Clovis’ Alexis Brown crowned Little Miss Curry County Fair

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Alexis Brown, 8, center, receives the crown as Little Miss Curry County Fair on Wednesday evening at the fairgrounds. Seven contestants competed in the pageant.

‘By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Competing in pageants is nothing new for 8-year-old Alexis Brown, winner of the second annual Little Miss Curry County Fair Pageant. Brown, who competed in the 2013 pageant, said she enjoyed participating in the event for the experience. The pageant, organized by the Curry County Events Center staff, featured […]

Sibs make dairy show family affair

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter Showing dairy heifers is a family affair for the Schaaps; they’re the force behind Southern Draw Dairy as well as the source of this year’s grand champion dairy heifer winner at the Curry County Fair. The recognition went to Skyler Schaap, 10, of Clovis, and her dairy heifer, Black […]

Residents flock to fair

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Clovis and Curry County residents, Tuesday means the opening of a week filled with entertainment and food that only comes once a year. The Curry County Fair opened its gates to everyone Tuesday afternoon for the 94th time and by 6 p.m. the fairgrounds were full of fairgoers […]

Pets transformed for costume contest

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Mia Chavez, 11, competing in the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club pet costume contest was a chance to combine her creativity with something she loves. Chavez, with the help of her grandparents, transformed her 10-year-old donkey named Radar into a show ready unicorn for Tuesday evening’s pet costume contest. Charlene […]

Teachers take course on effects of deployment

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Educators from the local community were able to sample various MRE's (Meal
Ready to Eat) during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event
Tuesday at Cannon. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories and members of the educational community were able to get a taste of what airmen eat while deployed.

By Alisa Boswell CNJ correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

Celebration of the ’60s: Music to remember

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Editor’s note: This decade is the 50th anniversary of the 1960s. We’ve asked area residents to list some of their memories. Her favorite 1960s music includes the classics of Motown, rock ‘n’ roll and folk music; but for Clovis Realtor Gayla Brumfield, it’s the California sound of the decade that she cherishes the most. With […]

Students: Showing animals rewarding endeavor

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Tyce Delk, left, hands his brother Teigan Delk a “drench” gun  Monday afternoon at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The gun delivers a nutrient and electrolyte rich mixture called a “drench” to sheep before a show. The Delk brothers and their family have raised three sheep and eight rabbits to show at the Curry County Fair.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Melrose’s Teigan Delk, showing animals at the county fair is a family activity. Delk, 13, said with the help of his family he has been raising animals for show for four years Delk and his brother Tyce Delk, 12, entered 3 sheep and 8 rabbits into the Curry […]

Summer reading program ends at base library

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By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Usually, library atmospheres follow a very certain stereotype: students filling their lunch hours in the pursuit of greater knowledge, older couples sitting side by side in the comfy arm chairs or a child who comes every week to restock their favorite books. However, this […]

‘Round-Up’ establishes student connections

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Old and new friends gather at the Student Connection Round-Up Aug. 1 at Cannon Air Force Base. The round-up was designed to help military children at Cannon build new friendships before the start of the school year.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Approximately 65 4th-12th grade students attended Cannon’s first Student Connection Round-Up, a day-long event designed to help military children at Cannon Air Force Base meet new friends before the start of the school year. “Our main goal for the event was to put […]

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


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer 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

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
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


By Christina Calloway 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


By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER 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 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 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


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer 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 […]