Zias go 2-2 in California tourney

CNJ staff SEASIDE, Calif. — Eastern New Mexico University finished 2-2 after losing twice on Saturday in a volleyball tournament being hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay. Late Saturday, the Zias (2-6) lost to host Cal State Monterey Bay 25-22, 27-25, 25-11. Senior Vanessa Wilcox had nine kills and sophomore Veronica Valdez seven for ENMU. […]

Zias post two wins in California tourney

CNJ staff SEASIDE, Calif. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team picked up its first two wins of the season Friday in the Cal State-Monterey Bay Tournament. The Zias (2-4) swept William Jessup in the first match of the day and beat Cal-State Stanislaus 3-1 later. Senior Vanessa Wilcox recorded nine kills — with […]

Strong quake shakes Southern California

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. No immediate damage was reported. The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas. Preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake at magnitude […]

In Tribute: Military man remembered as nomad

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Monico Pacheco loved California, and he loved boxing. But he loved his family more. After a life spent halfway across the country, Pacheco returned to

Pelosi’s Olympic request selective

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Columnist When Nancy Pelosi is featured on SportsCenter, it somehow gets my attention. The California Democrat and Speaker of the House is turning her attention to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and to President George W. Bush. She’s calling on Bush to boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympics to […]

Parents deserve choice

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I had never heard of home schooling before moving to the U.S. In Italy there is no such right. The state decides how, where and what children need to learn. School programs are the same for the whole country. I believe that home schooling is a great alternative for parents. […]

Emission standards prompt lawsuit

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — A group of Democratic legislators, car dealers and a Curry County farmer filed a lawsuit in state district court Tuesday in Las Cruces challenging the state’s power to adopt more stringent vehicle emissions standards for new cars, light trucks and sport utility vehicles. The standards mandate cleaner-burning cars […]

Former wildlife official’s credibility forever tarnished

By Freedom Newspapers There are at least two sides to every story. Until recently we had never heard the other side of Julie MacDonald’s story, freeing her enemies to paint as unflattering a portrait of the former Interior Department official as possible. But getting a more complete and balanced story is important, since the case […]

Deporting illegal workers would put U.S. in bind

By Freedom Newspapers We can testify that many Americans have powerful feelings about illegal immigrants and desire both stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and ways to identify and if possible deport as many as possible of those workers who are here without proper legal authorization. Thus there is considerable support for the Bush administration […]

Drug raids add up to federal intimidation

Freedom Newspapers The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has started playing hardball with medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, but it’s unclear how far it will move beyond symbolic intimidation. The DEA, which has discretion when it comes to setting priorities, would do well to abandon this effort to deprive seriously ill people of medicine to […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]

Military digest: Henderlite

By CNJ staff Air Force 2nd Lt. Alison A. Henderlite has earned silver pilot’s wings after completing the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Program at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. The daughter of Gregory and Do Pritchard of Clovis, she graduated from Clovis […]

Affirmative action cripples everyone

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Time travel, long a staple of science fiction, has so far amounted to nothing more than a fantasy. But anyone interested in paying a visit to the past may soon get the chance. On Nov. 7, voters in Michigan will decide on a ballot initiative banning racial preferences in the […]

Ex-CHS standout playing in California

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Saddleback High coach Jeoff Meek said he felt like he won the lottery when former Clovis Wildcat Rishard Matthews enrolled at the Santa Ana, Calif., school earlier this month. Matthews, who left the Wildcats in the second week of the season to live with his father, made his California […]

Hewlett-Packard seemed to forget common ethics

By Freedom Newspapers Hewlett-Packard long has been considered one of the premier American companies, especially because of what it called “the H-P Way.” In his 2001 book, “Good to Great,” about the special factors of the best-performing companies, author Jim Collins wrote that the H-P Way “reflected a deeply held set of core values that […]

Reporter’s notebook: Clovis man gets big return on money

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Art Duron turned $3 into $33,000 merely by scratching. The Clovis resident recently won the top prize on a New Mexico Lottery Crossword Scratcher game. Although the $33,000 is the largest prize Duron has ever received, he said he is no stranger to winning. In 2004, he won $1,000 […]

Endangered coyotes may endanger you

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist A visitor from New Mexico is lurking behind my California home. No, it’s not a prairie dog, a rattlesnake or Gov. Bill Richardson. It is a coyote. And it wants to eat my dog. Actually, my mom, who is visiting from Michigan, is the one who spotted the coyote when […]

Ochoa, Hugo

Hugo Medrano Ochoa, 32, of Las Angeles, Calif., died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, in Clovis. Survivors include his parents, Manuel and Silvia Ochoa; two sisters, Consuelo and Karina Ochoa; nephews, Alex and Silvia Ochoa, all of Duarte, Calif; a fiancee, Sandra C. Valdez of Clovis; two sons, Hugo E. Ochoa of Clovis and Manuel Ochoa […]

Apodaca, Ramona

Ramona Apodaca, 83, of Clovis, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at her home. Born March 30, 1923, in La Palma, she was the daughter of Alcario and Paulita Dominguez. A life member of the VFW Auxiliary, family members said she fed wild birds, loved children, crocheted, sewed, did puzzles, beaded bracelets. She was preceded in […]

Johnson, Lamont

Lamont Johnson, 33, of Phoenix died Thursday, March 23, 2006, in Phoenix. He was born Sept. 19, 1972, in Clovis to Annie Babers and Melvin Johnson. He was preceded in death by two uncles, George and Howard Babers; a grandfather Frank Babers; a brother, Deon Johnson and a cousin, Markese Byrd. He is survived by […]