Proposed shutdown of submarine base scrutinized

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — The chairman of the nation’s base-closing review commission on Tuesday questioned the Navy’s proposed closure of the New London Submarine Base, suggesting that the massive transfer of personnel and resources to the Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia could overwhelm the southern installation. The proposed shutdown of […]

Major bases on closure list

The Associated Press The 33 major military bases that the Pentagon said Friday it wants to close. The military defines “major” as bases whose replacement cost would be $100 million or greater. They are: Alaska Kulis Air Guard Station California Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant Naval Support Activity, Corona Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Concord Detachment […]

Western Union messenger learned morals from prisoners

By Don McAlavy Paul Crume was a columnist for The Dallas Morning News. He came from Farwell, yet wrote many columns saying he grew up at Lariat, a skip and a hop east of Farwell. Crume’s daily morning column, “Big D” received front-page space. He was born in 1912 and died in 1975. Here’s one […]

Legendary radio announcer became preacher

By Don McAlavy The late Herman Samson “Don” Boles was one of the more gregarious characters in Clovis from 1945 through 1952. His antics on KICA radio station with R. B. “Mac” McAlister were legendary. Born Jan. 11, 1910, in Wellington, Texas, Boles and his parents moved to Amarillo in 1916. His dad had a […]

Marshall class learns through laughter

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Freshman Josh Metrejean pokes fun at an Amarillo television station sportscaster who is not more than 5-feet tall as part of a skit Wedneday during Keith Ingram’s theater class at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Robert Barela, 15, was so nervous during his second-period class at […]

Professor holds peanut seminar

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Mani Narayana, a visiting scholar with the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center at Clovis, displays Valencia peanuts on the table during peanut field day Thursday at the research field. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth David Irvin New Mexico farmers and crop scientists gathered Thursday morning on the sandy fields of New Mexico […]

Silver City needs to give voice to all

By Ned Cantwell Silver City is proud of herself. The town in southwestern New Mexico likes to say, “You owe yourself a visit.” She likes to say Silver City is the “bes- kept secret of the Southwest.” Here are some other slogans that might apply. “Silver City — Shame on you!” Or, “Silver City, where […]

Zia players like pizza, Barry Bonds and Kerry

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Clovis Zia pitcher Phillip Martinez pitched three innings in last weeks District 3 11-year-old tournament championship game at Dickinson Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Members of the Clovis Zia All-Stars like Barry Bonds, John Kerry in the presidential election and are torn between X-box and Play Station2 when it comes to video […]

City seeing significant increase in gas drive-offs in recent months

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Clovis has seen a rise in gas thefts in recent months, with 10 already this month and 42 in the month of May. CNJ photo illustration by Eric Kluth By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR As the sun sets on Friday and Saturday nights, Claud Washburn keeps his eyes peeled for gas smugglers. The assistant […]

Portales banker remembers Reagan as sincere during train layover in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For Ronald Reagan, it was an early-morning layover at a small train station in Clovis. For a 20-something ticket agent, the Cold War-era words they exchanged are still memorable 42 years later. “We just talked about a lot of things,” said Dennis Edwards, now the president of Wells-Fargo Bank in […]