Lady Cats split and wait

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Hobbs sophomore Blakely Jenkins is caught in a rundown between Clovis’ Sonia Chavez, left and Jordan Garrett. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Now the waiting begins for the Clovis softball team. The Wildcats had a chance to pull into second place in District 4-5A in a home doubleheader with Hobbs. […]

Boeing eyes Clovis airspace

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Unmanned aerial vehicles could possibly soar over the skies of Clovis in the near future, according to a Boeing executive. The commercial jet and military contractor giant is interested in conducting test flights for its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles in Clovis, said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson, […]

4/26 Military digest

Estrada Army Spec. Nathan N. Estrada has returned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, after being deployed to Afghanistan, according to a news release from Army and Air Force Hometown News Service. A cannon crewmember with two years of military service, he is the son of Margaret Estrada and brother of […]

4/26 Local roundup

Woman sentenced for assaulting officer A 35-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison for assaulting a peace officer. Eugena Smith was found guilty of one count of battery upon a peace officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Smith struck a detention center officer in […]

Guilt, innocence only real factors in Duke case

Freedom Newspapers Just what America needs, yet another highly charged nationally publicized court case that deals with race, class and sex. Of course, the indictments against two Duke University lacrosse team members, for allegedly assaulting and raping an exotic dancer at a recent party, are the stuff that 24-hour cable news shows thrive upon. As […]

Benefit program deadline approaching

By Pete Domenici: Guest columnist The May 15 deadline for signing up for Medicare prescription drug benefits is quickly approaching and there are still thousands of New Mexicans, particularly low-income residents, who have not signed up. Because we built in extra compensations to help poor seniors, I strongly encourage them to act now to sign […]

Segregation only breeds ignorance

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist When I was a child, I lived in a city that was predominantly black. It was a quaint little burg called Los Angeles. I took for granted that it was a black city because black people were virtually all I ever saw in my neighborhood. The few whites who passed […]

Richard M. Flint

Richard M. Flint Date of birth: Nov. 17, 1932 Dates of service: 1950 to 1971 Hometown: San Jon Conflict: Korean War Branch: Air Force Rank: Master sergeant Unit and specialty: Aircraft mechanic, armament and crew chief Lives in: San Jon In his words: After completing training to work on jets, Flint spent time in Europe, […]

Cats fighting for postseason

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Clovis senior outfielder Devin Sweet takes a cut during practice on Monday at Bell Park. The Wildcats travel to Hobbs for a key doubleheader today. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer A little more than a month ago, the Clovis Wildcats beat Valley to advance to the title game of […]

On the job: A look at the Clovis Police Department

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Shawn Gore has been on the Clovis police force for 14 years. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Compiled by Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The CNJ asked these police officers to tell us a little bit about themselves and to answer a few questions: Shawn Gore, master police officer, traffic division Years of service: 14 What […]

Coach Robinson hangs up whistle

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Though he’s tried to step away from the game before, this time Jimmy Joe Robinson said it’s for good. The Clovis Christian boys basketball coach has decided to retire and end a 34-year stretch in which Robinson was also a head coach at Clovis High, Melrose, Grady and, for one […]

Tucson residents propose moving winter flight training to Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A group in Tucson, Ariz., is searching for some quiet. And deliverance could be available in the wide, open spaces of eastern New Mexico. Land up for grabs at Cannon Air Force Base is under evaluation by members of the Military Community Compatibility Committee, according to Tahnee Robertson, a […]

Richardson sees future in wind

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Renewable fuel and film. Gov. Bill Richardson is optimistic New Mexico can be a key state for both, and he highlighted Tucumcari’s role during a Monday town hall meeting. Richardson spoke to a packed crowd at the Tucumcari Convention Center’s meeting room, where the governor heard concerns on […]

4/25 Local roundup

No injuries reported in Tolar grass fire No structures were lost and no injuries were reported Saturday in a grassfire near Tolar that consumed approximately 5,800 acres of grassland, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Several small fires grew about four miles south of Tolar, creating a blaze that burned for the better part […]

Post-Enron law could impose unnecessary costs

Freedom Newspapers An advisory panel to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formally recommended that thousands of smaller publicly traded companies be exempted from the strict accounting and reporting requirements imposed by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley law, passed in the wake of the collapse of Enron. “The benefits that are derived by investors are really […]

U.S. not dumping ground for Mexican woes

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Ross Perot famously predicted that if Congress passed the North American Free Trade Agreement, we’d hear a “giant sucking sound” as American jobs were exported to our southern neighbor. Not only did that not happen, but American exports to Mexico have jumped. According to an analysis by Howard J. Wall […]

GI Bill holds inequities for Reserve, Guard

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Reserve and National Guard members mobilized for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are discovering an inequity in their GI Bill education benefits that needs to be fixed, says Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, senior Democrat on the House armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel. “It’s unconscionable how these young men and […]

4/25 Candidate profile

The following is one of a series of profiles on state candidates who visit the Clovis-Portales area: Jim Baca is campaigning for the Democratic ticket position of State Commissioner of Public Lands against Ray Powell. The office is currently held by Patrick Lyons, R-Cuervo. Baca held the office from 1983 to 1986 and from 1991 […]

4/25 Business digest

Wool growers offer scholarship 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America members graduating from New Mexico high schools this year are eligible for the annual $750 scholarship of the New Mexico Wool Growers, according to a news release from the group. May 15 is the application deadline. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning […]

Since life is dangerous, how should we live?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I don’t think I’m revealing anything you don’t already know when I observe that living life is dangerous business. Ever since our First Parents fouled up and got tossed out of the Garden, forbidden fruit juice trickling down the corners of their mouths, Planet Earth has been an address where people […]