July 11, 1954

Officials said $19 million of $837 million federal dollars were scheduled to be spent in New Mexico as part of a military public works authorization bill. Of the $19 million, $2.75 million was scheduled to be spent at the Clovis Air Force Base for construction. … Twin Cronies specials included four hamburgers for 98 cents. […]

Eastern student’s siblings are Virginia Tech alumni

By Freedom Newspapers One Eastern New Mexico University student has connections to Blacksburg, Va., and Virginia Tech University where a gunman killed 32 people Monday. Michael Harman, an ENMU junior history major, admits he spent some tense moments Monday morning until he was able to talk with family members who live in Blacksburg. He said […]

Time capsule unearthed

CNJ Staff A time capsule buried in downtown Clovis was unearthed Thursday. Buried in 1957, the capsule was discovered on the north side of the Clovis Fire Department beneath a sidewalk. “(The capsule) looks great … for being buried for 50 years,” Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said Friday. The exact locale of the capsule […]

New Year time for renewing life’s pursuits

Freedom Newspapers Celebrating the coming of a new year is one of the oldest traditions in human civilization, beginning in ancient Babylon some 4,000 years ago. Being one of the few holidays based on natural phenomena — the Earth does take 365 1/4 days to revolve around the sun, creating regular and observable cycles in […]

Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Generally speaking, even though I really enjoy my daily work, I enjoy holidays a great deal. I like special times when most folks take a much-needed day or two off to enjoy each other, eat too much, and goof off a bit. Taking a little time off on occasion, […]

Karr case proves justice system can get it right

By Freedom Newspapers Boulder, Colo., District Attorney Mary Lacy felt the need to explain herself amid questions about whether she should have spent the time and money pursuing a lead that didn’t pan out. The explanation should not have been necessary. Lacy spent an hour and a half last week discussing the arrest of John […]

Security bans: How far will airports go?

By Freedom Newspapers The arrests in England of those accused of plotting to blow up American airliners has reawakened the public to the threat that international terrorism poses. Fortunately, British counter-terrorism agents, with significant help from Pakistani intelligence officials, detected the plot weeks ago and moved in to stop it as it reached “a critical […]

FEMA failures show D.C.’s inefficiencies

Freedom Newspapers The news about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to last year’s Hurricane Katrina just keeps getting more and more shocking. As Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins put it, “The blatant fraud, the audacity of the schemes, the scale of the waste — it is just breathtaking.” A survey by the New York […]

Budget trims shouldn’t happen only in emergencies

We hope President Bush’s recent signing of a long delayed $94.5 billion military supplemental spending bill relieves the cash crunch that led to a hiring freeze at many military facilities. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, end efforts by the Pentagon to pinch pennies, because every military dollar spent in superfluous or wasteful ways is one […]

Vet profile — Teresa Storholt Weeks

CNJ staff Teresa Storholt Weeks Date of birth: Dec. 15, 1936 Dates of service: 1957 to 1960; reserves 1979-1996 Hometown: Denver Conflict: Persian Gulf War Branch: U.S. Air Force, New Mexico Air National Guard Rank: Technical sergeant Unit and specialty: Administration Lives in: Clovis In her words: Weeks spent her military career in administration, handling […]

Local cheerleaders hold to Christian values

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Christian School cheerleaders recently danced, yelled and stunted their way to victory at the state sheer competition while remaining steadfast in their beliefs. CCS cheer coach Ginny Boersma said the young women chose a mix of Christian pop music to accompany them during their dance sequence. Staying […]

ENMU starts search for women’s coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has begun the process of finding a women’s basketball coach after announcing last week that Dan Buzard’s contract would not be renewed for next season. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday that a selection committee is being put together. He said several applications have already been […]

Ned Wright

Ned Wright Date of birth: Jan. 9, 1922 Dates of service: January 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Theater and location of service: Europe, Africa and the Middle East Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Tech Sergeant Unit and specialty: Radio operator Lives in: Clovis In his words: After he finished high school, Wright said, “I […]

Jennings, Dale L.

Dale Lynn Jennings, 70, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, in Albuquerque with his family at his side. He was born May 8, 1935, in Clovis. A farmer and rancher for the majority of his life, he spent his later years developing organic products. Family members say he was beloved by many people and he spent […]

Louis Henry (L.H.) Fondy

Louis Henry (L.H.) Fondy, 82, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Slaton, Texas, to John and Sophie Fondy. He spent his youth and teen years operating a family-owned dairy farm in Edgeton, Wis., with his parents and three brothers. He enlisted in […]

Twila Smith

Mrs. Twila Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Billings, Mo., to Junie and Ora Johnson. She lived in Missouri until she was 8 years old, when her family moved to Portales. In 1945, she wound the Maypole before graduating from Portales […]

Bob Ware, Verald Blandford

Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Bob Ware Date of birth: May 4, 1928 Dates of service: October 1946 to March 1948 Hometown: Clovis Lives […]

New guy in town

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Pastor Michael Johnston, who moved to Clovis from Big Spring, Texas, said he plans on creating a “family focused church” at Central Christian Church where families sit and worship together. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A self-proclaimed “wanderer,” Michael Johnston is the new pastor at Central Christian Church. Johnston […]

Blame game only brings shame to players

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I spent the early part of my adult life playing the blame game. You know how that works. To quote my 3-year-old niece, Marissa, “It’s not my fault!” Now that I’ve entered the 30-something years, tilting closer toward the big 40 in which I’ve been there and done that, and […]

Texico students spend morning doing manual labor

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Texico High School senior John Schueler, right, pulls up a fence post with the help of Glen Neie on Thursday. “To tell you the truth, I would rather be doing this than be in school,” said Schueler (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Texico senior Natalie Walton had the sleeves […]