First person: Model student

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis High senior Kayleigh Mitchell claimed a regional competition in Lubbock for “America’s Next Top Model, the College Edition.” She is one of 40 regional winners, 16 of which will be selected for the show. Kayleigh Mitchell hit a home run in her first at bat as a model. Now […]

Mayor’s views of president point of contention in city meeting

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The audience at Thursday’s city commission meeting listens as one of the numerous speakers takes the podium at the city commission meeting. Kevin Wilson In the first Clovis City Commission meeting following the March 6 municipal election, Clovis citizens and commissioners debated new Mayor David Lansford’s views on President Obama, […]

Jerrica’s first day out

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Seven-week-old Jerrica was made available for public viewing for the first time Tuesday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Jerrica, who was born at the zoo, was placed in exhibit next to her mother, Jael. Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said, “I’ve never seen it this busy in all of my 26 […]

Monday morning briefing: Catching a break and taking office

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Catch a break Students at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are observing spring break this week, starting today. Staff, unfortunately, must still report and the campus will be open for regular hours. Taking the oath Newly elected city officials are taking their oath of office today […]

Education column: Students get first-hand look at engineering

Following upon recent articles where we’ve provided updates on construction across the school district, I went this week to observe construction actually taking place inside a classroom at Highland Elementary — while students were present! Truth be told, it was the students doing the constructing — Kendra Peloquin’s classroom of Gifted and Talented students at […]

Local, national elections gearing up

Kevin Wilson The first Tuesday in November is Election Day. The first Tuesday in March is one of the most important dates leading up to it. “Super Tuesday,” as it’s widely known, is one of the biggest days in the primary process, with 10 states holding primaries or caucuses. States holding primaries include Georgia, Massachusetts, […]

Hounds’ Nelson makes All-LSC first team

CNJ staff ALLEN, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Reggie Nelson was chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference men’s first team on Tuesday night at the LSC pre-tournament awards banquet. Nelson, who did not play last year, was an honorable mention All-LSC South choice in 2009-10. He ranks second in the league in […]

Religion column: First impressions can often be misleading

Sometimes we make up our minds about people by looking at their dress or mannerisms. Yet, most of the time our assessments are wrong. Paul wrote: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) The following story is an everyday example of how […]

Cowboys deal ENMU first loss

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Designated hitter Jordan Chavez and left fielder Erik Scott each drove in two runs in a five-run eighth as New Mexico Higlands beat Eastern New Mexico University 8-1 on Saturday in the Texas-Permian Basin Classic. The game, with a 9:30 p.m. (MST) start, was the only one played on Saturday. […]

Zias notch first win at Angelo since 1996

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Seniors Precious Herrin and Kiara Tate combined for 35 points off the bench and senior guard Tori Northcutt drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:34 left as Eastern New Mexico University’s women ended a 15-game losing streak at Angelo State with a 63-58 Lone Star Conference win over the Rambelles […]

Local candidates introduced at forum

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tim Ashley of the High Plains Patriots, right, addresses the crowd at the Masters Center conference room. The organization sponsored a forum to meet the candidates for the March 6 municipal election. Kevin Wilson A first chance to meet candidates for the March 6 municipal election dealt with driver’s licenses […]

ENMU’s growth continues

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University students walk the halls of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building Tuesday for classes. Freshman students said they have so far enjoyed the university and are excited about starting another semester. Alisa Boswell Enrollment for Eastern New Mexico University is over 5,000 students for the first […]

Hounds hand Mustangs first loss

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Joshua Lucero: FNM correspondent ENMU guard Devone Davis collides with Midwestern State’s David Terrell as goes up to the basket during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference men’s game at Greyhound Arena. Dave Wagner If you’d told Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton that his team would have 28 turnovers and just 10 assists […]

Education cuts hurt us in future

In her first month of teaching fourth grade in a lower socio-economic school district, a 10-year-old boy rushed at my friend with a sharpened pencil yelling, “I hate you; you are going to die!” The teacher (who requested anonymity) had simply asked him to complete an assignment. Now in her fourth year of teaching overall, […]

Clovis’ first baby of year born to Portales couple

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Jada quietly sleeps in the arms of her mother, Kristen Pacheco. Benna Sayyed Jada Grace Pacheco slept quietly in the arms of her mother Monday morning in a room at the Plains Regional Medical Center. When she was born on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a buzz started around the hospital’s […]

N.M. Kmarts, Sears stores survive first closure round

New Mexico locations for Sears and Kmart stores survived the first round of closure announcements Thursday. Sears announced plans Tuesday to close between 100 and 120 stores, and will post additional rounds of closures online. The first round of closures named 79 locations in 25 states, including three stores in Colorado (Longmont, Glenwood Springs and […]

In search of ponies: Christmas gifts not for pets

Walking through the stores this holiday season, at first you may think,“that squeaky toy is so cute, Fido would love that!” But as you shop, you may start to get the feeling it’s not an accident the Christmas tree shaped dish full of frosted beef biscuits is at the end of the isle right where […]

ENMU builds early lead, notches first Lone Star Conference win

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson ENMU senior guard Stefan Mirabal puts up a shot in the lane during the second half of Thursday night’s Lone Star Conference men’s game against Angelo State at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis. Mirabal had seven points in ENMU’s 71-62 win. Kevin Wilson It’s not really a home contest, but […]

Reader-submitted content: First United Methodist presenting ‘A Festival of Christmas’

The Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church in Clovis will present “A Festival of Christmas” Sunday at both the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. morning worship services. FUMC considers this event to be our Christmas gift to the Community of Clovis and extends a warm invitation to all our friends and neighbors to attend […]

Residents voice concerns over postal plan

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Residents watch a video produced by the U.S. Postal Service regarding potential changes to mail sorting facilities during a public input meeting Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. Robin Fornoff U.S. Postal Service spokesmen ran into a small but contentious crowd Thursday during a public meeting in Clovis. The meeting […]