Christmas greetings based on status

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer You’ve probably seen some TV show where somebody does something rude, and the response is, “You’re off the Christmas card list.” Remember when that used to mean something? It seems like I don’t have a Christmas card list, and it’s very rare that my friends do either. I received […]

Portales hospital designated a trauma center

CNJ staff SANTA FE – Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Department of Health has designated three hospitals as new trauma centers in the state: Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo and Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad. With the addition of these hospitals, there are […]

Hospital confident in security

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A spokesman for the parent company of Plains Regional Medical Center said Monday he is confident in the modern approach the hospital takes to prevent infant abductions. PRMC has had infant safety measures in place for five years, according to hospital officials. “While the Lubbock incident has created a […]

Cliff overwhelms Elida in semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Politics can’t fix plague of problems

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Blacks and Hispanics, especially blacks, are the most politically loyal people in the nation. It’s often preached and taken as gospel that the only way black people can progress is through racial politics and government programs, but how true is that? Let’s look at it. In 1940, poverty among black […]

Parkview teacher believes state education testing unfair

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLisa Gershon teaches special education at Parkview Elementary School. She said teaching special education enables her to become more involved with her students. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lisa Gershon has taught special education at Parkview Elementary School for six years. A Clovis native, Gershon follows in the footsteps of […]

Rain replenishing Conchas Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Fueled by monsoon rains, the water level at Conchas Lake is the highest it’s been in at least five years, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With higher water levels, more water will be available to irrigate farm and ranch operations south of the dam as […]

Officials aim to take CCC to next level

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJohn Neibling talks with Mary Caffey (left) after he is introduced as the new president of Clovis Community College on Tuesday. Caffey worked with Neibling at San Juan College for about two years. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer From the vantage point of its newly appointed president, Clovis Community College […]

Lady Cats begin rebuilding process

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Clovis High’s Jasmine McDonald dives for a loose ball during a summer league basketball game against Friona on Tuesday at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After three consecutive runs deep into the Class 5A state tournament, including a championship in 2005, Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters […]

Zias’ coach taking measured approach to job

CNJ staff PORTALES — Linden Weese is going slowly in his new job as Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. The longtime assistant to Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech admits he’s still trying to sort things out a bit at the Division II and Lone Star Conference level. “I think we’ve had a good […]

Career certificates will walk the talk for you

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The Career Readiness Certificate is a portable skills credential that is easily and universally understood and valued by employers, educators and recipients in that it facilitates job placement, retention and advancement in today’s mobile society. These credentials describes exactly what the holder can do and supplements a high school diploma, […]

27th SFS Airmen cop top honors

1st Lt. Megan Hall and Tech. Sgt. Paul Killgallon, 27th Security Forces Squadron, were Air Force Level Award winners. Both will travel to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in April to receive their awards. Janet Taylor-Birkey Many compete, but few are chosen. And even fewer can be called the best. But, 1st Lt. Megan Hall […]

Journey to fitness provides new life after surgery

Janet Taylor-Birkey Now petite, perky and a size four, Mrs. Julie Bizer, a Cannon Fitness Center instructor, remembers what life was like when she weighed 245 pounds. “I thought: ‘this is it; I’m going to be fat, matronly, ignored by society.’ I did not have to put the fat suit on; I lived in it […]

Six Cats may sign to play college football

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Devin Sweet would like to carry on a family tradition. The Clovis High senior plans to follow his uncle, father and brother to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales to play football. Sweet, the Wildcats’ quarterback and free safety during a 12-2 season that ended with a loss to […]

Battle against poverty needs your help

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is an insidious movement under way in New Mexico, one that clear-thinking state citizens need to reverse. Now. It’s time to take to the streets and demand our traditional values be maintained, that our fixture atop the lists of one of the poorest states in the nation be cemented. […]

Cannon honored for excellence

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base was honored as the top base among Air Combat Command installations for the second straight year, according to an Air Force press release. Cannon was named as the command-level winner of the 2006 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Award on Friday in a ceremony at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. […]

Community leader, base supporter receives award

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Randy Harris, Clovis banker and member of Clovis Committee of Fifty, Ernest “Doc” Stewart, Lt. Gen. William Fraser, Air Combat Command vice commander and Barret Stewart, grandson of Doc Stewart gather round as Mr. Stewart Melanie Salazar When Ernest “Doc” Stewart saw Cannon in the 50s, the base looked a little different. “The officers lived […]

Colonel’s gymnast daughter has Olympic dreams

Melanie Salazar Not many 10-year-olds find themselves in practice at least nine hours a week, but not many 10-year-olds can stand on their feet after doing a double back flip. AnnMarie McClelland, daughter of Lt. Col. Patrick McClelland, 27th Operations Support Squadron commander, has been a gymnast almost half of her life. At 6, she […]

Vigilance, reporting key to terrorism awareness

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Terrorists use their weapons to strike fear and panic into the hearts of their targets. All terrorists have one common goal; they want to make everyone see things the way that they see them, said Tony Boyce, 27th Fighter Wing anti-terrorism officer. Terrorists can be anyone and anywhere. According to […]

Ex-felon voting issue for states, not the feds

CNJ staff There is an undeniable aura of partisan gamesmanship in the call by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to make election day a federal holiday to encourage more people to vote, and to allow ex-felons to vote. A higher percentage of registered Republicans than Democrats tends to vote, and these proposals […]