Education Feature: Girls get glimpse of politics

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Dharshyani Kesavan, front, of Clovis listens on stage as election results are announced during New Mexico Girls State at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Approximately 150 high school senior girls from around New Mexico have thrown their hats into the political arena this week […]

Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of […]

Education Digest: Briseno tapped for education group

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor David Briseno, executive director of federal/bilingual programs and community relations for Clovis Municipal Schools, was elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the National Association for Bilingual Education, according to a CMS news release. The Washington, D.C.-based group is devoted to representing English language learners and […]

2007 Pioneer Days schedule

Monday 5 p.m. — Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen pageant at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. preceding 32nd Annual Little Buckaroo Rodeo. 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Tuesday 6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Wednesday 8 a.m. — Pageant speech competition at Clovis Civic Center. […]

Lettes to the Editor: True traffic problems need addressed

After reading Dan Duran’s Sunday letter regarding programming the lights on Thornton, I would like to add the following: —Why not add a light on Ross and 21st streets? —Install a no-crossover barrier like the one across from Sonic on 21st to stop the idiots from cutting into Walgreen’s from the eastbound lanes. —Close the […]

New energy department not brightest solution

T he energy crisis of the 1970s led to the creation of a U.S. Department of Energy, as politicians sought to assure the public they were responding seriously to the situation. But what did the creation of yet another federal department do for Americans, in terms of lessening our dependence on oil imports or diversifying […]

Making waves on Main Street

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Staff photo: Sharna Johnson Morning visitors to downtown Clovis are greeted with a wave and a smile from Don Clark. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Over the years, Don Clark’s unflappable routine has made him something of an icon and part of downtown Clovis. Without uttering a word, Clark has wished countless people “good […]

Military Feature: Portales Marine returns from Iraq

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Courtesy photo Portales High alumnus Lance Cpl. Kody Ashmore spent almost nine months in Iraq. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Memorial Day was especially poignant for one Portales couple whose son was home on leave from a tour in Iraq. Kody Ashmore, 20, a U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and Portales High School graduate, returned […]

Clovis water-rate decision delayed again

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Public Regulation Commission has again postponed a decision on the proposed water rate hike in Clovis and Edgewood for New Mexico American Water, according to a PRC news release. District 1 Commissioner Jason Marks discovered an accounting error in documentation overstating the utility’s tax costs for Edgewood, the […]

Opening arguments in Bedford trial should start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel […]

Unlearned lesson biggest tragedy of all

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When tragedy comes along, it serves nobody well unless a valuable lesson is taught. If that’s the case, it’s tough to admit what’s become of the car crash that killed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. Hancock was killed the morning of April 29 when he left a sports bar […]

Father’s stories lost on inattentive son

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist I never listened to the stories he told. Either “Speed Racer” was on or the new Fantastic Four was out or the Spinners were on the radio. Whatever. I never listened. Things were not good between us. He had a drinking problem, which meant he had a hitting problem. I […]

Congress left with no choice but to fund war

Freedom Newspapers C ongress finally has done what seemed inevitable from the outset, passing a bill late Thursday that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30, to the tune of about $95 billion. And it’s without a timetable for beginning the withdrawal of American troops or even imposing standards regarding troop training, […]

Zias get offseason makover

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — To say the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team will have a different look in 2007-08 could be considered a serious understatement. Only four players who were active on last year’s 14-12 squad (5-9 Lone Star Conference South) will be back, plus redshirts Erica Cook and […]

Body found near Wal-Mart

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Clovis detectives Jay Longley (left), Waylon Rains (center) and Ricky Smith wait for a search warrant outside an abandoned home where a body was discovered this morning. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are attempting to identify a badly decomposed body found Tuesday morning in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart. There were no immediate […]

Honoring sacrifice

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Linda Pacheco sits beside the grave of her only brother. “I miss him a lot,” she said. “He was the backbone of the family.” Her brother, who served with the National Guard in Clovis, died two years ago from a heart attack. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Beneath a […]

Squadron departs on final deployment

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle F-16s from the 522nd Fighter Squadron sit on the fight line Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Business Feature: Store caters to fans of New Mexican music

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Carolina Sierra stands in front of merchandise on display in her store, Carolina’s New Mexico Music. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Carolina Sierra hopes to fill a niche market with her recently opened music store. Located at 615 N. Main, Carolina’s New Mexico Music specializes in the fast-paced, drum […]

It’s their business: Mesa Financial

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CNJ staff photo: Cortney Graham By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Mesa Financial Location: 403 Pile St. What they do: Lending institution — make loans to purchase vehicles, personal loans, mortgages Who’s in charge: Jason Crume is the manager and partner. Employees: Two plus Crume How long in business: 10 years, moved in April […]

Business Digest: Clovis Realty joins national franchise

CNJ staff Clovis Realty and Associates at 201 E. Llano Estacado Blvd. has joined a national franchise and become Exit Clovis Realty, according to one of the owners. Lonnie Mitchell said the firm joined Exit Realty because of the benefits to sales associates as well as clients. “I believe it has some benefit for our […]