Bring on the thunder

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
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 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 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 […]

Farmers’ coop employee rewarded for heroic effort with Thunderbirds flight.


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Today marks a significant moment in the life of Clovis resident Ronnie Marez, a meter reader for Farmers’ Electric Cooperative. As the local “Hometown Hero,” Marez will fly in the plane of one of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who chose him for the honor after he was nominated […]

Aerial acrobats: A look at the Thunderbirds


The Thunderbirds will perform Saturday and Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base’s air show and open house. Here are some facts about the Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. • On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at […]

Military feature: Base conducts mass casualty exercise

U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Ericka Engblom
Two members of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron hose down a simulated aircraft fire during an exercise May 6 at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs With a shout the exercise is set in motion: runners take off in all directions, frantic calls are made as the dead, wounded and dying lie scattered in various positions of agony across the pavement. Help soon arrives in the form of a fire […]

Clovis High, Choices students to walk together

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Stephen Yung, left, and Dustyn Crane at the Clovis High School band hall.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Clovis High School’s class of 2014 — about 422 members strong — will mark more than an end to high school during a commencement ceremony set to take place at 6 p.m. May 23 at the Curry County Events Center. Not that graduating isn’t reason enough to celebrate, but […]

Scavenger hunt sends teams to Portales landmarks

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Molly Glowacki, right, and teammate Wendy Turner read their clues for the scavenger hunt hosted by One Community, which began at Daylight Donuts on Saturday. There were 15 clues which Glowacki and Turner had to find around Portales.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Molly Glowacki and Wendy Turner read the clue. “The neon sign of Portales.” The reference escapes Glowacki, a Clovis resident, while Turner, a secretary at Eastern New Mexico University, tries to think of all the neon signs in Portales. It’s no easy task at high noon, with most neon […]

Furry friends

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The Kirby family welcomes their newest addition, Trenton, after he was adopted through Hope Defined Animal Rescue.

Editor’s note: May is National Pet Month in the U.S. Area families celebrate their furry family members and the benefits they’ve brought to the family. By Christina Calloway At the end of a long day, Dan Paciello’s stress can be relieved when greeted by his black Labrador Sox. “He’s definitely my best buddy,” said […]

5 questions with former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer 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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Joshua Lucero
Chief Code Compliance Officer Marcus Brice inspects an alley for violations  Wednesday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer 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 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

Staff photo: Emily Crowe
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 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 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

U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi
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

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero

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 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 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 […]