Retired Navy chief concerned vets overlooked

CNJ staff Local veterans and residents are set to gather Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens cemetery to honor and remember lives lost in defense of the nation. “I don’t believe the veterans get enough recognition,” retired veteran Rick Robertson said. “Stop to think about it. Every generation starting with the Revolutionary War has had […]

ENMU athletes earn LSC academic honors

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Three baseball players and one softball player have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the Lone Star Conference South Division all-academic teams. The baseball players are junior third baseman Derrick Kennedy of San Antonio, sophomore pitcher-outfielder Seth Clabaugh of Portales and sophomore outfielder Clayton Young of Canyon, […]

CHS senior earns top state honor

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Clovis senior Tori Northcutt is playing in her third state final in four years. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent T-Bird connotes a certain amount of class when the subject of vintage cars comes up. Evidently, it has the same meaning when it comes to Clovis senior Tori Northcutt. Northcutt has […]

Richards wins honor

Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Elizabeth Richards was named the Lone Star Conference South Player of the Week Monday. Richards averaged a team- high 27.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in the Zias two games last week, including a 76-63 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville where she had 26 points and 19 rebounds. For the season […]

Clovis to retire Baskett’s jersey

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett will have his No. 18 Clovis High football jersey retired today in a ceremony at halftime of the Clovis-Carlsbad boys basketball game at Rock Staubus gym today. Baskett will be the 11th player in Clovis football history to have his jersey retired — […]

Zias sign soccer player

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Travis McCorkle has announced the signing of forward-wing Alicia Cunningham to a letter of intent for the 2007 season. Cunningham lettered in soccer for three years at Sandia, earning second-team all-district honors in 2005. A National Honor Society member at Sandia, Cunningham plans to major in […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Vigil will honor lost children

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis mother whose infant son died from a medical complication and others who bear the grief of losing a child will hold a candlelight vigil Sunday. The vigil is held annually around the world in remembrance and honor of children who have died at any age from any […]

Bull rider earns state honor

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L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer L.J. Jenkins always felt he’d win a world championship as a professional bull rider, just not this soon. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title […]

City picks Blair as new police chief

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor City Manager Joe Thomas stayed within the system in hiring a new police chief. Thomas announced at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting he has selected Deputy Police Chief Dan Blair to succeed Bill Carey, who retires Sept. 29. Blair, a 21-year Clovis Police Department veteran, was promoted to deputy […]

National Honor Roll

National Honor Roll The National Honor Roll is pleased to announce that Evan Payne of Colleyville, Texas, has been accepted as a member of NHR’s Outstanding American Teachers for 2005-2006. Evan Payne, who teaches fifth-grade Language Arts and American History at Bransford Elementary, will appear in the Outstanding American Teachers 2005-2006 Commemorative Edition. Payne is […]

Community unites over loss

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Leroy Segura Sr. and Sandra Segura await the start of services for their son, Army Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr., on Monday morning at Sacred Heart Church in Clovis. Segura was killed in a vehicle accident Aug. 4 in Iraq. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Six soldiers serving as pallbearers stood at attention Monday […]

Award deadline extended

CNJ Staff The deadline for participation in a state initiative to honor New Mexico women has been extended. Those who wish to nominate a deceased woman who influenced New Mexican history have until Sept. 5 to do so. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will honor the accomplishments of New Mexican women through the […]

City set to remember soldier

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksAl Beaulieu of Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City in Clovis uses the store marquee to honor Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, who died Sunday while serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Kassin was a friend of the family. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. […]

Banquet slated to honor ‘unsung citizens

CNJ Staff A love of people was the driving force behind Ethel Shankle’s idea for the 2006 Legacy Awards, which she and her daughter, Denise Shankle, are sponsoring. According to Ethel Shankle, the black-tie awards banquet will honor the “unsung citizens” of Clovis. Shankle said she chose 14 individuals who have demonstrated good character through […]

Pioneers honored at banquet

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Weldon and Vernell Reed are all smiles after being named Roosevelt County Pioneers of the Year at the Pioneer Banquet Friday kicking off Heritage Days in Portales. (Staff photo: Karl Terry) By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Weldon and Vernell Reed of Floyd received the 2006 Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year Award. They were presented […]

Residents pay respects to war dead

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A wreath is set in place to honor those who died in combat. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers The Curry/Roosevelt Joint Veterans Council held a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Mission Garden of Memories in Clovis to honor those who died defending the United States. Sgt. Eugene Von Bon of Cannon […]

Memorial day tributes planned

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VFW members Johnny Washington, left, and Donnie Wimberly, both of Clovis, place an American flag on a veteran’s grave Saturday at the Portales Cemetery. Washington is an Air Force veteran and Wimberly an Army veteran. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Clovis and Portales residents will take a moment to honor fallen […]

May 25, 2006 Student Profiles

Christina Bean is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of J. Frank and A. Sylvia Bean. What is your theme song? The theme song from “Mission Impossible.” What would you like printed on your gravestone? I want to be cremated so I don’t care whether or not I have a gravestone. If […]

Student profiles: Devin Sweet, Kelsy Hale

Devin Sweet is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Tim and Pam Sweet. What’s your favorite TV show, past and present? “That ’70s Show.” What’s so great about your favorite sport (football)? Being able to play with all of my friends and getting to hit people and hear the crowd […]