Minimum wage hike bad idea

Freedom Newspapers We applaud the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors for opposing state-lawmaker efforts to hike the minimum wage. By a vote of 8-5, with four abstentions, the board last week sent a strong message that government should not be in the business of telling private business owners what to pay their […]

Military, business jockey for space

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleIn the shadow of the Brooks Bridge, Terry Hall of Tulsa, Okla., fishes Monday in the Santa Rosa Sound in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Hall lived in Fort Walton Beach before moving to care for family and plans to return. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — […]

King, J. C. (Clint)

J. C. (Clint) King, 89, of Portales died Monday, June 12, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born Feb. 16, 1917, in Scottland, Ill., to Mahree and John T. King. He lived in Illinois and Indiana until 1980, when he retired and settled in Portales. He graduated from high school in […]

ENMU notes: Two qualify for CNFR

CNJ staff PORTALES — Two members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, senior Rowdy Sanders and sophomore Raelyn Gardner, will represent the school in the College National Finals Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Gardner, from Lovington, was first in the Southwest Region this season in breakaway roping, while Sanders placed second […]

Zias senior academic All-American

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior Tracy Jordan of Rosamond, Calif., was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine All-America College Division academic first team in softball. The team, chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, featured 11 first-team selections and 12 second-team nominees. Jordan, who was a […]

Quay County officials concerned about rural needs under water plan

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Quay County representatives are concerned their citizens’ needs for water will be trumped by areas with bigger populations in a state water plan. They voiced such concerns during Tuesday morning’s Northeast New Mexico Regional Water Planning meeting at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Quay County is part of Region […]

Winds of change

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The wind that whips through eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle sends dust dancing through the streets. It rattles doors and windows, unravels neatly pinned hair, and leaves residents stumbling in its path. Harnessing its power has never been a more popular pursuit. Wind energy developers from across the […]

America should lead by example, not by force

Freedom Newspapers Among the long-term hopes for the war in Iraq was that ousting Saddam Hussein from power and establishing a reasonably democratic form of government would provide a model of freedom and stability that would inspire others in the region and lead eventually to a more secure region. U.S. officials still talk bravely as […]

Texico, Melrose qualify for state

CNJ staff DEXTER — Texico played tight defense and secured itself a berth in next week’s Class 2A state tournament in Albuquerque. The Lady Wolverines held Eunice to six field goals in a 45-23 win Friday in a Region C semifinal. Texico faces host Dexter, which beat Santa Rosa 73-54 in Friday’s second game, in […]

BRAC process should serve as wake-up call

Freedom Newspapers One year from now, the top regional story of 2006 could well be a repeat of 2005: BRAC. We hope it will be No. 1 again, but for a different reason. Instead of ’05’s uncertainty over the future of Cannon Air Force Base, we want the 2006 reason to be a certain future […]

Year in review: Area recovering from BRAC process

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Gabriel Bryant of Clovis shows his support for Cannon when members of the Brac Commission visited Clovis in June. (Staff photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Remnants of the Base Realignment and Closure process linger around eastern New Mexico. Posted outside several businesses are thick, plastic banners. They were designed months ago in a […]

Air Force official to visit region

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A high-level Air Force official is to visit the region next week, according to military officials. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics William Anderson will tour Cannon and the surrounding area on Jan. 4, said Air Force spokeswoman Shirley Curry. It will be his […]

Texico hopeful about chances in 2A regional

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer On paper, the Texico volleyball team appears to be in good shape heading into this weekend’s Class 2A Region C tournament, which the Lady Wolverines will host. Texico, the District 6-2A champion, faces 7-2A runnerup Dexter (13-10) in the first of two semifinal matches at 5 p.m. today. The […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: Hounds, Buffs play one for all time

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer MARK RIBAUDO HAS seen quite a few Wagon Wheel games between Eastern New Mexico University and West Texas A&M — from both sides, as a WT assistant in the mid-1990s and as an assistant and, now, head coach at ENMU. Nothing tops Saturday’s 52-51 overtime battle at Canyon, Texas, […]

Eastern trio competing in CNFR

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo program have made their way to Casper, Wyo., this weekend for the College National Finals Rodeo. Competition begins today and wraps up Saturday . Seniors Dusty Higgins of Roswell and James Gililland of Tularosa and sophomore Brittany Bennett of Portales […]

DFA farmers back Cannon effort

CNJ staff Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., have joined “Operation Keep Cannon,” a grassroots campaign to keep Cannon Air Force Base, according to a DFA press release. “DFA’s dairy farmers don’t want to see the base close,” said Wayne Palla, Clovis dairy farmer and chairman for DFA’s Southwest Area Council. “We are huge supporters of […]

Friday prep scores 3-4

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Grady senior Brittany Bailey releases a shot past Desert Academy senior Georgia Jenkins during the first quarter of their Class 1A Region B game Friday in Grady. Grady defeated Desert Academy 75-25. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Friday The Associated Press Local scores GIRLS Class 1A Region A Semifinals Des Moines 75, Melrose 58 Fort Sumner […]

Lady Wolverines on mission

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Texico senior Brette Hadley drives around freshman teammate Faith Martin during practice Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Texico Lady Wolverines expect to see an aggressive opponent in Friday’s Class 2A Region D semifinal game against Hope Christian at Santa Rosa, but coach Buddy Little thinks […]

Prep notes 3-1

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis juniors Matt Ulibarri and Daniel Casarez were named to the all-tournament team from this past weekend’s Clovis Invitational. Ulibarri went 4-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs on Friday against Santa Fe, while Casarez drove in four runs on two hits Thursday versus Fabens. Also on the team […]

Zias fall in LSC semis

Freedom Newspapers LAWTON, Okla. — Abilene Christian rallied from a one-game deficit for a 26-30, 33-31, 30-23, 30-17 win over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference volleyball tournament. ACU (27-7), the LSC South Division regular-season champion, advanced to Saturday night’s finals against North champion and host Cameron […]