Gattis Middle School holds first open house

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Students, parents, school employees and community members flooded the halls of the newly constructed W.D. Gattis Middle School on Thursday afternoon as the school district held its first open house at the state-of-the art building. The school’s 130,00 square-foot campus encompasses six interconnected buildings, two of which have […]

Education Feature — Director: Band camp helps build camaraderie

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Members of the Clovis High School band practice during this year’s band camp. The camp runs through next week.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The sounds of brass and percussion permeate through the parking lot behind Clovis High School as the school’s marching band prepares for the upcoming year. Band camp is in session, and 250 musicians are busy keeping time with the beat and learning about good old-fashioned teamwork. According to […]

Citizens air jail concerns

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By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com James Slagowski is concerned the site of the proposed Curry County jail in south Clovis is too close to his neighborhood, which includes an elementary school. He asked Curry County commissioners and county officials during Tuesday’s town hall meeting to discuss next week’s $9.88 million bond election if […]

Music educator honored

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Alan Dropps has dedicated much of his life to teaching youth of all ages the fundamentals of music. Dropps, now serving as the director of music education for CMS, has been an educator and administrator in Clovis for the past 28 years. Last week, he was selected Administrator of the Year by the New Mexico […]

Local racer edged out at national derby

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By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com They say baseball is a game of inches. So apparently is Soap Box Derby racing. “We lost by this much,” Chris Crawford said as he held his thumb and index finger half an inch apart to describe how close his stepdaughter, Hailey Renfro, came to advancing out of […]

Documents: Loaded pistol found in suspect’s room

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Police found a loaded gun in the hotel room of a man involved in a six-hour standoff Friday at the Westward Ho Hotel, according to court documents. Patrick Lopez, 31, of Clovis surrendered peacefully early Saturday morning but not before hiding in a crawl space above several rooms […]

AG files to overturn rape dismissal

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The state attorney general’s office on Friday filed a brief to overturn the dismissal of a rape case involving a former Dora middle school coach. The attorney general’s office filed its motion in support of the district attorney’s appeal of the case in which police said girls basketball […]

Manhunt ends in standoff, arrest

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CNJ staff The hunt for a man police said jumped bail escalated into a six-hour standoff Friday at a Clovis motel. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the Clovis Police SWAT team used chemical agents to flush George Lopez out of the attic of the Westward Ho Hotel. Sanders said at about 7:30 p.m. a local […]

War vets share memories over breakfast

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Korean War veterans shared memories of the cold over a hot pancake breakfast Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3015 in Clovis. “There was two feet to four feet of snow on the ground in Korea,” said Tommy Flicking of Clovis. “I promised the good lord and […]

Q&A: Texas girl at heart

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Growing up in the small town of Farwell, Charla Corn dreamed of making it big in country music. Since her early beginnings singing at Border Town Days and local county fairs, Corn has toured nationally with the likes of Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Aaron Watson and the Josh Abbott […]