Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]

4/28 amos

Editor’s note: An avid reader has requested that Amos retell his adventures in the watermelon patch. Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos in the watermelon patch despite what one-time country crooner roger millerbug sang — you can go fishin in a […]

Judging by earthly standards often incorrect

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes people judge others by earthly standards. A valid measurement involves looking at ourselves and others by God’s standards. An incident in my childhood just verifies this. I had no idea of the implications of the lesson at the time, but now I realize its significance. When I was a […]

Clovis senior takes first, Lady Cats win team title at triangular

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Clovis senior Jordan Moore gets ready to hit with an iron during Thursday’s Clovis Triangular at Municipal Golf Course. Moore shot a 74 to win the boys individual title. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jordan Moore wasn’t smiling much when he came in from his round in Thursday’s Clovis triangular […]

Lady Cats state title contenders

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Clovis girls track coach Darrel Ray, right, shows Lady Cats sophomore Jasmine McDonald she took off too far from the bar after a missed high jump earlier this month dring the Wildcat Relays. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some of them suffered a heartbreaking five-game loss at state in volleyball. […]

Interesting week in Mbale, Uganda

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown.”    That’s how storyteller Garrison Keillor begins his weekly “News from Lake Wobegon” tales. I thought about beginning this column similarly: “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Mbale, Uganda, where two of my sons serve as missionaries.” I’m just not […]

Judge questions system monitoring homicide suspect

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An employee of Hanks Bail Bonds shows an ankle bracelet that monitors the movement of suspects on bail to ensure they are following court-ordered restrictions. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis judge held a hearing Monday to determine why an ankle bracelet used to track homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley […]

Change of venue granted in double-homicide trial

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Wednesday granted a defense motion to change the venue of the trial of a Portales man accused of killing his uncle and aunt in March 2004. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jones of Santa Fe argued that people in Clovis and Portales have […]

Proposed Clovis budget cuts include adminsitration

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three full-time and two part-time administrative positions will likely remain vacant at the start of the next school year, in addition to 29 teaching and teaching assistant positions being eyed by Clovis Municipal Schools to compensate for a $1.4 million budget deficit created by an unfunded state salary increase […]

Rowley-backers feel snubbed

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Becky Rowley, interim president of Clovis Community College, listens Wednesday as the College Board of Trustees announced the new president. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The decision that ushers in an Arizona man as the president of Clovis Community College incited ire among a dense band of Clovis residents who […]

Obituaries — April 27

Bill Lott Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Bill Lott, 55, of Portales, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at his residence in Highway. He was born March 1, 1951, in Portales to Patsy and Oscar “Pouch” Lott. He grew up in Highway and graduated from Dora High School in 1970. He […]

Raising wages will not impact poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist About a fortnight ago, Mrs. Williams alerted me to an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show titled “Inside the Lives of People Living on Minimum Wage.” After a few minutes of watching, I turned it off, not because of the heart-rending tales but because most of what was being said was […]

More money, fewer duties; sign me up

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Dear editors, Just a heads up here that I probably will be quitting the column. Let’s keep it just between us. If word leaks to the readers, I am going to be flooded with e-mails saying … “Promise?” Let me take this opportunity to apologize for having recently exposed the […]

Overregulation driving price of gas higher

Freedom Newspapers If only automobiles could run on hot air from politicians bloviating about high gasoline prices. Then we might have something. President Bush is the latest to jump on a bandwagon overcrowded with the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert, Arlen Specter, Dianne Feinstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, announcing a probe […]

Arizona administrator named CCC president

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A man with more than 20 years of administrative experience won the five-month-long presidential race at Clovis Community College, his educational record inspiring confidence among those who chose him. Kansas native John Neibling of Arizona accepted the position Wednesday following his selection by Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. […]

Fifteen teaching positions may be cut

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Fifteen teaching and 14 educational assistant positions in Clovis Municipal Schools would be cut under a proposed 2006-2007 school year budget, drafted to compensate for a budget shortfall of about $1.4 million. Four elementary school, five special education and six Clovis High School teaching positions, instead of a previously […]

Clovis grad Hank Baskett only days away from making jump to NFL

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NFL prospect Hank Baskett roots on the Lady Wildcats softball team during their doubleheader Tuesday at the Lady Cats softball park. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett has found something to keep his mind off this weekend’s NFL draft — softball. “I’m just keeping myself busy,” said Baskett, an […]

AWOL tracksters derail meet

Freedom Newspapers A high school track meet at Hobbs was canceled Tuesday after two female Portales track athletes were reported missing. The two athletes left with friends and returned to the meet about two hours later, according to Hobbs school and law enforcement officials. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said he did not know the […]

Wildcats split doubleheader with Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats came within one game of what looked impossible only weeks ago. Needing a doubleheader sweep to have a chance to finish second in District 4-5A and earn and automatic state playoff berth, Clovis beat Hobbs 10-6 in the opener. But the Eagles blanked Clovis 8-0 in the nightcap, […]

Q&A: Retired general believes Cannon mission on way

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Retired Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson arrived in Clovis as a sixth-grader when his father was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and chose to retire in the area. Robinson graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1972 and joined the Air Force a year later. He has lived in […]