1/5 Education Digest

CCC still accepting applications The committee searching for a new Clovis Community College president is accepting applications until Jan. 20. So far “a few” candidates have applied, search committee member Jay Gurley said. The presidential search was initiated in the fall after former college President Beverlee McClure accepted a position as New Mexico’s first secretary […]

Environmental group should return tax dollars

Freedom Newspapers The Natural Resources Defense Council is a left-wing environmental organization that constantly chides the Bush administration, calls for international environmental governance, promotes more regulations, sounds the alarms about “global warming” and the evils of the oil industry and generally takes positions at odds with those supported by President Bush and the GOP Congress […]

2005 not so shabby for New Mexico

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist A year ends. A year begins. About the only thing that will change by this time next year are your memories. And the most important thing for you to remember right this moment is that you have the power to shape those memories. Is that heavy, or what? Isn’t that […]

Nation’s poor better off than thought

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Despite claims that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, poverty is nowhere near the problem it was yesteryear — at least for those who want to work. Talk about the poor getting poorer tugs at the hearts of decent people and squares nicely with the agenda of […]

Only one miner survives

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, family members were told early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners were dead — three hours after they began celebrating the news that they were alive. The sole survivor, Randal McCloy, was in critical condition with a collapsed lung and dehydration but no […]

County lands funds for rodeo events

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson plans to distribute more than $250,000 to counties across New Mexico to promote rodeo. Curry County will receive $50,000, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Eastern New Mexico University will receive $30,844 to improve its rodeo arena while Quay County will receive $24,404 […]

Clovis native deployed to Afghanistan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For years, he has prepared and trained as a Special Forces soldier in the Army. While he has traveled extensively and spent months on end away from home, this time is different. For the first time in his career, Gilbert Gonzales will be entering a combat zone. In 1994, […]

Clovis establishments cited for selling alcohol to minors

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police allege two Clovis businesses sold alcohol to minors on New Year’s Eve during a sting operation by the Department of Public safety. Administrative citations are pending against the American Legion Post 25 and Kelley’s Bar and Grill package store, according to a press release from the Department of […]

Feds waste time busting medical marijuana clubs

Freedom Newspapers It is something of a mystery why federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided HopeNet, a medical cannabis dispensary said to serve about 30 patients a day in San Francisco, on Dec. 20. It followed a series of raids in San Diego on Dec. 12 that closed 13 cannabis dispensaries. No arrests were made […]

Spanish music pioneers will be remembered

By Ben Salazar: Guest columnist Clovis’ music community suffered two great losses last month with the passing of Noe Anzaldua and Jose “Adan” Mondragon. Both individuals through their respective talents and personalities were instrumental in developing what has become known throughout New Mexico and West Texas as the “Clovis sound” for Spanish music. Anzaldua began […]

Letters to the editor: Holiday fireworks ignite outrage

I would like to thank the rocket scientist who bought or allowed his children to buy fireworks for their New Year’s celebration. On Friday evening, a beautiful evergreen was destroyed and trees and houses in the 1600 block of Fairway Terrace were threatened by a fire caused by someone shooting off firecrackers. Flames fed by […]

Hot-handed Frenship outguns Wildcats

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Clovis junior Cody Thornsbury and Frenship’s Trey Merchant fight for a loose ball on Tuesday during the third quarter of the Wildcats’ matchup against Frenship. CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When your opponent shoots 66 percent from the field, suffice it to say, you’re in trouble. Clovis High’s boys, […]

Mayfield downs Lady Cats

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Clovis sophomore Ebony Bunton drives around Mayfield junior Carissa McGee during the first half of the Lady Wildcats’ Tuesday matchup against Mayfield. CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The rivalry is back on. A fired up Mayfield squad came into hostile territory and beat the Clovis Lady Wildcats 56-50 on […]

Fire guts bridal shop

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Clovis firefighters work Sunday to control a fire at Freeman’s Bridal Shop and Formal Wear on Main Street. The fire left a hole in the building’s roof. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff photo The downtown shop Marjorie Noble owned and operated for more than 30 years was severely damaged in a […]

Winds wreak havoc

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Winds that reached as high as 61 mph Sunday knocked down power lines on Norris Street. (Courtesy photo: Brad Drake) CNJ staff Firefighters had a busy day around the region on Sunday. In addition to the downtown fire in Clovis, an estimated 600 tons of cotton bur caught fire in Parmer County, closing a portion […]

New Year’s baby arrives early

Nicole and Adrian Chavarria of Tucumcari hold their newborn daughter, Angelina, on Monday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Angelina was the first baby born at PRMC in 2006. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Chavarria family wasn’t expecting a new arrival until later in the new year. But on Sunday, […]

Video ratings consider sex, violence and language

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Tyler White, 13 of Clovis plays “Perfect Dark Zero” on Wednesday at Cyber City. The game is rated mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. White says his parents observe him playing video games. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The small screen displays a life-like animation of a senior citizen, […]

Spin of Clinton’s environmental legacy misguided

Freedom Newspapers Former Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt is out and about, flogging a book that offers a nostalgic look back on an American Golden Age, when Bill Clinton, his old boss, was in the White House. Fiction fans will love it, no doubt. Among the episodes subjected to revisionist spin is Clinton’s use — […]

Miliarty Digest: Health insurance bump on way

By Tom Philpott Alarmed that soaring health care costs are crimping budget dollars for higher-priority defense programs, the Joint Chiefs intend to endorse the Defense Department’s plan to raise TRICARE fees sharply over the next three years for retirees under 65 and their families, say senior military officers. One officer described a likely scenario, early […]

Fight for human liberty takes vigilance

By Tibor Machan At year’s end, after columns and commentaries galore lamenting the state of contemporary society with respect to the slow growth and frequent setbacks on the road to individual liberty, it’s worth asking whether an attitude of pessimism or optimism is warranted. These attitudes are, unlike, say, hope or anxiety, capable of being […]