Student searching for members of Japanese colony from Clovis

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The Ebihara family lived in Clovis from the early 1920s until their forced removal in 1941. The family eventually moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Dr. Roy Ebihara still lives today.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer Several generations after World War II and the forced removal of the members of the Japanese colony from Clovis, many have never heard the stories of the men, women and children who once called eastern New Mexico their home. That is all about to change. Clovis native Adrian Chavez has […]

Stanfield song still touching hearts

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Clovis native Jana Stanfield said "If I Had Only Known" was inspired by an aunt and her grandparents.

“If I had only known “It was my last night by your side “I’d pray a miracle would stop the dawn.” — from “If I Had Only Known,” by Jana Stanfield and Craig Morris Some associate the song with Reba McEntire’s band members killed in a 1991 plane crash near San Diego. McEntire sang it […]

City of Portales trying to find flooding fix

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Hayes Street in Portales remained flooded two days after Monday’s storm. The city’s Planning Department is trying to assess why the flooding has become severe in the past few years.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Residents of one Portales neighborhood call flooding on their street a nuisance, others aren’t complaining much. The city’s Planning Department, however, is trying to figure out what’s causing the lack of drainage. Residents of Hayes Street say the water from a heavy downpour, such as Monday’s storm, which produced more than […]

Fiesta helps bring former member back to church

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Erik Galvan shares his tamale dinner with his son, Thomas, 3, during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta kickoff dinner and talent show Friday evening in Clovis.

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com The 2014 Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta, which kicked off Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, marked a return home after a 20-year hiatus for one Clovis family. It was that long ago when musician and active member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe church Toni Martinez died. Following […]

5 things to know about: Graphic designers

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CCC publications and website coordinator Scott Knauer adjusts a design for a promotional booklet.

By Josh Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com Behind every poster, brochure, logo and sign is a graphic designer who helped make someone’s vision become a reality. Graphic designers use the tools and skills available to them to complete a variety of projects that aid in marketing, communication, and the functionality of various endeavors. Graphic designers from […]

Food bank director says donations down

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Food has been more scarce than it should be for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to executive director MelindaJoy Pattison. Pattison said donations to the local post office food drive totaled 6,000 pounds this year compared to 13,000 pounds in the 2013 drive. “The need for […]

Fiesta church’s biggest fundraiser

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Rey “Alley Oop” Romero of Clovis, a member of Enchanted Memories Car Club, wipes the dust from his 1948 Fleetmaster Coupe during last year’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiesta.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com The Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta this weekend will fulfill a tradition — in more ways than one. This is the first year that event chairwoman Angie Garcia will coordinate the event, set to begin Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. However, this is not the first […]

Longtime educator Jody Balch chosen as superintendent

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com After an hour-and-a-half long executive session during a Clovis Municipal Schools board meeting Tuesday at the CMS administrative building, school board members came to a unanimous decision as to who the new superintendent will be: longtime educator Jody Balch. A contract awarding Balch $145,000 annually over the next two […]

Candidates tackle issues at political forum

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KTQM candidate forum moderator Grant McGee goes over rules before the start of the Tuesday political forum at the station.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Questions ranging from candidate qualifications and their donors to their philosophies on making the offices they seek more efficient populated the KTQM political forum Tuesday night. Held at the KTQM station south of Clovis on the final Tuesday before next week’s primary elections, the two-hour forum drew more than […]

Scout: Project learning experience

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com What was to be a simple city project entailing a flag pole and a few roses has turned into an elaborate Boy Scout project with a flag pole, dedication stone and rose garden, according to Trystan Harpold, 17, of Clovis. Harpold said he approached Clovis City Commissioners about a […]

Military feature: Cannon display takes veteran down memory lane

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Smoak, 318th Special Operations Squadron pilot, stands with his father, Cameron Smoak, an Air Force veteran who crewed the F-111A Aardvark displayed at Cannon Air Force Base during the 1970s, during a visit May 9. The father and son searched for the tail numbers Mr. Smoak was responsible for for years before discovering 66-016 on display at Cannon.

