Area seniors honored for 4.0 grade point average

Forty-seven seniors were recognized Monday at The Bank of Clovis' 26th annual senior honors banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. The banquet recognizes graduating high school seniors from Clovis, Clovis Christian, Texico, Grady and Melrose for having a 4.0 accumulative grade point average for their four years of high school. Seniors honored at Monday's banquet: […]

Drought devastates winter wheat crop

Grady farmer Steve Bailey said he hasn't harvested a winter wheat crop since 2010, and he won't be harvesting it this June either. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird Lane Grau of Grady has already started grazing cattle on his dryland winter wheat since cannot cut and sell the crop. According to a USDA Crop and […]

Local officials encourage community rain prayer

Local officials are encouraging area residents to join a Sunday community prayer they're hoping will bring precipitation to eastern New Mexico. One of the organizers, Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Hoyt Skabelund, hopes Sunday's prayer for rain will become a trend among residents of eastern New Mexico and West Texas. "This is a God-fearing, faith-filled […]

Double trouble

Even the good folks at the Elias Sports Bureau, who are adept at finding the most minute statistical occurrences in baseball history, might have a difficult time locating another day like the one Wyatt Williams had last weekend. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Melrose freshman Wyatt Williams, shown pitching in the Buffaloes' game on Saturday […]

Hounds sweep Buffs

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team combined solid pitching with just enough offense on Saturday to end its 10-game losing streak in a big way. CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU shortstop Brett Ackerman can't quite come up with a smash into the hole by West Texas A&M's Tyler McKnight on a second-inning single […]

Opinion: Jail cells not the solution for mentally ill

Local law enforcement and corrections officials shouldn't be responsible for mentally ill residents. But too often, in eastern New Mexico and across the state and nation, mental patients are locked in our jails because we don't know what else to do with them. We need a better idea. Last Sunday's Clovis News Journal examined an […]

Barney just can’t see logic

The answering machine blinked ominously. "Hey, little feller, we need to chat. Heh. Heh. Heh." Just my luck. It was my friend Barney and he was clearly well in into cocktail hour. Barney has this screwy notion New Jersey is the world center of intellectual eminence and cultural superiority. He thinks New Mexico is still […]

How to raise revenue, not taxes

Like most Americans, I am concerned about deficit spending. Recently, after downing a couple of Great Value strawberry sodas and two Banquet chicken pot pies while watching reruns of "Cops," I was inspired to brainstorm ways to raise revenue without raising taxes. My sodium-and-sugar-addled ideas include allowing citizens to purchase yearly permits for: Driving over […]

Rodeo life

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jake Duckworth of Happy, Texas, oversees the action on the arena floor Saturday at the Curry County Events Center during the Joe's Boot Shop Calf roping event. Joe's Boot Shop Calf Roping rodeo producers say it is the biggest calf roping event in the world. Cowboys and cowgirls were busy […]

Airport hosts first fly-in

Clovis Municipal Airport played host Saturday to its first fly-in. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Declan Taylor, sitting on the shoulders of father Chris Taylor, takes a playful slap at the propeller of a plane Saturday afternoon at the Clovis Municipal Airport's fly-in event. The Taylors live in Farwell and are stationed at Cannon Air […]

Jail cells are not the solution for mentally ill

Local law enforcement and corrections officials shouldn't be responsible for mentally ill residents. Too often, though, in eastern New Mexico and across the state and nation, mental patients are locked in our jails because we don't know what else to do with them. A better idea than a jail cell is needed. Last Sunday's Clovis […]

Rangeland still waiting for rain

Lane Grau of Grady has sold about 30 percent of his cattle over the last couple years because his land could not support grazing. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird Lane Grau kneels down to get a better look at the dead turf on his property. He estimates one-third of the turf on his rangeland has […]

Positions open on tax advisory board

The City of Clovis has the following positions available for appointment/reappointment on the Economic Development Tax Advisory Board: Representative District 3, Representative District 4, Utility Service Provider and Representative Living Outside the City of Clovis. The EDTA Board makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding the disbursement of economic development tax funds. For more […]

What’s happening – April 28

Today Joe's Boot Shop Calf Roping Event — 9 a.m., 1900 E. Brady Ave., Curry County Events Center. Tickets: $10. Information: 935-7000. Curry County Outlaws Live— 2 p.m., 4701 N. Prince St., Wheatfields Senior Living Community. Free admission. Information: 762-8700. Monday Bank of Clovis CHS Senior Honors Banquet — 6 p.m., 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis […]

Ag department extends claims process

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who claim discrimination by the USDA in past decades. Those who file a claim by Wednesday will be considered for a cash payment or for loan forgiveness. According to John Padalino, the USDA rural utilities acting administrator, […]

Police blotter – April 28

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday Caller reported: 12:36 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 3200 block of North Prince Street. 1:15 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 4:05 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 3100 block of Ross Street. 6:35 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1200 block of Calhoun […]

Zias dealt 11-3 loss in finale at Cameron

LAWTON, Okla. — After being eliminated from a chance to make the Lone Star Conference softball tournament in Friday's doubleheader loss, Eastern New Mexico University just couldn't get up for Saturday's season finale. Cameron scored six runs in the first inning, shut down a potential comeback bid in the third and went on to an […]

CHS tracksters qualify three

ALAMOGORDO — Running with less than full squads, Clovis High qualified three new events for Class 5A state competition, with the boys finishing second and the girls third in Friday's Alamogordo qualifier track meet. The boys finished with 73 points, trailing only Alamogordo — team standings were not available. Rio Rancho Cleveland won the girls […]

Results of EPAC track meet

Thursday at Melrose Boys Team standings: 1. Texico 146; 2. Fort Sumner 73; 3. Eunice 69 3/5; 4. Logan 61; 5. Tatum 41 1/5; 6. Melrose 16; 7. Dora 15; 8. Floyd 11; 9. San Jon 10; 10. Clovis Christian 6; 11. Grady 2. High point individual: Michael Giannini, Fort Sumner 20. Field events Long […]

Lady Rams win district with sweep

LOVINGTON — Senior Summer Martinez cracked a pair of two-run homers in the opener and pitched a three-hit complete game in the nightcap on Friday as the Portales Lady Rams wrapped up the District 4-3A softball title with a 15-1, 10-3 sweep of rival Lovington. Portales (18-5, 6-0 district) led just 2-1 in the third […]