Balloons prepare for take-off

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Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” the Clovis teen said. “I’m like a military brat, so I’ve flown in a lot of things, but not a hot [...]

Lights, camera,bidding… KENW Tele-Auction begins

By Janet Bresenham When the 27th annual KENW-TV Tele-Auction hits the airwaves this week, at least one group of Clovis volunteers will be helping raise money for the Public Broadcasting System station. Clovis Community College staff and students plan to man the phones Friday night as bidders call in for a variety of items up [...]

Former Air Force sergeant reminisces about Clovis AFB

By Darrell Todd Maurina Coming to Clovis in 1954 was a major change for New York City native Peter Hendricks. But even five decades later, Hendricks said he enjoyed his time at what was then known as Clovis Air Force Base — quiet was precisely what he wanted after having served during the Korean War. [...]

From the Editor’s Desk

By David Stevens A Clovis woman brought several old newspapers into the Clovis News Journal office last week. She didn’t want to throw them away, and thought someone might enjoy the look back in time. Six of the papers were from Clovis High School in the 1959-60 school year. Here are a few of the [...]

Sparks held off by Attack in semifinal

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — Before the state AAU girls basketball championships began in Clovis this weekend, Albuquerque Attack coach Ruben Muniz took his daughter to Portales to visit his alma mater. Muniz earned an master’s in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 1979 and his daughter, Megan, plays on the 12-and-under team [...]

Hill content with being a Wildcat … for now

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Staff Writer Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com CLOVIS — Under other circumstances, the sight of Morgan Hill in a Clovis jersey would be enough to scare her coaches at Portales High. This summer, she has their blessing. Hill, a 6-foot, 145-pound post, is playing with the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats team at this [...]

Clovis man sentenced to life in jail

Darrell Todd Maurina Following tearful and bitter pleas by family and friends of a Clovis man killed in April 2001, 9th District Court Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday sentenced Pedro Joaquin Amaro, 30, of Clovis, to life in prison plus 31 years. Amaro also must make an undetermined amount of restitution to the family of [...]

Jones racing team has high hopes

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By Eric Butler CLOVIS — His first rule is nothing gets in the way of family, that’s why Memorial Day weekend will be filled with racing for the Clovis-based Curt Jones Racing team at the Texas Nationals for IMCA-modified cars. Jones, driver Roger Dial and crew chief Art Ferro will make their way to the [...]

New girls summer league to debut tonight

By Kevin Wilson Weeknights just got a little more interesting for girls basketball in the area. Clovis and Portales area teams are part of a new summer league, which opens at 6 p.m. (MDT) today with games at Farwell and Texico high schools. West Texas-New Mexico Phenoms Summer League organizer Sammy Herrera said he wanted [...]

Portales experiencing rollercoaster weather

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s heat wave turned into a cold snap for eastern New Mexico by Monday, as a 41-degree temperature drop brought strong winds and the area’s first rainfall this month. “We still get cold fronts into the state sometimes as late as early or mid-June, but usually they are not nearly that [...]