Wildcats pull away from Rebels in second half

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Clovis guard Jaden Isler and Amarillo Tascosa’s Marquise Bryson struggle for a loose ball during Wednesday’s first round game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Against an undermanned and winless team, an eight-point lead at halftime is cause for concern. The Clovis Wildcats were never threatened […]

Suspect arraigned in motel slaying

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Linda Bentley talks with defense attorney Randy Knudson after Bentley’s husband, homicide suspect Jimmy Bentley, was arraigned Wednesday in Magistrate Court. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutor Matt Chandler said in court Wednesday the Christmas Eve slaying of a 48-year-old black man may have been racially motivated. The defense attorney […]

Air Force official to visit region

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A high-level Air Force official is to visit the region next week, according to military officials. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics William Anderson will tour Cannon and the surrounding area on Jan. 4, said Air Force spokeswoman Shirley Curry. It will be his […]

Patriot Act limit positive sign for freedom

Freedom Newspapers Although it was in some ways a tribute to Congress’ bumbling ways, the outcome for the USA Patriot Act — an extension for only five weeks, until Feb. 5 — was an unalloyed defeat for the Bush administration. The president had repeatedly said he would not accept a “short-term extension.” But in the […]

Christmas movies will not be missed

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Here’s the good thing about no more Christmas: No more sappy Christmas movies. Neal Patrick Harris was in one. Let me quickly acknowledge New Mexico basks in Neal’s fame. He was one of us. His parents, attorneys both, still live in Albuquerque where they no longer practice law but instead […]

Residents can no longer be complacent

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Police warned us in September 2003. They presented a petition to city commissioners alleging Clovis is “one of the most dangerous places in the state to live.” Mostly, we waved them off. They were just a bunch of drama queens, we told ourselves, their credibility in question because of their […]

Administrator to be honored

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lonnie Leslie bowed out of the Clovis Municipal Schools system after 33 years of service following health complications. But on Jan. 6, he will be honored by the New Mexico Music Educators Association as Administrator of the Year. Two years ago, as the assistant superintendent of operations, Leslie trailblazed […]

12/29 Education Digest

Exchange student offering classes An Eastern New Mexico University Chinese exchange student, Zheng Liguang, from Sichuan University will offer four classes in Chinese culture and history, according to an ENMU press release. The classes will held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings, the release said. Liguang, with the Americanized name […]

12/29 Student Profile

Benjamin Mousseau is a senior at the Clovis High School. He is the son of Sheryl and Marcel Mousseau. Who is invited to your fantasy dinner and why? Charles Darwin to discuss the theory of evolution, Plato to discuss the theories of life, and Jesus Christ to discuss religion. What is so great about your […]

Tournament results

Boys Milk Cow Classic At Rock Staubus Gym Wednesday’s games Abilene Cooper 52, Rio Rancho 48 Pampa 67, Santa Fe St. Michael’s 55 Rio Grande 65, Aztec 54 Clovis 70, Amarillo Tascosa 59 Thursday’s games Consolation semifinals Rio Rancho vs. St. Michael’s, 11:10 a.m. Aztec vs. Tascosa, 12:50 p.m. Championship semifinals Cooper vs. Pampa, 4:10 […]

Year in Review — April to June

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A look at the top stories from April to June 2005.

City hit with string of violent crimes

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Clovis recorded its third homicide of the year late Saturday, but that wasn’t the extent of the violence over the Christmas weekend. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers responded to five unrelated violent crimes between Christmas Eve and Christmas night. In addition to the homicide, an attempted armed […]

Lady Cats at full strength for tournament

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Clovis’ Tori Quintana drives past Moriarty’s Brandi Valencia during the first half of their game earlier this month at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats, only a desperation heave from being unbeaten, figure to become even more formidable heading into this week’s third annual Plateau […]

Hanukkah time to renew vigilance, protect freedom

Freedom Newspapers Hanukkah is sometimes called the “Jewish Christmas” because it occurs at the same time of the year. And this year, as it happens, it actually began on the same day. Hanukkah, however, has its own origins and meaning, and begins with the triumph of the Maccabee guerrilla fighters, around 165 BCE, against the […]

Bush’s agenda reckless pursuit of power

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist President Bush is a bundle of paradoxes. He thinks the scope of the federal government should be limited but the powers of the president should not. He wants judges to interpret the Constitution as the framers did, but doesn’t think he should be constrained by their intentions. He attacked Al […]

Defense bill aims to strengthen recruiting

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Congress has passed a 2006 defense authorization bill that focuses its personnel initiatives on new and improved tools to strengthen recruiting and retention and to help reshape the current force. The final bill leaves behind a host of Senate-passed initiatives to enhance entitlements for military survivors, reservists and disabled retirees. […]

Cats seek three-peat

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet lays the ball in over teammate Jaden Isler during practice Monday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. The Wildcats meet Amarillo Tascosa at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the Milk Cow Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High Wildcats are looking for a […]

Retailers: Returns, exchanges ordinary for season

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The Master’s book-store owner Tammy Garner, right, helps Tammy Jacobs of Melrose exchange a Bible on Monday at the book store in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Stores were bogged down Monday with returns and exchanges of gifts gone awry, as anticipated by those in the retail industry. The […]

Private schools let parents choose educational path

Freedom Newspapers The debate over Intelligent Design is the latest in a long-running battle over what public-school children should be taught about the origins of life. In the first half of the 20th century, students often were taught that life sprang from Divine creation. In more recent times, they have been taught that man progressed […]

Hurricane falsehoods leading to waste

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Reviewing the falsehoods, myths and misrepresentations spun by the press, politicians and pundits following Hurricane Katrina, one is reminded of Nora Ephron’s bon mot: “No matter how cynical I get, I can’t seem to keep up.” Most recently, we have word from the National Hurricane Center that Katrina was not […]