Special ops leaders visiting base

By CNJ Staff Senior leaders of the incoming mission at Cannon Air Force Base plan to attend a conference at Cannon this week, according to Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs officials. The conference begins today and continues through Friday, officials said. Command senior leaders attend such conferences twice a year, according to Command […]

ConAgra details methods to lower air pollutants

By CNJ Staff A proposed ConAgra Trade Group, Inc. ethanol plant near Clovis would use several devices to reduce air pollutants released in production of the alternative fuel, according to permit documents received in early October by the New Mexico Environment Department. Two natural gas-fired, regenerative thermal oxidizers installed at the plant would cut the […]

Train noise troubles residents

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The blaring sound of honking trains rips Donald Gunter from his sleep three to four times a night. “It just drives you up the wall,” said Gunter, a Farwell resident who lives about five blocks from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks. Gunter has had enough. He is one […]

Service center makes supersize repairs

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Gilbert Chavez of Clovis, a certified caterpillar technician, checks the anti freeze level on a truck during a general inspection Monday at R&D Service Center. Chavez has been employed there for 5 years. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Ever since Ronald Dickson and Don Reid started the R&D Service […]

At 300 million strong, U.S. keeps going

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The other morning my family and I ogled a beautiful one-day-old infant girl featured on Fox News as the 300 millionth American. She was so cute we were prompted to dig out pictures of our own kids as babies. But, shhh, can you keep a secret? There is no actual […]

Ex-spouse law defies efforts for change

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A 1982 law that allows state courts to divide military retirement as marital property in divorce proceedings has grown skin of armor, making it impenetrable to court challenge or legislative change. That, at least, is how it must seem to long-time critics of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act […]

Musician’s fame didn’t eclipse Spanish heritage

By Freedom Newspapers David Letterman once called his one of the greatest voices in all of music. Baldemar Huerta, known worldwide as Freddy Fender, rose from the humble beginnings of a migrant worker to the summit of fame in the mainstream music industry — and he did it three times. And although he changed his […]

Baskett catches two passes in 23-21 Eagles loss

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Matt Bryant nailed a 62-yard field goal — the third-longest in NFL history — to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an improbable last-second victory. The kick ruined a gallant comeback engineered by Donovan McNabb after the Bucs built a 17-0 lead, mostly on the strength of two interceptions that […]

TexAnns post win over Zias

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Zias volleyball coach Mike Maguire remained in his seat, staring at the court, nearly 10 minutes after his Eastern New Mexico University squad’s Lone Star Conference South Division match against Tarleton State on Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Arena. Maguire seemed to be lost in his thoughts, and at […]

Youngsters learning game of football

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Cowboys quarterback Juan Gutierrez take the snap and looks to pitch to his running back during Saturday’s afternoon game against the Sundevils at Jim Hill Field. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Wrapped in a warm blanket with his family, Jack Jones looks on as his 10-year-old grandson Michael Petersen […]

Hounds endure long day at Tarleton

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Things didn’t start out well for Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday, and they only got worse. The Greyhounds fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage against Tarleton State — one of three fumbles they lost in the game. On their second possession, junior quarterback Michael Benton […]

ENMU men fourth, women fifth in LSC cross country

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Junior Nimrod Lelei and sophomore Felix Boit finished eighth and 11th, leading Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a fourth-place team finish in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, hosted by Tarleton State. Lelei posted a time of 25:26 while Boit ran 26:16. East Central was second with 59 […]

Proposed superfund settlement plan irks officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A preliminary federal report that recommends a cash settlement for environmental damage in Clovis be invested more than a hundred miles away has ruffled several local officials. The state and federal report recommends a $459,000 settlement from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway be used for the restoration of approximately […]

Estranged in her own world

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Andrew Montoya says he has worn bare spots in the grass form swinging so often with his daughter. CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her knees drawn to her chest, Darian Montoya, 11, crouches in the bathtub and bangs her head against the faucet, over and over and over. A […]

Baptists hold annual event

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The 95th Annual Baptist Convention of New Mexico will be held in Clovis on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Embracing Our Culture” will be the theme for the two-day event at Central Baptist Church. Former Clovis High School graduate Joseph Bunce is scheduled to preach from the Gospel of Matthew on […]

Pumpkin crop pops up

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Rogelio Nieto, right, tosses pumpkins to Albert Lopez, left, at Davis Farms. Lopez loads the pumpkins on a conveyor belt where they are sorted. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Lining fences and decorating yards, pumpkins provide a splash of vivid color to the landscape and are a sure sign that […]

Cops and courts: Woman spies flying car in her back yard

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis woman called police Saturday when she saw a vehicle in the air above her backyard fence, according to police reports. Victoria Byrd said she looked through the window when she heard a crash in the alley behind her home, and saw the nose of a white car […]

Hospice holds Senior Fair

By CNJ Staff Senior Fair, hosted by VistaCare Hospice Who: Open to the public, free of charge. Seniors and anyone involved with seniors are encouraged to attend. What: An informational fair providing community resources for seniors. Where: Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday Information: 762-7067 Jackie Lara, public relations director […]

Town meeting addresses flu outbreak preparations

By CNJ Staff What: Two town hall meetings are being hosted this week to help residents prepare for the slim possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak. Why: The meetings are part of a national campaign to raise awareness and educate people on preparedness, according to Ken De Los Santos, director of the Clovis/Curry County Emergency […]

One long walk

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Gary Long, of St. Louis, Mo. and Judi Herring, of Jacksonville Fla., walk east on US-84 outside of Clovis on Friday morning. Long started his journey at almost 400 pounds. As of Friday, October 13, he weighed 245 pounds. CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle Interview by Andy DeLisle Editor’s note: Gary Long of St. Louis, Mo., […]