Radar controllers can see it all at Cannon

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A radar control screen monitors airplane activity on Friday in the radar control room at Cannon Air Force Base. (CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — F-16 fighter pilots twirl at jet speed, practicing dogfights and bombing runs. Private civilian pilots slowly move across the landscape in […]

Break time is over, it’s back to school

By Michelle Seeber Students in Clovis and throughout the area return to school today after a week of spring break vacation. Here is what some of them and their parents had to say about time away from school. ——- Pauline Sena, 17, a junior at House High School: “I didn’t do anything. I just hung […]

Clovis mayor to take flight with USAF

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis Mayor David Lansford will take flight on Tuesday, courtesy of the United States Air Force. The mayor’s flight will be in a two-seater F-16 jet normally used for training purposes at Cannon Air Force Base but also used for orientation flights. The most recent mayor to receive an orientation flight […]

ENMU finds middle ground in crime report

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University ranks in the middle of the pack among the state’s four-year colleges and universities for major crimes, liquor and drug law violations. Universities and colleges submit reported crimes to the U.S. Department of Education under a campus security and crime law. The Albuquerque Journal compiled the […]

County nixed for overpass special grant

By Jack King In a process a Clovis official called “blatant favoritism,” and which may have violated its own regulations, the state Community Development Council failed to award key funding to a project to build an overpass over State Road 467 in Curry County. The council — whose members were replaced last year by Gov. […]

Down-home country jamboree comes to entertain young, old

Fred Chandler of Farwell, a veteran of the annual Floyd Country Jamboree, plays the violin Saturday, alongside other area musicians. Freedom Newspapers: Lisa Sonnenschein. By Michelle Seeber FLOYD — More than 500 people — a full house of young and old — heard some 40 soloists sing songs, play guitars and show off their talent […]

Big Brothers, Big Sisters try to mend sibling rivalry

By Ryan Lengerich Local Big Brothers and Big Sisters officials are hoping a meeting on Tuesday with the Roswell agency will ease tensions between the two entities and get the Clovis agency back up and running. The Clovis-based agency serving Curry and Roosevelt counties had its office shut down on March 1 when Clovis officials […]

Grand jury to decide charge in gun death

Cops and Courts Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said the Mark Madrid case will be sent to a grand jury to determine what charges he should face. “It could possibly be a first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or voluntary homicide,” Carter said. Madrid was arrested Monday for open murder in connection with the shooting death […]

Police Blotter 3/28

About 1:30 p.m. Monday, police responded to the apartment office at 1000 N. MLK regarding a woman who had been attacked several days earlier. The woman told police she had left her car and begun to walk to her apartment when she noticed three males following her. She tried to run up the stairs but […]

Freedom takes first in journalism contest

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — The (Texas) Panhandle Press Association on Saturday awarded the Clovis News Journal its General Excellence award for the third consecutive year. The General Excellence honor is the press association’s top prize, awarded in two circulation categories. The CNJ competed in the largest circulation category. The Clovis paper also won the award […]

Workshop to inform on free info

Michelle Seeber Attorneys who work for the state of New Mexico will hold a workshop on the Open Meetings Act and the Inspection of Public Records Act on Friday in Clovis. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. Attorneys presenting the workshop are from New Mexico’s […]

Free flights, new drug give Clovis man hope

Reporter’s Notebook Gary Flintom of Clovis, who was diagnosed Jan. 15 with pancreatic cancer, is being treated in San Antonio, Texas, with a new experimental drug that can shrink tumors 70 to 80 percent, he said Friday. His wife, Shyla, said Rubeticin is the name of the new drug. Gary said he is only the […]

Rezoning request, variance voted down by commissioners

By Jack King Zoning issues and a discussion of growth in Clovis dominated much of Thursday’s City Commission meeting. The commissioners unanimously voted down a request by Joseph Riccardi of Portales to rezone property at 600 W. 14th St. in Clovis from a single family to a multi-family residential designation. Planning Administrator Louis Gordon said […]

Research backs up city employees’ claims of being underpaid, says consultant

By Jack King In a recent survey, Clovis city workers indicated they feel they are underpaid — and research validates their feelings, a human resources consultant told city commissioners Thursday night. Mike Swallow of Personnel Systems and Service has been hired by the city of Clovis to do a wage and benefits study. As a […]

CCC president interviews at Austin Community College

By Michelle Seeber Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, on Wednesday and Thursday was in Austin, Texas, interviewing and answering questions as a finalist for the president’s position at Austin Community College. She could not be reached for comment Thursday. McClure, CCC president for the last five years, is vying for the Austin CC […]

Police Blotter 3/26

About noon Jan. 19, high school security staff called Clovis police regarding a public fight at the 1500 block of Reid. Upon arrival, police noticed a group of students jumping the fence into an adjacent apartment complex that was posted for no trespassing. Police arrested four students for criminal trespass and transported them to the […]

Shooting suspect secured

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Clovis police officials detain people for questioning in the 500 block of Sheldon Street Wednesday during a raid. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis Police Department SWAT team on Wednesday picked up the last of three suspects wanted in connection with a February shooting. Josh Martinez, 19, was arrested without […]

CHS takes 2nd at mock trial comptetition

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Clovis High School senior Beverly Reynolds, an attorney for the mock trial team, gives opening statements at an exhibition against area lawyers on March 13. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich Clovis High School has put its stamp on a competition dominated by Albuquerque schools. The CHS mock trial team placed second last […]

City makes plan for storm water

By Jack King Few people worry about storm-water runoff in a drought, officials admitted, but the subject generated almost two hours of debate at Wednesday’s meeting of the city’s public works committee. The public works department developed a plan for managing storm-water runoff from commercial lots that was approved by the city commission Jan. 22. […]

PHS student to advise governor

By Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson has many advisors. On Monday he added Portales High School’s Joderick Rodriquez to the list. Richardson swore in Rodriquez and 56 other high school students to the New Mexico Youth Alliance, also known as the children’s cabinet, on Monday afternoon in Albuquerque. The group will serve as an advisory […]