Fireworks bring fond memories

By Grant McGee That big fireworks display, “Smoke on the Water” is at Greene Acres Park this Sunday. Clovis’ Tom Martin sparkplugs the event every year. Tom and I have something in common: Our fathers were both hotel managers. Hotels. Fireworks. Fourth of July. These things whirl around in my mind and I remember my […]

UFO Music Festival in Roswell brings out country music legends

By Emilie Hornack: CNJ Correspondent Roswell will reach for the stars with a few country music mainstays and industry newcomers taking to the stage Saturday for the Second Annual Merle Haggard UFO Music Fest. The music festival is part of the city’s annual UFO festival, which runs today through Sunday. This festival-style event is hosted […]

Buena Vista patients moving

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor State officials plan to relocate residents of a Clovis nursing home within 30 days, claiming the health care facility poses health concerns for its occupants. Wednesday’s decision to move all 19 residents of Buena Vista Nursing Home came after a recent barrage of heavy rainfall compounded existing problems with […]

Tax increase takes effect

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Reporter Most people in a man-on-the-street poll Wednesday said they support the city of Clovis’ 1/4 of 1 percent gross receipts tax increase, which goes into effect today. The tax increase, approved by voters March 2, will fund infrastructure improvements and capital outlay purchases like fire and police equipment, city […]

Senator: Project timing wrong

By Jack King: CNJ Staff U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not support federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, an ENMRWA official said Wednesday. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said Domenici told ENMRWA members — who were […]

Forget the Zia, salute the slot machine

Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Here’s what we need to do: Can the Zia sun symbol. Give it a special corner at the state museum to represent what New Mexico once stood for. Relegate it to remember-when status. Look, it’s only a matter of time before the ACLU gets wind of the Zia, anyway. The symbol, […]

Spotted owl craze based on flawed, biased science

Freedom Editorial Ten years ago, an allegedly declining number of northern spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest was used by environmentalists and the Clinton administration to virtually shut down the cutting of so-called old growth forests on public lands across the region. The policy, not surprisingly, has been catastrophic for the area’s economy and turned […]

There are few ways to help world’s poor

Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Did you learn that the United States is rich because we have bountiful natural resources? That has to be nonsense. Africa and South America are probably the richest continents in natural resources but are home to the world’s most miserably poor people. On the other hand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and […]

Cook, Edna

Edna Cook Services: Have been held. Edna Joyce McCullough Bocox Cook, 76, of Clovis, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, in Humble, Texas. She was born on Dec. 24, 1927, in Portales, to Carnegie and Edna McCullough. She married Floyd Bocox Jr. and they lived in Clovis for many years. She taught in the Clovis public […]

Tent show kicks off

Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Joe’s Boot Shop has redefined the meaning of customer appreciation over the years with its annual July 4th Great Tent Event. You don’t even have to be a customer to appreciate it. Store patrons can expect live music and free drinks as the Western apparel and supplies store on Mabry Drive […]

School board reinstates Portales teacher

Tony Parra A Portales High School teacher fired on May 6 was reinstated by Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway on Tuesday morning. The decision came 13 days after Kay Jilek presented her case to the school board at a meeting. She told the board she was not given a reason for her termination by PHS […]