USOC has other ways to achieve diversity

Freedom New Mexico O ut of the blue, the U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to give itself an “F” for diversity. Scott Blackmun, the organization’s CEO, worries openly that too many staffers look like him. They are white men, which in today’s climate is practically a hate crime. Ninety-one percent of USOC managers are white […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Airport hosting restored aircraft

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Airport will host a pair of restored World War II bombers Monday through Wednesday. The aircraft, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-25 Mitchell, will be on display at Blue Sky Aviation at the airport, with a noon Monday arrival. The B-17 and B-25 are nicknamed “Sentimental Journey” and “Maid […]

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 […]

Blue Knights hosting dinner fundraiser

CNJ staff The Blue Knights are hosting a dinner and dance to raise money for United Way and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program. Set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6, the event will be held at the Underground Embassy in Clovis. Entertainment will be provided by Will Banister and The Mullberry Band with food catered […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

Earning blue ribbon recognition long process

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Many will have read the Clovis News Journal article last Thursday about Ranchvale Elementary being recognized as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. What an achievement to have received such an honor. The Blue Ribbon Award has become a way to assess exemplary practices and establish standards of excellence for public and private […]

New Mexico product of evolution

Don McAlavy Only a blue sky and a blue-green sea — that was New Mexico when its story first began. Only a blue sky with white clouds moving. Only a blue-green sea with lapping waves. We do not know how long nor why a sea was here once upon a time in the long, long […]

Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Police department hosting community meeting

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department is hosting a community meeting July 27 to acquaint residents with its Neighborhood Watch and Code Blue programs. Recruiting is taking place for Code Blue, a volunteer program for residents that includes training and a ride-along program with Clovis police. And Neighborhood Watch programs are being developed, according to […]

Press release: Police hosting Neighborhood Watch; Code Blue meeting

One of the goals of the Clovis Police Department is to make Clovis a “Safer place to live, work, and play.” In doing so, the community is needed to be the eyes and ears of the police department. We are still in the process of starting Neighborhood Watch programs in the community and are recruiting […]

Don’t put blame on Blue Cross

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist There has recently been a great deal of consternation and concern over the rate increase enacted by Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBS). The company, a “mutual” firm legally obligated to re-invest any profits back into the company, had originally requested a 24.6 percent rate increase. Then, just as […]

Education digest: Graduate accepted into music corps

Graduate accepted into music corps Clovis High School graduate Alec Blazek has been accepted into the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2010 season, according to a news release. Blazek will spend the summer touring North America with the group, the release said. Members of the corps receive intense instruction in music, dance, […]

Program seeking paint donations

CNJ staff The Artists of America of New Mexico program called Windows on the World is looking for donations of paint for murals that will be painted in Clovis. The program is looking for black, white, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple paint, according to organizer Mary Kathryn Barris. Paint can be taken […]

Education feature: Ranchvale nominated for Blue Ribbon School

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale second-grade teacher Sheri Robbins helps Vicente Torres with a math assignment Tuesday during class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary School is one of just three schools in the state nominated for national honors. Ranchvale is nominated for a Blue Ribbon School designation by the New Mexico […]

Blue-footed booby makes unprecedented appearance at Conchas Lake

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Courtesy photo: Glenn Walbek/www.pbase.com/gwalbek/galleries The blue-footed booby commonly is found in the Gulf of California between the mainland and Baja, Calif., with occasional sightings at inland lakes in Arizona, Nevada, Southeastern California and Texas. Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed […]

Tops in Blue coming to Portales

CNJ staff The U.S. Air Force’s premier entertainment showcase, Tops in Blue, is offering a free night of family entertainment at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena in Portales. The performance includes Latin sounds, All-American country music, and chart-topping hits, music from movies and Broadway shows. The Tops in […]

Parade glows through Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Shirley Wolfenvarder and Charley O’Barney, 4, wave to parade spectators from the Clovis/Curry County 50-plus Olympics float in Saturday’s Christmas Light Parade. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Red, green and blue lights danced across little Darcee Thoms’ face as it peeked out of her hooded coat Saturday while […]

Military feature: Local woman oversees military tribute installation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo New Mexico Garden Club Member Bess Kline, left, and the New Mexico visitor information center supervisor Janice Hamilton, right, joined forces to place a Blue Star Memorial marker at the visitor information center on U.S. 60/84. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bess Kline said she has been working about […]

Feb. 19 – Tops In Blue

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A young girl watches Tops In Blue Monday night at Marshall Auditorium. Tops In Blue, an Air Force group, portrayed 60 years of Air Force service this year.