Shoppers hit stores for tax-free weekend

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Kim Birkenfeld and Sawnya Bullock, both of Lazbuddie, shop Saturday at 2 Shabby Divas on Main Street during New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. The friends didn’t realize their purchases were tax free until they started shopping.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Julie Maxey kept a watchful eye on the long checkout lines at the Clovis Walmart Saturday as eager shoppers came out for New Mexico’s tax-free weekend. Maxey, an assistant manager at the store, said things were going smoothly amid the chaos of restocking items and answering product questions. […]

VIDEO: W.D. Gattis Middle School open house

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Airmen, families honored

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By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Madison Schwab, 8, sat at a picnic table and took a big bite of her cheeseburger, smiled, and gave a thumbs up to show the burger won her approval. “It’s a nice picnic,” said Madison’s father, Airman Bobby Schwab. “It’s nice to spend time with family.” “I’m just glad I don’t […]

James nominated for Air Force secretary post

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former assistant defense secretary and House staffer is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next secretary of the Air Force, the White House said Thursday. Obama is nominating Deborah Lee James, an executive at the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., to head the Air Force, where she […]

Gattis Middle School holds first open house

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Students, parents, school employees and community members flooded the halls of the newly constructed W.D. Gattis Middle School on Thursday afternoon as the school district held its first open house at the state-of-the art building. The school’s 130,00 square-foot campus encompasses six interconnected buildings, two of which have […]

Education Feature — Director: Band camp helps build camaraderie

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Members of the Clovis High School band practice during this year’s band camp. The camp runs through next week.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The sounds of brass and percussion permeate through the parking lot behind Clovis High School as the school’s marching band prepares for the upcoming year. Band camp is in session, and 250 musicians are busy keeping time with the beat and learning about good old-fashioned teamwork. According to […]

Citizens air jail concerns

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By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com James Slagowski is concerned the site of the proposed Curry County jail in south Clovis is too close to his neighborhood, which includes an elementary school. He asked Curry County commissioners and county officials during Tuesday’s town hall meeting to discuss next week’s $9.88 million bond election if […]

Music educator honored

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Alan Dropps has dedicated much of his life to teaching youth of all ages the fundamentals of music. Dropps, now serving as the director of music education for CMS, has been an educator and administrator in Clovis for the past 28 years. Last week, he was selected Administrator of the Year by the New Mexico […]

Local racer edged out at national derby

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By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com They say baseball is a game of inches. So apparently is Soap Box Derby racing. “We lost by this much,” Chris Crawford said as he held his thumb and index finger half an inch apart to describe how close his stepdaughter, Hailey Renfro, came to advancing out of […]

Documents: Loaded pistol found in suspect’s room

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Police found a loaded gun in the hotel room of a man involved in a six-hour standoff Friday at the Westward Ho Hotel, according to court documents. Patrick Lopez, 31, of Clovis surrendered peacefully early Saturday morning but not before hiding in a crawl space above several rooms […]