Severe storms possible for area

CNJ Staff Far eastern New Mexico along the Texas border from Clayton to Hobbs could be at risk this afternoon for a significant severe thunderstorm outbreak, according to the National Weather Service. The Storm Prediction Center posted a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today in the eastern New Mexico area, with a moderate risk for […]

Relay for Life worthwhile cause

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Late April means at least two events that hold significance in my life. I hope that these are also of importance to you. The first is, by now, you should have paid your federal and state income taxes, or have filed for an extension. If you haven’t, perhaps you should put […]

Tragedy prompts prayers

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

First temporary courthouse in Clovis caught fire 1910

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not many people today know that the old yellow brick courthouse built in 1911 in the middle of the courthouse block is not the first courthouse in Clovis. The first courthouse was in the tallest building in Clovis, built in 1909, at 118 West Grand Ave. It was on the north […]

Clovis High lockdown removed

A lockdown at Clovis High School was removed around 2 p.m. Friday after officials discovered a suspicious teen reported to police was only a student preparing for after-school baseball practice. CHS Principal Jody Balch said the school was locked down for about an hour after a student reported seeing an unknown, suspicious teen near the […]

AMUs load up for competition

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coronado, 523rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, uses the fine controls of the MJ-1 to load an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Airman Elliott Sprehe The 27th Maintenance Group held its Proud Falcon and Weapons Load competition at Hangar 133 April 13 to determine which of the three fighter squadrons could best […]

No cowboys at this rodeo

Tech. Sgt. Frank Deguzman uses a stethoscope to check the breathing on a victim while the rest of his team stands by with supplies waiting for the next step in helping to revive the victim. Airman Elliott Sprehe Cannon’s EMTs test their medical abilities against each other Screams filled the air as Cannon medics rushed […]

Martial Arts with heart

Airman Elliott Sprehe Instructor trains mind, body and spirit into a force of one The two opponents cautiously bounce around each other, waiting for the other to make a move. Suddenly one of them steps in for a strike, only to be countered with a bullet of a roundhouse kick to the chest. This is […]

Team Cannon welcomes Lt. Gens. Wooley, Utterback

Col. Scott West Team Cannon – Today and this weekend we host Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations commander, Hurlburt Airfield, Fla., and Lt. Gen. Loyd Utterback, 13th Air Force commander, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. General Wooley makes another visit to assess the progress of transitional planning for Air Force Special Operations […]

Clovis splits softball twin bill with Portales

CNJ Staff CLOVIS — Each team won by a run in the seventh inning, but the reactions were a little different. Portales scored in the top of the seventh to take Thursday’s opener 4-3 at Lady Wildcat Complex, but Clovis rebounded from an early 3-0 deficit and scored the game-winner on Lorena Garza’s RBI single […]

Portales beats Clovis boys tennis squad

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Gerber Vander Ploeg backhands a volley against Portales’ Sunny Liu at Clovis High on Thursday afternoon. CNJ Staff Portales boys tennis coach Wade Fraze didn’t mind his team’s mini-break in the schedule. The Rams had been idle for nine days before Thursday’s dual against Clovis, but hardly missed a beat […]

Poetry doubles as therapy

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nico Barela, of Las Vegas, N.M., says “my poems are my life story.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer On paper and off, Nico Barela, 17, can break your heart. “Have you ever lived my life? Spent one minute in my shoes? If you haven’t, then tell me why you […]

Civilian pilots concerned about new mission

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An association of pilots fears the mission proposed for Cannon Air Force Base will create hazardous flying conditions. Spotty radar coverage, fuzzy radio communications and the type of flying proposed by Air Force Special Operations puts pilots of small, private airplanes, business jets, commuter airplanes and crop dusters at […]

Trash measure passes despite opposition

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis residents must bag their garbage before disposing of it for city collection in Polycarts and Dumpsters as a result of an ordinance passed Thursday by the Clovis City Commission. Commissioner Fred Van Soelen opposed the measure because he said the issue is with the city’s collection system and […]

In Tribute: Adventurous owner ‘didn’t feel like a granny’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer They had their fair share of parent-child arguments, as expected in any parent-child relationship. The most common disagreement Sue Crow of Clovis started was when she would boast her frequent travels took her to every state, including Alaska twice. “She never was convinced Hawaii was a state,” said daughter […]

Senator secures funds for sexual assault examiners

CNJ staff Legislative funds will be used to purchase equipment for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Curry County, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Approximately $20,000 will be used to purchase a colposcope, a computerized camera for magnifying, photographing and documenting injuries during collection of forensic evidence, the release […]

Richardson taps officials with area ties for safety panel

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday named members of a higher education Campus Safety Task Force created in response to Monday’s killings of 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus by a student who then committed suicide. The panel, which includes leaders from the state Public Safety and Higher […]

Religion Digest: Relations Quartet performing concert

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The First Christian Church of Clovis, located at 1700 North Main St., is hosting a concert at 7 p.m. today. The Relations Quartet from Magnolia, Texas, will perform Southern gospel music. According to a church news release, the group’s concerts contain a balance of old and new music, inspirational […]

‘Man downtown’ deserving of good meal

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Within Clovis’ hundred years of history, some colorful characters have called Clovis home. There was once a man our then-grade school children called the “strange guy.” Many readers will remember this man. The first time we noticed him was at the old Furr’s grocery store at 10th and Main streets. […]

Dresses can be special more than once

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Cost of prom dress, $150. Gas to Lubbock to shop for prom dress, $25. Jewelry, $25. Hair, $42. Nails, $30. Prom ticket, $20. Junior class dues, $30. Cost of memories: Priceless. Can’t put a price on memories. But if I could, about $322 sounds right to me. Return on investment: […]