Fundraiser nets more than $133,000

Courtesy photo: 
Chad Patton
Pat Cheville and Tam Curry’s kindergarten class sang at the Clovis Christian Schools annual Christmas fundraiser Dec. 6. The auction and raffle prize items brought in more than $133,000 for scholarships and other annual school expenses.

Staff report Clovis Christian Schools’ annual Christmas fundraiser brought in more than $133,000 through live and silent auctions on Dec. 6, school officials said. A large portion of the money was raised by a donated Jeep Rubicon, which brought in $81,500. All of the students at the school created art for the silent and live […]

Food bank sets up New Year’s Eve open house

STAFF REPORT The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has planned an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31. The public is invited to tour the facility, located at 2217 East Brady, meet new Executive Director Dianna Hernandez and the food bank’s staff. In a release from the food bank, Hernandez […]

Brown: Ignorance, some substances, go up in flames

Life on and about the farm requires a number of skills. Some, quick to master, others more slow, and then there are those skills that must be learned before it’s too late. There is no try, just do it right and don’t blow it — or let it blow up. Case in point: Gas-in-jug, and […]

Day Trips — Canyon offers startling scenery change

Courtesy photo: U.S. Forest Service
The walls of the Melvin Mills house still stand at the Mills Canyon Campground near Roy.

Mills Canyon, in Harding County, presents a startling but pleasant change from the sea of prairie grass above it. At its end, the road into Mills Canyon descends rapidly, shifting from level prairie grasses to ponderosa and pinyon pine and rock cliffs. The descent ends at the Canadian River. A look back reveals the river’s […]

Police blotter — Dec. 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 7:50 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, 900 block of Connelly Street. • 9:54 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 2200 block of Duckworth Avenue. • 10:54 a.m.: Warrant service, 200 block of North Pile Street. […]

Pages Past — Dec. 19

On this date … 1960: Clovis put four on the Class AA all-state football team announced by United Press International — halfback Jimmy Reynolds, end Jim Gee, tackle Richard Ybarra and center Ronnie Bowman. Portales’ Richard James was named to the Class A team as a back. Melrose had four on the Class C team […]

School board candidates

The following are candidates who registered Tuesday for Feb. 3 Curry County school board elections: Clovis District 3 Paul Cordova District 4 Jennifer Burrill Justin Howalt District 5 Terry Martin Jose Griego Grady Position 1 Allen Wade-Edwards Leona Powell Postion 2 James Schell Position 3 Jack Driever Jerome Joseph Provencio Melrose Position 1 Barry Allen […]

Christmas services — Dec. 19

Here are area Christmas services reported to the CNJ: Sunday • Christmas play Living Word Church of God 10:45 a.m. 3719 E. 21st St., Clovis Information: 575-763-6796 Wednesday • Come and go open communion service Living Word Church of God 6 p.m.-7 p.m. 3719 E. 21st St., Clovis Information: 575-763-6796 • Christmas service St. James […]

What’s Happening — Dec. 19

Today Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. Saturday December Christmas Bonanza (Good Samaritan Inc.) —1 p.m.-3 p.m., free food, a skit, drawing for prizes, Church of Brethren, 101 Acoma St. Information: Evangelist Curtis Brewer at 575-219-2670. Ongoing Artist of the Month — Lois Snyder,  Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. […]

Zoo display draws big crowd

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Sarah Rodriquez of Clovis takes a photo of her daughter, 9-year-old Reyna Rodriquez, in a Santa cutout during Christmas Nites at the Zoo at Hillcrest Park.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com If the crowd were any indication, the night time was the right time to be at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. Hundreds packed the zoo on Wednesday, the second night of the city’s annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo event. The zoo will open again from 6 p.m. to 8 […]

Language important in all phases of education

The importance of learning a second language cannot be underestimated. Numerous research studies have proven the cognitive benefits from studying a second language. One article in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) maintains, “Foreign language learning is much more a cognitive problem solving activity than a linguistic activity. Studies have shown […]

Nine years added to kidnapper’s sentence

Staff report A successful appeal by the district attorney’s staff got a Clovis man nine more years in prison Wednesday for his 2011 kidnapping and rape conviction, according to a release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Reeb said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was originally sentenced in 2012 to 18 years after District Judge Stephen Quinn ruled […]

Clovis woman pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charge

Staff report Tina Tafoya of Clovis pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. She and three other defendants entered a guilty plea in the case. Under the terms of her plea agreement, Tafoya will be sentenced to 78 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to a […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission — Dec. 18

The Clovis City Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A resolution that would grant a waiver for height and setback requirements for a cellular tower in the north half of the Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center. Lubbock-based NTCH-NM wishes to build a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 8:09 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, Norris Street and Mabry Drive. • 9:23 a.m.: Burglary report, 200 block of Schepps Boulevard. • 10:30 a.m.: Trespass in progress, 1100 block of Maple Street. • […]

Helping needy at Christmas Fraternal Order of Eagles’ tradition

Staff report Frank Romero has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for more than 15 years. He said as long as he’s been a member, the organization has been taking needy kids shopping every Christmas. This year, the FOE raised more than $18,000 so that 120 kids will each be able to […]

Pages Past — Dec. 18

On this date … 1969: Clovis city commissioners rescinded their actions of a week earlier that set 13th Street as the northern boundary line for liquor outlets. Mayor Chick Taylor, who previously cast the deciding vote in a 3-2 decision, made the motion to rescind. Taylor said he changed his mind after realizing it would […]

What’s happening — Dec. 18

Today Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., Portales City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Ribbon cutting — 11:15 a.m., 5756 Yoga Studio, 1423 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-3435. […]

Empty Stocking Fund — Family R

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family R • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This single mother has three daughters, ages 15, 8 and 1. Earlier this year she lost her job and had an accident that left her unable to […]

Dream of community garden coming to life

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Molly, a retired military working dog, guards the field that C.J. Pierce is planning to turn into “Nano’s Farm and Community Garden” in the spring.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Starting a community garden is a lifelong dream for C.J. Pierce. Before her mother passed away, she told her daughter to follow that dream. Now Pierce has 10 acres of land and is putting her plan into action. Pierce is planning to start a community garden this spring called […]