Hussein’s death gives people reason for hope

Editorial E ach faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance […]

5/14 Organizations

Encanto Garden Club The May meeting of the Encanto Garden Club was held at the home of Thelma Curtiss with Jaynn Rybolt and Bess Cline as co-hostesses. President Betty Durham called the meeting to order, and Karen Allen read the minutes. Jane Rybolt gave the treasurer’s report and stated that dues will be due next […]

Giving reward for giver as much as receiver

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I went to see her for the last time about 20 years ago. She lived all alone, not far from our home in a nearby neighborhood. She rarely enjoyed the pleasure of anyone’s company. I met her when I was delivering sacks of groceries for a church effort. Our first […]

Patriot Act violates more than one amendment

Freedom Newspapers A recent decision by a U.S. district judge in New York is a welcome affirmation of the American constitutional scheme, which has — or should have — personal liberty as its core. The judge struck down a provision of the Patriot Act that expanded the power of the FBI to force certain businesses […]

Church celebrates 50 years

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Pam Wallace, center, a First Christian Church member, laughs along with fellow member Pat Weekley, left, and Senior Minister Jon Forrest during the church’s annual congressional meeting Wednesday at the church. Wallace has been a member at the church Tova Fruchtman A group of 128 people attended the first service of the First Christian Church […]

Drive-in theater digs up good memories

As we recently drove past the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater in Lubbock, it brought back fond memories of the old Varsity Drive-In in Portales, once located on the Roswell Highway. We took the girls to Texas Water Rampage for the day, and my eyes lit with excitement when we drove past the drive-in theater […]

County manager’s contract renewed

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper’s contract will be automatically renewed today for one year. A May 1, 2001, contract, signed by Cooper and county commissioners, ran until today; it has an option to automatically renew for a one-year term unless either Cooper or the commission delivered a notice of […]

9/11 reminded America of its strength

Leonard Pitts Jr. Dear Osama, How have you been? How are the wives and kids? I’m just writing to let you know that I still think of you often. Mostly when I take off my shoes. That’s standard operating procedure over here at airports now, Osama. Can I call you Sammy? Anyway, that’s just a […]

ENMU builds cross country program from bottom

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Greg LaSage took the Eastern New Mexico University cross country job last year knowing he was basically building a program from the bottom up. The Greyhounds and Zias had modest success in 2002 — neither finished last in the Lone Star Conference — but LaSage is determined to see them do […]

Councilman raises concerns about Muleshoe police

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]