Dumbing down schools self-defeating

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Perhaps you remember white flight. That is, of course, the term for what happened in the ’60s when African Americans, newly liberated from legal segregation, began fanning out from the neighborhoods to which they’d once been restricted. Traumatized at the thought of living in proximity to their perceived inferiors, white […]

Scout’s honor: City airport benefits from Eagle project

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For his Eagle Scout project, Jay Burns, 16, helped replace the Clovis Municipal Airport sign. Burns said his main role in the project was working with architects, local business owners and contractors. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Looking for a sign? Clovis Municipal Airport needed a new one. Eagle Scout […]

Mission team to visit Cannon

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers They’re not exactly sure where their trip will end, but supporters of Cannon Air Force Base insist they’re making great time. An eight-member mission team from the Air Force is scheduled to visit Cannon today to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission […]

Officials seek alternatives to juvenile incarceration

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Officials say Clovis needs a juvenile justice facility for runaways and first-time petty offenders, equipped with classrooms and counselors instead of jail cells and guards. Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley heads a 15-member juvenile justice committee formed about a month ago, based on a county committee formed five years […]

11/29 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to the 2300 block of Whippoorwill Way in reference to criminal sexual contact of a minor. The father of a 13-year-old female told police his daughter was touched inappropriately by a male neighbor on Nov. […]

11/29 Business Digest

United Way taking applications soon The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will soon begin to accept applications requesting donor funds to serve area families and individuals. According to the charitable organization, distributing donor funds is the most important function they perform. The funds will eventually serve local families, individuals or children in four priority […]

Lady Cats open tonight

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Clovis girls basketball coach Miles Waters works with his team during practice at Rock Staubus gym Monday afternoon. The defending Class 5A state champion Lady Wildcats open the season at home tonight versus Goddard. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While the defending Class 5A champion Clovis High girls open […]

Stacy selected next CHS athletic director

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Stacy, who has coached Clovis High’s cross country teams under contract for the past three seasons, has been selected to replace Dale Fullerton as the district’s athletic director. Stacy was chosen from a field of four finalists for the position. The others were Lonnie Baca, a teacher at […]

ENMU student dies in one-vehicle accident

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student from Missouri died in a car accident early Sunday morning 10 miles north of Clovis. State police officials said Monday they are still investigating the cause of the accident. Jarrod Michael Knox, 18, died in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred at 2:07 a.m. on […]

Privatizing pension agency would benefit taxpayers

Freedom Newspapers The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. took another step down the slippery slope last week, according to an Associated Press story. The federal agency announced it has assumed the pension assets and claims of Falcon Products Inc., a manufacturer of commercial furniture. The two plans taken over by the agency cover about 2,300 current […]