Col. Lenfant recognized

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Courtesy photo Col. Babette Lenfant, 27th Special Operations Mission Support commander, second from left, receives an endorsement from Curry and Roosevelt County leadership for the National Public Service Award on May 1 in Portales. From left, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., Portales City Manager Debi Lee, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield, Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas […]

Gunships move to Cannon

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell One of two 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunships taxis onto the flightline May 19 at Cannon Air Force Base. The base is expecting six more of the gunships to move to Cannon as the squadron makes its move from Hulburt Field. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections […]

Gunships move to Cannon

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U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell One of two 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunships taxis onto the flightline May 19 at Cannon Air Force Base. The base is expecting six more of the gunships to move to Cannon as the squadron makes its move from Hulburt Field, Fla. By Kevin […]

Truck hits building on North Prince

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Sgt. John Evans of the New Mexico Motor Transport Division, left, and Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Marney check insurance paperwork Tuesday for the driver of a pickup that ran into the R&S Hydraulics building on North Prince Street. Marney said the driver of the pickup was cut off and swerved to avoid hitting another […]

Cemetery all that’s left of Blacktower

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Sarah E. Schooling Durham’s grave is one of about eight whose gravestones are still visible and standing at the Blacktower Cemetery located west of Chavez West housing. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When the town of Blacktower faded away, the only thing left behind was its dead. The Blacktower […]

Plenty of work left on Ute water project

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia The Ute Water Project would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to the eight member entities of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. By Kevin Wilson The Ute Water Project’s been approved. But there are plenty of details left to pour over. The dry facts: The […]

Clovis lawyer Dan Buzzard left too soon

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I used to go to Dan Buzzard, the lawyer in Clovis that I knew, who could keep me out of trouble when I would write up a column for the Curry County Times or the CNJ that some one didn’t like or I wrote something I shouldn’t had. I don’t […]

Left not true to values it embraces

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I recently decided to check out “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, given that it is a popular left-of-center offering totally devoted to Barack Obama and virulently contemptuous of the American Right. Sure enough one segment featured a stream of clips and stills of various Right wing luminaries, […]

Bella Vista joins inauguration celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Students at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista dance during the an inauguration ball Tuesday at the school. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Not to be left out of the celebrations at the nation’s capital, Clovis residents held their own commemorations of Tuesday’s historic inauguration. Barack Obama was sworn […]

Cardinals headed to Super Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — That’s not a mirage rising out of the desert, folks. It’s the Arizona Cardinals soaring to their first Super Bowl. Yes, the Cardinals, founding members of the NFL, but historically among the most dysfunctional of franchises, finally have joined the big boys. Capitalizing on Larry Fitzgerald’s three first-half touchdown receptions, then […]

Border town founder had ‘zest for life’

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist James D. Hamlin founded the towns of Farwell and Texico. He was born in 1871 in Kentucky and received a classical education. By some accounts, he left home at 28 to seek his fortune in Alaska, but he ended his journey in Amarillo to relieve his chronic asthma. According to […]

Year in review: Clovis selects first female mayor

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo After being elected mayor in March, Gayla Brumfield said she was “excited and speechless, which is unusual for her.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The biggest indication that 2008 would be a year of change for Clovis was an event that happened with plenty left on 2007’s calendar year. […]

Without music, what else is left?

By Don McAlavy Albert Einstein was once asked what would happen if we ever had a nuclear holocaust. He thought for just a moment and replied: “There would be no music.” Music is a part of everyone’s life — and Clovis and our area has been blessed by the amount of musical talent that has […]

Border fence should top Obama’s agenda

Freedom New Mexico President Bush met with his successor, Barack Obama, on Monday and began discussing the transition from one administration to the other. The Bush administration has 10 weeks left before Inauguration Day. His presidency doesn’t end until then, and he certainly has the right to continue the policies and programs he has initiated […]

Oct. 30, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Oct. 21 an officer responded to a business in the 1000 block of Prince Street for a fraud report. A clerk said a male purchased a popcorn ball with a roll of quarters worth $10 and she gave him […]

‘Really?’ is only thing left to say

Sometimes news pleases me, sometimes it makes me yell at the TV. Other times, I’ve just got to say … Really? • Take the new Chevy Volt, or more specifically, its so-called fans. Slated for a 2010 release, the Volt runs for 40 miles on a single charge, but runs up to 300 miles when […]

You can’t go home if you don’t think you’ve left

By Curtis K. Shelburne Someone has called Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son “the Gospel within the Gospels” as Jesus tells us the story of us all, and the story of God’s love. You know the story. A father has two sons. The younger son — immature, rebellious, and headstrong — impetuously demands his inheritance, […]

AYP results ready Friday

CNJ staff The state Public Education Department will release the 2008 Adequate Yearly Progress Reports on Friday, according to a department press release. The report is a No Child Left Behind yardstick used to measure student’s reading and math skills. Eight Clovis schools and two Portales schools did not meet academic proficiency last year.

Energy solutions best left in private hands

Freedom New Mexico As with so much concerning the hyped “crisis” of global warming, the recent

Memoirs tell of drama in Portales

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Memoirs left by Levi J. Whiteman, grandfather of the author’s wife Kathy McAlavy brought to life a drama that was produced in Portales in 1907 by Whiteman, then 20, and his friends. The historical melodrama was written in 1888 by John A. Fraser. The melodrama was called “A Noble Outcast” […]