Use time to fill up on Father’s grace

Curtis Shelburne I’m beginning to wonder if someone—maybe Someone—is trying to tell me something. Since my oldest granddaughter just turned 5 and I just turned 55, I suppose the good news is that I’m ripe for the message (poor metaphor). That’s also the bad news. We might as well admit it: When it comes to […]

Planes fill skies at Tucumcari air show

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Nicholas Brown of Tucumcari sits in the cockpit of a A-7 corsair II. Thomas Garcia TUCUMCARI — The light rain and heavy overcast clouds gave way to blue skies and the aircraft performing Wednesday during the Tucumcari Rotary Club/Chamber of Commerce Air Show. “I think we did all right, the […]

ENMU hopes to fill women’s hoops coach slot by mid-April

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University is in the process of paring down a field of 55 candidates for the vacant women’s basketball program. ENMU athletics director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that a search committee will meet on Thursday to try to cut the list to about 10, at which point those candidates will be […]

Hounds start fall drills with few holes to fill

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s high-powered offense is slowing gaining respect in the Lone Star Conference. The Greyhounds (3-8, 0-6 LSC South Division), making the switch this season to the North in football, were picked for fourth place in the North in the conference’s preseason poll. Moreover, they earned two first-place votes. That’s all […]

City seeking to fill committee vacancies

CNJ staff The City of Clovis currently has several committee vacancies open. The city is seeking: • A resident from District 4 to serve on the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee. This committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at City Hall and makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding […]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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Courtesy photo Leal By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He […]

Education feature: Schools facing shortage of crossing guards

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis schools system is seeking 7 crossing guards. CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools system is short on crossing guards. Clovis schools needs to fill two regular positions and five substitutes Joel Shirley, deputy superintendent of operations for the school district, said a full staff of crossing guards would […]

Cannon looking to fill civilian positions

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base maintained a higher than expected civilian workforce during its transition to a special operations wing. The Civil Service workforce at Cannon dropped from 730 in 2006 to 570 at present. However, the civilian personnel office is looking to fill 50 positions on base, according to Cannon Public Affairs Spokesman […]

Defending runnerup Cats look to fill holes

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When practice begins Monday for the Clovis High football team, the Wildcats will have a lot of positions to fill. Only a handful of starters return for the Cats, defending Class 5A state runnersup, on both sides of the ball. Still, assistant coach Darren Kelley says there is potential […]

Hounds fill men’s soccer post

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Harold Munoz has a pretty good idea of what to expect with the Eastern New Mexico University soccer program. Munoz, a graduate assistant during the first two years of the program’s existence (2004-05), was named to the head coaching position on Monday — slightly more than a […]

Immigration issue takes a personal dive

By Anita Doberman

Compassionate caregiver

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks Michelle Jones provides daycare to children of Cannon Air Force Base families. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A thickly padded floor, a brightly-colored tunnel, two small cribs and plenty of toys fill a room off the kitchen at Michelle Jones’ house. All items are necessary for Jones’ chosen profession […]

National Gas-Out Day theory big bust

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With this election year that’s not really an election year, it’s amazing to see the impact of people-powered politics. Candidates like Barack Obama can solicit small donations online and put 100,000 people behind his political movement. At debates for both Republicans and Democrats, moderators can quickly change the direction […]

Sometimes we need to simply step outside and look up

By Curtis K. Shelburne I love where I live. I know. It’s Muleshoe, not Malibu. It’s the high plains of Texas, not a resort on the Riviera. The Virgin Islands it’s not! But I love it. I don’t mean to be obnoxious about this. I’ll bet where you live is a good place to live, […]

Southwest Cheese looking for construction workers

CNJ staff The Southwest Cheese Company is looking to hire 400 workers from the Clovis area to work construction over the next year for their new plant being built south of town, according to a press release distributed by the company. If the building project stays on schedule, the facility should be commissioned in October. […]

Melrose City Council searches for member to fill vacant position

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose City Council members will decide at 6 p.m. Thursday whether to fill a vacant position with a local business owner or a man who serves in Curry County administration. Mike Jacobs, 41, owner of a well and electrical business in Melrose, and Lance Pyle, 23, executive assistant […]

School board to fill District 2 vacancy

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board decided Tuesday to fill the vacant District 2 board member seat by May 27. The seat opened when former board member George Banister resigned April 30 after serving nine years. Board President Lora Harlan said state law requires the board fill the position within 45 […]

Mother’s Day can be for children, too

Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Mother’s Day is a time to tell our mother’s how much we love them. I love you, Mom. But how many of us mothers take time to show our children how much they have blessed our lives as well? Because of them, we have the greatest job descriptions on Earth that […]

Cats rebuilding on the run

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White/Clovis senior defensive end Jarod Baldwin closes in on Las Cruces High QB Brandon Lucero during last week’s scrimmage.Jarod Bald Rick White No Hank Baskett. No Nathan Nuttall. No Joey Garcia. No chance for the Clovis Wildcats? Not necessarily. For the first time in several years, the Wildcats head into a […]

Firefighters fill the boot

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A driver stops to give a donation to Clovis firefighter Clay Wilhoit for the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot” campaign Sunday afternoon at the intersection of First and Prince streets. Photo by Janet Bresenham. By Janet Bresenham Every year near Labor Day, firefighters in Clovis and across the nation take to the streets […]