Change can be bad, no change is worse

Leonard Pitts Jr. “Hope I die before I get old.” The quote, of course, is from Pete Townshend of The Who. It’s a lyric from “My Generation,” a song that came out in 1965, the year Townshend turned 20. He was, at that age, a long-haired rock star famous for windmilling his arm and smashing […]

Newbill, Clifton W.

Clifton W. Newbill Services: Have been held. Clifton W. Newbill, 91, of Clovis died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at his home. He was born on March 30, 1912, in Jackson, Tenn., to Cannon E. and Ona Pearl Latham Newbill. He married Inez Christesson on Dec. 14, 1930, in Clovis. He worked for K-Barnett Construction for […]

Lady Cats ride big second half

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Cold shooting. Hostile road crowd. Foul trouble. A trio of obstacles the Clovis Lady Wildcats haven’t faced in a while. Regrouping at halftime, Clovis scored the first 22 points of the second half en route to a 53-28 win over Carlsbad on Tuesday in a District 4-5A game. Brittany Blackmon scored […]

Cats take advantage of inside superiority

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Clovis junior Tizrick Phillips chipped in eight points and three assists. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Dave Wagner As expected, the Clovis High boys basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night. Now the Wildcats have some time to prepare for rival Hobbs in next Tuesday’s key District 4-5A showdown at Rock Staubus […]

Snowstorm’s tail end drifts through area

Michelle Seeber While the Midwest and East Coast were bombarded with deadly winter weather the past two days, Clovis and Portales residents awoke Monday to a much weaker brand of snowfall. Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the snowy weather, which brought little precipitation, didn’t adversely affect motorists. “There were four accidents […]

Fund requires help from those invovled

Danny Joe Lyle The Clovis News Journal recently reported the state of New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (ERB) fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the past three years. That number is closer to $1.7 billion. The ERB portfolio has for many years held a strong commitment […]

Ranchers fight jets

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Cannon’s Col. Tip Wight explains details of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative proposal at a scoping meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. Freedom photo: Lisa Sonnenschein By Mike Linn PORTALES — Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents […]

Bond election will decide $5 million for schools

Ryan Lengerich A special school bond election will be held Feb. 3 and $5 million for school renovations hangs on its outcome. The bond money would be directed to the replacement of roofs, building renovations, replacement of heating and cooling systems, parking additions and the addition of fiber optic networks in Clovis public schools district […]

Melrose man goes on trial in 2001 death of secretary

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County jurors will be asked this week to determine if Harry L. Downey, 70, of Melrose, is responsible for the 2001 death of Anna Beth Austin, the secretary for Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper. The key question, prosecutors and defense attorneys agree, is whether Downey was intoxicated at the time […]

Business Briefs 1/27

Business leaders from around the state will attend Business Day today in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Hotel. Business spokespeople will summarize key issues that will be lobbied for by the New Mexico business community during the 2004 Legislative session. Speakers will include Gov. Bill Richardson, Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, House Minority Leader […]

Democratic race only has a leader, not a clear winner

Freedom Newspapers And the Democratic candidates are rounding the first corner. During the past week the Iowa caucuses winnowed the field while mixing up the Democratic presidential positions. Today’s New Hampshire primary could well change the dynamics again as different issues come to the fore. Tight-fisted voters in New Hampshire are likely to focus more […]

Super Bowl a time for family, friends

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for examples of the ideal Super Bowl party. Some responses: “I WOULD LIKE TO spend the Super Bowl with my parents and son. I have never really had a Super Bowl party, but I have spent the day with family and friends rooting for my […]

Griego, Josefita “FeFa”

Josefita “FeFa” Griego Services: Have been held. Josefita “FeFa” Griego, 83, of Clovis died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Albuquerque to Margarito Estella Gallegos. She came to Clovis in 1932 and married Pedro Griego on Aug. 3, 1936, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and a […]

Cats’ slow starts cause for concern

Rick White Of course Clovis coach J.D. Isler is concerned his team has lost three times in five games. But there’s no reason to panic, the third-year Wildcats basketball coach said. “We just need to keep everything in perspective,” Isler said. “We just need to keep doing the things in practice it takes to get […]

God’s people more than conquerors

GOD’S PEOPLE MORE THAN CONQUERORS When St. Paul stakes with words God’s claim of sovereignty over the circumstances of our lives and proclaims his promise of mighty, ever-present, and never-failing love, the great apostle does so with his eyes wide open. “What can separate us from the love of Christ?” he asks, and when he […]

Politicians offer little in same-sex marriage issue

Commentary Recent events related to the issue of same-sex marriage didn’t so much change as reveal the still evolving status of this controversial idea as a political issue. President Bush offered a carefully worded defense of “the sanctity of marriage” in his State of the Union address, and Ohio lawmakers approved a measure declaring that […]

The ‘good old days’ weren’t all that good

Bob Huber: Local Columnist I have an old friend. When I say “old,” I mean REALLY OLD, like 95. But to keep from embarrassing him — he’s so sensitive — I won’t mention his name. I’ll just call him Jack. Jack has a checkered past in the nine-plus decades he’s been around. He was a […]

Variable pricing option earns criticism

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite congressional criticism, and charges by military associations of benefit tampering, the Department of Defense has hired consultants to do a quick study on use of “variable pricing” in base grocery stores. By law, commissary items are sold at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge, which is used to renovate […]

Denim blues hit Clovis teachers

By Ryan Lengerich A Clovis High School teacher is unhappy about a new policy that prohibits her from wearing blue jeans to class. But Carol Singletary said the issue is not just a dress-code debate with school superintendent Neil Nuttall. “The issue isn’t about jeans, it is about morale and the chain of command being […]

Tax help ready for military

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Cannon Tax Center Director Myra Barnum helps Senior Airman Aaron Tibbits learn to help others with their tax returns. CNJ photo by Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina If taxes are troubling you, and you’re in the military or retired from the military, people at the Cannon Tax Center want to talk with you. […]