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 […]

Chairman: Dry may actually be state’s norm

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The chairman of a newly formed state drought subcommittee says a study showing decades-long droughts in New Mexico is an eye-opener. Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Dona Ana County was referring to a precipitation study of the last 2,000 years based on tree rings that showed there was a […]

CAFB to receive privatized housing

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— CNJ staff A deal plagued by delays between the Air Force and a civilian contractor to privatize housing at Cannon Air Force Base will go into effect Aug. 1, according to a press release from three members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation. Under the plan, Balfour Beatty Communities will renovate 361 homes, demolish 402 […]

Cannon command changes

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Brig. Gen. Buck Elton is trading New Mexico sunsets for the Sunshine State, but before he ended his leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing on Tuesday, he was praised for his legacy at Cannon Air Force Base, which included his leadership over the Air Force’s largest military […]

CMS to provide free breakfast to every student

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools will provide free breakfast for every student in the district thanks to a pilot program unanimously approved by the CMS Board of Education during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. The district will use surplus money generated within the food program — between $180,000 and $200,000 […]

Federal judge rejects couple’s apology letter

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com JULY 22, 2013 A federal judge who ruled a Clovis couple must write a letter of apology as part of sentencing for bilking the Air Force out of $3.2 million has rejected a submitted draft, and told the couple to do it correctly or prepare for federal prison, […]

Celebration of culture

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The Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers of Albuquerque perform a weave dance Saturday at the 22nd Annual Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair at Hillcrest Park.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Hillcrest Park was alive with sounds, smells and sights from around the globe Saturday when Clovis celebrated its 22nd annual Ethnic Fair. Several walks of life were represented as area residents celebrated the culture and heritage of those in our region. The Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers from Albuquerque […]

Area facing doctor shortage

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Dr. Kimberly McGill of Clovis and ob/gyn at La Casa Family Health Center reviews a patient’s record Thursday at the La Casa Family Health Center in Clovis. McGill has been working for La Casa Family Health Center for two years.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico is facing a shortage of doctors and dentists that one local health care provider says will only get worse. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has designated Curry County as a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area, meaning there are 3,500 or more people […]