Texico teacher announces candidacy for education commission

CNJ STAFF A high school teacher from Texico, Dennis J. Roch, has announced his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Public Education Commission. The new board replaces what was previously known as the State Board of Education. The Public Education Commission was formed in September after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 in a […]

Year promises joy, sorrow

YEAR PROMISES JOY, SORROW A mother sits in the bed holding her sleeping newborn infant. She looks down at him in love and wonder, and in awe at such an amazing miracle of God. And she wonders. She wonders who he will be and what he will become. She wonders about his joys and his […]

Alternative punishment for drugs?

By Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested a third time for driving under the influence, he began to re-evaluate his […]

Year comes to end as BRAC begins

Tom Philpott For many towns and communities near U.S. military bases, it arrived like the dreaded Ghost of Christmases Yet-to-Come. Last week, Defense Department officials published a short list of criteria they intend to use over the next 17 months to decide what bases to recommend for closure, cutbacks or expansion. So begins the 2005 […]

Gun control issue should be argued sans scare tactics

Freedom Newspapers Recent years have seen a sea change in debates over public policy issues. Whether a proposed policy would be good for the nation, would actually help solve the problem being addressed or even if the proposal is constitutional is rarely given more than lip service by partisans on either side of the issue. […]

Beer cans bring up Christmas memories

Bob Huber I always take our Christmas tree down early, because it’s just too nostalgic for me. That’s because when I was a kid, our family had the most unusual assortment of decorations, and I kept every one. I still get tears in my eyes when I see a smashed beer can. Granddaughter: “Grandpa, why […]

We want more readers’ reactions in 2004

From the Editor’s Desk One of our newspaper’s goals for 2004 is to increase participation in Project: Reader Reaction. That’s what we call the reader participation feature in which I ask questions via e-mail on topics that range from favorite movies to war in Iraq. Participants respond by e-mail, usually in 100 words or less. […]

CHS holiday tournament schedule

CNJ STAFF Boys Milk Cow Classic At Rock Staubus Gym Today’s games Amarillo Tascosa vs. Los Lunas, 10:45 a.m. Rio Rancho vs. Las Cruces Onate, 2:45 p.m. Santa Fe St. Michael’s vs. Abilene Cooper, 4:30 p.m. Mustang, Okla., vs. Clovis, 8 p.m. Girls Plateau Holiday Classic At Rock Staubus Gym Today’s games Portales vs. Clovis […]

Holiday tournaments begin

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Clovis’ Melissa Roberts drives to the basket past teammate Monique Walker during Sunday’s practice at Rock Staubus Gym. The Lady Wildcats play Dalhart today in the opening round of the Plateau Holiday Classic. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Last season’s third-place finish in Clovis’ Milk Cow Classic was not satisfying for Wildcats boys […]

Shops drop costs

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Shoppers walk past one of many signs offering post-Christmas sales Saturday at North Plains Mall. Stores were slashing prices in hopes of luring shoppers into spending money after Christmas. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses did well with their post-Christmas sales, according to store managers who said much of their […]

Truck was tracked by telephone

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Delbert Sours holds the cell phone that was in the truck as the truck, along with Christmas presents, was stolen while he tried to help an injured motorist near his home. Authorities used his cell phone to track his truck. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Delbert Sours has his pickup truck […]

Producers: Dairy food still safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local dairymen and beef producers said the discovery of mad cow disease in a Canadian-born dairy cow raised in Washington state shouldn’t cause Americans to shun beef or dairy products. Wayne Palla, chairman of the Southwest Council of Dairy Farmers of America, cited a DFA national press release on dairy safety […]

Commissioners mixed on bids for another term

By Jack King Three city commissioners and the mayor will be up for re-election March 2, in a city election that will include questions about a one-quarter of a percent gross receipt tax increase and two changes in Clovis’ city charter. The deadline to file as a candidate in the election is Jan. 6. Mayor […]

CNJ subscription rates on the rise

CNJ staff report Because of rising business costs, Clovis News-Journal subscription rates will increase by 25 cents per month beginning Jan. 1. The price of individual papers will remain 50 cents for weekdays and $1 for Sundays. Subscription rates still will provide a 44 percent savings, compared to “off-the-rack” prices, for those getting home delivery […]

New Year brings about ‘Super Blitz’

Cops and Courts 12/28 The Clovis police department is part of the national “You drink, you drive, you lose” crackdown on drunk driving. Clovis police will conduct DWI “Super Blitz” checkpoints until Jan. 4, with the goals of educating drivers, checking for seat belt use and drunk drivers. According to a department press release, last […]

Clovis High point guards share passion for game

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By Rick White Playing point guard is as demanding as a boss having a bad day. They’re expected to handle the ball, be a coach on the floor, get teammates involved and score when needed. Being a vocal leader on and off the court and a go-between for the coach and the rest of the […]

Defense carries Wolverines to 1A title

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Texico senior safety Mark Peabody jars the ball loose from Springer’s John Ramirez during their 2003 Class 1A state quarterfinal game in Texico. CNJ file photo. By Dave Wagner After finishing second in the Class 1A state football playoffs four times in the previous six years, Texico finally made it all the way to the […]

Posadas annual tradition revisited

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — Sylvia Baca’s great-grandfather, Nicolas Baca, participated in Las Posadas, a Mexican reenactment of the birth of Christ, as a young man and told her of the long Posadas processions in Encino. Last week, Baca not only attended her first Posadas, she and her sisters also played host to one at […]

Amos: sadie sings end-of-year blues

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. sadie sings end-of-year blues boss i woke up depressed this […]