CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats return after splitting tourney tilts

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — After splitting in Friday’s first two rounds of Rio Rancho’s 16-team Kristin Griego Memorial Tournament, concerns about Friday’s wicked weather back home took precedence for the Clovis High softball team. The Lady Wildcats, scheduled to play twice on Saturday, opted to return to Clovis early Saturday morning. […]

Neighbor: Appearance of stroller seemed odd

Staff and wire reports In the two weeks he’s lived in Clovis, Will Larson said he never knew Rayshaun Parson. But he thought it was unusual that he saw Parson walking around without a baby, then Saturday, “she had a stroller.” Parson, 21, of Clovis, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of kidnapping and is in […]

Charging Libby, who didn’t leak identity, off target

By Freedom Newspapers Nobody but daily attendees knows everything the jury does in the I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby case, so we are reluctant to criticize the seven women and four men who found him guilty on four of five counts related to obstruction of justice and lying to investigators and a grand jury. The more […]

Washington’s biggest strength: He knew his biggest weakness

Freedom Newspapers Think of an elected official everyone admires. It’s not so easy, is it? Now try George Washington. Twice unanimously elected by the Electoral College, the first U.S. president probably comes closest to universal admiration. Others like Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (either one), Kennedy and Reagan have sizable constituencies with axes to grind, or worse. […]

Center of universe beats cold any day

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You’ve been tempted to leave Clovis, haven’t you? Come on, admit it. Well, such temptation came to me in an e-mail the other day. A former co-worker wanted to know if I’d like to be on his staff at a business in Iowa. I hadn’t been looking for a new […]

Women in religion inspiration for today

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Many wonderful women characters are chronicled in the Bible. When we look at their lives, women of today really have much in common with those women of long ago. Despite differences in the culture, dress, times, customs and places, they both exhibit strength to show how creativity and faith can […]

ENMU rally falls short against Regis

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Two first-half goals by Regis proved to be the difference Friday, and the Rangers held on for a 2-1 non-conference victory over Eastern New Mexico in men’s soccer at the ENMU pitch. Both teams battled sustained winds of 30 mph during the match, with gusts up to 50 mph. ENMU […]

In Tribute: Santiago Hidalgo

Santiago Hidalgo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He dedicated years of his life to helping others through community service and the American Legion. A wounded Vietnam veteran, Santiago “Saunty” R. Hidalgo made helping youth and fellow veterans his purpose in life. He wore many hats, holding the position of chaplain with American Legion Post […]

Soldier remembered

Memories of U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin: • Bethaney Beach said her brother was a music and sports lover. She said he enjoyed singing along with the radio and often said he would be Kenny Rogers or Garth Brooks if given the chance. • Beach recalled a teenage Kassin who coaxed his friends into […]

Should We Feel Guilty When Our Lives Seem Good?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Colunist Let’s be honest: Some days and some times in our lives are of the sort that we just pray to get through. If most of the times of our lives are of that sort, well, some more questions and prayer, introspection and counsel, might be helpful. If you’re going […]

Hobbs sweeps Wildcats

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Clovis pitcher Daniel Casarez throws during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats have hit a low point. The District 4-5A rival Hobbs Eagles came to town, dealt the Cats two tough losses and dropped Clovis to 0-4 in […]

Moussaoui case raises questions on preparedness

Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to feel any sympathy for Zacarias Moussaoui, the French national of Moroccan descent who was deemed eligible for the death penalty by a federal jury Monday for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil. The jury must now decide whether it will actually impose the death penalty on […]

Leaving Iraq would embolden terroists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist President Bush has made errors, as all humans do, but one thing he has not been guilty of is bad faith. The same cannot be said of his critics. One thinks of those liberals and Democrats who accused President Bush of “lying” about weapons of mass destruction and about ties […]

COLUMN: Hobbs-Clovis rivalry unlike others

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer I moved to Clovis from St. Louis about five months ago. Last July, I didn’t know what a Clovis Wildcat or a Hobbs Eagle was, much less that they were rivals. Friday night was my first taste of the Hobbs-Clovis experience. From the moment I walked into Rock Staubus […]

Bush deserves Oscar for post-9/11 acting

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist According to Shakespeare, the world is a stage and we’re all actors. According to Marshall McLuhan, the stage is a world and we’re actors. Either way, some of us are better actors than others, like President Bush. When the 2006 Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday, George W. Bush deserves […]

Police: Suspect knew victim

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Laura McNaughton’s family members told police a dentist had been “weirding” her out. The resulting investigation led to Tuesday’s arrest of Dr. James Smith, a dentist with La Casa de Buena Salud in Clovis and Portales, police records show. Smith is charged with an open count of murder in […]

Miracles happen; ordinary folks become heroes

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Carolyn Kitchens sat in her pickup on a snowy January night in 1998, watching as the last wall fell into the flames that engulfed her home. Everything burned except her grandmother’s cast-iron stove, which glowed red-hot in the moonlight. Kitchens lived in a farm house between Tolar and House and drove […]

Former ENMU coach remembered fondly

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Greyhound football coach Mark Ribaudo speaks during a Monday afternoon funeral service for former Eastern New Mexico University coach Harold “Bud” Elliott at the Campus Union Ballroom. (Freedom Newspaper: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Bud Elliott believed in the words of George Washington Carver: “Take what you have with what you are, make […]

Being in charge question of integrity

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Who wears the pants in the house? That’s a question often asked today, and I’m not just talking about husbands and wives. I’m talking about parents and children. My teenage daughter Laura and I recently went through a tough ordeal that really tested us as a family. It pitted us […]

Prized Bible rescued from road

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Walter Wissman reads his Bible that was returned to him by Frank Buckley after Buckley found it in a ditch along Prince Street. The Bible fell of the roof of the car as Wissman was on his way to Bible study. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Frank Buckley was running […]