Baskett searching for team

CNJ staff The agent for Clovis native Hank Baskett said times are uncertain, but the wide receiver is ready to go. Baskett, an unrestricted free agent, has 77 catches for 1,098 yards and six touchdowns in five seasons with Philadelphia, Indianapolis and, most recently, Minnesota. The NFL lockout compressed the free agent period, leading to […]

Poku hoping to catch on as NFL free agent

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File photo Jessie Poku scores against Central Oklahoma. He led the Greyhounds this season with 86 catches for 932 yards and 11 TDs. Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jessie Poku finished his career at Eastern New Mexico University holding nearly every pass receiving record. Now he’s looking to catch on with an NFL team as […]

Our people: Agent enjoys helping youth

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Courtesy photo Gutierrez, right, and her mom, Jeri Robinson. Portales resident Melanie Gutierrez has been the 4-H agent in Roosevelt County for three and a half years and deals with anything related to 4-H. That means she spends a lot of time with children and youth and Gutierrez said she enjoys watching the students grow […]

Our people: Agent of Service

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Erinn Burch of Clovis is a mother of two and runs United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Erinn Burch of Clovis has run the United Way of Eastern New Mexico for eight years. She said she enjoys her work because everyone she works with is working to improve the community.

Final Agent Orange review ordered

An estimated 200,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from three diseases newly associated with exposure to Agent Orange are closer to receiving disability compensation following an appeals court order Aug. 2 directing VA to publish a final implementing regulation within 30 days. On a lawsuit brought by a coalition of veterans’ service organizations, the U.S. Court of […]

New Agent Orange claims deadline near

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will begin in October to pay thousands of disability claims to Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemia — illnesses newly associated with exposure to defoliants, including Agent Orange, used in that war. A 60-day countdown to the day that […]

Agent Orange aid hits roadblock

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), chief architect of the pricey post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war era, could become a new champion, for taxpayers, against what he perceives as excess spending on military pay and on a new wave of Agent Orange claims. Webb, a former […]

Clovis Community College and The Citizens Bank of Clovis present Bye Bye Birdie

Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE follows rock-n-roll heartthrob, Conrad Birdie, as he is about be inducted in the army and the hilarious publicity stunt concocted by his agent where Birdie will give one lucky girl a farewell kiss on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

Rains delay farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dennis Chavez Park, located next to 14th Street, is flooded Monday as a result of the weekend’s rains. By Gabriel Monte and Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Farmers in the process of harvesting their crops in the eastern New Mexico and West Texas region are playing the waiting game with […]

Longtime Roosevelt extension agent dies

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Just days before the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair opens, fair lovers have learned of the death of one of its biggest supporters. Floyd McAlister, who was Roosevelt County Extension agent for more than 22 years, died late Wednesday in Lubbock. He was 64. People are remembering him as the […]

First Person: Putting on a show

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CNJ staff photo: Lili Castillo Jonathan Justus, 15, displays what he calls his ‘Smart’ face. Justus will be playing Maxwell Smart in the Clovis Area Home Educator’s production of “Get Smart.” Jonathan Justus, 15, of Clovis is portraying bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the Clovis Area Home Educator’s production of “Get Smart.” Being Smart: […]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

Glenda Price Glenda Price My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Llano Estecado cotton conference date set

Llano Estacado Cotton Conference Set For Jan. 24   The Llano Estacado Cotton Conference is set for Jan. 24 in the Bailey County Coliseum at 2006 West American Blvd., Muleshoe, TX.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the program at 8:30 a.m.  The conference is sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension in Bailey, Parmer, Lamb […]

Sept. 11, 1923

With the arrival and installation of 14 mail boxes, the Clovis post office announced an early-morning mail collection would be made every day, including Sundays and holidays. … County Agent E.C. Hollinger was driving a new Chevrolet car. … White Swan Pork and Beans claimed to be “Better than the law requires” in a Clovis […]

Aug. 31, 1961

Steps to halt an attempt by the state to take over plumbing inspections in Clovis were taken at a special meeting of the city commissioners. … Mrs. Dorothy Thomas, county clerk, received an autographed picture of President Kennedy. The inscription read “To my fellow sustaining member of the Democratic Party.” … State Farm Servicing Agent […]

Decision on jury trial for airman delayed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers 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 Friday to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing open for an […]

WNBA’s Sky cuts Greenwalt

CNJ staff CHICAGO — Clovis High grad Cisti Greenwalt was among three players cut on Sunday by the WNBA’s Chicago Sky after playing in two exhibitions last week. Greenwalt’s mother, Terri, said Cisti is still in Chicago and her agent is trying to get her another opportunity in the league. The 6-foot-5 Greenwalt complied seven […]

Thank you letters: Red Cross, volunteers spirit of strength

As chairman of the Zia Advisory Council for the American Red Cross, Zia Service Center, I have the opportunity to witness the strength of the human spirit each day. That’s especially true during this trying period after tornadoes hit Curry and Quay counties. I am proud by how these communities stand together. I see it […]

Cops and Courts: Clovis agent named investigator of year

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Agent David Loera of the District Attorney’s office was named investigator of the year Wednesday by the New Mexico District Attorney’s Association, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Loera, an 18-year law enforcement veteran, served with the Clovis Police Department before joining the district attorney’s […]