Trial of Cannon airman to start

The murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly S. Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in the Cannon courthouse January 28. Airman Novak, 712th Maintenance Squadron Provisional, previously the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged […]

New area code affects state of mind

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist It’s a little hard saying goodbye to the 505. On the surface, it’s just a three-digit area code for our Land of Entrapment, I mean Land of Enchantment. But the 505 is also a mentality. This area code change is literally going to split our state in half, if politicians […]

Area code switch looming

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Courtesy illustration By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer As the new area code’s implementation approaches in October, local business owners have mixed reactions to the change. Permissive dialing begins Oct. 7, allowing callers to dial either the current 505 area code or new 575 area code, giving them a year to adjust. “It will give […]

Weeds growing problem

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer This year’s abundant rainfall has made weeds abundant too, leading to a growing number of weed control violations. The number of violations in May was about triple that of May 2006: 356 compared with 118. By city ordinance, property owners must keep grass, weeds and similar plants below 12 […]

Portables a problem, resident says

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Clovis residents have expressed concerns about the safety of portable classrooms. The school district currently uses 50 portable units, according to school officials. (Courtesy Photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis grandparent is agitated because her grandsons were housed in a portable classroom at a Clovis school that failed to met fire code […]

ENMU student weaves art, war and Navajo tradition

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Teddy Draper III with a section of the mural he painted at the Community Services Center in Portales. He said the scene was reflective of a recent trip he made to the Marianas Islands. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers As a Marine and the son of a World War II code […]

Legislators, lobbyists and Leno: Yikes

By Ned Cantwell: State coulumnist This is a wonderful time of year for civics students. They get to see how the system works here in New Mexico. Here’s how it works. We pay tax when we fill the tank, earn a paycheck, or eat a meal at a restaurant. For the test at the end […]

Officers posting notices in crackdown on weeds, debris

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The yellow and blue yard signs seen around town recently are not advertising real estate or garage sales. They are part of the city’s effort to beautify Clovis by strictly enforcing codes related to weeds and debris. According to city officials, the “code crackdown” began on Nov. 1. The […]

Dress code no hardship for NBA players

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist I am trying to feel Marcus Camby’s pain. I am also trying to keep a straight face. I cannot do both. Camby, for those who never read the sports page, is a very tall man who is paid $8 million per annum to play basketball for the Denver Nuggets. You’d […]

Code talker shares experiences

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]