City steps in on prairie dogs

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The Clovis City Commission approved final passage of an ordinance adding prairie dogs to the city’s definition of public nuisance.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis’ city government’s reach was officially extended Thursday night into the burrows of prairie dogs. By a 6-1 vote, city commissioners approved final passage of an ordinance that added the creatures to the city’s definition of public nuisance and required property owners to, “maintain their property as to […]

A taste of monsoon


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER After nearly a month of hot, dry weather, Curry County has gotten a taste of monsoon season. A storm system brought heavy rain showers and flash flood warnings to the area Wednesday. Twila Gorley, who lives three miles east of Melrose, experienced standing water in her front yard […]

Sheriff: Homicide case remains priority


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Curry County’s oldest unsolved homicide remains a priority for the sheriff’s office and lead investigator Sandy Loomis. “I don’t like to be beaten,” said Loomis, who knew 67-year-old J.C. Tucker and has been involved in the investigation since the Clovis businessman was found shot to death 10 years […]

Cats, Lady Cats post soccer shutouts

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Clovis senior Carrie Sharp battles two Ruidoso defenders for possession of the ball during Tuesday’s girls soccer matchup at Leon Williams Stadium. Sharp had four goals and an assist in the Lady Wildcats’ 10-0 rout.

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Freshman Alejandro Medina scored midway through the first half and Clovis High’s boys never relinquished control in a 2-0 win over New Mexico Military on Tuesday. Medina beat Colts goalkeeper Juan Tasich in the 22nd minute after the Wildcats caught NMMI in a defensive switch. Sophomore Albert Nava added an insurance […]

Boy Scout troop helps less fortunate

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Boy Scouts from Troop 411 pack bags full of non-perishable food for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s weekend backpack program Monday evening.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Boy Scout Troop 411 spent Monday evening helping those in need at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Scouts in grades 6 through 10 formed an assembly line and packed 100 bags full of non-perishable food as part of the food bank’s weekend backpack program. The program […]

Fest draws new fans

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Great White featuring Jack Russell was the opening act of Saturday’s show at the Curry County Events Center and performed many of their hits including, “Once Bitten Twice Shy”, at the Clovis Music Festival.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Music fans of all ages rocked through the weekend during the 26th annual Clovis Music Festival. While the festival brought in an influx of concert-goers and a newer generation of hard rock lovers, festival chairman Randy Petty said he has mixed emotions about this year’s event. “The show […]

Clovis rocks: Night Ranger, Great White wow crowds at Clovis Music Festival


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Clovis native Misty Wall made the pilgrimage from Sierra Vista, Ariz., to see Jack Russell’s Great White play at the 26th Annual Clovis Music Festival Saturday night. Wall, who has traveled as far as Los Angeles to see Great White in concert, said she has been a fan […]

Rain delivers for some farmers

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Roosevelt County Farmer Allen Deen said nothing was in this 160-acre field between Portales and Floyd two years ago, but recent moisture has now produced corn as far as the eye can see.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer It isn’t rocket science. All farmers said they needed was precipitation for so many problems to be answered and the rainfall over the summer delivered more rain in three months than most farmers received in all of 2012. For Floyd farmer Allen Deen, the 16 inches of water […]

Wildcats offense heats up

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Clovis senior Steven Beckham turns the corner past Highland defender Jose Luis Ortega in the second half Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque. Beckham rushed three times for 86 yards and a touchdown in Clovis' 68-25 win over the Hornets.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — With the sun bearing down on Milne Stadium and no cloud cover in sight, the public address announcer delivered the gametime temperature at 86 degrees. It was far from the only number that seemed inaccurate. On a day where the heat might have been the most […]

Backyard celebration,concert at Norman Petty Studios


By Kevin Baird The Norman Petty Recording Studio hosted a backyard concert and offered tours Friday as part of the Clovis Music Festival, and for one girl who had been talking about the event all year, it was an opportunity to dance to one of her favorite bands. While lead vocalist George Tomsko was […]

London couple make annual trek to Clovis Music Festival

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Judy and Alan Nash check out the Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum upon their arrival in Clovis on Wednesday. The couple has traveled from London for the Clovis Music Festival since 2009.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER From across the pond in London, Judy and Alan Nash have made their annual pilgrimage to eastern New Mexico to take part in the 26th annual Clovis Music Festival. The couple, who fancy themselves American watchers, have been traveling stateside since 1971 and have visited each of the […]

Local honored with award from NM Music Commission


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER A local music lover will be honored Saturday during the Clovis Music Festival, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce press release. Kenneth Broad will receive the Platinum Achievement Award from the New Mexico Music Commission. He will be recognized for his dedication to teaching the public […]

Ranchvale Elementary music, band instructor chosen as CMS Teacher of the Year


At this year’s Clovis Municipal Schools districtwide convocation, Brian Uerling was announced as the school district’s Teacher of the Year. Uerling is the music and band instructor at Ranchvale Elementary School and has been teaching music for more than three decades. He is passionate about music as an art form and vehicle for expressing feelings. […]

Local talent to take stage opening night


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The Clovis sound will be evolving at this year’s Clovis Music Festival, when local bands will take the stage for the first time during the event’s opening night. According to Randy Petty, music festival chairman, the idea of bringing in local acts has been discussed by festival organizers […]

Labor of love

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From left, Kylan Zimmerman, 5, goes fishing at Ned Houk Park with his great-grandfather Bobby Whitley, his brother Christopher Zimmerman, 8, and Whitley’s brother-in-law Robert Love.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Robert Love and Bobby Whitley spent Monday teaching a much younger generation the basics of fishing. The two spent the afternoon at Ned Houk Park with Whitley’s great-grandsons, Kylan Zimmerman, 5, and Christopher Zimmerman, 8, and taught the boys how to bait a hook and cast a line. […]

Official: Jail kitchen remodel in final stages


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer The kitchen remodeling project at the Curry County jail is in its final stages, and the kitchen will be ready to operate pending an inspection from a state fire marshall on Tuesday, according to Two Horse Construction President Wayne Petner. “If everything goes well,” said County Manager Lance […]

Q&A: Great White vocalist promises to give 100 percent


Much like another Clovis Music Festival headliner, Jack Russell has the Beatles to thank for his career in music. Though his band, Great White, has seen several different lineups throughout the years, Russell is the band’s original vocalist and promises to give his fans 100 percent at every performance. The late ’80s and early ’90s […]

Football fanatics heard throughout both counties

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Escorted by the motorcycles, the Clovis High School Wildcats football team hit the field for Friday night’s opener against Cherry Creek, Colo., at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Wilson CMI staff writers Before the sound of loud, passionate cheering coming from hundreds of dedicated Portales High School football fans, Dennis Lopez enjoys the sound of a cackling sizzle on the grill. The former Roosevelt County commissioner said that’s the sound people will hear before every Rams home game […]

Medley grateful music still popular


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Best known as one half of the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley has been making award-winning music for the better part of five decades. Medley and his Righteous Brothers partner Bobby Hatfield were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, just months before Hatfield’s unexpected […]

Library’s read with dogs program encourages kids to read outside of school

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Lisa Durbin and her therapy dog Sable, a 6-year-old Bernese mountain dog mix, read with Jeanette Ruitaga, 7, Wednesday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The Clovis-Carver Library went to the dogs Wednesday as eager children clamored to get face time with four friendly pooches. As part of the library’s Read With Dogs program, therapy dogs are brought in by their owners to spend time with children while they read books aloud. “It […]