E—cigarette proposal fails


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. On a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Curry County commissioners snuffed out an effort to ban electronic cigarettes from public and private buildings. The vote followed a presentation from a 20-plus year smoker who said she’s been clean a month now, not touching tobacco […]

Police believe school bomb threat a prank


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Police believe a bomb threat called in Tuesday morning at Clovis High School was a prank. Students were moved to the school gymnasium while the school was swept for explosives by police and school personnel, according to school officials. The sweep was completed around 9:30 a.m. and no […]

Cannon airman earns audition on ‘The Voice’

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Josh Sullivan, center, will travel Dec. 15 to Los Angeles for a live audition for the television singing competition “The Voice.” He plays solo gigs around town, and also plays with country band Hiway 84.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A local country singer and guitarist is headed to Hollywood next month to audition for NBC’s reality television singing competition “The Voice.” Josh Sullivan, who is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and works as an AC-130W instructor pilot, only recently began singing for crowds both solo and […]

Cat tracks — Sophomore speed helps Wildcats pull rout

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Clovis sophomore Roland Chavez hauls in a 63-yard touchdown pass as Volcano Vista defender Justin Perez tries to catch up in the third quarter Friday night at Leon Williams Stadium. The touchdown put Clovis up 34-14, and the Wildcats went on to beat the Hawks 47-21.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com How fast is Clovis sophomore Roland Chavez? He outran his own thoughts. That speed was a vital element of the exclamation point touchdown the Wildcats posted in a 47-21 victory over Volcano Vista in their Class 5A first-round playoff game on Friday night at Leon Williams Stadium. The […]

Hospital officials: Experienced nurses tough to find

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Roosevelt General Hospital’s Director of Nursing Services Mercedes Lopez briefs her nursing staff before the night shift begins.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There are no full-time openings for nurses currently open at Roosevelt General Hospital but that can change in the matter of days, according to the Director of Nursing Services Mercedes Lopez. Staffing levels fluctuate in cycles, according to Lopez, and it takes a toll on the nursing staff […]

Elida takes fourth-straight Class B title

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The Elida Lady Tigers rejoice with their trophy after winning their fourth consecutive state Class B volleyball tournament in a row Saturday morning at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center.

By Kenn Rodriguez CMI correspondent RIO RANCHO — Top-seeded Elida made history Saturday in the Class B state volleyball championship match, but the school’s fourth consecutive title did not come easily. The Lady Tigers played tight for much of the match and at one point it looked very much like their opponent, the Carrizozo Lady […]

Cold weather wear


By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The holidays are a time for giving and receiving, and some local families need a helping hand when it comes to properly preparing for winter weather. Several Clovis and Portales agencies are accepting donations of winter coats, which will be given to men, women and children who do not have or […]

A quarter century of helping needy

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Debbie Montoya, who oversees the women’s homeless shelter for Lighthouse Mission, helps clean the facility. Montoya said the shelter served 95 women and 95 children in 2012.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From its humble beginnings 25 years ago, Lighthouse Mission has become a beacon of hope for those in need. What started as a Bible study in a home living room has grown and flourished and now serves as a multi-faceted service organization. Lighthouse Mission offers meals seven days […]

CHS senior look to make run at state


Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s Sydney Romero is ready for her final crack at the Class 5A state volleyball tournament. She thinks the other nine seniors on the Lady Wildcats are, too. Clovis (14-7) takes a No. 8 seed into today’s pool play at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center. The Lady […]

Ticket: Holidays coming early to library


CNJ staff The holidays are coming early to the Clovis-Carver Public Library with this weekend’s Holiday Showcase presented by the Curry County Extension office. Glenda Belcher, home economist for the Curry County Extension Office, said she will be giving step-by-step instructions on how to make ornaments, decorations and gifts. Specific projects include sweater ornaments, pillows […]

Costco wants peanuts back


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The largest processor of organic Valencia peanuts in the country was so strapped for cash, its single largest customer — Costco — had to front it $20 million. And most employees didn’t get paid for their work in the final days before the Portales plant was shuttered last […]

A day of her own


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A high school student who had an entire day named after her would seem to have a lot to live up to. For Aridnee Thomas, living up to her fullest potential has not been a problem. The Clovis High School senior was one of two teens chosen to […]

Healthcare forum draws handful

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Jennale Liston, a Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce ambassador and one of four Curry County insurance brokers qualified to assist with the Affordable Care Act, conducts a presentation on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) Tuesday afternoon at the chamber.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com A local insurance broker spent 90 minutes Tuesday helping small business owners on their responsibilities and benefits for compliance with the Affordable Care Act, but acknowledged problems with healthcare.gov continue to be an issue for individuals, businesses and brokers alike. The forum, held at the Clovis-Curry County Chamber […]

Festival of Trees serves as fundraiser for the Hartley House


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Elaborately adorned Christmas trees will deck the halls of the North Plains Mall this week as part of a fundraiser for the Hartley House. The domestic abuse shelter and resource center has teamed up with 18 local businesses to display and auction 11 trees and seven wreaths. “Our […]

Outage knocks out power to nearly 20,000 customers

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Oran Stoner, left, and Chris Padilla of Xcel Energy repair a line Tuesday morning along East Brady Avenue. A transformer near the landfill blew shortly before 9:15  a.m.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A transformer failure is to blame for Tuesday morning’s power outage that affected nearly 20,000 customers in Clovis, Texico, Farwell and Tucumcari, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “We had a transformer failure in our Curry County interchange near Clovis,” Reeves said, “But the cause of that […]

Resident’s family weathers typhoon


Staff and wire reports Lynn Vinton still hasn’t heard from her family, but friends have relayed the good news: Everybody survived the typhoon that has hammered 41 provinces in the heart of the Philippines. Vinton, who moved to Clovis two years ago, said video shot by friends shows her parents’ home near Iloilo still standing […]

Lady Cats capture finals


CNJ staff Clovis High’s girls made relatively short work of Carlsbad in Saturday’s District 4-5A volleyball tournament championship match at Rock Staubus Gym. Senior outside hitter Sasha Smith-Pollard posted a season-best 10 kills as the Lady Wildcats took a 25-22, 2-10, 25-19 win over the Cavegirls. Clovis (14-7) will find out its seed today for […]

WWII fighter pilot’s dog tags returning to family after nearly 70 years


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A World War II fighter pilot’s dog tags will be returned to their rightful heirs this Veterans Day after a nearly 70-year trek home to the United States. Air Force Lt. Jack Robbins’s plane was shot down by enemy fire on June 24, 1944, near St. Giles, France, […]

In tribute: Bataan survivor remembered as strong, kind


By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com Friends and family said he was strong, mostly quiet, and kind. M.C. Waltmon didn’t talk much about his experiences during the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. But he wrote that he survived through some luck, and good friends. Waltmon, 96, died Oct. 29 […]

Parade pays tribute to veterans


Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com American flags soared high and motorcycles roared to life Saturday as local residents lined Main Street to pay special tribute to military veterans. Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets and American Legion members, as well as local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and civic groups, passed out candy to eager children […]