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Chief Master Sgt. James Randall Editor’s note: James Randall is the command chief master sergeant for the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. His diary began Monday and concludes today. Hello from Kirtland Air Force Base in beautiful Albuquerque. I will be bringing this last installment to you from my laptop in my […]

Casillas, Joseph “Joe Bob”

JOSEPH CASILLAS Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton in Clovis.Joseph “Joe Bob” P. Casillas, 49, of Chandler, Ariz., died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in Chandler. He was born on Sept. 1, 1954, in Clovis, to John and Geneva Sparks Casillas. He worked for the Safeway Milk Plant for 22 years. Family members […]

Parks finds end zone often

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Melrose senior Harvey Park makes up for his lack of foot speed with great hands, according to his coach. CNJ photo by Erick Kluth. Rick White He’s not big. Nor particularly fast. Harvey Park just has a knack for catching footballs — and finding the end zone. His coach and teammates rave about his hands, […]

Kingsville not friendly for Hounds

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Sukora Cooper attempts to slip past Bobby Reed during Thursday’s Greyhound football practice at the Portales High School field. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. Dave Wagner History is not on the side of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds this week as they continue their quest for the program’s first playoff bid in nearly […]

Wildcats junior takes different path

Rick White Keeping up with the Joneses is a family matter for one Clovis Wildcat. Junior cornerback Jacob Jones is the youngest of six siblings to play sports at Clovis High, joining former soccer standouts Larry Jr. and Gabe and soccer and track star Karyn Jones. Jacob is the only one to play football at […]

Lady Cats advance to 4-5A finals

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Clovis senior Jessica Hohn records one of her 16 digs. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Dave Wagner Things got a bit more dicey than anticipated for the Clovis High volleyball team Thursday night. But after letting the third game slip away, the Lady Wildcats got back on track to beat Manzano 25-13, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16 […]

Video Reviews 10/30

Scott Jones The Hulk — PG-13 Featuring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliot, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte The comic book character created by Stan Lee comes to life in “The Hulk.” Bruce Banner (Bana), a brilliant physicist, is bombarded by an experimental gamma radiation. Soon, an unexpected side effect takes over him. The monster that […]

Gross receipts for growth

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford addresses members of the Clovis community about the city’s need for a 0.25 percent gross receipts tax during Wednesday’s “Gearing Up For Growth” press conference at city hall. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King A one-quarter of a percent gross receipts tax increase would help pay for the cost […]

CCC president is education secretary finalist

By Jack King Dr. Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, has been selected as one of six finalists for the position of state Secretary of Education, Gov. Bill Richardson’s office announced Wednesday. Gilbert Gallegos, Richardson’s deputy communications director, said five finalists for the position were selected by a committee appointed by the governor to […]

Sex crimes to be target in special session

By Jack King The special session of the state Legislature is likely to pass a significant new law or laws on sexual predators, but its results on the other two issues announced by Gov. Bill Richardson — roads and taxes — may be less significant and less satisfying for area voters, local legislators said this […]

Weekend area prep football capsules

All Times MST FORT SUMNER (7-2) AT SPRINGER (7-2) WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday DISTRICT 2-1A RECORDS: Fort Sumner 2-0, Springer 2-0. LAST WEEK: The Foxes roughed up Questa 61-14 at home. Springer shut out McCurdy 63-0. LAST MEETING: 2002, the Red Devils came to Fort Sumner undefeated, but were drilled by the Foxes 47-0. Springer […]

Local elementary school off probation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis schools Superinten-dent Neil Nuttall was pleased to learn Wednesday evening the district had succeeded in its Oct. 3 appeal of a decision to place Bella Vista Elementary on probation. In a press release sent to media organizations, the New Mexico Public Education Department reported that seven schools from five districts […]

Police Blotter 10/30

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7:45 Monday, school administrators contacted police to report that a contractor had found a forklift missing from a school construction site. Police issued a “be on the lookout” order for the forklift and located it about 45 minutes later in a […]

Academy victims stand to benefit from new system

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A victim’s confidentiality versus the public disclosure necessary to prosecute crimes and hold individuals accountable: That’s the tightrope students and administrators at the Air Force Academy have walked in dealing with sex-crime allegations since the school went co-ed in 1976. Sometimes the academy has leaned precariously to one side of the line, sometimes […]

Column fueled by ‘tons’ of fan mail

Ned Cantwell This column receives tons of mail proclaiming its brilliance. Oh, OK, a smattering of e-mails, often questioning the writer’s mental state. Here is some fun stuff. What will you ask God when you finally get a chance to meet him, a recent column wondered? A Carlsbad reader who requests anonymity for obvious reasons […]

Testing could help fight education rot

Walter Williams Last week’s column discussed parts of Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom’s new book, “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning.” It’s a gap that finds the average black high school graduate having achieved only what the average white youngster has achieved by the seventh or eighth grade. Popular recognition of the education meltdown […]

Zias in position to clinch postseason berth

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team begins a regular-season-ending, three-match homestand with a key 7 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Division clash on Friday against Angelo State at Greyhound Arena. ENMU (13-14, 5-3 South) can clinch an LSC tournament berth by beating the Rambelles (10-18, 3-3), who earlier this season […]

Halloween fun haunts area

STAFF REPORT Area Halloween events will kick off this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. when Clovis Community College sponsors a trick or treating event in the Commons area. Those interested in further information may call the college at 769-2811. Remaining celebrations on Friday include: Clovis Designated trick-or-treat hours 6-9 p.m. > 5-8 p.m.: Clovis […]

Richards, Lee look to lead Zias back to respectability

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Former area prep standouts Elizabeth Richards (left) and Laci Lee will be counted on to provide scoring punch this season for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson They were separated by one year, one classification and 28 miles. Now, they’re together with a determination to revive […]

CHS harriers seek 4-5A honors

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Clovis seniors Brian Romero (left) and Jeremiah Clark stretch along with their teammates Wednesday at the school before heading to Ned Houk Park for practice. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Clovis High cross country coach Brian Stacy would gladly take a season-best effort from his boys squad in Saturday’s District 4-5A meet in […]