Chamber honors best of 2008

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce transformed the Clovis Civic Center ballroom into a scene from a Western movie Friday, complete with hay bales by the main entrance for their annual banquet.

About 380 people joined the Chamber in celebrating the accomplishments of 2008.

Chamber President Jim Sours passed the gravel to incoming 2009 President Kathy Wright.

Col. Timothy Leahy outlined changes Cannon Air Force Base underwent in 2008 and the changes to come this year, including doubling the size of the base.

“We have a different mission, we fly different aircraft and maybe see the world in a different way, but different isn’t bad, it’s just different,” Leahy said.

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield congratulated the people of Clovis for the making the city what it is.

“People fall in love with Clovis because of the people here,” Brumfield said.