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 […]

Lawmakers: Wage bill would have hurt businesses

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Several area lawmakers said proposed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage would have hurt local businesses. One of Gov. Bill Richardson’s priorities at the start of the 30-day legislative session that ended Thursday, his plan to raise the state minimum wage to $7.50 an hour, was amended and […]

CCC, ENMU projects supported by Senate

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Senate unanimously approved a measure on Monday to finance nearly $144 million worth of capital improvements for universities, colleges, senior citizen centers and libraries. Projects for Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are included in the measure. Senate Bill 301 authorizes general obligation bond financing, if […]

Walker, George W.

George W. Walker, 80, of Portales, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born April 1, 1925, in Yuma, Ariz., to Marie and James Walker. He was the son of Scottish immigrants. He grew up in Coronado, Calif., where the family raised polo ponies and operated the stables at […]

Roosevelt County, ENMU request $5 million in capital outlay funds

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico University representatives have each requested more than $5 million in capital outlay funds from the 2006 New Mexico Legislative Session. The session begins on Jan. 17 and one of the focuses of Gov. Bill Richardson, senators and representatives is how the money will be divided […]

Cecil Bunch, Frank Phillips

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. Cecil Bunch Date of birth: Dec. 19, 1923 Dates of Service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Lindsay, Oklahoma Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: […]

High Risers

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer From the ground, the wind can seem tame. It is almost always deceptive, though, according to recent college grad Eric Denton. He spent a big chunk of the last five years up in the air — his only protection, a harness. Denton discovered the hard […]

Herb Hammar, Elwin Wilhoit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer 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. Herb “Herby” Hammar Date of birth: Aug. 3, 1925 Dates of service: August, 1943 to November, 1946 Hometown: […]

David Ash

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. David Ash Date of birth: April 24, 1925 Dates of service: 1943 to 1975 Home town: Akron, Ohio Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Zias try to replace softball gear

CNJ staff PORTALES — Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a severely dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the […]

Cannon awarded $100K for installation excellence

Airman Thomas Trower Cannon has decided how to spend its recently awarded Air Combat Command Installation Excellence Award prize money to improve the quality-of-life (QOL) for Cannon Airmen. “Every squadron was asked to submit suggestions on how the money was to be spent,” said Mr. James Laquerre, 27th Services Squadron Deputy Commander. “Each group consolidated […]

AGE has it covered

Master Sgt. Jeffrey Davis performs a servicing inspection on a C-10 Air Conditioner. All equipment handled by the AGE technicians is required to be inspected at certain intervals. Photo by Melanie Salazar. Melanie Salazar 27TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS “Quality connection, AGE anytime anywhere,” reads a sign in the aerospace ground equipment [AGE] maintenance shop. […]

Potter Pool vandalized, temporarily closed

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Vandals broke into the Potter Park swimming pool overnight Monday, throwing trash into the pool and breaking equipment. The pool will be temporarily closed while repairs are made. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer City officials temporarily closed Potter Pool on Tuesday due to damage incurred during a vandalism spree. […]

Sadly, dumpster-diving days long gone

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist When I took the trash out the other day, I realized my dumpster-diving days are over. There, by the dumpster, was a really good designer chair. I looked at the thing. All that was wrong with it was the canvas on the seat had given way. A good cleaning, a […]

Nuttall’s success should be seen by harshest critics

CNJ Editorial Neil Nuttall completes 7 1/2 years as Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent this week, leaving Tuesday for North Central Missouri College where he becomes its president. Nuttall leaves behind a legacy of academic vision and infrastructure that will serve Clovis students and the community for decades to come. And, as with all such agents […]

Director brings Hollywood to Clovis

Question and Answer Robert Collector is the writer and director of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title. The production crew has been filming in Clovis, Portales, Elida and other eastern New Mexico towns. Collector spoke about his role in film, his Hollywood career and what […]

Behind the scenes: When it rains we’re poorer

John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. After a week of smile-inducing, sunny-looking weather reports […]

Area students learn farm safety

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Third-graders from Clovis Christian School and Faith Triumphant School react to a controlled grain dust explosion Thursday during the Clovis Fire Department’s eighth-annual Farm Safety Day camp at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo by Eric Kl By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Bob Maher stood surrounded by about 30 third-grade students, crammed inside a […]

Clovis businesses celebrate 75 years

By Don McAlavy In 1929, a small-town newspaperman came to Clovis from Kansas to start a dynasty. Not only did Mack Stanton combine two weekly newspapers into a daily — the Clovis Evening News Journal at 215 Main — he also created a printing plant to do commercial printing at 313 Main and he called […]

Clovis police department officials consider new cars

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Police Department may soon have $125,000 added to its budget to purchase new police cars. At a meeting Tuesday morning, Clovis City Commission’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to recommend the full city commission add that amount to the police department’s capital budget to pay for police cars. The […]