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 […]

Dress code no hardship for NBA players

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist I am trying to feel Marcus Camby’s pain. I am also trying to keep a straight face. I cannot do both. Camby, for those who never read the sports page, is a very tall man who is paid $8 million per annum to play basketball for the Denver Nuggets. You’d […]

Kenneth Realty sold to Colonial

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Kenneth Jones, owner of Kenneth Realty, has sold his business of 29 years to Gayla Brumfield of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate. “Jo (his wife) and I are in our 60s,” Jones said. “We were ready to slow down.” Jones said he has been considering selling the business for […]

Lee Roach, Lee Scott

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. Lee Roach Date of birth: Nov. 27, 1918 Dates of service: April 3, 1941, to March 29, 1946 Hometown: St. Vrain Lives in: Clovis […]

Clovis man pleads guilty in shooting

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Mark Madrid (right) speaks with his attorney, Michael Rosenfield, on Monday in a Clovis courtroom. Madrid, 23, faces between 16 to 27 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer As Mark Madrid left the courtroom Monday in shackles, he told his mother […]

Meatpacking officials visit Clovis

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Mum is the word from Clovis officials on the possibility a Wisconsin-based meatpacker is considering a plant in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area is one of two sites being considered for a plant that could employ up to 2,500 people, according to published reports by newspapers in Kansas […]

Muleshoe man faces second murder trial

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Muleshoe man who has been acquitted of two murder charges went on trial Monday in connection with the third victim in a 2003 triple homicide. A jury was selected and two prosecution witnesses were heard Monday in the trial of Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, who is accused of […]

Herb Hammar, Elwin Wilhoit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer 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. Herb “Herby” Hammar Date of birth: Aug. 3, 1925 Dates of service: August, 1943 to November, 1946 Hometown: […]

Genetics won’t touch disability benefits

By Tom Philpott The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission unanimously has voted that a veteran’s genetic makeup, which might show predisposition to certain illnesses before entering service, is not a reasonable topic for the commission to study in its review of “service connection” and disability payments. During an Oct. 14 public hearing in Washington, D.C., the […]

Violence vivid even after abuser gone

CNJ Readers I would like to commend Debbie Vinson for her bravery to publicly talk about her experiences as a victim of domestic violence. (“Panelists encourage victims of violence to step forward,” Friday’s CNJ) Her statement about the pop and smell of fireworks reminding her of a specific incident paints a vivid picture of what […]

Zias play to tie, still seeking tourney berth

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ENMU junior Megan Dozier tries to avoid Southwestern Oklahoma goalkeeper Lindsey Crook while going for a rebound on a penalty shot in the second half of Sunday’s Lone Star Conference match. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team inability to put the […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Tested Wolverines play for district title

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TEXICO COACH MIKE PROKOP said he has “no regrets at all” about the tough non-district schedule his team played this year. After a 2-4 start, the two-time defending state champion Wolverines have started District 3-1A with a pair of wins. Of Texico’s four losses, two came to Texas teams, […]

Cats use bye to prepare for ‘second season’

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer This week’s open date allowed the Clovis Wildcats a chance to look back at the first eight games and look ahead to the second season. “I’ve been looking forward to it, I’m not going to lie,” senior Tanner Fickling said of the bye. “It kinda gives you a week […]

CHS SOCCER: Wildcats’ playoff fate unknown

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Clovis High School goalkeeper Josh Bussen collides with Artesia’s Zach Gates after making a save during the first half of Saturday’s match against Artesia at Yucca Soccer Complex. Artesia’s Aaron Ornelas is at right. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys soccer team closed out its home […]