Astronaut proud of his heritage

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John Herrington was the first Native American to walk in space. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — John Herrington has been in space. On Monday, he completed another important trip, he said, answering questions from area students at Eastern New Mexico University’s Theatre Center. “It’s a great chance to come […]

‘Save the Hubble’ squeaks deserve no more grease

Freedom Newspapers We don’t have anything against the Hubble Space Telescope, per se. We count as a success its mission to peer deeply into space and give astronomers and cosmologists a close-up view of objects once only imagined, as well as clues about the origin of the universe. But when NASA and the Bush administration […]

Food bank not saved by funds

By Glen Seeber Life Saver Food Bank personnel had hoped $50,000 from the state would help “save their bacon,” but the funds were crossed off the capital outlay list on Wednesday. For Nancy Taylor, executive director of the food bank, it was an opportunity to say “cheese” and put on a happy face — but […]

New Mexico a state of unique Americans

Ned Cantwell Go up to your ordinary guy on the street in say, Hobbs, and tell him he looks like a space cadet, he’s liable to deck you. Try the same thing in Clovis, but first make sure the rifle is still hanging on the rack inside the pickup. Say it in Santa Fe and […]

Sci-fi legend lectures locally

By Tony Parra PORTALES — Space, the final frontier: An everyday cliche for Star Trek fans, a creative compartment in the mind of Jack Williamson. Space exploration will be in the minds of those participating in the Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon, titled “Space Opera — Then and Now,” which takes place today in the ballroom […]

Business Digest 2/10

Nuco to increase warehouse space for pool supplies Nuco Supply, 116 N. Main St. in Clovis, is increasing its warehouse capacity to hold an enlarged inventory of hot tubs and above-ground pools, owner Mark Millender said Monday. The work will add about 3,000 square feet to existing warehouse space, Millender said. Nuco Supply sells commercial-grade […]

Commercialism would best jump start space travel

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s proposal to set up a research base on the moon as a first step to traveling to Mars and beyond is a perplexing mixture of necessary and hardheaded rethinking of government’s role in space — and empty opportunism. Unfortunately, the proposal doesn’t move beyond an attempt to give the National Aeronautics […]

NASA should stick to exploration and science, let voluntary sectors do the rest

No question, the color photos from NASA’s Spirit Rover on Mars are exciting, and the potential for discovering more about the Red Planet is downright exhilarating. Scientists and technicians from NASA deserve hearty congratulations. The landing has even uncovered an unexpected and “strangely cohesive” (as science investigator Steve Squyres put it) subsurface material that scientists […]

Clovis blaze may be arson

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Fire Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office suspect arson caused a Tuesday morning blaze near the corner of 21st and Sugarbeet on the northeast end of Clovis. “The fire was suspicious and will be treated as such until proven otherwise,” said Capt. Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department. […]

Curry County Detention Center overcrowded

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CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth Detention officer Patricia Rodriguez monitors prisoners in pod four Tuesday at the Curry County Detention Facility in Clovis By Jack King The Curry County Detention Center is overflowing again, Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine told county commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The adult detention center was designed to house 208 […]

Day Trips — Don Harrington Discovery Center

By Angela Peacock Taking a trip across the universe is possible at Amarillo’s Don Harrington Discovery Center. Discovery Center Executive Director Ganesh Ganpat said the center is a private, non-profit organization which makes “science exciting, relevant and interesting to all types of learners by providing interactive exhibits and programs that actively engage children, adolescents and […]

Spaced-out teacher

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Joe Strickland gets a physical examination from Dr. Albert M. Kwan on Wednesday at Kwan’s office in Clovis. Strickland will be one of 75 teachers traveling to NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., for a nine-day stay. By Gary Mitchell Joe Strickland doesn’t care if he wasn’t the first choice to receive an invitation to […]

Entertainment calendar

Amarillo A Rockin’ Evening with Johnny Rivers – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Mainstage Theatre in Amarillo. Call (806)355-999. Alamogordo Space Station — 10 a.m., 3 p.m. daily. New Mexico Museum of Space History. Details: 437-2840. Ocean Oasis — 10 a.m., 3 p.m. daily. New Mexico Museum of Space History. Details: 437-2840. […]