Zia edges American in 11-year-old LL finals

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Clovis American’s Jorge Maldonado slides into home before the tag of Clovis Zia pitcher Phillip Martinez on a wild pitch during the second inning of Wednesday’s District 3 11-year-old tournament finals at Dickenson Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Zia All-Stars produced four consecutive two-out singles for three runs in the bottom […]

Clovis, Farwell robberies could be linked

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Police believe two armed robberies Tuesday evening were the work of the same man and could be related to recent armed robberies in Farwell. Sgt. Roger Grah of the Clovis Police Department said a Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s with sunglasses and a blue […]

Unnecessary weapons push safety aside

Freedom Editorial This nation’s families long have sent sons and daughters into the military. They need to know that — given the inherent dangers of many military occupations, especially during wartime — the armed forces are taking adequate safety precautions, starting with day-to-day activities. A five-month Detroit News investigation, detailed in a series this past […]

Socialized health care not the answer

By Walter Williams Let’s start out by not quibbling with America’s socialists’ false claim that health-care service is a human right that people should have regardless of whether they can pay for it or not and that it should be free. Before we buy into this socialist agenda, we might check out just what happens […]

Web site can help the state’s hungry

By Ned Cantwell It’s outrageous, is what it is. While the rest of us super-size our double cheeseburger at McDonald’s, slop more sour cream onto the giant baked potato at Cattle Baron, squeeze one more enchilada onto the plate at La Fonda, our New Mexico neighbors are going hungry. I don’t mean hungry in the […]

King, James

James King Services: Have been held. James Andrew “Andy” King, 87, of Clovis, died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at his home. He was born on Jan. 25, 1917, in Abilene, Texas, to James Cleborn and Christi Anderson King. He married Hazel Day on Sept. 11, 1938, in Abilene, Texas. He later remarried Patsy Moody in […]

Lightning strikes officers

Staff and Wire Reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at […]

De Baca sheriff may face recall

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Two De Baca County residents are seeking to recall Sheriff Gary Graves. “Since Gary Graves took office, the community has been split wide open by the actions of this man,” wrote Dennis Cleaver in a press release issued by a group identifying itself as “De Baca County Concerned […]

County: Blame jail for budget woes

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $20.5 million budget that will cut the county’s cash on hand from $10.1 million to $3.2 million by June 2005. County Manager Geneva Cooper said the fund drain has been caused mostly by increasing jail costs spread over a number of […]

Roosevelt county pounded by heavy rain

Freedom Newspapers Parts of Roosevelt County received up to 4 inches of rain Tuesday night, weather officials estimated, closing roads and leaving drivers with near zero visiblity at times. A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said no injuries were reported. But officials said parts of State Highways 88 and 206 south of Portales were closed and […]

Rain pushes 11-year-old LL finale to tonight

CNJ STAFF Rain and lightning Tuesday night forced the postponement of the District 3 Little League 11-year-old division championship between Clovis American and Clovis Zia at Dickenson Park. It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. today. With each team already having lost once in the double-elimination tournament, tonight’s game will determine the champion and state […]

Clovis eliminated from AAU 15-U girls nationals

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats were eliminated from national AAU 15-and-under girls basketball competition Tuesday, falling to the Concord Blazers 78-67 in the second round of bracket play. The Lady Wildcats, who had a first-round bye in bracket play, finished 4-2 for the tournament after winning four of their five games […]

Tucumcari man wants chief out

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari man is circulating a petition calling for the dismissal of Police Chief Dennis Townsend. George Aragon’s petition states: “We, the undersigned Citizens of Tucumcari are petitioning the City Commissioners to request the dismissal of Police Chief Dennis Townsend because of his unprofessional and aggressive tactics toward […]

Time to reform, improve U.S. intelligence

Freedom Editorial The resignation of CIA director George Tenet, combined with the recent critical report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence and the still-evolving work of the 9/11 commission, may have created what some observers view as a “perfect storm.” It could lead to a serious overhaul of this country’s intelligence agencies. […]

There’s little pity for Martha Stewart

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Martha Stewart’s five-month prison sentence. Some responses: “MARTHA STEWART’S SENTENCE is appropriate I feel, if she fully completes it, which I doubt that she will do. Jail time absolutely had to be a part of the sentence; otherwise, the court would be sending the message: ‘Jail will […]

Cattle dispute led to kilings in 1911

By Don McAlavy A dispute over a few head of cattle led to the killing of brothers Ed and Tom Hall along the Pecos River, south of Fort Sumner and west of Kenna, in 1911. This account comes from a booklet — “My Family, My Life and Times” — written by a nephew of the […]

Reyna, Israel

Israel Reyna Services: Have been held. Mr. Israel Reyna, 56, of Clovis, died Monday, July 19, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 27, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Guadalupe and Elodia Champa Reyna. Family members said he loved to be around the family and was a hard […]

Clovis City Commission to discuss budget today

Staff reports The Clovis City Commission will hold a budget hearing beginning at 9 a.m. today in the assembly room at city hall. Finance Director Don Clifton said the meeting is to discuss and plan the 2004-05 fiscal year budget, which projects revenue of $47 million and $53 million in expenses. Clifton said that’s been […]

Officials have China Star fire set for investigation

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Clovis firefighters work to put out a fire Sunday at the China Star restaurant on Main Street. Fire officials said the building was a total loss. (Courtesy photo: John Bourne) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan […]

Clovis settles dump dispute

Staff and wire reports The state Environment Department has reached a settlement with Clovis over alleged air violations at the city’s regional landfill. The department announced Monday the city has agreed to pave the landfill’s perimeter road, which is expected to reduce dust emissions and protect the health of local residents from particulate matter in […]