Wednesday morning briefing: Lindbergh’s Clovis legacy and for breakfast, green eggs and ham

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Aviator Charles Lindbergh helped establish a transcontinental plane-train service that included a stop in Clovis. The terminal built in 1928-29 about eight miles west of Clovis eventually grew into what we know today as Cannon Air Force Base. Video game of the [...]

Museum, festival draws rock ‘n’ roll fans

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jay Parmenter of Clovis and a guide at the Norman Petty Recording Studio provides information about the control center Thursday afternoon during one of the scheduled tours of the studio during the Clovis Music Festival. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Laser pointer in hand, Kenneth Broad pointed to several [...]

Clovis native co-founder of Pixar studio

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Courtesy photo Alvy Ray Smith credits his high school teachers for inspiring him in art and math. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Before Alvy Ray Smith co-founded one of the most successful animation studios in the country, he was thought of as a brilliant and funny Clovis High School student. Smith is one of [...]

He was a little animated

Coming Sunday: Did you know a Clovis native was once a big part of the Pixar animation studio?

Feb. 15 – Sharkboy visits Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Actor Taylor Lautner visited Clovis Friday. An award-winning martial artist, Lautner made an appearance at American Karate Studio’s Children’s Fair at Clovis Civic Center. The studio had students on-hand to show off their karate skills. Dancers from the Clovis Dance Academy also performed. Lautner stands with Brandon Parra, from left, [...]

Nov. 4, 1929

Warren Davis, circulation manager of the Evening News-Journal, was appointed by Bishop F.B. Howden of Albuquerque as lay reader of the Episcopal Church of the district of New Mexico. … Eyebrow arch services were 35 cents at the Studio Beauty Shop. … Smiling Irish Eyes, featuring Colleen Moore, was showing at the Lyceum Theatre.

Petty studio offers step back in time

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “There is a shower in the men’s room.” Ah, I thought. My new co-worker has discovered the uniqueness of our radio station’s men’s room, courtesy of the late Norman Petty. Had he not decided to open a recording studio in Clovis there probably wouldn’t be a shower in the men’s [...]

Historical marker unveiled at Petty studio

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Shirley and Kenneth Broad, owners of the Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, unveil a historic marker presented Thursday by the New Mexico Historical Preservation Division. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Dozens gathered Thursday in a small court yard at the Norman Petty Recording Studio to watch the unveiling of [...]

Cage fight scheduled for fairgrounds

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This [...]

Making music memories

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDerek Stone, 11, of Portales, front right, and James LeFebvre, center, get autographs from the LA Party Dolls Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center during the Clovis Music Festival’s “meet the rockers” fanfare. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some of those attending the Clovis Music Festival may have been chasing down [...]