Rest in peace: MC-130 that was part of notable Vietnam mission retired at Cannon

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Speaker Capt. Tom Purdie introduces Cannon Air Force Base’s Wing Commander Col. Buck Elton at a retirement ceremony for an MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft that now sits near the front gate of the base.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Irl “Leon” Franklin said when he and hundreds of other servicemen were told about a secret mission more than 40 years ago, later found out to be the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam, they were given the choice to opt out. “There were […]

Second Roosevelt County escapee captured

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Escaped inmate Ruben Lozano waits in the backseat of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to be readmitted into the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, who was found Friday morning in Midland, Texas, was on the run for a week after escaping from the jail last Friday with another inmate.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Baird CMI staff writers On the run for a week, escaped inmate Ruben Lozano shielded his face as he sat in the back of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle as officials pulled up Friday afternoon to the north side of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, 42, was recaptured […]

Free summer meal program in full swing

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Julie Garcia hands Lorena Garcia, 2, a free lunch bag Thursday at Dennis Chavez Park. According to Garcia, they serve 250 free lunches daily at the site.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer lbowe@cnjonline.com An average of 2,200 lunches and 750 breakfast meals are served daily through the Summer Food Service Program. Conducted by the Food and Nutrition Service agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program was created to provide low-income children meals during the summer. Johnny Chavez, director of […]

Feature attractions: Main Street theaters works in progress

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Downtown Clovis is an ever-evolving neighborhood speckled with shops, restaurants, salons and theaters. Local entities and community members are working hard to breathe new life into those once-bustling theaters in hopes of creating a downtown arts district. Here is an update on the progress being made at the […]

Education feature: New school board member talks upcoming term

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Attorney Jennifer Burrill officially joined the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education Tuesday after receiving her oath of office from retired Judge Teddy Hartley. Burrill was chosen by the board in May to fill the position left vacant by the late Charles Guthals. She answered five questions regarding her upcoming term and how the board […]

Farmers markets opening for season

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Locally sourced, farm-fresh produce will soon be readily available thanks to the upcoming opening of farmers markets in Clovis and Portales. Margie Plummer manages the Portales Farmers Market and Clovis Farmers Market, and said this year’s produce offerings will start off small. “It’s just so early right now,” […]

Inmate’s recent escape from jail not first attempt

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Stephen Phillips’ recent escape from the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was not his first attempt. District Court documents show that the 20-year-old had tried to escape in December while being transported to the jail from the hospital. “He’s been locked down quite a bit,” said the […]

DWI forfeiture decision tabled

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A county DWI vehicle seizure and forfeiture ordinance will not be enforced until at least September, and there is a possibility it will be repealed. The ordinance calls for the seizure of repeat DWI offender’s vehicles upon arrest or conviction. Curry County Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn motioned to […]

Board backs Myers on middle school zoning issue

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Work continues Thursday on Gattis Middle School, which is scheduled to open this fall.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday to stand by Superintendent Terry Myers’ decision to require middle school students to attend the school in which they are zoned. Myers had initially said he would grandfather in all eighth-graders wishing to attend a specific school, but that […]

Chamber seeking fireworks funds

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Independence Day is just around the corner and Clovis is gearing up for the 18th annual Smoke on the Water celebration. Live music, food vendors and a fireworks display will highlight the event, which will kick off at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at Green Acres Park. […]

Business feature: K-Bob’s back in business

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Pumpkin farmers Ken Davis and Duane Miller took a break from work Monday to eat lunch at the recently reopened K-Bob’s Steakhouse “We missed it,” Miller said while eating steak and a baked potato. “Because of the salad bar and meat.” “Clovis needed another steak house,” Davis said. […]

Police drama unfolds before her eyes

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales’ Jeannie Ornelas was baking cakes and watching “Law and Order” with her children Friday when a real life police drama unfolded on her front yard. Stephen Phillips, one of two inmates who had escaped from the Roosevelt County jail 20 minutes earlier, turned up at her house […]

Freedom, unity celebrated at Juneteenth

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com For Khalilah Slaughter, Saturday was a chance to celebrate freedom, unity and togetherness for human kind. Slaughter was one of thousands of area residents who gathered at Potter Park to enjoy good food, games, swimming and community camaraderie at the annual Clovis Juneteenth Extravaganza. Juneteenth is celebrated across […]

Official: Feral swine on way out

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services said Curry and Roosevelt counties should be cleared of feral hogs soon. The New Mexico Feral Swine Eradication Team, which is made up of 10 federal and state agencies, has been hunting hogs in Curry and Roosevelt counties […]

Portales jail boss: Inmates escaped through AC vent in cell

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The two Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who escaped Friday night went through an air conditioning vent in the ceiling of a cell, jai administrator David Casanova said this morning. Casanova said jail video footage shows inmates Ruben Lozano, 42, and Stephen Phillips jumping off the roof at 9:02 p.m. Phillips was captured soon after […]

Serial watchers

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By Lillian Bowe lbowe@cnjonline.com Julio Ortiz, a 20-year-old cook at a Clovis restaurant, is so addicted to the TV show “Breaking Bad” he’ll stay up all hours of the night to get his fix. Ortiz said he tells himself, “just one more episode and then I can go to sleep,” but he said he has […]

Students stuck in middle of policy change

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Work continues Thursday on Gattis Middle School, which is scheduled to open this fall.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Denay Domanski was all set for her eighth-grade year at Marshall Middle School, when she would served as student council president and captain of the cheerleading squad. To her family’s dismay, Domanski was recently told she must attend the new Gattis Middle School for her eighth-grade year since […]

Library zoo visit a scream

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Cody Machen, a zookeeper at the Hillcrest Park Zoo, shows one of the many snakes brought to the library as part of Zoo Day Wednesday afternoon.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ STAFF WRITER lbowe@cnjonline.com Zookeeper Cody Machen stuck his hand in a box as more than 50 children at the Clovis-Carver Library waited quite impatiently for the reveal. The little library visitors screamed and jumped up in excitement as Machen pulled out a bull snake that had wrapped itself around his arm […]

Muleshoe takes brunt of storm

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By Kevin Wilson and Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITERS Turns out Monday’s heavy rain was just a warmup for Muleshoe. The west Texas city got drenched Wednesday night, with readings of 1.95 inches at the National Weather Service’s station by Channel 6 and 1.25 inches at the Mesonet station two miles south of the city. […]

Dishonor in the ranks

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New police chief says he knew he was inheriting problems, is working hard to fix them By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One evening in January, a Wal-Mart employee alleged uniformed Portales Police Officer Fred Hamner walked up to her and  unzipped her jacket. She gave investigators this account of what happened next: “(Hamner) […]