Clovis’ situation similar to Alabama air base

By Mike Linn: CNJ Correspondent SELMA, Ala. — For-sale signs and empty parking spaces are the norm on this city’s historic Water Avenue, where rotted wood hangs from second-story balconies and paint flakes from the buildings of long-forgotten businesses. It didn’t used to be that way, but much has changed in Selma since 1976, the […]

BRAC pass distribution falls short of goal

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George Gilestra, of Clovis, reaches in the box for a ticket to Friday’s BRAC regional hearing during ticket drawing Wednesday at The North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Pass distribution for Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing shattered expectations of local leaders and organizers — but not in […]

Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting three children

CNJ staff A man police said was involved in a sex “club” that molested children was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Prosecutors said Anastacio Esquibel, 24, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three children in 2003. District Attorney Matt Chandler said […]

Web site creator says Clovis failed to support military

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor A man who claims responsibility for the closecannon.com Web site says he started it because eastern New Mexico does not show enough support for the military. He said he will not identify himself out of respect for family members who live in Clovis. He said he has been in the […]

Welcome: You’re about to become part of U.S. history

Freedom Newspapers Welcome, everyone, to the first of two days of regional history that many will recall far into the distant decades of our lives. Welcome to the members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and their staff. You are the leading players in a unique ritual of freedom: a national hearing conducted in […]

6/23 BRAC letters to the editor

Detractors should stand behind words The people who won’t give their names in support of Cannon Air Force Base’s closure are missing what America is all about. As I see it, they are insulting every person who has volunteered, and in many cases given their lives, to defend this country and the freedoms its citizens […]

N.M. gambling doesn’t need franchising

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Not counting illegal wagers at Sunday-afternoon cockfights, there are about four major outlets for New Mexico gambling, an industry that claims to be a sure bet for just about everyone. You can try your luck at the racetracks. This, however, is a painfully slow way to lose your money. It […]

Garcia , Deandre

Deandre Garcia Services:Have been held. Deandre Garcia, 5 months, of Clovis, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 24, 2004, in Clovis, to Matthew Jimerson and Rachel Garcia. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bobby Garcia; an uncle; and numerous cousins. Survivors include […]

Custom Classic expects 120-team field

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer About 120 teams, more than half from out of town, are expected to participate in this weekend’s Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament. Most of the games are scheduled for Guy Leeder Complex, tournament organizer Roger Jackson said, while a few games will be played at Spencer Field […]

6/23 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp meeting — Through Saturday. Begins with fellowship at 5 p.m.followed by free supper, sermon and music. Information: 762-3237. Badlands Rally Kick Start Party — 7 p.m. Elks Lodge on Sycamore. Free and open to public. All you can eat hamburgers and hotdogs for $6. Information: 769-1000. Badlands […]

Bad …to the bone

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Kay Stanton is not your typical biker chick. She’s 52 and has been a school teacher in Farwell for 25 years. She’s been riding for almost 10 years after getting into the sport with her husband, Joe. With he on his Harley and she on her bright yellow Honda trike, […]

BRAC hearing ticket distribution set for today

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The phones at North Plains Mall have been ringing constantly, property manager Cindy Banister said. In the past week, Banister said she has fielded anywhere from 50 to 100 calls — all inquiries concerning the approaching Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing. At the North Plains Mall, in the […]

Dignitaries flooding into Clovis

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer While Bill Richardson is usually the center of attention when he visits eastern New Mexico, the state’s governor will be just another face in the crowd of well-known dignitaries at Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Clovis’ Marshall Junior High. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Nevada Gov. […]

Some public offices plan skeleton crew

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Essential public services will be available during the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing on Friday, but many public offices will operate on skeleton crews and others will be shut so employees can participate in the rally and events. “We have so many people who are just essential people, […]

Special events center goes west

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A chapter characterized by contingency and deliberation ended Tuesday when Curry County commissioners voted 4-1 to construct a special events center on the west side of the county fairgrounds. The vote reverses an early June decision, which laid plans for east-side construction. Tuesday’s vote erased the east-side plans. Construction […]

Environmentalists, pork won’t help forests’ health

Freedom Newspapers What a hopeful and collegial photo-op it made: There they were, the governors of Colorado and Arizona, Bill Owens and Janet Napolitano, a Republican and a Democrat, signing a pact creating the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes. It happened earlier this month at a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Breckenridge, Colo. The […]

6/22 BRAC letters to the editor

Military families have it good in Clovis I am a military spouse (Army) living in El Paso, Texas, and have no problems putting my name on any comment I make. Growing up in Clovis, I heard Air Force spouses moan about the shopping, restaurants and lack of anything to do. Frankly, I blew it off […]

Senate apology historic, but disappointing

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ordinarily, I am not conflicted about apologies. I’m for them. But the feelings are more complex with last week’s Senate apology for decades of inaction while an estimated 4,700 Americans, most of them black, were lynched. As they died, skinned alive, burned alive, dancing at the end of ropes, as […]

HIghway department cleaning road between Clovis, Cannon

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer New Mexico’s highway department has been mowing grass and trimming trees along U.S. Highway 60/84 between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base the last few days. State Highway 523 between Clovis and the municipal airport is also receiving a cleanup. State officials said the cleanup is routine — and […]

BRAC hearing to be broadcast

CNJ staff Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Marshall Junior High will be broadcast live on TV and radio as well as streamlined over the Internet. Broadcasts will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Clovis and Portales television viewers can flip to KENW’s channel 51 and cable viewers can find KENW on channel […]