Ben’s Bar-B-Q closes

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Aside from a big “Closed” sign taped to the door, Ben’s Bar-B-Q on Prince Street still looks open. Chairs and tables still populate the floor and a menu above the counter spells out items the restaurant has been serving for about 20 years. But the doors of the barbecue […]

Prosecutor outlines victim’s final day

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Prosecutor Matt Chandler holds photos of five defendants Wednesday during closing arguments at District Court in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jurors will begin deliberating this morning after nearly six hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men. While defense attorneys argued […]

DFA closing Lovington cheese plant

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America announced Wednesday the immediate closing of its cheese plant in Lovington and layoff of its 61 employees there. It was unclear what if any direct effect the plant’s closing might have on operations at Southwest Cheese, where permit applications to the New Mexico Environment […]

Craft store to close doors

CNJ Staff Ben Franklin Crafts in Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center is closing, according store owner Jerry Hailey. Hailey would not a give a time frame for the closing of the store. Hailey said he decided to close the store because his lease is expiring and business has been slow in recent years. For 17 years, […]

Guantanamo immoral step to moral end

By Spc. Justin Helphenstine: guest columnist Is it possible for morality to be the means to an immoral end? A common phrase concerning the paving stones of the road to hell leads us to believe so. I think there is one such road being built today, and it’s paved by a desire to close the […]

11/27 Letters to the editor

Reason for school merger hypocritical The Nov. 15 school board meeting was historical. With little compassion shown by the board, except for two, and certainly not by the administration, an execution date has been set for the guillotine to fall on Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy. Despite the objections of both communities, hundreds of students from Bella […]

Closure list sailing through Congress

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A plan to close and reconfigure hundreds of military bases is sailing through Congress, on track to take effect next month in a blow to communities hoping for an eleventh-hour reprieve. In a long-shot attempt to halt the first round of base closings in a decade, the […]

Bush endorses plan for closing bases

By Deb Reichmann: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush on Thursday endorsed a plan for closing 22 major military bases and reconfiguring 33 others, leaving their fate to Congress. Bush had until Sept. 23 to either accept the entire report from an independent commission and send it to Congress, or return it to the […]

Base-closing commission takes issue with Pentagon plan

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal commission approved all but 14 percent of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s recommendations for closing or consolidating U.S. military bases — but it also took issue with the Pentagon in a final report sent to President Bush. The nine-member panel said the Defense Department overestimated savings […]

State senators push bill to find Cannon new mission

By Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman said Thursday they hope to require the Pentagon to carry out a federal panel’s recommendation that a new mission be found for Cannon Air Force Base. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission last month handed Cannon a reprieve […]