City commission hearing charter suggestions

By Jack King City commissioners today will consider accepting the recommendations of the city’s Charter Review Committee, which has finished a regular review of the Charter. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Under a provision of the Charter, a Charter Review Committee is appointed every 10 […]

County expects standing room only

By Jack King Curry County commissioners are expecting a large turnout for today’s discussion of plans for a county special events center — so large, they’ve moved part of the meeting from the commission chamber to the courtroom of District Judge Teddy L. Hartley on the second floor of the Curry County Courthouse. The commission […]

Fighting fire with air tractors

By Gary Mitchell When the summer wildfire season breaks out in the western states, one Clovis man and his crew get involved. Ted Stallings, owner/operator of Aero Tech in Clovis, has five firefighting aircraft called “air tractors” heavily involved in fighting fires in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. “Right now, we’re fighting fires big […]

Clovis man gets 41 years for criminal sexual penetration

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal intentionally withheld information from the following story in an effort to protect the identity of the victims. Richard Swopes, 41, of St. Vrain, will spend at least 35 years in prison on a 41-year sentence following his guilty plea to three counts of criminal sexual […]

Cook, Margaret

Margaret Cook Services: Have been held. Mrs. Margaret Genevieve Cook, 78, of Hobbs, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, in Hobbs. She was born on April 20, 1925, in Hunt County, Texas, to Haskell Charles “Pop” and Cleo Elwood Conder. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Maxine Dennis and Opal Prater; […]

Hispanics still underrepresented on TV

By Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, but with the release of […]

Hanson urges border patrol, assimilation

By Mona Charen SAN DIEGO — Victor Davis Hanson should be cloned so that his erudition, wisdom and humane enlightenment could illuminate every important national question. But wait, he already does address most of the pressing issues of the day. In his books, his commentaries for National Review Online and Commentary, and his television appearances, […]

European Union is not growing old gracefully

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a certain sort of proud U.S. triumphalism was in vogue in intellectual circles. Our victory in the Cold War was seen as proof that after a long struggle between competing worldviews, American values had emerged supreme, and we were on our way to a planet in which liberal […]

Madd Doggs charge to title

Dave Wagner Falling into the losers bracket with an early Sunday morning loss put the Hobbs Madd Doggs in a bind in Men’s Class E play in the 20th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic at Guy Leeder Complex. No matter. The Madd Doggs rallied for five consecutive wins to take the title, including 17-14 and […]

Clovis seeing wettest season in 4 decades

By Janet Bresenham Clovis is experiencing its wettest June in 40 years. Early Sunday evening, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque had recorded 5.97 inches of rain for Clovis in June. “We’re well above normal, for sure, with those figures,” NWS forecaster and meteorologist Mark Fettig said. “The normal amount of precipitation for Clovis in […]

Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]

Cannon crews being retrained

By Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com Now that all 21 of their new F16CJ fighter jets have arrived, Cannon Air Force Base ground crews are undergoing extensive retraining and learning to take care of specialized planes that spent more years in Iraqi combat missions than some crew members have […]

Hurt, Theodore

Theodore Hurt Services: 1 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Mr. Theodore “Chief Rotten Eagle” Hurt, of Malakoff, Texas, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, died Saturday, June 21, 2003. He was born on Aug. 24, 1932, in Bluefield, W. Va., to Robert Griffith and Pansy Hurt. He served in […]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or […]

Dad, daughter bond sitting cross-legged

By Bob Huber Whenever summer rears its heated head, I always recall an ancient ritual of a vernal equinox variety called Indian Maidens, invented in the same era as bagged manure, potted plants, dandelions, and Ben Gay. You’ve never heard of Indian Maidens? I’m not surprised. I’ll bet you also didn’t know fathers could sit […]

Fate of retirees’ compensation still up in air

By Tom Philpott More than 670,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities are ineligible for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Many wonder whether CRSC truly is a beachhead in battle for “concurrent receipt” of full retired and VA disability compensation, or the end of the line on this issue. That will depend on whether lawmakers vowing […]

Public meetings

City Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, at Wells Fargo Bank. Tuesday, noon, Distinguished Employee Award Program. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. City Commission Meeting. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Water Policy Advisory Committee, Bert Cabiness City Government Building, assembly room. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Civil Aviation Board. Thursday, 7 a.m., Chamber of […]

No price tag on getting news in, or out

By David Stevens How much does it cost to “de-advertise” information? Readers have offered to pay me to report information that might not otherwise be reported. And some have threatened to sue me for reporting information they didn’t want to see reported. But until Saturday, no one had ever offered to pay me to not […]

Banished to ‘the boondocks’

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission to […]

Fourth a good time for friends

By Clyde Davis Many will get together with friends over the upcoming patriotic holiday. Your best friend should be the one you sleep next to every night, but how about all those other friends and the web of relationships that we don’t even think about? A column on friendship could read like Jesus’ illustration on […]