E-networking: Internet offers new ways to connect to people

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Lucas Jackson sends a message to a friend using his MySpace account. Jackson has nearly 46,000 “friends” connected to him through the site and he belongs to 72 groups, including a fan club he created for himself as a joke. (Staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers On the surface, it’s meant as […]

Day Trips: Bitter Lakes refuge offers variety of activities

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The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge was established in 1937 to provide migratory birds a suitable habitat for wintering location and to preserve critical wetlands in the Southwest. (Courtesy photo) The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area […]

Author visits area elementary students

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James Bickley Elementary fourth grader Andres Garza plays a pot belly pig as interaction with author Susan Stevens Crummel during a her presentation at the school Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the […]

Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson […]

10/29 Local Roundup

Police looking for suspect in woman’s assault Police are looking for a male suspect who assaulted a woman at 1:30 p.m. Friday at her home on the 900 block of Connelly street, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. The woman told police the man knocked on her door and tried to force his […]

Speaking English vital work skill for area residents

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis residents who don’t speak English have access to free educational programs in their communities to help them learn. Instructors in the program say learning English is a vital skill in the workforce. Instructors hold English as a Second Language classes during the day as well as evenings […]

James “Bud” Shipley, Eugene “Tooter” Fish

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James “Bud” Shipley Date of birth: Sept. 4, 1924 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Buffs host Longhorns in playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The formations look the same, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said, even if the personnel — and the team name — have changed. The defending six-man state champion and top-seeded Buffaloes begin their title defense at 7 p.m. today contest against Roy-Wagon Mound at Melrose. Roybal noted the last time […]

Railway’s profits surge

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Three Burlington Northern Santa Fe engines head west toward Clovis as the approach the Prince Street overpass Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Burlington Northern Santa Fe profits surged in the last three months due to a strong demand for freight shipping brought on by inflated fuel prices, heightened […]

Commission approves civic center management

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Clovis City Commission unanimously approved Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum as the management group for the Clovis Civic Center. Located on the east edge of Clovis, the center is expected to begin operations by mid-January. Dean Dennis, a vice president with Global Spectrum, introduced commissioners to Neil McMullin, who Dennis said […]

In Tribute: Dairyman remembered for singing voice

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Leon Nash lived to be 94, which is a long time in most families, but not among the Nash clan. “People in our family live to be close to 100. Dad really died kinda early,” Jerry Nash said with a laugh about his father. Leon was a dairy farmer […]

Rested Elida ousts Lady Buffs

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — Momentum from two playoff wins helped Melrose earn nine of Thursday’s first 10 points. Rest and homecourt advantage helped Elida claim 74 of the next 106. Elida recovered from a 9-1 deficit in the first game and had little problem after that in claiming a 25-21, 25-17, 25-13 […]

10/28 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from October 19, through October 26, 2005: • Jeffrey James Tackitt II, 25, to Ashleigh Nicole Acosta, both of Clovis • David Margarito Sena, 21, to Stefanie Noel Moncayo, 20, both of Clovis • Lester William Hopper, 76, of Stella, Mo., to Lena Irene Hopper, 78, […]

Glenn D. Spell, Ben Luck

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Glenn D. Spell Date of birth: June 26, 1926 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Melrose Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

House rejects effort to stop base closings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country to start shutting their doors as early as next month. The head of local Cannon Air Force Base advocate group said […]

SPORTS BRIEFS: Foxes awarded forfeit

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — The Fort Sumner Foxes were awarded a forfeit in tonight’s game at Springer when the Red Devils asked out of the game due to lack of numbers. Fort Sumner (8-2), ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, was already assured a berth in the state playoffs beginning next week. Seeding for […]

Cats begin bid for playoffs at Hobbs

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Clovis quarterback Devin Sweet releases a throw during practice Thursday at the high school. Clovis travels to Hobbs today in the Wildcats’ District 4-5A opener. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The fun and games are over, it’s time to get down to business. Healthy and rested after a bye […]

Halloween meanings vary among people

Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist Halloween can mean different things to different people. I’ve learned there are folks who think Halloween is a time for mischief or time for a good party. There are those who don’t care about Halloween and those who think there is something sinister about the last night of October. I once […]

Portales’ fight for social justice important

Helena Rodriguez : CNJ Columnist Welcome winners …. insurgents and rabble-rousers. Those are the words that greeted people Sunday at a presentation at the Memorial Building in Portales called “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County, 1965-1980.” Dolores Penrod, an event organizer, said those are the words the Portales News-Tribune published in reference to […]

Civil rights icon leaves nation lasting legacy

CNJ Editorial Sooner or later in the 1950s, a crisis was bound to occur over legalized, state-enforced racial segregation. The policy was inconsistent with the ideals of individual liberty on which the country was founded, the experience of World War II had created cracks that were bound to widen in the edifice of racial segregation, […]