Bad Bikers

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By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Organizers of the Badlands Motorcycle Rally say their rally, in its fourth year this weekend, draws bikers from all over New Mexico and West Texas. However, few visitors came from as far away as Deonne Wright, who rode her vintage 1979 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead on a solo trip from […]

Water company proposing rate hike for Clovis

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Officials with the local water company plan to increase water rates by an average of almost 19 percent for Clovis residents within the next seven months. New Mexico American Water Company Vice President Kathy Wright said reasons for the proposed increase — between 7 and 27 percent depending on […]

Bettina, Frances

Frances Bettina Services: Have been held. Mrs. Frances Hintz Bettina, 82, of Portales, died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 1, 1922, in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Ernest H. and Elizabeth Hintz. She graduated from Rockford (Illinois) High School in 1940. After earning a two-year diploma from Northern […]

Report captures the ‘big picture’ of terrorism

Freedom Editorial The airport security photographs and the 9/11 Commission’s report, both made public Thursday, were a chilling reminder to Americans of the terrorist assault on our country. In the Dulles airport video (made available to news organizations by lawyers representing 9/11 victims’ families), terrorists were shown being inspected at security checkpoints in the terminal, […]

Off-road vehicles should be shut out

By John Pallaschke: Guest Columnist In response to the issue of closing Ned Houk Park to recreational vehicles: I say, shut them down and shut them out. Robert Vilandry, who was qouted in support of riders in a July 8 Clovis News Journal article, may be one of the few who operates his vehicles safely […]

U.S. wrongfully distracted by Iraq

By Steve Chapman: Guest Columnist In its final report, the 9/11 commission reached an obvious conclusion that explains how terrorists were able to kill nearly 3,000 Americans: “Terrorism was not the overriding national security concern for the U.S. government under either the Clinton or the pre-9/11 Bush administration.” And guess what: it still isn’t. In […]

CHS’ Perkins gears for Junior Olympics nationals

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Kim Perkins works on her starts in the 400 hurdles this week as she practices for Junior Olympics national competition in Eugene, Ore. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Kim Perkins didn’t know she’d be working so hard in track this summer. Perkins, who will be a junior this fall at Clovis High, finished […]

Bookend tackles to represent CHS in all-star tilt

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Scott Fahsholtz (left) and Steven Gulley will play in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class 4A-5A all-star football game next Friday in Albuquerque. By Dave Wagner Scott Fahsholtz and Steven Gulley have been bookend tackles for the Clovis High offense over the last couple of years, so it’s only fitting they finish their […]

Clovis host to Hispanic Baptists

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer One of the smaller Southern Baptist churches in Clovis hosted a state Baptist convention this week. It wasn’t the main New Mexico Baptist Convention, which counts hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of members, but rather the Hispanic Baptist Convention of New Mexico. While small — the […]

Tucumcari economic director relocating

By TV Hagenah: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Ben Kendrick, director of the Tucumcari/Quay County Economic Development Corporation, submitted his resignation Thursday morning. Leo Thrasher of Citizens’ Bank of Tucumcari said Kendrick has accepted the position as the director of the Hobbs Economic Development Corporation. His new duties will begin in Hobbs on Sept. 1. Kendrick, […]

School official accepts blame in letter

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The superintendent of Fort Sumner schools recently sent a letter to the state’s Public Education Department after failing to order a state-mandated test this year for fourth- and eighth-grade students. In the letter — which state officials acknowledged Thursday they have received — Superintendent Lecil Richards applauded the district’s […]

War veteran loved antiques

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Lt. Col. Gradon E. Mongar enjoyed a long career in the military, flying fighter jets and serving in World War II and Vietnam. But there was more to Mongar than fast planes and war experiences. Antiques also played a big role in his life. In fact, after retiring from the […]

The states can handle issues on their own

Freedom Editorial T he Great Dissembler, former president Bill Clinton, was in Denver on Tuesday hawking his hagiography, “My Life,” and he couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few cheap shots at the sitting president. We understand this was all part of the promotion, a way to pump up book sales by making his […]

It takes a critical eye to get rid of junk

By Grant McGee An acquaintance of mine was tidying up his Clovis home recently. As I approached his house I wondered if he were having a garage sale. There was all this stuff in the driveway. I don’t really know why folks hold on to stuff. I was telling my mom I was writing about […]

Coming soon: Back to school stress

By Helena Rodriguez I interrupt this long, hot summer for some important breaking news. It’s urgent, more pressing than our current national security code level. It commands your full attention. It’s back-to-school time! Back-to-school time! Back to school! In case you missed it, “School! School! School!” Only 28 shopping days until school starts in Portales […]

Gonzales, Billy Joe

Billy Joe Gonzales Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Joe Gonzales, 64, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 23, 1940, in Agudo, to Frank and Molly Valdez Gonzales. He was a resident of Melrose where he owned and operated the Phillips 66 station […]

Tae kwon do qualifiers head for Korea

By Dave Wagner Qualifying for the tae kwon do world championships was quite an accomplishment for three students of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do in Portales. Instructor Steve Blakeley, who has taught tae kwon do for 32 years, said it’s the first time he’s had anybody make it to that level. But he knows the competition […]

Weather expert expected injuries

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A meteorologist said he’s suprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were struck near New Mexico Highway […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Officials say China Star blaze was accident

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators ruled Wednesday morning that a fire at the China Star restaurant was accidental, Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman said. Westerman said the fire began Sunday morning near a deep fryer where a cook, Zhang Tingfa, had been changing the oil and left the room to make a […]