Old-timers carry on family traditions

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist On Dec. 28, 1999, I gathered together some old-timers, calling them the “Sons and Daughters of the Pioneers,” and took them to dinner at a nice restaurant. It was about remembering the old days. The guests were Lynell Skarda, T. E. Willmon Jr., Jim Burns, Dale Campbell and his wife, […]

Ramifications of icy weather far-reaching

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Icy road conditions from an Arctic cold front that crept into the area Friday kept Clovis ambulances from transporting patients out of town and city employees busy over the weekend. “We (Clovis Fire Department) could not transport anyone to a higher-care facility in Lubbock or Amarillo Friday through Sunday,” […]

Fires extinguised at school, home

CNJ Staff Clovis Fire Department firefighters extinguished small fires Friday at a Clovis school and residence that caused no injuries, according to officials. An electrical fire about 11 a.m. at Marshall Junior High School caused by a malfunctioning stove was put out with a fire extinguisher, according to Clovis Fire Department Public Information Officer Karen […]

Politicians beware: America is watching

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Sometimes I have a suspicion I’m being watched by somebody, and that elaborate plans are made with me in mind. Of course, it’s probably unfounded. When I drove to the office all of last month and saw that an adjacent restaurant had “Very Vanilla” as its frozen yogurt of […]

Residents trying to co-exist with bees

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Africanized honeybees, or killer bees as they are commonly known, are here to stay, according to officials. With a little education and a keen sense of the surrounding area, area residents can co-exist with the insects in relative peace, according to Carol Sutherland, an entomologist with New Mexico State […]

Spill snarls traffic

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A tanker truck overturned Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 60 and State Street in Texico, spilling gas and diesel fuel. The driver was treated and released from the Plains Regional Medical Center. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and […]

Local brief

By CNJ Staff Smoke causes school evacuation Odor and smoke from a fluorescent light fixture prompted the evacuation of Yucca Junior High School Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials. Firefighters responded to a call of smoke and odor in the office area of the school toward the end of the school day, according to Battalion […]

Burns, Gary D.

 Gary D. Burns, 46, of Clovis died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Muffley Funeral Home.

Fire near Floyd burns about 4,500 acres

CNJ staff A fire started by lightning Friday burned approximately 4,500 acres of grassland about 16 miles east west of Floyd, according to Floyd Fire Chief Leland Terry. Terry reported no injuries or structure damage from the fire, which started about 2:30 p.m. “With the hot and dry conditions and the lightning, this has been […]

Curry County fair secretary resigns

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County Fair secretary Peggy Burns has resigned effectively immediately, the fair board’s president announced at Tuesday’s regular Curry County Commission meeting. Burns had been employed by the fair board for eight years. Curry County Fair Board President Kerry Crist declined to comment on the reason Burns resigned. Attempts […]

Skarda, Gregory

Gregory A.F. Skarda, 50, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born on April 7, 1956, in Clovis. After graduating from Clovis High School, he attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where he majored in business. He was a Commissioned National Bank Examiner for the […]

Killer bees cause buzz

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Emergency responders from the Clovis fire and police department were officially introduced Tuesday to a rising threat — Africanized honeybees. At least one colony of the bees is nesting on the fringe of Curry County, according to Les Owen, an agent from the Curry County Cooperative Extensive Service of […]

Winds whip city

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Wind gusts peaked at 75 mph in the afternoon, according to Carlos Arias, manager of Blue Sky Aviation at Clovis Municipal Airport, and averaged around 45 mph. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Southerly winds sandblasted the area Thursday, blanketing the sky with a coffee-with-cream hue and making driving difficult and […]

Education feature: Clovis sophomore hoping to study aeronautical engineering

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Clovis High sophomore Jay Burns will compete in the state science fair April 7-8 in Socorro. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A thin strand of stainless steel wire, for Jay Burns, is utterly essential. So is aluminum foil, lightweight balsa wood and a high-voltage power supply. These are the components […]

1A BOYS FINALS: Des Moines edges Logan

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A disheartened Logan junior Austin Whetten watches as Des Moines receives the Class 1A championship trophy. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — It took until the final seconds of the championship game, but the magic finally ran out for the Logan Longhorns. Down by two with 1.9 seconds […]

Fire department acquires mobile medical trailer

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Fire Department has acquired a mobile medical trailer through state grants that will be a valued tool in case of a mass casualty incident such as a bus accident, according to Karen Burns of the CFD. Equipped for triage, or the sorting of patients by the extremity […]

Mary Katherine Kawal Burns

Mary Katherine Kawal Burns, 54, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at her home in San Diego. She was born Oct. 2, 1951, in Detroit to Edmond W. and Betty G. Kawal. She married Shaun Burns, formerly of Clovis, June 16, 1973, in Los Angeles. She taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Maryland from 1975 […]

2/4 Yucca honor roll

Seventh Grade Rosstin Ahmadian, Jonathan Amaya,Zachary B. Anderson,Tyler C. Ash, Raymond L. Beachum, Quinton S. Beaulieu, Corbin R. Best, Joshua D, Biggs, Hannah D. Bocox, Britney D. Boersma, Whitney M. Boersma, Bethany Bonner, Christopher R. Boulanger, Bria S. Bradford, Dalton S. Britt, Taylor Brooks, Adam M. Burns, Alejandra V. Chavez, Adriana M. Clark, Carlos Cobos, […]

Officials: No students injured in bus crash

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A green, Ford Galaxie 500 sits in the middle of Norris Street after being involved in an accident with a bus carrying 27 Clovis High School students home from school Thursday afternoon near Glenarm Drive. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff No students were injured in a school bus accident Thursday afternoon, according to police […]

1/8 Local Roundup

Candidacy deadline 5 p.m. Tuesday Parties interested in running for office in the March 7 Clovis municipal election must declare their candidacy in the city clerk’s office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to City Clerk Leighann Melancon Four City Commission seats and a judge’s position are up for election in Clovis. The […]