Reporter’s notebook: Students researching New Mexico

Two elementary students, one from Nebraska and one from Illinois, have adopted the state of New Mexico for research projects. Wanting display materials for their projects, both students have written letters to the Clovis News Journal asking local residents to send them postcards, letters, brochures, maps and other information regarding the state. Norma Swanson, teacher […]

Texas trooper remembered for love of job, green thumb

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Steve Myrick of Clovis said the hardest part about his son’s accidental death was not being able to say goodbye. Matthew Myrick’s four children did the best they could. They wrote letters to their father, a Texas state trooper who was killed while on duty Jan. 20 in a […]

George Hicks

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. George Hicks Date of birth: Sept. 7, 1924 Dates of service: April 1945 to August 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Jail officials cracking down on contraband


A inmate uses the phone Wednesday in the annex of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Commonly confiscated contraband in the Curry County Adult Detention Center includes letters between inmates, tobacco, drugs, crude knives, tattooing devices and ink, as well as dried fruit and vegetable […]

8/28 BRAC Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from Cannon, as recommended by the Department of Defense. But commissioners ordered Cannon “enclaved,” or open in limited fashion, until Dec. 31, 2009, in hopes DoD will find it another mission. Here are excerpts from some of the e-mailed […]

Letter writers take aim at BRAC commissioners


Nick Mondragon runs letters through a postage machine Thursday at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce in Clovis. The letters are being sent to BRAC Commissioners and top U.S. government officials. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Kenneth Realty Inc. agent Maureen Burns said she hunched over mounds of letters for […]

5/22 BRAC letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Most of the following letters were edited heavily for space considerations. Battle to keep Cannon open not lost When I first heard that Cannon Air Force Base was on the Base Realignment and Closure list, I simply could not believe it. My own 31-year Air Force career ended at Cannon in 1973. As […]

Area Marine lectures in Portales


Larry Long of Clovis, who is home between tours in Iraq with the Marines, fields a question from the audience during a visit Thursday afternoon to Valencia Elementary School in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Valencia Elementary fifth-graders received a surprise on Thursday afternoon when one of their […]

Clovis grad talks about Iraq


U.S. Army Capt. Calvin Kroeger talks about his one year combat tour in Iraq with Bravo Company 20th Engineers 1st Calvary Division as he speaks to ROTC students Wednesday at Clovis High School. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom newspapers TUCUMCARI — Students’ eyes were fixed on the Army captain in his […]

Clovis after-school program adds to students’ experiences


Staff Sgt. David Sanchez shares his war experiences Monday with sixth-graders Debra Lewis and Stephen Savage at James Bickley Elementary. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When roughly 150 young students Monday asked what it was like to be in war, Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. David Sanchez answered with […]