This Mystery Is Truly One of Celestial Proportions

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist My brother Gene recently wrote about a fractured star. What? You say they fracture all the time? No, I’m not talking about Hollywood stars; I’m talking about a truly celestial star. The star in Gene’s sights was one of the incredibly dense and powerful stars astronomers call “neutron” stars. […]

Oasis fund-raiser sold out

CNJ Staff A dinner and dance fund-raiser on Saturday to benefit Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center is already a great success, the sponsoring group’s president said. Tickets have sold out for the dinner, but there are still raffle tickets left, according to Randy Rhue, Clovis chapter president of the Blue Knights, which is hosting the event. […]

Ethanol plant rant

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCharlene Perkin, left, listens while Leo Dudley raises his to ask a question of a Clovis Ethanol plant official. About 100 citizens and city officials attended the meeting. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Citizens who attended Thursday night’s meeting regarding the proposed ethanol plant in Clovis spoke about health effects, […]

Injured trio back for Zias

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Elizabeth Richards, Riikka Lehtonen and Rochelle Vance have a lot in common — starting with torn ACLs in consecutive games that proved devastating to the 2005-06 Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball season. All had their surgeries on the same day in January at Amarillo, and all […]

Citizens group hosting ethanol meeting

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Arguments against the proposed location for an ethanol plant will be given at 7 p.m., today, in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Hosting the public meeting is a group of Clovis residents who oppose locating an ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. 60-84 near Clovis. That location is […]

Student ambassadors

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Laced with threads of silver, the sombrero glitters on the floor as Vanessa Cruz and Navor Estrada weave around it. From a podium, Christy Van Hoose shouts instructions. “Kick those legs,” she instructs the couple. Vanessa, 11, and Navor, 12, pound their feet in an impressive rendition of […]

Cannon group presses forward

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A local committee formed to address growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission hammered out bylaws and organization framework Wednesday. Comprised of representatives of the cities of Clovis and Portales and Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Local Growth Management Committee also agreed to advertise for […]

Election 2006 — Probate Judge

One of the local contested races on the Nov. 7 election ballot is Probate judge. Democrat Gloria Wicker and Republican Kevin Duncan are vying for the position being vacated by Ribble Holloman. Duties: Probate judges work part-time. They transfer the property of the deceased, referring to either the deceased will’s or, in the absence of […]

Hip hop hits Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Famous rap artists rarely use their given names, preferring instead to adopt stage names to reflect their personal style. Such is the case for locally grown rap artist J.T. Montoya, who is known by his musical fans and peers as “Keize” (pronounced keys). Montoya, a self-described singer, rapper, producer […]

N.M. journalism looking for fresh faces

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist JIM BELSHAW, Albuquerque Journal columnist. Jim Belshaw would have us believe he writes to champion the cause of ordinary New Mexicans. But does he, or has this veteran newsman gone stale, thriving on his poker buddies, his connection to the Belshaw elites, noted authors and academics? Jim Belshaw, writing for […]

Trade restrictions cost Americans money

By Walter E. Williams: Columnist There are only a handful of products that Americans import that cannot be produced at home and therefore create jobs for Americans. Let’s look at a few of them. We import cocoa from Ghana and coffee from African and Latin American countries. We import saffron from Spain and India and […]

America stands for freedom, opportunity

Editorial One of the most important rights people have is the right to have one’s day in court. It is the basis of our judicial system. And our judicial system is one of the mechanisms that guarantees the government treats us fairly. That bedrock principle suffered a setback last week when President Bush signed into […]

Haunting time to be had

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJohn Duval runs Starky’s Haunted House at 1313 Waldhauser St. He converted an old cattle slaughterhouse into the haunted house for Halloween. Proceeds are going to youth sports teams. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eeriness oozes from the old building — even without all the props and hands that reach […]

Hospital cuts staff

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials. Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18. “Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats beat Hobbs with five second-half goals

CNJ staff HOBBS — Senior midfielder Luis Miranda had two goals and two assists as Clovis High erupted for all five of its goals in the final 28 minutes for a 5-2 District 4-5A boys soccer victory over Hobbs on Tuesday. Now the Wildcats (13-5-1, 1-3 district) must wait to see if their overall record […]

Melrose advances in 3-1A district tourney

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Melrose freshman Kelley Wagley sets the ball to a teammate during the third game of Tuesday’s District 3-1A volleyball tournament match against Dora at Melrose. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The fourth-seeded Melrose Lady Buffaloes are headed to the second round of the District 3-1A tournament after beating […]

Lady Chaps topple Zias

CNJ staff PORTALES — Lubbock Christian spoiled Mike Maguire’s final home match as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach Tuesday night, posting a 30-24, 30-25, 30-21 non-conference victory over the Zias at Greyhound Arena. Maguire has announced that he will end his 20-year run as Zias coach at the conclusion of this season while remaining […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats clinch district title

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Clovis setter Britni Montague, right, tips the ballpast Hobbs’ Candace McTizic during Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Hobbs at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis clinched the regular-season district title with the victory. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High Lady Wildcats wanted no part of a squeaker Tuesday night — […]

Clovis O-line single-minded in purpose

Greg Price Outside of the football, the five starters who make up Clovis’ starting offense line are typical high schoolers. Classes, hobbies and friends are synonymous with their lives as much as football. For instance, senior tackles Skyler Hodson hopes to go into landscaping after he graduates. Junior guard Dominique Chairez plays golf and said […]

Baptists gather in town

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Maria Waters helps set up for a state Baptist convention banquet Monday at Central Baptist Church. The 95th annual Baptist Convention of New Mexico continues today with worship and music. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer First Baptist Church pastor Joel Horne views the 95th Annual Baptist Convention of New […]