Prairie dog debate rages

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird
Susan Hubby feeds cantaloupe to prairie dogs Saturday morning at the Goodwin Lake Walking Trail park. She said she only feeds the prairie dogs in the areas of the park where there is not enough food.

By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor Hollywood would have a hard time creating a more colorful cast of characters. They are the saviors and tormenters of the furry High Plains native that has encroached civilization, driven by drought and its most basic instinct to survive. Prairie dogs may never have felt so much love, […]

Rep. Pearce tells audience amnesty not the answer

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Congressman Steve Pearce, right, listens to a local farmer’s concerns about immigration reform.

By Emily Crowe Immigration reform was the hot topic at Friday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce in Portales. About 40 area residents, many representing the Somos Un Pueblo Unido immigrant group, gathered at the Yam Theater as Pearce answered questions from his constituents. While several concerned citizens posed questions about the […]

He pulled over the wrong guys


CMI Staff If you’re going to pretend you’re a police officer, the worst thing you can do is pull over a couple of law enforcement agents. John Shelton, 26, of Logan did just that on Thursday, according to New Mexico State Police. On Thursday afternoon, he was in jail facing charges of impersonating a police […]

Lighthouse ranch provides structure

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Discipleship Program members, along with program director Butch Reardon, prepare for work at Freedom Ranch.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Mike Carter arrived in Clovis seven years ago after what he calls a miracle of God. A bad divorce and a suicide attempt led Carter, who lived in Portland, Ore., but has family in Texas, to join the Discipleship Program at Lighthouse Mission and get his life back […]

Offspring of miniature donkey may be rarity


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER A group of miniature donkeys stood in a field off Llano Estacado Boulevard on Wednesday as the tiniest member of the group peeked out from behind its mother and father. According to Stephenie Brooks, who has been raising miniature donkeys for the past decade, the baby is anything […]

Alternative crop: Scientists tout potential of guar plant at field day

Wheat farmer Doug Gibbs of Clovis smells the guar plant during the New Mexico State University annual field day at the NMSU agricultural science center at Clovis. There is a high demand for guar because guar gum is used in the hydraulic fracturing process.  

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline Area farmers were introduced Wednesday to a desert crop that is in high demand because of its use in the hydraulic fracturing process. “The U.S. spent $1 billion importing guar gum from India in 2011,” crop scientist Dick Auld of Texas Tech University said. “Guar is indigenously adapted […]

Video: Introducing Marquette Basketball Freshman John Dawson

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Video by Marquette Athletic Department

A night to reach out

A New Mexico State Police helicopter lands Tuesday evening during National Night Out at Greene Acres Park. Officials expected a crowd of 2,000 to 2,500 for the fifth annual event.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Steve West and his 9-year-old daughter walked around Greene Acres Park drinking chocolate milk Tuesday evening as firefighters, police officers and Cannon Air Force Base Security Forces airmen helped the city celebrated its fifth annual National Night Out.  Officials from the Clovis Police Department, New Mexico State Police, […]

Jail bond proposal voted down again


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Frustrated Curry County commissioners made it clear Tuesday there won’t be any new attempts to build a new jail or renovate the troubled existing facility with the latest bond issue failure. “I think we’ve tried about every angle we could try,” an exhausted and admittedly stressed Commissioner Ben […]

Cats off and running

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Clovis High assistant coach Chuck Jordan gives players instruction during a punting drill in Monday morning’s season-opening football practice. The Wildcats open the campaign on Aug. 30 at Leon Williams Stadium against Cherry Creek, Colo.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER Clovis High’s football team is off and running on the 2013 season. The Wildcats opened practice on Monday with 86 candidates on hand, coach Eric Roanhaus said. The Cats are coming off a 6-6 season, and open on Aug. 30 at Leon Williams Stadium against Cherry Creek, Colo. […]

Raintree apartments behind schedule

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird
Rafael Ruiz, left, Lucas Roberts, center, and Alexis Garcia lift a wall frame before nailing it into the floor Monday afteroon at the Raintree Apartments construction site.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer The 192-unit Raintree Apartments being constructed on Llano Estacado are about 60 days behind schedule, according to apartment developer Chad Lydick of Clovis. Lydick cited funding delays and bad weather among other factors behind the delay of this $20 million project. He hopes 128 of the 192 units […]

County’s $9.88 million bond election to fund a new county jail is today


Fast facts: The county’s $9.88 million bond election to fund a new county jail is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Voting will take place at the following locations.  Barry Elementary School: 3401 Thornton Street; precincts 3,10, &15. Information: 769-4430.  Clovis High Freshman Campus: 1400 Cameo; 7,8 & 9. Information: 769-4350  Colonial Clubhouse: 1300 Colonial […]

Residents donate school supplies

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United Way volunteers from left, Amanda Valenzuela, 8, Vanessa Valenzuela, 6, from Troop 10403 of Clovis, their mother Michaela Kennison of Clovis, and Mary Guttierrez with SafeLink Wireless of Clovis, stuff the school bus Saturday with donated school supplies in front of Walmart.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer A yellow school bus sat outside the bustling Clovis Walmart Saturday waiting to be filled with school supplies. United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s third annual Stuff the Bus campaign had residents and businesses donating pencils, folders, paper and all other means of school supplies in both Clovis […]

Shoppers hit stores for tax-free weekend

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Kim Birkenfeld and Sawnya Bullock, both of Lazbuddie, shop Saturday at 2 Shabby Divas on Main Street during New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. The friends didn’t realize their purchases were tax free until they started shopping.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Julie Maxey kept a watchful eye on the long checkout lines at the Clovis Walmart Saturday as eager shoppers came out for New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. Maxey, an assistant manager at the store, said things were going smoothly amid the chaos of restocking items and answering product questions. […]

VIDEO: W.D. Gattis Middle School open house

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Airmen, families honored


By Kevin Baird Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

James nominated for Air Force secretary post


The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former assistant defense secretary and House staffer is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next secretary of the Air Force, the White House said Thursday. Obama is nominating Deborah Lee James, an executive at the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., to head the Air Force, where she […]

Gattis Middle School holds first open house


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER 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

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
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 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


By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER 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 […]