Lil Stars fall short

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Lubbock Titan Blast’s Jayce Martinez is tagged out at third base by Clovis Lil Stars’ Chelsea Faircloth during Sunday the USSSA national tournament at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Time ran out for the Clovis Lil Stars in Sunday’s championship game of the USSSA National […]

Portales couple’s honeymoon halted by hurricane

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers After putting it off for nearly a year, Adrian and Kendra Lopez were looking forward to a honeymoon vacation they wouldn’t forget. They certainly got that, as the vacation’s final days in Cancun featured a visit from Hurricane Emily. The vacation started innocently enough months before, as the couple received […]

Clovis mom determined to do her part

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Bess Kline displays some of the items she sends to the troops in Iraq. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Foot powder, eye drops, soap, sunscreen, candy — so goes Bess Kline’s shopping list. It is somewhat unusual because it is intended for a group of soldiers, stationed outside of Baghdad, […]

Passenger dies in county accident

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Clovis. According to a press release from the New Mexico State Police, Aaron Gonzales was killed just after 1 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 209, Curry Road 14 and State Road 77. Police say Gonzales was a […]

Mack, Michael R.

Services: Have been held. Michael Rostal Mack, 59, of Fort Sumner died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born June 8, 1946, in Safford, Ariz. to Rostal and Madeline (Talley) Mack. He was reared in the Gila Valley and graduated from Safford High School. He married Linda Claridge on […]

Close relations with India worth taking chance

Freedom Newspapers To those who remember the sometimes contentious and troubled relations between India and the United States, especially during the Cold War, the sight of President Bush and Indian President Manmohan Singh rubbing shoulders and proclaiming eternal friendship last Monday might have seemed a little jarring. President Bush’s offer to change U.S. laws to […]

Snake encounter leaves fellas rattle

By Bob Huber My first encounter with a bona fide rattlesnake left me with a lethal dose of ophidiophobia (Greek for fear of ophidios) complicated by lingering runny nose. It took place while I was on a fishing trip in the Colorado Rockies. I was there because in those days a group of young guys […]

Press blamed for recruiting shortfall

By Tom Philpott Deep into a four-hour congressional hearing centered on why the active Army and its reserve components are missing recruiting goals, Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., turned a spotlight on the elephant in the room. The war in Iraq, Snyder said, is unpopular with many Americans, a fact that needs airing given the all-volunteer […]

Clovis team looking for rematch

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis X-plosions was gearing up late Saturday night for a rematch with the Ruidoso Lady Warriors. The Clovis team did its part, holding off the Hobbs Braves 10-9 in the 14-and-under girls winners bracket semifinals of the USSSA national recreation youth slow-pitch softball tournament, being played at Guy Leeder […]

Perkins ready for national meet

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After qualifying for national Junior Olympics track and field competition last year but not being able to go due to lack of funds, Kim Perkins is anxious for another crack at it. The Clovis High senior-to-be qualified in the 400 hurdles last summer when she was in the 15-16 […]

Richards continues family tradition

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Katelyn Lide races to the finish Saturday during the short-go of the 13-15 year old poles at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals held at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Casey Richards comes from a rodeo family, but it took him a while […]

DA investigator escaped blast in Iraq

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Keith Bessette was checking e-mails in the early morning hours of March 9 in his fourth-floor room at the Al-Sadir Hotel in downtown Baghdad, a short distance from the square where a statue of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in 2003. He started hearing volleys of […]

Task force clarifies meth ordinance

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Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, right, voices concerns over a proposed ordinance involving the sale of pseudeophedrine-based drugs in the Clovis area during a meeting held Friday at City Hall to discuss the ordinance. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A task force charged with reviewing a proposed city methamphetamine ordinance on Friday hammered more […]

Potter Park pool expected to reopen Monday

CNJ staff Potter Park pool is expected to reopen at noon Monday, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. The city-owned pool will resume regular hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts, pending a final pool evaluation and recertification Monday morning by the New Mexico Environment Department, Carter said. […]

Bush veto threatened if BRAC delayed

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is threatening to veto a sweeping defense bill if lawmakers try to delay the latest round of military base closures to spare installations back home. In a statement, the administration said it would “strongly oppose any amendment to weaken, delay or repeal” the base-closing […]

Cops and courts: Clovis man arrested in connection with stabbing

A 22-year-old Clovis man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stabbing in the 1000 block of W. Eighth St., according to police. Robert K. Wilson, 22, who is also known as Craig Wilson, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, criminal trespass, and concealing identification, according to jail officials. He is being held on […]

Conchas Dam hits 70 years

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Conchas Dam is having a birthday. The dam, 32 miles northwest of Tucumcari, began construction on July 23, 1935. A celebration is planned for 10 a.m. on Friday at Conchas Lake State Park’s Core of Engineers Park. The celebration will include presentations, photography, historical films, tours of the dam — […]

7/24 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Joe Gonzales, 27, pleaded guilty to theft of a credit card and is ordered to serve 18 months supervised probation, submit to drug/alcohol screening, comply with recommendations of screener, pay $5 for the domestic violence offender treatment fee, pay probation costs, submit a […]

Jose Padilla case not good model for liberty lovers

Freedom Newspapers T he Bush administration continues to defend, in the case of Jose Padilla, a legal theory more suited to an absolute monarchy or dictatorship than to a society operating under the rule of law. Continuing to maintain such a stance materially weakens the case that the current struggle with terrorists is one between […]

Salute to Melrose: Unique community

By Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M.: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The following is a speech delivered Thursday by U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., before the House of Representatives. I rise today to commemorate the kickoff of centennial festivities in the town of Melrose, New Mexico. The annual Old Timer’s Festival on Aug. 11th marks the beginning […]