Water, water everywhere

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The portion of First Street west of Main was one of several small areas of road closed off by the city due to flooding from rains that began Tuesday night and continued through Wednesday.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Wednesday’s thunderstorms in the Clovis/Portales area brought a flood advisory warning and the most rain seen in eight months. According to Russell Danielson of the National Weather Service of Albuquerque, Clovis’ rainfall since the beginning of the week reached 2.76 inches — with the amount growing during the time […]

Free fishing day set for Saturday

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Local residents will have the opportunity to fish in public waters throughout the state without a license on Saturday. The day of “free fishing” held by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish allows those without a license to fish.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com On Saturday, residents will be able to enjoy a day of fishing with their families without the requirement of a fishing license. According to a press release by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the day of “free fishing” is being held to celebrate National Boating and […]

Speakers honor memories of fallen

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From left, Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard members Taylor Ogle, Pablo Marsiglia and Cody Cobb stand at attention as Julian Brogan salutes during Monday’s Memorial Day service at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Cobb is an Airman First Class, while the other three are senior airmen.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com With a semi-circle of flags at half-mast to the west, and a field of graves marked with American flags to the east, Clovis residents spent Monday morning honoring the fallen and the families they left behind. Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens was host to a brief, but solemn, ceremony to […]

Estimated 30,000 attend two-day air show

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Jonathan Jones and his daughter, 7-year-old Jayliana Jones, watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds overhead during the Cannon Air Force Base Air Show Sunday. The Thunderbirds flew an hour early due to inclement weather approaching, but the family enjoyed the show nonetheless.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The weather might have had the final say on the schedule, but organizers for the 2016 Cannon Air Force Base Air Show couldn’t have been happier with everything else. Capt. Jonathan Welch served as ground boss, one of three commanders for the show along […]

Snow cone business booming

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Snowy Joey co-owner Tanner Faith adds flavor to a snow cone for a customer.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com With temperatures on the rise, snow cone and shaved ice operations are at full blast — and new vendors are popping up in the area. For some local vendors, selling the frozen treats is merely a temporary summer job. For others, it’s a permanent year-round business. Recently opening in […]

Thunderbirds soar at air show

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The Thunderbirds soar at Saturday’s air show at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure more than a decade ago, one of the key arguments that saved it was Eastern New Mexico’s open skies and ideal flying conditions. Saturday was no exception, as the home of the 27th Special Operations […]

Hometown Hero gets flight of lifetime

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Thunderbird pilot Maj. Scott Petz and hometown hero Ty Gonser are greeted Friday at Cannon Air Force Base by members of the Thunderbirds ground crew after a orientation flight.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Ty Gonser didn’t expect any type of reward when he freed motorists from Winter Storm Goliath’s snow drifts. He just thought it was the right thing to do. The unassuming Clovis resident got his latest reward Friday morning, as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds briefly freed him from gravity. […]

Former Zia student comes back as Thunderbird

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Lead Solo pilot Capt. Nicholas Eberling receives a high-five from Kynlee Ulibarri, 3, of Clovis, after addressing a group at the Clovis-Carver Library on Friday.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com This weekend’s Cannon Air Force Base Air Show represents a homecoming of sorts for one of the Air Force’s Thunderbird pilots, who proudly sports Clovis ties and even worked as a volunteer during a previous Cannon show featuring the renown flight team. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Eberling attended Zia […]

Thunderbirds arrive at Cannon

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The Thunderbirds fly in formation upon their arrival at Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com One distinct sound. One distinct look. One distinct bond. The Thunderbirds, the most distinct of the Air Force’s many distinctions, made their arrival Thursday afternoon with a noise that pierced the calm skies above eastern New Mexico and left smoke trails on a day with little cloud cover as […]

Remembering the force behind St. James church

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Ross Calvin, left, stands beside his 5-year-old grandson, Charles Calvin, in the doorway of St. James Episcopal Church in 1953.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com St. James Episcopal Church in Clovis was built almost 75 years ago. The man behind its construction may have been largely forgotten, but an admirer of his work is looking to bring back his memory. In “Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the American Southwest,” author Ron Hamm of Silver City […]

