Whitney Houston dead at 48

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died. She was 48. Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unclear. At her […]

Local bands dream big

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Courtesy photo: Chamber of Commerce Will Banister and the Mulberry Band performed at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Alisa Boswell Musical talent is not a scarce thing in the Clovis and Portales areas. Many local musicians have the ambition to go all the way to stardom with their musical talents and considering the recent […]

California woman trekking across country on horse

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Linny Kenney, left, Walter Rowland and Kenney’s horse Sojourner take a break from their ride across the country on Curry Road 16 east of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Linny Kenney of Los Angeles passed through Clovis on Wednesday on her horse ride across the country. Kenney, 29, said the trip from Los […]

North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks that […]

Takeover bid targets North Plains Mall parent company

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire ailing rival General Growth Properties. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. The acquisition would allow General Growth, the No. 2 owner of shopping centers, to […]

Lula Washington dance theatre celebrates its 30th in New Mexico tours to seven NM cities

Los Angeles, CA – September 17, 2009 – In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off a 17-theatre national tour in New Mexico. Returning to the state for the first time in 10 years, the contemporary modern dance company will travel around New Mexico from October 15 to 30, […]

Pop star Michael Jackson dies

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MCT photo Entertainer Michael Jackson, shown at his trial in Santa Maria, Calif., in 2004, died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50. By Ben Wener: Freedom Communications Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50. Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan […]

First Person: Dancer teaches at former home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cricket Hamar Keller dances several kinds of dance, including ballet. Cricket Hamar Keller is a dancer who graduated from the University of California Las Angeles in May. After graduation, Keller, 29, didn’t miss a beat in her rounds of teaching at Los Angeles dance studios and making a trip home […]

Baskett engaged to ‘Girl Next Door’

Staff and wire reports LOS ANGELES — One of Hugh Hefner’s live-in girlfriends is trading the grotto for the gridiron. The Playboy mogul said in a statement Thursday that “The Girls Next Door” co-star Kendra Wilkinson is engaged to Philadelphia Eagles receiver and Clovis High graduate Hank Baskett. The 23-year-old model-actress has lived with Hefner […]

Dodgers’ executive has Portales ties

Jill Bukowski e-mails to report a former Portales High School student is working for the Los Angeles Dodgers as assistant general manager of scouting. Here’s a bio on Logan White, from a Dodgers’ Web site: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/community/executives/white.html Google searches reveal White’s first draft selection as a scouting director was Dodgers’ first baseman James Loney, who today […]