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)

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com 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, […]

Five questions with MercyMe bassist Nathan Cochran

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Nathan Cochran is the bassist for Christian rock band MercyMe, who are performing Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Cochran grew up Columbia, Mo. Earlier this month, the band released its eighth studio album, “Welcome to the New.” Who was your favorite band growing up? That has changed like the seasons for me ha, […]

Five questions with governor candidate Linda Lopez

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Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Bernalillo, is one of five Democratic candidates seeking to displace Gov. Susana Martinez in November. The others are Gary King, Howie Morales, Lawrence Rael and Alan Webber. The Clovis News Journal asked Lopez five questions Friday afternoon. What do you feel will be the greatest challenge facing New Mexico in the next […]

Cancer survivor makes trek to Clovis for Relay

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Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Chris Martin’s family hails from Jasper, Tenn., but not even distance will stop them from celebrating life and joining the fight against cancer here in Clovis. A staff sergeant who works in air traffic control at Cannon Air Force Base, Martin is heading up the 27 Special Operations Support Squadron […]

Prosecution will seek lesser murder charge

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By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com The prosecution amended Ricardo “Rico” Sena’s first-degree murder charge to second-degree on Friday, after failing to establish two key points during four days of testimony. According to Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover, first-degree murder is when someone plans to kill someone. Second degree-murder, he said, is an intentional act to harm […]

Cancer battles forged friendship among vets

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Cancer survivor Grayson Boerio, 2, dances with his aunt, Kaitlan Massey, during the 2014 Portales Relay for Life event Friday night at Greyhound Arena.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Old friends Harold Goodrich and Dennis Darrow sat side-by-side Friday night in a row of chairs that rimmed the top of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena wearing matching purple shirts. While the two caught up, leaning in to share a few words over the rhythmic pop music blaring through […]

26th Special Tactics Squadron activated at base

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The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard presents colors Thursday at the start of an assumption of command ceremony for the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com A new squadron at Cannon Air Force Base made a memorable entrance Thursday morning near a base hangar. The 26th Special Tactics Squadron — the first special tactics squadron to call Cannon Air Force Base home — parachuted from an MC-130J Commando II into its own activation ceremony. The […]

No regrets: Clovis mom feels having two children with autism ‘a blessing’

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Mary Ann Winters plays with her sons, Stephen Winters Jr., 7, and Nathan Martinez, 5, both diagnosed with autism, Wednesday afternoon in their Prince Street home.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com When he was a toddler, Nathan Winters, now 5, began exhibiting mild developmental delays. He was initially enrolled in therapy for children with developmental disabilities. His mother, Mary Ann Winters, was referred to specialists in Albuquerque, who made a trip to Clovis to test Nathan for autism. The process […]

Forensic pathologist: Victim stabbed in heart

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Forensic pathologist Lori Proe testified Wednesday that Devin Saiz died from a single stab wound that pierced a portion of the Clovis teen’s  heart. Proe was one of nine witnesses to testify on the third day of Ricardo “Rico” Sena’s murder trial at the Curry County Courthouse. Sena, 27, […]

Perla Batalla performs at Marshall Auditorium

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International singer Perla Batalla will perform May 4 at Marshall Auditorium as part of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. Tickets are available at CCC cashier’s window and Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce.

Staff report If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early, Clovis Community College has a concert for you. Grammy-nominated world vocalist Perla Batalla will perform as part of the college’s Cultural Arts Series May 4 at Marshall Auditorium. Batalla will return to Clovis to perform classic and original material […]

Defense: Suspect was protecting his sister

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Marisa Martinez, left, uses a laser to point to an aerial photo of the intersection of 14th and Reid streets in court on Tuesday as she tells District Attorney Brian Stover where cars were parked the night of Devin Saiz death.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said Ricardo “Rico” Sena was merely attempting to protect his younger sister when a fight broke out during a party at a house on the corner of 14th and Reid streets in Clovis. The prosecution countered during Tuesday’s opening arguments of Sena’s murder trial that […]

Military feature: Airman recognized for superb support

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daisey Whittaker, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron command support staff, was a Diamond Sharp Award recipient for the month of April and was recognized for her hard work, commitment to core values and achievements.

Editor’s note: This feature is the third in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The highlighted airmen are recent Diamond Sharp and Hard Charger Award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where select Air Commandos are recognized by wing leadership and respective first sergeants for their hard work, commitment to core values […]

Call-in bidding returns to KENW auction

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These are a few of the items to be auctioned this week during KENW-TV’s annual auction. The live, call-in bidding begins tonight at 7.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For Clyde Powell, the annual KENW-TV Auction has always been about raising money for the local public television station. The live call-in bidding part of the auction, that was about fun. The retired director of instructional television for Eastern New Mexico University and KENW participated in the first ever […]

Girl scout troop outsells state in cookies

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Local Girl Scout Troop 267 sold more cookies than any other troop in the state. At their Monday meeting at Hillcrest Park, the girls decided to donate a portion of their sales to the local animal shelter and food bank.

Editor’s note: According to Girl Scout officials, Girl Scouts are not allowed to share their last names with the media By Emily Crowe STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com It’s hard to resist a box of Thin Mints, Tagalongs or Samoas when the Girl Scouts come knocking each spring, and one local troop proved their top-notch cookie-selling prowess […]

Celebrating our planet

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Celebrating Mother Earth has been an American pastime since 1970, and this year eastern New Mexicans have several options to get in on the environmental action. Earth Day will officially be recognized Tuesday, but students at Eastern New Mexico University can start celebrating Monday with the Recycle Rally, which encourages students […]

5 things to know about … umpiring softball

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Umpire Kirk Marcum calls a player safe at home Wednesday night during a Clovis Softball Association game at Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Being a softball umpire is more than  making calls on the field and wearing a uniform. Here are five things to know about being an umpire from Clovis Umpires Association Umpire in Chief, Troy Hannond, and three-year umpire, Stevon O’Neal. • Umpires have to work three to four games […]

Education feature: Program promotes critical thinking

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Yucca Middle School Tech Lab teacher John Mead, standing, works with seventh graders Adrian Sanchez, left, and Cyle Poppen while they learn a module about wind tunnels.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Harcrow had never thought much about engineering before she enrolled in the Tech 1 class at Gattis Middle School. Now the eighth grader is building circuits, constructing suspension bridges on the computer and even considering engineering as a field she would like to pursue in the future. The technology […]