Current Cannon wing won’t be idle

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Officials aim to take CCC to next level

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJohn Neibling talks with Mary Caffey (left) after he is introduced as the new president of Clovis Community College on Tuesday. Caffey worked with Neibling at San Juan College for about two years. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer From the vantage point of its newly appointed president, Clovis Community College […]

Fifth arraigned in connection to shooting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A fifth homicide defendant was arraigned Monday in connection with the shooting death in September of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. David “Smokey” Griego, 30, of Clovis was indicted Friday as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 15 homicide of Carlos Perez, who was killed when several rounds were […]

June 28, 2006 Meetings Watch

The Clovis Municipal School Board met Tuesday. The following is a summary of their meeting: • A resolution was approved which will enable board members to attend board meetings via telephone. The telephone option is to be used by board members when illness or unavoidable schedule conflicts preclude them from attending a meeting in person. […]

Hilburn honored by Journal

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CNJ file photoAimee Hilburn was recently named the female prep athlete of the year by the Albuquerque Journal. Hilbrun will play basketball at Texas State University. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent To be a lifeguard, one has to prove proficiency in certain areas — swimming and life-saving techniques being the most prominent. You don’t have […]

Greenwalt finds comfort with Storm

By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Seattle Storm view former Clovis High standout Cisti Greenwalt as project. Storm coach and player personnel director Anne Donovan said the team was looking for a young post player when they signed the 6-foot-5 Greenwalt in late May. “Our staff watched her quite a bit when she was […]

Data-mining of banks blow to liberties

Freedom Newspapers The banking data-mining program exposed by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times on Friday might be legal and it might even have been helpful as an emergency response, but it is more evidence that what was once the freest country in the world is turning into a government run rampant. Worse, […]

Dems playing politics with Iraq exit

Mona Charen: syndicated columnist It was not so long ago — only four years — that a significant number of Democrats in the U.S. Congress evaluated the available evidence and voted to authorize war with Iraq. Eighty-one Democrats in the House, including a fair number of liberals like Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and […]

Oprah’s snub has rappers in uproar

Leonard Pitts Jr.: syndicated columnist Would somebody please tell the hip-hop community to stop whining? Go drink some Cristal, buy some bling, pimp some hos or do whatever it is they do for amusement, but please, cease, desist, shut up already about how Oprah Winfrey has hurt their feelings. For those who came in late: […]

Fifth homicide defendant arraigned

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fifth homicide defendant was arraigned Monday in connection with the shooting death in September of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. David “Smokey” Griego, 30, was indicted Friday as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 15 homicide of Carlos Perez, who was killed when several rounds were fired into […]

Police search for possible female robber

CNJ staff Clovis Police are looking for a female suspect they believe robbed three city convenience stores in the space of two hours early Saturday morning, according to a press release from Clovis Police. The suspect is described as a female standing between 5 feet and 5 feet, 3 inches, and weighing about 120 pounds […]

More delays ahead for Baca trial

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, […]

Pizza Hut gets new set of wings

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Stacey Davis, left, Pizza Hut area manager, and Dan Booth, store manager, stand in front of the new Pizza Hut-WingStreet restaurant on North Prince Street that is one of only a handful of the co-branded dine-in eateries. By Jean Verlich : CNJ news editor About the only thing recognizable at the recently opened Pizza Hut […]

Chavez, Monica L.

Monica Lucero Chavez, 90, of Turlock, Calif., died Thursday, June 22, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1916, in Juan de Dios, Mexico, and lived in Turlock for 52 years. She was a homemaker and member of the Sacred Catholic Heart Church. Family members said she enjoyed raising her children. She was […]

Dassero, Richard D.

Richard D. Dassero, 55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Monday, June 19, 2006. He was born April 14, 1951, in Norfolk, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended Palmer High School and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree. A 20-year veteran of the Air Force, he retired to Colorado Springs […]

Baldwin, Brian A.

Brian Alan Baldwin, 32, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 26, 1974, to David and Nelda Quinn Baldwin in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a 1992 graduate of Grady High School and was employed as a welder. He was a member of Central Christian Church. Family members […]

Irby, Wanda (Scottie)

Wanda (Scottie) Irby, 78, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at her home. Born Dec. 20, 1927, in Olton, Texas, to L. E. and Lula Dellis Silcott, she married William H. “Bill” Irby Jr. on Sept. 4, 1947, in Olton. She had been a resident of Clovis since 1953 when she moved from Kingsville, Texas. She […]

Rury, Zelbert “Zeb”

Zelbert “Zeb” Rury, 78, of Clovis died Sunday, June 18, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born June 20, 1927, in Rush Springs, Okla., to James and Jane Rury, he moved to Bovina in 1942 and graduated from Farwell High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II. He married Erma Robards […]

Maxwell, Lee M.

Lee Martel Maxwell, 78, of Clovis died Sunday, June 11, 2006, at his home. He was born June 23, 1927, in Stanton, Ore., to Otis and Flora Maxwell. He married Wanda Price Nov. 23, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a self-employed truck driver and belonged to the Church of the Brethren. He was […]

Child welfare ratings lagging

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press o Study shows N.M. ranks 48th out of 50 when it comes to well-being of children. By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s child death rate has increased 45 percent over a three-year period, but New Mexico Voices for Children says that’s not as bad as […]