Lobbyists spend money in wrong places

By Ned Cantwell Here’s the thing. You can shower me with all kinds of gifts. I will accept the Lexus. Nice gesture. Oh, and how I am looking forward to those two weeks in Hawaii at your expense. Be warned, though. Those gratuities will have no effect on me whatsoever should I ever write about […]

Mopping up operations not as easy

The aftermath of the war in Iraq is not going as well as the lightning-quick victory. The country remains in chaos, with anarchy in many cities, including parts of Baghdad. The first U.S. official in charge of reconstructing Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. Jay M. Garner, left the country on May 6 and was replaced with […]

Self-esteem almost antithetical to honesty

By Walter Williams How many times have we applauded those who “made a difference in the lives of others” and been admonished to do the same? On the face of it, that has to be one of the more mindless generalities of our modern era. After all, didn’t Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Castro also […]

Long road, well-traveled

By Gary Mitchell Talk about being true to your school. Two Clovis school employees — a special education teacher at Marshall Junior High and a teaching assistant at La Casita Elementary — have spent more than a third of a century teaching in their respective schools. Pat Bass, 63, will retire from Clovis schools this […]

Water authority discusses money

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]

Local board plans for catastrophe

By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico hasn’t had a tornado fatality since 1974, but severe wind and tornado damage have hit Clovis as recently as the late 1990s. Wednesday morning at Clovis’ city hall, 27 representatives of local law enforcement, government, school, fire, military, communications, utilities, and transportation agencies met to discuss how they would […]

Alumi hoop game next week

CNJ staff The second annual Clovis High School alumni basketball game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 29 at Rock Staubus Gym, matching members of the current CHS team and graduates from 2001 or later against graduates of the Class of 2000 and before. Tickets are $5 for reserved seats and $4 for general […]

County proposes raising gross receipts tax

By Jack King Curry County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to ask voters to approve an increase in gross receipts taxes to cover a county budget shortfall estimated at between $200,000 and $400,000. A majority of the commissioners approved creating an ordinance authorizing a one-eighth percent increase in county gross receipts taxes that would be placed […]

Zias prep for first soccer season

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s venture into women’s soccer is on course, and then some. Coach Travis McCorkle has signed 21 prospects, and said he may add one or two more players. The Zias are the 10th women’s soccer program in the Lone Star Conference. They are scheduled to begin practice […]

Rural Water Authority meets in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant for their monthly meeting. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega praised the efforts of the authority — which includes 12 entities including Clovis and Portales — by stating that combined efforts on the Ute Water Project are gathering […]

Old CHS tradition wouldn’t fly today

By Don McAlavy An event popular in the late 1930s through the mid-’40s would never have happened in more recent times. Once a year, in the late spring, Clovis High School Principal R. E. Marshall would let school out for tree fights in front of the high school building at Seventh and Main. It was […]

Singing the blues about matrimony

By Leonard Pitts A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a music critic. In fact, I spent 18 years reviewing and interviewing everybody from Gladys Knight and Dolly Parton to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. I left the beat (no pun intended) almost 10 years ago, driven by the realization […]

Media monoplies no longer a threat

The liberty to produce and distribute information is essential to a free society. That’s why we favor reducing the regulations that govern the telecommunications industry, including the relaxation of rules limiting media ownership that the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on June 2. “The FCC is considering allowing a single company to own […]

Byrd, Robert

Robert Byrd Services: Have been held. Mr. Robert Byrd, 92, of Clovis, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at Sunbridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born on April 28, 1911, in Martin County, Texas. He married Ethel Irene Gray on Aug. 5, 1929, in Hale County, Texas. He moved to Clovis in 1965 from the […]

Councilman raises concerns about Muleshoe police

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]

Wheaton crossing closing

By Jack King Curry County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to close the Wheaton Street railroad crossing, approving an agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad the Clovis City Commission approved Monday. The vote means BNSF can begin work on an extension of its Clovis railroad yard, adding three new tracks on each end of the […]

Texico’s new chief knows area well

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]

Area temperatures running hot and cold

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s heat wave turned into a cold snap for eastern New Mexico by Monday, as a 41-degree temperature drop brought strong winds and the area’s first rainfall this month. “We still get cold fronts into the state sometimes as late as early or mid-June, but usually they are not nearly that […]

Clovis comes up empty at state meet

By Rick White ALAMOGORDO — Clovis coach Darren Kelley said he felt empty Saturday as he watched La Cueva snatch away the Class 5A state track title from the Wildcats in the meet’s last event. This was supposed to be the season Clovis was finally going to win the school’s first boys state title. The […]

Freak fall costly for Lady Cats

By Rick White ALAMOGORDO — Clovis coach Darrel Ray didn’t hide his disappointment after the Lady Wildcats finished third at Saturday’s Class 5A state track meet. “We came up here with one goal and that was to win the state championship,” Ray said. “And when you don’t reach your goal, it’s disappointing.” Cibola took advantage […]