Fair’s pet performance draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jo Schrepfer holds out her arms to catch a trained cat during the Pets Overboard pirate show Thursday night at the fair. She said the animal performers were all rescued from animal shelters. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Children giggled and clapped as Comet climbed a ladder and began […]

Commander ‘proud’ of UCI results

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Chief Master Sgt. Maria Lacuesta-Siroin, 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron, back, explains to Capt. John Bisges, 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron, what happened at the scene of a simulated car accident. By Capt. Mae-Li Allison: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing commander […]

Feb. 13 Cannon Community

Tops in Blue performance — Air Force’s premiere entertainment showcase Tops in Blue will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Eastern New Mexico’s Greyhound Stadium. The event is two-hours of music, dance and old-fashioned fun. It is free and open to the military and community. Volunteers needed — The Community Center is looking for […]

Dusk set for CCC performance

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Courtesy photo Matt Dusk brings his jazz style to the Clovis Civic Center Jan. 31. Freedom New Mexico Canadian crooner Matt Dusk will brings his “Rat Pack” jazz style to a concert Jan. 31 at the Clovis Civic Center. The concert kicks off the spring season of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series sponsored by […]

Academy set for “Nutcracker” performance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Students from Bella Vista practice for The Nutcracker at Marshall Auditorium. CNJ Staff The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is 7 p.m. on Friday. The play has been produced annually for 12 years, according to director Viola Cano. Cano is the dance teacher for Bella […]

Committee evaluates 9th Judicial District judges

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has recommended all four judges in the 9th Judicial District be retained by voters in the upcoming elections. Four of the district’s five judges will be listed on the Nov. 4 ballot for retention or rejection and must receive 57 percent of votes to […]

City commissioners approve pay raises

CNJ staff Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 and […]

Education feature: Class ends on a high note

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Brandon touches up her makeup in the dressing room backstage at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall before she and her classmates performed their final for a Broadway-style singing class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer In the minimal light backstage, Caleb Brandon took his place behind a podium and […]

The Alaska Plane Wreck

Our friend Jim Connelley raised high-powered performance Quarter Horses, but before that occupation he had another – Alaskan bush pilot. He was small, only about 5 feet 5 inches tall, so he fit those small planes just fine. He delivered fishermen, hikers, etc … to the back country and then picked them up after their […]

Tops in Blue makes splash in Clovis

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Erik Cardenas Performers with Tops in Blue perform a song during their musical set of the decade from 1947 to 1957 during their 2007 World Tour at Marshall Auditorium in Clovis on Feb. 18. Tops in Blue performers entertain airmen and local communities worldwide and on By Airman 1st Class […]

Why does God attend worship?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Several years ago I took some of our family 70 miles down the road looking for a little dose of culture. We went to hear the symphony, and with them, the man who’s arguably the best classical guitarist in the world. His performance reminded me of one of my own. No […]

State to release annual school progress reports

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer School officials say the annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports, scheduled for release today, give a skewed perspective on the performance of some schools. The report is a No Child Left Behind Act yardstick used to measure students’ reading and math skills. “The idea of shooting for 100 percent of […]

Brazilian culture comes to Clovis

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Viver Brasil Dance Co. will use song and dance interpretation to portray Brazilian culture during a 90-minute performance Sunday at the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis. Founded in 1997, the 12-member dance troupe focuses on bringing to life the Afro-Brazilian cultures, through dance, music and costumes, founder […]

Floyd jamboree celebrates 57 years

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Courtney Foley, left, and Hillary Foley of Portales tune their instruments prior to hitting the stage during rehearsal for the Floyd Lions Club Jamboree. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Soon the sounds of fiddles, guitars, drums and singing will fill the air in Floyd as the 57th annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree gets under way […]

U.S. attorneys’ firings expose judicial defects

By Freedom Newspapers If a mid-level press officer had been more straightforward with the media last December when the Bush administration decided to fire eight of the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, the simmering scandal over those fired attorneys might never have developed. A spokesman might have said: “U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the […]

Zias basketball player honored

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Rochelle Vance has been selected third-team ESPN The Magazine’s District 6 Academic All-District for her performance on the court and in the classroom. Vance has averaged over four points and rebounds per game. She has also scored 10 points on three occasions this season. To […]

Brazilian culture comes to Clovis

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Viver Brasil Dance Co. will use song and dance interpretation to portray Brazilian culture during a 90-minute performance Sunday at the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis. Founded in 1997, the 12-member dance troupe focuses on bringing to life the Afro-Brazilian cultures, through dance, music and costumes, founder […]

Orchestra honors military with special performance

By Casey Peacock:Freedom Newspapers Lubbock Symphony Orchestra will present a salute to America’s military, with the “America at War” series at 7 p.m. (MST) Jan. 12 and 13 at the Civic Center Theatre in Lubbock. The performance is part of LSO’s 60th anniversary celebration. Guest conductor will be Jeffrey Pollock, Fort Worth, Texas, Symphony Orchestra […]

Day Trip: Classic theater hosts holiday performances

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The restored 1930s-era Cactus Theater sits in the heart of the Depot District in Lubbock. (Courtesy photo) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled in the Depot District of Lubbock is the Cactus Theater. Starting life in 1938 as a motion picture theater, the facility was remodeled in 1993 and has since become a performance theater. […]

The art of healing

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleDavide Cabassi performs during an Arts in Healing program Friday at Clovis Community College. The Italy native said in times of sickness he turns to his piano and music for comfort. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a metal chair on a chilly stage, ViolaMontoya closed her eyes and heard […]