Clovis girls outlast Gallup

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER Tuesday’s Clovis High-Gallup girls final in the Plateau Holiday Classic could benefit both teams as the season progresses. Playing a game with the energy and intensity of a state tournament final, the Lady Wildcats had just enough at the end to hang on for a 72-70 win and their […]

Late miscues haunt Wildcats

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER Clovis High’s boys keep getting close. They just can’t get over the hump. After falling to St. Michael’s 45-36 on Tuesday night in the Big XII Classic at Rock Staubus Gym when the Horsemen finished the game on a 10-0 run, the Wildcats led Volcano Vista 36-31 lead with […]

CSU-Pueblo routs Hounds

By Derek Major Staff writer As far as 2014 went for the Greyhound basketball team? Could’ve ended better. There wasn’t much positive for the Greyhounds Wednesday night, as they were dominated from start to finish in a 105-65 loss to Colorado State University Pueblo. “From every position we didn’t play well, that’s all it […]

27 SOMXG: Mission-critical unsung heroes

7th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Maintainers are an essential component of mission capability within the 27th Special Operations Wing. Often working more than 12-hour shifts from the back shops to the flightline, these Air Commandos play a role that is much easier said than done: to keep 27 SOW aircraft mission-ready. Collectively, the 1,400 […]

Cannon veterinary treatment facility available

27th Special Operations Mission Support Group Air Commandos stationed here now have the option of taking their pets to the Cannon Veterinary Treatment Facility open the first Wednesday of each month. The facility is located next to the Military Working Dog kennels in Building 2372 near the Portales Gate, and is currently scheduled to operate […]

Applications still being accepted to replace retiring city manager

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER The Clovis City Commission’s list of employees to hire, fire and evaluate isn’t long. It’s one person — City Manager Joe Thomas, who will retire in 2015. It’s a task commissioners want to make sure they get right. “For the city as a whole,” District 1 Commissioner Randy Crowder […]

Year in review: Odd weather top story in 2014

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor Life imitating art tumbled into Clovis behind gale-force winds, leaving many trapped in their homes and emergency crews and volunteers scrambling to clean up the mess. The January 2014 attack of the giant tumbleweeds wasn’t quite on a scale with the low-budget thriller “Killer Tumbleweeds,” filmed locally four years […]

Community leaders share New Year’s resolutions

Staff report It’s the time of the year to toast with champagne and set goals for the New Year. We asked community leaders about their New Year’s resolutions for 2015. Here is what they shared: • Tim Ashley, Curry County commissioner: “My new year’s resolutions are to gain weight and lose money. If I fail […]

Police chief: No suspects in vandalism spree

Staff report The Monday evening vandalism of 32 cars throughout Clovis is a stone-cold whodunit. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the department has no suspects and no leads on what appears to be the random smashing of vehicle windows. No particular type of vehicle was hit, and no particular area of the city saw […]

Police blotter — Jan. 1

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 4:47 a.m.: Criminal damage, 100 block of Aspen Street. • 5:01 a.m.: Criminal damage, 3700 block of Ray Hardy Drive. • 5:27 a.m.: Criminal damage, 200 block of Aspen Street. • 5:27 a.m.: Situation […]

Holiday closings

Staff report The following are closed for New Year’s Day: • City of Clovis offices • Clovis Area Transit System • Clovis-Carver Public Library • Curry County offices • Fire Department administration • Hillcrest Park Zoo • District Court • Magistrate Court • Municipal Court • Police Department administration • Post offices • Public Works […]

Top story of the year will always be debatable

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of columns looking back at regional news in 2014. The most important news story of 2014 may not have been the most memorable. If your family had a baby or lost a loved one, the story that mattered most to you probably wasn’t on the front […]

Kevin, thanks for joining me

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Welcome to a very special interview. I’m Kevin Wilson, interviewing … Kevin Wilson, about the new movie, “The Interview.” So this is “The Kevin Wilson Interview of Kevin Wilson on ‘The Interview.” Kevin, thanks for joining me. “Pleasure to be here.” So, did you hear about the scalper who wanted […]

Pages Past — Jan. 1

On this date …   1971: Clovis News-Journal reporter Imogene Baumgart wrote that New Year’s resolutions are better made in the fall. “Who could quit smoking with those gloomy January days staring you in the face? Why, a cigarette is the only thing between you and the funny farm after two weeks of no sun,” […]

Prep summaries — Dec. 31

Tuesday Boys Citizens Bank tournament At Texico Consolation semifinals Muleshoe 56, Eunice 37 Muleshoe (6-8) — Wesley Clarkson 6, Josh Lopez 4, Tony Castillo 6, Jason Florez 16, Grey Johnson 2, J.J. Gandara 3, Blayne Shipman 2, Danny Campos 9, Dagen Dunham 8. Totals 19 14-25 56. Eunice (5-3) — Juan Zamora 6, Armando Rordiguez […]

College basketball capsule — Dec. 31

Men Colorado State-Pueblo at ENMU 5 p.m. Wednesday, Greyhound Arena • Records: Colorado State-Pueblo 7-4, ENMU 6-5 • Last time out: Colorado State-Pueblo beat New Mexico Highlands 89-68. The Greyhounds lost at South Dakota School of Mines 97-71. • Last meeting: CSU-Pueblo beat ENMU 108-81 on Nov. 18 in Pueblo. • Notes: Josh Smith scored  […]

Cats can’t hold lead

t a 45-36 victory. The six-team field, which was to have included the CHS junior varsity squad, became a four-team grouping on Tuesday when Lovington was unable to make the trip back to Clovis due to icy roads. The schedule for today was adjusted again with St. Mike’s (5-5) facing Clayton for the second time […]

Lady Cats push home win streak to 43 games

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER Plucky Dumas did what it could to stay with Clovis High’s girls in Tuesday’s Plateau Holiday Classic semifinals. In the end, the Lady Demons didn’t have enough firepower as Clovis extended its homecourt winning streak to 43 games and pulled away to a 72-53 win at Rock Staubus Gym. […]

Immigration mixed message lost in translation

The Obama administration’s tough public message that young illegal border-crossers would be detained, then sent home, apparently was lost in translation. Or it was just a PR stunt to begin with. Of the detainees — mostly unaccompanied teens, and Central American mothers and young children — who were housed at a temporary immigration center in […]

Good time to look back, forward

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s all a matter of perspective. The year 2014 might have been a great one for you. Or it could have been hell. I hope for your sake it was the former, but either way it’s a good time to look back — and forward. Politically, it was a rough […]