Flocking together

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European starlings often group together during the winter months, especially at dusk as seen here Sunday near the corner of 21st Street and Sasser Drive. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Richard Sharick watched as swarms of birds filled the sky Sunday evening outside his home in the 100 block of […]

Chaplain inspired by military pride

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Lt. Col. Richard Hall, wing chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base, did a memorial service for a young soldier from Wisconsin during his 2004 deployment in Iraq. The man was serving in Air Force security forces and had only been in Iraq 12 days […]

Top 10 stories: Texico wins second-straight title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer One of Texico’s biggest challenges to winning a second-straight Class A championship came from within. Battling expectations and the complacency that comes with thoroughly beating opponents, the Wolverines won their second consecutive title and continued a winning steak that now stands at 24 games. The Wolverines repeating as state […]

Hounds improve over last two games

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers LAS CRUCES — Eastern New Mexico University’s final two games against non-Lone Star Conference teams produced probably the Greyhounds’ best outings of the season. Coming off a 38-point win over St. Mary’s on Dec. 19, ENMU hung with New Mexico State most of the way Thursday night before losing to […]

Top five local stories of 2004

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Curry County saw 11 homicides in 2004. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked readers to help us identify the top news stories of 2004. Here are results from our Web site poll: 1. Homicides were too frequent: 38 percent Curry County experienced 11 homicides in 2004, including 10 in the city. The most recent […]

Missing Indian head tops oddities

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When a 73-year-old artifact goes missing, someone usually has to take the blame. Former City Manager Ray Mondragon learned that lesson well in 2004 after one of the Indian head artifacts atop Hotel Clovis disappeared in the summer. “Personally, I did not feel that I was deserving (of the […]

Q and A: Walter Bradley

Walter Bradley is the former lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The Clovis native is back in town, handling government and business relations with Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy co-op in the United States. DFA members produce about 57 billion pounds of milk per year, which is 33 percent of the nation’s output, according […]

All calm this New Year’s eve

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Year’s eve was relatively calm and quiet compared to previous years, according to local law enforcement officials. There were no major accidents or crimes reported in the area. Strong police presence in Clovis and check points along area roads may have helped reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic […]

Reader Reaction: Residents remember 2004 as a year of change

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for memories of 2004. Some responses: “(IT) WASN’T THE BEST year I’ve had, but I will think of this year as a good year because I am living near my parents, son, uncles, aunts and cousins and I live in Clovis. Someone said you can never go home […]

Iraq violence will get worse before situation calms

By CNJ staff The two events are not directly related, yet in a way they are. A Dec. 21 attack at a U.S. military base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed 22 people, including more than a dozen Americans. The next day newspapers reported that for the first time a major U.S. contractor, […]

1/2 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A patrol officer driving Wednesday near 21st and Ross streets began hearing a low, thumping noise coming from a nearby car. As the vehicle passed him, the officer could feel the vibration of the music. He stopped the driver, who acknowledged his […]

Cops and Courts 1/2

A Clovis man on Dec. 21 was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges he and two other suspects burglarized a Clovis home three times and hit a victim in the head with a hammer, a press release from the district attorney’s office shows. James Moten, 43, of Clovis, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary; […]