Robbery sign of personal dark times

By Grant McGee: local columnist Some guy with a bad idea created a bad day for a bunch of people two weeks ago. I’m talking about that bank robbery here in Clovis. I think I may have an idea how those bank employees felt that day. On my first day as a New Mexican I […]

Mirriam-Webster brings bling into vernacular

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able […]

Calendar 7 – 28

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971. Sunday Men’s Bible Class — 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. North Plains Mall Cinema, 2809 N. Prince St., Clovis. Free coffee and donuts. Teacher: Don Reid. Morning Worship — 9:45 a.m. […]

How Has Technology Affected the Way We Work?

By Curtis K. Shelburne The CBS “60 Minutes” segment I watched recently focused on technology and how it affects the way we work.  In general, according to the segment, the way Americans work is, well, a lot. The United States was way up toward the top of the list of nations with regard to the […]

amos 7-28

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.   the great ob-word nightmare   last night boss i woke up with a terrible nightmare as always i was being pursued by the hideous menacing marcellus the cat   with no hesitation at […]

Lifeguard shortage could induce pool restrictions

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The state mandated stricter safety guidelines at Potter Pool last year following the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has asked the state to lift a staffing stipulation placed on a Clovis public pool after a boy drowned in it last […]

Soft-spoken coach loved to keep busy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He was a quiet man who carried himself with consistency and unflinching stability. He was happiest when he was busy, family members said. Rufus George Jr. worked a majority of his life as a coach and teacher, spending 23 years at Gattis Junior High School, his wife Barbara George […]

Report urges protecting water rights, conservation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Nine strategies for conserving water in arid Northeast New Mexico are evaluated in a preliminary water plan recently released by a water resources and environmental consulting firm. Municipal conservation, agricultural conservation, groundwater management, rangeland conservation and watershed management, water rights protection, Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, planning for […]

Greenwalt back in Seattle

CNJ staff Clovis’ Cisti Greenwalt is back in the WNBA, and back in Seattle. The 2001 Clovis High graduate played in four games with the Storm earlier this season, then was traded to the expansion Chicago Sky in late June and promptly cut. The 6-foot-5 center, who had been living and working out in Sacramento, […]

LITTLE LEAGUE: American 13-14 squad ousted from state in extra innings

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — If nothing else, the Clovis American 13-14 all-stars gave a pretty good account of themselves in state tournament competition at West Mesa Little League. After losing to the host Roadrunners 4-1 on Saturday, American bounced back with a 7-1 win over Taos on Sunday before falling out of the double-elimination event […]

Cats’ WR makes verbal commitment to UTEP

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Clovis High Rishard Matthews, shown in a Class 5A state playoff semifinal game against Onate last November in Las Cruces, set a school record with 12 touchdown receptions last season as a junior. (CNJ file photo) CNJ staff Clovis High wide receiver Rishard Matthews hopes to use a big senior season as a springboard into […]

Yucca rushing to get ready

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Paul Vernon, project superintendent for LCI2, looks at a drop ceiling damaged by rain at Yucca Junior High School. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Floating floor tiles, damaged plaster and soaked carpets greeted school officials last week after rain seeped through portions of a partially constructed roof and flooded […]

Portales man injured in robbery

Freedom newspapers o Police say intruder beat 88-year-old victim in home. Portales — An 88-year-old Portales man was in serious but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday after he was beaten and robbed at his home, police said. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects. Nabor Leal of 724 W. 15th Lane was […]

Off-duty PRMC surgical nurse helps deliver baby boy

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby. A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a […]

Fuel duel: Fire marshal ends gas war on Prince

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Gas prices dropped to 49.9 cents a gallon Wednesday at the Allsup’s at the corner of Prince Street and Llano Estacado. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshal Allan […]

What’s Happening 7/27

All times MDT Today Damn Yankees — 7 p.m., Clovis Community College Town Hall, Tickets $10. Information: 769-4035 Friday Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents — 9:30 a.m. in the Regents Room on the Portales campus. Damn Yankees — 7 p.m., Clovis Community College Town Hall, Tickets $10. Information: 769-4035 Saturday Border Town Days […]

Meetings Watch 7/27

The following is a summary of the Clovis City Commission meeting held Wednesday: • The 2006-2007 city budget was approved. The estimated cash balance of the budget is roughly $17 million with revenues and expenditures, according to city documents. City revenues are slightly higher than expected and will be funneled into public improvement projects, City […]

Compensation was waste with ulterior motive

Freedom Newspapers In February 2003, cattle rancher Nico de Boer in Texas watched the space shuttle Columbia break up in the sky above his ranch. Weeks later he was surprised to learn that because of that disaster he was one of hundreds of Texas ranchers entitled to up to $40,000 in federal disaster compensation funds, […]

Governor caught in teddy bear scandal

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist Let’s see, how do I start this thing? There’s something beary strange going on in Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. B-e-a-r-r-y strange! No, too cutesy. This column has called Bill Richardson a gruff old guy with a teddy bear heart. Could it be he collects the stuffed animals? Nope, a tad […]

Internet gambling ban serves no one

By Walter E. Williams: syndicated columnist The House of Representatives voted 245 to 159 to pass the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999. Because of a rule requiring two-thirds approval, the measure didn’t pass. Its sponsor, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., plans to introduce it again when only a majority is needed for passage. If enacted, it […]