Hometown Hero gets flight of lifetime

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Thunderbird pilot Maj. Scott Petz and hometown hero Ty Gonser are greeted Friday at Cannon Air Force Base by members of the Thunderbirds ground crew after a orientation flight.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Ty Gonser didn’t expect any type of reward when he freed motorists from Winter Storm Goliath’s snow drifts. He just thought it was the right thing to do. The unassuming Clovis resident got his latest reward Friday morning, as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds briefly freed him from gravity. […]

Pages Past — May 28

On this date … April 28 1966: Montgomery Ward was selling 21-inch console color TVs for $449. A “new-type tube with a rare-earth element” made colors brighter, according to newspaper advertisements. 1946: The employees of Barnes Cleaners in Clovis had hosted a surprise chicken-fry supper at Hillcrest Park in honor of their boss, Buck Barnes. […]

Former Zia student comes back as Thunderbird

Staff photo: Douglas Clark 
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Lead Solo pilot Capt. Nicholas Eberling receives a high-five from Kynlee Ulibarri, 3, of Clovis, after addressing a group at the Clovis-Carver Library on Friday.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com This weekend’s Cannon Air Force Base Air Show represents a homecoming of sorts for one of the Air Force’s Thunderbird pilots, who proudly sports Clovis ties and even worked as a volunteer during a previous Cannon show featuring the renown flight team. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Eberling attended Zia […]

Q&A: Thunderbird loves calm and rush of flight

Capt. Nick Eberling

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nick Eberling has been performing with the  Thunderbirds for two years. The official Air Force demonstration team is scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. today and Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. Eberling answered questions in a telephone interview last week: Question: What is the coolest thing you have done? Answer: […]

Berry: Portable pool needs work

I drove by the high school on the last day of school and I was really surprised at how calm things were. I remember when I ended my school year, we celebrated with water. It usually involved water balloons, buckets and anything we could find to hold and then throw water. One year a friend […]

Johnson: Pets can serve, too

Great sniffers, sharp eyesight, acute hearing, the strength and stamina to carry heavy loads, the ability to easily go places mankind cannot and the companionship they offer — animals have attributes that make them quite an asset when it comes to certain challenges. In an era of technology and motorized vehicles, it’s easy to forget […]

Local roundup

Judge sentences Clovis man A Clovis man was sentenced Thursday to four years for criminal sexual penetration, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Lonzell Wiggins, 45, was convicted in April of the charge, which stemmed from a November 2011 accusation he sexually assaulted a woman who fell asleep after drinking. […]

Thunderbirds arrive at Cannon

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
The Thunderbirds fly in formation upon their arrival at Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com One distinct sound. One distinct look. One distinct bond. The Thunderbirds, the most distinct of the Air Force’s many distinctions, made their arrival Thursday afternoon with a noise that pierced the calm skies above eastern New Mexico and left smoke trails on a day with little cloud cover as […]

Remembering the force behind St. James church

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Ross Calvin, left, stands beside his 5-year-old grandson, Charles Calvin, in the doorway of St. James Episcopal Church in 1953.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com St. James Episcopal Church in Clovis was built almost 75 years ago. The man behind its construction may have been largely forgotten, but an admirer of his work is looking to bring back his memory. In “Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the American Southwest,” author Ron Hamm of Silver City […]

Purple pipe proliferation part of water reuse project

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks 
Purple pipe is being installed in several locations throughout Clovis as part of the city’s water reuse project, which is used to irrigate athletic fields and other green areas.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Motorists traveling south of Clovis Community College, particularly in the area of Sixth and Norris Streets or near Rierson Park, would be hard-pressed to miss the purple pipes. Clovis Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the effort is part of a city water reuse project undertaken roughly two years […]

Water authority making progress on easement agreements

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has acquired more than half of the required initial phase Curry County property easement agreements, with the end goal of building, operating and maintaining a Clovis-Cannon Air Force Base water pipeline. During Thursday’s monthly meeting at the Clovis-Carver Library, the board received […]

Opinion: Life from the floorboard of a tractor

By Audra Brown Local columnist The back of my new book makes the claim that I grew up in a tractor-seat instead of a car seat, and that’s mostly true. In fact, I’d wager that my time spent in an actual car during my childhood was statistically equivalent to not-at-all. As a baby, I suspect […]

Police blotter — May 27

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 1:35 a.m.: Protective custody (mental). • 4:45 a.m.: Falsely obtaining services up to $500, 800 block of East 21st Street. • 7:18 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 900 block of West Manana Boulevard. • 9:20 a.m.: […]

Events calendar — May 27

Today Clovis Livestock Auction Summer Horse Sale — 8 a.m. Clovis Livestock Auction, 504 S. Hull St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-4422 Ribbon Cutting for Stage It — 11:30 a.m. Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand Ave. Clovis Information: 575-763-3435 Ribbon Cutting for AutoImage — 4:30 p.m. AutoImage, 1504 Mabry Dr., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 […]

Meetings calendar — May 27

Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting — 8 a.m. CCC, Room 512, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001 Eastern Plains Council of Governments Annual Meeting — 10 a.m. Youth Recreation Building, 1504 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-7714 Clovis Chamber Ambassador Meeting — 11:30 a.m. Clovis Chamber, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: […]

Pages past — May 27

On this date … 1971: Most of the region was still talking about the “pleasant smell of rain,” according to local media. A gentle, soaking rain fell much of the previous afternoon, flooding intersections and stranding motorists whose cars could not function with wet electrical systems, but also giving hope to drought-stricken farmers whose barley […]

Ariel falls short of finals

Courtesy photo: Oyin Kokoricha
Ariel Kokoricha flashes a smile onstage at the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee before correctly spelling her first word of the preliminaries, “dactylic.”

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Ariel Kokoricha just missed the finals, but she gave people something to buzz about at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday. The Clovis Christian Schools eighth-grader and five-time local champ breezed through the two onstage rounds of preliminaries. Ariel, a two-time New Mexico representative, spelled “dactylic” (a form […]

City ready to seek golf course vendor

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com After a series of meetings designed to craft a document outlining the city’s expectations, the Clovis City Commission is officially ready to seek a vendor to manage the city’s golf course. Officials said on the heels of commission members unanimously approving the Request For Proposal (RFP) at its regular […]

Pages past — May 26

On this date … 1971: A local school teacher was among thousands of Americans hoping to learn more about significant others who had been reported missing in action in Vietnam. Gail Cantrell, a 24-year-old Portales native teaching at Bella Vista Elementary School in Clovis, had plans to marry Air Force Capt. Alan Trent. They met […]

Police blotter — May 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 5:56 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 2800 block of Axtell Street. • 8:17 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 500 block of Upsilon Street. • 8:34 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 700 block of East […]