’re so cute,” said Eastern New Mexico University junior Yvonne Tillman of a pair of greyhound puppies being groomed to be school mascots. Nicknamed Duece and Trey, the […]

Tumbleweeds taking over

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Russ Gould, who lives on Cheyenne Drive, worked Monday morning to clear out tumbleweeds from his property. Gould said in 20 years, this is the worst he has ever seen the tumbleweeds in his neighborhood.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Renee Ortiz awoke Monday morning to an unwanted guest at her front door — tumbleweeds covering her home from the roof down to the street. “I got up this morning and I went to the backyard and it was fine,” she said. “Then I walked to the front […]