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Military feature: Air Commando wins big

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott Langguth, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller, is presented with a $1,000 AAFES gift card, June 18 during a brief prize presentation at the Base Exchange at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs One lucky Air Commando at Cannon Air Force Base walked away with a sizable cash reward courtesy of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service June 18. Staff Sgt. Scott Langguth, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller, received a great start […]

Temperature hits triple digits for first time in year


Staff report The temperature hit triple digits Monday for the first time in 2014. In fact, Saturday through Monday were the three most consecutive hottest days, according to Meteorologist Steve Travis said it wasn’t a record-breaker. Travis said relief from Monday’s 100-degree heat is on its way. A cold front will be blowing cooler […]

Texting ban goes into effect today


By Christina Calloway Senior writer If you didn’t know about the texting while driving ban going into effect today in New Mexico, you have about two to three weeks to get accustomed before the Clovis police start cracking down. Sgt. Daron Roach with the Clovis Police Department said that’s about the amount of time […]

Business feature: Schools, dairies team up on education


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Educational programs are not keeping pace with the growing dairy business in the Southwest, according to Michael Tomaszewski, professor of dairy management at Texas A&M University. Tomaszewski is one of the coordinators of the recently completed U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium held in conjunction with Clovis Community College. […]

Chamber still seeking fireworks donations

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Funds are still needed for this year’s Smoke on the Water fireworks show, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer There’s still more than $10,000 to go for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce to reach its fundraising goals for the 2014 Smoke on the Water celebration to be held July 4. Courtney Bailey, a chamber of commerce public relations representative, said funds for the annual Fourth of July […]

MainStreet program seeking volunteers


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Where have all the flowers gone? This is what several business owners in downtown Clovis want to know. A few years ago, Clovis MainStreet offered downtown businesses large, handmade pots to be filled with flowers. Purchased through a grant, the pots — about 30 total — were offered to […]

In tribute: Resident ‘grew up singing’

Johnathan Dawson

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Those who heard him sing say his voice was a gift; a gift he used to deliver messages of love, peace and ultimate salvation. It could be said that the “best place,” according to Johnathan Raydale Dawson, was reflected in his music. “He always said heaven was the best […]

Event geared toward car lovers


By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER What began as a casual conversation between two friends — the Draggin’ Main and Gearhead Gathering — has bloomed into a full blown event in which 200-plus people are expected to attend from as far as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to its organizers. Gene Porter, owner of the Glass Doctor […]

Fort Sumner’s town greeter a standard for us all


By David Stevens Editor When the fire alarm sounded, Tommy Mares Jr. would put down his Coke — he could often be found drinking a Coke and chatting with friends at Fort Sumner’s Addison Drug — and rush out into the street. “He was usually dressed in a reflective, orange vest,” said Juan Chavez, one […]

Lacing up the gloves

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Jesus Varela, 16, works on his defense during a “shadow boxing” drill Wednesday at Roy Walker Recreation Center. Varela is scheduled to for his fourth fight Saturday.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER The bell is set to go off Saturday afternoon at Roy Walker, with Nexstar Boxing stepping into the ring. About four or five fighters from Clovis will be part of a 21-fight exhibition Saturday afternoon at Roy Walker Recreation Center starting at 2 p.m. with estimates of three hours […]

Board approves new superintendent’s contract


Staff report Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education members approved the two-year contract Tuesday for new Superintendent Jody Balch. Balch said the contract will take effect July 1 and includes an annual salary of $145,000. Balch is a 16-year veteran of Clovis schools, having worked as Yucca Middle School principal for seven years, Clovis High […]

Cannon maintainers commended during DoD official’s visit to base

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

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs John Johns, deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for maintenance policy and programs, congratulated maintainers of the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group on their Secretary of Defense Field Level Maintenance Excellence Award during a June 12 tour of Cannon Air Force Base. “We showcased every […]

Q&A: Following in her sister’s footsteps

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Hannah Giles, Miss Southern New Mexico, will compete for Miss New Mexico on June 24.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer Hannah Giles, Miss Southern New Mexico and first-time pageant contestant, will compete for the Miss New Mexico crown next week. The event manager for the Clovis Civic Center has been living in the area for seven years. Her older sister also competed for the Miss New Mexico crown. The […]

Editor’s desk: A new definition for loud


By David Stevens Editor Children were not invited. “We’re worried about the effect of the noise caused by the sonic boom of participating jet aircraft,” explained 1st Lt. Curtis Rape, the information officer at Cannon Air Force Base 50 years ago this week. Adults were welcome to watch, he continued, but children might be upset […]

Plateau Wireless agrees to sell to AT&T (updated)


By Vanessa Kahin Staff Writer If all goes as planned, Plateau Telecommunications, Inc. will be out of the cellular phone business this fall. Plateau has signed an agreement to sell Plateau Wireless assets to AT&T, pending FCC approval, according to a news release from Plateau. The purchase includes Plateau Wireless’ cellular customers and related […]

Number of teachers leaving district hits record


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools hit a record this year for number of teachers leaving during one academic year. According to Kerry Parker, Executive Director of Human Resources for Clovis Municipal Schools, 120 teachers — or 23 percent of those who were teaching for CMS — have either resigned or retired […]

Spikeball showcase set for Saturday


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The Clovis Spikeball Showcase, set for Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park, is billed as an introductory event to show residents the  sport, which was actually invented in 1989 but experienced a resurgence early this decade. Harding Brumby and Darrian Whiting, two local Spikeball players, showed us some basics about […]

Happy anniversary, and thanks for sharing

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By David Stevens Editor Quick: When is your parents’ wedding anniversary? What year were they married? What will you do to commemorate their 100th anniversary, even if it’s 74 years after death did them part? If you don’t know, you are not Maydelle Smith Meier. Meier, 86, reports her parents — Ben Peck Smith and […]

Annual Heritage Days Festival offers events for all ages

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Master Works plays gospel tunes Friday at City Park in Portales.

By Christina Calloway Whether it’s the sounds of bluegrass and country floating through the air, the smell of a grill firing up, the feeling of water splashing on your skin from a water balloon breaking on you — all the senses can be invigorated at the Roosevelt County Heritage Days Festival. The annual event […]