April 13, 2008: Reporter’s Notebook

A store clerk whose bicycle was stolen last Sunday said he is overwhelmed by the support from Clovis residents who have extended a helping hand. Alex Yuen said cycling was his only means of transportation. He said he used his bike to go to work and run errands such as paying bills and picking up […]

Web changes on the way

Online reporter Sharna Johnson is working on database information we hope to add to our Web site in the coming weeks, maybe even this week.

Reporter’s notebook: Mom says son saved her life

A Clovis mother is crediting God, her son, and actor Robin Williams for saving her life Wednesday. Shelly Burger said she was sitting down watching television and eating a bowl of cereal when a piece of cereal lodged itself in her throat and blocked her airway. “I couldn’t get it loose,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Fisherwoman snags 30-inch flathead

1187240625-816catfish.jpg

Courtesy photo Vanessa Anaya shows off the 12-pound flathead she caught at Greene Acres Lake. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It was Friday night, and the Anayas were resting. Out of nowhere, Vanessa decided it was time to go fishing. “I just had that feeling to go that day,” she said. Less than 30 minutes […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Students give campus fresh coat of paint

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer About 18 students spent their summer painting the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, according to Clovis High School Athletic Director Brian Stacy. The painting involved switching the school colors at what was Gattis Junior High from gray and green to the high school’s signature purple and white. “The kids […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Player has passion for piano

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAVID BROSFEAU has played piano for more than half his life, earning accolades including a third-place finish at the state competition of the Piano Music Teachers of New Mexico. He’s also performed before such dignitaries as Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Brosfeau said he was introduced to the piano […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Decades-old quilt completed

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Sarah Sears of Clovis never finished her quilt, “The Tree of Life,” which she started in 1920. Her daughter, Jan Pisano, now of Boulder, Colo., now in her 80s, asked Liz Judd and a group of ladies who quilt in her building to finish it. “She came by with […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Bike rally raises $4,265 for tornado victims

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor MICHAEL GALVAN, 29, HIS FATHER, FRANK GALVAN, both of Farwell, and Clovis friends Mark Call, John Jones and Richard Ryerson wanted to help tornado victims. Their mission was “to help local families right now,” so they wouldn’t have to wait to receive government or insurance assistance, according to Michael […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Resident closely follows city happenings

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor JOHN WIDMARK’S FACE is a familiar one at Clovis City Commission and Curry County Commission meetings. Since the 71-year-old retiree moved to Clovis from the Seattle area in November 2001, he has had a front-row seat to the local political process. He attends the meetings of both governing bodies […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Woman starts support group

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A MYRIAD OF HEALTH PROBLEMS plague Laurie Johannsen. The 47-year-old suffers from pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea and an autoimmune disease, she said. Although Johannsen, a former special education teacher, has a host of family and friends, she said discussing her ailments is hard. AND SO AN IDEA TO BEGIN […]

First impressions matter — sometimes

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve had plenty of opportunities to make first impressions in my life because I’ve had so many job interviews. I’m just about an expert in the field. As they say, first impressions make lasting impressions, and yet job experts say it only takes a few seconds for these impressions to […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Vigil will honor lost children

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis mother whose infant son died from a medical complication and others who bear the grief of losing a child will hold a candlelight vigil Sunday. The vigil is held annually around the world in remembrance and honor of children who have died at any age from any […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local woman runner-up for queen

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brianne Aucutt of Clovis was first runner-up last month in the New Mexico State Fair Queen contest in Albuquerque. The Texas Tech sophomore represented Curry County as the reigning Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. She competed against 11 other young women from New Mexico. Aucutt was judged on personality, horsemanship […]

Reporter’s notebook: Clovis man gets big return on money

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Art Duron turned $3 into $33,000 merely by scratching. The Clovis resident recently won the top prize on a New Mexico Lottery Crossword Scratcher game. Although the $33,000 is the largest prize Duron has ever received, he said he is no stranger to winning. In 2004, he won $1,000 […]

An open letter to Keavin Lawdermilk

By David Stevens; Clovis News Journal Editor Dear Keavin, I read a wonderful story about you in our newspaper on Wednesday. What an exciting life it must be, guarding the Dixie Chicks and associating with all of those other movie and music stars. Wow. A lot of people must be jealous. I know I am. […]

Reporters are the best pranksters

By Bob Huber: local columnist News reporters in olden times enjoyed pulling pranks. They all did. You probably think they acquired that fun-filled pastime in journalism school, except the reporters I knew never went to college. That’s why they were reporters. The most applauded jokes were those that involved large groups of people. Politicians and […]

Reporter’s notebook: Dog rescues family

In Arabic, “obed” means worship, but to the Reid family, Obed is synonymous with hero. Obed is a 1-year-old, blonde cocker spaniel acquired by Clovis resident Christy Reid from friends who were relocating. Reid said she awoke last Thursday night to the sound of her newly acquired dog urgently barking. Arising to investigate why the […]

Reporter’s notebook: Wal-Mart publishes local’s recipe

Carolyn Deweese was surprised to learn recently he recipe for chili casserole is included in the fifth annual Wal-Mart employee cookbook. Wal-Mart included Deweese’s recipe along with more than 80 others — chosen from thousands of submissions by Wal-Mart associates. The goal, according to a Wal-Mart press release, was to produce a cookbook “reflecting the […]

Reporter’s notebook: National Guard unit comes home for holidays

These soldiers made it home just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. After 14 months spent in the nation’s capital, members of the 1-200th Air Defense Artillery Battalion arrived Wednesday in Fort Bliss, Texas, according to their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Alvarez. They received a four-day pass to visit their family and friends, he said. […]

Reporter’s notebook: Squadron receives presidential citation after 60 years

Ret. Col. William Creech waited 60 years for his squadron to receive a presidential citation. The former Cannon Air Force Base commander said he grew tired of school children not knowing what he and others in the Army Air Corp’s 528th fighter squadron did in World War II. Creech said his squadron, dubbed the Dragonflies, […]