W.Y. Mitchell, M.C. Kelly

Sharna Johnson “We are going to take this crossing even if it takes a truck to haul the dog tags back.” Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. W.Y. Mitchell Date […]

A Lesson from History and Party Politics

By Curtis K. Shelburne It was the summer of 1945. Nazi Germany had just been defeated, and the British people, in their first election since the war had begun, thanked Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill by voting him out of office. I’ve wondered why. It seems so ungrateful and wrong. The British people loved Churchill. […]

Music festival becoming international attraction

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Music lovers will be traveling thousands of miles to attend the upcoming Clovis Music Festival. Tickets for the Sept. 8-10 event have been purchased by fans from as far away as The Netherlands and England, according to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. John Beecher of Gloucestershire, England, is […]

Cannon closure decision defended

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said […]

DoD: Keeping Cannon scenario not considered

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, in a letter to the commission reviewing Pentagon’s list of recommended base closings, defended its decision to close Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said in his letter Thursday that Cannon, near Clovis, was too limited in space and […]

6/5 Agriculture Digest

State resubmits TB-free application The New Mexico Livestock Board submitted a second request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week for a bovine tuberculosis-free status for the state, according to state veterinarian Steve England. New Mexico lost its TB-free status in 2003 after several dairy cows were diagnosed with the disease, according to the […]

Pioneer Days offers hands-on look at roping, riding

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Wild Bill Cathey, of Dora, left, demonstrates to Dalton Wren, 9, of Texico how to spin a rope Thursday during the Curry County Mounted Patrol’s rodeo encounter at the county fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff writer It wasn’t Holly Tyler’s first time on a horse — she rode one in […]

Proposed shutdown of submarine base scrutinized

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — The chairman of the nation’s base-closing review commission on Tuesday questioned the Navy’s proposed closure of the New London Submarine Base, suggesting that the massive transfer of personnel and resources to the Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia could overwhelm the southern installation. The proposed shutdown of […]

After more than 50 years, Cannon has become ‘us’

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor This is personal. We know the economic impact: Twenty-something percent of our communities’ jobs are tied directly to Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of millions of dollars go through there every year, much of it circulating through our restaurants and car dealerships and flower shops and every other business […]

Abu Ghraib abuses run counter to U.S. stance

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps it is as simple as what Winston Churchill said as long ago as 1946: “War was once glorious and squalid. Now it is just squalid.” The sentencing phase for Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie England, who became something of a poster girl for purposeful humiliation at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, could be […]

Hamilton, Joan

Services: have been held. Joan Golda Hamilton, 83, of Clovis died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at All Care assisted-living home in Clovis. She was born Oct. 24, 1921, to Jack Greenfield and Alice Ford in London, England. She married Forrest Hamilton on Jan. 12, 1945. in London, England. She was a receptionist at the Clovis […]

England, W.J.

W.J. England Services: Have been held. Mr. W.J. “Jr.” England, 71, of Clovis, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at his home. He was born on April 12, 1933, in Moon, Okla., to Willie R. and Vera Green England. He married Sybil Rainey on April 30, 1955, in Clovis. He moved to Clovis from Amarillo in […]

Rucker, Ralph

Ralph Rucker Services: Have been held. Ralph Rucker, 83, of Amarillo, and formerly of Floydada, died Monday, May 24, 2004, at the BSA Hospice in Amarillo. He was born on June 5, 1920, in Childress, Texas, to Erve and Myrtle Bethany Rucker. He graduated from high school in Childress, Texas. He married Patricia Mary Davidson […]

Tucumcari First Baptist Church celebrates its 100th birthday

By TV Hagenah Tucumcari’s second oldest protestant church commemorated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the church the evening of Jan. 4 with a birthday cake, balloons, a room full of people, entertainment and a singing of “Happy Birthday” to the church. “I think it is wonderful,” said First Baptist Church associate pastor David […]

Dinner unites British

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The Union Jack hangs from a pool table as former British subjects gather for a pot-luck supper Wednesday at the 801 housing Community Center in Clovis. CNJ photos: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite spending nearly three decades in Clovis, Judith Matthews hasn’t lost her British accent or her love for her home country. […]

State considers killing TB-infected cattle

By Jack King Officials are discussing with the owners of two Roosevelt County dairies the possibility of killing their cattle to eliminate all traces of bovine tuberculosis, State Veterinarian Dr. Steve England said Wednesday. The recent discovery of the disease led the United States Department of Agriculture to announce it will downgrade New Mexico from […]