By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Developed in the 1960s, the F-111A Aardvark began its tenure of service with the U.S. Air Force in 1967. In its 31 operational years, the F-111 performed bombing missions in Cambodia and Libya, participated in operations Linebacker and Linebacker II, and was credited with […]

Residents pay respects at Memorial Day service

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com A volley of three shots and “Taps” could be heard as Clovis residents observed Memorial Day Monday morning at Lawn Haven Garden Cemetery. About 150 were in attendance for the hour-long service organized by the Curry County Joint Veterans Council in addition to several residents paying their own respects […]

Officials pleased with air show turnout, reception

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Stephen A. Dyczko of Woodland, Texas watches from a 1959 Beechcraft Twin Bonanza as the Thunderbirds prepare for their aerial display Sunday afternoon.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com A little thunder and rain wasn’t enough to keep air show enthusiasts away Sunday morning as the second and final day of the 2014 Cannon Air Force Base Open House and Air Show kicked off. After a couple of hours of rain and a brief period of thunder, during […]

Eyes on the skies

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The Thunderbirds take to the sky Saturday to start their show at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Awesome seemed to be the word of the day near the flightline on Cannon Air Force Base Saturday afternoon as area children described the experience of climbing into combat aircraft and seeing the Air Force Thunderbirds fly. Saturday was the first of two days for an open house and […]

Long time since we’ve had this much rain

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By David Stevens Editor Joe Frazier was the heavyweight champion of the world. Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were still alive. Dr. Seuss’ “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” was hot off the press. It’s been a long time since we’ve had this much rain — Sept. 16, 1970, to be exact. That’s when the […]

Clovis grads told to leave legacy

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Honors graduate Lindsey Davis hugs Clovis High School principal Wayne Marshall after receiving her diploma at the CHS Graduation Friday night at Curry County Events Center.

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com Commencement speaker and Clovis High School 2014 graduate Danny Borwick presented his class with a challenge that only time — and possibly their death — could complete. “This is a challenge that cannot be completed until you die,” Borwick said to the 419 graduates that gathered for their commencement ceremony Friday […]

Portales class bids congratulations, farewells

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PHS cheerleader Kayleigh Montano, left, takes a selfie with her fellow cheerleader and PHS valedictorian Katie Ledbetter after Friday’s graduation ceremony. Ledbetter also took a selfie on stage during her valedictorian speech and said she was able to get her entire class in the photo.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales High School senior Meghan Urevig repeatedly glanced out at the excited crowd of hundreds Friday night in Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena then back down at her feet, nervously shuffling around. As she stood among her fellow graduating seniors as they lined up to be seated before commencement, she […]

Clovis resident describes Thunderbird flight as ‘ultimate roller coaster ride’

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Ronnie Marez shakes hands with a Thunderbirds maintenance  crew member at the end of his flight.

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com Clovis’ Ronnie Marez was the center of attention early Friday afternoon as members of the Thunderbirds prepped him for his “Hometown Hero” flight, which he earned in conjunction with this weekend’s Cannon Air Fore Base air show for his heroic effort early this year. With the flight still two hours away, […]

Bring on the thunder

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The Air Force Thunderbirds make a grand entrance Thursday afternoon at Cannon Air Force Base  for this weekend’s air show. Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The grin said it all as Maj. Jason Curtis, of the Air Force Thunderbirds, stepped down from his plane. There was no doubting that the 33-year-old pilot loves what he does. “It’s  an extremely humbling experience to be a part of a team that is comprised of such amazing […]

Raintree officials confident they can meet demand

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Raintree Site Manager Janet Romero shows the Raintree Apartments to members of the public during a ribbon cutting event Thursday afternoon to kickoff the opening of the complex in northeast Clovis.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com The apartment complex is not quite there, but the tenants are. Fifty-five leases have been signed, but 36 apartments are available at the new Raintree Luxury Apartment Homes, 2400 E. Llano Estacado Blvd. No worries — the apartment complex, where a ribbon-cutting event was held Thursday is growing to […]