Hospital interpreters grant peace of mind

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Registered nurse Chris Garcia, standing center, works with interpreters Ted Anaya and Yvonna Gonzalez to help Celina Chavez, a patient at Plains Regional Medical Center.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Patient comfort is important when it comes to good medical care, and Noemi Flores has made a name for herself among Hispanic patients at Plains Regional Medical Center. As a volunteer interpreter at the hospital, Flores helps give patients who are not fluent in English a voice and […]

Escaped inmates used similar method to June escapees


By Christina Calloway and Eric Norwood CMI staff writers Like most people who get surprised by late night visitors, Amanda Bonilla was suspicious why her cousin’s ex-boyfriend and his friend were knocking at her door around 1 a.m. Saturday. Nothing about their appearance or actions suggested Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales, and Noel Webb, 32, […]

Group walks to raise hunger awareness


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a walk, though several Clovis residents set out with more than just a casual stroll in mind. The group walked nearly 3 miles to raise awareness about hunger as part of a national event called CROP walk, which stands for Communities […]

Three men escaped from the Roosevelt County Jail

Robert Claudio

CMI Staff Report One man accused of a violent crime remained at large  and two others were captured early this morning in the second escape from the Roosevelt County jail in three months. All three men escaped from the Roosevelt County jail late Friday, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker said. Robert Claudio, 31, of Portales, […]

Lady Cats take it to limit one more time

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Clovis senior outside hitter Kyleigh Guthals, center, leads a cheer after teammate Dakota Grummer served an ace in the second game.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER Clovis High’s volleyball team is starting to get used to five-setters. Not that it’s by design, but the Lady Wildcats are now 3-1 this season when going the distance. On Tuesday night, the Lady Cats rallied from a two-game hole to stun Roswell Goddard 23-25, 27-29, 25-17, 25-20, […]

Flu season arrives early


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Flu season has come early this year in New Mexico, according to the state Department of Health. The first flu case of the year was reported last week in a 60-year-old Bernalillo County man. Last year, the first flu case was not reported until November. Teresa Broeker, a […]

Portales smoke shops searched

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Deputy TJ Gibson wraps glass pipes in newspaper that were confiscated as evidence from a Portales smoke shop on Wednesday.

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER Hundreds of bags of organic herbal potpourri were confiscated from two Portales smoke shops Wednesday by local law enforcement executing search warrants. The search warrants, based on information from a police informant, said police had probable cause to search the smoke shops because they believe the potpourri was […]

Art display gives stage to faculty

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Carolyn Lindsey, left, Natalie Daggett, center, and art student Heather Repass organize art pieces for the Regional Faculty Art Exhibition reception.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Glass sculptures, a seated skeleton and framed modern art adorn the Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery at Clovis Community College. Part of the Regional Faculty Art Exhibition, the art was produced by teachers and staff at CCC, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, Santa Fe […]

Man faces 18 years for abuse


A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child under age 13, according to press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Marc A. Davila, 24, was sentenced Monday by District Judge Fred Van Solen on a charge of criminal sexual penetration, reduced from the original eight […]

Local farmers try hand at new crop

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Crop scientist Sangu Angadi said canola, “should have a use from multiple angles.” On Angadi’s desk are canola products such as canola glycerin, bio diesel, canola meal, canola oil and canola seeds.

By Kevin Baird CNJ Staff writer Area farmers are giving canola a chance this winter, according to crop scientist Sangu Angadi of the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center north of Clovis. “We’re always looking to try something different,” said Todd Ware of Bovina. “I’ve been watching canola at the crop science center […]

CAT TRACKS: Storm strategy pays off

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Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus talks with senior quarterback Dakotah Yandell following an interception during Friday night’s 41-21 loss to unbeaten Rio Rancho Cleveland at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer Sideline, pooch or squib? It didn’t matter to the Cleveland Storm, as long as the ball was away from No. 20 … wait, No. 7. Other than a rough second quarter, the visiting Storm had little problem in posting a 41-21 win at Leon Williams Stadium Friday night. […]

Pulling for you …


Community holds vehicle pull benefit By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer A 27-ton burden seemed surprisingly easy for some teams taking turns pulling a semi truck Saturday at the third annual Southwest Cheese Pull fundraiser. “Once you get it started, it just seems to flow,” said Tanya Urias, who pulled for the Great Wide […]

Striking a chord


By Christina Calloway Nearly 40 angelic voices filled the room of the Council of Professors Emeriti building Friday on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to sing for the one man who had inspired each of them in addition to generations of music students that have attended ENMU. The singers, comprised of current and former […]

Schools locked down

Andrew J. Chavez Jr.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Two Clovis schools were placed on a temporary lockdown around noon Thursday after a man police say was carrying a stolen AR-15 rifle was spotted running from the grounds of Yucca Middle School. Police spokesman Capt. Patrick Whitney said the man was arrested without incident when officers found […]

Wayland campus evacuated; classes moved to First Baptist Church

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Clovis’ branch of Wayland Baptist University was evacuated on Wednesday after a structural engineer became concerned the roof could cave in. Campus Dean Gary Mitchell said students will meet at First Baptist Church until the building can be repaired or declared safe. Mitchell said a structural engineer was called on to look at the building’s […]

Official: Evaluation system not ready

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Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, second from left, addressed the Legislative Education Study Committee Wednesday along with other members of the district’s administration department.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis Municipal Schools officials went to bat for New Mexico public schools before a group of state legislators Wednesday. The state’s Legislative Education Study Committee brought its meeting to Clovis this week, and CMS Superintendent Terry Myers let senators and representatives know that he is concerned about the […]

Three new West Nile Virus cases reported

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Staff report A 29-year-old Curry County man was among three new West Nile Virus cases reported in the state Wednesday, according to a Department of Health press release. The man had a more severe West Nile neurologic disease as compared to the other two cases, which included a 56-year-old woman from Dona Ana County and […]

Lockwood students salute airmen

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Lockwood Elementary School Principal Debbie Westbrook helps serve lunch to Cannon Air Force Base airmen as part of the school’s Constitution Day celebration.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Students at Lockwood Elementary extended a special thanks to a group of Cannon Air Force Base airmen Tuesday as part of their annual Constitution Day celebration. Constitution Day, a congressional initiative to educate students about the 226 year-old document, is required to be observed in schools that receive […]

Restaurateur shares journey at women’s luncheon

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Laura Leal, owner of the two Leal’s Restaurant locations in Clovis, spoke to members of the Women’s Initiative Network on Mobday at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer A local restaurateur shared her journey to success with a group of women Monday at the quarterly Women’s Initiative Network luncheon. Laura Leal, who was 23 years old when she expanded her parents’ Muleshoe restaurant to Clovis, said she overcame financial adversity and an initial lack of business […]

Lake levels rise by up to 9 feet after rain

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CMI staff Last week’s soaking of eastern New Mexico raised the levels of Conchas and Ute lakes by up to 9 feet, providing relief from concerns about lake levels severely depleted by drought. Precipitation before last week’s deluge had risen Conchas Lake’s level enough so that the Arch Hurley Conservancy District could have allocated water […]