Aircraft damaged during training flight at CAFB


— 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


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


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

Courtesy photo Chuck Tipton

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


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer 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


— 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


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer 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 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 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 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 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 […]

Jail-release program may get second look


By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor At least one Curry County commissioner wants to take a second look at a jail-release program that has placed just one inmate in the past seven months. The only other inmate who qualified for the electronically monitored ankle bracelet release program was disqualified after family members refused to […]

Finals are family affair


By Kevin Baird Samantha Hamilton, 6, competed in her first rodeo this week, at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association, the very rodeo her grandfather helped found. Dwayne Ridley, 73, is one of five men who began the HPJRA in 1974. Although he is retired from rodeo he spends a lot of time in […]

Report card seen as mixed bag


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers sees some bright spots in the school district’s letter grades given by the state last week. But he also sees room for major improvement. Among the 16 Clovis schools that received letter grades, three received higher grades, six remained the same and […]

Moo-ving display


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Molly the Jersey cow rolled into Clovis Tuesday morning along with her handler Cody Lightfoot as part of Southwest Dairy Farmers’s Mobile Dairy Classroom program. The mobile classroom was parked at the Clovis-Carver Library to teach area children about the importance of drinking milk and the process milk […]

County mulls two land offers

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Acreage near the city landfill that the city of Clovis has made available for use by the county for a new jail. Pending approval from the Clovis City Commission, Mayor David Lansford said the 15 acres would be handled as a government-to-government transfer with no cost.

Deal with city or CIDC pending commission, voter approval By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER Curry County is negotiating with the city of Clovis and the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. over separate pieces of property for locating a new jail, County Manager Lance Pyle said on Tuesday. Both properties are on East Brady Avenue, […]

Jail design selected


By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER Curry County Commissioners on Tuesday approved 4-0 of jail “Plan C,” one of three design options and the one recommended by County Manager Lance Pyle, interim jail administrator Tori Sandoval and Sheriff Matt Murray. An Aug. 6 election has been called, asking voters whether to issue $9.88 million […]

Burst pipe floods City Hall

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The heaviest damage taken during a pipe burst at Clovis’ City Hall took place at Municipal Court. The leak was fortuitously discovered Sunday evening by a municipal court employee, who was only in the office to prepare things for an out-of-town training exercise.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Clovis City Hall experienced extensive flooding Sunday due to a burst pipe in the building, according to a city press release. City Manager Joe Thomas said the flooding was first noticed by a municipal court employee who was in the office Sunday. “She called me and I came […]

Sidewalk sale draws shoppers

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Brandi Windham of Clovis, manager of Tumbleweed Alley on Main Street, places a helmet on a display rack Saturday to sell during the Main Street sale event.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer After 17 years working in education, Mychelle Simms decided to try her hand at small business ownership. Simms owns Mia’s Clothing Store in downtown Clovis, and was one of the many vendors who had items out on display during the summer sidewalk sale held on Main Street Saturday. […]

County manager: Jail plan costs exceed bond

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Design, construction, and equipment for the proposed county jail will cost more than the $9.88 million that the jail bond will generate, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle said the county will have at least two options for financing the jail beyond funds the jail bond will […]