Many veterans plagued by war’s demons

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Mavis Elliott, of Clovis, places flowers on the grave of her grandmother Friday at Mission Garden Cemetery in Clovis. Elliott, along with her sister Lula True, also of Clovis, were at the cemetery to place flowers. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The winter of 1947 was a year of changes […]

Pentagon agrees to release closing data

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Under fire from Congress, the Defense Department has promised to give lawmakers access by next Tuesday to detailed material backing up its recommendations to shut down about 180 military installations across the country. Parts of the report are classified, so the Pentagon said lawmakers and staff […]

Whey plant means money for region

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Mesa Ingredient Co. is coming to Clovis with a bang, according to the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Mesa’s main operation is turning the liquid byproduct of cheese — commonly known as whey — into a nutrient-rich powder used in animal feed. Mesa’s factory, which has already broken ground, will […]

Pioneer Days gets a twist

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Children scramble to find their boots during the 29th annual Little Bucaroo Rodeo/Clovis Pioneer Day’s 5-and-under boot race in June 2004 at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Most of Clovis has seen a rodeo — specifically the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, […]

5/29 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Alisha K. Spell, 23, pleaded no contest to attempted fraudulent use of a credit card (two counts) and ordered to serve two years less two days supervised probation, pay all probation costs, enter into and complete substance abuse rehabilitation arranged by Spell or […]

Cops and courts: District Attorney’s office employee honored

An employee at the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office was named “New Mexico District Attorney’s Employee of the Year” earlier this month at the state prosecutors’ conference in Albuquerque. Dennis Usery is the computer information systems manger for the district attorney’s office. The award is given annually to one employee in New Mexico for his […]

Bush defends base closings in commencement speech

By Stephen J. Hedges: Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — President Bush pressed the case for closing U.S. military bases in a commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday, telling the newest officers of the Navy and Marine Corps that the money saved would fund advanced military technology and modernization of U.S. forces. “We have […]

Air National Guard hit especially hard in base closings plan

By Philip Dine: St. Louis Post-Dispatch WASHINGTON — As Missouri officials fight to save the 131st Air National Guard Fighter Wing at Lambert Field, and Illinois does the same for its Air National Guard F-16 unit in Springfield, a broader trend is evident: The Air National Guard stands to take a huge hit nationwide in […]

Rural Nevada town clings to targeted Army depot

By Martin Griffith: The Associated Press HAWTHORNE, Nev. — For more than 50 years, this struggling desert town that proudly calls itself “America’s Patriotic Home” has held what’s billed as the nation’s biggest Armed Forces Day parade. Some 3,500 people turned out earlier this month for the celebration, complete with water fights, a watermelon eating […]

Reality show scouting area for participants

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer NBC and recording artist Amy Grant are looking to grant wishes in the Clovis area as part of “Three Wishes,” a new prime-time television series that will spotlight people or communities with inspiring stories. Senior Casting Producer Traci Green said Grant specifically asked NBC to do a casting call […]

Police launch summer safety campaign

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department, along with other area agencies, unveiled the Operation Clovis Safe Summer program Friday at a press conference. The initiative, which police say will last from Memorial Day to Labor Day, will put increased focus on alcohol-related traffic offenses, seat-belt related traffic offenses, violent crimes and […]

Meat packer considering move to area

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers A major meat packer is considering opening a plant in Clovis or Tucumcari, according to Pete Kampfer, Tucumcari’s economic development director. Kampfer told Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday that the plant would employ about 1,600 workers. He declined to name the company because he said negotiations are ongoing and confidential. […]

Army should be more forthcoming about player death

Freedom Newspapers Exactly what sequence of events led to the death by friendly fire of Army Ranger Pat Tillman —the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University athlete who gave up a pro football salary to join the war on terrorism — remains uncertain. And as long as they are, those who loved and respected Tillman […]

5/29 Letters to the editor

Military has understated Cannon’s value The Department of Defense stated it would weigh military value during the Base Realignment and Closure process. We believe the military value at Cannon Air Force Base has been understated by someone in the U. S. military establishment and it should be reviewed again. The Air Force has previously stated […]

Sports have no comparison to war

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist The other day, I was walking past the TV just as someone lamented, in a weary voice, “It was a war out there.” But this was not an American Marine in Baghdad. It was not a Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan. It was not a human rights worker in Darfur. […]

Adams, Joyce

Joyce Adams Services: Have been held. Joyce Ann Magruder Gustafson Adams, 62, of Clovis, died Friday, May 27, 2005, at her home. She was born on Nov. 19, 1942, in Houston, to Byron Randle and Mildred Lennon Magruder. She taught school in Socorro for 17 years and was librarian for another 17 years. Family members […]

Two months living in Clovis and counting — ya’ll

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer J une 1 not only marks National Tailors Day, but it strums home a grand celebration of sorts for myself — my two month anniversary in Clovis. Appropriately moving from New York City to this small town on April Fool’s Day, I have been through wind, dust and sun […]

Area has resolve to beat BRAC

By Clyde Davis T here’s a whole line of thinking out there that misleads many people. We find it in religion, in medicine, in politics: the concept that attitude determines everything. “If you only have enough faith…” That being said, attitude does have a profound influence on how we handle life and its challenges. Will […]

Coyotes are a menace for local ranchers and farmers

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These coyotes are hung up on Curry Road 19 north of Ned Houk Park off of 209. Ranchers and farmers do this to deter other coyotes from coming onto the property. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer They’re cunning. They’re clever. And they’re everywhere. The critters in question are the coyote […]

Processing plant on the way

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Construction on the Southwest Cheese plant continued Thursday under a gray sky. The $200 million facility is scheduled to open in October. By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer A St. Louis-based company that uses cheese by-products to produce animal feed ingredients is planning to build a plant near Southwest Cheese Co., company officials said. Mesa […]