Bus driver training a rigorous process

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Advertising works. Cory Adair proved it on Monday, dressing up a 1949 school bus with a help wanted sign and parking it at a local restaurant. “It just said, ‘School bus drivers needed, three hours a day, $600 a month,’” said Adair, the school bus contractor for the Clovis municipal […]

Wreck leaves cab driver in critical condition

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Christian Heller, the driver of a Buick station wagon at right, sustained a punctured lung following a wreck Saturday night. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis City Cab driver remained in critical condition Monday following a Saturday night crash at a busy intersection. Christian Heller Jr., 24, was […]

Forfeit forces second game

By Dave Wagner After thoroughly dominating the game, the Roosevelt County 9-10-year-old All-Stars were foiled by Little League rules Monday night. Roosevelt County beat Clovis American 11-1 in the championship game of the double-elimination District 3 tournament at Beachum Field in a game called after 3 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule. But American lodged […]

Clovis AAU squad reaches bracket play

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After four close games, the Clovis Lady Wildcats closed out pool play in the AAU national girls 15-and-under tournament on Monday with a 66-36 rout of the Florida Green Wave. The Lady Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for first place in their pool at 4-1. They advanced to bracket […]

Gay marriage: The debate is disappointing

Freedom Editorial Advocates on all sides assure us that the failure of the Senate, by a 50-48 margin, to get even a majority in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is not the end of the process but only the beginning. We suspect they are right, but we fervently wish that it […]

And so, what would John Kerry do?

By Mona Charen “They were wrong, and soldiers died because they were wrong.” Thus spoke Sen. John Kerry about the administration’s decision to topple the Saddam Hussein regime. There are a number of problems with Kerry’s formulation. Let’s begin with the fact that Kerry voted for the war. Oh yes, he has since attempted to […]

Off-road vehicles just create problems

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should ban recreational vehicles from Ned Houk Park. Some responses: “RATHER THAN BANISHING recreational vehicles from the park, I favor appropriate regulations with enforcement. Disregard of the rules should result in the vehicle operator being banished from the park.” — Harold Burris, Clovis “I BELIEVE RECREATIONAL […]

Grimshaw, Vida Mae

Vida Mae Grimshaw Services: Have been held. Mrs. Vida Mae Grimshaw, 92, of Elida, died Monday, July 19, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Sept. 17, 1911, in Goldthwaite, Texas, to Bama and Rev. R W. Bynum. Her family moved from Hamilton County, Texas, to the Elida community when […]

Armed men hit Farwell casino

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Two men with handguns robbed The Winner’s Touch casino in Farwell about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Police Chief Robert Achterberg said in a news release. Achterberg said it was the second time in five days the casino at 301 Ave. A was held up. Achterberg said two armed suspects entered […]

Fire wipes out China Star

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Clovis Fire Department Capt. Karen Burns, left, and fire investigator Jeff Allen look over damage near the entrance to the China Star restaurant on Sunday afternoon. (Staff photo: David Stevens) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Fire gutted the China Star about 9:30 on Sunday morning, closing one of Clovis’ more popular restaurants indefintely. Fire officials […]

Martha Stewart’s sentence light, but still not right

Freedom Editorial T he sentence was mild compared to what some legal experts had predicted; Martha- watchers had thought one year in prison would be the penalty. But Martha Stewart was sentenced Friday to serve five months in prison, five months of house arrest and two years of probation, and given a $30,000 fine. We’ve […]

Wacky word definitions increase humor

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A few weeks ago the Washington Post published its annual Pulitzer Prize winning list of wacky word definitions. It was a slow news week. But I enjoy lists like that. This particular file was sent my way by Maurice and Ethel Trimmer of Santa Fe, because as old friends they […]

Study: Support system needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Family support professionals and volunteers have expanded programs to help military families cope with longer, more frequent separations from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But weaknesses in coordination, communication and command oversight still deny too many families access to the information and help they need, says a new study by […]

Roosevelt takes title in Juniors

CNJ STAFF The Roosevelt County All-Stars got off to an early lead and rode solid pitching to beat Clovis 5-3 on Sunday night for the District 3 Juniors division tournament championship game at Brady Field. Roosevelt built leads of 3-0 and 5-2 early in the game and held on behind the combined pitching efforts of […]

Soldier with Clovis kin dies in Iraq bombing

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Linda Hernandez has three e-mails from her cousin to which she’ll never get the chance to respond. The Clovis resident saw the messages after she returned from vacation Sunday — the day she found out her cousin, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, 33, of Sutton, Neb., died when […]

Realtors: Renting property difficult

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent When it comes to evaluating the current real estate market in eastern New Mexico, it all comes down to a matter of perspective — especially when the issue of rental houses comes up. Many searching for homes to rent are having difficulty. The realtors, however, are living large. “It’s a […]

Sex scandal debated

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Dr. Ali Ghaffari, owner of Buena Vista, testifies Saturday during a hearing at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Decisions by state regulators to take over and then shut down Buena Vista Nursing Home had nothing to do with the actions of a state-appointed volunteer who […]

Clovis 15-and-under girls split in AAU nationals

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats beat the New Hampshire Stars 64-57 and lost to the Dallas Storm 66-55 Saturday in pool play of the AAU national 15-and-under girls basketball tournament. The Lady Wildcats play two more games today, facing the Georgia Hot Shots and Pan American Jam It On at 11:45 […]

Former ENMU athlete doing well as sports agent

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Steve Loy By Dave Wagner Former Eastern New Mexico University football player and golfer Steve Loy has carved out a solid career for himself in the sports world since his playing days. The 52-year-old Albuquerque native spent several years as a successful college coach and administrator, and now serves as managing partner/president and CEO of […]

Roosevelt All-Stars take major division

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Clovis American left fielder Miguel Vega comes up short as he dives for a fly ball hit by Roosevelt County’s Iszak Valdez in the first inning of Saturday’s District 3 majors bracket championship game at Beachum Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Roosevelt County All-Stars rode strong pitching and just enough hitting […]