Using economic embargo against Syria is risky

Editorial President Bush, operating under authority given to him by the “Syrian Accountability Act” passed in December, has begun an economic war, in the form of an economic embargo, against Syria. The act bans all exports to Syria except food and medicine, bans flights to and from Syria, restricts banking transactions and authorizes the freezing […]

Beware, Mississippi kites are moving in

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist You hear it every spring — “The kites are coming! The kites are coming.” Mothers shield their kids, bikers don helmets — Imagine that! — and police warn citizens to stay off the streets and listen to disaster radio. Behind all the screaming, yelping, baseless accusations and the wanton abuse […]

Combat taxes clashing with income tax

Tom Philpott: Military Update An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 military members fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan last year received combat-zone tax exclusions that had a surprising effect: They lowered family incomes. Some families saw a net loss in tax benefits of more than $4,000 because wartime tax exclusions disqualified them for more valuable tax breaks […]

McLain, Delese

Delese McLain Services: Have been held. Delese McLain, 74, of De Baca County, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. She was born on June 28, 1929, in Kress, Texas, to Lonnie Leroy Hettie and Ethel Williams Bishop. She was raised in Fort Sumner and Taiban, where she attended schools. She worked […]

Eastern athletes making the grade

By Dave Wagner ced with a two-fold task — recruit good enough athletes to be competitive on the playing field while also trying to help them achieve academic success as they prepare for the “real” world. Eastern New Mexico University appears to have found a good balance based on fall semester grades in 2003. The […]

2003-04 Clovis High Year in review

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CNJ photo illustration by Eric Kluth By Rick White Second in the state in boys cross country in the fall. Second in the state in girls basketball in the winter. Second in the state in baseball in the spring. It was a bridesmaid kind of year for Clovis High athletic teams in 2003-04. But the […]

Filmmaker claims of being censored are unfounded

Michael Moore As a filmmaker, Michael Moore makes full use of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. In fact, his type of in-your-face movies possibly rely more on those protections than, say, Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Moore has made a career of tweaking the noses of people in high places. And […]

Someone stop the out-of-control bikes

Letters to the editor Help! My once quiet and peaceful neighborhood has been overrun with motorcycles. A group is riding racing bikes down the street. Those drivers have to see how fast they can go the three blocks in front of my house. They literally scream down the street. Then I have a few Harley […]

Coming home another chapter in life

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” — T.S. Eliot, 1943 Last week’s final episode of “Frasier” left me in tears. I’ve found this TV psychiatrist’s dry sense of humor […]

Clovis High graduates encouraged to find a purpose greater than themselves

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Clovis senior Justin Pinckney speaks to nearly 400 fellow graduating seniors about “The Game of Life” during Saturday’s Clovis High School commencement at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer As nearly 400 members of the Clovis High School Class of 2004 prepared to graduate Saturday morning, […]

Area judges defend right of wives to show support for candidates

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A disclaimer sits next to a campaign sign in the yard at the Clovis home of Jennifer and Judge Richard Hollis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Both Curry County magistrate judges and a retired district judge have campaign signs in their yards supporting 9th Judicial District Attorney candidate […]

Disagreement arises over ads in DA election

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]

Hospital cancer unit upgraded

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The $5.1 million cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center has a vault linear accelerator that delivers the radiation therapy using pencil-thin beams of radiation that strike the tumor from all angles. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A newly equipped, $5.1 million cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Clovis senior recovers from car accident

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Clovis senior Jessica Wymore was in a coma at the beginning of the school year after an auto accident. She graduated Saturday with honors. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A few months ago, Jessica Wymore never thought she’d be able to graduate with her Clovis High School class […]

CNJ poll has record number of voters

STAFF REPORTS Last week’s Clovis News Journal Web site poll on the district attorney’s race registered 905 votes, by far the most in the site’s one-year history, Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Editor David Stevens said. Challenger Matt Chandler received 567 votes in the poll, compared to 338 for incumbent Brett Carter. “The poll is […]

City gives $28,500 to special intrests

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent, Political Notebook Contributors in Clovis have given more than $28,000 to federal campaigns and special interest groups this year. According to opensercrets.org, a Web site that provides in-depth data on who gives money to candidates and groups, those living in the Clovis-area 88101 zip code — which accounts for a huge […]

Campaign signs missing from area

CNJ STAFF Melrose police say about 20 campaign signs were stolen last week in the city. In Clovis, district attorney campaign signs have also been swiped, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said. He said people stealing campaign signs is no trend — it happens every election. Gloria Wicker, challenger to District 4 Commissioner Albin Smith, […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to sex offence

Cops and Courts A Clovis man ended his trial on sex charges Tuesday by agreeing to plead guilty. Thomas Roybal, 32, will go to prison for three years, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Roybal was on trial for three counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor. Carter said the crimes occurred in November 2002 […]

Police Blotter 5/23

Police responded to Plains Regional Medical Center about 10 p.m. Tuesday regarding a criminal sexual penetration report. Hospital staff told police a 2-year-old girl had been brought to the hospital by her mother who suspected sexual penetration by her boyfriend. The mother told police her daughter said she had pain in her pelvic area and […]

Davis, Edward

Edward Davis Services: Have been held. Edward Davis, 64, of Roswell, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at his home. He was born on May 12, 1940, in Hamilton, Ohio. He married Sandy Phillips on Aug. 25, 1989, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and worked as an […]