Harden speaks out on Senate race

Clint Harden feels a primary challenge for his New Mexico Senate seat was engineered by Gov. Susana Martinez, who denies the charge. From left, Clint Harden, Angie Spears and Pat Woods But Harden said he was not forced into retiring after 10 years in office. "It was my decision," Harden said this week, speaking in […]

Police blotter – May 9

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 12:42 a.m., Caller reported a fire in a bar ditch, near state road 209 and Curry road 22. 12:44 a.m., Caller reported a small child drank bleach, 700 block of North Main Street. 1:03 a.m., Caller reported a large animal was hit but […]

Word origins fascinating

"The Online Etymology Dictionary." That's the name of a website I discovered recently. No, it's not a site devoted to knowledge about bugs. That's "entomology." Etymology is indeed a "-logy" so it's "the science of" something. But not creepy-crawlies. Etymology is the science of word derivations. The site's owners describe it as "a map of […]

No one erects statues to honor critics

In an old issue of "Leadership Journal", Haddon Robinson retells the story of a very talented young musician who was crestfallen as he sat reading the critics' reviews of his recent concert. The negative words stung his soul like fire. It was an older and more accomplished musician, the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, who […]

J.D. Isler resigns at McMurry

Former Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler has resigned after one season as coach at McMurry University in Abilene. Dave Beyer, the school's sports information director, made the announcement this morning. Isler cited family circumstances for his decision to leave the War Hawks. "This was not an easy decision nor one that was made […]

Cats in hunt in Class 5A state golf

LAS CRUCES — Clovis High's boys are in contention for the Class 5A state golf championship, although the Wildcats have a few teams to climb over after Monday's opening round. Onate shot a four-man score of 303 and has a one-stroke lead over Hobbs. The Cats, meantime, shot a solid 307 and are tied with […]

Rabies confirmed in Curry County skunk

The first case of rabies since 2009 has been confirmed in Curry County. According to Dr. Paul Ettestad, New Mexico state veterinarian, a Curry County dog and four puppies were exposed to rabies last week when a rabid skunk bit two of the dogs. The incident occurred southeast of Clovis on County Road E, according […]

Curry County Cats notch win

LAS CRUCES — The Curry County Cats took care of business in the fourth quarter Saturday, earning a 21-6 victory over the Las Cruces Kings. With the win, the Cats (8-2) wrapped up the Rio Puerco Division and a first-round home game, set for June 2-4, in the New Mexico Premier League playoffs. The Cats […]

Editorial: Time to stop questions about guv’s grandpa

O K, so now we know. But why did anyone have to care? It's now been confirmed that Gov. Susana Martinez' paternal grandfather was a U.S. citizen and not an illegal immigrant. Holy smokes, is that ever a big load off all of our minds! It was almost getting to be the Barack Obama birth-certificate […]

Homebuilders: Keeping quality up, costs down challenge

The challenge for a homebuilder isn't an unfamiliar concept to any other business. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Terry Shea of C.E. Reese Builders Inc. saws a board for a doorway Monday afternoon at a home site on Seventh Street. There have been 59 building permits for new homes filed through the first four months […]

Drought, groundwater plans on water board agenda

A state-produced drought report and a proposal to pump ground water from the Fort Sumner area as an alternative to the Ute water project are the among the items that will be addressed at today's water policy advisory board meeting. Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder, who chairs the board, said he decided to research the […]

Business licenses – May 8

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in April: • Big Mike's Gun and Ammo Type: Guns Owner: Michael Christopherson Location: 221 Wilmington Circle • Bottomline Industries, Inc. Type: Firearms Owner: R. Queener and M. Harrison Location: 1304 Pile St. • BP Energy Company Type: Fuel-petroleum products Owner: BP Energy Company […]

Everybody’s business: What’s in a name?

What's in a name? A lot, when it comes to small business success. The right name can make your company the talk of the town or doom it to obscurity. Ideally, your name conveys the expertise, value and uniqueness of the products or services your business offers. The wrong name can result in a "cease […]

Police blotter – May 8

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday 8:58 a.m.: Caller reported fence and storage lock cut and ATV stolen, 300 block of South Alphon Street. 11:22 a.m.: Caller reported theft of a battery charger and lamps for parking lot sweeper, 2800 block of North Prince Street. 2:35 p.m.: Caller reported […]

Vixens cruise to sixth consecutive title

ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner girls coach Lisa McMath went into this weekend's Class 1A girls state track meet knowing her squad would have a good chance to win its sixth team title in a row. Scot Stinnett: De Baca County NewsFort Sumner junior Ashley Landreth, right, battles Brandi Burton of Springer in the Class 1A […]

Foxes return to top in 1A state track

ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner returned to the top after a two-year absence and Clovis Christian's Kevin Naceanceno's gold rush in the sprints included a state record in the 400 on Saturday in the Class 1A boys state track meet. Scot Stinnett: DeBaca County NewsJose Mendoza set school records for Floyd while finishing third in the […]

Official describes how US chooses drone targets

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House counterterrorism official John Brennan publicly described how al-Qaida targets are chosen for drone strikes, the first time the Obama administration has described the widely known practice so openly and in such detail. Brennan, speaking in Washington on Monday, says President Barack Obama wants to be more transparent with the American […]

State small-school track results

At UNM track stadium, Albuqueraque Saturday's results Class 2A boys Team standings: 1. Lordsburg 85; 2. Texico 68; 3. Tucumcari 31; 4. Dulce 30; 5. Estancia 28; 6. (tie) Eunice and Mora 25; 8. Dexter 20; 9. (tie) Laguna Acoma and Magdalena 16; 11. (tie) Loving and Questa 15; 13. (tie) East Mountain and Pecos […]

La Cueva rallies to complete sweep of Wildcats

ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High baseball coach Drew Hatley said senior right-hander Matt Woodbury pitched well Saturday until making a key mistake — with a four-run lead, he started the bottom of the fourth inning with walks to the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters. Buoyed by an error later in the frame, the defending Class 5A […]

Rams sweep Hot Springs, advance to quarterfinals

Portales senior Jesus Acosta had trouble commanding his fastball early on in Saturday's state round-of-16 game against Hot Springs. Fortunately, his curveball helped bail him out. The right-hander struggled with location early, but kept the Tigers from mounting much and finished with a complete-game six-hitter in a 6-3 win, giving PHS a 2-0 victory in […]