Airman tapped for Tops in Blue

USAF: Maj. Chris Burch U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Hardeman, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems specialist, shows off his vocal abilities at a competition held Jan. 9-16 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Hardeman, who is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, placed first in the men’s vocal division after […]

Business digest — Jan. 3

Company invests in Tres Amigas Global trading, IT and infrastructure services company Mitsui and Co. has agreed to invest $12 million into the Tres Amigas power grid project that will be located east of Clovis. The transmission hub will connect American’s three primary electricity grids — Eastern, Western and Texas — to allow better infrastructure […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. East–Central, including the Pecos River Coyote Creek — The flow is 1.5 cfs. No […]

Memories, love most important

W ith a dev astating season of fire in the Southwest and a hurricane bearing down on the east coast last week my wife posed the question, “What would you take if you only had an hour to evacuate our home?” I think an hour might or might not be a bit optimistic in the […]

Graves full of unfulfilled dreams

Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions about the […]

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 […]

Police blotter — Aug. 14

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 a.m. July 30 an officer responded to the 400 block of East Ninth Street for a report of suspicious circumstances. A woman said a man she didn’t know knocked on her door and told her he wanted to have sex […]

South Clovis residents may get water help

Sharna Johnson The scope of water issues in South Clovis is more far-reaching than Curry County officials anticipated, based on a meeting held to identify problems. Tuesday night, the county held a meeting at Lockwood Elementary School to talk with residents and get a feel for how many people are experiencing water shortages. Residents south […]

Middle East wars can’t end soon enough

Freedom Newspapers It’s a start. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he would withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. He promised, “(We) will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge” of troop levels he began in 2009. About 67,000 troops then would remain […]

June 10 —

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. East–Central, including the Pecos River Coyote Creek — Flow is 0.48 cfs. […]

Fire burns 5,000 acres near Melrose

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A grassfire burned about 5,000 acres Tuesday afternoon near Melrose. The fire was contained after about three hours. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said the fire is believed to have started off the side of the highway by either sparks from a vehicle or a discarded cigarette. Sharna Johnson A grass […]

Revelry at bin Laden death vulgar

I feel somewhat isolated in my disapproval of the recent reaction to the claim of the killing of Osama bin Laden. I was reminded of the jubilant crowds we were shown in the Middle East after the 9/11 terrorists attacks by seeing the eerily similar jubilant crowds in America upon the announcement of bin Laden’s […]

Community recovering after 17,000-acre grassfire

Sharna Johnson For about $20,000, five miles of fence line can be replaced. But no amount of money can bring life back to burned grassland. Grass is priceless to Britni Sherwood and her family, who are left with nothing but charred and blowing sand after a massive fire Sunday consumed all but a small area […]

Officials worry Sunday fire just the beginning

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson High winds kept a large grass fire going nearly all afternoon Sunday, pushing it from Melrose to just west of U.S. 70 in Clovis. Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high […]

Police seeking warrant for man who eluded arrest

CNJ staff Clovis police are seeking a warrant for a man they say eluded arrest Wednesday night and fled after getting his vehicle stuck in a field east of Clovis. Around 9 p.m. in the 1800 block of Mabry Drive, Chief Steve Sanders said his officers spotted a man they knew to have an outstanding […]

East Central routs Hounds in series opener

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — East Central designated hitter Justin Gibson went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs from the leadoff position, and the Tigers overcame an early 2-0 deficit to rout Eastern New Mexico University 13-2 in Friday’s opener of a three-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. The game was called after 6 […]

Grass fire burns about 4,000 acres

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials estimate 4,000 acres of Curry County grassland burned during a Sunday fire north of Clovis. Firefighters from multiple departments worked more than 11 hours to extinguish the blaze, the cause of which has not yet been determined. Sharna Johnson About 4,000 acres of grassland burned north of Clovis on […]

Road will be closed during airport construction

CNJ staff Construction has beguin on the extension of the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport, and there will be road closure during the construction, according to a news release. Curry Road 12 will be closed from Curry Road C east to State Road 108 north of airport. Detours have been placed guiding drivers through […]

East Central beats cold-shooting Zias

Freedom New Mexico ADA, OKLA. — The Zias started and finished strong. In between, it was all East Central. Sophomore Regan Browne scored 24 points off the bench and the Lady Tigers beat Eastern New Mexico University 72-64 Thursday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Clovis’ Vanessa O’Neal scored a career-high 18 points […]

ENMU capsules —

Freedom New Mexico Men ENMU (3-7) at East Central (7-6) • When: 7 p.m. (MST) today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Ada, Okla. • Last outing: The Greyhounds have been off since losing to Central Oklahoma 103-85 on Dec. 20 at Greyhound Arena. The Tigers defeated Southwestern Christian 75-57 on Tuesday at […]