Clovis couple convicted of fraud

A Clovis couple was convicted of bilking the Air Force of $6.5 million Thursday by a federal jury in San Antonio, Texas. Donald Dean Brewer and his wife Sherri Lynn Brewer, both age 62, face 20 years in federal prison and are being forced to repay more than $6 million, according to a press release […]

Self-reliance not such a bad idea

Throughout most of American history, interference in an individual's life by government employees, even under the worst administrations, was rare. Government and its regulations were practically invisible, like a ghost, and most people never noticed government because its laws didn't affect their lives or normal behavior in ordinary circumstances. The regulations that did exist were […]

Disability program needs more oversight

A mushrooming Social Security disability program appears headed down the track to insolvency. Currently about 10.9 million people are receiving disability checks, according to the Social Security Administration. The Congressional Budget Office reports that since 1970 the number of disabled workers receiving benefits has increased nearly sixfold. Last year about 3.2 million people applied for […]

Curry County toddler among state salmonella cases

SANTA FE — New Mexico health officials say seven lab-confirmed cases of salmonella have been confirmed in six counties, including one case in Curry County, and they're linking the cases to exposure to baby poultry. Four of the cases involve infants. The Curry County case involved a 1-year-old-girl who was hospitalized for four days before […]

Roper still going strong

Rayford Glover traveled about 10 hours from Conroe, Texas, to compete in the Joe's Boot Shop Calf Roping. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird Rayford Glover, 67, of Conroe, Texas, takes his quarter horse, Shorty, for a walk after being pent up in a horse trailer for more than 10 hours. Glover says the exercise will […]

Clovis may be in running for racino license

Clovis may be in the running for New Mexico's sixth and only remaining racino gambling license, though it's likely the drama may drag out another month. Paul Stout, a rancher and wind energy entrepreneur, confirmed Wednesday that he represents a client interested in the racino license and has looked at property near the city. Additionally, […]

Balance sought between conservation efforts, business growth

By Christina Calloway CMI Saff writer ccalloway@cnjonline.com U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall said they are confident a solution can be found that will protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken while allowing ranching and the booming oil and gas industry to flourish. The New Mexico Democrats are being criticized from not taking […]

Zias fall to Lady Buffs despite hot start

In a role reversal from last week's Lady Buff sweep, it was Eastern New Mexico University jumping out to the first-inning lead Wednesday. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero ia right fielder Savannah Chavez leans in to grab a fly ball from West Texas Lady Buff Renee Erwin in the top of the sixth inning of […]

Police to start cracking down on street vendors

At the request of the Public Works Committee, city police will be cracking down on street vendors that operate without a business license. Committee members expressed concerns at Wednesday's meeting about food safety and those selling puppies. City Manager Joe Thomas reported at the meeting that he had talked to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders […]

What’s happening – April 25

DWI Task Force Meeting — 4 p.m., 700 N. Main St., Curry County Commission Room. Information: 763-7725. Finance Committee meeting — 2 p.m., Clovis City Hall, Small Conference Room. Information: 763-9653. High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Clovis, Master's Center conference room. Information: 749-2955. Joe's Boot Shop Calf Roping Event — 9 a.m., 1900 […]

Elementary students showed great courage, talent at bilingual competion

This past weekend Clovis Municipal Schools was home to a first-time event, hosted by La Casita Elementary. It took place in the beautiful new Arts Academy at Bella Vista's performing arts/multi-purpose center, dubbed, "The BraveheaART Center for Performing Arts." The "Poesía en el Llano Estacado" — a Spanish-language poetry language competition was the result of […]

Police blotter – April 25

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: 4:07 a.m.: Burglary, 600 block of Starlight Drive. 7:29 a.m.: Dispute, 1100 block of Sunrise Boulevard. 7:49 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, 1400 block of West 10th Street. 8:09 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1400 block of West 21st Street. 8:55 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, 1100 […]

Letters to the Editor – April 25

Concert brings a touch of beauty Amidst all the previous uncertainties and violence caused by shooters, murderers and terrorists it is vital to be immersed in beauty to not lose faith and hope in humanity and its progress and purpose. Friday's spring 2013 band concert of the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Clovis High […]

White House’s move expected, disappointing

Boston returned to somewhat-normal on Monday, one week after the Boston Marathon bombings triggered a series of events that kept the area on edge until the second, surviving bomber was captured Friday night. The question facing authorities now is, how best to proceed legally? After 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended, some in the media questioned […]

Spouses' club has big impact

The Cannon Spouses' Club continues to be a pivotal driving force, improving the quality of life wherever they can for Air Commandos stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal Members of the Cannon Spouses' Club present Rob Ferry, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron chief of unaccompanied […]

More than meets the eye: Dr. Death, at your service

Looking at her, one would hardly believe the pleasant, five-foot-nothing ball of energy once answered to the name, Dr. Death and had a predilection for dealing with the dearly departed. In fact, it's safe to assume that at first glance, she wouldn't strike fear in the heart of, well … anyone. U.S. Air Force courtesy […]

Families join in Helping Hands celebration

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom A child makes a hand print on a flyer at the inaugural Cannon Helping Hands celebration April 19 at Cannon Air Force Base. Helping Hands was held to bring awareness about base programs available for military families. Families crowed into the Drop Zone for the inaugural […]

Martial arts clinic held in observance of sex assault awareness month

Houston Noah is adding to his martial arts experience by attending jeet kune do classes on base. Cannon Connections: Benna Sayyed Senior Airman Giovanna Ortiz, left, and Captain Joanna Ho, far right, watch as jeet kune do instructor Michael Watson, center right, demonstrates to military spouse Gretchen Brown how to do a pak sau into […]

Earth Day: Air Force officials emphasize water conservation

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Every April 22, the Air Force recognizes Earth Day, a time to show support for the environment. U.S. Air Force photo: Eddie Green These new holding ponds near the wastewater treatment plant at Cannon Air Force Base increase the base's effluent capacity from 190,000 gallons to 9 million gallons. […]

Diamond Sharp Airmen: Gnostic gunner

Editor's note: This feature is the 22nd in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where Airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for their hard work and achievements. U.S. Air Force graphic: Senior Airman Alexxis […]