Honoring sacrifice

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Linda Pacheco sits beside the grave of her only brother. “I miss him a lot,” she said. “He was the backbone of the family.” Her brother, who served with the National Guard in Clovis, died two years ago from a heart attack. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Beneath a […]

Squadron departs on final deployment

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle F-16s from the 522nd Fighter Squadron sit on the fight line Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Business Feature: Store caters to fans of New Mexican music

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Carolina Sierra stands in front of merchandise on display in her store, Carolina’s New Mexico Music. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Carolina Sierra hopes to fill a niche market with her recently opened music store. Located at 615 N. Main, Carolina’s New Mexico Music specializes in the fast-paced, drum […]

It’s their business: Mesa Financial

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CNJ staff photo: Cortney Graham By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Mesa Financial Location: 403 Pile St. What they do: Lending institution — make loans to purchase vehicles, personal loans, mortgages Who’s in charge: Jason Crume is the manager and partner. Employees: Two plus Crume How long in business: 10 years, moved in April […]

Business Digest: Clovis Realty joins national franchise

CNJ staff Clovis Realty and Associates at 201 E. Llano Estacado Blvd. has joined a national franchise and become Exit Clovis Realty, according to one of the owners. Lonnie Mitchell said the firm joined Exit Realty because of the benefits to sales associates as well as clients. “I believe it has some benefit for our […]

Restaurant close to opening

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CNJ staff photo: Cortney Graham Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies restaurant was voted as having the best burgers in Lubbock by Lubbock Avalanche-Journal readers in 2006. The chain‘s Clovis store is set to open in June. CNJ staff Clovis fans of Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies won’t have to drive to Lubbock much longer. The […]

Local Roundup: Potter Park pool open for season

CNJ staff The following is the schedule for Potter Park pool: Tuesday, 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, closed Thursday, 1-7 p.m. Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1- 5 p.m. Information: 769-7870. Centennial coins on sale at Chamber A limited number of centennial coins commemorating Clovis’ 100-year birthday can be purchased for $3 at […]

Cats begin summer baseball slate

CNJ staff The Clovis High baseball team begins its month-long summer season today with a 4 p.m. West Texas Baseball League doubleheader against Shallowater at Bell Park. The Wildcats host the eight-team Clovis Invitational on Friday and Saturday, then settles into a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday routine which runs through June 30. CHS coach Shane Shallenberger said his […]

Overpopulation of elk can be fixed old-fashioned way

By Freedom Newspapers Attention SEAL Team Six! Stop all overseas operations and return to base. Your next mission takes you to Rocky Mountain National Park, where, under cover of night, you’ll be stealthily stopping an invasion … of elk. We’re joking, of course. Navy SEALs won’t be helping to thin the herd in Colorado’s most […]

ENMU athletes 16th in NCAA Division II nationals

CNJ staff CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Things didn’t go quite as well as had been hoped on Saturday for Eastern New Mexico University’s entrants in NCAA Division II outdoor track and field competition. Senior Zach Gerleve fouled on each of his first two throws in javelin, then threw 185 feet, 3 inches on his final throw […]

Study: Downtown key to future

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Workers in the downtown make more on average than workers in other areas of Clovis, according scientist Jeffrey Mitchell. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis’ commercial corridor is creeping north on Prince Street, pulling businesses and residents away from the city’s once-vital downtown. Yet Main Street holds the key […]

Speller hopes to bee lucky

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck is studying words like “enlivened,” “spectacular” and “flabbergasted” for this week’s Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. But she’s sticking to the simple words to describe her excitement. “Every time it (hits me), it’s like, ‘Wow,’ because a year and three months ago, it was a […]

Family will travel for trial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The family of Odis and Doris Newman is expected to be in Albuquerque from the opening arguments to the final verdict in the case of a man accused in their deaths. It’s a necessary commitment to her parents, daughter Vickie Dixon of Portales said, as opening arguments are set […]

May 31, 1942

Pop Jennings, a Curry County resident since 1907, was the first to announce his candidacy for sheriff. … Dollar Day values at Mandell’s department store included: two ties for $1, five pair of socks for $1, four bath towels for $1. … Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland were starring in “They Died With Their Boots […]

May 30, 1967

The Cannon Air Force Base honor guard participated in Memorial Day activities at Mission Garden of Memories. Carl Scott of Central Baptist Church was the speaker. … Vandals did more than $7,200 worth of damage to area churches, schools and businesses in a two-night run. First Christian Church and Westbrook Baptist Church were hardest hit […]

May 29, 1913

A.B. Wagner had been named Clovis’ postmaster. His salary was $2,100 per year. … The son of Sheriff D.L. Moye returned home “cheerfully” after running away two days earlier, The Clovis Journal reported. … Government officials said there was no need for Clovis residents to worry about a grasshopper infestation facing neighboring counties. A mixture […]

May 28, 1955

Clovis police were targeting the intersection at Prince Street and Commerce Way amid reports that many motorists were “failing to heed the stop sign.” … A Chamber of Commerce “growth survey” reported Clovis was “bursting at the seams.” Officials reported the city’s light connections had increased 119 percent since 1940, while school enrollment was 4,968 […]

May 27, 1934

City banks and other businesses were planning to close in observance of Wednesday’s Memorial Day holiday. Clovis Floral Co., located at 501 E. Fifth, reported it could have flowers “delivered fresh to most any address in the United States.” … Area farmers were complaining that city residents were hauling trash to the country and dumping […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Bike rally raises $4,265 for tornado victims

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor MICHAEL GALVAN, 29, HIS FATHER, FRANK GALVAN, both of Farwell, and Clovis friends Mark Call, John Jones and Richard Ryerson wanted to help tornado victims. Their mission was “to help local families right now,” so they wouldn’t have to wait to receive government or insurance assistance, according to Michael […]

Cops and Courts: Portales judge makes full-time transition

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Last week marked the first full week District Judge Joe Parker served as a full-time judge in Portales, according to court officials. About 600 cases Parker was assigned to have been divided up among the four judges who remain in Curry County, court clerk Shelly Burger said. Previously, district judges […]