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The Clovis News Journal experienced problems with its Web server for more than five hours Wednesday evening. We plan to restore the site to full functionally as soon as possible.

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Ken De Los Santos, emergency management coordinator for Clovis and Curry County, reports a winter storm is headed this way.

His press release is below under “More Features.”

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A recent report from the Government Accountability Office shows military officials may send fewer personnel to Cannon Air Force Base than originally planned — but probably not fewer than Cannon had in May 2005 when it was being considered for closure.

The GAO reports Cannon may be home to about 4,300 military personnel by 2010 instead of 5,700 as originally planned.

When the based was recommended for closure in 2005, it had about 4,000 active duty members and civilians.

Here’s a link to the GAO report:

GAO report

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Clovis News Journal online reporter Sharna Johnson is looking for photos of people with their pets.

Check out her Web log,

In Search of Ponies

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One vote in favor of Sunday alcohol sales:

“I see nothing wrong with selling alcohol on Sunday,” Ardyth Elms wrote in an e-mail. “The majority of people drinking during dinner, or going to a bar to watch sports, don’t cause problems, and most people have a designated driver. Alcohol consumption problems are (caused by) people who drink at home because they don’t have to watch how much they drink.”

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One vote opposed to Sunday alcohol sales:

“I sincerely hope the Sunday alcohol issue fails,” Frank Dalton wrote in an e-mail. “While most patrons might not imbibe enough to be severely impaired, there is another issue that no one has addressed: What of the children watching their elders drink and then drive them home? Might we not be teaching our children that it is OK to drink and drive? Even certain of our commissioners seem to be oblivious to the fact that we may be exacerbating a potentially problem by renaming it ‘progress.’”

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Statistics from Clovis Industrial Development Corp:

• More than 120,000 people live in a 60-mile radius of Clovis.

• The city is home to 58 churches, 789 motel rooms, 165 civic clubs and 110 hospital beds.

• The region’s largest employer is Allsup’s convenience store, which employs about 3,000. Wal-Mart has about 300 employees.

• Clovis has an estimated 19,068 housing units worth an average of $66,260.

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Clovis’ mayoral candidate Tim Ashley on public access to government information:

“During my tenure in public office I have historically supported and been an advocate for openness in government.”

See what else he has to say on Editor David Stevens’ Web log,

Falling, With Style