Sniper trial brings death penalty back in spotlight

Freedom Newspapers The guilty verdict in the trial of John Allen Muhammad brings back the debate over the death penalty. There can be no justice for the people murdered by John Allen Muhammad in the Washington, D.C., area in October 2002. A jury in Virginia Beach, Va., was right to enter a guilty verdict this […]

He’s the center of attention one last time

David Stevens “Corina Corina where you been so long “Corina Corina where you been so long “I ain’t had no lovin’ since you’ve been gone.” Joe Urioste loved to strum his guitar and sing that song. “He’d sit out on the porch and sing it,” said Judy Barela, one of his three daughters. “He’d get […]

Consistency is key to raising children

Letters to the editor I would like to address the zero-tolerance policy backed by not only the Clovis schools but many schools across the nation. This policy could be a good one if administration used common sense in situations and if punishment were consistent. It is my job, as a parent, to teach my child […]

Cannon AFB honors ‘Doc’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read […]

Q&A: Muleshoe mayor to devote time to restaurant commitments

Muleshoe Mayor Victor Leal, 41, has announced his intention to resign in January. He said he plans to move to Amarillo and open a new Leal’s Mexican Restaurant. Q: You’ve made no secret about your political aspirations. How has politics influenced your decision to move to Amarillo after spending most of your life in your […]

At Cannon Air Force Base, it’s also about the family

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a series of United Way agency profiles that began last month. Empathy from strangers never seems to be in short supply for spouses of Cannon Air Force Base personnel who have been sent away. But understanding from those in the same situation can be a […]

Court Dispositons 11/23

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: ° Raymond A. Gabbert pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary including battery. Sentenced to nine years in state prison, all but three suspended, with credit for 333 days served, and subject to two years parole release supervision. Placed on five years supervised probation with special conditions […]

Police Blotter 11/23

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded about 10 a.m. Tuesday to the 1800 block of West Seventh Street regarding fraudulent use of a Clovis man’s phone card. The man reported that someone obtained his access code and PIN, using it to make $306.50 worth of fraudulent […]

Cops and Courts 11/23

One of two Carlsbad police officers hospitalized after a shootout is a former Portales officer. Officer Eric Jameson, with Portales PD in 2001 and 2002, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in Thursday night’s confrontation with a suspect he was chasing. Another officer, Susan Kym Redman, was in critical condition on Saturday morning. The man they were […]

Dampier, Barney Lamar Jr.

BARNEY DAMPIER Services: Have been held. Mr. Barney Lamar Dampier Jr., 69, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born March 12, 1934, in Enigma, Ga., to Lamar and Leta Curry Dampier. He served in the United States Marine Corps and after that in the Merchant Marine. He […]

NFL capsules

The Associated Press Week 12 (times MST) Sunday Carolina (8-2) at Dallas (7-3) 11 a.m., Fox OPENING LINE — Cowboys by 3. RECORD VS. SPREAD — Panthers 5-5. Cowboys 6-3. SERIES RECORD — Cowboys lead 3-2. LAST MEETING — Cowboys beat Panthers 14-13 on Oct. 13, 2002, at Dallas. LAST WEEK — Panthers beat Redskins […]

Lady Bronchos hand Bovina 78-40 setback

CNJ STAFF GRADY — Jennifer Blackburn, Taris Pond and Stephanie Bailey all scored 16 points Friday night as Grady’s girls rolled to a season-opening 78-40 win over the Bovina Fillies. The Lady Bronchos held Bovina (0-2) to just four second-quarter points in building a 40-16 halftime lead. Aerial Verbel gave Grady four players in double […]

Cats roll past Tascosa for second win

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Clovis senior Bud Willis tries to get around Tascosa’s Tony Lance during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game in Amarillo. Photo by Eric Kluth CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — While waiting for several cohorts who are still playing football, the Clovis High boys basketball team is making things look pretty easy so far. Senior Justin Pinckney […]

Sunray eliminates Farwell

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Farwell senior Robbie Tabb looks to turn the corner during a second-half run in Friday’s area round of the Class 1A Texas state football playoffs at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner AMARILLO — Sunray ended Farwell’s deepest trip into the playoffs in more than a decade behind the […]

Memories of Thanksgiving

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for favorite Thanksgiving memories. Some responses: “Our most memorable Thanksgiving was three years ago, when three friends of mine and I volunteered at the Salvation Army to help feed the less fortunate from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. While we were there doing that, my […]

How truly blessed are you?

Clyde Davis What are the aspects of your life which cause you to feel gratitude? When you take something for granted, how do you get past that feeling and remember how truly blessed you are? Is there more to this approaching holiday than stuffed turkey, pumpkin pie and football? Many people in diverse cultures have […]

Surfing your way into Las Vegas is smart and easy

Tom Di Francesca Greetings from the floor of the Las Vegas (Nevada) Convention Center. I and my trusty sidekick “K” (short for Kyocera) — which is actually a combination cellular telephone and Palm Pilot — are here to attend COMDEX. COMDEX is an acronym for “computer dealer exposition” and the event takes place in November […]

Anniversaries 11/23

Bailey Foy and Grace Bailey of Clovis will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2003, at the 16th and Pile Church of Christ in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married on Nov. 27, 1933, in Estancia. They have five […]

Engagements 11/23

East-Hanson Murry and Rhonda East of Tucson, Ariz., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Whitney East of Tucson, to Derrell Hanson of Clovis, son of Steve and Cheri Hanson of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 12:30 p.m. PST on Dec. 6, 2003, in San Diego. The bride-elect is a 2001 […]

Birthdays 11/23

GLADYS PIERCE Gladys Pierce of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 29 at Parkland Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by her children and grandchildren. She was born on Nov. 7, 1913, in Athens, Texas. She has two children; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. […]