Area teams busy with summer schedules

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The season may be nearly six months off, but Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler believes the summer schedule his team will go through over the next six weeks is crucial. Isler’s four-week summer league began Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym, and he hopes the Wildcats can establish […]

Lady Cats’ Blackmon signs with South Plains

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Clovis High’s Brittany Blackmon, shown in a District 4-5A game against Carlsbad last season, has signed to play college basketball at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. (CNJ file photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Just as one local product makes her way to South Plains Junior College in the fall, another will come back […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

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The Pacific Prowler, a restored World War II B-25 bomber, was in service from 1944 to 1958 before it was decommissioned. Since that time it was used in the films “Flight of the Phoenix” and “Memphis Belle.” (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific […]

Clovis boy meets member of Thunderbirds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Jacob Thomson’s idea of a hero is animated, has the ability to fly and is usually referred to as super. The cartoon-loving, Highland Elementary second-grader met a real-life hero Friday when Maj. Dan Mirski, Air Force Thunderbirds flight surgeon, made a surprise visit to Plains Regional Medical Center, where […]

Officials: Four hospital administrators relieved of duties

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The administrative staff at Plains Regional Medical Center was downsized Thursday, according to PRMC officials. Four administrators were relieved of their duties effective next week, PRMC spokesperson Tayloria Grant said Friday in a phone interview. Director of patient care services Joan Martin, director of radiology and assistant administrator Mike […]

Day trip: Living Desert offers sampling of native desert wildlife

Compiled by Paula Cronic The Living Desert State Park and Zoo near Carlsbad includes places for fishing and hiking, and is home to many desert animals. Established in 1971, the park is a living museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits and trailways that display many native animal species and hundreds of plants that naturally grow […]

Las Vegas native living childhood dream as Thunderbirds pilot

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Major Nicole Malachowski is the first female Thunderbird pilot. She along with the rest of the Thunderbirds will fly in Saturday’s airshow at Cannon Air Force base on Saturday. By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Despite the sweat-inducing heat, Maj. Nicole Malachowski appeared calm, cool and collected as she stood on the flight line Thursday […]

County waives policy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The aunt of a county employee will continue her work as a temporary poll worker as county commissioners waived a nepotism policy in a special meeting held Thursday, thus condoning her employment while eschewing a state statute that prohibits nepotism. The waiver was also granted last year, according to […]

Grady embraces heritage

By Marlena Hart: CNJ staff writer Schedule • What: Grady Centennial Celebration • Where: Grady Park, 410 E. Franklin St. • When: 3 p.m. Saturday • The centennial celebration will include games, prizes, food and dancing. The woman who mops the floor with a tattered rag embodies the fierce independence that also colors her town. […]

Veterans council seeks help finding veterans’ graves

CNJ staff The Joint Veterans Council of Curry and Roosevelt counties will place approximately 2,300 American flags on veterans’ graves this weekend. But each year, council volunteers miss veterans’ graves because there is nothing to indicate veteran status. All veteran organizations have bronze markers that can be purchased to mark veterans’ graves. VFW Post 9515 […]

FBI raid doesn’t put separation of powers in danger

Freedom Newspapers A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit […]

Sometimes summer reports need stretch

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I stumbled upon a school report by my older sister Becky in elementary school titled “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and was shocked. According to the report, she went to Disneyland and Six Flags. Funny, I didn’t remember going to those places that summer. I just remembered riding in […]

Magic in moments comes from yourself

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were getting in our car last Saturday morning when a blaring car horn caught our attention. It was getting closer and closer. Soon the vehicle making all the noise rounded a corner and came into view. A young couple grinning from ear to […]

5/26 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. a dieter s dilemma boss i ve decided never to talk to freddy the flea anymore he called me a big fat mouse […]

Memorials important during fight for freedom

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist On this Memorial Day weekend, I have to retell the story about the man I met several years ago. I have written about him before, but I think it calls for retelling. I was on a plane from Albuquerque to Lubbock. My heart was touched as I saw an elderly […]

City approves preliminary 2007 budget

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission approved a preliminary budget for the 2007 fiscal year of nearly $35.4 million at a special meeting Thursday. The preliminary budget does not yet include anticipated grant funding as well as such expenditures as the Clovis Civic Center. According to City Manager Joe Thomas, expenditures will likely increase about […]

Potter Park Pool opens noon today

CNJ staff Potter Park Pool opens at noon today with free admission. Admission after today is $2. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a guardian. Proper swimwear is required. Pool hours are: • Saturday — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Sunday — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Monday, Friday — noon […]

Expanding police power threatens privacy

Freedom Newspapers It is said that hard cases make bad law, and that seems to be the case with Brigham City v. Stuart, in which a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it a little easier for police officers to enter a home without a warrant or without knocking and announcing themselves. In July 2000, […]

5/24 Letters to the editor

Repentance true way to join fellowship Regarding Friday’s story in the newspaper headlined ‘“Progressive’ Christians spread message in Clovis”: I love having fellowship with fellow Christians and I have diligently promoted churches working together in their common effort to build the kingdom of God here in Clovis. Realizing we live in evil times and that […]

Language doesn’t require legislation

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist For its next trick, maybe the Senate will pass a law regulating the flight patterns of houseflies. That would be about as effective as something senators passed Thursday. The measure, an amendment to the immigration bill under debate, designates English the “national language” of these United States. Of course, that […]