Governor says ethanol plant coming to Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer An ethanol plant that will more than triple New Mexico’s ethanol output plans to operate in Clovis, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. More than 100 million gallons of ethanol derived from corn will be produced annually at the plant, the release said. The plant […]

Rain has little impact

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A series of thunderstorms that dumped almost an inch of much-needed rain across the area isn’t enough to alleviate the hazardous fire conditions in eastern New Mexico, according to fire officials. Case in point — firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning boxcar mid-morning Friday on U.S. 70 […]

United Dairy Women charity-driven

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Founded as a charity that aids charities, the United Dairy Women of the Portales and Clovis area has been an avid promoter of the dairy industry in supporting children and nutrition. The group is involved in educational programs, public relations and supporting local charities such as the food bank, children’s […]

Boeing will share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We […]

Like fire, gossip spreads and does harm

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist I heard today that the town of Edgewood is fighting a grass fire and some townspeople have had to be evacuated. Grass fires can be a terrible thing because they destroy everything in their path. On the spiritual side, James, a book in the New Testament, notes that gossip […]

June 23, 2006 Amos the Churchmouse

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.   camp meeting encounter   boss i was at the mesa redondo […]

June 23, 2006 Religion Calendar

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971. Gospel Songfest — 7 p.m., Calvary Tabernacle, 212 Ash. A variety of Gospel singers will perform. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free with an opportunity to give in a freewill […]

God’s grace: It’s good news that’s tough

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound!” Grace, the real thing, is precious almost beyond belief. It’s cool water to a man dying of thirst. It’s life and health to a woman who a week before was lying feverish on her deathbed. Grace really is amazing! But what even Christians, and maybe […]

Air Force requires new study

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Air Force must evaluate the potential environmental impact of proposed Special Ops training missions at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range before aircraft can be moved to the base, an Air Force spokeswoman said Thursday. Officials announced Tuesday 92 aircraft would be transferred to Cannon when […]

Airmen’s center to go forward

CNJ Staff Plans to build a new airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base will move forward now that the Pentagon has announced that the base will be home to an Air Force Special Operations wing, according to a press release from the offices of Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The […]

Florida town speaks well of Special Ops

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Residents of the Florida town now home to Air Force Special Operations refer to the unit as good neighbors, and said Clovis will receive an asset in the 16th Special Operations squadron. A town of roughly 20,000 people, Fort Walton Beach is a coastal community located on the Florida […]

Dairyfest coming to Clovis

CNJ Staff United Dairy Women are presenting Dairyfest, a celebration of dairy products and the farmers who provide them. The family-oriented event, being held at the Curry County Fairgrounds on Saturday, will feature games, exhibits and contests. Admission to the festival is $1, and the free food will include such dairy-rich foods as grilled cheese […]

June 23, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from June 8 to Wednesday: • Salvador Mendoza, 30, of Whiteface, Texas, to Beatriz G. Trillo, 25, of Texico. • Christopher Joel Mitchell, 18, to Jessica Jo Harris, 17, both of Levelland, Texas. • Jesse Pichardo, 21, to Crystal Ren’Ee Lumanden, 18, both of Clovis. • […]

Iraq situation too terrible to keep up

Freedom Newspapers Was it only two weeks ago that the United States killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, the Iraqi government finally got all its ministers in place, and things seemed to be looking up? It is hardly a surprise that al-Qaida or other insurgents would unleash a wave of violence […]

UFO story makes skywatchers of us all

Grant McGee: Local Columnist So Clovis had its own UFO incident, eh? Very cool. The story of the 1976 sighting was on the front page of last Sunday’s Clovis News Journal. There are pictures of it. People are talking about it again. The article got me thinking about UFO encounters I’ve had and heard about. […]

Relaxation cannot and should not be controlled

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist We’re such control freaks these days. We like to control our time. Control our space. Control how long our meetings last. Control agendas. Control how much input and output we will take from others and so on. I’m an admitted control freak. I control the air conditioner in my car. I […]

Locals heedful of stolen vet info

Staff and Wire Reports More than 6,000 local veterans have received word they may be among the millions of veterans nationwide whose personal information was stolen in May from the home of a Veterans Affairs employee. Shelly Winn of Clovis said she and her Vietnam veteran husband received the notification letter a couple of weeks […]

Official: Changes come with new mission

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer When the new tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing — arrive, the face of Clovis will alter, according to an administrator at Hurlburt Field, a Florida Panhandle installation where the wing and Air Force Special Operations Command are housed. “There will be […]

Cannon celebration in works

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Air Force and state dignitaries will take part in a July 1 celebration of Cannon Air Force Base landing a mission. Tentative plans include a static display of the aircraft used by Special Operations from the 16th Special Ops Wing that will call Cannon home by October 2007 along with […]

Officials say Ute project needs public support

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Money is on the mind of Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who believes a 90-mile pipeline could end woes cast on eastern New Mexico by reoccurring droughts and dwindling groundwater supplies. But the proposed project, which would siphon water from the Ute Reservoir near Logan and pipe it to eastern New […]