Education feature: Clovis High’s Japanese course popular, challenging

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Tyler Kendrick talks with instructor Hisano Richeson during a computer lab portion of Wednesday’s Japanese II course at Clovis High School.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com At a corner classroom at Clovis High School, the letters go up and down and right to left, the last name comes first and the students refer to the teacher as “Sensei.” The Japanese course, taught at two levels at CHS, has been taught for three years, and school […]

CCC board seat to remain vacant until election

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com There won’t be anyone appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Clovis Community College board after the four remaining board members deadlocked in a vote to fill the position. The seat will remain vacant until voters decide in a March 2015 election, said board Secretary Russell Muffley. The […]

Anonymous text prompts lockdown in Grady

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com No drugs or weapons were found at Grady schools during an hour and a half lockdown Wednesday morning prompted by an anonymous text message, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The text saying there were illegal drugs and guns in the school was received about 9 a.m. by […]

Residents donate to replace stolen pumpkins

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]

Ordinance approved defining adult entertainment

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission took a small step Wednesday, should the city ever need to create an ordinance to deal with a strip club inside city limits. During a review of city ordinances, Louis Gordon of the city’s building safety department, said it was discovered that while […]

Education column: Athletic success worth sharing

Our sports season got off to a bang-up start with our beloved Clovis High School Wildcats winning their first home game at Leon Williams stadium Friday night. It was an exciting game, ending in a 28-23 win. Last week before the game, I had an opportunity to sit down with the Clovis Schools Athletic Director […]

Pages past — Sept. 11

On this date … 1974: Millions of web worms, capable of destroying a field of new wheat in a matter of hours, had invaded the Quay County area. County Agent Lloyd Cavasos said he found as many as five worms on a single 3-inch stalk of fall wheat near House. The worms, dark gray with […]

Police blotter — Sept. 11

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday ∞ 12:18 a.m.: Trespass in progress, 100 block of Cooper Court. ∞ 7:56 a.m.: Theft, 5100 block of North Prince Street. ∞ 9:08 a.m.: Motor vehicle with injuries, Engineer Way. ∞ 10:06 a.m.: Possession of marijuana, 2100 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. […]

What’s happening — Sept. 11

Today Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public  Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Board of County Commissioners special meeting — 1:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828. Friday Special Olympics Equestrian Games — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (opening ceremonies), Curry County Events Center. Information: 575-935-7000. Women’s Initiative Network luncheon — noon, Clovis Civic Center. […]

Riding for veterans

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Matt Littrel of Elbert, Colorado, rests during his coast-to-coast horseback ride Tuesday at the Curry County Fairgrounds with Big Country, one of seven horses he and two companions are using on the trek. They started a Marine Camp LeJune, North Carolina, on May 1 and plan to make Marine Camp Pendleton, California, by mid-December to raise awareness about high suicide rates among veterans.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com To hear Marine veteran Matt Littrell tell it, this coast-to-coast horseback ride found him. It was about the time he placed the pistol that was to end his suffering on a table in front of him. “I just didn’t pick it up,” Littrell, 32, recalled during a day-long rest, […]

Early numbers show air service growing well

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com So far, Clovis seems to like its Essential Air Service partnership with Boutique Airlines — and the feeling is mutual. In its first full month serving the city, the San Francisco-based airline nearly doubled its average daily customer total between the last two weeks of July and August. “When […]

Pages past — Sept. 10

On this date … 1969: The longest steel beams ever installed in New Mexico — 138 feet long, weighing 22 tons each — arrived in Clovis. They were part of the overhead bridge spanning U.S. 60-84 at the entrance to Cannon Air Force Base, the Clovis News-Journal reported. Five beams were scheduled to be installed. […]

Straying from beaten path worth the time

Rule: When a friend texts, “I miss you,” and you both have the day off, and she says, “Let’s do something we’ve never done before,” that’s exactly what you do the next day. And this is how I found myself on the road, driving more than 100 miles roundtrip to visit somewhere I’ve mostly been […]

ENMU Childhood Development Center pumpkin patch vandalized

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Lara Vaughan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center master teacher, looks at the damage caused to the pumpkin plant on Tuesday at the garden. Vaughan said four pumpkins were taken.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Learning how plants grow was one of the fun activities Lara Vaughan taught the children at Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The children tend to gardens and, since June, they had been growing a pumpkin plant. Vaughan said every day they would go outside and observe the […]

Bank holding 9/11 memorial

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Area residents are expected to gather at 7:30 Thursday morning to commemorate those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and J.P. Stone Community Bank will hold […]

What’s happening — Sept. 10

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Planning & Zoning meeting — 3 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public  Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Board of County Commissioners Special meeting — 1:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828. Friday Special Olympics Equestrian Games — 9 […]

Police blotter — Sept. 10

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday ∞ 12:07 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 300 block of West Plaza Drive. ∞ 7:11 a.m.: Missing person returned, 900 block of Rencher Street. ∞ 7:53 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 300 block of Hinkle Street. ∞ 8:57 a.m.: Juvenile problem in progress, 1000 block of Cypress […]

Letters to the editor — Sept. 10

Railroad crossing a hazard Countless motorists, including myself, have to drive over a dangerous railroad crossing every day. The crossing is located on Martin Luther King Boulevard. There is a double crossing located there. One crossing is smooth and easy to navigate. The second crossing is in such disrepair that one has to slowly crawl over it […]

No decision reached on artificial turf for par-3 course

Staff photo: Robin Fornoff
City Commissioner Gary Elliott leans on a pin marking a hole Monday at the Hillcrest park par-3 golf course. Elliott and other members of the city’s parks, recreation and beautification committee took a walking tour of the course while considering an upgrade and redesign.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com It’s one thing to sit in an office at City Hall and debate. Quite another to actually tour the subject of debate. Which is exactly what the city’s parks, recreation and beautification committee did Monday. They, along with City Manager Joe Thomas, hit the links, walking the soft grass […]

Jail employees in union to receive retroactive raise

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County jail employees represented by the Teamsters will be getting a 50 cent an hour pay increase retroactive to Aug. 31 under terms of a new contract. The contract was approved by Curry County Commissioners on Sept. 2 following a closed executive session. It is the first contract […]