Death of pilot proves overwhelming to wife

BY Don McAlvy: Columnist Editor’s note: This is the second two columns about a plane crash that claimed the lives of two young men from Clovis 50 years ago. Charley Boyd, operator of Boyd’s Aerial Service in Santa Fe , however persevered, flying up one canyon and down the other at treetop level until he […]

Service worthy of pride

By Anita Doberman: Columnist What is the purpose of an education? And more specifically, an elite education? I ask this question in light of an editorial written by a young college student attending Columbia University (my alma mater) and published in the Columbia Spectator, the college newspaper. I encourage you to read it at http://www.columbiaspectator.com/forward/emailref/26470. […]

Tucumcari man suspect in wife’s stabbing death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari woman is dead and her husband is in jail. Eppie Vigil, 55, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center, accused of stabbing his wife, Lucy Vigil, 46, to death, according to court documents. Eppie Vigil was charged with an open count of murder and with tampering […]

Honor important to maintain

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This past week, I took a short vacation with my children and some relatives visiting from Italy. We headed to Disney World for one of the hottest and fun-filled weeks of our lives, and greeted Mickey, Pluto, Shrek and the many characters circulating the amusement parks. While I was gone, I […]

Soccer team changes schedule approach

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Junior Jesus Loya works on his header technique during Wednesday’s Clovis High’s boys soccer practice at Yucca Middle School. The team begins its season Aug. 25 at Rio Rancho. By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Clovis High boys soccer team put together a solid season in 2006, posting the […]

Residents report two intrusions

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis residents confronted intruders at their homes in separate incidents Thursday night and Friday morning, according to police. A 62-year-old man was stabbed in the back when he confronted a young male in his back yard around 11 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Davis Street, according […]

ENMU players picked up for NBC tourney

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Playing for the Amarillo-based West Texas Outlaws in the wood-bat Red River League, Eastern New Mexico University baseball players Seth Clabaugh and Clayton Young will have their summer seasons extended. Both were picked up by the Oklahoma A’s, another league member featuring mostly players from fellow Lone Star Conference […]

Peacock eggs shattered by Hillcrest Zoo patrons

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CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson Mother peacocks herd a community brood of young Monday at the Hillcrest Zoo. Zoo officials said a select few of the birds are allowed to hatch young in an effort to control the bird’s population numbers at the park. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Teen visitors disturbed a peacock nest […]

May 3, 1972

Woolworth, open until 9 p.m., was selling record albums for 47 cents, 8 track tapes for $2.99 and tape cassettes for $2.99. … “Bonnie and Clyde” was showing at the Yucca drive-in theater. Promotional material read, “They’re young, they’re in love and they kill people.” Admission was $1. … Anthony’s was suggesting polyester double-knit tunic-top […]

Fresh Faces: New police officers must learn ropes

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Police Officer Johnny Zamora uses his computer and radio Thursday to search for information. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department has had an infusion of youth with the hiring of eight officers 24 and younger, three of whom are attending the police academy. New officers […]

Tragedy prompts prayers

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

CHS TENNIS: Hobbs posts 9-0 victories

CNJ staff Tuesday at Hobbs Boys Hobbs 9, Clovis 0 Singles No. 1 — Josh Baker (H) def. Marlon Wright 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 — Michael Kunko (H) def. Andy North 6-7, 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 — Adam Pennell (H) def. Cory Young 6-0, 6-3; No. 4 — Chad Henry (H) def. Devin Aragon 6-1, […]

Panama native fulfills dream of becoming pilot

Coming to America

Senior Airman Jonathan Martinez-Paez, shown in a childhood photo, attended ROTC in college with the hopes of becoming an Air Force officer after graduation. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Senior Airman Jonathan Martinez-Paez said his parents fled crisis-stricken Panama for the United States in the 1980s seeking safety and opportunity for their […]

Clovis native studies MySpace

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A graduate of Clovis High School is researching the popular social networking Web site MySpace. Tamyra Pierce, assistant professor and graduate director of mass communications and journalism at California State University in Fresno, has linked use of MySpace by California high school students to drops in grades. Her research […]

Hounds beat Abilene Christian, improve postseason hopes

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — They still have work to do, but Eastern New Mexico University’s men took a big step on Wednesday in their bid to reach the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament. Senior forward Donald Young scored a career-best 21 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting, leading five Greyhounds […]

“Toothfully” speaking, local dentist age a concern

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Dr. Michael Wood practices as a dentist in Clovis. Wood, 56, said the high age of dentists in Clovis and the lack of candidates to replace them means, “We’re headed for a crash.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Demand for dentists in Clovis has kept octogenarian Dr. O.T. Rozzell […]

History could be slipping away

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like the history its members work to preserve, the High Plains Historical Foundation could soon be a thing of the past. Harold Kilmer, president of the foundation since the 1980s, said the history group’s members are growing old, and without new blood the foundation could soon be nonexistent. “The […]

Letters to the Editor: Individual disrespect for rules hurts others

I recently witnessed a disturbing incident outside a local store. The father and son parked beside me had just finished putting their purchases in their car and the young boy (perhaps 10 or 12) took the shopping cart and gave it a great shove. It sped across the drive and into the parking spaces for […]

Grady seeks assisted living facility

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Elmer White has a dream. The 70-year-old Grady resident is developing a plan to construct a 12- to 15-unit senior assisted living facility in the northern Curry County village of about 100. White, whose father homesteaded in Grady in 1907, said the majority of residents in the small farm […]

Money adds no value to true contentment

By Judy Brandon The word “values” can be used in two ways. First, it can denote money or worth attached to something. For instance, there are used car values, commercial property values, housing values and values of expensive and rare art. Then the word “values” can be used to designate significant personal beliefs. We think […]