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 […]

In search of ponies: Blizzard becomes feather-raising experience

When the winter waves hit, the dogs came in, the horses got an extra scoop of sweet feed and the firewood was stacked high. Everything was ready for the bitter wind and clinging ice…Until I suddenly remembered, I had no interest in frozen chicken. Namely because a frozen chicken is wasted on a vegetarian, but […]

Softball a big hit in Clovis

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CNJ correspondent: Liliana Castillo Nicole Marez of the Lady Takers prepares to take a swing during Thursday night’s game against the Vipers at Guy Leeder Complex. The Clovis Softball Association sponsors leagues during the spring, summer and fall. Dave Wagner When members of the Clovis Jaycees sought to start a recreational softball program for the […]

Commentary: Tornado underlines importance of preparedness

Courtesy photo 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg, a pilot in the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, holds a cat found in the rubble on May 24. Lt. Stuckenberg facilitated a relief convoy to Joplin, Mo., as soon as he was notified that the tornado destroyed his hometown. By 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg: 3rd Special Operations […]

Youths, cops to hit the court

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Department Community Relations Officer Daron Roach gathers trophies in his office Thursday for the Cops and Kids Basketball event Saturday. Numerous items were donated, including goodie bags, goodies, bottled water, trophies and T-shirts. Liliana Castillo Clovis youth will have an opportunity to interact with area law enforcement, but […]

Police blotter — May 29

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 p.m. May 19 an officer was flagged down while patrolling the area of Cypress and Redwood streets. Several subjects told the officer there was a fight in a nearby alley. The officer went to the alley and noted while he […]

Zias manage one hit, blanked twice

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — It was a long day Friday for the Eastern New Mexico University softball team … or a short day, depending on how you want to look at it. Freshman left fielder Tessa Fioritti opened ENMU’s first game in the Midwestern State Invitational with a single, but it was all […]

Temperatures to rise above freezing

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A goose and some ducks walk across the frozen lake Thursday at Greene Acres Park. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said while it may be safe for ducks, the lake is not safe enough for people or pets to walk or play on and he cautions everyone to stay off. […]

Herrin providing boost as Zias look to hit stride

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Junior guard Kiara Tate tries to box out sophomore guard Nikki Ingram during ENMU women’s basketball practice on Friday at Greyhound Arena. The Zias host New Mexico Highlands at 4 p.m. today. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese was looking for a forward-type […]

Ticket feature: American Idol finalist taking stage in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Melinda Doolittle, sixth season American Idol finalist, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Marshal Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico American Idol hit Melinda Doolittle takes the stage Saturday in Clovis. With a voice described as big and soulful, the sixth season finalist of the popular TV show is performing as part of […]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ surveys hit inboxes

WASHINGTON — At noon July 7, Defense Department officials e-mailed surveys to 400,000 servicemembers as part of a special review to prepare the military for a potential repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving, Pentagon officials announced. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of […]

Zias split with Cowgirls

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ENMU sophomore Samantha Davis fields a ground ball in the infield on Wednesday as the Zia split a doubleheader with New Mexico Highlands. The Zia won the first game 1-0, but dropped the nightcap 11-6. CNJ staff Kimberly Crouse pitched a four-hit shutout, and sophomore Melissa Williams’ bases-loaded walk was the difference in Eastern New […]

Greyhounds hold off Central Oklahoma

CNJ Staff Senior left-hander Jereme Johnson, getting his first collegiate mound start, worked 5 1/3 innings for the win and sophomore designated hitter Mitch Wolfe drove in six runs with homers in consecutive innings as Eastern New Mexico University outlasted Central Oklahoma 11-9 Friday night in Lone Star Conference baseball at Greyhound Field. Johnson, making […]

Ticket feature: Civic center hosting comedy tour

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Courtesy illustration The Small Town Comedy tour features Doug Williams, Courtney Gee and Charles Walden and is hosted by Sean B. Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Civic Center is hosting the Small Town Comedy Tour March 5. Featuring Doug Williams, Courtney Gee and Charles Walden and hosted by Sean B, the tour brings comedians from […]

Holiday shoppers should hit up local stores for gifts

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There seems to be no end of marketing approaches in the attempt to “sell” Christmas. In fact, I suppose it’s a well known reality that many of our favorite holiday traditions had their genesis in the brainstorming rooms of Madison Avenue marketing corporations. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and the Macy […]

First person: It’s a dog’s life

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Clovis Police Canine Officer Stephen Borders has had the same partner for nearly two years. Before they can hit the two year mark, Renzo, a Belgian Malinois, is retiring next week because of health issues and his partner is going to miss him. Paw-tner: Renzo is a Belgian Malinois which is a cross of three […]

Frugality takes hit on my wallet

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

National health plan won’t hit TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama says his push to reform the nation’s health care system will not diminish health benefits for service families or retirees who use TRICARE, or for veterans who rely on VA hospitals and clinics. In fact, he suggested, as health reform takes hold across the country, veterans who, for […]

Clovis boy is hit-and-run victim

CNJ staff Police are investigating a hit-and-run Wednesday that left a Clovis boy with a broken leg. It happened in the alley behind the 100 block of Sandpiper around 5 p.m. An 11-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle that left the scene, records show. Audra Childers, 13, said she was among a group of […]

Salvation Army hit hard by gas leak

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Salvation Army, located at Gidding and Second streets, has been working around major construction due to a gas leak for the past 3 1/2 weeks. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff at Clovis’ Salvation Army knew this summer was going to be tough. Goodwill moved in to […]