Local farmers try hand at new crop

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Crop scientist Sangu Angadi said canola, “should have a use from multiple angles.” On Angadi’s desk are canola products such as canola glycerin, bio diesel, canola meal, canola oil and canola seeds.

By Kevin Baird CNJ Staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Area farmers are giving canola a chance this winter, according to crop scientist Sangu Angadi of the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center north of Clovis. “We’re always looking to try something different,” said Todd Ware of Bovina. “I’ve been watching canola at the crop science center […]

CAT TRACKS: Storm strategy pays off

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Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus talks with senior quarterback Dakotah Yandell following an interception during Friday night’s 41-21 loss to unbeaten Rio Rancho Cleveland at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Sideline, pooch or squib? It didn’t matter to the Cleveland Storm, as long as the ball was away from No. 20 … wait, No. 7. Other than a rough second quarter, the visiting Storm had little problem in posting a 41-21 win at Leon Williams Stadium Friday night. […]

Pulling for you …


Community holds vehicle pull benefit By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A 27-ton burden seemed surprisingly easy for some teams taking turns pulling a semi truck Saturday at the third annual Southwest Cheese Pull fundraiser. “Once you get it started, it just seems to flow,” said Tanya Urias, who pulled for the Great Wide […]

Striking a chord


By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Nearly 40 angelic voices filled the room of the Council of Professors Emeriti building Friday on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to sing for the one man who had inspired each of them in addition to generations of music students that have attended ENMU. The singers, comprised of current and former […]

Schools locked down

Andrew J. Chavez Jr.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 ecrowe@cnjonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 […]

Hearing set for dairymen to voice groundwater rule concerns

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Local dairymen said they are looking forward to an upcoming hearing in March that will allow them to voice their opinions about state groundwater rules  placed on them in 2010. Dairymen said they advocate for water safety for New Mexico residents, but want flexibility in how to achieve that goal.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com They felt their input wasn’t heard before, but earlier this week the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission voted to set a hearing in March 2014 to give a platform for dairymen to voice their concerns regarding groundwater discharge rules that affect them. The rules, set in December […]

Walk to Recovery ministry donates van

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Cipriano Martinez of Highland Baptist Menistry Restoration Project, right, congratulates Angela Guss on being awarded  a used minivan on Saturday at the Walk to Recovery at Greene Acres Park. Guss, who was at one time addicted to methamphetamine was awarded the van for “walking through recovery the right way.”

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com One woman’s road to recovery became easier Saturday when Highland Baptist Church gave her a used minivan during the church’s Third Annual Walk to Recovery on Saturday at Greene Acres Park. “I’m overjoyed,” said Angela Guss about receiving the 1998 Ford Aerostar. “I have three kids who live […]

Mayor, ex-mayor at odds over proposed Ute study


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A recent call for an independent study of the much-vaunted Ute Water Project has two key players swirling in a pool of political rhetoric. Clovis Mayor David Lansford and former Mayor Gayla Brumfield, once friends, now passionate political enemies, stand on opposite sides of the shore when it […]

Lots of ways to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day

Sharna Johnson

Sunday, Sept. 22, is a big day. No, really, it’s a BIG day, So big, in fact — like seven or so tons big — it’s hard to imagine how anyone could forget. Here’s another hint: If they knew it was their day, they sure wouldn’t forget because they never forget. And with ears like […]

The kid brother: An ode to John

You probably knew a kid like John. It’s when you’re in high school and you’re hanging out with your friends and one of your pals has a kid brother who’s hanging around too. That was John. John was Mary Kay’s brother, Mary Kay was Catfish’s girlfriend and Catfish was my pal. That’s how I knew […]

Something special: First round of Special Olympics state equestrian competition under way

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Bob and Carol Bennett of Melrose served as volunteers at the Special Olympics state equestrian competition. They provided horses for the event and their granddaughter was a contestant.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A special group of athletes has gathered in Clovis to strut their stuff alongside their equine companions. Volunteers, families and participants descended Friday upon the Curry County Events Center for the first round of events at the Special Olympics of New Mexico state equestrian competition. Participants showed off […]