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 […]

Student profile: Tanner Fickling

Tanner Fickling is a senior at the Clovis High School. He is the son of Mark and Lisa Fickling. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Fly fishing in beaver ponds while it is pouring rain. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Football: Running out on Leon Williams Stadium on a Friday night in […]

Student profile: Robyn Smith

CNJ staff Robyn Smith is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Bobby and Cheri Smith. What’s your idea of a perfect day? A sunny day with a glass of tea and a good book. Who is your hero and why? My parents are my heroes. They teach me all I […]

3/9 Student profile

Cole Andes is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Rick and Sam Andes. What is your idea of a perfect day? My perfect day is any day that I am on the shooting range without the wind blowing. What would you like printed on your gravestone? I would like to […]

Clovis mother mourns son killed in Iraq

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis mom knew it was possible her son could die in service to his country, but she tried not to think about it. Brenda Robertson’s worst fear was realized Tuesday when she said she learned her eldest son, Army Pfc. Rick Salas Jr., 22, was killed in Iraq. […]

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 […]

Student profile: Victoria Pallaschke

Victoria Anne Pallaschke is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of John and LaVonda Pallaschke. What is your idea of a perfect day? Laying out under the warm sun. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why? One of my grandfathers because I never got to meet him and […]

Student profile: Aimee Hilburn

Aimee Hilburn is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Becky Hilburn. What is your greatest fear? One day I’ll look (back) on my life and have regrets. Tell us about a happy time: When we won state in basketball. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and […]

In tribute: High school junior remembered for aspirations

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Cory Holcomb had plans. He wanted to be an expert in automotive mechanics. He enjoyed heavy metal music and wanted to start a band. He aspired to be a professional body builder. Holcomb, a junior at Clovis High School, died Dec. 28 in a two-vehicle accident at a county […]

Russell, Richard “Rick”

Richard “Rick” Russell, 46, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born Sept. 20, 1959, in Clovis to James R. and Jessie L. Russell. He was of the Baptist Faith. He worked as a diesel mechanic and owned “Russell’s Truck Repair.” Family members said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, […]

In Tribute: Dairyman remembered for singing voice

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Leon Nash lived to be 94, which is a long time in most families, but not among the Nash clan. “People in our family live to be close to 100. Dad really died kinda early,” Jerry Nash said with a laugh about his father. Leon was a dairy farmer […]

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, […]

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 […]

9/22 Student Profile

Billy Stephenson is a senior at Clovis High. He is the son of Sherri and Rick Stephenson. What’s your favorite TV show, past and present? My current is the series “Lost.” My old favorite show is a series called “Reboot.” What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? Flying an F-22 or […]

Reporter’s notebook: Former band member travels with drum corps

Chris Mondragon marches to the beat of some of the best drummers in the country. The former Clovis High School band trombone player auditioned for Drum Corps International last December and was chosen to tour with the prestigious group over the summer. Drum Corps International is a non-profit organization serving junior drum and bugle corps […]

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 […]

9/1 Student Profile

Mary Cate Burns is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of James Burns and Katie Haynes. If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place? I would give everyone food, shelter, and access to and education. What is your favorite smell? Brewing coffee. Who […]

Reporter’s notebook: Altrusa chapter receives grant

Kathy Travis works daily to ensure hundreds of people across in New Mexico have a hot, nutritious meal. Travis is the president of Clovis chapter of Altrusa, a volunteer service organization that founded the food bank and Meals on Wheels. The Clovis chapter, which serves nine counties, recently received a $10,000 grant from ConAgra Foods. […]

Reporter’s notebook: Clovis junior visits Washington for medical forum

Clovis High School junior Britni Montague gained insight to a possible career in medicine recently during a 10-day forum in Washington, D.C. Taking part in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, Montague was introduced to concepts in public health, medical ethics and general practice. “I listened to speakers and watched a triple bypass,” Montague […]

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 […]