Military feature: Airman has passion for bodybuilding

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Thomas Canada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of training, works out March 26, 2014 at the fitness center at Cannon Air Force Base. Canada stays active while stationed at Cannon by entering bodybuilding competitions within the state of New Mexico.

By Xavier Lockley 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs News of a heart murmur is all it took for Tech. Sgt. Thomas Canada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of training, to make the decision to get into better shape. “I used to be that guy who did the required physical training and […]

Storm spotting class on offer


Thunderstorm season is fast approaching across eastern New Mexico and the city of Clovis is working with the National Weather Service to train storm spotters Thursday at Clovis City Hall. The training will teach participants the fundamentals of storm spotting according to the National Weather Service website. The NWS class certifies severe weather spotters to […]

Plateau announces plans for gigabit Internet service

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According to Plateau Telecommunications officials, a fiber optic gigabit connection is 100 times faster than the average megabit Internet connection used by most Americans.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer The wait time for that YouTube video or Facebook page to load may soon be reduced for Plateau Telecommunications customers. Plateau recently announced plans for Gigabit Clovis, which will offer gigabit Internet service to residential customers as early as this summer. According to Plateau officials, a fiber optic gigabit […]

Weather forecast calls for … almost anything


By David Stevens Editor Yes, that was snow Monday morning — up to 1/2 inch in places around the region — and this is the middle of April. But the natives were hardly surprised. Longtime residents of the High Plains have gone trick-or-treating and Easter-egg hunting in the snow more than once. And we’ve spent […]

Dogs join cancer fight

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Becky Taylor, left, and Nancy Torres let their dogs Mya and Kingston get acquainted Saturday afternoon during Bark for Life at Hillcrest park.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer It’s not every day that dogs get to join the fight against cancer, but Saturday’s second annual Bark for Life event organized by the American Cancer Society at Hillcrest Park did just that. Dogs and their owners participated in events throughout the day, including a walk for owners and their […]

Five questions with: Roy Uyematsu

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Roy Uyematsu of Clovis poses Saturday with one of his telescopes at his home. Uyematsu said he will observing the eclipse that will starts on Monday night starting at 11 p.m.

The first of four eclipses visible this year in North America — two lunar and two solar — will occur early Tuesday morning. For nearly an hour and a half, the moon will be dimmed and possibly appearing a copper color because of sunlight bent by the atmosphere. The total eclipse begins around 1 a.m. […]

Resident says memories of dad will be with her always

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Connie Belcher with her father, William Breech.

William Creech died March 15, 2012. Clovis’ Connie Belcher has been thinking a lot about her dad lately. She tells about their relationship better than I ever could. “I am an Air Force brat and grew up on military bases around the country,” she wrote in an email. “We settled in Clovis during my junior […]

Tax system far from perfect, residents say

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According to the IRS, 90 percent of filers either pay a tax preparer or use computer software to help them fill out their returns.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER With the tax filing deadline looming next week, a few city residents ay there is room for change in the current federal tax system. Brenda Richardson, 47, a wellness behavior management specialist, said there should be more tax credits for single parents who don’t receive child support. Richardson, a […]

Good neighbor, good songwriter


Clovis News Journal Editor You know his song: “Well I saw the thing comin’ out of the sky “It had one long horn, one big eye “I commenced to shakin’ and I said ‘ooh-iee’ “Looks like a purple people eater to me.” But did you know the “Purple People Eater” songwriter had close ties to […]

Friends: Cowboy loved bull riding

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Hadley Howe, a roper for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, speaks about the passing of teammate Irvying Urquijo during a prayer vigil Wednesday on  the ENMU campus.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Irvyng Urquijo’s chosen sport was fraught with danger and he knew it, an Eastern New Mexico University rodeo teammate said as about 200 mourners gathered Wednesday for a prayer vigil around the fountain at the heart of the campus. Urquijo, 20, died Tuesday after a bull stepped on his […]

Official: Dairy outlook may be getting brighter


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Curry County dairyman Albin Smith said there were many days over the last four years when he wasn’t sure his business was going to make it. Smith, the owner of Curry County dairies SAS and Arrowhead, said trying to bounce back from four years of decline has not and […]

Protesters march for immigration reform

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Somos Clovis’ Rosa Lopez recites a chant with protestors as they march around the Curry County Court House Saturday afternoon.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer A system that, for some, puts undocumented immigrants on a fast-track to deportation was at the heart of a protest Saturday afternoon in Clovis. Organized by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a statewide civil rights initiative, the event brought out about 100 protesters. The protest was one of many across […]

Study: More jobs than workers through 2020

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Regional utility industries are anticipating a large number of retirements to take place in their industry within the next few years.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer The U.S. economy will have 55 million job openings through 2020 and not enough workers to fill them, according to a 2013 study by Georgetown University based out of Washington, D.C. According to the study, over the course of the next several years, the U.S. will see 24 million […]

In tribute: Resident driving force behind Golden Gloves boxing


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Chuck Haas served in the military for 23 years, suiting up for the Navy, Army Air Corps and Air Force. But most of Clovis will remember him for helping hundreds of youngsters lace up boxing gloves and learn to think for themselves. Haas, one of Clovis’ biggest advocates for […]

Texas governor candidate Wendy Davis remembers Muleshoe at awards banquet


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer DUMAS, Texas — As a child, Wendy Davis spent summers in Muleshoe with her grandparents, and got her driving lessons on a small farm road leading to Littlefield. Now, Davis is traveling farm roads, state roads and interstates across Texas hoping they lead her to Austin for a four-year […]

Clovis fire chief retires


By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER Retiring Fire Chief Ray Westerman favors one word when it comes to describing the changes made to the Clovis Fire Department during his 39-year run: Expansion. Westerman, too, has come a long way from the 18-year-old recent high school graduate who joined the department Jan. 16, 1975; his life […]

Columnist leads complicated life


By David Stevens Editor Everybody knows Wendel Sloan. He’s director of media relations at Eastern New Mexico University, commissioner of the college’s noon-time hoops league and a Sunday columnist for this newspaper. I’ve known Sloan for 20 years. We used to get in trouble together writing columns for the Amarillo newspaper. But does anyone really […]

Latin Comedy Jam comedian not afraid of silence


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer At 17 years old, Dillon Garcia was the youngest comedian on Comedy Central when he took the stage on the show “Stand Up Revolution.” Now 22, the Whittier, Calif., native is part of the Latin Comedy Jam tour, which stops in eastern New Mexico on Saturday with a performance […]

Wife in suspected murder plot says her husband ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’

Cody Guss is being held in undisclosed location

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer Kristi Guss said she is praying her husband can come home soon. She does not believe he tried to hire someone to kill her, as alleged in federal court documents. Cody Guss, 36, is in the custody of U.S. marshals who have declined to reveal his exact whereabouts. Officials […]

Sunland sale complete

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Officials with Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods, the new owner of defunct Sunland Inc., said in court proceedings they intend to reopen the peanut butter plant and plan to start producing peanut butter soon.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer The deal is done; Bankruptcy Trustee Clarke Coll confirmed Tuesday the sale of Sunland Inc. to Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods is complete. Golden Boy Foods, the high bidder at $26 million in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court auction for the defunct peanut processor, has plans to reopen the […]