Everyone needs help at some point

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I was a little saddened to hear that Father Benedict Begin passed away on Sept. 27. At first the name didn’t ring a bell, but then I thought “Father Ben.” Father Ben had been one of my favorite priests, only I didn’t realize it back then, when he was pastor […]

Education Feature: Former student returns to class

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Teresa Juarez was awarded a two-year scholarship at CCC. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Books brought Maria Teresa Juarez back to nursing school. The 31-year-old dropped out of college when she got pregnant with her first child. In the 10 years that followed she had two more children […]

Don’t shy away from change

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist What happens when you really stop to count your blessings, your opportunities, your values in terms of time and what you may hope or dream of accomplishing? What happens, in short, when you come face to face with your own mortality and limits — not in a negative way, but […]

Enrollment down at CCC

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Enrollment numbers are down this semester at Clovis Community College because of the transition at Cannon Air Force Base and a low unemployment rate, officials said. “If it stayed where it is right now, it would be down about 6.8 percent (from last year),” said Vice President for Institution […]

Not all warriors fueled by meat

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if […]

Letters to the Editor: Local funds could be better spent

Congratulations Clovis on the new “mobile command center” (“Vehicle gives CPD on-scene capabilities,” Wednesday’s CNJ). We should park it alongside the new snorkel truck for the fire department at the Civic Center and soon at that other white elephant — the “Special Events Center” at the fairgrounds — and we can have our own “Cadillac […]

Under pressure

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis junior cornerback Scott McMath zeroes in on junior running James Howard during practice Wednesday at the high school. The Wildcats host Eldorado tonight in their home-opener. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Here is what the Clovis Wildcats know after one game. * The offense can move the ball […]

Sophomore QB bides time in backup role

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Redshirt sophomore J.T. Thompson rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns in the Hounds’ season-opening 63-20 win Aug. 25 at Bacone. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Jeremy “J.T.” Thompson doesn’t mind his backup role, for the time being. Thompson, a redshirt sophomore from Sweetwater, […]

Rio Rancho dominates Clovis Invitational

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Justin Kyle was the top finisher for the Wildcats in Friday’s Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. Kyle’s time of 18:01 was good for 17th. Jacob Lozano of Hobbs was the winner with a time of 15:47. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As the sun peeked out from scattered clouds […]

Zias’ coach believes team will improve

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Kim Falkenhagen era in Eastern New Mexico University volleyball begins immediately. Falkenhagen replaces 20-year Zias coach Mike Maguire, who gave up the post after last season, and she takes over a squad that was picked to finish last in the 13-team Lone Star Conference preseason poll a […]

Defense crucial for Zias

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry ENMU freshman Sara Torres works on ball control during a drill in the Zias’ practice session on Tuesday morning. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team will take on a bit of a different look this fall. Four players who were original […]

Research: Paris would make great VP

By kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I regret having to write this column because I’m likely to come off as condescending. But I’m probably smarter than you. I know you can’t see it from these first few sentences, and you certainly can’t see it from the black-and-white picture accompanying the column. I’m smarter because every morning […]

Texico couple ‘moonlighting’ on PRCA Tour

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers David Moseley shoes horses in Texico. His wife, Cassie, is an X-ray tech and radiation therapist at Clovis’ cancer center. They also moonlight on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tour. David is a calf-roper and Cassie is a barrel racer. Cassie is in her first year on the tour, and […]

Dora starting up football program

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Dora Coyotes are joining Floyd, Melrose and Clovis Christian in area 8-man Friday night football frenzy. Dora may be fielding its first football team, but the Coyotes expect to win. “We set high expectations,” coach Pablo Pena said. “We plan on going out there and not just […]

Xcel proposes increase, plans upgrades

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses […]

In Tribute: Teacher left mark on peers, students

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer By the time Sylvia Burgett retired as a teacher, she’d taught students in kindergarten through high school for more than 40 years around the world, including more than 18 years in Texico. Burgett died July 12 at 89. Born and raised in Grady, she graduated in a class of […]

Three charged in burglary case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police have arrested one Clovis man and issued warrants for two others in connection with the June 30 burglary and arson of a Cannon Air Force Base master sergeant’s home, according to Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Warrants were issued by Clovis Detective Waylon Rains three days after the […]

Just passing through

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Who: David Glahn of San Antonio was travelling with his family. Going to: Mesa Verde Thoughts on Clovis: “We went to the New Mexico Visitors Association. I think we’re going to camp tonight at Lake Sumner. “It seemed like a nice place. One of the people I work with, […]

Newmans’ daughter spreads message of forgiveness

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Though it will continue in the state department of corrections, life goes on for Stanley Bedford. As it will for everybody affected by the conviction of Bedford, 43, for his role in the deaths of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Most parties hope some type of lesson […]

First Person: Judge parts from judicial system

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring June 29. Hensley talked with the CNJ about his experiences. The early years: I was planning […]