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 […]

Leonard Horton

Sharna Johnson “Tell them I wont be in to work any more, I’m joining the service,” 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. Leonard Horton Date of birth: May 27, 1919 […]

Harry “Ed” Lacey

Sharna Johnson On a PC boat carrying 65 men and measuring 173 by 15 feet, Lacey remembers 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. Harry “Ed” Lacey Date of birth: July […]

Tucumcari air show features stunts from U.S., Canadian planes

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Tucumcari’s first air show in 1992 featured a crop duster — and not much else, said air show Chairman Bob McClelland Jr. More than a decade later, Wednesday’s 13th annual Rotary Air Show’s lineup includes a team of Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the U.S. Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team, the […]

Catastrophes provide heroic moments

Tom Philpott During Lt. Todd Fisher’s first tour as a young helicopter pilot at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., he would peer across the tarmac to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah and notice not only the colorful paint scheme of Coast Guard helicopters, but also the timing of their deployment. “Every time we’d be coming back […]

Skydiving team taking flight over Cannon Air Force Base

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Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth U.S. Army Sgt. Hector Ceja, left, and Sgt. First Class Paul Sachs, right, prepare for their jump along with other members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights aerial demonstration black team Friday in the skies. Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The take-off wasn’t as graceful as you might imagine. The C-27 […]

War Scrapbook

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Dave Tanner holds a binder of materials relating to his great-uncle, Leo Eminger, Friday, at the Memorial Building in Portales. Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Leo Eminger of Upton has been presumed dead since Sept. 24, 1942. Over the last year-and-a-half, Dave Tanner has dedicated every minute he can spare to make […]

Creator of 30-inch burrito appeared on talk show

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David Hougland, with Pacsat International, places a microphone on Marshall Junior High School eighth-grader Michael Morrissey as they get ready to tape for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Wednesday night at his home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ newly dubbed Burrito Boy is not only getting attention […]

Balloon ride has controlled crash landing

By Don McAlavy, Local Columnist Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was published in last Sunday’s Lifestyles section. We were about to land, and were low on fuel. We had taken the ‘wind blows’ route while the chase crew (our rescue crew) had to stay on the […]

Developing interests

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State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans addresses the audience Thursday morning at Portales City Hall. Homans was visiting Clovis and Portales as part of a trip throughout southeastern New Mexico on Thursday. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Movies and cheese were the main topics of conversation Thursday when area officials met with the state’s […]

My daughter had wild balloon ride in Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will be published in next Sunday’s Lifestyles section. Clovis is not the best place to have a hot air balloon fiesta, but that is just what Clovis did from 1980 through 1986. You never know what the […]

Days off cherished

By John Manulis: “Believe in Me” producer Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. A day off. Wow. After more 18-hour days […]

Lights! Camera! Clovis?

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico could be become the filming location for a feature-length sports movie — if local officials can prove its likeness to 1960s Oklahoma. The New Mexico Film Office announced this week that Clovis and surrounding areas are being considered for a $7 million production with a crew […]

Pilot remembered for daring WW II raid

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: Col. Travis Hoover was born Sept. 21, 1917, at Melrose. The son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Hoover died at age 86 in Joplin, Mo., on Jan. 17. A daring raid. Beyond daring, even. Suicidal. Yet, it changed the course of a world war, and — who knows — perhaps […]

Crew chiefs to receive new award at Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen serving in the 27th Fighter Wing have a new award they can win — the “Proud Falcon Dedicated Crew Chief of the Quarter.” On Friday, Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, presented the first award to Staff Sgt. Steven Johnston before a cheering audience of airmen from […]