Air National Guard hit especially hard in base closings plan

By Philip Dine: St. Louis Post-Dispatch WASHINGTON — As Missouri officials fight to save the 131st Air National Guard Fighter Wing at Lambert Field, and Illinois does the same for its Air National Guard F-16 unit in Springfield, a broader trend is evident: The Air National Guard stands to take a huge hit nationwide in […]

Children evacuated as precaution

CNJ staff reports A child care center in Clovis was briefly evacuated about noon on Wednesday when workers smelled smoke in the building. A burned-out air conditioner motor caused the smell at Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center on West 21st Street, officials said, and there was no fire. Children were outside for about 15 minutes […]

Iraqi violence is behind rare call-up

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The intensity of violence in Iraq, with insurgents attacking roads and bridges and interrupting supply lines, is behind the rare involuntary recall of more than 5,600 soldiers who had completed active duty obligations, says Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army’s vice chief of staff. Cody told the House Armed Services […]

Scaling ranks challenging for two blacks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When 2nd Lt. Ira Pottard left the Army’s veterinary corps after fighting in World War II, he couldn’t arrange the financing to begin a veterinary practice in Clovis and traded his officer’s uniform to become a chauffeur. More than 35 years later when Delores Forrest entered the United […]

Building boom room sought

By Jack King Local developers say Clovis is on the brink of a residential building boom, but the city must relax some zoning requirements or the boom could fizzle. Planning and Zoning commissioners said the requested changes should not lead to loosening all zoning requirements. The change requests will be discussed at the commission’s next […]

Unfarmed fields explode into flames

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A large cloud of smoke rises behind a home north of Clovis as a brush fire burns in the background Friday near State Route 209 and Curry County Road 16. The fire burned 100 acres Friday and 40 Saturday (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina Officials from the Clovis Fire Department have […]

Remnants of Santa Fe project remain

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of a two-part series on the Santa Fe Heights housing project that began in Clovis in the 1940s. Part one was published Dec. 3. “My brother and I,” said Cameron Mactavish, “had part-time work at the Santa Fe Heights project when out of school. Andrew was the […]

Clovis is no stranger to housing booms

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The story will conclude next Wednesday. Clovis’ biggest boom in housing projects started during the middle of World War II. An acute housing shortage in Clovis had been recognized by the federal government because of “increased war activity” in this area. The Clovis […]

No hot dogs here

By Darrell Todd Maurina The heat-related death of a Muleshoe police dog earlier this month brought home the fears of a group of area animal lovers. Thanks to a community funding drive spearheaded by the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club that raised $2,100, special warning units have been installed in all three of Clovis’ police K-9 units […]

Military presence in Iraq shifts

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An unidentified U.S. Army soldier tells people to stay back as soldiers went looking for an individual who fired near a secure perimeter near the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad on Tuesday. WASHINGTON — Combat in Iraq is all but over, yet US Army troops continue to stream into the country in an illustration of one […]