Top AF NCO addresses key Cannon issues during visit

USAF photo: Senior Airman Erik Cardenas Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy speaks during an Airmen’s Call on Jan 20. “We are a nation at war. With a response time like no one else, that is why you get called.” Roy said. By Senior Airman: Erik Cardenas: 27th SOW Public Affairs The […]

Armed robber sentenced to seven years in prison

Clovis, NM — Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Christopher Garcia, age 20, was convicted of two (2) counts of Armed Robbery and ordered to serve seven (7) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from November 16, 2008 when officers were called to respond to the Dairy Queen located […]

Police: Intoxicated man entered, fell asleep in wrong home

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police arrested an intoxicated Clovis man Sunday after he entered the wrong house and climbed into bed with one of the occupants. John Birkey Jr. said his 19-year-old son, John Birkey III, was startled awake when the 23-year-old man “just basically plopped down in the bed.” “It was quite […]

Youth baseball groups at odds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Little League organizations, right, and the Clovis Baseball Association had signups on Saturday at the Master’s Center. The Clovis Baseball Association hopes to increase participation through United States Specialty Sports Association affiliation. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer While it’s not exactly a “basebrawl,” a difference of opinion […]

ENMU football schedule set for 2010

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s 2010 football schedule has been announced as the Greyhounds prepare to move from the Lone Star Conference’s South Division into the North Division for the first time. The Hounds, who went 3-8 overall and 0-6 in the South in 2008, will have six home games, beginning with […]

The Fireballs got start in high school talent show

By Don McAlavy: County historian Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on The Fireballs, one of the top rock ‘n’ roll acts of the early 1960s with strong roots in Clovis. It’s been 37 years since five young men from Raton made their first record at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis. […]

Zias beat MSU to end South slide

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU forward Til-Lois Fifer scores after grabbing an offensive rebound during the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference Saturday during the first half of the Zia’s game against Midwestern State. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Midwestern turnovers became Zias points, a warddrobe full of promo T-shirts blasted from […]

MSU outlasts Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern guard Jordan Romero goes up to the basket against Midwestern State forward Charlie Logan during the first half of Saturday’s game. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer By Kevin Wilson Freedom New Mexico kwilson@cnjonline.com Midwestern State had plenty of talent, and speed to burn, and the outmanned Greyhounds couldn’t […]

Zoning should be a case-by-case decision

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was couched under fiction, but a cursory reading revealed that it almost had to be factual. A brief Internet research time confirmed that to be the case. Mountain Gazette, a no-frills chronicle for outdoor lovers, carried the original story. In a ski town in Colorado, a ski town in […]

Time to start Clovis cleanup on entryways

Freedom New Mexico Let’s talk some trash. Or is it treasure? Check out the abandoned buildings surrounded by shattered glass, rotted wood and busted concrete on the eight-mile drive from Clovis to Cannon Air Force Base. Some of the doors don’t latch anymore. Some of the roofs don’t keep out the pigeons, much less rain […]

Help finding mystery lady sought

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico A Maryland man, researching his father-in-law’s World War II experiences, has bumped into a mystery woman from Clovis. Bob Kenney, of Potomac, Md., reports Marsh Teets was a bomber pilot stationed at Clovis Army Air Base from April to June 1943. While here, Teets became infatuated with […]

Brown’s win sends clear message

By Tom Mullen: Guest columnist A Massachusetts miracle happened Tuesday with the incredible victory of Republican Scott Brown in the special election to fill the remaining three years of the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic icon Sen. Edward Kennedy until his death last year. This almost unbelievable result is an astounding majority voter rebellion […]

County treasurer says she has faith in investment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker said she has faith in a $2.3 million investment that, as of the end of December, has lost nearly $20,000 and paid almost $6,000 in management fees. At a special study session scheduled Wednesday, she plans to show the account and its losses have […]

Zias beat MSU, end South losing streak

CNJ staff PORTALES — Junior forward Cat Clay led a balanced attack with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and junior point guard Tori Northcutt posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as Eastern New Mexico University ended a 14-game Lone Star Conference South Division losing streak with a 70-56 win over Midwestern […]

1-24 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Jan. 8, an officer was dispatched to Mesa Elementary School on north Norris Street for a report of a child having trouble breathing. An emergency responder told the officer the female student was being transported to the hospital and […]

Police investigating purse snatching

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a Thursday night purse snatching. A woman told police she was getting into her vehicle in the Albertson’s parking lot on North Prince Street just before 9 p.m. when a man grabbed her purse and pushed her into her vehicle, police Capt. Patrick Whitney said by e-mail. The suspect […]

Wind energy company chooses Clovis for plant

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Vert-I-Go Wind Energy has chosen Clovis for its foray into wind farm operation and turbine manufacturing, and expects to bring in 60 jobs by 2013. A subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Abundant Energy, Vert-I-Go has reached a preliminary agreement with the city to purchase 6 acres of land south of […]

Blight battle: Codes born from citizen concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city leaders can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of ordinance on the books controlling the condition of private property. “You can go back to the ’40s and ’50s and find ordinances that require some kind of property (standards),” said City Manager Joe Thomas. Curry County […]

Blight battle: Proposed ordinances met strong resistance

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson County Commissioner Frank Blackburn said a proposed county ordinance will focus on health and safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Dindinger was embarrassed by property infested with weeds, junk cars and falling-down buildings. So in February 2008, the Clovis native gathered 70 signatures on a petition asking Curry […]

Blight battle: Clovis not alone in fight

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A business wants to locate in your city. Like most businesses, it wants land cheap. In most cases that means land outside the core city. The business buys, the city expands and all parties are happy. Unless, of course, the older parts of the city get ignored in the […]