Education feature: Program promotes critical thinking

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Yucca Middle School Tech Lab teacher John Mead, standing, works with seventh graders Adrian Sanchez, left, and Cyle Poppen while they learn a module about wind tunnels.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Harcrow had never thought much about engineering before she enrolled in the Tech 1 class at Gattis Middle School. Now the eighth grader is building circuits, constructing suspension bridges on the computer and even considering engineering as a field she would like to pursue in the future. The technology […]

Landowners rally against prairie chicken listing

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Landowners and members of the energy industry gathered Wednesday to talk about their concerns of the lesser prairie chicken listing.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The fight is not over for area landowners who say they’ve made sacrifices to conserve the lesser prairie chicken population in New Mexico. These are efforts they feel were undermined when a federal agency listed the bird as threatened on a federal registry of species last month. More than […]

No bones about it

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Excavated bones at the Blackwater Draw dig site’s Interpretive Center.

By Rick White Managing editor rwhite@cnjonline.com George Crawford and David Kilby said it is unlikely Clovis Man was the first to inhabit the Americas. But they haven’t seen evidence to disprove the theory either. “Scientifically, there had to be somebody here earlier than the Clovis people,” said Crawford, director of the Blackwater Draw Historical Landmark, […]

Military feature: Airman has passion for bodybuilding

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Thomas Canada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of training, works out March 26, 2014 at the fitness center at Cannon Air Force Base. Canada stays active while stationed at Cannon by entering bodybuilding competitions within the state of New Mexico.

By Xavier Lockley 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs News of a heart murmur is all it took for Tech. Sgt. Thomas Canada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of training, to make the decision to get into better shape. “I used to be that guy who did the required physical training and […]

Storm spotting class on offer

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Thunderstorm season is fast approaching across eastern New Mexico and the city of Clovis is working with the National Weather Service to train storm spotters Thursday at Clovis City Hall. The training will teach participants the fundamentals of storm spotting according to the National Weather Service website. The NWS class certifies severe weather spotters to […]

Plateau announces plans for gigabit Internet service

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According to Plateau Telecommunications officials, a fiber optic gigabit connection is 100 times faster than the average megabit Internet connection used by most Americans.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The wait time for that YouTube video or Facebook page to load may soon be reduced for Plateau Telecommunications customers. Plateau recently announced plans for Gigabit Clovis, which will offer gigabit Internet service to residential customers as early as this summer. According to Plateau officials, a fiber optic gigabit […]

Weather forecast calls for … almost anything

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By David Stevens Editor Yes, that was snow Monday morning — up to 1/2 inch in places around the region — and this is the middle of April. But the natives were hardly surprised. Longtime residents of the High Plains have gone trick-or-treating and Easter-egg hunting in the snow more than once. And we’ve spent […]

Dogs join cancer fight

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Becky Taylor, left, and Nancy Torres let their dogs Mya and Kingston get acquainted Saturday afternoon during Bark for Life at Hillcrest park.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer It’s not every day that dogs get to join the fight against cancer, but Saturday’s second annual Bark for Life event organized by the American Cancer Society at Hillcrest Park did just that. Dogs and their owners participated in events throughout the day, including a walk for owners and their […]

Five questions with: Roy Uyematsu

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Roy Uyematsu of Clovis poses Saturday with one of his telescopes at his home. Uyematsu said he will observing the eclipse that will starts on Monday night starting at 11 p.m.

The first of four eclipses visible this year in North America — two lunar and two solar — will occur early Tuesday morning. For nearly an hour and a half, the moon will be dimmed and possibly appearing a copper color because of sunlight bent by the atmosphere. The total eclipse begins around 1 a.m. […]

Resident says memories of dad will be with her always

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Connie Belcher with her father, William Breech.

William Creech died March 15, 2012. Clovis’ Connie Belcher has been thinking a lot about her dad lately. She tells about their relationship better than I ever could. “I am an Air Force brat and grew up on military bases around the country,” she wrote in an email. “We settled in Clovis during my junior […]