Hurlburt staff to visit area

By Tony Parra and Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Personnel from Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., arrive in eastern New Mexico today for a two-day visit to scout the area in preparation for next year’s arrival of the 16th Special Operations Wing. The state of New Mexico and the communities of eastern […]

Cannon rally plans evolving

CNJ Staff With raffles for a car, an F-16 simulator ride, and a tour of Cannon Air Force Base, this mission accomplished celebration is morphing into a gala event. “It just keeps evolving,” Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said. The “Operation Kept Cannon” rally is a chance for the community to celebrate […]

Day trip: Living Desert offers sampling of native desert wildlife

Compiled by Paula Cronic The Living Desert State Park and Zoo near Carlsbad includes places for fishing and hiking, and is home to many desert animals. Established in 1971, the park is a living museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits and trailways that display many native animal species and hundreds of plants that naturally grow […]

4-2 Reunions

CHS band reunion A reunion for former Clovis High School students who were band members between 1956 and 1969 is scheduled for June 16 and 17 in Clovis. The event will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. on June 16 at Chaparral Country Club. Brunch June 17 will be from 10 a.m. to noon at […]

Air Force official to visit region

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A high-level Air Force official is to visit the region next week, according to military officials. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics William Anderson will tour Cannon and the surrounding area on Jan. 4, said Air Force spokeswoman Shirley Curry. It will be his […]

Day trips: Christmas on the Pecos

Freedom Newspapers For a different kind of Christmas experience, drive to Carlsbad for the 14th Annual Christmas on the Pecos tour. This is a unique experience to tour displays of holiday lights along the Pecos River aboard pontoon boats. What is it The annual Christmas on the Pecos tours begin on Thanksgiving night, and will […]

County Commissioners tour detention center

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The smell of industrial strength cleaning solution intertwined with cheeseburgers and French fries lingers. A lone desk lay in the center of a cold, concrete floor with handcuffs dangling from the edge. Male and female inmates in orange, scrub-like uniforms press curious faces to available windows. Those were a […]

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 […]

Marvel Leo Moon, Melvin Fitzgerald

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Marvel Leo Moon Date of birth: July 12, 1926 Dates of service: 1946-1948 Hometown: Forest Lives in: McAlister Theater or location of […]

Music festival begins

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Music Festival official T-shirts say “Rave On” and visitors have begun arriving in anticipation of having a “raving” good time. According to Ernie Kos, Chamber of Commerce executive director, the artists slated to perform during the event began arriving in Clovis Wednesday. “It is very exciting,” Kos […]

Agency tour depicts life of foster child

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Youth pastor Daniel Gleaton, 25, of Sandia Baptist Church in Clovis, played the part of a foster child “taken from place to place to place,” in a role-playing exercise. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A gust of wind blew through the rooms of the abandoned Clovis house, twisting and turning the […]

Tucumcari native offers tours

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Self-appointed Tucumcari tour guide Larry Klaverweiden points out highlights of the map mural on the Chamber building to former residents Paul and Rosa Trujillo. By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — When former Tucumcari residents Paul and Rosa Trujillo came back to visit this week for the first time since 1956, they said they did […]

7/14 Education Digest

Alternatives open for teaching license In response to a shortage of teachers, the New Mexico Public Education Department has outlined alternative pathways for earning a license to teach in New Mexico. An NMPED news release said 43 New Mexico school districts are in want of more teachers. Those same 43 districts are classified as “high-need” […]

Black shares PGA experience

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Ronnie Black of Lovington helps Jimmy Joe Robinson of Clovis with his golf game Saturday during a lesson at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Black was at the course to give lessons. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer As he walked to a bench adjacent to the driving range, Ronnie Black […]

Former PGA player to be here Saturday

By Dave Wagner After 22 years on the PGA Tour, Lovington native Ronnie Black was ready to get back to his roots. A two-time winner on the Tour, Black will be in Clovis all day on Saturday giving golf lessons on an hourly basis to individuals or groups at Municipal Golf Course. He said he’s […]

C-SPAN school bus visits Clovis High School

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C-SPAN marketing representative Toni Williams, left, talks with Clovis High School sophomores about the network’s educational opportunities aboard the organization’s tour bus Tuesday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer The bright yellow bus in front of Clovis High School on Tuesday was no ordinary school bus. […]

Classical orchestra will peform in Clovis

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The conductor of Polish Philharmonic Resovia chose 35 of 100 members to tour in the United States. The group plays in Clovis tonight. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer At a recent rehearsal, members of the Clovis Community Orchestra tried to remember the last time they’ve seen the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert performed […]

Udall gets update on area dairy industry

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U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, left, and Wayne Palla discuss issues dealing with dairies in eastern New Mexico Tuesday during a visit to Palla’s dairy north of Clovis. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Congressman Tom Udall got a crash course on the dairy industry Tuesday, eastern New Mexico style, in a […]

Community changes for the better

Clyde Davis Have you managed to keep pace with some of the new growth going on around town, the new and revised businesses that we are seeing? Sometimes it seems to move fast enough to make your head spin, so let’s take a tour of the town as it is developing. In the brief seven […]

Take a virtual tour of England — it’s worth your time

Tom DiFrancesca I’ve just returned from yet another trip to Great Britain — virtually that is. At the request of my friend Jason, who works for British Tours Ltd. — I re-visited their Web site at www.britishtours.com/ and I’m glad that I did. This time, I got to roam the grounds of the Tower of […]