Predator crew prepares for move to Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the […]

Cannon wife, mother claims first prize at fair

Cannon Connections Staff Cannon Air Force Base wife Amanda Chastain recently won a first place ribbon in photography at the Curry County Fair. The 27-year- old, who is a Fine Arts major at Clovis Community College, said this wasn’t the first time she has entered a county fair. “I entered the Santa Rosa County Fair […]

AFSOC officials answer questions

By AFSOC Public Affairs Q. What units will move, and when? A. The first unit to move to Cannon Air Force Base will be the 73rd Special Operations Squadron, a unit of newly acquired MC-130W Combat Spears currently located at Hurlburt Field. The four MC-130W currently assigned to the 73rd SOS will move to Cannon […]

Dating difficult at any age

Tonya Fennell I’m raising a tween. You know one of those kids who is no longer a child, but not quite a teenager. In other words — I’m watching as my 12-year-old, black clothes clad, faux-hawk wearing, bass guitar playing , wishes he could get his lip pierced son, Riley, is experiencing growing pains. This […]

Prep Football: Here we go again

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School senior corner Jaden Isler returns a punt during Thursday afternoon’s practice session. The Wildcats open their season today against defending 5A champions Mayfield High School. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor It only seems right that the Clovis Wildcats get first crack at ending the Mayfield Trojans’ […]

Tucumcari man suspect in wife’s stabbing death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari woman is dead and her husband is in jail. Eppie Vigil, 55, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center, accused of stabbing his wife, Lucy Vigil, 46, to death, according to court documents. Eppie Vigil was charged with an open count of murder and with tampering […]

Aug. 31 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 p.m. Aug. 23 an officer responded to a home in the 1400 block of Gidding Street for a harassment report. A woman said she had sent a text message announcing her recent marriage to […]

Aug. 31 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Aug. 23 through Wednesday: Oscar Francisco Torres, 32, to Arabella Vargas, 32, both of Clovis James Douglas White, 37, to Laura Louise Loflin, 33, both of Clovis John Robert Navarro, 25, to Sabrina Michelle Romero, 25, both of Clovis Trung Thanh Nguyen, 20, of Fort […]

Cops and Courts: Police report clerk robbed at gunpoint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis hotel clerk was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, according to police reports. A clerk told officers a man came into the office of the Rodeway Inn at 1616 Mabry Drive around 11 p.m. and pointed a black rifle or shotgun at her, the report said. He told […]

Make sure you’re making a difference

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I read an article about people who live their lives to help others. This article focused on people from all walks of life and all age groups. These people were of different ethnicities, had different jobs and occupations, and lived all over the United States. Yet, the one characteristic they […]

God walks with us all along life’s journey

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist I just saw something I thought I’d never see — but this week I’ve already seen a wad of things in that category.   I’m presently in the air over northern Africa. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a light flash on outside the window. The […]

Sept. 11, 1923

With the arrival and installation of 14 mail boxes, the Clovis post office announced an early-morning mail collection would be made every day, including Sundays and holidays. … County Agent E.C. Hollinger was driving a new Chevrolet car. … White Swan Pork and Beans claimed to be “Better than the law requires” in a Clovis […]

Sept. 10, 1979

John Harris, former Clovis Wildcats baseball star and son of Mr. and Mrs. John Harris, was called up to join the California Angels’ Major League club. … Jack Bell and Kay Harmon were the recipients of the New Mexico Puller of the Year Award for the Tractor Pull Championships at the Curry County Fair. … […]

Sept. 9, 1969

Jackie Linton, a 174-pound junior, was named Clovis High’s winner of the first “Bad Cat” award, which was presented weekly to an outstanding football player. … Woody’s Taco Bell meat burritos were 40 cents each. … An adult education class in speed reading was scheduled to begin at Clovis High School with Mrs. Chaney Merritt […]

Sept. 8, 1926

Enrollment in Clovis’ public schools broke a record with close to 1,500 students enrolled. … Virgil Hall, former employee of a motor car company in Clovis, was returned by officers to Versailles, Mo., to answer charges he deserted his wife and two children. … The City Drug Store offered Elizabeth Arden Venetian Toilet Preparations, including […]

Sept. 7, 1946

An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people gathered at Hillcrest Park for an “Old Timers Reunion” in honor of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Mabry. … Montgomery Ward sold denim blue jeans for $3.49 a pair. … A Clovis News-Journal classified advertisement listed a home at 1516 Wallace for sale for $15,000.

Sept. 6, 1918

The Clovis Journal reported A.E. Signer, who had farmed southeast of Clovis for nine years, had “the best crops this year” that he had ever raised. … Secretary Rufus Jones of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce was asking area businessmen to be careful “in subscribing to the various war charities which are soliciting throughout the […]

Sept. 5, 1925

Wallace Tuttle, accompanied on the piano by Miss Blanche Lanewood Stevenson, performed two songs at the Kiwanis Club meeting. … The Clovis News reported the state tax rate for 1925 would be $5.50 per thousand dollars of valuation. … Clovis schools opened with an enrollment of 1,458 pupils. … Jackman’s department store sold women’s dresses […]

Sept. 4, 1962

Airmen arrived at Cannon Air Force Base following a four-month Tactical Air Command tour of duty in Thailand. … Construction began for the $1 million Hilltop Plaza shopping center in Clovis. … McDaniel’s Inc. announced its new location at 1020 Main in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement.

Sept. 3, 1937

The Clovis Evening News-Journal reported that H.T. (Shorty) Hornbuckle of Clovis shot his best golf in six weeks in the qualifying round of the fourth annual New Mexico-West Texas open at the municipal golf course. … Sanky Trimble was elected business manager in a meeting of the Clovis High School band. … The Hotel Clovis […]