Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63

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Robin Williams died on Monday. He was 63. Here, the actor is pictured on the set of "The Crazy Ones" at 20th Century Fox Studios in November 2013.

Staff and wire reports SAN FRANCISCO  — Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his […]

Old Timer Days showcases tight-knit community

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Family and community are the first things that struck Patricia Murphy about the annual Old Timer Days festivities held Saturday in Melrose. “I had no idea the community was so large and tightly knit.” said Murphy, a resident of Albuquerque, “It’s so great to see people of all ages […]

Party barn lived eventful life

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The old grain elevator west of Cannon Air Force Base had a storage capacity of 2 million pounds.

By David Stevens Editor At 85, it’s sagging and full of holes, abandoned about a mile west of Cannon Air Force Base. The grounds around it are covered in weeds and spent shotgun shells. Pigeons are the only frequent visitors. But the old barn on the old Beasley farm still attracts attention. Thrill-seeking teenagers have […]

Show of appreciation

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Organizers of Cannon Appreciation Day in Clovis were thrilled to have a turnout Friday of about 3,000 people, and it helped a little that the weather was nice too. Clovis Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said she appreciated the overcast sky that kept the crowds cool while celebrating Cannon Air […]

5 things to know about grasshoppers

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By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com Grasshoppers have invaded Clovis and they’re in search of food. Local experts say recent rain and a lack of natural predators has led to a boom in the grasshopper population in Clovis and the surrounding area. The grasshoppers have come into the streets and parks and can be found […]

Jury returns murder verdict

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff Writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Daniel Murrell III, 25, was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday afternoon by a Curry County grand jury, which deliberated for about two hours before reaching the verdict. Judge Fred Van Soelen ordered Murrell held without bond until his sentencing date. Murrell is a habitual offender and is facing […]

Old Lockwood Elementary School burns

The old Lockwood Elementary School building was vacant when fire broke out Thursday morning.

Firefighters battled a blaze at the old Lockwood Elementary School in south Clovis on Thursday morning. The fire was reported a little after 8 a.m. to Clovis school officials who said the building is empty. Four fire trucks responded to the scene. The fire appeared to be out by 9:15 a.m. and damage outside the […]

Science labs updated at three Clovis schools

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Science labs at Marshall Middle School received new cabinets and shelving during summer break as part of a $2.5 million project to update aging labs in three of Clovis Municipal School district’s schools.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com Three schools in the Clovis Municipal School district have received new science labs this summer. The Freshman Academy, Yucca Middle School and Marshall Middle School are in the final stages of construction of their labs, according to CMS Operations Director John King. King said 17 science lab classrooms have […]

Base officials: Life at Cannon getting better

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Col. Tony Bauernfeind, 27th Special Operations Wing Commander for Cannon, said Clovis and Portales community members and Cannon officials are working side-by-side to improve quality of life for Cannon's airmen.

By Alisa Boswell CNJ correspondent Life at Cannon Air Force Base has room to improve but it’s getting better all the time, according to base officials. And there is evidence to support the claim. On July 28, the Air Force Times ranked the eastern New Mexico Special Operations base as the 10th best Air Force […]

In tribute: Foxy Drive In founder remembered for wisdom, humor

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Over the course of his life, Alfred C. “AC” Bryant is said to have never met a stranger. His wisdom and humor touched those who came in contact with him, according to those who knew him. The founder of Foxy Drive In died Tuesday at age 99. “He never […]

Air Commando among first Rock University graduates

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Weimer, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing former command chief [Southwest Asia], presents Tech. Sgt. Leda Brienza, 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron knowledge operations technician currently assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Operations Group as an administrative assistant, with her Rock University certificate June 19 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Brienza is among the first to graduate from the program since its inception last April.

By Public Affairs Staff 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs An Air Commando from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico had the distinct honor of being among the first to graduate from Rock University during a deployment to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia this summer. Tech. Sgt. Leda Brienza, 727th Special Operations […]

In tribute: Retired pastor never far from performing services

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By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Hundreds of couples said, “I do,” while standing in front of Herbert Bergstrom. Thousands of people said goodbye to friends after hearing that friend’s life told by the pastor known by everybody as “Dr. B.” The people who knew Bergstrom the best couldn’t stop talking about him if they […]

Buying local an investment in our state

Beverlee J. McClure

We hear it all the time, and it makes sense. We love to get our groceries, our books, our back-to-school clothes from somebody local that we know and trust. When we do, we’re supporting our community, and we’re investing in a better future. It just makes sense that even if it’s a little more expensive, […]

Rainfall raising lake levels

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Two fishermen leave one of the north docks Friday afternoon at Conchas Lake. Recent rainfall has submerged one of the two boat ramps at the north dock region.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Area lakes continue to benefit from increased summer rainfall, which has raised some water levels to their highest point in a decade. Currently, Conchas Lake is at 4,180 feet above sea level,  four feet higher than the 4,176-foot elevation recorded on July 26, according to Michael Vollmer, natural resource […]

National Night Out gearing up

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A New Mexico State Police helicopter lands at National Night out last year at Greene Acres Park.

Staff report The Clovis Police Department is preparing to participate in the 31st annual National Night Out drug and crime prevention program event scheduled for Tuesday evening. CPD’s Sgt. Daron Roach said the event will be the seventh year the police department has participated in the nationwide event. Roach said the 31st National Night Out […]

Customers review new air service

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Guests at the Clovis Airport Fly-in & Car Show wait to look inside Boutique Air’s Pilatus PC-12 passenger airplane at the July 9 event. The plane seats nine passengers and makes 18 round-trip flights per week from Clovis to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Smooth flights and personable staff are part of the experience with Boutique Air’s air service, according to Shelly Burger, court manager at the Curry County Courthouse. Boutique Air’s passenger flights have been in operation out of Clovis Municipal Airport since July 15 under the Department of Transportation’s Essential Air […]

Has anybody seen my proportion wheel?

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By David Stevens Editor The first time I heard the question, I didn’t know the answer. After I started learning the answer, the answer started changing. And it’s still changing. What is news? My college journalism instructors 35 years ago generally defined news as unusual events that impacted the lives of most of our audience. […]

Days are loaded

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By Lillian Bow lbowe@pntonline.com A busy August kicks off this weekend, with both Stuff the Bus and the state’s tax-free weekend signaling a return to class. But there’s fun to be had as well. The Stuff the Bus campaign, a United Way of Eastern New Mexico effort at both the Portales and Clovis Wal-Mart locations, […]

5 things to know about: Showing livestock

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Kansas Huysman, 16, right, and her sister Kyan Huysman, 10, walk their cows in their pen Thursday afternoon at the Clovis Municipal Schools Ag Farm. The Huysman sisters said they have been showing animals for more than nine years.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com It’s almost time for the fair and local youths and their families are getting their animals ready for show. Show participants spend their summer caring for and preparing their animals for judging at county and state fairs. 4-H and Future Farmers of America members along with Janelle Duffey, the […]

Church lunch celebrates educators

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From left, Anne Linville, Pat Moody, and Euealle Webb look through a planning guide in preparation for the annual teacher appreciation luncheon held at Central Baptist Church.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com It’s school lunch with a twist — a way to honor, thank, and “send off” the educators who are just days away from the challenge of teaching Clovis’ youth. The annual teacher appreciation luncheon — which is open not only to Clovis teachers, but also to school support staff, […]