Friends, family say farewell to sci-fi legend Williamson

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from farming […]

Local legend leaves lasting impression

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]

Author remembered as friend

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson, cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular a […]

Sci-fi legend Williamson dies

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Freedom file photoJack Williamson, left, is shown in 2004 with friend Rick Hauptmann and his book, “Seventy-Five,” commemorating 75 years as an author. Williamson died Friday at 98. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The man considered by many the “Dean of Science Fiction” — Jack Williamson — died Friday at his home in Portales. He […]

Education digest: FFA honors ENMU student

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An Eastern New Mexico University student was recognized by FFA in October. Jacob Freitas of the Texico FFA Chapter received the American FFA Degree at the 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, according to an FFA press release. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the […]

Day Trip: Titanic exhibit sails into Lubbock

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Courtesy photoThe RMS Titanic sank in 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean. Artifacts from the wreckage are on display through December at the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock. By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers The RMS Titanic has come ashore in Lubbock at the Science Spectrum Museum. The touring exhibit, which includes artifacts recovered from the […]

19th century intellectuals elitist, racist

Walter E. Williams: Syndicated Columnist Karl Marx is the hero of some labor union leaders and civil rights organizations, including those who organized the recent protest against proposed immigration legislation. It’s easy to be a Marxist if you haven’t read his writings. Most people agree that Marx’s predictions about capitalism turned out to be dead […]

FDA’s marijuana post puts politics over science

Freedom Newspapers Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That […]

Myrick, Matthew

Matthew DeWayne Myrick, 36, of Hereford, Texas, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006. He was born June 8, 1969. He graduated from North Lamar High School in Paris, Texas. He served in the U.S. Naval Armed Forces from 1989 to 1991. On Jan. 2, 1993, He married Christy Alison Butler in Austin, Texas. He graduated from […]

Education feature: Clovis sophomore hoping to study aeronautical engineering

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Clovis High sophomore Jay Burns will compete in the state science fair April 7-8 in Socorro. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A thin strand of stainless steel wire, for Jay Burns, is utterly essential. So is aluminum foil, lightweight balsa wood and a high-voltage power supply. These are the components […]

Clovis students participating in state science fair

CNJ staff Eleven students from the Clovis Municipal Schools will travel to the campus of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro on April 7 to participate in the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair, according to a press release from Clovis Municipal Schools. The students won the trip by placing first […]

ENMU gets $5.4 million from state

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed about $1.3 million in state Legislature-approved capital outlay money for Eastern New Mexico University, but ENMU President Steven Gamble said he is happy with the $5.4 million the university will receive. “We’re fine. We’re in good shape,” Gamble said. “We understand the governor has to […]

Writers, fans flock to Portales for annual lectureship

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Science-fiction experts traveled Thursday to Eastern New Mexico University to praise living legend Jack Williamson for his nearly eight decades of writing. Because of his health — Williamson turns 98 in April — his attendance at the lectureship named in his honor was in doubt. When he arrived […]

Sci-fi lectureship honors Portales Legend

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales will be the center of the science-fiction world Thursday when experts join local science-fiction writing legend Jack Williamson of Portales for the 30th annual Williamson Lectureship. “I enjoy the variety of people who have different points of views,” Rick Hauptmann of Portales said. Hauptmann, a friend of […]

2/19 Weddings, engagements

Tidwell/Bishop Kelli Tidwell and Greg Bishop, both of Albuquerque, were joined in marriage on July 2, 2005, in a private garden ceremony. Stuart Coleman performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Calvin Tidwell of and Becky Tidwell of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of Arno and Margaret Massey of Clovis and Audrey […]

Dunsmoor, Elmer

Elmer Edward Dunsmoor, 77, of Clovis, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born Jan. 15, 1928, to John Dunsmoor and Opal Moore, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He married Phyllis Adella Woodcock. He worked as a postal clerk. He was a farmer. He retired from the U.S. Navy and served […]

Cannon volunteer judges encourage students at local science fair

Senior Airman Giselle Janousek and Staff Sgt. Amber Cerrato, 27th Security Forces Squadron, signed up with 23 other Airmen to judge at the science fair. Janet Taylor-Birkey Twenty-five Cannon Airmen volunteered as judges for a district science fair held Feb. 2 at Marshall Junior High School. The goal for many of the volunteers was simply […]

Livestock judging courses offered at Tucumcari college

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — While many college students may trudge to class with visions of algebraic equations in their heads, those who attend Mesalands Community College have the opportunity to think of bull. And cattle. And sheep and swine. Livestock judging will soon be offered as a discipline at the two-year college, […]

Zias advance to semis in softball tourney

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Left fielder Christina Helland hit a three-run double to cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth on Saturday, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University softball team past Oklahoma Panhandle State 5-3 in the semifinals of the season-opening Angelo State Classic. The Zias (2-1) play Washburn in […]

Student profile: Brian Clark

CNJ staff Brian K. Clark Jr. is a senior at the Clovis High School. He is the son of Brian Clark Sr. and LeeAnn Clark. What is your favorite TV show, past and present? Past: “Hollywood Squares, Go Whoopie.” Present: “Sports Center.” Who is your hero and why? My Dad. He is the smartest person […]