Clovis’ voice clear in results of mayor race

Clovis Media Inc. David Lansford’s overwhelmingly victory in the Clovis mayor’s race sends a clear message that a majority of Clovis voters believe quality of life — and its different meaning for every person — is not government’s responsibility. Forget all the emotion voiced on Facebook posts and comments left on websites about Barack Obama […]

Clovis voice clear in mayor race: Less government preferred

David Lansford’s overwhelmingly victory in the Clovis mayor’s race sends a clear message that a majority of Clovis voters believe quality of life — and its different meaning for every person — is not government’s responsibility. Forget all the emotion voiced on Facebook posts and comments left on websites about Barack Obama and socialism and […]

Monday morning briefing: A recital, a send-off and a windy day

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Music, music, music Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Junior Voice Recital of Nicole Flores 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Buchanan. The event is free and open to the public. The recital will feature three exclusive arrangements of Italian art songs for voice […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

Our people: Voice of the Cats

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Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Bill Gaedke of Clovis is known as the voice of the Wildcats and couldn’t choose a favorite sport to announce for. Clovis resident Bill Gaedke has been called the voice of Clovis High School Wildcat sports. He earned the name by announcing for every home game of nearly every sport at […]

Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Manuel Thomas traces a map of Pearl Harbor as he recounts where each ship was the day of the 1941 attack by the Japanese. A Hawaii native, Thomas worked as a welder in the harbor until after the war. Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and […]

First person: Veteran lends voice to girls basketball

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Bill Gaedke, known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, has been the public address announcer for sports events for more than 30 years. The second season is about to start for Bill Gaedke. Better known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, the longtime instructor and retired Air Force chief master […]

Residents share stories of favorite teachers

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Highland Elementary School fifth grade teacher Janet Kennard teaches math concepts to her class Friday. Kennard, a teacher for 14 years, is a second generation teacher. Her mother taught in Clovis schools for 36 years. Freedom New Mexico They made difficult subjects seem fun at school. They were an encouraging […]

Spring 2010 Fine Arts Calendar Events

January Jean Ornellas Voice Recital • First United Methodist Church in Portales

Stopping to hear God’s voice helpful during busy season

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Is Christmas sometimes synonymous with the word “pressure” or is that just me? It is probably just me. Let me explain. In the past I have always seemed to feel a pressure about the season to meet the deadline of Dec. 25. Store advertisements and great sales have tempted me […]

In tribute: Radio announcer made fast friends

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer He was the voice of Wildcats, Bulldogs, Dillas and Gorillas, but Joe Frank Wheeler never hesitated to shout out Clovis as his hometown. The longtime sports announcer died Monday of a heart attack while setting up for a broadcast of the Amarillo Dillas baseball game against the Rio Grande […]

Celebrating life

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pastor Bonita Knox says she is celebrating her mother, who died last month from breast cancer, and is celebrating the lives of others through her participation in Relay for Life. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her […]

Local group planning protest rally

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis group is asking citizens to bring lunch and a voice, and they’ll provide the TEA. In following with the nationwide trend, a group that calls itself the Clovis Patriots is holding a noon forum Wednesday on Main Street. The portion of Main Street between Seventh and Eighth […]

What’s the opposite of being “full of ourselves?

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I was seated in an auditorium as the sounds of a soft and gentle voice blended with the beauty of a masterfully played guitar. The music was being sung and played by the same musician, John Michael Talbot. After the concert, I bought his latest album, his fiftieth. Like all […]

What’s the Opposite of Being “Full of Ourselves”?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I was seated in an auditorium as the sounds of a soft and gentle voice blended with the beauty of a masterfully played guitar. The music was being sung and played by the same musician, John Michael Talbot. After the concert, I bought his latest album, his fiftieth. Like all of […]

Proposal would give school board final say on policies

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Board of Education Secretary Mark Lansford wants students, staff members and parents to have a voice when it comes to school board policies. That’s why Lansford is proposing a policy that would allow the board of education to preside over an appeals process regarding the interpretation of board […]

Urban, “Voice of the Wildcats,” dies at 71

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CNJ file photo John Urban laughs as he tries on a Clovis Wildcats hat during a 2004 Kiwanis club meeting. Urban died Wednesday morning at 71. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The “Voice of the Wildcats” fell silent Wednesday. John Urban, the longtime public address announcer for Wildcat football games, died Wednesday at Plains […]

Residents voice opinions on proposed racino

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Clovis artist demonstrated natural talent

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Miss Orpha Appleman, a little, gray-haired lady with a shy voice, was one of Clovis’ most prolific, creative artist. She was originally from Butler County, Kan. Her father moved the present house (located at 922 Wallace) to Clovis when Clovis was first founded. We are indebted to the late Kathryn […]

Locals voice health care concerns

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Norma Rey Vazquez de Houdek does not advocate gun control. That is a political issue. She is concerned about the people issue. New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for teen suicides, losing one person a day. “When we live in a state that is so diverse, […]