Mother fondly remembers son

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Evans said she plans to keep a promise her son made to his wife when they were married. “We have to try to keep that smile on her face. He promised her he would keep her smiling,” she said. Capt. Kermit O. Evans, 31, a Cannon airman serving […]

Southern control fleeting at times

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist If there is one thing that I learned living in the South, it’s that a Southern lady maintains control no matter how badly her children act. A few weeks ago I embarked on a trip to Rome with my children. I was determined to maintain Southern composure. Except that I […]

City Championship features close battle

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Albert Rubio of Clovis chips onto the third green during Friday’s first round of the Clovis City Championship at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff David Maldonado didn’t think he’d played that well on Friday, yet he kept himself in contention in the Clovis City Championship tournament at Municipal Golf […]

Space program innovation needs privatization

Freedom Newspapers The space shuttle Discovery made a safe re-entry landing Monday in only the second shuttle mission since the 2003 destruction during re-entry of the shuttle Columbia. The successful landing is a good time to discuss the independence of future space missions from government control and the federal treasury. Current Bush administration plans are […]

Aviation only part of regimen for Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

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Cadet Col. Michael Roper, 17, practices spinning his rifle Tuesday outside Clovis High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer As a sophomore at Clovis High School, Michael Roper enrolled in a course he thought was about aircraft and flight. He didn’t know he’d be wearing a uniform and embarking on […]

Dumbing down schools self-defeating

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Perhaps you remember white flight. That is, of course, the term for what happened in the ’60s when African Americans, newly liberated from legal segregation, began fanning out from the neighborhoods to which they’d once been restricted. Traumatized at the thought of living in proximity to their perceived inferiors, white […]

Former Clovis pilot accidental witness

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Clovis resident and World War II pilot John Ellison, 84, retraces his route on an aerial map of New Mexico. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: For three months, the Clovis News Journal has honored local World War II veterans by publishing their first-person accounts of service. John Ellison’s […]

Walking wouldn’t hurt governor’s rep

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist There we were, just the two of us, relaxing comfortably on the patio, the mountain range serving as a majestic backdrop, the wood-burning patio stove cutting the chill of a late Santa Fe fall evening. “Here, have another Biscochito,” Gov. Richardson said, offering a plateful of the dainty state cookie. […]

Jesse T. Johnson

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. Jesse T. Johnson Date of birth: Oct. 19, 1921 Dates of service: Aug. 11, 1942 to Oct. 21, 1945 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis […]

Driving is underrated compared to airline hassles

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist The pilots in the air show had it easy — they merely strapped on their helmets, buckled the hatch and off they zoomed into the cloudy gray yonder. We folks who have to rely on commercial airlines for our trips to Guatemala or France (two of the more popular destinations for […]