Trio of former Wildcats make D-I adjustment

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com From as close as Lubbock, and as far away at Milwaukee, Clovis’ reach into college basketball is normally not this large. Half a decade ago, the eastern New Mexico city was pretty much known on the basketball landscape for Bubba Jennings, a Texas Tech standout who was drafted […]

Peanut farmers out millions of dollars in bankruptcy

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Hershel Carmichael looks at the half of his Valencia peanut crop that has yet to be harvested in his field in Causey. Carmichael said with Sunland’s closure and no other buyers in the market, the only option he has is to pay for storage.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Peanut farmers have a different pay schedule than most. Once they harvest their peanuts in the fall, typically about mid to late-October, they are paid for their crop for the entire year. When Sunland Inc., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy early in October, growers in eastern New Mexico and […]

Fishing clinic teaches young anglers

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Kayley Stockard, 4, and Mason Inge, 6, learn about what fishing supplies are needed in a tackle box from volunteers from the Eastern New Mexico University Fish Wildlife Club.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 23rd Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic was up and running bright and early Saturday morning at Oasis State Park. Youth anglers brought their poles, tackle boxes and listening ears as they took in the fundamentals of fishing from volunteers representing various organizations. The Kids Fishin’ Clinic was […]

Along for the ride

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Brant Atwood wants to drag his cowboy boots, wife and confidence to every Professional Bull Riders event this season in his journey to climb the ranks of his profession. The 26-year-old from Pampa, Texas, ranks 33rd in PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series and has every intention to top the list and […]

Wildcats face stingy Cibola in Class 5A state tournament opener

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Clovis High senior midfielder Adam Wagener heads a ball to a teammate during a District 4-5A match against Carlsbad last month at Leon Williams Stadium.

CNJ STAFF Clovis High boys soccer coach Greg Trujillo would love to see his team get out of the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. For the fourth year in a row, Trujillo will lead the Wildcats into the opening round when they face fifth-seeded Cibola (14-4) at 6 p.m. today at the […]

Ute commission votes down new study request

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com GRADY — Echoing the wishes of various city and village commissions and councils, members of the Ute Water Commission on Thursday voted down a request for a new field study on the long-term feasibility of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The vote was 7-4 vote, with […]

Pumpkins on parade at Parkview

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Pumpkins lined the main hall of Parkview Elementary School on Thursday as Clovis Municipal Schools personnel stopped in to take a peek. Each pumpkin was decorated as a literary character as part of the school’s second annual Pumpkin Parade event, according to Parkview Principal Mandy Carpenter. Broken up […]

Clovis firefighters ready to welcome Halloween visitors

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CNJ staff Local firefighters are getting into the Halloween spirit with the Clovis Fire Department’s annual trick-or-treat event. According to Chad Healer, public education coordinator for CFD, monetary donations are given by local American Legions and VFWs each year and a large candy purchase is made. Candy is then passed out to local trick-or-treaters at […]

Wildcats march to another title

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band performs at Saturday’s Zia Fiesta. The band earned overall grand champion for the eighth time since 1978.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis High School marching band took top honors at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta over the weekend, marking the band’s eighth win as overall grand champion in 34 years of the competition. More than 30 high school bands took part in the competition held Saturday at the […]

Kitten survives 90-foot plunge

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CMI staff A small kitten got more than it bargained for when its dash for shelter led to a death-defying, 90-foot plunge that ended with the kitten shaking in the hands of her rescuer and eventual owner. Most people add kittens to the family as gifts, giving into the persistent pleading of a child, or […]

Halloween frequently fruitful for local merchants

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Holidays can mean big business for retailers, and Halloween is proving to be fruitful for businesses both locally and nationally. According to the National Retail Federation, approximately 158 million Americans will partake in Halloween spending this year. Total spending for the holiday is expected to reach $6.9 billion, […]

CHS band wins state competition

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The Clovis High School band was the class of the state, taking top honors at the Zia Marching Band Competition, held Saturday at the University of New Mexico. The band’s show, titled “Anime,” captured first place for the overall competition. It also claimed wins for outstanding music and outstanding general effect. “It was a good […]

Ute study writer has no definitive opinion on update

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Retired engineer John J. Whipple camped on the shores of Ute Lake while preparing his landmark study of the reservoir. Whipple said he’s not sure if there is a need for a new study, but he doesn’t think one would change his conclusions of 20 years ago.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Almost 20 years ago, engineer John J. Whipple spent several nights camped out on the shores of Ute Lake to get a first-hand look and feel for one of New Mexico’s largest bodies of water and the community of Logan surrounding the reservoir. Whipple was gathering data to […]

In tribute: ‘Scooter guy’ familiar fixture in Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Though it doesn’t come close to telling the story of his 82 years, Bobby Fambro ended his life doing the one thing everybody knew about him. Go talk to the average employee on Fambro’s stops across Clovis, and you might get a quizzical look when you tell them […]

Hall of honors 2013

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CMI staff This year, Eastern New Mexico University inducts five new members into its Hall of Honors. The five selected, in alphabetical order, are: Phil Clabaugh, former ENMU baseball coach Lindsey Davison-Masiarek, former Zia volleyball setter Mike Maguire, former ENMU volleyball coach and athletic director Elizabeth Richards-Capps, former Zia basketball forward Tommy Joe Smith, former […]

Hobbs beats Clovis for first time since Clinton administration

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Clovis running back David Sena takes off on a  31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Friday night at Watson Stadium in Hobbs. Sena carried three times for 46 yards in Clovis' 30-28 defeat.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com When the sun rises Saturday in Hobbs, “The Rebel” will be there for the first time since Bill Clinton was president and gasoline was $1.70 a gallon. The traveling trophy with the cannon on top is out of Clovis for the first time since 2000, as a 30-28 Hobbs win left […]

Clovis 6th on towns for young families list

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com When it comes to the best cities for young families in New Mexico, Clovis was recently ranked number six by a consumer advocacy website, and Portales stands at number seven. NerdWallet used data from across the Internet to make the determination based on quality of public schools, affordability […]

Clovis woman draws prison sentence for selling meth

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CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis woman accused of selling methamphetamine was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Irma Jimenez pleaded guilty to two felony counts of trafficking as part of a plea arrangement with Chandler’s office. District Judge Fred Van Solen also sentenced her to three years supervised […]

Veteran Texico teacher always learning

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com John Irwin has spent the past 44 years changing students’ lives in the classroom and on the playing field. Irwin has been a science teacher and football and track coach at Texico High School for 10 years, and has also taught and coached in Clovis and Muleshoe. Now […]

Cold weather doesn’t stop crowds at Peanut Valley Festival

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Roosevelt County native Theta Ainsworth sings as part of the entertainment Saturday afternoon at the Peanut Valley Festival at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Ainsworth was singing with 9 Mile Creek, a band of college students in the Lubbock area.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds offers a chance to grab something to eat, dance to local musicians and fill the Christmas stockings without fretting about a Black Friday that’s a month away. Or, for brevity’s sake, it’s time to go nuts. The 40th running of the Peanut Valley Festival, […]