A Beautiful Morning at Robert Lee, Texas

By Curtis K. Shelburne It’s been a beautiful morning in Robert Lee, Texas. My brothers and I have been back here together at the old home place for a few precious days. I’ve been imitating my great-grandfather and grandfather by spending some time this morning just sitting in a lawn chair by the side of […]

Anti-drug program reinforcing substance abuse awareness

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Cannon Air Force Base Emergency Medical Technician Brandi Pett talks about her job Tuesday with Ranchvale Elementary School sixth-graders for Red Ribbon Week. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Their hands shot up toward the ceiling. It seemed most of students in the classroom had a story to tell — a […]

Halloween happenings

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Sandia Elementary second grader Anysnah Quintero points to her favorite pumpkin, decorated as an apple with a worm, Wednesday at school. The pumpkin decorated by kindergartner Kyli Osborn took second place. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) The word Halloween is a contracted version of All Hallows Eve and actually has origins tracing back to the Catholic […]

Closure list sailing through Congress

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A plan to close and reconfigure hundreds of military bases is sailing through Congress, on track to take effect next month in a blow to communities hoping for an eleventh-hour reprieve. In a long-shot attempt to halt the first round of base closings in a decade, the […]

10/27 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 1:45 a.m. Wednesday on the 700 block of East 13th street police responded to a call concerning a domestic battery involving minor injuries between siblings and acquaintances on the. Police located a 51-year-old man who was bleeding from the top of […]

10/27 Education Digest

Wayland Baptist waiting on dean Wayland Baptist University will waiting to see if Cannon Air Force Base gets a new mission before it hires a new dean, according to the school’s director of communications. The Clovis campus itself is not in jeopardy of closing, Young said. However, there may be a reduction in staff, depending […]

10/27 Student Profile

Natalie Bizzell is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Bill and Stacey Bizzell. What’s your favorite TV show, past and present? When I was young, my favorite TV show was “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Now, my favorite TV show is “Laguna Beach.” I love reality TV shows. Tell […]

New chairman’s first job taming threat of inflation

Freedom Newspapers With the threat of inflation returning, keeping it tame would be the first job of Ben Bernanke, whom President Bush on Monday appointed to be chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. On Oct. 14, the U.S. Labor Department reported that consumer prices rose 1.2 percent in September, the highest level since March 1980, […]

State no longer political nonentity

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist It didn’t used to be like this. Not in the old days. Not way back when New Mexico was a simple place with simple tastes and simple folks and the notion you couldn’t visit here without a passport. No one much noticed us, and that was OK. Those days are […]

Promoting dependency won’t help poor

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans, President Bush gave America’s poverty pimps and race hustlers new ammunition. The president said, “As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well. And that poverty has roots in a […]

James Morgan, Melvin C. Waltman

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 Morgan Date of birth: Nov. 7, 1926 Dates of service: January 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and location […]

Hunter helping Hounds on defense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer WITH CORNERBACKS MARK Patterson (groin) and Michael Fields (ankle and knee) unable to play due to injury, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo had to resort to desperate measures in last weekend’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Texas A&M-Kingsville. First, he moved outside linebacker Brandon […]

Lady Eagles take tourney match in four

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Clovis Christian’s Jennifer Schaap hits the ball over House’s Sara Lee during their District 4-1A tournament match Tuesday at CCS. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis Christian got its lapse out of the way, then got down to business. The Lady Eagles started to let a two-game lead slip […]

Cats finish season with win at NMMI

CNJ staff ROSWELL — After learning his team did not make the state playoffs, Clovis boys soccer coach Shaun Gill said he was concerned about Tuesday’s season finale against New Mexico Military, a team the Wildcats had drubbed 8-2 early in the year. “I was a little worried about how we would approach the game […]

Ornaments from N.M. students to be displayed on tree at nation’s capitol

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Carol Dorazio, administrative assistant to the deputy superintendent of Clovis schools, sorts through Christmas ornaments that will be sent to decorate the New Mexico Christmas tree in Washington D.C. this year. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Harvested from the Santa Fe National Forest, an 80-foot spruce is going on a […]

Expert combats crime with computers

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer For the last four years, Dennis Usery, 47, has been a man the public doesn’t see — a pivotal person behind thousands of criminal case investigations from the 9th judicial District Attorney’s Office, New Mexico State Police and local law enforcement agencies. Usery is the Information Systems Manager for […]

State mandates voting changes

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the next Curry County election isn’t until June, local officials are already preparing for nearly two dozen state-mandated changes. The most drastic will be in the voter-identification process. Curry County Voting Administrator Coni Jo Lyman said voters will be required to show proof of identity using at least […]

Uncle charged in connection with injured boy

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The uncle of a 10-month-old boy who fell from a deck on Oct. 4 has been arrested in connection with the case. Derek Parker, 22, of Clovis, was charged with abandonment abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Parker turned himself into Portales police […]

Campaign laws providing way to halt freedom of speech

Freedom Newspapers The nation’s founders wrote the First Amendment explicitly to protect political speech. A healthy democracy is dependent on the ability of citizens, activists and politicians to express their views forcefully and with the widest possible latitude in the hopes that a free-for-all of ideas will lead to an informed voting public. Politicians and […]

Legislature needs to keep promises made

By Brian Moore: Guest Columnist Earlier this month, the New Mexico Legislature finished a seven-day special session trying to deal with helping New Mexico residents get through this energy crunch. There were several proposals bandied about, dozens of bills, numerous amendments and lots of vigorous discussion. In the end, we figured out a way to […]