Reporter’s notebook: Local singer’s son fills in on national anthem

A familiar voice was missing from the last two Clovis football games as national anthem singer John Urban was recuperating from surgery for a brain hematoma. An Urban was still on the microphone, however, as his son Ken sang the anthem and did the announcing duties for the Clovis High band’s halftime show. John Urban […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local publishes book of poems

Brenda Marshall-Wilsea says she never leaves home without carrying a notebook and pen. Wilsea is the author of “Special Poems to the Lord,” a 30-page book of inspirational passages. A simple, sky-blue cover shows a dove of peace. According to the poet, she has been working on this book of poetry for the last five […]

Reporter’s notebook: Schools pledge record amount for United Way

The teachers and staff of the Clovis Municipal School system recently showed their commitment to the community by pledging a record $61,416 to United Way of Eastern New Mexico. It was a 22-percent increase from last year, according to school and United Way officials. United Way is a non-profit charitable organization which raises money to […]

Reporter’s notebook: Longtime base supporter receives humanitarian award

Longtime Cannon Air Force Base supporter Doc Stewart said he does not like to boast. In fact, he refused to name his accomplishments over the last several decades that got him nominated for the Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award this year. “It’s a list as long as your arm,” Stewart said of his accomplishments. “But […]

Reporter’s notebook: Music minister sings anthem for BRAC hearing

Oscar Cleare, the music minister for Faith Christian Family Church, has been singing since he was 10. First inspired by his preacher father in Illinois, Cleare has sung at malls throughout New Mexico and Texas and he’s compiled a Christmas CD with another CD on the way. That was his voice that trumpeted the words […]

Reporter’s notebook: Business owner donating flags

A Clovis business owner said he is donating about 400 minature American flags to the area effort to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Steve Deleon of Sports Angle said he hopes the flags will be used by base supporters during a planned parade rally when members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission holds […]

Reporter’s notebook: Recent bill declares July 23 ‘National Day of the American Cowboy’

It’s time to pull up those boot straps and sharpen those spurs, for July 23 is declared “National Day of the American Cowboy.” A bill cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M, which recently passed the Senate, requests the country honor the role of the rancher in the development of the western United States. As […]

Reporter’s notebook: Coaches shave heads to motivate

Hair — or lack thereof — has become the perfect motivational tool for Darren Williams and Michael Thomas, coaches at Marshall Junior High School. The two men, similar in height and stature, stumbled upon an incentive for athletic teams at Marshall: In exchange for good performances, or in preparation for a tough competition, the coaches […]

Editors deserve recognition

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Editors, as a whole, are usually decent, hard-working and totally dedicated to their task. Editors of small town newspapers in the old days, not too unlike their counterparts today, often found it difficult to please everybody. On April 23, 1909, in the first issue of Clovis’ first daily newspaper, “The […]

Reporter’s notebook: Miss Clovis moving on to Miss New Mexico pageant

For the third year in a row, Aleiha Applegarth has been crowned Miss Clovis. She said the pageant, held March 13 in Las Cruces, was something she “just fell into” after receiving a flier at work. With the encouragement of her co-workers and friends, Applegarth entered her first pageant competition. “I figured ‘why not?’,” she […]

Reporter’s notebook: Former Clovis resident inducted into hall of fame

Faye Plank is in the hall of fame. The 92-year-old former Clovis resident was inducted into the (Texas) Panhandle Press Association’s elite group earlier this month, more than 30 years after she began working as a reporter. Plank, who now lives in Dalhart, Texas, said she started her journalism career in the 1970s at the […]

Reporter’s notebook: Tax-Aide volunteers honored

Lucinda Bonney, program director for the Curry County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, strives to personalize the group’s annual banquet by recognizing a different branch of the 157-member organization. This year, Bonney said, the AARP-Tax Aide volunteers stood out. “It really hit me — they have a real impact on our communities. I never realized […]

Reporter’s notebook: Music education top 100 lists Clovis

Clovis Municipal Schools is listed in “Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America,” an annual nationwide survey conducted jointly by the country’s top organizations devoted to music and learning. “I am so very proud of our total music program,” said Wayne Anderson, coordinator of music with Clovis Municipal Schools. “We have consistently set the […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local man meets President Bush

Animated, humorous and erudite. Those are the words Clovis Republican Rube Render used to describe President George W. Bush’s speaking style at a town hall meeting last week in Albuquerque. “I was very impressed with the President’s speaking ability,” Render said. Rube and his wife Marge traveled to the town hall meeting that brought together […]

Reporter’s notebook: Policeman honored for actions

When Robbie Telles went undercover and posed as a hitman in November, he knew this would be the case of his career. By the end, he had thwarted the efforts of a female suspect to kill her ex-husband and his father. “It’s one of those cases that you hear about but you never actually get […]

Rather’s departure sign of change

By Helena Rodriguez One could sum up Dan Rather’s sad departure from CBS news on Wednesday night in his own words: “It’s way past the witching hour at this point in the game.” Since his controversial story on President Bush’s military service, Rather’s own career began to, as Rather said of Gore during the 2000 […]

Yucca to get new roof: Reporter’s Notebook

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Folks at a Clovis junior high school are getting ready for a bona fide roof raising, courtesy of the state’s Public School Capitol Outlay Council. “I am pleased to announce that Yucca Junior High in Clovis has been selected to receive a new million-dollar roof,” said Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa […]

Race not addressed in reporter scandal

Leonard Pitts Jr. This is an open letter to my colleagues in the news business. The silence is getting loud. It’s been nearly four months since the scandal broke. Four months since Jack Kelley, star foreign correspondent for USA Today, was found to have lied his way through his professional life for the last 13 […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Scholarship fund gets $1,200 at meeting

A scholarship fund started five years ago in memory of the former owner of High Plains Federal Credit Union received more than $1,200 due to donations and silent auction receipts at the credit union’s annual meeting on Saturday. According to Daniel Lofton, marketing director for the credit union, the Raymond McClain Scholarship is given each […]

Ways exist to keep Christ in Christmas

Ned Cantwell It is a rare opportunity for the rookie reporter, this ride-along with two members of the ACLU about to begin their Keep Christ out of Christmas Season Patrol. At the appointed hour, the newsman and the two American Civil Liberties Union lawyers seat themselves in an unmarked car, the only clue to the […]