City searching for revenue

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has enough money to stay within budget for fiscal year 2005 which begins July 1, even with the $715,000 annual pay increase approved for police early last month. But it can’t fund other employee raises or pay for improvements to infrastructure without cutting expenses or […]

Empty stocking — Wednesday, Dec. 1

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Shelley Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “I was sanctioned from my TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits due to being in the hospital with my ill son, Seth; and I couldn’t meet my work requirements.” Clothing needs: 12, 8 and 2T boys’ pants and shirt, 18 months girls […]

Satan is a snake of the subtlest sort

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist Back in Genesis 3, just before the account of mankind’s fall to sin in the Garden of Eden, the biblical writer explains, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.” I suppose that was true at that time of the […]

Football success means depleted basketball roster

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Clovis freshman Jaden Isler is scheduled to start today’s season-opener against Amarillo-Tascosa. A number of junior varsity players will play on varsity because so many varsity players are still playing football. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Success on the gridiron is having a direct effect on the basketball court […]

Ukraine election tainted by five missing ballots

Freedom Newspapers I t is hard to tell whether Ukraine is suffering the birth pangs of something resembling genuine democracy or the death throes of any hopes for democratic governance. Both sides in the recent and highly contested presidential election will need to be careful to avoid having the outcome decided by bullets rather than […]

Libertarians are friendly to communities

By Tibor Machan Whenever I speak up for liberty, there’s bound to be someone who accuses me of favoring the individual over the community, favoring rights over responsibility and obligations. But that isn’t so. Champions of individual liberty often believe even more firmly than critics in doing the right thing, including acting generously, compassionately and […]

People are kind and life is worth living

By Mona Charen Our Thanksgiving family tradition is to go around the table and ask each person to express what he or she is thankful to God for in the year just passed. Being politically minded types, one or more of us frequently mentions that we’re grateful for having been born in the United States […]

City manager leaving office

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Ray Mondragon has served as the city manager since 2001 and worked for the city for 30 years. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer As a young boy, Ray Mondragon picked onion and cotton fields as a migrant worker’s son. At 16, he took a job as dispatcher with the Clovis Police Department. He worked […]

Lindsey, William

William Lindsey Services: Have been held. William Lindsey Jr., 69, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, in Colorado. He was born on Aug. 31, 1935, in Abernathy, Texas, to William B. and Myrtle Lindsey. He graduated from Tucumcari High School in 1953. After serving in Japan with the United States Army, he […]

Empty stocking: Tuesday, Nov. 30

Today’s focus: Sonya Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “My boyfriend is on commission and last year we did not have much of a Christmas because of the weather not letting him work. We didn’t even make enough to pay bills.” Her holiday hopes: “I hope we could give our kids a Christmas this […]

Clovis’ first full-service day spa opens

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Brook Abernathy recently opened the Hydrations Day Spa, the first full-service day spa in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Some area residents were happy to learn last week that a healthy dose of poshness has arrived in Clovis. A full-service day spa has opened on Commerce Street that […]

Empty stocking — Monday, Nov. 29

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Judy Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “This year has been hard. The bills have kinda put our family behind a little bit.” Her holiday hopes: “The Salvation Army will be of great help this year for the holidays.” Clothing needs: 8, 3T and 2T girls’ pants and shirts. Size […]

Clovis experiencing wettest November in recorded history

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Water drains from a field at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in April. (Staff file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local farmers are holding out hope that the rain will stay away in the coming weeks so they can continue to harvest cotton. But the National Weather Service is predicting wetter than normal weather […]

Christmas trees take care

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Christmas trees line the parking lot of Allsup’s during Thanksgiving weekend in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Christmas tree is a venerated and centuries-old symbol of Christianity and the holiday season. Not to mention a beacon of joy for children come Christmas day. But it can also be […]

Murphey, Vera

Vera Murphey Services: Have been held. Dr. Vera E. Murphey, 85, of Portales, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Nov. 5, 1919, in O’Donnell, Texas, to John and Lydia Randle. She graduated from Portales High School in 1937. She married Paul B. Murphey on May 24, […]

Feds shouldn’t be involved with airport security

Freedom Newspapers Singer Patti LuPone was recently barred from a flight in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., because she complained when asked to take off her shirt. Other women have complained that they have been subjected to pat-downs of their breasts and other indignities at airport security checkpoints. Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration […]

The year I made up my own tradition

by Bob Huber Here at Christmas Central where credit cards grow on trees, I’m recalling the time I draped yuletide lights on a pine shrub in our front yard. After the holidays I chopped down that bush in a fit of hay fever, so the next year I had to improvise a new display to […]

Year ends with pay and benefit gains

by Tom Philpott A lame-duck and bitterly divided Congress found comity enough in mid-November to pass three bills that will raise veterans’ benefits, improve pay for VA doctors and strengthen veterans’ legal rights. The bills cap another year of solid pay and benefit gains for a military community that lawmakers recognize is under enormous strain. […]

Clovis beats Highland, will host La Cueva for state championship

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Clovis junior Tanner Fickling tries to get a couple extra yards as he is tackled by Highland junior Jerrell Miller, bottom, and senior Phillip Harrison during the first half of the Class 5A semifinal game Saturday in Clovis. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis is a tough place to play catchup football on a […]

ENMU loses in title game

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS TOPEKA, Kan. — Senior guard Karlton Mims scored 23 points and added 10 assists Saturday night as host Washburn, ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, defeated Eastern New Mexico University 102-82 to win the championship of its own holiday classic men’s basketball tournament. Mims went 6-for-7 from the field, including two 3-pointers, […]