Girl Scouts get fired up for cookie sales

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Anissa Corrales, left, and Subrina Motley, right, from Girl Scout Troop 3224 learn how to make change Saturday as Roberta Waggoner gives them play money to practice at the Cookie Rally. It was one of many activities for the Girl Scouts.

By Lillian Bowe CMI staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The Girl Scouts of the Eastern Plains region used a Cookie Rally on Saturday to fire up scouts for the annual cookie sale. The annual pre-sale get together was held at the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. Tera Wong-Williams, youth development specialist at Girl Scouts of New […]

Texico, Tatum gain finals

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Melrose’s Taylor Bostwick tries to split Tatum defenders Abby Medlin, left, and Kynzie McNeillin the second quarter of their Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament semifinal Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Two great minutes aren’t nearly enough to overcome nine bad ones on most nights. Against an undefeated Tatum team, it was even more difficult. Abby Medlin had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Tatum survived a late Melrose burst for a 48-36 victory in the semifinals of the […]

Still standing — Comedian Paul Rodriguez is coming to Clovis

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Paul Rodriguez will perform Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center.

Paul Rodriguez is a famous comedian, but he’s the second Paul Rodriguez to come up in a Google search. Rodriguez, who turns 60 on the Sunday following his Friday performance at the Clovis Civic Center, is the father of Paul Rodriguez Jr., a professional skateboarder who may be more famous these days. Tickets are $32, […]

Lesser prairie chicken plan touted

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By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com Several landowners said they left Thursday’s informational meeting about the Range-wide Conservation Plan for the lesser prairie chicken with more questions than answers. The deadline is approaching for listing the rare grouse, native to New Mexico and four other states, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species […]

CHS senior nominated for Naval Academy

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Clovis High School senior Pierce Hoyer has a distinct vision of what he wants to do with the rest of his life. The 17-year-old football player and track team member recently received nominations to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., from three New Mexico legislators, […]

Albert Ramirez sentenced to life in murder of mother’s boyfriend

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By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A sobbing Albert Ramirez pleaded for sympathy Wednesday at his sentencing for the 2007 murder of his mother’s boyfriend. District Judge Teddy Hartley responded: “It would be wrong for you to live in society,” and gave Ramirez life plus six years in prison for what District Attorney Matt […]

Greyhound rally falls short

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By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — If one knew the Greyhounds would hold Cameron under 60 points Wednesday night, you would probably anticipate an easy victory. Instead, the Aggies built an 11-point lead over the cold-shooting Hounds with three minutes left, and held off a furious rally for a 59-58 victory in […]

Zias, Tucker rally for win

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By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — For 36 minutes, Eastern New Mexico University’s Tori Tucker was just trying to stay in the game — she drew two offensive fouls in the first five minutes, and found herself saddled with four midway through the second half. In the end, though, the junior guard […]

Ticket feature: Milk Lover’s Ball coming to Clovis Civic Center

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CNJ staff The United Dairy Women are bringing their ninth annual Milk Lover’s Ball to the Clovis Civic Center this weekend. This year’s “Arabian Nights” event is open to anyone over 21 years of age and will include a band, DJ and milk toast with New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. Tickets are $100, […]

Clovis escapes after blowing 20-point lead

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Clovis senior Justin Henderson picks up a loose ball as Canyon defender Grainger Fishbacher applies pressure in the second half. Henderson scored eight points on 2-of-3 shooting as the Wildcats defeated Canyon 72-65 in overtime.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Willie McCray had two free throws, but he was essentially shooting a one-and-one. Miss the first, and the second one might as well not exist. At the line stood McCray, Clovis trailing 58-56 and no time left on the clock. His four Wildcat teammates waiting in the backcourt, […]

Ten candidates file for March 4 election

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By Emily Crowe and Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writers On the lone day to file for Clovis municipal races, 10 candidates filed for five races in the March 4 election. Of the five races, only one is unopposed — Juan Garza faces no opposition for his fourth term as a commissioner for District 1. In […]

Lectra-Tech named SBDC’s 2013 Success Client

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Lectra-Tech was named 2013 Success Client for the Clovis Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Lectra-Tech wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College, according to co-owner Arlin Nightingale. Lectra-Tech, which Nightingale purchased almost three years ago, was selected as the Small Business Development Center’s 2013 Success Client. Tristan Schmidt is […]

Boy’s arrest case of mistaken identity

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Marcus Lewis, 12, and his mother Denise Eaton look over a blank tort claim Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders gave Marcus after apologizing for mistakenly arresting him recently near his home. Lewis spent a night in juvenile jail after being booked on a warrant for another juvenile with a similar name.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Marcus Lewis, 12, is “a little annoyed” at being arrested by Clovis police and jailed overnight in a case of mistaken identify. Marcus said he has accepted an apology from Chief Steve Sanders and is ready to move on. His mother Denise Eaton, however, has hired an attorney […]

Answering the call

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United Way of Eastern New Mexico 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar takes a call at the United Way office located at Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. The 2-1-1 program connects local residents to agencies and organizations throughout Clovis and Portales that provide health and human service needs.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From a single mother getting back on her feet to a drug addict looking to better his life, United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s 2-1-1 program has proven to be a beacon of hope for struggling area residents. According to 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar, the 2-1-1 phone number is […]

New Year’s baby waited out year’s end

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Lidieth Rocha holds her newborn baby, Emily Alayna, just before being released from Plains Regional Medical Center on Thursday. Emily was the first baby born in 2014 at Plains Regional Medical Center.

CNJ staff Lidieth Rocha was not expecting to have a New Year’s baby when she went into labor Dec. 30. The now mother of three, 24, welcomed her new bundle of joy at 1:49 a.m. New Year’s Day, making little Emily Alayna the first baby born at Plains Regional Medical Center in 2014. “I started […]

New starts, new promises ahead for 2014

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By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI STAFF WRITER enorwood@pntonline.com Dressed in full firefighter’s gear with his fire hose draped over his shoulder, Charles Nunez scaled up the 25-foot ladder on a sunny and breezy Wednesday afternoon. Training to fight fires is how Nunez and about 20 other Clovis firefighters spent the first day of 2014. “It’s […]

Year in review: BHSI scandal leaves impact

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The failed BHSI plant was supposed to create more than 300 new jobs for the area.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Two years and more than $2 million later, Clovis is still counting the losses from its decision to fund a startup business that never got started. The failed Beauty Health and Science Innovations (BHSI) cosmetics plant and the ensuing scandal was easily the story of 2013, as selected […]

Hospital offering health act help

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Local residents having trouble signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid can now turn to Plains Regional Medical Center for assistance. PRMC has two state-certified application counselors who can help people navigate the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, as well as three staff […]

Year in review: Three standoffs end without bloodshed

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Two men called cold-blooded killers were sent packing to prison. District Court got a new judge. And Clovis police successfully ended three standoffs with gunmen without any bloodshed. It was a busy year, 2013, for local courts and police. There were two homicides in Clovis. Another shooting death […]

Sandia edges Cats in OT

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com There were two noticeable differences between the first time Clovis and Sandia played on Dec. 13 and when they played Saturday night. The Wildcats were quicker with guard Kamal Cass in their lineup, and the Matadors had less size inside with Tim Brennan injured. But just as before, […]