Our people: Clovis resident Tina Vassar enjoys working with children

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Tina Vassar has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 12 years. Clovis resident Tina Vassar has two jobs. One as the Clovis High School principal administrative assistant and another as a children’s director at Highland Baptist Church with her husband. The second she doesn’t even consider work. At both […]

Our towns: Ute Lake drawing attraction for Logan

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Cannon Connections: Thomas Garcia The Crossroads Cafe is a favorite restaurant in Logan with homemade pies and cinnamon rolls. By Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections Around 1900, Logan was established by Eugene Logan, an ex-Texas ranger, as a tent town for the incoming railroad bridge. The more than mile-long Ute Dam, which created the popular Ute […]

Our people: Portales resident still enjoys Maypole

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Barbara George worked as a teacher for 25 years at Portales High School. Portales resident Barbara George has been teaching people most of her adult life. She has taught physical education, history, track, volleyball, how to wind a maypole and how to drive a car. After being maypole director for […]

Former Clovis resident recovering from train accident

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis resident Paul Young is recovering from his sixth surgery on Friday after losing his legs and left arm in a train accident, said his father, Mike Young. “He is in good spirits and has a good attitude,” Mike Young said. Mike said his 28-year-old son will have […]

Clovis resident wins $50,000 in lottery

CNJ staff Clovis resident Stacy Scott won $50,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s Money Multiplier Scratcher, according to a news release. Scott claimed the prize Tuesday and plans to use the money toward a down payment on her first home, the release said. The winning ticket came from Allsup’s Store at 2121 W. 21st Street […]

Our people: Lady of the dance

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident BJ Bernet enjoys teaching dance and says her staff of dance instructors are different and provide great support for one another. Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself […]

Our people: Woman of letters

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Melrose resident Jamie Dickerman served as the president’s ambassador at Eastern New Mexico University during her senior year. She graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Dickerman works as a grant writer and special events coordinator for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and plans to […]

Our people: Giving back

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Pat Hayter enjoys spending her evenings her in favorite chair, catching up on her TV shows. Clovis resident Pat Hayter volunteers for the Lighthouse Mission, Meals on Wheels, Plains Regional Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, First United Methodist Church and the Latch Key Program. She said her mom and […]

Area residents to teach youth about U.S. Constitution

Liliana Castillo A group of Curry County citizens will be teaching young people about the U.S. Constitution through a pilot program this summer in Clovis. The group, consisting of Clovis Christian School Superintendent Ladona Clayton, Clovis resident Bill Henry, Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler, Clovis resident David Petty, Texico Municipal Schools Superintendent R.L. Richards, […]

Texico students overhaul trailer for area resident

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Courtesy photo: Terry Whitener Texico senior Logan Garner works to remove rusted metal from the frame of the trailer at the beginning of the project. Liliana Castillo Texico Municipal School’s agriculture mechanics department spent six weeks doing a total overhaul on a trailer for Texico graduate Kip DeFoor. The trailer belonged to DeFoor’s grandfather and […]

Our people: Jackie Clark has helped organize the Roosevelt County fair for more than 20 years

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A bench at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was dedicated in Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark’s honor after she helped organize the county fair for more than 20 years. Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark helped organize the Roosevelt County Fair for more than 20 years. She began volunteering at the fair […]

Clovis resident in running for national civilian award

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USAF: Senior Airman James Bell Ivan Sarracino, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, receives the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award from Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, on Jan. 13. The Leo Marquez award highlights outstanding achievements in the aircraft maintenance and munitions squadrons across the Air Force. Sarracino won the […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales resident Nancy Gentry said her poodle, Zuni, intentionally avoids photographs. Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced […]

Our people: Indomitable spirit

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Benny Gallegos enjoys his car, a 1991 Oldsmobile 88, even though he can’t drive it and enlists his family members to take him for a drive as often as possible. Gallegos lost his arms after sustaining injuries from an electrical accident. Clovis resident Benerito Gallegos’ life changed when in 1961, […]

Our people: Having a ball

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Danni Williams enjoys sports because she likes competition, meeting new people and traveling to new places. Clovis resident and Yucca student Danni Williams, 14, can always be found near a basketball game, if she’s not on the court. With two older brothers who play and a father who coaches the […]

Our people: Ticket master

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Courtesy photo Clovis’ Pat Blanchette works as a health assistant in the Clovis High School nurses office. Clovis resident Pat Blanchette has been the Wildcats’ purple-wearing ticket taker at Clovis Schools sporting events for 18 years. Blanchette and her husband moved to Clovis when Tom was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in 1992. The […]

Cancer claims former Clovis resident

A 24-year-old former Clovis resident battling cancer died Friday night in Pullman, Wash., according to family members. Virginia Lee, recently recognized for her research in strengthening wheat crops and awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Washington State University, was featured in a Dec. 24 Clovis News Journal story. Lee was a Clovis native and 2004 Clovis […]

County receives grant for tire cleanup

CNJ staff Curry County has received a grant to help a Melrose resident remove tires from her property, according to a news release. The environmental clean-up project will be funded by a $14,375 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department. The Melrose resident, whose property is north of Melrose along Curry Road 19 and Curry […]

Veteran sets out to find family

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell “Finding Billy” is the novel which documents Diana Thompson Dale’s search for her uncle and the uncovering of his remains. Alisa Boswell While on a trip across the world, Clovis resident John Wangler went to find his second cousin’s World War II grave and found out he wasn’t the only […]