E-networking: Internet offers new ways to connect to people

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Lucas Jackson sends a message to a friend using his MySpace account. Jackson has nearly 46,000 “friends” connected to him through the site and he belongs to 72 groups, including a fan club he created for himself as a joke. (Staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers On the surface, it’s meant as […]

Day Trips: Bitter Lakes refuge offers variety of activities

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The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge was established in 1937 to provide migratory birds a suitable habitat for wintering location and to preserve critical wetlands in the Southwest. (Courtesy photo) The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area […]

Author visits area elementary students

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James Bickley Elementary fourth grader Andres Garza plays a pot belly pig as interaction with author Susan Stevens Crummel during a her presentation at the school Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the […]

Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson […]

10/29 Local Roundup

Police looking for suspect in woman’s assault Police are looking for a male suspect who assaulted a woman at 1:30 p.m. Friday at her home on the 900 block of Connelly street, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. The woman told police the man knocked on her door and tried to force his […]

Speaking English vital work skill for area residents

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis residents who don’t speak English have access to free educational programs in their communities to help them learn. Instructors in the program say learning English is a vital skill in the workforce. Instructors hold English as a Second Language classes during the day as well as evenings […]

James “Bud” Shipley, Eugene “Tooter” Fish

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James “Bud” Shipley Date of birth: Sept. 4, 1924 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Cannon, community join to stop domestic violence

Deputy Sheriff Dean Marney (far right) introduced the members of the forum’s council and read questions sent in to them by citizens concerning domestic violence related issues. Melanie Salazar Striving to put a stop to domestic violence and empower its victims, Cannon and local community members recently joined to create a forum to reach out […]

October is national breast cancer awareness month

Maj. Michelle Harmon National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2005 is celebrating its 20th year of promoting early breast cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Of those 200,000 women, 40,000 are expected to die. Nearly 1,500 men will be […]

Pentagon Channel makes debut on Cannon’s CAC

2nd Lt. George Tobias Many that tune into channel 12, the Commander’s Access Channel, will notice a change in its programming. Earlier this week, the public affairs office began airing a satellite feed from the Pentagon Channel on the Commander’s Access Channel. The Pentagon Channel reaches 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, through […]

Safety manager pushes for safe Halloween

Airman Thomas Trower With more than half of the nation’s traffic fatalities over past Halloween weekends related to alcohol, Mr. Richard Peterson, 27th Fighter Wing ground safety manager began a strong push toward a safe Halloween season and to remind all party-goers to always remember to designate a sober driver. “Halloween is most often thought […]

Squadrons competing to name ‘Biggest Loser’

Melanie Salazar It may not sound as glorious as it is, but for some Cannon Airmen and civilian employees, it’s time to be the biggest loser. The wing staff agencies, 27th Mission Support Squadron and 27th Comptroller Squadron are hosting a Biggest Loser contest, a light-hearted competition to get people to lose pounds and inches […]

Med Group Airmen show what they’re made of

Melanie Salazar Three Airmen went the distance earlier this month — literally. Staff Sgt. Patrick Wells, 27th Medical Support Squadron, 1st Lt. Curtis Murray and Senior Airman Simon Watson of the 27th Medical Operations Squadron all competed in the Palo Duro Trail Run in Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo. Lt. Murray finished 48th out of […]

Motorcycle safety instructor shares tips

Master Sgt. Glen Pugh “There are two kinds of motorcycle riders; those that have been involved in an accident and those that will.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? I know I have. As a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor for the past four years, I personally believe that statement is not totally accurate. That’s […]

Buffs host Longhorns in playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The formations look the same, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said, even if the personnel — and the team name — have changed. The defending six-man state champion and top-seeded Buffaloes begin their title defense at 7 p.m. today contest against Roy-Wagon Mound at Melrose. Roybal noted the last time […]

Railway’s profits surge

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Three Burlington Northern Santa Fe engines head west toward Clovis as the approach the Prince Street overpass Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Burlington Northern Santa Fe profits surged in the last three months due to a strong demand for freight shipping brought on by inflated fuel prices, heightened […]

Commission approves civic center management

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Clovis City Commission unanimously approved Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum as the management group for the Clovis Civic Center. Located on the east edge of Clovis, the center is expected to begin operations by mid-January. Dean Dennis, a vice president with Global Spectrum, introduced commissioners to Neil McMullin, who Dennis said […]

In Tribute: Dairyman remembered for singing voice

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Leon Nash lived to be 94, which is a long time in most families, but not among the Nash clan. “People in our family live to be close to 100. Dad really died kinda early,” Jerry Nash said with a laugh about his father. Leon was a dairy farmer […]

Rested Elida ousts Lady Buffs

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — Momentum from two playoff wins helped Melrose earn nine of Thursday’s first 10 points. Rest and homecourt advantage helped Elida claim 74 of the next 106. Elida recovered from a 9-1 deficit in the first game and had little problem after that in claiming a 25-21, 25-17, 25-13 […]

10/28 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from October 19, through October 26, 2005: • Jeffrey James Tackitt II, 25, to Ashleigh Nicole Acosta, both of Clovis • David Margarito Sena, 21, to Stefanie Noel Moncayo, 20, both of Clovis • Lester William Hopper, 76, of Stella, Mo., to Lena Irene Hopper, 78, […]