Get your head around hat history

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist The other day I was throttled back to the New Mexico plains when I glimpsed a tan man in a cowboy hat. Granted, this guy’s hat was straw and had a surfer dude sticker on it, and he was peering out of an SUV with a pile of wetsuits in […]

Mark your calendar for the County Fair

By Clyde Davis: local columnist “Start the hose. We need a drink.” It took me a minute to locate the source of the hoarse whisper. Actually, I knew where it came from; it took me a minute to believe my ears. The box tortoise in my right hand, the larger of the two, winked, opened […]

Stem cell work realm for private sector, not public

Freedom Newspapers Stem-cell research has received significant private funding, and in that private arena, for ethical, moral and government reasons — is where it best should stay. Stem-cell research is in its infancy, and while many possibilities look promising in theory, there is no guarantee any of them will pan out, and if they do, […]

Letters to the editor 7/23

Prairie dogs ruin land, have no valueIn response to Susan Hubby’s letter about prairie dogs (July 16 CNJ), I wonder if she has been on ranches being ruined by these prairie dogs. I suggest she drive down CR17 on the south side of Ned Houk Park and see the damage to the Good Sams park […]

Guantanamo immoral step to moral end

By Spc. Justin Helphenstine: guest columnist Is it possible for morality to be the means to an immoral end? A common phrase concerning the paving stones of the road to hell leads us to believe so. I think there is one such road being built today, and it’s paved by a desire to close the […]

Inmates escape

CNJ Staff Two inmates at the DeBaca County Detention Center escaped at 9:02 p.m. Friday after overpowering a detention officer, according to the New Mexico State Police. The two were identified as Barry Wright, 23, and Cody Jessup, 19, according to Eric Archuleta, a dispatcher at the DeBaca County Regional Emergency Communications Center. According to […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Race Track

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Wives gets taste of potential new home

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSpouses of Air Force officers and airmen who visited Clovis and Portales with the Hurlburt delegation talked to the news media Friday. They are, from left, Tricia Bauernfeind, Brandy Hewins and Lisa Dunaway. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Having a special needs child, Lisa Dunaway was most concerned with the […]

City set to remember soldier

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksAl Beaulieu of Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City in Clovis uses the store marquee to honor Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, who died Sunday while serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Kassin was a friend of the family. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. […]

Bills would benefit ENMU

Freedom Newspapers A series of bills, including two proposed by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) that will provide a total of $1.385 million in federal educational funding to Eastern New Mexico University, was approved by a U.S. Senate Committee on Thursday, according to a news release from Domenici’s office. The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which […]

Man indicted on murder charge

CNJ Staff A man captured in Texas after police named him as a murder suspect for the area’s third homicide was indicted for first-degree murder Friday, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Tony Martinez, 51 is accused of fatally shooting Hugo Ochoa May 31 outside a home at 410 Rencher Street. […]

Local landmarks show individual pride

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksA mule statue has been a part of Muleshoe for more than 41 years, dating back to its July 4, 1965, dedication. Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense […]

Traveling down life’s road Is an adventure

By Curtis K. Shelburne My wife and I rolled into our driveway late last night. Some sleepy cargo rested in the seats behind us—two sons fresh off the last plane that had flown them home from Uganda, jet-lagged and weary, out cold. If you’re tired enough, you can sleep almost anywhere. But Stephan and Josh […]

Pride can be a pitfall

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Here is the summer camp story again. I have had some requests for it. I think some readers must have had similar experiences with pride. There’s something unique about being at camp in the mountains. The mountains, the solitary atmosphere of old cabins tucked away in the pines … the […]

July 21, 2006 Religion Calendar

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St. 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. Free coffee and donuts. Teacher is Don Reid. Monday Cowboy Church — 6:30 p.m., […]

July 21, 2006 Amos

Editor’s Note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the attack of the birds boss there have been some strange air currents passing through the church pew underworld these days in alfred hitchcock-style the birds have landed and they re causing more ruckus than […]

Hurlburt team arrives

Freedom Newspapers Air Force Special Operations Command personnel and their spouses arrived in Clovis on Thursday in the first day of a two-day visit to eastern New Mexico. The visit was designed to familiarize them with the region and Cannon Air Force Base, which will become the newest Special Operations base in 2007, according to […]

Third lawyer assigned to slaying suspect

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A third attorney has taken over as defense counsel in the death penalty case of a Clovis dentist accused of murdering a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural Curry County ditch. Also, District Attorney Matt Chandler told the court at a hearing Thursday morning […]

In tribute: Former barber remembered for family values

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer When a young Rick Shomo got a haircut at Cannon Air Force Base, he never needed to give his barber much detail. “He never asked me what I wanted,” Shomo said of Charles Crayton. “He always knew how I wanted it cut.” In the same way, many things went […]

July 21, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from July 13 through Wednesday: • Beau Bradford Neese, 27, of Tucumcari to Kimberly Paige Figures, 23, of Dalhart, Texas. • Rafael Alfredo Ibarra Sanchez, 24, to Deanna Faye Ovalle, 19, both of Clovis. • Clois Dean Jeffries, 61, to Dianna Jean Jacobs, 61, both of […]