Buffalo soldiers seek recruits

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Courtesy photo Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson, left, speaks with fellow Buffalo Soldier member Joe Terry, middle, and Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, on the Senate roundhouse floor in Santa Fe. The Llano Estacado Buffalo Soldier Association acted as the color guard along with other Buffalo Soldiers for Santa Fe’s Centennial program last month. Ingle invited […]

Man sought for illness may have been spotted

CNJ staff A Clovis man sought in a statewide manhunt may have been spotted Monday near West Seventh and Thornton streets. Clovis police and Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed responding to a report of someone spotting Robert J. Gutierrez, 45, who officials say has active pulmonary tuberculosis and is considered infectious. Both departments responded […]

Local hardware stores merging

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Richard Petty, owner of Triangle Ace Hardware, and James Burns, owner of Burns Hardware Do-It Center, have decided to merge their stores starting in 2012. The stores will have to undergo some changes, including their national affiliations, but both said the merger will be able to provide more services to […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials believe five buildings were destroyed in a Saturday fire that burned 15 miles long and two to three miles wide at its widest point. A shed located near the intersections of Curry Road AB and Quay Road 34 was destroyed but a residence east of it was spared. Liliana […]

Tops in Blue show set for Wednesday

CNJ staff The annual Tops in Blue show is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Greyhound Arena. The show is an all-active duty US Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment abilities. Each year, thousands compete in base talent contests and the most talented move on to higher […]

Portales resident enjoys helping

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Dennis Lopez’s office displays the photography of his wife Rachel. Dennis Lopez is active in the Portales community. He was a Roosevelt County commissioner for eight years from 2000 to 2008. As the director of support employment at Mental Health Resources, Lopez said he enjoys helping and working with his […]

Press release: Spring 2011 forecast includes more wild weather

State College, Pa. — 3 March 2011 — AccuWeather reports the AccuWeather.com forecast for Spring 2011 calls for more wild weather for the U.S. The biggest concerns center around expectations of an active severe weather season, the spreading of a severe drought and a high wildfire danger, and, as always, threats for flooding. Paul Pastelok, […]

Restrictions on prescriptions unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico Fallout from our panic-driven war on drugs includes the demonization of medications that has reached irrational levels. Abuse by some has made many drugs unavailable to people who really need them, or driven some to live with their medical condition rather than endure the trouble of getting treatment. Virtually all drugs, including […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

Students contributing to food drive

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sandia fifth graders Joaquin Garcia, left, and Jayla Mendoza help unload canned food drive collection boxes Tuesday at the school. Liliana Castillo Roosevelt and Curry county students are taking an active part in the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s largest canned food drive of the season. Each elementary school […]

Yucca Middle School celebrates veterans

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Yucca Principal Mitzi Estes thanks veteran Burdette Theophilus for attending the event Thursday morning. Liliana Castillo Hands leaped into the air one after another, the students eager to ask Lt. Col. Jeff Hinrichs the next question Thursday morning. He was visiting their class as part of the Veterans Day ceremony […]

Police blotter — Oct. 24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. Oct. 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of East 13th Street for a report of a fire. Fire officials told the officer they believed the fire, which burned on the upper level, to be […]

Our People: Heart of the city

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Courtesy photo Isidro Garcia, 80, has been an active resident in Clovis for more than 50 years. He served as Clovis City Commissioner for six terms.

Author active in New Mexico history, art

By Don McAclavy: Local columnist I am a native of New Mexico, having been born in 1930 in Clovis, reared on a small farm in Claud, some 35 miles south of the Caprock Amphitheater. I was overseas in the U.S. Army for two years and attended a year of college in the humanities in California […]

First Person: Gym owner stays fit for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Oscar Cleare, a personal trainer, says the best ways to stay fit over the holiday is to remain active and use portion control. Oscar Cleare has been a personal trainer for almost 30 years. He now owns his own gym, Bodies in Motion. His secret to staying fit and healthy […]

Empty but active

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Two homes have remained vacant since Clifford Webber was stabbed in his girlfriend’s home at 319 West 14th Street and discovered in the abandoned home at 317 West 14th Street on June 16. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The scene of a grisly stabbing where a victim’s body lay […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Amos on the loose

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Author Gary Mitchell says some of his characters in Amos columns are based loosely on observations of people he encounters in and outside of church. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Born in the active imagination of a shy teen hoping to contribute to his church’s newsletter, Amos the Churchmouse has wiggled his way into […]

Police seize active meth lab

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police arrested four Clovis residents Friday in connection with an active methamphetamine lab, according to officials. Anna Goodwin, 35, Wilbur Stejskal, 33, and James Metzger, 36, were arrested as they were “cooking” the drug, according to state police public information officer Andy Tingwall. Charges include trafficking, manufacturing and conspiracy to […]

Improved health benefits on way

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a […]