Reporter’s Notebook: Students donate to family in crisis

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A CLOVIS FAMILY grieving the recent, unexpected death of their father has received heartfelt donations from Clovis students, according to Clovis Schools press release. Students from Choices school donated 1,055 non-perishable food items, $205, and a Christmas tree to the bereaved Terrones family, according to Choices Principal Scott Sparks. […]

Kids go on shopping spree

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A huge bone-in ham topped the Christmas list for one local youngster. The 12-year-old boy was one of 102 local children who were treated to an early morning Christmas shopping spree by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The large group — made up of Eagles members, adult volunteers and […]

Holiday entertainment industry booming

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers You may have heard about The Jingle Bell Rock, but what about a holiday rock opera? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Trilogy, a CD and DVD collection, is not your typical Christmas music. Fernando Garcia, assistant manager of Hastings Books Music & Video in Clovis, describes this popular holiday release as […]

Racial profiling only effective option

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Charges of racial, religious and ethnic profiling swirl in the wake of US Airways’ removal of six imams. According to police reports, the men made anti-American statements, were praying and chanting “Allah,” refused the pilot’s requests to disembark for additional screening and asked for seat-belt extensions for no obvious reason. […]

Can Santa deliver White House view?

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Dear Santa, I have been a very good boy the last few years with the possible exception of letting it slip I maybe pitched a no-hitter in a World Series game. But, no kidding, my picture really was on a baseball card a long time ago. Do you get Fox […]

Quotas encourage, not dissuade illegal immigrants

By Freedom Newspapers We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, […]

Clovis Schools delayed

Clovis schools will be under a two-hour delay today. The final decision was made early this morning based on multiple factors, according to Jelayne Curtis of Clovis Municipal Schools who explained things planned for the day such as programs, parties and make-up tests weighed into the decision. Today is also an early dismissal day, school […]

Zias prep for West Texas A&M

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team is off to a nice start, but the Zias are facing a key game today. ENMU (7-2), which won at New Mexico Highlands 75-56 on Monday, takes on rival West Texas A&M in a 5 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Division […]

Coaches, AD back new plan

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis athletic director Brian Stacy and several high school coaches are in favor of an administration proposal to put all ninth-graders in one location. Stacy said the number of academic casualties among athletes making the transition to 10th grade is high — many never regain their eligibility — plus […]

Weather causes woes

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Frank Lucero, a 24-year city employee, sands the streets of Clovis Tuesday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff After battling icy roads Tuesday and temperatures hovering below freezing, area residents didn’t have time to take a breather before having to brave more wintery weather. Clovis was under a winter storm […]

Samaritans replace kids’ stolen coins

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James Bickley Elementary School staff members, from left, Susan Sandoval, Cynthia Flores, Stephanie Seifert and Dru Morris were surprised at the community response to a media report about money for equipment being. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Christmas wishes can come true — something roughly 300 Clovis students have […]

Dec. 20, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. B”

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 7 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is on a fixed income and is raising her grandchildren, but she doesn’t have much money. Holiday hopes: To give her grandchildren a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 31-by-32 and 2T. Boys shirt sizes L and 2T. Boys shoe sizes […]

School board member named to state office

By CNJ Staff Longtime Clovis Schools Board of Education Member Lora Harlan moved into the office of the president of the New Mexico School Boards Association earlier this month, according to a press release issued by the association Tuesday. Harlan formally accepted the leadership role at the New Mexico School Boards Association annual convention Dec. […]

Cops and courts: $1,000 snatched from tobacco store

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Police are reviewing video footage of a hooded man who may have stolen more than $1,000 from the safe of a Clovis tobacco store around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police reports. A clerk at KC Express on West Seventh Street called police to report the robbery. She said she […]

School board hopefuls file for candidacy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three acting Clovis Schools Board of Education members are running unopposed for re-election. Lora Harlan in District 3, Mark Lansford in District 4 and Terry Martin in District 5 filed for candidacy unopposed Tuesday. Seventeen other candidates for Curry County school board positions filed Tuesday at the Curry County […]

United Way goal on horizon

By CNJ staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico is razor close to making its annual campaign goal. In hopes of achieving that goal, the campaign has been extended, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico press release. The 2006-2007 United Way Annual Campaign will last until Jan. 19, the release said. “UWENM […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Clovis-Portales game postponed

CNJ staff The Clovis-Portales boys basketball game, scheduled for Tuesday night at Rock Staubus Gym, was postponed due to inclement weather. CHS athletic director Brian Stacy said a makeup date had not been set, but added that the game will likely be made up sometime in January. Clovis has two more home games scheduled this […]

Hanukkah history pertinent lesson

By Freedom Newspapers Jews throughout the world have begun the celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after Israel regained its independence from the Seleucid or Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. After Alexander the Great died, the empire he conquered was divided among his generals, […]

Walking in others’ shoes good exercise

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist This is for a reader who demands to know why I write about gay issues. His conclusion is that I must secretly be gay myself. Actually, he doesn’t express himself quite that civilly. To the contrary, his e-mails — which, until recently, were arriving at the rate of about one […]

All I want for Christmas is an explanation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s that time of year that has become an annual source of frustration foremost of my relatives. Since I have the ability to buy things I need and want, and my family’s too far away to know firsthand of my possessions, I’m one of the hardest people in the […]