Wednesday morning briefing: A talented crew, a kid needs help and West Point

Good morning. It’s our version of must reading…the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. And they can cook, too? The Single Airmen group at Cannon Air Force Base is volunteering to be the Habit for Humanity construction crew Saturday in Portales. Habit says not only are the Single Airmen handy around the house, but they’re furnishing […]

First person: Sideline supporter

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis High junior Kelsie Schwartz first joined the cheerleading squad as a sophomore. When a group of Clovis High cheerleaders was asked Thursday who was the best representative among the group, all indications pointed to junior Kelsie Schwartz. The cheerleading crew, coached by B.J. Burnett, worked shifts throughout the holiday […]

Investigation: Human error of Cannon crew blamed in 2009 crash

CNJ staff Human error was ruled in a November crash involving a Cannon Air Force Base crew and aircraft in Mali. According to information from the Air Force Association, and confirmed by the public affairs office of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., an aircrew from Cannon’s 524th Special Operations Squadron failed […]

Homicide suspect had conflicts with victim

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Anthony Ray Casillas By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There was a history of friction between homicide victim Gary Payne and the man accused of shooting him, according to people who worked for a silage company with the two men. Payne and Anthony Ray Casillas worked together with a crew that traveled throughout eastern New […]

Hard work makes lasting memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist In the old days, baling hay was not a one-person operation like now. After the hay was cut and raked into windrows the baler crew of at least three people finished the job. A ranch where we lived had a vega (meadow) that made great grass hay, so my dad […]

Baling hay: a family operation

by Glenda Price In the old days baling hay was not a one-person operation like now. After the hay was cut and raked into windrows the baler crew of at least three people finished the job. A ranch where we lived had a vega (meadow) that made great grass hay, so my dad decided we […]

Billboard accident

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A billboard on Mabry Drive in Clovis fell on a truck about 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. There were no major injuries.

Cleanup crew tackles graffiti

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lee Conlin, with the city of Clovis Environmental Response Team, paints a wall Wednesday that was tagged with graffiti. Conlin and his team remove graffiti once a week from city and private property at no cost to property owners. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There’s a cover-up going on […]

Nov. 2, 1915

The Clovis Journal reported the crew of road builders working between Clovis and Portales received orders from the state to proceed into the city of Clovis. … Accountant Marion A. Walker, hired by the county commissioners to make a thorough audit of records, found more than 4,000 errors in them. … Work was progressing nicely […]

Military feature: Clovis grad beats odds as female pilot

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2nd Lieutenant Alison Henderlite says you have to be “kind of a tomboy and kind of tough” to be a female Air Force pilot. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At 25 years old, Alison Henderlite has already achieved her No. 1 goal. An Air Force pilot, the 2nd Lieutenant is a minority […]

‘Believe in Me’ debuts

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Jenni Gee, left, and Liz Eisenbraun of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce set up the stage Tuesday in preparation for today’s VIP event for “Believe in Me,” which was partially filmed in Clovis and Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It would have been a great enough experience […]

Tobogganing can be dangerous sort of fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Folks in these parts aren’t real familiar with deep snow, toboggans and holiday omelets, and that’s probably a good thing. But I’m recalling the now famous Great Toboggan and Omelet Debacle of 1945, an unparalleled event in the annals of winter sports, although it was heralded by some as the […]

Having a blast: Fireworks family affair

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More than 1,000 fireworks peppered the clear Clovis skies Tuesday at Greene Acres Park during the city’s annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The quartet drags five, heavy tarps from the trailer, and a city of fireworks is exposed. “Mainly, the tarps protect the […]

Special Operations to have latest military technology

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLt. Gen. Michael. W. Wooley, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command talks to the media at Cannon Air Force Base. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. […]

City being considered for movie

CNJ staff Clovis is being considered as a site for a movie called “Seasons of Dust,” Mayor David Lansford said. Set in 1930, the movie will portray an Oklahoma farming family forced to move to the city after being unable to eke out a living due to dust storms. Lansford said Clovis is being considered […]

Richard M. Flint

Richard M. Flint Date of birth: Nov. 17, 1932 Dates of service: 1950 to 1971 Hometown: San Jon Conflict: Korean War Branch: Air Force Rank: Master sergeant Unit and specialty: Aircraft mechanic, armament and crew chief Lives in: San Jon In his words: After completing training to work on jets, Flint spent time in Europe, […]

Fort Sumner railroad bridge turning 100 this year

By Don McAlavy The railroad bridge at Fort Sumner is 100 years old this year. The bridge crew knew they had a big job ahead of them. One of the great floods of the Pecos River in 1903 demonstrated to the Belen cutoff railroad crew that the bridge on the Pecos would have to be […]

Former Clovis pilot accidental witness

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Clovis resident and World War II pilot John Ellison, 84, retraces his route on an aerial map of New Mexico. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: For three months, the Clovis News Journal has honored local World War II veterans by publishing their first-person accounts of service. John Ellison’s […]

Murray White, Morris Wood

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Murray White Date of birth: March 16, 1924 Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Texico Lives in: Texico Theater and location of service: […]

Jesse T. Johnson

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Jesse T. Johnson Date of birth: Oct. 19, 1921 Dates of service: Aug. 11, 1942 to Oct. 21, 1945 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis […]