Residents sought to sponsor airmen

Cannon Connections staff Local organizations are asking residents to invite a guest to Christmas Day dinner from Cannon Air Force Base. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said the response was overwhelming after the “Invite an Airman to Christmas Day Dinner” project was announced Friday afternoon. “It was surprising how […]

Residents asked to invite airmen to Christmas dinner

CNJ staff Local organizations are asking residents to invite a guest to Christmas Day dinner from Cannon Air Force Base. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said response was overwhelming after the “Invite an Airman to Christmas Day Dinner” project was announced Friday afternoon. “It was surprising how many single […]

Rock ‘n’ roll museum plans complete

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Liz Eisenbaun looks over one of the new additions to the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum. The jacket was lent to the museum by George Tomsco of the Fireballs. It was the first jacket he wore on tour. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ […]

Sept. 16 Wedding

Kos-Spriggs Jeannette Kos of Clovis and Philip Spriggs of Clovis were joined in marriage Aug. 3, 2007, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. The bride is the daughter of Bryan and Louise Kos of Melrose. She is the granddaughter of Rosemary Smithhisler of Clovis. The bridegroom is the son of Steve and Debbie […]

‘O’Reilly Factor’ costing Fox big bucks

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and […]

Their perspective: Melrose grads sound off

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Melrose High School’s class of 2007 includes 20 students. By Freedom Newspapers Thoughts and insights by Melrose’s graduating seniors based on a written survey: Most will be going to college The U.S. military is in Iraq for a good reason Most will likely not return to Melrose to live Alcohol, […]

‘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 […]

Banquet kicks off celebration

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The deadline to purchase tickets for the annual Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Banquet is 5 p.m. today. The banquet, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center, is the first official 2007 centennial event for the 100-year anniversary of Clovis. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Crash witness amazed to find survivors

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Bryan Kos was planting wheat north of Melrose when the sounds of a low-flying helicopter caught his attention late Monday morning. As he watched, the chopper flew past him before crashing into a nearby maize field, he said. Jumping from his tractor and running toward the cloud of dust […]

Tickets available for honorary dinner

By CNJ Staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for an appreciation dinner to honor retired Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton. Newton served on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission and proposed sparing Cannon Air Force Base from closure. About 50 tickets remain for the dinner, and about 160 people already are […]

Operation: Celebration

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleErnie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, hangs a patriotic ribbon at the Clovis Civic Center Friday in preparation for today’s “Operation Kept Cannon” celebration. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The anticipation surrounding today’s “Operation Kept Cannon” celebration was too much to bear for Linda Jackson. On […]

Cannon rally plans evolving

CNJ Staff With raffles for a car, an F-16 simulator ride, and a tour of Cannon Air Force Base, this mission accomplished celebration is morphing into a gala event. “It just keeps evolving,” Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said. The “Operation Kept Cannon” rally is a chance for the community to celebrate […]

Sense of relief washes over area

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Eastern New Mexico celebrated Tuesday’s announcement an Air Force Special Operations wing is moving to Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Frank Sherman wore a knit shirt embroidered with “Operation Keep Cannon” above his heart. Below the stitching, Sherman placed a white strip bearing a small American flag and the words […]

Fireworks show shy on funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Smoke on the Water fireworks show is $10,000 shy of the $25,000 needed to fund the event, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials. With less than a month before the show blasts off, officials are hoping to raise the money from donations made by businesses and […]

Music festival begins

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Music Festival official T-shirts say “Rave On” and visitors have begun arriving in anticipation of having a “raving” good time. According to Ernie Kos, Chamber of Commerce executive director, the artists slated to perform during the event began arriving in Clovis Wednesday. “It is very exciting,” Kos […]

Ticket process for BRAC hearing finalized

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Guidelines for next week’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing in Clovis have been cemented by local leaders, who have set strict guidelines for public appearance and conduct at the meeting where New Mexico congressional delegates, members of the Committee of Fifty, and DLA Piper will fight to keep […]

Banquet to celebrate momentum

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Past presidents of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce will be honored at this year’s annual banquet set for Friday night at the Landing on Cannon Air Force Base. The event will open at 6:30 p.m. with a past presidents’ reception to honor those who laid the foundation for […]

Proposed chamber center hinges of outside state, federal funding

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Officials of the Clovis/ Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial Development Corp. are working to secure roughly $1.5 million to fund a new business enterprise center in Clovis. A grant was submitted to the federal Economic Development Administration asking for roughly $1 million for the project, money […]

Fair is steep in tradition

Clyde Davis The routine didn’t vary much, from year to year nor from fair to fair. We would skirt around the lights and crowds of the midway, which was already beginning to fill with groups of kids shuffling through the twilight. We would move beyond its smells of French fries and sugar-laden cotton candy, roast […]

Festivities set for 4th

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Gearing up for four days of fun, fireworks and food, the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce is setting final plans for this year’s Fourth of July festivities, dubbed “2004 Cannon and Clovis Salute to Freedom.” “We’re calling the celebration the ‘Salute to Freedom’ because we’re welcoming home about 200 of […]