City residents say Iraq top issue in election

By William Thompson, Freedom Newspapers As the Democrats take the political center stage this week in Boston, many Clovis-area residents will be listening closely for information they can use to make their decisions in the presidential election. Iraq is the main issue on many of their minds. “I want some resolution,” said Vikki Solari, a […]

Goodwill ministry cited as public nuisance

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Henry Parmenter digs through boxes in his back yard on the 1300 block of Reid Street. He was cited in Municipal Court for leaving items he collects for the poor scattered in his front, back and adjacent yards. CNJ photo by Mike Linn. By Mike Linn, CNJ news editor A Clovis man who runs what […]

De Baca commissioners, sheriff resolve some issues

By Ryan Lengrich FORT SUMNER — The De Baca County Commission has agreed to reinstate County Sheriff Gary Graves’ cell phone and credit card under new terms, while lawyers from the two sides will consider dropping pending lawsuits dating back to last year. But the dispute over the need for a sheriff’s secretary remains unresolved. […]

Stabbing city’s sixth homicide of 2004

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 19-year-old Clovis man was stabbed to death at 201 Pinon Street about 12:45 p.m. Monday, Clovis police said. Victor Estrada, father of a 5-week-old daughter, died after being transported by private vehicle to Plains Regional Medical Center, his relatives said. “All that I know at this point is we had […]

All-star volleyball matches set for tonight

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Clovis High’s Jessica Hohn goes low for a dig during a Lady Wildcats volleyball match last fall at Rock Staubus Gym. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner Although Monique Walker and Jessica Hohn plan to play volleyball in college this fall, the recent Clovis High graduates are trying to sharpen their games quickly this week […]

Corps, czars replicate federal programs

Freedom Editorial What this country really needs is a moratorium on the creation of any new “corps” or “czars.” That, or a moratorium on the politicians proposing one. It seems that in response to every problem, real or trumped-up, the reflex of the political/bureaucratic class is to lobby for the naming of a new czar […]

Ronstadt broke professional promise

By Tibor Machan “Those who complain that (Linda) Ronstadt should just sing, rather than express her opinions, forget that all art has a responsibility to inspire and provoke, not just soothe and entertain.” Those are the words of George Varga, the pop music critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, in the wake of Ronstadt’s […]

Troy’s honor should not need defense

By Mona Charen One of the great ironies of the past decade and a half is that the term “the politics of personal destruction” has come to be associated with what Republicans did to President Bill Clinton. Republicans have been known to go over the top now and then. But it is Democrats who have […]

Russell, Loie

Loie Russell Services: Have been held. Mrs. Loie Murl Munn Russell, 87, of Clovis, died Sunday, July 25, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on April 23, 1917, in Sipe Springs, Texas, to Henry Clay and Eula Bell Witt Munn. She married R.J. “Pet” Russell on June 17, 1933, in Clovis. […]

Portales High grad dies in wreck

By Mike Linn: CNJ Staff Writer A former Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University football player died early Sunday morning in a car accident in Las Vegas, Nev. Calvin Griffin, 19, played for Portales Rams football coach Glenn Johnson and graduated from Portales High in 2003. He had recently moved to Las Vegas […]

Security K-9 finds home at Cannon

By Keith Pannell: Mach Meter Staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After approximately 44 presidential security details, three deployments and six years of guarding American lives and assets, one former security forces member has retired to a comparative life of luxury in Clovis. Tosca, a retired Air Force K-9 military working dog, was recently adopted […]

‘Jeopardy!’ wizard has nearby kin

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Ken Jennings, the man who has won more than $1.3 million on the game show “Jeopardy!”, has family ties to the Muleshoe and Lubbock areas. In Lubbock a group of about a dozen women regularly refer to themselves as the Ken Jennings Fan Club. And news that Jennings is related […]

Lovers of liberty should expect this to be a long week

Freedom Editorial When we think of Boston, our first thought is not of the Kennedy family or Sen. John Kerry, but the Boston Tea Party of 1773; Boston was the home to revolutionaries Sam and John Adams. The Tea Party is a national, indeed global, symbol of revolt against taxation and repressive government. Into that […]

Be careful not to disturb nature’s laws

By Bob Huber, Local Columnist Now in these lazy, hazy days of summer it’s restful to sit back and look at the various laws that dictate our lives. (These commandments do not include random declarations set down by heavy-handed wives, because they were never officially codified — the rules I mean.) For instance, we might […]

Pentagon considers SBP reform options

By om Philpott: Military Update As House-Senate conferees prepare to deliberate differences in their separate plans for phasing out a sharp drop in military survivor benefits that occurs at age 62, the Bush administration says it has some “better alternatives” to improving the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). Rather than phase out the age-62 drop in […]

New Tasers on the way

The Clovis Police Department plans to order seven new and improved Tasers that can lock up a suspect’s body and prevent their movement for five seconds. Police Chief Bill Carey said the department hopes to have seven of the $800-a-piece X26 Tasers within a month. The instruments are promoted for their ability to immobilize crime […]

Former students from once segregated school reunite

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Former students from what was once an all-black Clovis school got together this weekend, just like they have for the last 15 years, to share old stories, talk about their families and enjoy fellowship. Starting on Friday night and continuing with a banquet on Saturday night, more than 100 former […]

Rain can’t stop rally’s poker run

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Despite heavy rains, Badlands Motorcycle Rally organizers figured out a way Saturday morning to keep a motorcycle rally tradition alive — a “Poker Run” in which motorcyclists pick up poker cards at various stopovers on a prescribed route. Poker Run winner Amy Campbell of Clovis took a shorter […]

Heavy rains blanket Clovis, state

Staff and Wire Reports Clovis saw its wettest spell of the summer early Saturday morning, with more than 2 inches of rain and a flash-flood warning that hovered for nearly four hours. Officially, the city received 2.4 inches of rain — the most of any community in the state, officials at the National Weather Service […]