ENMU parts ways with football coach Ribaudo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mark Ribaudo spent 15 years on the football staff at Eastern New Mexico University, the last seven as head coach. The Greyhounds were 2-9 in 2011. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Mark Ribaudo’s 15-year run at Eastern New Mexico University is over. The school said in a release on Tuesday […]

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

Firefighters, others work through holiday

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson International House of Pancakes manager Joan Wilson, front, helps cook Rusty Beevers prepare meals Saturday afternoon. The two said they were working their second Christmas with the restaurant and customer flow was consistent throughout the day. Kevin Wilson The dry roads and mid-40s temperatures made it clear there would be […]

Frozen Turkey day expected in some parts of state

Staff and wire reports Northern parts of the state saw a few inches of snow Monday, but the real cold will blow in with the Thanksgiving turkey. Temperatures will dive well below normal later in the week, said Ken Wedelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, with some areas in New Mexico […]

Fall colors

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Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Luis Saenz of Joe’s Boot Shop cleans a straw hat. Saenz said a lot of customers bring their hats in for cleaning before they store them until the next season. Sharna Johnson In other parts of the country, the first sign of changing seasons is often the changing color of […]

Debris from wind caused power outage

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Crews with the city and Xcel Energy worked together Friday afternoon to clear roofing material on the intersection of Second and Pile streets in Clovis. About 376 Clovis customers lost power when the roofing material knocked lines loose from transformers and opened a breaker at a city substation, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. CNJ […]

Business feature: Muleshoe store owner retiring after 42 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico You could say that Charles Bratcher got into a little bit of a routine while running an auto parts shop in Muleshoe for the last 42 years. Here’s how Bratcher says it: “After you’ve done something for a while, it becomes a habit. I’m kind of in the habit […]

Lightning strikes fire station, restaurant

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place but it struck twice in different parts of Clovis on Monday evening. A Clovis fire station was damaged and lightning was also blamed for setting Red Lobster’s sign on fire. Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the damage to Station 3 at Martin Luther King Jr. […]

4-28 Business digest

Parts store being restructured Clovis’ Checker Auto Parts is closed this week as it is being restructured into an O’Reilly Auto Parts. Scheduled to reopen Thursday, the North Prince store will have new inventory and signage by week’s end, according to O’Reilly corporate spokesman Mark Merz. In July 2008, O’Reilly Auto Parts acquired Phoenix-based CSK […]

Richardson to visit Clovis, Tucumcari

CNJ staff Gov. Bill Richardson will be in parts of eastern New Mexico Thursday to highlight his legislative priorities and unveil his public safety and education agendas. Richardson will be in Clovis 10 a.m. at the Lincoln Jackson Family Center and in Tucumcari 11:30 a.m. at the high school auditorium.

Turbine parts recalled

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Two sections of the wind turbine tower already installed at Mesalands Community College will be dismantled and replaced because of a manufacturer’s recall, said Phillip Barry, president of the college. The General Electric recall only affects the base and mid-section, which were installed on Sunday, Barry said. The replacement […]

Isolation policy threatens regime in Myanmar

Freedom New Mexico An earthquake, upgraded by seismologists from a 7.8 to 7.9 magnitude in Sichuan province in central China, is first of all a reminder that few parts of this world are immune from what we call natural disasters. We’ve had more than the usual number of tornadoes in the southeast this year; we […]

Auto parts business back, in bigger store

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Ronnie Marez of Clovis holds a wall steady Monday at the construction site for the Checker Auto Parts store on North Prince Street. According to Marez, of Allstate Mechanical, the store should open in July. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Checker Auto Parts is returning to Clovis with a […]

Children’s logic often produces smiles

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Whenever I write about the wonder of school children and their test papers, I get enough fodder for another column from teachers who save them. Some, of course, are a little too shady to appear in a family newspaper, and so I sell them on the black market. Here are […]

Enjoying the dog days of summer

Ryn Gargulinkski : Local Columnist The air is stagnant. Hot. Preheated to at least 350. A blazing light beats down upon slightly greased metal. Everything on it begins to bake. No, it’s not a batch of cookies in the oven. It’s just another day in the life of a roofer in New Mexico. Although the […]

How many things in life have you found to be easy?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I have found some things in life to be really very, very easy. Gaining weight is easy. Spending more money than you make is really easy. Allowing your attitude to get really sour is really easy. Catching colds. Watching your automotive fleet slowly disintegrate right before your eyes. Over-committing in just […]

Steve P. Owen

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Steve P. Owen Date of birth: Jan 10, 1918 Dates of Service: July 8, 1942 through Dec. 21, 1945 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis […]

Pool tables: Assembly, sanity required

By Bob Huber Looking for adventure? Like to live on the edge? Want to be the first on your block to wake up in the middle of a nightmare screaming, “Eeaauugh! Eeaauugh!” You can have all that and more if, like me, you rid your living room of furniture, give everything to your daughters, and […]

Roosevelt county pounded by heavy rain

Freedom Newspapers Parts of Roosevelt County received up to 4 inches of rain Tuesday night, weather officials estimated, closing roads and leaving drivers with near zero visiblity at times. A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said no injuries were reported. But officials said parts of State Highways 88 and 206 south of Portales were closed and […]

Toxic rocket fuel component at center of water-safety debate

David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent An environmental group reported last week that a new study suggests young children and pregnant women who drink milk from California cows may be exposed to unsafe levels of a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel. The study by the Environmental Working Group comes as California and federal regulators consider setting […]