Web poll down until security improved

By David Stevens: Editor Yes, the Clovis News Journal’s Web poll is down again. That’s because we’ve been hacked again. Voters seemed evenly divided on the issue of closing Ranchvale school last week, until sometime on Thanksgiving when the number who wanted to keep the school open went from 60-something to 800-something in the time […]

Prof was right: Computers not passing fad

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “In 25 years, you will get your morning news from a computer,” proclaimed my journalism professor in 1977. “You will also need to know Chinese because that will be the predominant language of the world.” I thought he was full of it. Those were the days when computer monitors showed […]

Hottman Jr., David

Mr. David Hottman Jr., 68, of Clovis, died Oct. 1, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born April 6, 1937, in Port Gamble, Wash. He worked on the B-2 plane for 10 years at Northrup-Grummin in Pico-Rivera, Calif. He retired the Air Force as a staff sergeant after 21 years of service. Family […]

Expert combats crime with computers

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer For the last four years, Dennis Usery, 47, has been a man the public doesn’t see — a pivotal person behind thousands of criminal case investigations from the 9th judicial District Attorney’s Office, New Mexico State Police and local law enforcement agencies. Usery is the Information Systems Manager for […]

Warning signs

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist My computer just gave me a warning. A box with a big red light popped up at the bottom of the screen: “Warning! User Resources Are Low!” A few clicks of the mouse and a quick re-boot of the machine, and I’m back in good shape. A few months […]

Stull, Larry

Larry Stull Services: Have been held. Larry D. Stull, 45, of Gulfport, Miss., died Saturday, May 28, 2005. He was born on Sept. 27, 1959, in Tucumcari, to Doug and Carolyn Stull. He graduated from the Tucumcari school system in 1977. He was the computer systems administrator for the Gulfport, Miss., library. He was preceded […]

6/15 Letters to the editor

Minutemen project not racist endeavor It would seem that a moderate form of intelligence is required to assume the presidency of an organization such as the League of United Latin American Citizens. This is why I’m incredulous that Paul Martinez of Las Cruces would imply that the Minutemen project is about racism. I wonder if […]

Group trying to compile Clovis Web sites

Tom Difrancesca: Internet Safari H ave you heard of “The Clovis Experiment”? It’s an endeavor to locate and catalog every single Web site that is associated with Clovis. That my friends is a massive endeavor, even for a small community. As the directory is built and the activated links are provided, one will not only […]

Government must clean up its nuclear act

Freedom Newspapers Whether it’s merely an “accounting discrepancy” or something more troubling, the news that more nuclear data is apparently missing from an Energy Department regional office in Albuquerque — revealed after the discovery that several computer disks with sensitive data were missing from the top-secret section of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New […]

‘Service pack’ installation could be confusing

By Tom Difrancesca: Internet Safari The long awaited “Service Pack 2” for Windows XP has finally been released, not without problems though. If you’ve got a good bit of computer experience, then installing the service pack shouldn’t be all that difficult. For most typical users though, it could end up being a royal pain. There […]

Public works, airport Websites are practical

Tom DiFranscesca I’ve noticed a pattern in my last couple of columns; the pattern being that I have been real stingy with Web site addresses (URLs). It’s not that I don’t have many addresses to share with my readers, it’s just that sometimes I get a little long winded when writing about one in particular. […]

Secret to computer health is tight security

Tom DiFrancesca: Internet Safari Worms, I wish I were talking about the wiggly kind that we take fishin’ with us, but no, I am writing about the Internet type today. The “Sasser Worm” started off by plaguing computers in Taiwan last weekend, and then with a fury, it starting striking computers in North America on […]

CCC student: New library is a good environment for studying

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First-year Clovis Community College student Mark Garza of Clovis works on a research paper Wednesday at the Dr. W. D. Dabbs Library. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer First year Clovis Community College student Mark Garza didn’t like the school’s old library. The space was cramped, he said, and the […]

Fish, Terry Lynn

Terry Lynn Fish Services: Have been held. Terry Lynn Fish, 49, of Lubbock, a computer consultant, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his home in Lubbock. He was born Feb. 28, 1955, in Clovis, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1973. He farmed in the Ranchvale community until he moved to Lubbock in 1995 […]

With high-tech apologies to Clement C. Moore

By Tom DiFrancesca ’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring — except for a computer mouse. For you see, “Dad” was lazy this year and didn’t get his shopping done. Now he’s at froogle.google.com — trying to find a really good deal, on a brand new BB-gun. […]

Police Blotter 12/16

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded about 1 p.m. Dec. 6 to a mother reporting she found photographs of her 11-year-old daughter on her husband’s computer. The photographs depicted the girl partially clothed and included scenes of a person having sexual contact with her daughter. The […]

Computer geeks, changing criteria make BCS mess

Freedom Newspapers There are at least two ways of looking at the controversy surrounding the Bowl Championship Series (a bit of a misnomer in that only one game matters) and its computer-driven decision to rank the University of Southern California Trojans third and thus not eligible to play in the (thoroughly) mythical national championship game […]

Hey, computer illiterates, this is fun

Leonard Pitts Jr. It is spring. I walk into my home office ready to work. My computer is not. It seems to have smoked crack overnight and will not function, despite repeated rebooting, several sharp slaps to the CPU and curses upon the name Bill Gates. I call technical support. Technical support explains that I […]

Supercomputers? Not a problem

By Sue Gilmore Just the thought of navigating around a computer can send shivers up the spine of some adults. But a group of junior high and high school students from Clovis and Melrose are on their way to becoming high-performance supercomputer masters. The students, members of supercomputing clubs in their respective schools, have been […]

Police Blotter 8/1

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Clovis police met Monday morning with a business owner who had a surveillance tape of her employees taking cash for purchases, putting the money beside the cash register, but not putting it in the register. The owner estimated a total loss of […]