Clovis soldier awarded Purple Heart

Courtesy photo: Cassie Smith Army Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins presented a Purple Heart to 5-year-old Cadence Smith, standing with her mother, Lindsey Smith, on July 30 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., for her father Dale Smith Jr., who was wounded July 15 in Afghanistan. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections When […]

Injured soldier awarded Purple Heart

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Courtesy photo: Cassie Smith Army Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins presented a Purple Heart to 5-year-old Cadence Smith, standing with her mother, Lindsey Smith, on July 30 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., for her father Dale Smith Jr., who was wounded July 15 in Afghanistan. Sharna Johnson When Cadence Smith accepted […]

Operation Purple Program offers summer camps for military youth

By 27th SOW Force Support Squadron Operation Purple camps are a time for having fun, making friends and reminding military kids that they are the nation’s youngest heroes. The mission of the Operation Purple program, sponsored by the National Military Family Association, is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy […]

Clovis High graduates 370

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Friends Molly Walker, left, and Janie Balch take another photograph of themselves with help from friend Sujel Delahoz as they wait for the graduation ceremony to begin. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The old gym at Clovis High School was a flood of Wildcat purple caps and gowns as […]

‘Purple man’ unmasked?

A letter from a thankful grandmother in Sunday’s Clovis paper referenced a “purple man.” Nora Cross’ 5-year-old grandson credited this stranger with helping him cross a busy 21st Street on his adventurous way to school last week.

Woman thankful for ‘purple man’

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will periodically publish thank-you letters of public interest. Letters should be less than 300 words and the writer must be identified. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses may […]

Education feature: Miniature Mozart

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Sarah Jo Samora, 8, of Clovis plays Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” on her guitar Wednesday afternoon at her home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sarah Jo Samora balanced an electric guitar that was almost her size while playing the opening chords to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the […]

Nov. 21, 1973

The Clovis News-Journal reported that Dr. Lynn Abshere, the only obstetrician and gynecologist in Clovis, would be leaving soon and there would be no one immediately available to replace him. … Several students from Clovis High School offered to pay the expense of cleaning a six foot-tall eagle that stood in front of Hobbs High […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats prepare for Taos’ mix-match defense

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Although the Purple Pepper Shootout isn’t a tournament in the traditional sense, with a championship presentation or all-tournament team, both Clovis and Taos are taking the two-day event seriously. The Wildcats (13-1) will square off against Taos (9-7) at 7:30 p.m. today at Rock Staubus Gym. Roswell High plays […]

New shades of pain unpleasant discovery

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Pain comes in many colors: • the bright blinding white of smashing your thumb with a hammer; • the somber black blanket of depression. • and a new one I’ve got from my current woes — it’s sort of a darkish purple, not unlike a fetid bruise or […]

12/23 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the discarded ornaments attic boss while strolling around in the attic the other day i stumbled into a sea of christmas tree ornaments there were red ones gold ones blue ones green ones and […]

Wildcats fans gear up for title game

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Clovis High School senior Autumn Skinner, 18, draws a paw as fellow senior Kymberly Helton, 17, also works on a sign for the door of their Spanish III class Thursday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hallways at Clovis High School are decked out in purple and white. The colors […]

Finally, anthem singer in purple

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John Urban tries on his new Wildcats’ hat at his Kiwanis club meeting. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer John Urban has been a key part of Clovis High School football for 45 years. That’s his voice across the intercom before the game and during the halftime shows. For the past […]

Never too late for Purple Heart

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A Portales native who fought hunger, torture and cold weather for 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of World War II finally received a Purple Heart for his military service. It took 63 years, but Alvin Fails accepted the honorary medal from Brigadier General Kenny […]

Gambling would revitalize downtown

Letters to the editor The subject of what to do with Hotel Clovis has been a discussion for many years now. We have had various groups trying to get it so that they might restore it to its former glory. Problem: None of them have had enough financial backing, and would more than likely leave […]

Girls over 50 just want to have fun

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There are no rules. No dues. No committees. No officers. No charity work. No men allowed. No set meeting dates. No actual meetings or parliamentary procedure. And absolutely no responsibilities. The only requirements to be a member of the Red Hat Society is you must be a woman age 50 […]

Whitehead paces older alums

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Eloy Hita, left, and Justin Pinckney battle for a rebound Friday during the third annual Wildcat alumni basketball game at Rock Staubus Gym. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Clay Whitehead figures he took more shots in Friday’s third annual Wildcat alumni basketball game than he has in his whole high school career. Whitehead, […]

Three CHS students punished for protest

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Three Clovis High School students have received in-school suspension for passing out a flier at school protesting administrative censorship of their school newspaper. Purple Press editor Matthew Coker and two reporters said they were punished for violating school procedures in distributing the fliers on school property without prior administrative […]