Cops give kids early Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jaden Philips, 6, holds out his hand to McGruff the Crime Dog Monday morning during the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart. Philips and his three siblings were each taken on a $100 shopping spree by local law enforcement. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Leaning out of the […]

Lighthouse party provides early Christmas for needy families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caleb Huggins, 6, didn’t wait to get out of line to play with the electronic guitar he was given Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas Party. His mother Tia Koenig, left, said she was happy her son got what he wanted. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Caleb […]

National rodeo final not for timid

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Santa makes early appearance for one Cannon family

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs

The Kid Boss

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Photos courtesy of Nita Stewart Haley Jim Cook as a young man. Cook, a reputed gunman who was also known as an aggressive, overbearing range foreman, married Leta Easley, neice of the Winfrey brothers who owned the H-Bar Ranch. Cook lived the life of a rover traveling the country and Canada. Cook also wrote a […]

Airmen capture spirit of season

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Brandon Schmidt, front, performs during the musical program the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home presented to the Cannon Air Force Base Medical Group on Dec. 6. Alex Zangara, left, and Austin Moore, right, look on. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Santa came early, although without his reindeer, to the New […]

Organizers: Miscommunication led to early parade start

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An unspecified miscommunication between police and event organizers Saturday led to the premature start of the Christmas parade by about 20 minutes. “It was just a miscommunication, it was a total miscommunication,” said Robyne Beaubien, executive director of Clovis MainStreet and event organizer. “I’m sure it surprised a lot […]

Christmas coming early for youth

File photo Before receiving their gifts from members of the Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Medical group, last year, youths with the New Mexico Christian Children’s home performed musical numbers. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Once again, Cannon Air Force Base is bringing an early Christmas to the young residents of the New […]

K-Bob’s Steakhouse gutted by fire

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson K-Bob’s Steakhouse was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Investigators suspect arson in a fire that destroyed a 43-year-old Clovis restaurant Wednesday morning. K-Bob’s Steakhouse on Mabry Drive was lost to the blaze by the time firefighters received a call, officials said. No one […]

Mammogram screening recommendation riles cancer survivors

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Mammograph technician Cheryl Smoot tests Sherri Brewer of Clovis on Friday at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Danielle Swopes was 41 years old when her first mammogram turned up the result most women fear: Positive for breast cancer. Because the lump that turned out to […]

Hounds win exhibition tilt

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Greyhound guard Tralyn Harden creates in the lane in the first half. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds gave a lot of reasons to be optimistic early in Wednesday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Arena. The New Mexico All-Stars responded with a few reasons for the […]

Curry County Fair Board election on Dec. 7

CNJ staff The Curry County Fair Board election is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. All candidates are unopposed. Early voting is 8 a.m. Nov. 30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Karen R. Thetford is running in County Commission District 2, while Clifford Clay is seeking office in County Commission District 3. […]

Shakedown at Curry County jail

CNJ staff A cell phone, medication and a questionable substance were among items found during an early morning shakedown at the Curry County jail. Around 7 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s officers along with jail personnel conducted the shakedown, according to a press release from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. The search was initiated by county […]

Education feature: Los Ninos, literacy program joining forces

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Los Ninos Early Intervention Center teacher Jessica Maulding helps Jasmine Brophy, 3, add glue to her drawing of a bear. The pair shook coffee grounds over the glue to make a brown bear. Los Ninos Early Intervention Center and the Title I Family Literacy programs have joined to bring more […]

Zias get sweep for first win of season

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University junior Veronica Valdez-Kent tips the ball over the arms of New Mexico Highlands defender Kelsey Groff in the second game of Thursday’s match at Greyhound Arena. Valdez-Kent had 11 kills in the Zias’ sweep over the By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico wanted […]

Education feature: Band starts school work early

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Stephanie Lamm said she enjoys being in the band because of the family atmosphere. While school doesn’t start until next week, band members have been practicing since Jul. 22. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Groups of students jam the band hall. Some are splayed on […]

Early student recalls ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Living a few blocks from her alma mater — Eastern New Mexico University — 1937 graduate Lois Cantrell recalls the days when the school had a tenth of its current enrollment and not even a handful of buildings. Cantrell earned an associate of arts in music and English as well as a […]

Echoes from the old cafes in Clovis . . .

By Don McAlvy: CNJ Columnist Every once in a while I want to go back to the old days. The old days of Clovis that some of you might recall. If you were around in the early 1940s and were hungry, and you didn’t catch a bite to eat with Louie, then you had a […]

Gubernatorial candidate starts campaign early

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Zanetti Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque, a

Portales man killed in rollover accident

Freedom New Mexico Joshua Carrillo, 25, of Portales died in a one-car rollover early Wednesday morning northeast of Roswell, according to the New Mexico State Police. According to a State Police, Carrillo was westbound on U.S. 70 around midnight when his 2005 Ford pickup drifted onto the westbound shoulder near Mile Marker 357, went into […]