Area lakes still open for business

By Emily Crowe, CNJ staff writer The extended drought in New Mexico has caused water levels to drop across the state, but all of the lakes in the region are still open for business. “All of our lakes are lower than what we would normally have at this time of year,” explained Toby Velasquz, [...]

Residents recall fatherly advice

By Lillian Bowe, CNJ staff writer Part of a father’s job is to give advice, sometimes his own personal advice and sometimes sage clichés from others: “Shake it off!” “Do you think money grows on trees?” “Go ask your mother.” “Because I said so.” These catch-phrases are known as Dad-isms, and Clovis residents shared [...]

Derby racers turn up heat

By Emily Crowe, CNJ staff writer Twelve years of racing in the Clovis Soap Box Derby hasn’t slowed down the Womack and Renfro families. Jared Womack, 21, is a veteran of the Clovis race, having competed eight times during his years of eligibility. “I’m probably the one with the most years racing without ever [...]

Judge takes blame for escape

Jan Garrett says court failed to follow protocol in Tuesday’s escape. By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Court Judge Jan Garrett said prisoner protocol was not followed in the escape of Ruben Hernandez from her courtroom Tuesday morning. She said the blame lies with her. Hernandez, 40, an inmate at the Curry [...]

Police still searching for escaped inmate

Ruben Hernandez

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail inmate who police believe planned an elaborate escape, was still at large and possibly armed on Tuesday night. Ruben Hernandez, 40, escaped while making an appearance in Clovis Municipal Court on Tuesday morning and may be armed with a rifle, Clovis Police Chief Steve [...]

Student loan interest rate hike deadline raising concerns

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway 
Eastern New Mexico University student Emily Vander Dussen, left, talks to ENMU financial aid office employee Rita Herrera about her financial aid package for her final semester. Vander Dussen is one of millions of college students across the U.S. who receives federally-funded student loans.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer The potential increase of the interest rate on a federal loan that about 3,000 Eastern New Mexico University students receive along with millions of other college students across America teeters on a July 1 deadline, again. Financial aid officers, U.S. congressmen and students are all too familiar with [...]

Business feature: Locally owned businesses make list of culinary treasures

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird 
Alex Loya (left) and Ruben Sepulbeda make a steak fajita in the kitchen of Taco Box. Taco Box, along with the Foxy Drive-in and the Twin Cronnie Drive-in are local food establishments that were placed on the New Mexico Culinary Treasures list.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer When Duane Chase was a freshman in 1974 his family relocated from Florida to Clovis. “Taco Box was the very first place my family ate at when we got here,” Chase said. “I’ve been eating here ever since.” Chase said he keeps coming back for green chile burgers [...]

Trees uprooted, property damaged in Friday night storm

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Alyssa Idsinga said Friday night’s storm caused some of the worst weather-related damage she’s seen in the 18 years she’s lived on her farm in Roosevelt County just southeast of Portales. After eating dinner in Clovis Friday night, she returned to five uprooted trees and three on their [...]

Cooking it old school

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson 
The menu board, as prepared by the Lost Creek Farms Wagon during the Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuckwagon Cookoff Saturday afternoon.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer There was neither Pillsbury nor Sara Lee, nor a Kenmore to cook them with, nor power to run the appliances. Even with the most basic of ingredients and cooking methods, the seven camps still got food cooked for the Duke of the Dutch Oven Chuckwagon Cookoff, and they [...]

In Search of Ponies: Many answers lie in vessels

One would be lucky to have  heart like theirs. They never  get their due, what with all the lion heart references and such. But even at an average of 7 millimeters long — about the size of seven mustard seeds — their teeny, rapidly beating hearts might just be the biggest of all. They fight [...]