Dog park officially open for business

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Noel Hunt of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, with ceremonial scissors in hand, offers a treat to Hoss, a Great Pyrenees belonging to Jay Neff of Clovis, prior to the ribbon cutting for the city’s new dog park. Kevin Wilson With a crowd of about 60 residents — not […]

Airmen step into the cage

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Courtney Wesley, jujitsu trainer and coach, examines U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marc Hightower after he was inadvertently jabbed in the eye during a Mixed Martial Arts Competition Dec. 10 in Clovis. Though temporarily blinded in one eye, Hightower, an airman in the 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron at […]

Local fighters excite crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis’ Mark Hightower, right, tries to protect himself from John Spark in the first round Saturday at the Evolution 2 mixed martial arts event at the Curry County Events Center. Hightower faced early trouble, but pulled out a split decision win. Kevin Wilson “If you’ve got anything left, Clovis, New […]

Money major concern in pursuit of horse barn

Robin Fornoff Not a single negative from Curry County commissioners or a crowd of about 30 on hand Tuesday in Melrose to hear a proposal for a new 400-stall horse barn and arena adjacent to the Events Center. There was, however, the matter of a $5 million price tag. “I personally think it’s something that […]

Obama delivers bad jobs speech in Denver

Even the Obama-friendly crowd at Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School didn’t seem awe-inspired by the president’s repeated “pass the bill” demand on Tuesday. President Barack Obama repeated the boring and misleading story of Warren Buffett’s secretary in a desperate effort to spend another $450 billion on stimulus. He pitted plumbers against billionaires, again. The moment […]

Dairyfest draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heather Steinle preps ice cream cups for the root beer float stand during Dairyfest Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The event featured free dairy products and demonstrations from the industry. Liliana Castillo United Dairy Women’s Dairyfest attracted thousands of people Saturday after taking a year off in 2010. Michelle […]

Remembering the fallen

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An MC-130W crew from Cannon Air Force Base performs a flyover during the Monday morning Memorial Day observance at Lawn Haven Garden of Honor. Kevin Wilson With plenty of wind to blow them, the colors of numerous veteran organization flags flew at half-staff Monday morning. Their groups, and members of […]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well […]

Animals can never be too smart

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. […]

Communities unite to celebrate Memorial Day

By Argen Duncan and Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Amid a sea of flag-adorned gravesites, with a gunship en route, Col. Philip Frazee reminded a crowd Monday that the day was not about cookouts and time at the lake, but the soldiers who gave their lives to make those events possible. “It may be easy to […]

Former vice-commander asks residents to take pause

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Philip Frazee, former 27th Fighter Wing vice-commander at Cannon Air Force Base, sums up his Monday morning address at the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Cemetery as an MC-130W from Cannon Air Force Base flies overhead to close the event. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Amid a […]

Local veterans take on umpiring

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Billy McGinnis, left, and Larry Varnardo talk before the second game of a double-header between Portales and Dexter softball teams on April 27. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A voice rings out over the crowd during a softball game in eastern New Mexico. “You’re out!,” shouts the umpire as […]

Letter calling for Seidenwurm’s removal draws crowd to meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gene Lavato of Clovis addressed the school board during Tuesday’s board meeting. About 150 attended the meeting, most in support of a letter calling for the removal of the superintendent. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer An overflow crowd packed the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meeting Tuesday, apparently […]

God’s miracles surround us

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist On that first Palm Sunday, when Jesus made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, the crowd hailed him as their king. As he passed by, they cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” and they spread palm branches on the road to carpet the path of […]

Abuse survivor lends voice to cause

Cannon Connections photo: Eric Butler Dawn Lade, right, hugs Family Advocacy Program Outreach Manager Tyleen Caffrey during a presentation on domestic violence Tuesday night. Lade spoke about her experience in an abusive relationship at the base theater. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The crowd wasn’t big for Dawn Lade on Tuesday night, but it’s a […]

Business feature: K-otic night club to become hookah lounge

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Though the sign for K-otic still is on top of the old Prince Street Lounge, at Seventh and Prince streets in Clovis, the new renters are advertising a hookah lounge they plan on opening in early February. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico For years, the expansive building at Prince […]

Opposition for ‘Obamacare’ voiced

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., addresses the crowd at Tuesday evening’s health care town hall at the Clovis Civic Center. Approximately 400 came to the meeting. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If the crowd at a town hall for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was indicative of eastern New Mexico, it’s […]

Sheriff’s office joins Twitter crowd

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CNJ illustration Last month the sheriff’s office joined the growing Twitter network in the interest of improving communication with community members. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is looking for followers — on Twitter, that is. Last month the sheriff’s office joined the growing Twitter network in the interest of […]

July 4 activities draw crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Heritage Dairy team dash to the lake during Saturday’s Matt 25 Boat Race at Greene Acres Park. The team finished the time portion of the race with a time of 2.36.20. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The 14th annual Smoke on the Water got underway with […]

Much-honored Reagan’s ideas marginalized

Freedom New Mexico A bipartisan crowd celebrated last week’s unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan in the Capitol Rotunda. We admit we felt a little choked up, just like former first lady Nancy Reagan, who shed a few tears at remembrances of the heady days of the Reagan presidency. More than […]