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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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

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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

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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 […]

Business feature: Dealership brings store up to date

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lounge - The updated service lounge at Bender Chevrolet with a flatscreen television and updated furniture aimed at improving the customer experience.

Staff report Uniformity is the name of the game, and Bender Chevrolet just completed renovations to bring its store up to date. General Motors has been giving all of its stores makeovers in the U.S. in an effort to bring consistency to its car shopping experience. Bryce Bender, co-owner of the Bender family of dealerships […]

From the editor’s desk: Caretaker shows true love ways

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Cutline: Norman and Vi Petty were close friends with recording studio caretaker Kenneth Broad.

By David Stevens Editor Kenneth Broad’s favorite song from the Norman Petty era was Petty’s 1956 recording of “Almost Paradise.” Did you know it was recorded at the Lyceum Theatre, not in Petty’s studio? Broad’s favorite in-studio recording was Buddy Holly’s “Everyday,” which was the flip side to “Peggy Sue” in its original release. One […]

ENMU graduates prepare to step into job market

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Students from the College of Fine Arts stand as they are recognized during the spring 2014 ENMU graduation ceremony Saturday morning at Greyhound Arena.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com After seven years of school, Judy Crockett is ready to go to work. Getting her master of business administrations, Crockett will be working as a certified public accountant. Crockett graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with 561 students on Saturday at a packed Greyhound Arena. This was the largest […]

Mother passes on legacy of service

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Clovis Police Department Officer Micole Moore and her mother, Chief Master Sgt. Lynette Harshman of Cannon Air Force Base, pose for a photo Wednesday in front of the Clovis Police Department.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com For Micole Moore, serving her community and her country is something she learned from her mother. “I think it comes naturally for us to want to help people,” said Moore, 23, who has been an officer with the Clovis Police Department for just under a year. “I wanted to […]

From the editor’s desk: Only Mom would save the king’s crown


For those who’ve not yet heard enough stories about area mothers: Clovis’ Don Reid remembers his mom as “a special person who was loved by many other than her family.” Dorothy Reid, who owned The Stork Shop in Clovis for 36 years, also was sentimental. “One of the greatest gifts I ever received from my […]

Soldier honored with ‘tiny detail’

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Casper Eurlings said J. Laverne Nicklas deserves to ‘have his correct name on his grave,’ and so he helped make that happen.

By David Stevens Editor Nobody alive today remembers what the J stood for, if it stood for anything. But the man was a war hero and he deserved to be remembered by the proper name. And so last month, thanks to a World War II researcher and a man who regularly visits the American soldiers […]

Miracle $5K putt big help


When Damon Baca hit the best golf shot of his life, his first thought was, “Oh (shoot), it’s short.” But it wasn’t. Baca, a Colorado native and recently retired master sergeant from Cannon Air Force Base, picked up $5,000 for dropping the 50-footer. A Portales resident playing in the Greg Skarda Memorial Tournament in April, […]

5 things to know about youth librarians

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Krissie Carter, Youth Services Librarian at Clovis-Carver Public Library, looks through a children’s book for her reading programs Thursday afternoon.

Youth librarians provide a service for children and teens alike; organizing programs, guiding library tours, and helping children read. Krissie Carter, the Clovis-Carver Public Library Youth Services Librarian, works to keep children and teens interested in reading. Carter recently described five things about the job of a Youth Services Librarian. • Youth librarians deal with […]

Education feature: Graduate finds true calling in nursing


By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com While Morris Sharp III had a good idea that he someday wanted to work in the medical profession, it took him some time to realize that nursing was his true calling. Sharp, who moved to Clovis from Sacramento when he was 2 years old, said he had a rough […]

Military feature: Cannon welcomes first military training leader

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnathon Turner, 551st Special Operations Squadron Military Training Leader, conducts an open ranks inspection with his airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. Turner strives to instill within the non-prior service airmen the importance of embodying the Air Force Core Values in everything they do.

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Molding and mentoring young first-term airmen is no longer a job specific to Basic Military Training, or even technical school. As of early March, Cannon Air Force Base welcomed its first-ever Military Training Leader. Since Staff Sgt. Johnathon Turner, 551st Special Operations Squadron […]

Gunship remembered at dedication ceremony

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Tech. Sgt.  Amber Young of Cannon Air Force Base 43rd Intelligence Squadron sings the National Anthem on Tuesday at the start of the retirement and dedication ceremony for aircraft 69-6572 “Grave Digger” at the base air park.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com It was clear Tuesday afternoon that being a member of a gunship is more than just a job. It’s a culture. And more importantly to those who have served on one, it’s being part of a family. “In my opinion, there’s only two types of people in the Air […]

Business feature: Clovis Cycle and RV celebrates 50 years

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Clovis Cycle and R.V., Inc. owners, Jim Hughes and his wife Barbara, in the store showroom Monday afternoon. Clovis Cycle celebrates 50 years in business this month.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Jim Hughes worked hard for his first scooter and his childhood fascination with them took him from school teaching to running a business. This month, Hughes and his wife Barbara are celebrating 50 years in Clovis as owners of Clovis Cycle and RV. “My dad told me if I […]

Welcome back to the homestead

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Roy Ebihara, left, poses with siblings Mary, Kathy and Bill during an Easter celebration outside their Clovis home in 1941.

By David Stevens Editor Roy Ebihara left his hometown in fear on Jan. 23, 1942. “Awakened from our sleep, we were herded into state patrol cars and rushed out into the darkness,” he wrote in a 2008 essay for “Discover Nikkei,” a website dedicated to Japanese emigrants and their descendants. “I cried and cried myself […]