Income gap not wide between rich, poor

A Congressional Budget Office study has claimed that between 1979 and 2007 after-tax income for richest households grew substantially more than it did for others. Let’s look at what is not happening. The poor are not getting poorer because the rich are getting richer. Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution says living standards have improved […]

Clovis woman wins $50,000 in lottery

CNJ staff A Clovis woman claimed a $50,000 New Mexico lottery prize. Susanne Souders purchased a $5 “Diamond Mine” scratcher ticket, picked by her husband Jerry, at Allsup’s No. 170 on 3500 N. Prince St., according to a release from the New Mexico Lottery. The $50,000 is the game’s top prize, with approximate odds of […]

Fort Sumner woman claims lottery prize

CNJ staff A Fort Sumner woman claimed a $50,000 prize Monday from the New Mexico Lottery. Blanche Boyd, 79, purchased a ticket for the Feb. 19 Powerball drawing at an Allsup’s convenience store in Portales. Boyd’s ticket matched the white ball numbers of 3, 12, 34 and 42 and the red Powerball of 36. The […]

CHS marching band notches victory

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Courtesy photo Clovis High’s marching band competes Saturday at the Tournament of Bands competition at New Mexico State University. The band claimed first place in the competition. Kevin Wilson With a sea of colors and a meshing of music and march, the Clovis High marching band claimed its first Tournament of Bands championship. The band […]

Driver in fatal accident charged

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Kemp’s ideas of liberty will be sorely missed

Freedom Communications Several observers have claimed that Jack Kemp, who followed a sterling career in

Sometimes less can be more

By Sharna Johnson: FNM Columnist Perhaps I have become a minimalist in my old age or some transformation has overtaken me that I have yet to identify. But I have claimed a new home. I was born and raised on the East Coast. My father was an explorer of sorts, with little concern for comfort […]

Business feature: Trio planning rehab center

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Mitch Woods, right, Ken Bartley, center and Becky Woods, left, are refurbishing a dilapidated apartment building that also was a bar for a rehabilitation center the three are proposing. The facility can house 40 people and will contain a detoxification r By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Mitch Woods knows […]

Floyd cheerleaders take first in 1A, Texico second in 2A

Floyd claimed top honors in the state spirit competition, held this weekend at The Pit in Albuquerque. FHS claimed 669 points over the two-day period,

Dec. 23, 1971

Curry County inmates decorated the main cell block for Christmas, using aluminum “poptops” from canned beverages, icicles and pine branches. … Burns Agency, 420 Mitchell, claimed to offer “good insurance from good insurance companies.” … CHS seniors Cathy Flory and Donald Young were named Clovis High School band queen and king.

Dec. 22, 1917

Five hundred Clovis residents became members of the National Red Cross during their volunteer drive. … The Hardwick Brothers gave a free Christmas show for Clovis youth and handed out popcorn balls and peanuts. … Antlers Cafe claimed to offer “the kind of meals you get at home” in an advertisement.

Dec. 19, 1930

Clovis retail stores announced they would stay open until 9 p.m. to accommodate last-minute Christmas shoppers. … The Clovis Evening-News Journal reported railroad traffic was heavier than usual because military cadets from the New Mexico Military Institute were traveling for the holidays. … Tom Phelps Grocery and Market claimed to offer the best cuts of […]

Nov. 15, 1913

The Clovis News reported that hundreds of Clovisites turned out for the Santa Fe Educational Train that made a stop in Clovis. … “Harvey and Morris” claimed to be “The Leading Grocers” in an advertisement. … “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was showing at the Lyceum Theatre, with a 10-cent admission fee.

Sept. 23, 1952

The Clovis Veterinary Hospital, located at 104 Hull, claimed to offer facilities for large and small animals in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement. … A two-bedroom house could be rented at 2817 Wallace for $75 a month. … The Clovis News-Journal reported a 5-year-old child brought the total number of suspected polio cases in the county […]

Aug. 13, 1929

A racing-type plane crashed in Clovis, killing Lt. O.L. Stephens, Thos. E. Scully and Phil Berry. … Chamber of Commerce Secretary Bon Anglin said he received pledges from many cities in support of organizing a “366 Highway Association” for a route running from El Paso through Nebraska. … Mandells Department Store claimed to have “Advance […]

July 22, 1930

Weather officials reported 3.85 inches of rain flooded the business section of Clovis. … In an advertisement in the Clovis Evening News Journal, Dr Pepper claimed to be “The answer to a maiden’s prayer.” … Orders to raze the Curren building on Main and Second streets were believed to be an indication that Southern National […]

Trial system rewarding irresponsibility

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The Heartland Institute (Chicago) does its bit for the gross national blood pressure by tracking the outrages of the world’s trial lawyers. The May newsletter offers the following examples: A jury in New Jersey has awarded $850,000 to a man who got drunk on New Year’s Eve and passed out […]

Campos keeps District 63 seat

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newpapers Jose Campos kept his spot as a state representative in District 63 on Tuesday, trouncing Republican challenger Russell Grider by almost 1,000 votes. Campos, D-Santa Rosa, garnered 57 percent of the votes. Grider, R-Clovis, did well in Curry and Roosevelt counties but did poorly in De Baca and Guadalupe counties. […]

Clovis man cleared of rape charge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: This story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found John Jacobs innocent of raping a fellow Eastern New Mexico University student. The courtroom audience then erupted — some in tears and others in relief. Judge Stephen Quinn […]

Crime reporting like walking highwire

By David Stevens One of the more difficult decisions media outlets have to make on a regular basis is whether or not to publish the names of sex-crime victims. The issue has been in the national spotlight this month because of allegations that pro basketball star Kobe Bryant raped a woman in Colorado. Most mainstream […]