Staff memories of Michael Jackson: Greatest entertainer of my lifetime

By Tony Bullocks: CNJ photographer My sister Jeannette and I would get on the bus to ride across town to see Michael Jackson and his brothers at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Every time they came to the city, we went to see them. Later when they became the Jacksons, they would play at […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: April 1 hoax

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico I can only remember falling for two April Fool’s jokes that were in print. One was Sports Illustrated’s hoax that an eccentric pitcher named Sidd Finch had learned how to throw a baseball 168 miles an hour and had been signed to the Mets. That was sort of understandable. […]

Religion feature: New church plans to keep it simple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church is “planting” a new church, called The Vine Community Church, to appeal to those who prefer a progressive program over a traditional one. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Central Baptist Church staff knows they aren’t the church for everyone. They also know that not everyone […]

Senior resident center celebrates fathers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo John Schmidt, a resident at Senior Citizen Resident Center in Clovis, said Father’s Day has never been a big deal for him. He said his favorite thing about being a father is being a grandfather. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff and residents of the Senior Citizen Resident […]

Longtime Clovis pastor appointed to state Baptist council

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pedro Escobar grew up in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1978 at the age of 30 to follow God’s call to pursue the ministry. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis pastor Pedro Escobar has been selected to join the Baptist Convention of New Mexico […]

Meetings watch: School board votes for third-party audit of school staff

Highlights from the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday. • The board accepted applications for Title I migrant, state bilingual education, Title III English, Title I federal stimulus and Title I consolidated funding. The $1.4 million in stimulus funding would go toward hiring five language specialists and buying Read 180 • A gift […]

Clovis Police launch new web site

On Friday, May 8, 2009, after more than 2 months of work, the Clovis Police Department is launching its new and improved website. The new design, consistent with the department’s commitment to being more technologically enhanced, features vastly improved navigation, an enhanced internal search engine, and an upgraded events calendar. A key reason for the […]

May 8 Honors

The following Cannon airmen were recognized at the weekly wing staff meeting on Tuesday: • Staff Sgt. Jason Derocher, 27th Special Operations Electric Maintenance Squadron, received the Quarterly Weapons Safety award. • Staff Sgt. Michael Clark, 27th Special Operations Logistic Readiness Squadron, received the Quarterly Ground Safety Award. • Tech. Sgt. Worth Peterson, 27th Special […]

County jail short on command staff

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File photo Lois Bean took over as administrator of the Curry County Adult Detention Center in December By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three officers have resigned from the Curry County Detention Center in the last two weeks, leaving a lean command staff. Administrator Lois Bean said the officers — the assistant administrator, a captain […]

Hounds split slugfests with Bulldogs

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Senior catcher Freddy Carmona highlighted an eight-run second with a three-run double, while right fielder Ethan Wagner hit a grand slam and first baseman Seth Clabaugh whacked a pair of solo homers to lift Eastern New Mexico University past Southwestern Oklahoma 16-6 Saturday in the first game of […]

Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

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USAF courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by an improvised explosive device while on a four-vehicle patrol checking on a local school on March 15 in Afghanistan. He was deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Staff and wire reports Flags are at half-staff around the state in […]

Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen gather around the drunken driving simulator during the national Save a Life tour at The Landing. The simulator allowed airmen to experience the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on […]

March 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. Feb. 20 an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Street for a report of a drug deal. A staff member said he witnessed two boys doing a drug deal and provided the officer with […]

Commission approves storage building, flooring for events center

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File photo Renovations at the jail include motion sensors in mechanical rooms, new ceilings in the laundry, kitchen, visitation areas and annex, upgrades to controls and a new control station. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County commissioners approved more than $280,000 in bids for the Special Events Center and $500,000 for improvements at the […]

Proposed algae plant to create 100 jobs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Portales will become home to an algae farm that produces biofuel and an estimated 100 new jobs for the region if the U.S. Senate passes a proposed budget bill. Nearly $1 million in funding for the project is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill expected to […]

Security forces airman awarded at Air Force level

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U.S. Air Force courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Brett Pragle, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, is the Air Force’s 2008 Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Airman of the Year. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs A security forces airman was recently recognized at the Air Force level with the Outstanding Security […]

Nov. 14 Honors

The following airmen were selected for promotion to staff sergeant: • Kendra Coleman, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Eric Kindle, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron • Alan Hailey, 3rd Special Operations Squadron • Michael Wilson, 73rd Special Operations Squadron

Auxiliaries tackle tasks in colorful way

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Ruby Goforth has been a member of the Pink Ladies for five years. She said Goforth said she enjoys volunteering at a hospital because she can provide comfort for people who need it. The women are known as Pink Ladies. The men Red Coats. They volunteer to man the gift […]

Kids learn how not to get burned

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis firefighter Sheryl Chavez answers questions from Kendra Aucutt’s kindergarten class at Zia Elementary School after a presentation from the fire department about fire safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their hands clasped, two little girls skipped and twirled beside their classmates chanting, “Stop-drop-and-roll,” while their teacher Kendra Aucutt […]

Officials: 2005 homicide suspect negotiating surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]