Inexperience Obama’s biggest asset in presidential run

Sen. Barack Obama has been traveling the country to stump for fellow Democrats. But uppermost in the minds of many is his hinting on national television about a possible 2008 campaign for president. Intellectual yet unassuming, the Illinois Democrat rose from working-class parents of different races to earn degrees from Columbia and Harvard. With his […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats blanked in regular-season finale

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Playoff hopes of the Clovis High boys soccer team took a hit on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at Artesia. Clovis (13-6-1) is hoping to grab for one of two at-large bid in the 12-team Class 5A state tournament. The New Mexico Activities Association seeding committee will pick two at-large teams […]

Mere suspicion no substitute for hard evidence

By Freedom Newspapers Americans have gotten used to the sometimes other worldly decisions that come out of the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which has a reputation as a left-wing hothouse. Yet we can’t recall a decision that the 9th Circuit has recently made that comes close to the lunacy expressed […]

Even without unity, U.S. powerful when virtuous

It is hard now to remember the feeling that swept over our country five years ago Monday. Our country, our people, had suffered a devastating and destructive attack by a shadowy but malignant force whose motivations we struggled to try to understand. In the aftermath, however, we were all Americans together, all determined to figure […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe holding fund-raising fiesta

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Sally Romero of Clovis hangs decorations Thursday for the Fiesta weekend celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The annual fund-raiser begins tonight with a dinner and variety show. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The parking lot across from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was abuzz with activity […]

Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]

4/25 Candidate profile

The following is one of a series of profiles on state candidates who visit the Clovis-Portales area: Jim Baca is campaigning for the Democratic ticket position of State Commissioner of Public Lands against Ray Powell. The office is currently held by Patrick Lyons, R-Cuervo. Baca held the office from 1983 to 1986 and from 1991 […]

Music can aid future career

By Judy Gambill: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. My mother made sure we had plenty of music in our home. She played the piano, and as a child she sang in […]

Zoo officials trying to cut back on peacock population

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Over breeding has led to an abundance of peacocks at Hillcrest Zoo. Officials are making the birds available for purchase in an effort to curb their numbers. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo is getting out of control, according to zoo director Herschel Arnold. Although […]

State football playoffs expanding in 2005

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer As far as Portales football coach Glenn Johnson is concerned, the New Mexico Activities Association’s new expanded large-school playoff format is a good thing. Classes 3A through 5A will go from eight teams to 16 in the postseason beginning this fall, with non-automatic qualifiers getting in with at-large berths. […]