Stabbing suspect arrested (update)

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Staff report Clovis police early Wednesday arrested a man wanted for stabbing a woman multiple times on Monday night. Aaron Morrisette, 32, was taken into custody after a standoff of nearly two hours. He was found in a residence in the 500 block of East 16th Street, according to a police news release. No one […]

Entrants up for this year’s soapbox derby

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The Clovis Soapbox Derby will run for the 15th time Saturday morning on Sycamore Street adjacent to Yucca Middle School, with weigh-in scheduled for Friday.

Staff writer Once Saturday morning arrives, it’s all downhill for a long-running Clovis event. But that’s a good thing. The weekend marks the 15th running of the city’s soapbox derby, with youth rolling their gravity-powered soapbox cars down Sycamore Street. The races start at 10 a.m. with double-elimination competition likely going until 3 or 4 […]

AT&T store to open in Clovis

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A new AT&T retail store is expected open in Clovis this summer, taking over the former Plateau store.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Former Plateau Wireless cell phone customers should not expect their services to be shut off in the transition to AT&T. But what they can expect is a new AT&T store to open in Clovis this summer. The AT&T branch is taking over where the former Plateau store used to […]

Cook-off celebrates chuck wagon days

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Farris Hightower, right, removes one of 200 chicken fried steaks from the cast iron skillet to be served at the Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-Off on Saturday, while Doug Swartz, left, prepares the Dutch oven-baked peach cobbler.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Withstanding a burning wood fire in 80-degree Clovis heat didn’t stop Walter Lowe from cooking 100 chicken-fried steaks on Saturday. But when it came to wind gusts, all bets were off. “The heat doesn’t bother me, but the wind makes the cast irons cold on one side and hot […]

Pioneer Days Parade results

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Tawny Pine gets loose from the J.P. Stone Community Bank float to show off her cow costume during the Pioneer Days Parade. The theme of the parade was “Party Till the Cows Come Home,” to honor the dairy industry and revisit a theme that won the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce a national award in the 1990s.

Sweepstakes winner: Curry County Marching/walking units: 1, Dance and Cheer Force Dance Studio. 2, Clovis High School Band. 3. Curry County Mounted Patrol. Floats, Business/Commercial: 1. Hamilton Big Country Ford. 2. J.P. Stone Community Bank. 3. Sun Loan and Tax Service. Mounted Units: 1. Pioneer Days Rodeo Queens and royalty. 2. High Plains Horseman’s Club. […]

Rodeo queens tour Wheatfields

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Miss Rodeo New Mexico Staci Trehern, far left, Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, center, and Miss Rodeo Arizona Alanna Hamilton, right, take turns greeting Dora Brown during the Rodeo Queens and Bullfighter/Clowns Tour at Wheatfields Senior Living Community on Friday.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com As a senior resident at the Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis, it’s not every day that Dora Brown gets to see rodeo queens and a professional rodeo clown. But as a long-time admirer of rodeo, Brown enjoyed the company on Friday morning. “It’s so nice meeting them today,” […]

Local ladies honored

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Frances Townsend, right, shows a tool involved in butter churning while daughter Debbie Spriggs churns during the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Pioneers, bonnets and hand-churned butter — things you wouldn’t often find in a 21st Century setting were brought together at the Clovis Civic Center on Friday morning. As a long-standing tradition, local women were honored and heritage was celebrated at the 15th annual Pioneer Women’s Breakfast. Nostalgia filled the […]

Good to be queen

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Kyla Myers of Clovis gives her speech, “So God Made a Cowboy,” during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico competition Friday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Myers was crowned as Miss Rodeo Elect New Mexico and will compete in 2017 for Miss Rodeo America.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Pomp and pageantry fit for a queen took center stage during Friday’s Miss Rodeo New Mexico fashion show, speech and coronation at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Contestants vied for the titles of Little Miss Rodeo, Miss Rodeo New Mexico Teen and Miss Rodeo New Mexico during the festivities. […]

Faith: Camp seeks to ‘build the body of Christ’

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A crowd of worshippers observe children singing an evening service song during the Ute Lake Camp Meeting held in 2011.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Body building and worship isn’t your average combination, but the seventh annual Ute Lake Camp Meeting is about to change that. The interdenominational gathering is set for Thursday through June 11 at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. This year’s theme is “body builders” — as in, building the […]

Thunderbird pilot OK after crash

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Maj. Alex Turner, left, is greeted by his crew chief, Staff Sgt. Pierce Gillis, last week at Cannon Air Force Base. Turner was the pilot of the No. 6 Thunderbird jet that crashed. He ejected and was not seriously injured.

