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 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 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 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 […]

Family bands together in cancer battle

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Both Tony and Theresa Cordova, Renee Cordova’s aunt and uncle, are battling cancer. More than 28 members of their family will gather at Relay for Life May 9.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer The Cordova family knows what it means to be affected by cancer, and they’re doing everything they can to help fight the disease. During this year’s Relay for Life of Clovis/Curry County, 28 members of the family will get to spend time together while raising money for the American […]

Governor candidate talks education, economy

Howie Morales

State Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City is a candidate in this year’s gubernatorial race. He is one of five Democrats seeking the highest political position in New Mexico. The other Democrats Morales faces in the June primary are Gary King, Lawrence Rael, Linda Lopez and Alan Webber. A state senator since 2008, Morales visited […]

Courthouse cleared for cleaning


By Christina Calloway Roosevelt County employees were putting their paperwork in boxes and packing desk knickknacks Friday, chased from the county courthouse by the discovery of mold throughout the 76-year-old building. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene said county administration has decided to proceed with remediation, or a thorough cleaning, of the courthouse next week to […]

Sisters share wedding day

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Sisters Katelyn Aulson, left, and Emily Aulson set up the Under Ground Embassy for their wedding reception to be held there on Sunday.

By Emily Crowe Sisters Katelyn and Emily Aulson have been extremely close their entire lives. Both born and raised in Clovis and both labor and delivery nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center, the sisters got engaged just one month apart and will get married Sunday in a double wedding ceremony. “To me, there would […]

5 things to know about: County IT guys

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Aaron Jones, information technology director for Curry County, examines paperwork Thursday 
afternoon in  his office.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer In today’s ever-changing world of technology, Information Technology specialists are constantly dealing with the hardware and software that process, store, and transmit information for companies, schools, and governments all over the world. Curry County IT director Aaron Jones and technology specialist Cedrick Rael answered a few questions about the […]

Common ground sought on new standards

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David Van Wettering, Portales  assistant superintendent of instruction, answers 
questions about Common  Core State Standards during the town hall meeting Wednesday night at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer Nearly 150 educators, parents and community members gathered at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista Wednesday for a town hall meeting on Common Core State Standards that was hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The town hall was one of six meetings statewide meant to provide information […]

Charity effort far-reaching

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Joni Anthony of Clovis returns a hug from Abraham Dunor, 9, after he received his personalized towel Friday afternoon at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER Joni Anthony stitched together her latest charitable effort through cyberspace. When the Clovis resident sought to learn how to use an embroidery machine she’d bought for herself, she found the lessons she needed on YouTube. When she wanted even more information, she joined online groups Sweet Stitches of Love […]

Official: Job fair attendance nearly doubles

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Kelly Schaf, a personal trainer from Portales, speaks with Patty Vaughn, human resources officer for the non-appropriated funds office at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Job Fair the Clovis Civic Center job fair. Schaf, who just finished her work for a doctorate in veterinary science, said she was looking for anything in regards to a job.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer For Clovis native Emily Anaya, Tuesday’s job fair at the Clovis Civic Center was more than an opportunity to rub elbows with representatives from big companies, educational programs and a bustling Air Force base. After years of having several jobs, for Anaya, the job fair meant a first step […]

Military feature: Air Force Academy cadets visit Cannon

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Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., listen to a subject matter expert from the 16th Special Operations Squadron give a briefing on the AC-130H Spectre gunship. The cadets spent four days at Cannon touring base facilities and familiarizing themselves with the Air Force Special Operations Command mission.

By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., visited Cannon Air Force Base for four days beginning April 10. A little more than 400 miles away at the USAF Academy, lieutenants for the Air Force and future leaders for this nation are […]

Ricardo Sena found guilty of voluntary manslaughter (updated)

Ricardo Sena

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer A Curry County jury found Ricardo “Rico” Sena, 27, guilty of voluntary manslaughter Tuesday in the 2013 stabbing death of 17-year-old Devin Saiz. After deliberating for more than four hours, the jury picked the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter over second-degree murder. Sena stabbed Saiz in the chest during […]

Trees fall to high winds

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Gabriel Rios, 28, begins cutting through a fallen tree on Plains Street Monday afternoon after gusts pushed the tree over earlier in the morning.

Staff report Dustin Handley spent part of Monday afternoon removing debris from a tree knocked down at his Colonial Parkway home by a powerful windstorm Sunday packing gusts as high as 61 mph. Handley said he was hanging out inside Sunday afternoon when he heard the tree fall. Clovis experienced sustained winds of 28 to […]

Higher prices mean beef off menu for some residents

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Rising beef prices are changing the buying habits of shoppers at local markets.

By Joshua Lucero and Rick White Staff writers Retired school teacher Joyce Pollard said her shopping choices have changed to compensate for the rises in the price of beef, which are the highest in almost three decades. “You kind of have to do a replacement with the beef,” Pollard said. “So you do turkey, chicken, […]