Verizon purchasing portion of Plateau Wireless

CNJ staff Verizon is purchasing a portion of Plateau Wireless but the sale will not affect Plateau customers in Curry, Roosevelt or Quay counties. Plateau CEO Tom Phelps said Saturday that Verizon is purchasing the southwest New Mexico quadrant, which includes portions of Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia, and Hobbs and Ruidoso. Phelps said the sale won’t […]

Bin Laden reaction: Clovis native says NYC upbeat

Sharna Johnson New York is smiling, according to Clovis native Cyndi Phelps. Waiting in Phoenix to catch a late flight back to New York Sunday night, Phelps said everyone became glued to the TVs in the terminal when the president came on to announce Osama bin Laden was dead. A few minutes later on the […]

Phelps’ behavior isn’t so shocking

By Thomas J. Lucente Jr.: Guest columnist

Star athletes don’t belong on pedestal

Freedom New Mexico Just a few months after everybody was celebrating swimmer Michael Phelps for his Olympic feats, the world is abuzz over a photo of Phelps apparently inhaling from a water pipe that’s commonly used for marijuana. Among the many debates are how this incident affects his status as a role model, and what […]

Hold off before criticizing Phelps

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Michael Phelps, who inspired me to finally learn to swim, is apparently human. In the shadow of the Super Bowl, a photo surfaced, showing Phelps smoking marijuana from a bong at a November 2008 party. Call my editors. I need an extra 300 words. I can’t fit all the punchlines: […]

Anti-war funeral protesters lose lawsuit

Staff and wire reports A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. Albert Snyder of York, Pa., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after […]

June 27, 1952

A Clovis school teacher, Mrs. Fred Phelps, won a gas range for attending a three-day cooking school sponsored by Southern Union Gas Co. and the Clovis News-Journal. She said it was the only “time in my life that I’ve ever won anything big. … I won a sack of flour. But it’s the first time […]

Nobel winner expands upon basic economics

By Freedom Newspapers We were holding out, and we still are, for Gordon Tullock. He’s the economist who worked so closely with James Buchanan (who already has his Nobel) in the development of “public choice” economics, which put academic meat on the common-sense observation that government employees are guided by personal and institutional self-interest rather […]

Mourners line streets in support of war casualty

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Solemnly they stood, forming a tableau that stretched from a corner in Clovis to Melrose to Fort Sumner. “We are here to support the family of the fallen soldier,” said Byron Cross, near a Clovis church entrance, his motorcycle behind him. A legion of supporters — most of whom […]

Church group believes war punishment for immorality

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Funeral services for Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. are 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church. They spread a message of hate and condemnation without apology. In fact, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., embrace the national animosity they have received and use it as […]

Controversial group plans protest at soldier’s funeral

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A controversial group known for protesting at the funerals of U.S. soldiers has planned an appearance Monday in Clovis. Those attending services for Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr. will see members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., holding signs bearing messages of morality, according to Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member […]

Preacher Fred Phelps gay, not crazy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Allow me to share with you an epiphany. I think Fred Phelps is gay. Not that I’d have any way to know for sure, and not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it seems obvious to me that Freddie has spent a little time up on “Brokeback Mountain,” if […]

Kansas law counter to First Amendment

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist It’s hard to describe the views of Rev. Fred Phelps without feeling soiled by the association, but I’ll do it anyway. He attests that God is disgusted with America’s tolerance of homosexuality. In his view, the Almighty is punishing the nation by using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to kill American […]

Hill, Dorothy Lofton

Dorothy Lofton Hill Services: Have been held. Dorothy Lofton Hill, 76, of Wichita, Kan., died Sunday, June 27, 2004. She was born on Nov. 12, 1927, in Hollene. She was raised in Clovis and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., with a degree in recreational education. She was preceded in death […]