Potter Park pool expected to reopen Monday

CNJ staff Potter Park pool is expected to reopen at noon Monday, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. The city-owned pool will resume regular hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts, pending a final pool evaluation and recertification Monday morning by the New Mexico Environment Department, Carter said. […]

‘Vets’ appreciate local rodeos

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Quinton Ellis hangs on during the 9-12 year old steer riding competition Thursday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Kids like Dana Lewis and Jared Eshleman, both of Clovis, are getting to the age where they can now appreciate rodeos that take place near their […]

ATV safety an issue for parents, riders alike

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Alex Sallade, 10, wears a helmet and protective gear as he rides his dirt bike Thursday afternoon in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Kendall McDaniel said he has been a motorcycle enthusiast since he was old enough to ride — which for him was 4. Over the years, […]

More than 100 anglers turn out for fishing derby

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Dennis Smith helps his 4-year-old son Isaac reel in a catfish during the Kids All-American Fishing Derby Saturday at Ned Houk Park. A record 323 fish were caught this year, according to organizers. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Never mind baseball, Zack Austin said, fishing is his all-American sport. In […]

Contestants say rodeo helps preserve western lifestyle

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Lacy Price, 17, of Texico, whispers to her quarter horse, Baby, Monday after being crowned the 2005 Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer One by one, the nine rodeo queen contestants briskly rode their horses across the Mounted Patrol Arena on Monday during the 2005 Pioneer Days […]

Many great truths people should know

By Bob Huber It’s May again, time to gather ye the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort and go a-Maying. But if you’re into less strenuous activities, just give thanks you got through another winter. By and large, that can be a heady sensation. That said, let’s today delve into the human psyche before […]

Suspect profiles

Compiled by David Irvin Three men and one woman are in police custody in connection with last week’s deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. The following profiles of the suspects were compiled by Freedom Newspapers Staff Writer David Irvin. Jerry Fuller Age: 32 Residence: Portales Charge: Two open counts of murder Bond: None Fuller is […]

Death penalty ruling step in right direction

CNJ staff Civilization has developed an imperfect but constructive system for transitioning error-prone children to responsible adulthood: We designate by law at what ages young people are designated partly and then fully responsible for their actions. Sixteen-year-olds can drive, but not vote or sign contracts. At 18 they are generally recognized as full adults, though […]

At what age is it good to have children?

by Helena Rodriguez The miniature rubber duckie on the soap dish in my shower always reminds me of Amanda. Dear, sweet Amanda. But here lately, I see the rubber duckie and all I can think is, “Amanda is pregnant! Amanda is pregnant!” Amanda was my daughter Laura’s best friend when we lived in Abilene, Texas. […]

Lower reserve retirement age not likely

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Advocates for lowering the age-60 threshold for when reserve retirement benefits begin will find little to cheer in a new report from the Government Accountability Office. With numerous bills before Congress to drop the reserve retirement age to 55 or younger, lawmakers in 2002 directed GAO to review reserve retirement, […]

Zinn, Ladena

Ladena Zinn Services: Have been held. Ladena Williams Zinn, 82, of Santa Fe, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004. She was born on Sept. 1, 1921, in Texico, to Roy and Zola Williams. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1939 and attended Texas Tech and University of New Mexico to pursue a degree in sociology. […]

Pentagon considers SBP reform options

By om Philpott: Military Update As House-Senate conferees prepare to deliberate differences in their separate plans for phasing out a sharp drop in military survivor benefits that occurs at age 62, the Bush administration says it has some “better alternatives” to improving the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). Rather than phase out the age-62 drop in […]

Military needs a few good nurses

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Hospitals in the United States have more than 126,000 unfilled nursing positions. By 2010, some think that number could double. The figures paint a cloudy and dark picture for hospitals around the country and that includes the one at Cannon Air Force Base. “The entire nation is facing a nursing […]

Girls over 50 just want to have fun

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There are no rules. No dues. No committees. No officers. No charity work. No men allowed. No set meeting dates. No actual meetings or parliamentary procedure. And absolutely no responsibilities. The only requirements to be a member of the Red Hat Society is you must be a woman age 50 […]

DOD: Survivor Benefit Plan is costly

By Philpott: Military Update Defense officials, in a late-hour attempt to persuade senators not to join the House in voting to raise military survivor benefits, said the case for doing so has been built on a series of “mistaken assertions.” They also cautioned senators about the cost of enhancing the Survivor Benefit Plan’s $5 billion […]

Area citizens react to loss of Ronald Reagan

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mary Lewis said she never missed a Ronald Reagan movie. The 77-year-old Texico resident praised the former president. “I just loved him, he was just so handsome and such a good actor,” she said. “He was a wonderful president and a loving husband.” Reagan, the nation’s 40th president, died […]

New funds could reduce tax on benefits

Tom Philpott: Military update Using money unspent from a controversial Air Force tanker program, the House Armed Services Committee has voted for a speedier phase out of a sharp drop in survivor benefits for military widows and widowers at age 62. What lawmakers call the “widow’s tax” feature of the military Survivor Benefit Plan has […]

More women waiting longer to start family

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Twila Rutter-Wooley spends time playing with her 21-month-old daughter Tasan and her step-son Ricky, 7, on Friday afternoon at her home in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Looking back at her views on motherhood, Twila Rutter-Wooley says her perspective has certainly changed in the last few years. Actually, becoming […]

Breast cancer — Early detection can save lives

By Michelle Seeber Former Portales resident Charles Meister lost his sister Marilyn (Meister) Emanuel to breast cancer on Dec. 5, 1988. She was a second-grade school teacher in Chandler, Ariz., and only 41 years old. She left two sons behind: Glen, 17, and Greg, 13. She lived only two years after she was diagnosed with […]

There are worse things than getting old

Jim Sitterly: Guest columnist Having birthdays seems to be a topic that I have found amusing over the years. When we are adolescents, one thing we want more than anything is to be a grownup. Of course at that age, grownup is any age older than we are. This makes us excited for birthdays. When […]