Clovis soldier's recovery progressing

By Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members […]

Forecasters: Recent rains still not enough

Staff and wire reports New Mexico is seeing some late summer rainfall, but weather forecasters say it hasn’t been enough to make up for a year of drought. Wednesday night’s downpour resulted in .68 inches of rain for Clovis, said Mark Fettig, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. But the bad news […]

Local veterans recall Pearl Harbor attacks

Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. […]

Veteran remembers days of Pearl Harbor attack

Sharna Johnson After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. “It wasn’t a […]

Taxes not cover charge for Democracy

Freedom New Mexico Imagine opening your newspaper or Web browser and seeing the following headline: “Supreme Court declares income tax unconstitutional.” It probably seems farfetched, but America’s court of last resort dropped this very bombshell in 1895. The legal battle represents just one chapter in the story of the federal income tax, which began in […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

School building plans closer to fruition

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Schools in Clovis are slowly getting closer to seeing “hammer and nail” construction across the district. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley and a team of architects visited James Bickley Elementary School March 3 to talk to faculty and staff about what the renovation process will mean to them. James […]

Education feature: School district building projects coming closer to construction

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Wilson and Company Architects Janet Lacy goes over blueprints of James Bickley with the staff Wednesday during a preliminary construction meeting. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Schools in Clovis are slowly getting closer to seeing “hammer and nail” construction across the district. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley and […]

Feb. 20 Commander's Action Line

Q: Seeing that the signs that were installed at all the gas pumps at the Shoppette does not curb the trend of customers fueling and not pulling forward for other customers.

City officials thinking green

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City leaders in Clovis are seeing green these days when they look at water from the treatment plant. Green like the color of money. Members of the city’s water policy advisory committee decided Wednesday there is big money to be made by selling effluent — the non-drinkable water discharged […]

Elementary school has seven sets of twins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale twins: Front row, left to right, Logan and Andrew Holmes, Destiny and Mikey Mendez, back row, left to right, Madison Flygare, Landon Barbour, Allison Flygare, Christina and Joshua Roberts, Andrew and Ryan Lenfant and Deion and Devon Weeston. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Teachers and students at Ranchvale […]

Looking for a positive light in negative conditions

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Positive light doesn’t shine on everything

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Feb. 17-23 Question of the Week

With the Hollywood writer’s strike over, what show are you looking forward to seeing again the most? Answer in the comment section below. Send question suggestions to kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com

Cannon good first home

Jennifer Laurent Cannon Air Force Base has been good to me. It was our first home as a married couple. I made friends that I will never forget. I found a job that I loved and, due to a deployment, was forced to remember that while I am happier with my husband at my side, […]