The Associated Press AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The pilot of a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird ejected safely into a Colorado field Thursday, crashing the fighter jet moments after flying over a crowd watching President Barack Obama’s commencement address for Air Force cadets. A short helicopter ride later, the pilot found himself shaking hands with […]

Water, water everywhere

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The portion of First Street west of Main was one of several small areas of road closed off by the city due to flooding from rains that began Tuesday night and continued through Wednesday.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Wednesday’s thunderstorms in the Clovis/Portales area brought a flood advisory warning and the most rain seen in eight months. According to Russell Danielson of the National Weather Service of Albuquerque, Clovis’ rainfall since the beginning of the week reached 2.76 inches — with the amount growing during the time […]

Free fishing day set for Saturday

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Local residents will have the opportunity to fish in public waters throughout the state without a license on Saturday. The day of “free fishing” held by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish allows those without a license to fish.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com On Saturday, residents will be able to enjoy a day of fishing with their families without the requirement of a fishing license. According to a press release by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the day of “free fishing” is being held to celebrate National Boating and […]

Speakers honor memories of fallen

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From left, Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard members Taylor Ogle, Pablo Marsiglia and Cody Cobb stand at attention as Julian Brogan salutes during Monday’s Memorial Day service at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Cobb is an Airman First Class, while the other three are senior airmen.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com With a semi-circle of flags at half-mast to the west, and a field of graves marked with American flags to the east, Clovis residents spent Monday morning honoring the fallen and the families they left behind. Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens was host to a brief, but solemn, ceremony to […]

Estimated 30,000 attend two-day air show

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Jonathan Jones and his daughter, 7-year-old Jayliana Jones, watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds overhead during the Cannon Air Force Base Air Show Sunday. The Thunderbirds flew an hour early due to inclement weather approaching, but the family enjoyed the show nonetheless.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The weather might have had the final say on the schedule, but organizers for the 2016 Cannon Air Force Base Air Show couldn’t have been happier with everything else. Capt. Jonathan Welch served as ground boss, one of three commanders for the show along […]

Snow cone business booming

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Snowy Joey co-owner Tanner Faith adds flavor to a snow cone for a customer.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com With temperatures on the rise, snow cone and shaved ice operations are at full blast — and new vendors are popping up in the area. For some local vendors, selling the frozen treats is merely a temporary summer job. For others, it’s a permanent year-round business. Recently opening in […]

Thunderbirds soar at air show

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The Thunderbirds soar at Saturday’s air show at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure more than a decade ago, one of the key arguments that saved it was Eastern New Mexico’s open skies and ideal flying conditions. Saturday was no exception, as the home of the 27th Special Operations […]

Hometown Hero gets flight of lifetime

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Thunderbird pilot Maj. Scott Petz and hometown hero Ty Gonser are greeted Friday at Cannon Air Force Base by members of the Thunderbirds ground crew after a orientation flight.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Ty Gonser didn’t expect any type of reward when he freed motorists from Winter Storm Goliath’s snow drifts. He just thought it was the right thing to do. The unassuming Clovis resident got his latest reward Friday morning, as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds briefly freed him from gravity. […]

Former Zia student comes back as Thunderbird

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Lead Solo pilot Capt. Nicholas Eberling receives a high-five from Kynlee Ulibarri, 3, of Clovis, after addressing a group at the Clovis-Carver Library on Friday.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com This weekend’s Cannon Air Force Base Air Show represents a homecoming of sorts for one of the Air Force’s Thunderbird pilots, who proudly sports Clovis ties and even worked as a volunteer during a previous Cannon show featuring the renown flight team. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Eberling attended Zia […]

Thunderbirds arrive at Cannon

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The Thunderbirds fly in formation upon their arrival at Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com One distinct sound. One distinct look. One distinct bond. The Thunderbirds, the most distinct of the Air Force’s many distinctions, made their arrival Thursday afternoon with a noise that pierced the calm skies above eastern New Mexico and left smoke trails on a day with little cloud cover as […]

Remembering the force behind St. James church

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Ross Calvin, left, stands beside his 5-year-old grandson, Charles Calvin, in the doorway of St. James Episcopal Church in 1953.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com St. James Episcopal Church in Clovis was built almost 75 years ago. The man behind its construction may have been largely forgotten, but an admirer of his work is looking to bring back his memory. In “Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the American Southwest,” author Ron Hamm of Silver City […]