Eyes on the skies

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The Thunderbirds take to the sky Saturday to start their show at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Awesome seemed to be the word of the day near the flightline on Cannon Air Force Base Saturday afternoon as area children described the experience of climbing into combat aircraft and seeing the Air Force Thunderbirds fly. Saturday was the first of two days for an open house and […]

Long time since we’ve had this much rain

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Joe Frazier was the heavyweight champion of the world. Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were still alive. Dr. Seuss’ “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” was hot off the press. It’s been a long time since we’ve had this much rain — Sept. 16, 1970, to be exact. That’s when the […]

Clovis grads told to leave legacy

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Honors graduate Lindsey Davis hugs Clovis High School principal Wayne Marshall after receiving her diploma at the CHS Graduation Friday night at Curry County Events Center.

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com Commencement speaker and Clovis High School 2014 graduate Danny Borwick presented his class with a challenge that only time — and possibly their death — could complete. “This is a challenge that cannot be completed until you die,” Borwick said to the 419 graduates that gathered for their commencement ceremony Friday […]

Portales class bids congratulations, farewells

Staff photo: Christina Calloway
PHS cheerleader Kayleigh Montano, left, takes a selfie with her fellow cheerleader and PHS valedictorian Katie Ledbetter after Friday’s graduation ceremony. Ledbetter also took a selfie on stage during her valedictorian speech and said she was able to get her entire class in the photo.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales High School senior Meghan Urevig repeatedly glanced out at the excited crowd of hundreds Friday night in Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena then back down at her feet, nervously shuffling around. As she stood among her fellow graduating seniors as they lined up to be seated before commencement, she […]

Clovis resident describes Thunderbird flight as ‘ultimate roller coaster ride’

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Ronnie Marez shakes hands with a Thunderbirds maintenance  crew member at the end of his flight.

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com Clovis’ Ronnie Marez was the center of attention early Friday afternoon as members of the Thunderbirds prepped him for his “Hometown Hero” flight, which he earned in conjunction with this weekend’s Cannon Air Fore Base air show for his heroic effort early this year. With the flight still two hours away, […]

Bring on the thunder

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The Air Force Thunderbirds make a grand entrance Thursday afternoon at Cannon Air Force Base  for this weekend’s air show. Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The grin said it all as Maj. Jason Curtis, of the Air Force Thunderbirds, stepped down from his plane. There was no doubting that the 33-year-old pilot loves what he does. “It’s  an extremely humbling experience to be a part of a team that is comprised of such amazing […]

Raintree officials confident they can meet demand

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Raintree Site Manager Janet Romero shows the Raintree Apartments to members of the public during a ribbon cutting event Thursday afternoon to kickoff the opening of the complex in northeast Clovis.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com The apartment complex is not quite there, but the tenants are. Fifty-five leases have been signed, but 36 apartments are available at the new Raintree Luxury Apartment Homes, 2400 E. Llano Estacado Blvd. No worries — the apartment complex, where a ribbon-cutting event was held Thursday is growing to […]

Farmers’ coop employee rewarded for heroic effort with Thunderbirds flight.


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Today marks a significant moment in the life of Clovis resident Ronnie Marez, a meter reader for Farmers’ Electric Cooperative. As the local “Hometown Hero,” Marez will fly in the plane of one of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who chose him for the honor after he was nominated […]

Aerial acrobats: A look at the Thunderbirds


The Thunderbirds will perform Saturday and Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base’s air show and open house. Here are some facts about the Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. • On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at […]

Military feature: Base conducts mass casualty exercise

U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Ericka Engblom
Two members of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron hose down a simulated aircraft fire during an exercise May 6 at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs With a shout the exercise is set in motion: runners take off in all directions, frantic calls are made as the dead, wounded and dying lie scattered in various positions of agony across the pavement. Help soon arrives in the form of a fire […]

Clovis High, Choices students to walk together

Staff photo: Vanessa Kahin
Stephen Yung, left, and Dustyn Crane at the Clovis High School band hall.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Clovis High School’s class of 2014 — about 422 members strong — will mark more than an end to high school during a commencement ceremony set to take place at 6 p.m. May 23 at the Curry County Events Center. Not that graduating isn’t reason enough to celebrate, but […]

Scavenger hunt sends teams to Portales landmarks

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Molly Glowacki, right, and teammate Wendy Turner read their clues for the scavenger hunt hosted by One Community, which began at Daylight Donuts on Saturday. There were 15 clues which Glowacki and Turner had to find around Portales.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Molly Glowacki and Wendy Turner read the clue. “The neon sign of Portales.” The reference escapes Glowacki, a Clovis resident, while Turner, a secretary at Eastern New Mexico University, tries to think of all the neon signs in Portales. It’s no easy task at high noon, with most neon […]

Furry friends

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The Kirby family welcomes their newest addition, Trenton, after he was adopted through Hope Defined Animal Rescue.

Editor’s note: May is National Pet Month in the U.S. Area families celebrate their furry family members and the benefits they’ve brought to the family. By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com At the end of a long day, Dan Paciello’s stress can be relieved when greeted by his black Labrador Sox. “He’s definitely my best buddy,” said […]

5 questions with former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Kindergarten through sixth graders at Zia Elementary School screamed in delight as their guest visitor was announced Thursday afternoon in the school gymnasium. Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek came to speak to the students about the importance of a good diet and exercise as part of a […]

5 things to know about city code compliance

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Joshua Lucero
Chief Code Compliance Officer Marcus Brice inspects an alley for violations  Wednesday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Weeds, graffiti, and sign placement are just a few of the problems on a Code Compliance Officer’s plate. Code Compliance Officers are responsible for enforcing the city ordinances that ensure public health, safety, and wellness. City of Clovis’ Chief Code Compliance Officer Marcus Brice and his three-officer staff answered […]

From the editor’s desk: Today we remember Rudy Ledezma


Flags are at half-staff today as America honors law-enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. In Clovis, this is the day to remember Rudy Ledezma, just 42 when he suffered a fatal heart attack  on May 28, 1995. Ledezma died while “attempting to stop a suspect wanted for assaulting a police officer the […]

Killer sentenced to life in prison


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Enrique Deleon, 30, of Clovis, to life in prison Wednesday morning. Deleon was convicted in February of two counts first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of his next door neighbors, Clovis couple Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25, in front of their children. […]

Education feature: Class wins grand prize in health contest

Staff photo: Emily Crowe
Teacher Sara Williams, right, with her fifth-grade class Wednesday at Barry Elementary School. She and her students were named grand prize winners of the national Find Your Balance Challenge.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Health and fitness are important at any age, and teacher Sara Williams and her fifth-grade class at Barry Elementary School have proven they take those things very seriously. Williams and her students on Wednesday were named grand prize winners of the Find Your Balance Challenge, a national contest held […]

Grady residents wake up to snow

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Snow covering the ground at JJ Driever’s Grady residence Tuesday morning.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Residents in Grady were surprised to wake up to snow Tuesday morning. Judy Sours, a retired Grady school teacher, saw the snow when she went out her door at 6 a.m. “(The snow) was a gorgeous gift from God.” Sours said. Sours said that the light dusting of snow […]

Military feature: Quality crew chief

U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Levi Rose, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, was nominated for Diamond Sharp because of his work toward personal enrichment and job performance.

Editor’s note: This feature is part of a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp and Hard Charger Award winners. By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Senior Airman Levi Rose, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, has a straightforward […]