Clovis/Portales microplex renewed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining the […]

FDA’s marijuana post puts politics over science

Freedom Newspapers Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That […]

Manners universal, though rules differ

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I may not exactly be Miss Manners, but when it comes to social etiquette, I’ve got a few things to say. I’ll call these Helena’s mannerisms. When someone sneezes, any proper, caring individual should say “Bless you!” If the person sneezes again, it is only proper to sigh and say […]

TV show reminder of youthful imaginations

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The public television station out of Portales, KENW, runs a kids show every weekday afternoon called “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks.” It’s an animated show that originates from the United Kingdom. The show revolves around Piggley and his friends: Ferny the bovine, Dannan the duck, his sister Molly and […]

Civic Center hosting Home and Garden Show

CNJ staff A Home and Garden Show will be held this weekend at the Clovis Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico. According to Chairman Todd Farrell, 70 vendors will display products in a show-and-tell setting. Attendees can register to win door prizes or sit and relax […]

Oregon county sparks tale of two Currys

By Peter Rice: Pilot Staff Writer A time zone, two mountain ranges and several degrees of latitude appear to have isolated a linguistic oddity here in Curry County — Oregon, that is. A brief telephone survey this week revealed that the stalwart saying, “There’s no hurry in Curry,” hasn’t made it to conversation mills in […]

4/28 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, an officer was called to Marshall Junior High School, and a student was arrested and booked for possession of marijuana on school grounds after marijuana was found. The student was released after booking. • • • Officers responded to a […]

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 […]