Clovis man faces murder charge

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man faces an open count of murder, accused of beating a maintenance man to death at an apartment near West Seventh Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Dustin Forni was charged Jan. 31 with the death of Mark Leinberger, 48, according to a report released Tuesday by Clovis police. According […]

About 300 march in Martin Luther King Jr. parade

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jimmy Gallegos, left, and Richard Vela of Nick Griego and Sons Construction unveil a monument to Coretta Scott King on Monday at Potter Park at the beginning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The monument includes a photo of Coretta Scott King, but event organizers said a plaque […]

Martin Luther King Day parade set for Monday

Benna Sayyed The Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission annual Martin Luther King Day parade starts 9 a.m. Monday at Potter Park, emulating King’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. The first stop will be at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary, where the commission will stage a short program and offer refreshments. The next stop will […]

City receives grant for sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard

Kevin Wilson The city has received $500,000 in Community Block Development Grant money toward construction of a new sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard. The project, which will require a $176,000 match in city dollars, will replace the sewer line between Mendenhall and 21 st streets. The sewer lines there are 6- to 8-inch […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 p.m. Jan. 7 an officer responded to the area of 21st Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a crash report. A woman said she was driving north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and her vehicle started pulling […]

Youths commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with hip-hop dance

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Justin Forbes, 11, practiced some of his dance moves Friday night during the dance at the Cannon Air Force Base Youth Center. Alisa Boswell On Friday night, more than a dozen Cannon Air Force Base children could be seen “getting their groove on” at the CAFB Youth Center. The Youth Center […]

School menus — Jan. 16

Clovis Elementary Monday: No school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tuesday: Breakfast — Whole wheat pancake and syrup. Lunch — Hamburger on a bun, corn on the cob, lettuce, tomato and pickle, fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Grilled cheese sandwich, chicken noodle soup, finger veggies with dip, fruited jello. […]

Dr. King’s words still continue to inspire us

Freedom New Mexico Although making Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday was controversial — understandably so since he was a highly controversial figure during his lifetime — the holiday in one sense has become utterly ordinary. Instead of being celebrated on Dr. King’s actual birthday, Jan. 15, it falls on the Monday closest to […]

Nearly 600 attend Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Arts Academy at Bella Vista students ended their musical performance with a heart-shaped world. The message of their performance was that everyone contributes to equality. Liliana Castillo Organizers and attendees of the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast were glad that the near 600 who attended were a […]

Youth focus of MLK day events

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Chair Joyce Pollard lines up winning posters for the commission members to see at their meeting Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Liliana Castillo Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Clovis and Portales are centered around teaching King’s philosophies to youth. Both cities have events […]

Retired teacher stays active in city

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Joyce Pollard was born in Texas but moved to Clovis when she was 16. Longtime Clovis resident Joyce Pollard is best known for her work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission in Clovis but she has also served on several other committees in the community. She was instrumental in […]

Awareness important tool in fighting cancer

Clyde Davis Before getting into this column, I need to make a correction and apology. To my Lutheran colleagues: It seems probable the Martin Luther incident never occurred — the punch in the nose over Holy Communion. The church history professor from whom I heard the story is very likely no longer alive; he was […]

Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, middle school first place

By Alexandria Smith We all need to remember and act upon these words: REMEMBER, CELEBRATE and ACT. We all need to remember what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did and what he believed was right. We need to celebrate his honor and courage for standing up for his beliefs. Every one of us need to […]

Clovis honors Martin Luther King Jr.

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marchers walk from Potter Park in southwest Clovis to Clovis Christian School at Eighth and Hinkle streets Monday morning in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Roger Groom’s voice bellowed, echoing from the rafters, as he recited Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech in […]

Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast draws about 650 people

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Alex Prather, 6, of Clovis holds a peace sign Saturday during a musical performed by students from Art Academy at Bella Vista for the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at Clovis High School. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The annual Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship breakfast […]

Events set to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations are scheduled across eastern New Mexico this week and next. In Portales, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities start 10 a.m. Monday with a march starting at the Roosevelt County Museum at Eastern New Mexico University. The parade includes the Cannon Air Force […]

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday closings

The following are closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday:

Area prepares for Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations are scheduled across eastern New Mexico this week and next. Saturday is the annual scholarship breakfast at Clovis High School, said Joyce Pollard, who is president of the Clovis Dr. Martin Luther King Commission. “Our guest speaker is Joe Campos and we will […]

MLK's dream: A reality

By Capt. Tyler Moore: 27th SOW Equal Opportunity Director As we observe Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Jan. 19, the very next day America will write a new chapter in her history with the inauguration of Barack Obama as its 44th President of the United States. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave […]