First person: Fire chief celebrating 35 years

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fire chief Ray Westerman will celebrate 35 years with the department on Jan. 16. On Jan. 16, Fire Chief Ray Westerman will celebrate 35 years with the Clovis Fire Department. He was hired as a probationary fire fighter at age 18 and worked is way up through the ranks to […]

First person: Again with animals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eric Lucero is the new Animal Control Officer for the city of Clovis. Lucero previously worked with animal control from 1998-2004. Eric Lucero began his second stint as an Animal Control Officer with the city of Clovis on Aug. 24. Lucero said he enjoys serving the community with his work. […]

Softball league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder about having […]

Fair’s pet performance draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jo Schrepfer holds out her arms to catch a trained cat during the Pets Overboard pirate show Thursday night at the fair. She said the animal performers were all rescued from animal shelters. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Children giggled and clapped as Comet climbed a ladder and began […]

Teaching carries over to business

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nicole Hahn thought she was getting out of teaching after she and her husband, Richard, created Clovis Pool, Spa and Patio. But she’s learned the teaching continues when running any successful business. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nicole Hahn only thought she was giving up teaching to run the […]

Food bank adds office space

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Patricio Garcia, left, and Adam Garcia of Bennett Trucking lift the building off beams Tuesday in front of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The former Cannon Federal Credit Union building will be used for office space. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It seems no matter where Sheila […]

Bible gives us clear picture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Once Buffy got a splinter lodged in the palm of her hand. I worked carefully to get it out but with little success. Even with the help of the sunlight, I still couldn’t see the splinter well enough to deal with it. Then the thought came to me: try the […]

First person: Life on the greens

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jimmy Dominguez says New Year’s Day is just another day. Jimmy Dominguez, 60, is one of the few city workers who worked on New Year’s Day. As the greens supervisor at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course, Dominguez spent the day working in the pro shop, which he does part-time as […]

Homicide suspect had conflicts with victim

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Anthony Ray Casillas By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There was a history of friction between homicide victim Gary Payne and the man accused of shooting him, according to people who worked for a silage company with the two men. Payne and Anthony Ray Casillas worked together with a crew that traveled throughout eastern New […]

Class of ’48 recalls memories of Petty during reunion

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Vera Mathwich, left, and Carl Lott, right, take a break during a tour of the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum as part of their 60th class reunion. Mathwich said Petty helped her overcome her fears of the microphone when they worked at Gabriel Monte Vera Mathwich remembers Norman Petty as a brilliant […]