Earthquake rattles D.C., east coast

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at […]

Let’s remember our nation’s veterans

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist At the time that I went through my second phase of Army Officer training as a chaplain, the home of the Army Chaplain Corps was Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Among other advantages, this placed us very near the Atlantic Coast or, as they say in Jersey, “de shoare.” One day […]

Cyclists ride again for charity

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PNT Photo: Eric Butler Tatiana Cook, 19, a student at Dartmouth, uses her uniform to show routes for the Bike & Build cycling trips this summer. Cook’s group started in Boston and arrived in Portales Wednesday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico For a second time this summer, a group of bicyclists passed through Portales […]

Sometimes less can be more

By Sharna Johnson: FNM Columnist Perhaps I have become a minimalist in my old age or some transformation has overtaken me that I have yet to identify. But I have claimed a new home. I was born and raised on the East Coast. My father was an explorer of sorts, with little concern for comfort […]

McCain reaches magic number to clinch GOP nomination

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — John McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, an extraordinary comeback for a candidate whose White House hopes were dashed eight years ago and whose second bid was left for dead eight months ago. “The most important race begins,” he said in an Associated Press interview. According to the AP […]

Pilot dies as jets collide

The Associated Press EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — An Air Force fighter pilot died Wednesday after his jet and another likely collided during a training exercise and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The other pilot was rescued and is expected to survive. The single-seat F-15C Eagles crashed Wednesday off the Florida Panhandle, said […]

Pancakes, young voters and Super-sized business

Stories we are working on for Sunday’s paper: ~ Bisquick box to belly coverage of the Kawanis Club’s annual pancake breakfast ~ Sunday is also a super-sized day for pizza chains and other food vendors ~ A group of Clovis High School students is encouraging young people to vote ~ A wind farm that zigzags […]

McCain wins Florida GOP primary

By Liz Sidoti and David Espo: The Associated Press MIAMI — Next stop, 21 states at once, the Republican presidential nomination the prize. Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary Tuesday night, seizing the upper hand in the GOP race ahead of next week’s coast-to-coast contests and lining up a quick […]

Violations of civil liberties continue

By Steven Greenhut One of the most disturbing lessons I’ve learned following 9/11 is that many people will go along with just about any government-imposed outrage if it’s couched in the right terms and plays on their fears. In recent years, we’ve seen the federal government become increasingly aggressive in efforts to spy on, detain, […]

Great Race returning to Clovis

CNJ staff More than 100 classic cars will cruise into Clovis on July 9 as part of the 25th Anniversary Great Race. The event is a recreation of the legendary 1908 New York to Paris “Greatest Auto Race,” according to www.greatrace.com. The coast-to-coast event, sponsored locally by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, has rolled […]

Music leads to lifetime of experiences

By Homer Tankersley: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. I was born into a musical family and sang in a quartet with my dad and brothers, Jack and Gorden. My elementary music teacher was a tremendous influence in my music. […]

Feb. 19, 1929

Charles Lindbergh, head of the technical department of the Transcontinental Air Transport Inc. was preparing to fly the company’s route, which included a stop in Clovis. The TAT coast-to-coast plane-train service would begin in July. … About 200 guests were expected for the upcoming Chamber of Commerce banquet to be held at the high school. […]

Artist’s need to wander might be inherent

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Someone called it playing hopscotch. My Clovis editor asked if it were a mission to live in every state in the nation. I call it getting out of the rain. And with the rainfall the Oregon coast gets — which lasts through April and has already flooded nearly every river […]

Bataan veterans remembered

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base held a dedication ceremony Tuesday for a memorial to the U.S. soldiers involved in the Bataan Death March during World War II. In April 1942, 75,000 U.S. and Filipino POWs were forced by Japanese troops to march 65 miles to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle of […]

Hurricanes’ destruction indescribable

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Vacation time was coming to a close. It was time to leave Florida and trek back to Clovis. I need to tell you about what we saw on our way back along the Gulf Coast. The media can’t properly convey the widespread destruction rendered by last year’s hurricanes. Seen up […]

To revitalize Gulf Coast, suspend rules, regulations

CNJ Editorial The hurricanes that lashed Louisiana and parts of Texas unleashed not only misery but an outpouring of generosity and tangible help from people all over the country. There is little question that most of what has been destroyed will be rebuilt, including New Orleans. The question is: Who will do the rebuilding, and […]

Catastrophes provide heroic moments

Tom Philpott During Lt. Todd Fisher’s first tour as a young helicopter pilot at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., he would peer across the tarmac to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah and notice not only the colorful paint scheme of Coast Guard helicopters, but also the timing of their deployment. “Every time we’d be coming back […]

6/5 Letters to the editor

What’s a drink of water worth? Eldred Noble Clovis Clovis should remember to fly flag in June Annually, Americans coast to coast stop for a moment at 5 p.m. (MDT) on June 14 to say simultaneously the 31 words of the Pledge of Allegiance. Please take the time to join your fellow Americans in this […]

Freedom agrees to partnership

By MARY ANN MILBOURN Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with two East Coast investment firms to raise funds to allow shareholders who want out of the family-owned company to cash […]

Misspending youth not all it’s cracked up to be

By Bob Huber When I was a kid — a period that hung over my head willy-nilly until I was 60 — Don Winslow of the Coast Guard was an icon of American patriotism. During World War II he spent many colorful Saturday matinees chasing Nazi submarines off Catalina Island. I’ll bet you didn’t know […]