Research: Paris would make great VP

By kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I regret having to write this column because I’m likely to come off as condescending. But I’m probably smarter than you. I know you can’t see it from these first few sentences, and you certainly can’t see it from the black-and-white picture accompanying the column. I’m smarter because every morning […]

amos feels summer heat

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i have decided that winter must be over and i have put away my mittens […]

Grenade shocks couple doing yard work

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry A member of Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit looks at a grenade Saturday in Portales. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The old saying goes that close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. A Portales couple got closer to a grenade than they wanted […]

Biodiesel plant construction in motion

CNJ staff Construction of the $16 million Clovis Biodiesel plant has begun at the Clovis Industrial Park, according to a company official. Financing agreements have been completed with Bank of Albuquerque by ARES Blue Sun Development, Clovis Biodiesel’s parent company, officials announced in a news release. The plant is expected to be operational by the […]

Business Digest: Companies form joint venture

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Engineering firm ARES Corp. and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a joint venture to improve biodiesel processing technology and to build biodiesel production facilities in North America, according to a press release. The new company — ARES Blue Sun Development — has already selected a site in Clovis to […]

Feb. 2, 1958

A Clovis teenager was recovering from a head wound suffered at a school party. Police said the student was hit with a hatchet. … Businesses across town were celebrating “Dollar Days.” Levine’s was selling sweatshirts, throw rugs, feather pillows and even boys blue jeans for $1 each. … The weekend wrapped up with nine arrests […]

Farwell girls finish second at state

CNJ staff FARWELL — The Farwell girls cross country team finished third in Class 1A state competition two years ago, then was fifth last fall. Now, after placing second in Saturday’s 2006 state meet at Round Rock, the Lady Blue hope to take one more step up next season. Junior Chanel Castillo posted a season-best […]

Oasis fund-raiser sold out

CNJ Staff A dinner and dance fund-raiser on Saturday to benefit Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center is already a great success, the sponsoring group’s president said. Tickets have sold out for the dinner, but there are still raffle tickets left, according to Randy Rhue, Clovis chapter president of the Blue Knights, which is hosting the event. […]

Reporter’s notebook: Musicians to perform on ESPN2

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Chris Mondragon describes drum and bugle corps fans as insane because of their loyalty. He’s witnessed their enthusiasm firsthand. For the second summer, the 20-year-old Clovis native traveled the country as one of the 135 members of the Blue Knights of Denver. Mondragon can be seen in the Drum […]

Robber hits Clovis bank

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Air Force personnel joined local law enforcement responding to Friday morning’s bank robbery at New Mexico Bank & Trust. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base […]

Peace conference in New Mexico is waste

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Mark your calendar for September. New Mexico will stage her first World Peace Conference. Ever. And who better to host the event than Santa Fe, the epicenter of intellectual snobbery? Exciting. I can see it now. The Dixie Chicks will set the stage with the conference theme song, “Not Ready […]

Something red, something white, something blue

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Red, white and blue. On and around July Fourth, these patriotic hues can be seen nearly everywhere — in yards, storefronts and the aisles of grocery stores. But these decorations are ephemeral. Paying homage to the nation’s colors, the Clovis News Journal searched for them in more permanent states. […]

6/9 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. cami beats the summer heat boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i have decided that winter must be over and i have put away my mittens […]

And the show did go on …

Airman Wardell Wheeler Jr., 27th Services Squadron, pulls down light panels after the Top In Blue show Feb. 16. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey thanks to Cannon’s hard-working volunteers As she eyed more than 52,000 pounds of equipment waiting to be unloaded and assembled, Senior Airman Shawnta Butler, 27th Operation Support Squadron said, “no way.” Although not […]

Fillies top Lady Blue, advance to playoffs

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Bovina’s Lucero Saucedo takes a shot over Farwell’s Salida Edwards during Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Bovina clinched a playoff berth and ended Farwell’s season with the 63-57 win. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a long time since Bovina’s girls had beaten Farwell. Now they’ve done […]

Lady Blue wins rematch with Happy

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Farwell’s Brooke Lundsford releases a shot over a Happy defender during the first half of Friday’s semi-final game of the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In their second meeting of the season, Happy and Farwell had a complete reversal of fortune. In the first matchup, […]

Hauptmann, Janet

Mrs. Janet Hauptmann, 58, of Portales, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born April 11, 1947, in Blue Island, Ill., to Florence and Joseph Seleb. She grew up in Calumet Park, Ill., and attended grade school and high school in the area. She graduated from Dwight D. Eisenhower High […]

Country singer looks for wife with rolling billboard

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Ann Morrison stood Friday in the parking lot of S&S Supermarket, eyes trained on the blond man crooning from atop a tour bus. Country singer Brian Stace made a stop in Clovis to promote his new CD. The blue-eyed Wisconsin native is also seeking a wife. His […]

Cannon Airman to audition for Tops in Blue

Airman Thomas Trower One of Cannon’s finest has been selected to audition at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, for Tops in Blue. Airman 1st Class Chonte Walker, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, was selected from hundreds of applicants to audition for the Air Force performing arts program. This is an elite entertainment showcase program that tours […]

Nothing compares to Atlantic Ocean

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer My little blue pool just doesn’t cut it. Now that summer’s here and temperatures are more blistering than the time I fell asleep with the space heater on, there is one thing I miss most about New York. No, it is not the summer stench that emanates from every […]