Reporter’s notebook: Mom says son saved her life

A Clovis mother is crediting God, her son, and actor Robin Williams for saving her life Wednesday. Shelly Burger said she was sitting down watching television and eating a bowl of cereal when a piece of cereal lodged itself in her throat and blocked her airway. “I couldn’t get it loose,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

We were dragging Main

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” • Doug McGregor’s reply: “Dragging Main Street in the ’70s.” • Gerald Majewski’s reply: “I met my wife while working in the post office in Milwaukee, Wis. She was coming around with cookies. … She was doing this because another girl […]

Editors’ Notebook

Clovis’ mayoral race promises lots of drama with six candidates hoping to succeed David Lansford, who’s decided to step down after 12 years. The candidates are Tim Ashley, Gayla Brumfield, Rudy Kumar, Mario Martinez, Rube Render and Gloria Wicker. Kumar is clearly the wild card, apparently determined to give voters a radical option. He’s only […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Decades-old quilt completed

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Sarah Sears of Clovis never finished her quilt, “The Tree of Life,” which she started in 1920. Her daughter, Jan Pisano, now of Boulder, Colo., now in her 80s, asked Liz Judd and a group of ladies who quilt in her building to finish it. “She came by with […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Local woman wins title of Mrs. New Mexico

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A CLOVIS RESIDENT will represent New Mexico at a national beauty pageant in September. THE MRS. GLOBE board of directors selected Erin Bailey as the 2007 Mrs. New Mexico – Globe from thousands of applicants, according to operations and marketing vice president Monica Ulrich. “There’s certain criteria she has […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Resident closely follows city happenings

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor JOHN WIDMARK’S FACE is a familiar one at Clovis City Commission and Curry County Commission meetings. Since the 71-year-old retiree moved to Clovis from the Seattle area in November 2001, he has had a front-row seat to the local political process. He attends the meetings of both governing bodies […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Woman starts support group

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A MYRIAD OF HEALTH PROBLEMS plague Laurie Johannsen. The 47-year-old suffers from pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea and an autoimmune disease, she said. Although Johannsen, a former special education teacher, has a host of family and friends, she said discussing her ailments is hard. AND SO AN IDEA TO BEGIN […]

Oct. 6, 2006 Reporter’s Notebook

A recent vaccination and spay/neuter clinic benefited two local non-profit organizations. Veterinarian Jack Murphy donated 10 percent of the proceeds from the clinics held in August to the Lighthouse Mission and the Matt 25 Hope Center, he said. Each organization received a check for $157. “I’ve been here (Clovis) for 35 years,” Murphy said, “It […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local woman runner-up for queen

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brianne Aucutt of Clovis was first runner-up last month in the New Mexico State Fair Queen contest in Albuquerque. The Texas Tech sophomore represented Curry County as the reigning Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. She competed against 11 other young women from New Mexico. Aucutt was judged on personality, horsemanship […]

Reporter’s notebook: Wal-Mart publishes local’s recipe

Carolyn Deweese was surprised to learn recently he recipe for chili casserole is included in the fifth annual Wal-Mart employee cookbook. Wal-Mart included Deweese’s recipe along with more than 80 others — chosen from thousands of submissions by Wal-Mart associates. The goal, according to a Wal-Mart press release, was to produce a cookbook “reflecting the […]

Reporter’s notebook: National Guard unit comes home for holidays

These soldiers made it home just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. After 14 months spent in the nation’s capital, members of the 1-200th Air Defense Artillery Battalion arrived Wednesday in Fort Bliss, Texas, according to their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Alvarez. They received a four-day pass to visit their family and friends, he said. […]

Reporter’s notebook: Squadron receives presidential citation after 60 years

Ret. Col. William Creech waited 60 years for his squadron to receive a presidential citation. The former Cannon Air Force Base commander said he grew tired of school children not knowing what he and others in the Army Air Corp’s 528th fighter squadron did in World War II. Creech said his squadron, dubbed the Dragonflies, […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local singer’s son fills in on national anthem

A familiar voice was missing from the last two Clovis football games as national anthem singer John Urban was recuperating from surgery for a brain hematoma. An Urban was still on the microphone, however, as his son Ken sang the anthem and did the announcing duties for the Clovis High band’s halftime show. John Urban […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local publishes book of poems

Brenda Marshall-Wilsea says she never leaves home without carrying a notebook and pen. Wilsea is the author of “Special Poems to the Lord,” a 30-page book of inspirational passages. A simple, sky-blue cover shows a dove of peace. According to the poet, she has been working on this book of poetry for the last five […]

Reporter’s notebook: Music minister sings anthem for BRAC hearing

Oscar Cleare, the music minister for Faith Christian Family Church, has been singing since he was 10. First inspired by his preacher father in Illinois, Cleare has sung at malls throughout New Mexico and Texas and he’s compiled a Christmas CD with another CD on the way. That was his voice that trumpeted the words […]

Reporter’s notebook: Miss Clovis moving on to Miss New Mexico pageant

For the third year in a row, Aleiha Applegarth has been crowned Miss Clovis. She said the pageant, held March 13 in Las Cruces, was something she “just fell into” after receiving a flier at work. With the encouragement of her co-workers and friends, Applegarth entered her first pageant competition. “I figured ‘why not?’,” she […]

Reporter’s notebook: Rotary clubs celebrate 100th anniversary

CNJ staff The Clovis and High Plains Rotary clubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the international service organization during a meeting at the Holiday Inn. District governor Charles R. “Rick” Akins spoke to the clubs on the achievements of the service organization in last century years. “One of our greatest accomplishments as an organization is […]

Drill team member raising money (reporter’s notebook)

Lola Barrows, a 14-year-old member of the Gattis Junior High drill team, is selling candles to raise money for a trip to New York City where she is slated to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “I’m looking forward to being in some place big and some place new,” Barrows said. “I’ve only raised […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Club plans ‘Astronomy Day’ activities

By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ Staff Writer On the Web: www.astroleague.org The Clovis Astronomy Club will hold “Astronomy Day” activities from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex. Club Secretary Carol Nash said telescopes, displays, giveaways and hands-on activities will take place throughout the afternoon. She said the club has […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Scholarship fund gets $1,200 at meeting

A scholarship fund started five years ago in memory of the former owner of High Plains Federal Credit Union received more than $1,200 due to donations and silent auction receipts at the credit union’s annual meeting on Saturday. According to Daniel Lofton, marketing director for the credit union, the Raymond McClain Scholarship is given each […]