Purple pipe proliferation part of water reuse project

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Purple pipe is being installed in several locations throughout Clovis as part of the city’s water reuse project, which is used to irrigate athletic fields and other green areas.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Motorists traveling south of Clovis Community College, particularly in the area of Sixth and Norris Streets or near Rierson Park, would be hard-pressed to miss the purple pipes. Clovis Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the effort is part of a city water reuse project undertaken roughly two years […]

Ariel falls short of finals

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Ariel Kokoricha flashes a smile onstage at the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee before correctly spelling her first word of the preliminaries, “dactylic.”

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Ariel Kokoricha just missed the finals, but she gave people something to buzz about at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday. The Clovis Christian Schools eighth-grader and five-time local champ breezed through the two onstage rounds of preliminaries. Ariel, a two-time New Mexico representative, spelled “dactylic” (a form […]

Ariel starts bee preliminaries

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Ariel Kokoricha sits in the Scripps National Spelling Bee testing room as she gets ready to take the Preliminaries Test.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The first day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Ariel Kokoricha felt “sundry” emotions — an official bee word she came across on Tuesday. The word, according to the bee’s Preliminaries Test, means “more than one or two: miscellaneous, several.” Ariel and 284 other spellers attempted to identify the […]

Ariel goes to Washington


By Brooke Finch Staff photo bfinch@cnjonline.com People are about three times more likely to be struck by lightning than to compete in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, according to Time magazine. This was the statistic Ariel Kokoricha, now a two-time national bee competitor, heard at the opening events held Monday before the […]

Roller world owners retiring

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Skaters at Roller World celebrate at a New Year’s Eve party in 1989. The 36-year-old business was recently sold to new owners.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The new owners of Roller World have some big shoes — or in this case, skates — to fill. After 36 years, former Roller World owners Ron and Teresa Johnson have left the skating rink business at 1721 Wallace St. With their kids grown and a 7-month-old granddaughter to […]

Something to brag about

Ariel Kokoricha, left, and Christina Benitscheck

By Brooke Finch Staff report bfinch@cnjonline.com Christina Benitscheck never gets tired of confirming the correct spelling of her name. “I think that’s how I became such a good speller … having to spell out my name all those years,” she said, laughing. Benitscheck is one of the best spellers in eastern New Mexico history,  as […]

Clovis grads step into future

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Members of the Clovis High School class of 2016 await the start of commencement Friday night at the Curry County Events Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Focus upon the past, present, future and challenges took center stage before a near capacity crowd at Friday’s 2016 Clovis High School graduation ceremony at the Curry County Events Center. About 420 seniors made up the graduating class. Four student speakers offered thoughts in looking back, surveying today’s landscape, […]

Cannon air show making return

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The Thunderbirds performed at Cannon Air Force Base in 2014 and are scheduled to highlight the 2016 air show next weekend.

Staff report Look up in the sky next weekend and you’ll see: • aerial vehicles without people on board; • planes with some of the more gifted pilots in the world at the controls. Cannon Air Force Base’s 2016 air show, its first since 2014, opens its gates at 9 a.m. on Saturday and next […]

ENMU, CCC host Kids’ College

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The Kids’ College program will be offered at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College starting June 6, and both will last for six weeks. Classes and activities offered will include swimming, science projects and other physical activities, according to Ciara Gilliland, coordinator of dual enrollment and continuing education at ENMU.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Area children will once again have the opportunity to be occupied with activities, both educational and recreational, as Kids’ College comes to local college campuses. Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will hold its Kids’ College from June 6-July 29 with participants 6-12 years old. Children will be able […]

Forecast brightening for residents, farmers

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Clovis’ rainfall is expected to clear up next week, while local farmers hope for more.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After several days of gloomy weather, Clovis residents can expect to see their days brighten up soon — and for that matter, so can local farmers. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, the Clovis area has had anywhere from a half inch to one inch of precipitation […]