Residents clean cemetery for Memorial Day

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David Sena, left, and Jim Apodaca work on cleaning up Apodaca’s grandfather’s grave Sunday morning at Mission Garden of Memories in Clovis. The neighbors also worked on fixing up other graves for Memorial Day. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Memorial Day is not just another day for Tommy E. Sena […]

Local spelling champ goes national

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Zach Gillooly, 13, will compete in the 78th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee beginning Wednesday in Washington. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The dictionary, tilted slightly, nearly engulfed an entire cushion on the Gillooly’s L-shaped couch. Sitting diagonally from the 2,662 page reference book, with his hands folded in his […]

Roswell closure could hold lessons

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A third of Roswell’s population left in 1967, leaving closed businesses and schools and empty homes. But by most accounts, Roswell eventually recovered from the closing of Walker Air Force Base thanks to the foresight of city leaders, who developed plans to use the base and diversify the city’s economy. […]

Lack of lifeguards leads to summer pool shortage

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Unlike others, when Sheila Holley gazes at the old, retired, one-time oasis that is the outdoor Play Inc. pool she sees possibility. The pool is by most accounts abandoned — a crack runs through its bottom, seemingly screaming for some heavy duty caulk and a good paint job, but […]

Connecticut sub base a ’minefield’ of pollution

By Matt Apuzzo: The Associated Press GROTON, Conn. — For decades, the land around the Navy’s oldest submarine base was a dumping ground for whatever it needed to dispose of: sulfuric acid, torpedo fuel, waste oil and incinerator ash. Now the Pentagon has proposed closing the base, leaving a huge swath of land that contains […]

Moment of quiet remembrance appropriate today

Freedom Newspapers As eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle reflect this Memorial Day upon the sacrifice made by those who died in the nation’s armed forces, finding a place in memory for the prisoners of war and those missing in action is in order. Just 10 days ago, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/Missing […]

Summer means homemade cars, joyriding

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Then came the summer of 1943, and my friend Smooth Heine and I put together a genuine automobile on a budget of $3.67 — our life’s savings. We named it Clarence. It was also the summer of our discontent, because we’d just begun to feel the first evil pangs of […]

House approves military pay raise

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The House passed a $441.6 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2006 that includes a 3.1 percent military pay raise for next January and higher ceilings on bonuses and special pays. Before Wednesday’s vote, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the armed services committee, pulled a provision that would have […]

Paschke, Helen

Helen Paschke Services: Have been held. Helen Paschke, 80, died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Aug. 19, 1924, to Lucy Mae and Grover Burton, in Spencer, N.C. Paschke graduated from high school in 1941 in Spencer, N.C. She went attended Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., for […]

CHS begins summer baseball schedule

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Next year is about to begin for the Clovis High baseball team. The Wildcats, who did not make the postseason during the regular spring campaign for the first time in coach Shane Shallenberger’s four seasons, begin a 26-game summer schedule Tuesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Hereford at […]