Shoppers hit stores for tax-free weekend

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Kim Birkenfeld and Sawnya Bullock, both of Lazbuddie, shop Saturday at 2 Shabby Divas on Main Street during New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. The friends didn’t realize their purchases were tax free until they started shopping.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Julie Maxey kept a watchful eye on the long checkout lines at the Clovis Walmart Saturday as eager shoppers came out for New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. Maxey, an assistant manager at the store, said things were going smoothly amid the chaos of restocking items and answering product questions. […]

VIDEO: W.D. Gattis Middle School open house

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Airmen, families honored

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By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

James nominated for Air Force secretary post

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former assistant defense secretary and House staffer is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next secretary of the Air Force, the White House said Thursday. Obama is nominating Deborah Lee James, an executive at the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., to head the Air Force, where she […]

Gattis Middle School holds first open house

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Students, parents, school employees and community members flooded the halls of the newly constructed W.D. Gattis Middle School on Thursday afternoon as the school district held its first open house at the state-of-the art building. The school’s 130,00 square-foot campus encompasses six interconnected buildings, two of which have […]

Education Feature — Director: Band camp helps build camaraderie

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Members of the Clovis High School band practice during this year’s band camp. The camp runs through next week.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The sounds of brass and percussion permeate through the parking lot behind Clovis High School as the school’s marching band prepares for the upcoming year. Band camp is in session, and 250 musicians are busy keeping time with the beat and learning about good old-fashioned teamwork. According to […]

Citizens air jail concerns

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By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com James Slagowski is concerned the site of the proposed Curry County jail in south Clovis is too close to his neighborhood, which includes an elementary school. He asked Curry County commissioners and county officials during Tuesday’s town hall meeting to discuss next week’s $9.88 million bond election if […]

Music educator honored

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Alan Dropps has dedicated much of his life to teaching youth of all ages the fundamentals of music. Dropps, now serving as the director of music education for CMS, has been an educator and administrator in Clovis for the past 28 years. Last week, he was selected Administrator of the Year by the New Mexico […]

Local racer edged out at national derby

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By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com They say baseball is a game of inches. So apparently is Soap Box Derby racing. “We lost by this much,” Chris Crawford said as he held his thumb and index finger half an inch apart to describe how close his stepdaughter, Hailey Renfro, came to advancing out of […]

Documents: Loaded pistol found in suspect’s room

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Police found a loaded gun in the hotel room of a man involved in a six-hour standoff Friday at the Westward Ho Hotel, according to court documents. Patrick Lopez, 31, of Clovis surrendered peacefully early Saturday morning but not before hiding in a crawl space above several rooms […]

AG files to overturn rape dismissal

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The state attorney general’s office on Friday filed a brief to overturn the dismissal of a rape case involving a former Dora middle school coach. The attorney general’s office filed its motion in support of the district attorney’s appeal of the case in which police said girls basketball […]

Manhunt ends in standoff, arrest

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CNJ staff The hunt for a man police said jumped bail escalated into a six-hour standoff Friday at a Clovis motel. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the Clovis Police SWAT team used chemical agents to flush George Lopez out of the attic of the Westward Ho Hotel. Sanders said at about 7:30 p.m. a local […]

War vets share memories over breakfast

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Korean War veterans shared memories of the cold over a hot pancake breakfast Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3015 in Clovis. “There was two feet to four feet of snow on the ground in Korea,” said Tommy Flicking of Clovis. “I promised the good lord and […]

Q&A: Texas girl at heart

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Growing up in the small town of Farwell, Charla Corn dreamed of making it big in country music. Since her early beginnings singing at Border Town Days and local county fairs, Corn has toured nationally with the likes of Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Aaron Watson and the Josh Abbott […]

County commission approves pay raises

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By Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com All Curry County employees and elected officials will be receiving a pay increase, some as early as next month. The Curry County Commission voted Friday in a special meeting to raise the salaries of county employees on a graduated scale, dependent on how much each respective employee is […]

TeamBuilders closing doors

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By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The leaders of the TeamBuilders Counseling Services are preparing to throw in the towel after struggling to remain in operation since the New Mexico Human Services Department froze Medicaid payments to behavioral health services providers that are under investigation for possible overbillings, Lorraine Freedle, Teambuilders chief financial officer […]

Aircraft damaged during training flight at CAFB

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— CNJ staff A remotely piloted aircraft, known as an MQ-9 Reaper, was damaged during a routine training flight Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to the base’s public affairs office. “An investigation has been initiated into the cause of the incident, which took place on the runway,” Marcelo Calero of Cannon public affairs […]

Current jail archaic, inadequate

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Regarding Joe A. Wright’s letter in last Friday’s Clovis News Journal: I am not an expert on building a jail or running a county, but from an average citizen’s standpoint, I know our current jail is an inadequate and antiquated facility. Wright commented on the under staffing. Would he enjoy working at our current facility? […]

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew — July 26

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Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.   amos on consolation i noticed sammy salamander sitting on a stump all by himself one day looking so forlorn and being the psychological sort of mouse that i am i decided to observe animal […]

Beloved friend, educator passed much too soon

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There is a book called, The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership, by John Merrow, which is all about the powerful impact teachers can have on students. One passage reads, “Teachers can never declare ‘mission accomplished’, because they are a bridge, not an endpoint, for all the boys and girls (and men and […]