Soaring to new heights

A warning system on Capt. Christina Hooper’s F-16 fighter jet was destroyed by a lightning strike in the first few days of the Iraq war. Courtesy photo. By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Christina Hopper has weathered some storms in her life. One of them — when lightning struck the F-16 fighter jet she was flying […]

Ceremony honors local veterans

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ News Journal As nearly 300 people gathered outside the Clovis-Carver Public Library for a Memorial Day ceremony dedicating Curry County’s new veterans memorial, several family members of deceased veterans being honored enjoyed a reunion after spending years apart. Tommy Hohstadt said he was surprised to see Nancy Young Wright when […]

Texas cemetery opens for American Indians

Don McAlavy: Local columnist MORTON, Texas — This story began in the late 1950s when a wooden box containing human bones was found in the old Cochran County Museum in Morton. Morton is about 30 miles south of Muleshoe. The box was labeled “Indian bones — part of skeleton found in southern Cochran County.” Maxine […]

New boss to take command today

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base personnel will mark a transition between commanders with a change of command ceremony at 3 p.m. today. The incoming commander, Col. John Posner, was most recently stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The next assignment for the outgoing commander, Col. Robert Yates, will be to […]

City officials sworn in

From left, Randal Crowder, Lunell H. Winton, David Lansford, Fred Van Soelen and Robert Sandoval sign their oaths of office. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Jack King Two new City Commissioners, two incumbents and Mayor David Lansford took the oath of office Monday in a brief ceremony in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public […]

Cheese plant to boost state dairy industry

In this aerial photo of the future Southwest Cheese plant location south of Clovis, dignitaries speak to a crowd of about 200 people Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jack King With construction begun on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. […]

Cheesy does it

Crews move dirt at the site of the Southwest Cheese Plant Jan. 30 south of Clovis, located near the intersection of Curry County Roads 4 and K. Groundbreaking is at 2:30 p.m. today. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson, city and county officials and company officers will attend a groundbreaking […]

Heroes remembered — Commander: ‘Let us not forget’

Members of the Cannon Air Force Base HOnoer Guard stand at attention during a memorial ceremony Thursday at the base. CNJ staff photo Eric Kluth Darrell Todd Maurina Standing before an audience of uniformed airmen, officers, and members of veterans organizations, Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Robert Yates said Thursday morning that Americans around […]

Local 9/11 memorials set at ENMU, Clovis, Cannon

Freedom Newspapers Students and faculty at Eastern New Mexico University will gather at noon Thursday for a 20-minute ceremony to honor the heroes and victims of Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial service, a product of the Multicultural Affairs Office, will be held at the ENMU campus fountain. This is the second annual 9/11 memorial ceremony […]

Clovis man named to Republicans’ 2003 Honor Roll

By Gary Mitchell When the National Republican Congressional Committee notified Homer Tankersley he would be the recipient of a special award, the Clovis businessman was taken aback. “I don’t have any idea how they selected me,” he said. “It was a total surprise. I had no idea what was going on.” Tankersley, 76, received notice […]

Civil rights leader honored

Area residents look at and take pictures of a monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday in Potter Park after the dedication ceremony. By Jack King Speakers at the dedication of a monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Clovis’ Potter Park on Saturday said the civil rights leader didn’t belong to […]

Cannon soldiers to be honored

By Gary Mitchell One of the best reasons to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base might be typified by what’s taking place June 21 in Clovis, Air Force officials say. “Our airmen feel very honored to live in this part of the country in America — that the local communities would want to throw […]

Communities set Memorial Day observances

By Gary Mitchell Memorial Day has a significance that local veteran Larry Frappier and his colleagues want to make sure the nation doesn’t forget. “It’s a day you’re honoring your fallen comrades,” said Frappier, who serves as secretary for the Joint Veterans Council in Clovis, the sponsor of the community’s annual Memorial Day Observance. “It’s […]

Clovis, Muleshoe sets Memorial Day observances

Gary Mitchell Memorial Day has a significance that local veteran Larry Frappier and his colleagues want to make sure the nation doesn’t forget. “It’s a day you’re honoring your fallen comrades,” said Frappier, who serves as secretary for the Joint Veterans Council in Clovis, the sponsor of the community’s annual Memorial Day Observance. “It’s always […]

Towns to sign landfill agreement

Jack King Clovis and Portales city officials will formalize the designation of the two cities as a Microplex with a resolution signing ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex, 701 North Main St. The landfill agreement between Clovis and Portales also will be signed at the ceremony, said Chase Gentry, […]

658 students graduate

By Janet Bresenham Friday night saw the 17th commencement convocation ceremony for Clovis Community College, where 253 graduates were presented with associates’ degrees or certificates of completion. Beth DeFoor, CCC director of marketing and public relations, said that since the college now includes fall and spring graduates in one ceremony each May, the group of […]