Reading volunteers dwindle

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Cynthia Tubbs of Clovis volunteersfor a student-reading program at James Bickley Elementary called HOSTS. Tubbs said she loves working with children. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When the morning session is done, little Sapphire Romero — clumps of hair astray from her pony tail — hugs her mentor. “Thank […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local woman runner-up for queen

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brianne Aucutt of Clovis was first runner-up last month in the New Mexico State Fair Queen contest in Albuquerque. The Texas Tech sophomore represented Curry County as the reigning Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. She competed against 11 other young women from New Mexico. Aucutt was judged on personality, horsemanship […]

Snapshot: Rep. Udall presents medals

WHAT: U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will present Congressional Medals to Victoria and Patrick Adams of Clovis, according to a press release from Udall’s office. Victoria, 16, is a Clovis High School student and her older brother, Patrick, 18, is a freshman at the University of New Mexico. Victoria will receive bronze and silver medals […]

Water rate interventions filed

By CNJ Staff About a half-dozen interventions have been filed objecting to the proposed rate increases requested by New Mexico American Water, according to a utility official. New Mexico American Water Vice President Kathy Wright said they included interventions filed by businesses, the city of Clovis and Clovis Municipal Schools. She said no residential customers […]

Discrimination costs encourage racism

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist My previous columns have attempted to reduce confusion by suggesting operational definitions of discrimination and prejudice. Discrimination was defined as the act of choice, and prejudice was the act of decision-making on the basis of incomplete information. Good analytical thinking requires that we don’t confuse one phenomenon with another. The […]

Cockfighting embarrassment to state

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Here’s what we need to do. We need to schedule one final cockfighting derby, the Superbowl of Cockfights, pitting the top fighting roosters from New Mexico against the best Louisiana has to offer. We’ll call it Bloody Sunday I. Throw up some temporary bleachers in a remote field 25 miles […]

School shooters leave nation wondering why

By Freedom Newspapers People may disagree about what exactly constitutes evil and what its sources might be. But it is virtually impossible to think about what Charles Carl Roberts did Monday in the little township of Bart, Pa., without using that particular word. Troubled, mentally disturbed, unhinged and even depraved just don’t suffice here. Whatever […]

Pilot killed in crash at Tucumcari air show

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Guy Baldwin, 60, Tulsa, Okla., was performing a manuever called the square loop when he lost control his single-engine plane and crashed Wednesday during an air show in Tucumcari, officials said. Baldwin died in the crash. Photo: Chelle Delaney By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop […]

Residents express concern about ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A dozen Curry County residents expressed concerns about a proposed ethanol plant west of the city at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Most of the concerns centered around potential health issues that some say may arise from the construction and operation of a 105-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant near the existing […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Texico notches big victory

CNJ staff WITH THE FIRST GAME already under its belt, Texico faced 22-18 and 21-15 deficits in the next two games Saturday against District 6-2A rival Clayton. The Lady Wolverines, though, rallied to win both games against a team Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes is the best in district. The only losses this season for […]