Sweet Home New Mexico: Proud to be part of a select few

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Sometimes, I wonder if I am the only one that feels a special sense of pride when I hand my military I.D. to the friendly gate guards as I make my way onto the base. As soon as I am beyond the gate, I can’t help but feel this little surge of glee that I […]

City landmarks set to change

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File photo The Hotel Clovis, opened in 1931, was once the tallest building between Albuquerque and Dallas. It will be converted into an apartment complex, with a ceremonial groundbreaking set for 11 a.m. Friday. Kevin Wilson A shovel will hit the ground Friday morning, and a gate will be locked Friday evening. The Hotel Clovis […]

Officials estimate fair attendance up

CNJ staff Though admission dollars are still being counted, Curry County Fair officials are estimating a gate attendance spike of at least 15 percent compared to the 2010 fair. “We’re still counting arm bands and the weekly passes we sold,” said Kevin Jolley, general manager of the Curry County Fairgrounds that held the fair Aug. […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

June 18 Commander's Action Line

Q: Can contractors use just the far-right lane when they come through the main gate to reduce traffic bottlenecks? A: Thank you for your suggestion. There are a number of things to consider with regard to searching contractors at the front gate: safety of our gate guards and drivers, security of the base, accessibility for […]

Couple sought in dognapping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Larry Rogers of the Clovis Animal Shelter replaces a sign Wednesday to the gate that got ran into by a car after a person took their dogs from the shelter and attempted to leave in their car. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis couple is facing charges for […]

Speed limit changes for Perimeter Road

By: 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron The speed limit on base has changed at three different locations along the south end of Perimeter Road near the Portales Gate. The first is located upon entering the Portales Gate and traveling toward the Caprock Inn. While approaching the right hand turn running adjacent to Curry County […]

Accident didn’t slow down farmer

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist This story is told by the daughter of Clyde Sparks, Neva Riggins of Clovis, and takes place in the fall of 1945. “Dad said that he lacked two rounds being completely finished with the wheat harvest in that field. It was close to sundown so he felt that he could […]

The little town that was — then wasn’t

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Gate City beat Vega, Texas, in basketball at Gate City on July 10, 1938. Gate City? Where in the world is Gate City? Think Conchas Dam. Yes, there is a Gate City and old folks around Tucumcari know where it was. I say was because there is no Gate City […]

Gate-to-Gate run set

Janet Taylor-Birkey A Gate-to-Gate run will be held May 25 to commemorate Memorial Day. All Cannon ID holders are welcome to join the run which begins at 7:15 a.m. at Unity Park. “This is going to be a neat event because each walker [or] runner will carry a carnation and place it on the memorial […]

Zoo gets out word on bird(s)

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Zoo clerk Laura Shepler saysd she will hand-feed an orphaned bird cat food for at least two months before weaning it onto bird seed. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. […]

Commander's Action Line

Q:I’m a base employee with a concern about POV traffic inflow around 6 a.m. weekdays. It seems there are certain days when traffic inflow is backed up over the bridge and there’s only one inflow gate open. We spent so much to improve the gate but it doesn’t seem like we’re using it like we […]

New gates open at Cannon

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Airman 1st Class Jason Knockaert, 27th Security Forces Squadron, tests the buttons for the pop-up barriers at Cannon’s new main gate. The redesigned gate opened for traffic at midnight Friday. (Freedom Newspapers: Keith Pannell) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cannon personnel and Clovis citizens met Friday afternoon to celebrate the completion and re-opening of […]

Reporter’s notebook: Persistence pays off for dog owner

By Tova Fruchtman Many people may have seen the signs and advertisements last month looking for “Stitch,” the Reyna family’s lost shih tzu. After a three-week search the Reynas finally found their dog, which escaped when Mike Renya was working on the gate at his home, he said. Renya said he got a call after […]

Turkey dog has Clovis adventures

Lassie, Hank the Cowdog and Scooby-Doo have had their dog days. Now somebody should write a book or make a television show about the real-life adventures of George. John Considine’s dog has been homeless, tied up, befriended by strangers, even face-to-face with a pair of would-be house burglars. Chapter one. George was just a pup […]

Cannon’s security forces take Thanksgiving Day off

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Air Force 2nd Lt. Anntasia Curtis, of the 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron, left, laughs as she gets security detail tips from Army Staff Sgt. Drew Neal Thursday at the main gate at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In the military some work […]

Scout has plans set in stone

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Boy Scout Tyson Bare, 17, with Troop 128, explains Tuesday afternoon the adobe rock structure that he and his troop will build at the entrance to the Curry County Fairgrounds. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Jack King A Clovis High School junior told the Curry County Commission Tuesday he wants to build a stone entrance […]

A bite out of crime

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Staff Sgt. Michael Jones is attackd by guard dog Macco during a training exercise Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base. The 27th Security Forces Squadron uses six dogs to help protect and keep the base safe. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Darrell Todd Maurina Now these are guard dogs. While many city police dogs accompany […]