More TRICARE increases could be on way

After an increase in TRICARE Standard fees for military retirees in October 2011, more increases could possibly be coming under a new TRICARE plan, according to U.S. Department of Defense officials. USAF: 27th SOW Public Affairs Local working age retirees may soon see a change in TRICARE Standard fees. Cannon Air Force Base hospital will […]

The protectors: Airmen keep Cannon safe, secure

Editor's note: This feature is third in a series of 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron highlights at Cannon. USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Victor Rodriguez, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron patrolman, posts at the main gate to perform random vehicle inspections March 27 at Cannon Air […]

Real joy found with heaven’s true prince

I guess I need to see an Eye, Ears, Nose & Throat specialist. Or maybe a neurologist. I keep getting things stuck in my head. I got a frog stuck in my throat at the end of a recent sermon. (Better for it to hop in at the end than the beginning.) Allergies, I think. […]

Reader-submitted: Handbell choir performing Sunday

The Asbury Ringers of First United Methodist Church will be performing "An Evening of English Handbells" 6 p.m. Sunday in the church's Sanctuary, 1501 Sycamore St. Photo submitted by Ken McDonald Sunday's concert will conclude the 2011-2012 musical season for the Asbury Ringers. The choir is comprised of Janet Barnard, Alison Brown, Becky Ingram, Nedra […]

Grady’s Lampley signs with OPSU

GRADY — Grady senior Joni Lampley has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball next year at Oklahoma Panhandle State. The 5-foot-1 Lampley has competed in volleyball, basketball and track for the Lady Bronchos, who went 6-13 last fall in volleyball under coach Robin Jones. Lampley played libero in volleyball as a freshman […]

Dry county

Last year was sixth driest in recorded New Mexico history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association — and this year isn't stacking up to be much better. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A playa located on Llana Estacado Boulevard remains dry from a lack on rainfall. Clovis has seen just over a quarter […]

Dennis Chavez pond may be stocked for fishing

Wanna hear a fish story? CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Geese gather Wednesday at Dennis Chavez Park, which is soon to be restocked with catfish by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Dennis Chavez pond in northwest Clovis may soon be home to thousands of them. New Mexico Game and Fish Department has […]

Driver in fatal crash says he was trying to avoid accident

The driver of a cement truck involved in Wednesday's fatal wreck at Seventh and Norris streets said he was trying to avoid an accident when the truck rolled over, according to the Clovis police incident report. Crystal Sutherland, 29, of Clovis, was killed when the 2000 Mack concrete mixer truck rolled on top of the […]

Police blotter – April 27

Samplings of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday Midnight: Caller reported a red jeep on its side, 1400 block of Stagecoach Trail. 3:56 a.m.: Caller reported a suspicious dark-colored SUV parked in the neighborhood that should not be there, 2100 block of North MLK Boulevard. 8:15 a.m.: Caller reported back side of building spray […]

Religion feature: Cowboy church draws casual crowd

Dusty Leatherwood preaches to his congregation Monday nights in the lobby of Clovis Livestock Auction, about 20 feet from where livestock is sold to the highest bidder. He preaches from a podium made from a cedar post to a gathering sitting on metal folding chairs. During Leatherwood's sermon, horses and cattle can be heard and […]

Religion column: God always ready to answer his phone

Virginia was a telephone switchboard operator in the mountains of North Carolina. It was the depression era, and times were hard. Virginia loved to visit with her neighbors as she was connecting their calls over her massive telephone switchboard. She could tell anyone who was sick, who was visiting from out of town, who had […]

amos the churchmouse: changing world same jesus

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor's note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on a computer keyboard, but he can't operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. changing world same jesus boss i ran across carrie chameleon the other day she was […]

Editorial: Republicans can still embrace DREAM Act

After a depressing two years in which Arizona and South Carolina passed draconian anti-immigrant laws — and Republican presidential candidates missed nary an opportunity to back their hardline stances — comes some hope for bipartisan progress. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, one of his party's rising stars, a man thought to be a contender to […]

Government more like unruly dog

George Washington is quoted as saying, "Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." Unfortunate-ly, in spite of this awareness, he chose to be a part of the problem. His assessment still holds up, although I think government is more like […]

Fishing report – April 26

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using Power […]

Editorial: High Plains Patriots’ agenda seems selective

The High Plains Patriots are riled up again. This time the target is Clovis' new city-owned golf course; specifically the clubhouse restaurant. The topic is expected to come up when the Patriots meet at 7 tonight at the Master's Center in Clovis. The Patriots contend government should not compete with private business for customers. Their […]

State should accept federal cuts

Generally, the Rio Grande Foundation focuses primarily on state and local policy issues. Nonetheless, given New Mexico's status as one of, if not the, most reliant states on federal spending within its borders, the perilous condition of the federal budget must be of concern to all New Mexicans. Particularly in this political season, the tendency […]

Heat sets record

A Portales sandwich shop saw its busiest day in the past few months Wednesday thanks to customers coming in to beat the record heat. Iced coffee drinks and ice cream were the popular menu items for the Do Drop In, with fruit salad as a close third. "Everyone associates the weather with healthy food," owner […]

Clovis boys win Lovington Invite

The Clovis boys golf team finished strong in its back-to-back, claiming a one-stroke victory in the Lovington Invite Wednesday. Clovis had three of the top five individuals, including runnerups Sam Bridgwater and Matt Justus both shooting a 77, en route to a team score of 316 — just ahead of the host Wildcats. "State's a […]

Ticket feature: Kite Karnival set for Saturday

Cannon Air Force Base is hoping for a windy Saturday, giving the eastern New Mexico skies a home for hundreds of kites. File photo Nashawn Hare, 9, works to detangle his kite's tail from its string during last year's Kite Karnival at Doc Stewart Park in Clovis. The Karnival, scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Saturday, […]