The winners are…


Kevin Wilson, left, and Greg Price agonize to make their Oscar picks. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) Oscar night always promises at least one awkward speech, one winner you expected, and many you didn’t. The days before promise piles of Oscar picks columns from people who spend careers watching movies. Kevin Wilson and Greg Price […]

Call center ups capacity


More than 100 employees at the SEI customer care center in Clovis provide technical support round-the-clock for such clients as McDonald’s. (Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLise) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Housed inside the 45,000-square-foot SEI call center is a replica of the computer system in a McDonald’s restaurant. It is capable of simulating an […]

Police arrest Portales men on drug-related charges

By Freedom Newspapers Portales police made two drug-related arrests Thursday with the help of a police informant, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Chris Roybal, 20, of Portales attempted to sell 3.2 grams of methamphetamine for $225, police said. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Freddie Dominguez, […]

Dual school program debuts


Lura Zamora, left, a fourth-semester nursing student, demonstrates how to dress a wound to Yucca Junior High School ninth-graders Sashia Kimberly, center, and Madison Robbins at Clovis Community College on Thursday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Apprentice-style education is making a comeback. Through a Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis […]

Industrial park helped pull in plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis officials knew if they built the Clovis Industrial Park, businesses would come. The city’s nabbing of an $80 million biodiesel plant proves it, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. He said the park is a major reason Clovis beat out four other New Mexico […]

In Tribute: Father inspired, excited church members

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Father Wilfred Savard was involved in the Catholic Church for most of his 86 years, and he led with a style that inspired his church members to be involved, and be excited. “He was a different type,” said Mimi Garza, a member of Sacred Heart Community Church in Clovis. […]

Development group grants housing funds

By CNJ staff Eastern Plains Council of Goverments and La Casa have been awarded grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eastern Plains Council of Goverments has received a total of $235,660, while La Casa has received $221,655 of the grant money. Awarded under HUD’s Continuum of Care grant program, the funds […]

Clovis has rich musical past

By Norvil Howell: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. From its earliest times Clovis has been a musical community. Early day residents performed in their homes and churches and organized amateur productions in the community. Clovis’ first music teacher was […]

Farwell woman killed in vehicle rollover

By CNJ staff A 34-year-old Farwell woman died Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle rollover south of Texico, according to state police. Lourdes Garcia Mora was driving a 2001 Ford pickup south on State Road 348 about 5:30 p.m. with two of her children as passengers when she lost control of the vehicle, according to a […]

Cops and Courts: Murder trial delayed 30 days

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The defense attorney was granted a 30-day extension Wednesday in the first-degree murder case of three Clovis men accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept in his bed more than a year ago. Roger Bargas, attorney for defendant David Griego, 30, told Judge Joe Parker at a […]

Biodiesel plant will produce fuel from animal fat


American Renewable Fuels, a subsidiary of Australian Renewable Fuels, plans to locate the plant at the Clovis Industrial Park in southeast Clovis. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An Australian company plans to build a biodiesel plant in Clovis that has the capacity to produce 75 million gallons of biodiesel annually from animal fat, officials […]

Portales woman says she was held captive

By Freedom Newspapers Police arrested a Portales man Wednesday evening after a woman said she’d been held captive for more than a day. George Vela, 27, is charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and being a felon in possession of a firearm, officials said. He was arrested about 8:30 p.m. inside the emergency room at […]

Ninth-grade academy gets official name


Students walk the hallways of Gattis Junior High School, which will be converted into a ninth-grade academy. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plans for the Clovis ninth-grade academy are progressing smoothly, according to Clovis Schools officials. Officials have decided to name the academy the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, […]

City works to patch potholes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Street Superintendent Clint Bunch said his crews have been working into the night and on weekends repairing winter-weather-induced potholes. Already working extra hours to salt, sand and plow roads during recent snowstorms, the overwhelmed crews have faced their latest challenge with the pothole plague, Bunch said. “We’ve been […]

Governor to announce Clovis biodiesel plant

By CNJ staff Another biodiesel plant is coming to Clovis, according to a news release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to make the announcement at 2 p.m. today in Albuquerque, according to a media advisory from his office. It would be the second multi-million-dollar biodiesel plant to be […]

Music leads to lifetime of experiences

By Homer Tankersley: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. I was born into a musical family and sang in a quartet with my dad and brothers, Jack and Gorden. My elementary music teacher was a tremendous influence in my music. […]

Student Profile: Bell

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Bailey Bell is a senior at Clovis Christian School. She is the daughter of Gary and Julie Bell. Extra-curricular activities: Cheerleading, drama, track, art Hobbies: Theater, tap dancing, making jewelry, collecting Elvis Presley stuff, MySpace Future plans: Go to college to pursue an acting career, get married and have […]

Education Digest: Late start cancelled due to testing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer There will be no late start Wednesday at Clovis High School as a result of a state-mandated testing schedule. All CHS juniors will take morning tests the week of Feb. 26. Questions regarding the tests and schedule should be directed to the CHS Guidance Office at 769-4350. Literacy council […]

Stylin’ survivor


Karla Granillo, left, a first-semester cosmetology student, styles the hair on her mannequin at Clovis Community College on Tuesday. CCC is the site of a program that provides free wigs and make-up to cancer patients. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer To shrink the cancer in her liver, Carol Johnson […]

Smokers fuming over ban


A cigarette sits in an ashtray next to silverware at Kelley’s Bar and Grill. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A smoker of more than 50 years, James Williams is angry about proposed legislation that would eliminate smoking in indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants throughout the state. He said […]