School assures safety

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In the wake of several violent school shootings, the attention of the nation has turned to issues of school safety. In Clovis Municipal Schools, safeguarding students has long been a top concern, according to school officials. In response to the 1999 Columbine school shooting, local school officials beefed up […]

Students learn “write way” to secure funds

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksSen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, talks to students Tuesday afternoon on the new playground equipment at Texico Elementary School. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Texico Elementary School students have learned the pen is mighty. A letter-writing campaign undertaken by an elementary class helped secure Texico Elementary a new playground, according to […]

Ute Water Project goes to Senate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New […]

Abilene Christian stays on roll at Hounds’ expense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — After Saturday’s 21-0 Lone Star Conference South Division-opening victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Blackwater Draw, the Abilene Christian football team is heading for relatively new territory. For ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo and his squad, it’s back to the drawing board. At 4-0, the Wildcats, […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats sweep Artesia

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Clovis High’s Siobhan Flatow (2) jumps to block an attack by Artesia’s Tory Burnett during Tuesday’s volleyball clash at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After dropping two straight matches on the road, the Clovis Lady Wildcats snapped their skid Tuesday night with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 […]

Teenagers killed in Farwell accident

By CNJ Staff Two Farwell High students died in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday two miles south of Farwell, according to the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office. Billy Hernandez, 14, and Frankie Reyes 14, were killed when the Suburban they were traveling in with six other area students rolled over several times on County Road 1 about […]

Local Roundup: New staff member joins DA’s office

By CNJ Staff A former Lea County prosecutor has been hired as a deputy district attorney in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, making him the 12th full-time prosecutor working in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Brian Stover, formerly of the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s office, […]

Radicals need taught lesson in restraint

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist In 1989, photographer Andres Serrano exhibited a photo he called “Piss Christ,” depicting a crucifix submerged in urine. It raised a furor and was condemned on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Nobody was killed. In 1999, artist Chris Ofili exhibited a painting he called “The Holy Virgin Mary” in […]

Game show’s appeal lost on viewer

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer One joy of living in the Mountain time zone is the two-hour difference with Eastern time, upon which most of the world runs. Monday night football games that start too late for the average New Yorker end here right before the evening news. And then there’s morning baseball. There’s […]

Protectionists contribute to pupfish plight

By Freedom Newspapers We have followed the plight of the Devil’s Hole pupfish, a rare creature confined to a single limestone cave in remote Death Valley, whose already tenuous existence has taken a turn for the worse since winning federal protection as an endangered species. Unlike many listed species, the pupfish really is a rarity […]