Take politics out of VA health care

By Tom Philpott Moving fast on a key recommendation from a presidential task force, the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman has introduced a bill to require “full funding’’ of VA health budgets to ensure timely care to almost all enrolled veterans, including many with no service-connected ailments. The Veterans’ Health Care Full Funding Act “would […]

Air Force career gigs sound sweet

By Janet Bresenham For 19 years, Scott Webring has lived a life he considers a musician’s dream. He performs in a band, gets paid for doing what he loves and enjoys a career full of steady gigs. All while serving his country as a master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force band “Pegasus,” a division […]

Hounds picked 4th in LSC preseason football poll

CNJ staff Traditional football power Texas A&M-Kingsville is expected to continue its dominance of the Lone Star Conference this fall as the Javelinas have been picked to win the league’s South Division, according to the annual preseason poll that was announced Friday morning by conference officials. TAMUK, which has shared the past two South Division […]

Throwing the ball no longer a passing fancy

By Kevin Wilson James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning Mendoza and six high schools have joined together for […]

Cannon Airman leads city championship

CNJ staff Cannon Airman Randy Moore rebounded from a bogey on the first hole to shoot a 1-under-par 70 and grabbed the lead after the first round of the Clovis city golf championship Saturday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Moore leads Clovis High standout Travis Reid by a stroke with Jimmy Dominguez and Tom Harden […]

Summer time for teaching

By Eric Butler June is definitely a time of transition for high school volleyball teams. And the so-called “Rally at Da Rock,” held Friday and Saturday at Rock Staubus gymnasium, is right at the beginning of the learning curve. The normal array of coaching changes and player transfers were part of the picture when 10 […]

Yanks rally to win Tri-County Majors title

By Eric Butler o Clovis team scores three times with two outs in bottom of sixth inning. By Eric Butler CNJ Correspondent PORTALES — With more changes of direction than a game of Twister, the Clovis American Yankees finally won the Tri-County Tournament championship game Saturday night with a thrilling 15-14 victory over the Roosevelt […]

Heartfelt homecoming

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By Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from […]

Youngsters honor troops with humor

By Gary Mitchell Although they made their public debut Saturday, the members of the Clovis Patriotic Kids’ Choir say a kazoo-playing career is not likely in their future. The six-member song-and-dance troupe opened the “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration” festivities with kazoo number with “Sir Duffy” Moon of KSMX Radio. “They pretty much […]

Ceremony remembers the fallen

By Darrell Todd Maurina With a black flag in the background commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action, four somber airmen in camouflage uniforms walked slowly across the stage. Just moments before, 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates had drawn loud applause by reminding those in attendance at Saturday’s Cannon homecoming celebration […]

Police seek help solving robberies

CNJ Staff Clovis police are asking the community for help in locating men involved in three armed robberies in Clovis over the past week. The first robbery took place about 10 p.m. on June 14 at the Allsup’s store on the corner of Grand and Prince. According to police reports, two Hispanic males, both described […]

Stabbing leaves one injured

CNJ Staff A Saturday morning stabbing at the 600 block of Ross led to a Clovis man being transported by air ambulance to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. According to Detective Kirk Roberts of the Clovis Police Department, David Lopez was stabbed about 10 a.m. following an argument in front of several witnesses. No one else […]

Q&A with Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright serves as vice-president and manager of New Mexico-American Water Co. Q: How long have you been in this position with New Mexico-American Water Co.? A: Since October 1999. I was here in Clovis working with the company. I’ve been with the company for 16 years. Q: At a recent Clovis City Commission meeting, […]

Judge dismisses charges against officers

By Mike Linn PORTALES — A long, drawn-out feud took a major step toward resolution on Friday when Municipal Judge Fred Arnold dismissed contempt of court charges he filed against two Portales police officers. The dismissal came just hours before Arnold was scheduled to appear in court to defend one of three charges he filed […]

ENMU president happy about enrollment

By Jack King Eastern New Mexico University President Steven G. Gamble told the university’s Board of Regents on Saturday he is confident that for the first time since 1988, ENMU’s enrollment of full-time freshmen this fall will exceed 600. Gamble spoke at the regents’ regular meeting in Portales. He added the university’s goal this year […]

Court dispositions 6/22

Here are recent dispositions recorded in 9th Judicial District Court: – Bryan H. Chavez, 22, pleaded guilty June 6 to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a third degree felony. Sentence deferred for two years and placed on two years supervised probation with special conditions of drug rehabilitation, $275 restitution and costs, […]

Police blotter 6/22

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: A 17-year-old Clovis woman flagged down police on June 14 while they were driving past the county courthouse to report that she had been attacked by another Clovis woman. The second woman claimed the first had been driving by her place […]

Project Reader Reaction — Billy the Kid

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about New Mexico’s recent efforts to take an objective look at the life and times of Billy […]

Letters to the editor 6/22

Just some random thoughts about our fair city: 1. If city government and the police department are so badly crowded, why don’t they expand into some of the city’s empty buildings? The city government would have more office space than it would know what to do with. 2. If Prince Street is becoming Clovis’ new […]

Writer’s goal not influence

A couple of weeks ago, the occasion being the baptism or christening of a child, I focused the homily on “Why We Do What We Do.” In other words, why do we baptize as we do, why do we revere the sacrament of baptism, etc.? In a similar vein, today I choose to address why […]