Lawsuit protests voting system

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Since 1982, nine minority candidates attempted to fill the Curry County magistrate judge’s seat. None of them succeeded. At fault, according to Johnny Chavez, is the at-large voting system used in magistrate elections. The Clovis native, defeated twice pursuing the seat, says the system is flawed, part of lingering […]

Memorable birthday gift prize of discovery

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, a classmate named Arnold Buckowitz gave me a special birthday gift, one that sticks in my memory bank to this day. Here’s what happened: Arny was unofficially recognized at Harley Beers Elementary School as the class creeper. That’s not to say he was a creep, […]

Man creates art from dead trees

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Richard L. Gonzales carves a sculpture of a family of bears out of a tree stump at the Pow Wow Inn in Tucumcari. (Freedom Newspapers: William Thompson) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There used to be three large tree stumps in the Pow Wow Inn’s courtyard near the swimming pool. Now, thanks to […]

Is Christmas about economic gains or religion?

Freedom Newspapers To frame the discussion over how much of Christmas’ religious aspects should flow into everything from individual holiday greetings to what activities government should fund, it would be easy to say the debate is not over the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, how large a role Santa Claus has come to play and […]

Empty stocking: Dec. 19, 2004

Today’s focus: Alice Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “I am having a hard time this year due to illness in the family and becoming a single mom again has made things very difficult for my children and myself.” Her holiday hopes: “All children are in need of warm winter jackets, sheets, comforters, socks […]

Hazardous materials discussed: Q and A

Editors note: Don Shainin, HAZMAT (hazardous materials) coordinator for the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, was in Clovis on Wednesday to speak with local emergency officials about hazardous chemical reporting, chemical dispersion threats in New Mexico and Clovis and emergency response plans. Shainin served the Albuquerque community as a firefighter for many years and […]

Team of scientists exploring Mars named rock formation after city

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The outcrop shown was named Clovis because of its arrowhead shape. Courtesy photo: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis is sharing its name with a large rock formation on Mars. Scientist Larry Crumpler, a member of the Mars Exploration Rover science team, said the “Spirit” rover came […]

Parkland to use Easter drama

By Darrell Todd Maurina Baptist church presenting ‘Beyond My Fault’ this holiday. When David Walstad, minister of music and senior adults at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, was studying music in seminary, he and his wife chose to attend a large church near Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. That decision was partly […]

Cattle Markets 2/6

Clovis Livestock Auction for Wednesday February 4, 2004 Receipts: 1800 Last week: 1794 Last Year: 2595 Compared to last week: Feeder steers under 500 lbs 1.00-2.00 lower; feeder steers over 500 lbs 4.00-5.00 lower; feeder heifers 4.00-5.00 lower; slaughter cows 1.00-2.00 lower; Slaughter cows and slaughter bulls 2.00 higher. Trade moderate; demand moderate. Bulk supply […]

Q&A 1/18

State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, sponsored House Bill 974 which passed during the 2003 session of the state legislature. According to the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, the bill directs the corrections department to establish a demonstration prison-based drug rehabilitation program for inmates including components that address drug rehabilitation, education, self-respect, and life skills. Crook […]