Religious rights era may end with Falwell

By Freedom Newspapers The passing Tuesday of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at age 73 coincides with what just might be the passing of the influence of the political movement that he helped launch. While the Rev. Falwell struck us as a genuine and decent […]

Community comes to aid of dairy owners

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Workers remove portions of the roof of the Grande Vida Dairy’s milk barn damaged in a tornado a week ago. Joel Ochoa, left, and Arturo Perez, right support a portion of the roof while Jesus Cardillo removes bolts. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you […]

Q&A: Former CHS standout plans to run in 2008

Anybody who ran Class 4A track in the early 1990s was well aware of Ryan Tolbert-Jackson. By the time she graduated from Clovis High School in 1994, the former Ryan Tolbert had won 18 state track titles. However, she needed a trip to Arizona to get noticed at the Great Southwestern Classic. Success followed her […]

Take 5: Senior leads Buffs

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Melrose senior guard Eric Walker is the only senior for the Buffaloes this season, and takes his leadership role seriously. Walker said some of the juniors have also stepped up to be team leaders. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Eric Walker’s favorite professional athletes, Steve Nash and Peyton Manning, lead by example and think team […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a […]

Ex-death row inmate speaks in Portales

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the circumstances […]

Foxes struggle at line in loss to Hagerman

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Fort Sumner senior Ryan Fikany squeezes off a shot in the lane during Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state tournament quarterfinal game against Hagerman at Del Norte High School. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — A frenzied full-court press helped Fort Sumner climb out of a deep first-half hole […]

1/22 Letters to the editor

Taxpayers ultimately fund schools The Jan. 10 school board meeting, as reported by the Clovis News Journal, again leaves this citizen very uneasy about the pathway our school system is being taken down. True, every issue has two sides to it and sometimes it is difficult to determine which side is best. However, when 75 […]

King’s speech still inspires decades later

Freedom Newspapers “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” — Martin Luther King Jr. When it comes to historical figures, people often feel either a need to embrace them entirely, ignoring or denying contradictory or troubling things that they said or did. The […]

Lady Cats show off depth in opener

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Clovis senior Aimee Hilburn struggles past Amber Glasrud of Eldorado during the second half of Wednesday’s Plateau Holiday Classic game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It didn’t take long for Ebony Bunton and Vanessa O’Neal to make an impact. Playing for the first time this […]

Steele, Annie

Annie Sarabeth Fitzsimmons Steele, 84, of Clovis, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, in Clovis. She was born May 4, 1921, on a farm near Sherman, Okla., to Abram Miller and Pearl Cox Hubbard Fitzsimmons. She attended Cedardale Christian Church, which her father and neighbors built. She married Francis Howard Steele on Jan. 1, 1938. They […]

Katrina’s victims still in need of aid, support

Freedom Newspapers The stories and pictures of human and economic grief continue to unfold along the devastated path of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. They show clearly why massive economic aid and citizen assistance is urgently needed. If those needs are not met immediately, we soon will see perilous conditions turn into a raging […]

4/27 Letters to the editor

Downtown could use more trash cans Imagine a hot August afternoon. A young couple has just left one of our stores on Main Street. Upon entering the car, it becomes obvious their infant has, uh, downloaded into his software! The odor is the kind that will test even a mother’s love. Then Mom and Dad […]

Texico students spend morning doing manual labor

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Texico High School senior John Schueler, right, pulls up a fence post with the help of Glen Neie on Thursday. “To tell you the truth, I would rather be doing this than be in school,” said Schueler (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Texico senior Natalie Walton had the sleeves […]

Stubborn defense propels Zia rally

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Zia forward Tia Doss spins towards the basket and holds off Fort Lewis’ Amy Mohr with her left arm in the first half of Monday’s game at Greyhound Arena. Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Mika Robertson committed a cardinal sin — fouling a 3-point shooter — and with time […]

Genuine worship centers on God

By Curtis Shelburne A neat thing happened to me at church the other Sunday. I think I worshiped. You think I’m kidding. I mean, you know I’m a preacher, and I help lead worship in a church, and I worship, and we worship, every Sunday, right? Well, yes. But leading worship and worshiping are not […]

ENMU concrete canoe project helps Clovis native come out of shell

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New Mexico State University students Shane Brooks, front, and Ashleigh Wilson paddle their concrete canoe which the engineering students design, build and race. Courtesy photo: Kenny Stevens. By Rick White: CNJ sports editor A New Mexico State University program in which engineering students design, build and race a concrete canoe would be sunk without the […]

State students build Mars models

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Fifth-graders from four school districts work to complete their habitats at Friday’s “Mars mission project” at Cannon Air Force Base. The students were at the base to learn how life on Mars might be in the future. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Five months […]

Cats beat Manzano, clinch playoff berth

By Mike Linn ALBUQUERQUE — Saturday night’s Clovis Wildcat victory came down to three feet. Not three feet meaning one yard, but two feet with break-away speed and razor-sharp, stop-and-go cutting ability and another foot with strength and accuracy. Clovis kicker Jason Seefeld’s four field goals and Wildcat running back Phillip Williams’ ability to dance, […]

Arts festival lights up downtown

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Lincoln Jackson sixth-grade teacher Chris Harrell, dressed as Spike the Clown, juggles as he walks in Saturday’s 2003 Downtown Arts Festival Children’s Parade/Ethnic Fair Parade. By Darrell Todd Maurina Vintage cars, Scottish bagpipers, Hispanic and Native American dancers and music groups shared Clovis’ Main Street on Friday and Saturday with handmade crafts and artists painting […]