Chavez , Robert

Robert Chavez Services: Have been held. Robert Chavez, 47, of Clovis, died Friday, June 24, 2005, in Hereford, Texas. He was born on June 14, 1958, in Clovis, to George and Fulgencia Mondragon Chavez. He was a trackman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way […]

Longest running comic wasn’t always funny

By Don McAlavy The first thing I read every Sunday morning are the color comics. I bypass the bad news on the front page and go to my favorite comic strip, Blondie and Dagwood. I want a laugh. Long ago, they said the funnies were responsible for selling a lot of newspapers. But in these […]

Dogs get boom out of Fourth of July

By Clyde Davis The wisdom is passed down from dog generation to dog generation. As each new wave of furry, four-legged people comes along, the race of the sensitive ears and tender noses, the indoctrination speech is given. “Beware the times that smell like sulfur and sound like thunder! Beware the times when humans celebrate […]

Some Clovis residents have their fill of exotic pets

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Clyde the camel basks in the backyard sandbox of Sam Snell’s home. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski Anyone who visits the home of Clovis veterinarian Kristine Weaver might think twice before wearing red shoes. Although her two African tortoises are usually laid back, they have been known to chase guests who sport scarlet […]

Commissioners: No bad bases

By David Irvin/Freedom Newspapers The top names from New Mexico’s leadership and the eastern New Mexico community walked into Marshall Junior High School auditorium Friday with a singular mission: Convince the Base Realignment and Closure commissioners that Cannon Air Force Base should not be shut down. Judging from the boisterous mood at a press conference […]

Cannon supporters make their case

CNJ Staff Nine supporters of Cannon Air Force Base spent 90 minutes Friday trying to convince Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to remove Cannon from a proposed closure list. Most argued that Defense Department information was flawed and incomplete and emotions ran high with an audience of about 1,400 applauding the speakers on more than […]

Thousands show support for Cannon

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Janice Brown was up at 3 a.m. Friday, peeking through the blinds at her home off of Commerce and Pile streets to see what the commotion was going on outside her window. “There were already people out walking around,” she said. “I was looking for media, mostly, but I […]

Governor says he plans to stick to facts

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer For Gov. Bill Richardson, today’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing is symbolic of chance. It is the Clovis-Portales area’s chance — Richardson has been handed the task of giving closing arguments — to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure, as recommended by the Department of Defense. In […]

Panel members take tour at Cannon

By Marlena Hartz and David Irvin: CNJ staff writers Four members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, including Chairman Anthony Principi, toured Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday. Officials said the commissioners, who will ultimately decide the fate of the base targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, spent about three hours at […]

‘Keep Cannon’ theme of day

Staff and wire reports The “Operation: Keep Cannon” messages that dot Clovis number almost 20,000. At least that’s how many Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos has counted. They’re on automobiles, in business windows, in front yards, on billboards, on wrists and on shirt pockets. More than 1,000 people are expected to […]

Walk-ins accepted at overflow venues

CNJ staff About 1,400 passes have been distributed for today’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Marshall Junior High. Space is available for those who wish to attend four overflow venues broadcasting video feed, said Stacey Martin, president of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. No passes will be […]

Kid Fest 2005 to feature talent show, food, games

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Andrew Dixon has been trying to break through to the big time as he raps his way into the minds and ears of the Clovis community. He is only 11, but already he has performed in several talent competitions over the last year, most recently winning the Juneteenth talent […]

Amarillo shows support for Cannon

CNJ staff A slew of Amarillo leaders and community members showed up Thursday in Clovis to show their support for eastern New Mexico on the eve of this morning’s Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing. They offered words of support and brought with them a box full of 3,800 letters they said support Cannon Air […]

Military trimming should be based on fact, not agenda

Freedom Newspapers The message that will resound clearly at this morning’s BRAC regional hearing is straightforward: Keep Cannon Air Force Base in America’s defense lineup. Its uncluttered, soon-to-be supersonic airspace and nearby bombing range fit well with America’s future military base needs. The facts behind the message also will be crystal clear. The presenters of […]

Mating rituals same across species

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Grackles are everywhere around Clovis and the High Plains. They’ve been doing their “rites of spring” thing. No doubt you’ve seen these big black birds too. The males fluff themselves up, arch their wings and vibrate their feathers. I wonder what goes through the females’ minds while watching the males […]

Local track team competing at state meet

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Kim Perkins and the rest of the New Mexico Stars will compete at the USATF state championships Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Last summer’s track season ended a little sooner than Clovis High School’s Kim Perkins would have liked. She won the 400-meter hurdles in her […]

Universal healthcare not perfect solution

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist America’s socialists advocate that we adopt a universal healthcare system like our northern neighbor Canada. Before we buy into complete socialization of our healthcare system, we might check out the Canadian Supreme Court’s June 9th ruling in Chaoulli v. Quebec (Attorney General). It turns out that in order to prop […]

Wildcats sweep Hereford

CNJ staff HEREFORD, Texas — The Clovis Wildcats continued their winning ways, sweeping Hereford 9-7 and 16-5 in summer league play. Incoming sophomore Jerry Romero went a combined 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs while incoming senior Daniel Casarez was 4-for-6 with two runs and three RBIs. “We didn’t play real well, but we […]

Brace, Nancy

Nancy Brace Services: Have been held. Nancy Jean Brace, 56, formerly of Clovis, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She was born on March 19, 1949, in Dalhart Texas. She was involved in the United Way, the Clovis Cultural Committee, the Society for Creative Anachronism. She was a librarian at James Bickley Elementary […]

Commission visit to be strictly business

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When Base Realignment and Closure commissioners sit down face to face with the community on Friday, it will be strictly business. According to BRAC staff and some of New Mexico’s congressional delegates, the Commission will be acting like umpires, looking for violations of the BRAC criteria as laid out […]