Memorial Day closings

The following government offices, financial institutions and schools will be closed Memorial Day: Banks Federal credit unions City Animal Shelter Curry County State Wayland Baptist University Clovis Community College Clovis Municipal Schools Eastern New Mexico University

Pioneer Days schedule of events

Monday, June 4 5 p.m. —Coronation/Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen pageant at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, preceding 32nd Annual Little Buckaroo Rodeo. 6 p.m. —Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Horse events (13 and under, trophies and ribbons in each category), rodeo clown/bullfighter finals, calf riding (13 and under, three groups), dummy roping […]

Letters to the Editor: Veterans deserve more than one day

Long has the day passed when serving our country is seen as honorable and worthy, at least to a large portion of the younger generations. We all know the stories of the battles fought, we’ve seen the famous wartime photos and we’ve watched the Hollywood movies. But seeing something in a movie or on TV […]

Memorial Day’s meaning sadly more relevant

By Freedom Newspapers It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of […]

Stamp trooper

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nick Csakan of Clovis was enlisted to help draw attention to Friday’s release of the new Star Wars stamps at the Clovis Post Office on Gidding Street. In the past, postal works have dressed as muppets and presidents for a stamp release, according to Postmaster John Yeast.

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

CNJ Staff Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Hounds set for Division II track nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle ENMU senior Zach Gerleve has been close to qualifying for NCAA Division II national track and field meet in each of his first three years, but finally made it this season. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Zach Gerleve has always been close to earning a berth in […]

Surgery not instant fix

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, […]

Clovis builder’s designs still prevalent

By Don McAlvy: Columnist With World War II over, the temporary Santa Fe Heights apartments at 14th and Thornton streets had come to an end. The occupants at the Santa Fe Heights started looking for homes they could afford. It wasn’t long until they found a man who had come out of the war in […]

Environment must be protected by law

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Last week, in this column, I wrote about my recent trip back to Western Pennsylvania, and specifically mentioned the day I spent at Lake Erie. This lake is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and is subject to sudden and dangerous storms. I have actually had the dubious privilege of being […]

Child-like faith, hope, helpful when trying to say goodbye

Anita Doberman Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, before going […]

Change is inevitable

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections May is a month where change is evident in more ways than one. The weather heats up, the grass turns green and schools release the students for a couple of months of relaxation. And around the Fennell house there has been much change as well. Our oldest child, 17-year-old Josh, has […]

Volunteers fight to keep history alive

Fort Stanton, near Ruidoso, has had a varied and long history, but according to those working to preserve it, the former cavalry post remains in remarkably good condition. Located in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Fort Stanton was established on May 4, 1855. It was named for Capt. Henry W. Stanton, who was […]

Novak case heard

Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections By Sharna Johnson Cannon Connections A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Daniel Kiefer agreed May 18 to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article […]

Whole new world

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections By Sharna Johnson Cannon Connections Airman 1st Class Yi Liu felt she had no hope for a future in China. Immigrating to America and enlisting in the Air Force changed her outlook. The 24-year-old will soon be promoted to senior airman. She is hoping to trade her job at the […]

Asian Artistry

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections By Tonya Fennell Cannon Connections On nimble bare feet, Soumaly Orlando stepped gracefully across the wooden floor. With a dimpled smile, she coaxed the small crowd to clap along to the upbeat tempo of a Laotian song. Orlando, a Staff Sgt. based at Cannon Air Force Base, performed a traditional Laos […]

Drivers Downsizing

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Ford Escape Hybrid gets 34 miles per gallon in city driving. When the vehicle travels under 25 mph, the gas engine turns off and the car is powered by the electric motor. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Fed up with rising gas prices, consumers are purchasing hybrid cars, downsizing […]

Pot plants pilfered

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Fort Sumner police chief said he discovered a break-in of his department’s evidence storage area two weeks ago when he spotted a trail of dried marijuana leaves. Wayne Atchley said dried marijuana plants were stolen May 10 from a batch of about 2,500 plants in the village’s evidence […]

Retired Navy chief concerned vets overlooked

CNJ staff Local veterans and residents are set to gather Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens cemetery to honor and remember lives lost in defense of the nation. “I don’t believe the veterans get enough recognition,” retired veteran Rick Robertson said. “Stop to think about it. Every generation starting with the Revolutionary War has had […]

Bedford jury selections continues

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, District Attorney […]