All six contested primary races won decisively


Staff report Anybody expecting a close race in Curry County’s primary election received quite a disappointment Tuesday night. Of the six contested primary races, all but one winning candidate garnered at least 65 percent of the vote. In five of those six races, there is no candidate from the opposing party in the Nov. 4 […]

Military feature: The art of storytelling — Public Affairs specialists

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
U.S Air Force Senior Airman Eboni Reece, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, captures images of aircraft taking off on the flightline Jan. 16 at Cannon Air Force Base. Reece, originally trained as a still photographer, has captured thousands of images during her tenure at Cannon.

By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Photography has been my first love ever since I was 15 years old and got my hands on my father’s manual SLR camera. Many years later, I still find myself fascinated and consumed by the world of “writing with light,” telling an entire story […]

Business feature: Barber defines career on razor’s edge

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Ariel Garcia, owner of The Razor Barber Lounge, cuts the hair of Gabriel Sosa Monday afternoon at the Prince Street shop. Garcia won first place in the Duplicate category of the National Barber Competition in Albuquerque.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer The fine line between hairstylist and barber and winning an award and going home empty-handed can be drawn with the slight twist of a razor. Ariel Garcia, owner of the Razor Barber Lounge, has defined his career on this fine line. “I want the shop to be known for […]

From the editor’s desk: At least one woman sheriff in New Mexico history

Linnie Thomas was Curry County sheriff from April 11, 1938, until Jan. 1, 1939.

Jack Levick, executive director of the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, says his research has found no woman has ever been elected sheriff in the state. That could change this year with females in De Baca and Taos counties on Democratic ballots today. But New Mexico has had at least one woman sheriff in its history. […]

One hurt in blaze

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Firefighters battle a blaze that erupted Monday afternoon on the 2500 block of Wallace Street.

Staff report The Clovis Fire Department responded to a house fire Monday afternoon on the 2500 block of Wallace Street. Battalion Chief Dale Hand said the cause of the fire — which began in the living room of the home, towards the front of the house — is still under investigation. No other homes were […]

Long love affair

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Aircraft mechanic and inventor Robert Love explains the work that he is doing on a 1947 Stinson airplane at the Portales Municipal Airport. Love will be putting in the engine and the interior of plane.

After living 80 years, local aircraft mechanic and church deacon Robert Love hasn’t stopped doing what he loves. The former Air Force mechanic and inventor owns and operates an aircraft maintenance company called Love Aero Service, which he established in 1963 after moving to the area with his wife Lu. Love has made a lasting […]

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

Courtesy photo: Bob Townsend
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 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

Staff photo: Vanessa Kahin
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 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 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


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer 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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Tony Bullocks 
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 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


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer 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 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


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer 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

U.S. Air Force photo: Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz
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


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer 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 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 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 […]