Getting their kicks

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Michael Hernandez, left, of America battles Andrew Schaap of CFC on June 26 at the soccer fields at Norris and 14th streets in Clovis. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Like most Sundays in the spring and summer, men galloped about the sun-bathed jade grass June 26 at the soccer fields […]

Panel reveals more bases it’s considering for closure

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Military bases in Hawaii and California are among several a commission is considering adding to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s list of proposed closures. In a letter sent Friday to the Pentagon chief, commission Chairman Anthony Principi identified additional bases the commission may recommend closing and seeks […]

Former commissioner improving

CNJ staff Former city commissioner Gloria Wicker has been upgraded to stable condition, according to officials at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Speaking from her hospital room Saturday, Wicker said she is gradually getting better. “Everyday is a little bit better than the day before,” she said, noting that she still feels pretty weak. Wicker […]

Lighthouse goes to extreme to help others

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Tiffani Pitcock and her children, Phillip, left, and Hailey check out a new bed they received Friday from the Lighthouse Mission. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Tifani Pitcock and her two infant children were overwhelmed Friday when volunteers from the Lighthouse Mission showed up on her door step with a […]

Heavy winds cause isolated power outages

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Several funnel clouds were reported in the Clovis area, according to the National Weather Service. (Courtesy photo: Carolyn Spence) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents who took cover Friday evening when they heard the tornado warning sirens did the right thing. What they could not have known, was that the warning sirens were […]

Equine calling

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Nik the Qwik is one of the championship horses bred by Clint and Kyle Bunch, who inherited their love of horses and breeding from their grandfather. (Staff photo: CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis sure has a lot of horsing around going on — and it all means business. […]

BRAC chairman questions Cannon AFB closure

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

Independence, equality important values

By Judy Brandon On this Independence Day weekend, it is good to think again about freedom. What is a deposit in freedom? A student told me about his mother while we were standing in the parking lot one day discussing a class assignment. That inquiry led to a conversation on the essence of freedom and […]

Amos 7-1

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keys, but he can’t work the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the fiery death-stick one grand and bright sunshiny day as i was whistling on my way boss – it […]

Haggard draws songs from life experiences

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Merle Haggard, who has recorded 38 No. 1 songs, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. (KRT photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer He claims he’s just a common man. But yet he is revered as a musical legend by many across the globe. Merle Haggard is not just an […]