Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]

Cannon crews being retrained

By Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com Now that all 21 of their new F16CJ fighter jets have arrived, Cannon Air Force Base ground crews are undergoing extensive retraining and learning to take care of specialized planes that spent more years in Iraqi combat missions than some crew members have […]

Hurt, Theodore

Theodore Hurt Services: 1 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Mr. Theodore “Chief Rotten Eagle” Hurt, of Malakoff, Texas, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, died Saturday, June 21, 2003. He was born on Aug. 24, 1932, in Bluefield, W. Va., to Robert Griffith and Pansy Hurt. He served in […]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or […]

Dad, daughter bond sitting cross-legged

By Bob Huber Whenever summer rears its heated head, I always recall an ancient ritual of a vernal equinox variety called Indian Maidens, invented in the same era as bagged manure, potted plants, dandelions, and Ben Gay. You’ve never heard of Indian Maidens? I’m not surprised. I’ll bet you also didn’t know fathers could sit […]

Fate of retirees’ compensation still up in air

By Tom Philpott More than 670,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities are ineligible for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Many wonder whether CRSC truly is a beachhead in battle for “concurrent receipt” of full retired and VA disability compensation, or the end of the line on this issue. That will depend on whether lawmakers vowing […]

Public meetings

City Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, at Wells Fargo Bank. Tuesday, noon, Distinguished Employee Award Program. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. City Commission Meeting. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Water Policy Advisory Committee, Bert Cabiness City Government Building, assembly room. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Civil Aviation Board. Thursday, 7 a.m., Chamber of […]

No price tag on getting news in, or out

By David Stevens How much does it cost to “de-advertise” information? Readers have offered to pay me to report information that might not otherwise be reported. And some have threatened to sue me for reporting information they didn’t want to see reported. But until Saturday, no one had ever offered to pay me to not […]

Banished to ‘the boondocks’

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission to […]

Fourth a good time for friends

By Clyde Davis Many will get together with friends over the upcoming patriotic holiday. Your best friend should be the one you sleep next to every night, but how about all those other friends and the web of relationships that we don’t even think about? A column on friendship could read like Jesus’ illustration on […]