Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

CNJ Staff Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Hounds set for Division II track nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle ENMU senior Zach Gerleve has been close to qualifying for NCAA Division II national track and field meet in each of his first three years, but finally made it this season. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Zach Gerleve has always been close to earning a berth in […]

Surgery not instant fix

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, […]

Clovis builder’s designs still prevalent

By Don McAlvy: Columnist With World War II over, the temporary Santa Fe Heights apartments at 14th and Thornton streets had come to an end. The occupants at the Santa Fe Heights started looking for homes they could afford. It wasn’t long until they found a man who had come out of the war in […]

Environment must be protected by law

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Last week, in this column, I wrote about my recent trip back to Western Pennsylvania, and specifically mentioned the day I spent at Lake Erie. This lake is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and is subject to sudden and dangerous storms. I have actually had the dubious privilege of being […]

Drivers Downsizing

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Ford Escape Hybrid gets 34 miles per gallon in city driving. When the vehicle travels under 25 mph, the gas engine turns off and the car is powered by the electric motor. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Fed up with rising gas prices, consumers are purchasing hybrid cars, downsizing […]

Pot plants pilfered

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Fort Sumner police chief said he discovered a break-in of his department’s evidence storage area two weeks ago when he spotted a trail of dried marijuana leaves. Wayne Atchley said dried marijuana plants were stolen May 10 from a batch of about 2,500 plants in the village’s evidence […]

Retired Navy chief concerned vets overlooked

CNJ staff Local veterans and residents are set to gather Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens cemetery to honor and remember lives lost in defense of the nation. “I don’t believe the veterans get enough recognition,” retired veteran Rick Robertson said. “Stop to think about it. Every generation starting with the Revolutionary War has had […]

Bedford jury selections continues

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, District Attorney […]

Texas senior exit exams need examining

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer While helping my daughter Laura study for finals, two news stories commanded our attention: The grade-changing controversy in Albuquerque and a story about 100 Amarillo students not graduating because they failed TAKS test. The TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) is similar to the New Mexico High School […]

Daughter’s pursuit of degree inspiring

The graduates are on their way. The diplomas have been handed out, now it’s on to the next stage. For some it’s more schooling, for others it’s a job; some waited for that diploma to get married, others will be going into the military and some will go into the family business. This is a […]

Telecom ruling likely to reduce frivolous suits

Freedom Newspapers T he U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling Monday rejected an antitrust class-action lawsuit brought against Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and four other phone companies. Basically, the high court decided that before an antitrust case can be brought, there must at least be some evidence beyond what antitrust scholars call “parallel behavior” […]

Patriotism helps define us as nation

When I was a little girl, Memorial Day around my grandparents’ community in Arkansas was known as “Decoration Day.” On Saturday, families would meet and tidy up the church cemetery. They would cut overgrown grass and trim around the headstones. Then they always finished by placing fresh flowers on the graves. On this Memorial Day, […]

amos feels summer heat

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i have decided that winter must be over and i have put away my mittens […]

Zias make changes on women’s basketball staff

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese has announced changes to the Zias’ coaching staff for the 2007-08 season. Graduate assistant Austin Durrett has been promoted to fulltime assistant coach to replace Haley White, Weese said. White, who came to ENMU as a grad assistant in 2004 and was […]

ENMU elevates interim softball coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Amber Daniel came to the Eastern New Mexico University softball program as a graduate assistant in 2005, but in two of the last three campaigns she has taken over head coaching duties during the season. On Thursday, ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Daniel has been hired to coach the Zias […]

May 25, 1924

Barry Hardware was sponsoring a jackrabbit-killing contest. Prizes included Winchester rifles and cartridges. The competition began May 15 and continued through June 15. … Two Clovis grain elevators were robbed, but police said thieves received only $10 for their efforts. The only clue left behind was half of a cuff link. … Western Land and […]

Spilled coffee tests faith

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I’ve never understood how anyone writes without coffee. It’s been years since I tried anything so foolhardy.   I may drink too much of it, though as evidence of coffee’s health benefits keeps accruing, I won’t concede that point. Friends have suggested that I just hook up an I.V. […]

Paying the price

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cathy Jones of Portales fills up her car Wednesday. She lives in Portales and commutes to Clovis for work. Jones plans to stay home Memorial Day weekend, but said she might have taken a trip if gas prices would have been lower. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers People are making […]

Education Feature: Canines core of CCC class

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Mark Yannotti holds Boz, left, a terrier mix, and Candy, a golden retriever. Yannotti will teach a “Dogs, Wolves and Other K-9s” class at Clovis Community College. Boz and Candy may attend the class. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Forget about lions, tigers and bears. Hillcrest Zoo will be […]