Nader may syphon votes or be non-player

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Ralph Nader’s bid for president. Some responses: “I voted for Nader in 2000. I had hopes of seeing something different in the executive branch of the federal government rather than the two major parties, which have reached the point of almost being indistinguishable from […]

Overreactions can get people in trouble

Ned Cantwell Newspaper junkies can’t pass a row of racks without sticking in a handful of quarters. Serious print addicts have been known to pick up classified throwaways and spend the lunch hour reading about used refrigerators. There’s a reason for this. Read long enough and deep enough and you uncover wonderful nuggets not likely […]

Chavez, Fabian

Fabian Chavez Services: Have been held. Fabian DeAtocha Chavez, 28, of San Antonio, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at his home. He was born on Dec. 28, 1975, in Clovis, to Manuel DeAtocha Chavez and Loretta Marie Moreno. He worked for the Clovis News Journal from 1998 until 2003. He moved to San Antonio in […]

Music shapes my heart and soul

Dean Turvaville Editors note: This is the fifth in a series of columns celebrating music in our schools week. One of my earliest memories is that of my grandmother singing Gospel hymns in the kitchen of our family farmhouse as she cooked dinner. I suppose music has always played a part in shaping me, from […]

Education Briefs 2/26

CCC selects four for teaching awards The Clovis Community College faculty selected four people for the 2004 National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Teaching Excellence Awards. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development emphasizes the importance of teaching excellence in an open-door setting. The 2004 awards recipients, according to a college news release, […]

Education Calendar 2/26

Today • Music in Our Schools Week Grand Concert, 7 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium. • Parkview Elementary first- and second-grade musical, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the school. Friday n El Desayuno Kiwanis Piano Festival, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium. • Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy Drum Corps Performs at the Capitol Building […]

Lady Mules advance; Steers eliminated

CNJ STAFF LUBBOCK — Sara Benham scored 23 points and Tori Barton added 15 as the Muleshoe Lady Mules advanced to the Texas Class 3A regional semifinals for the first time under the current format Tuesday night with a 67-47 victory over Tulia at Lubbock Christian University’s Rip Griffin Center. Muleshoe (30-5), ranked third in […]

Former ENMU coach returning to sidelines

By Dave Wagner It’s been nearly 13 years since Don Carthel walked away from his last head football coaching position. The Friona native spent seven seasons (1985-91) at the helm of Eastern New Mexico University, compiling a 44-28-1 record with the Greyhounds. But with his two children growing up, he wanted to spend more time […]

Cats trying to stay focused

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Clovis junior Dominique Easterlin and Wildcats coach J.D. Isler vists on the sidelines during a recent game. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Coming off a pulsating win at rival Hobbs last week, the Clovis High boys basketball team is trying not to get ahead of itself. The Wildcats would love a chance to […]

Police: Don’t hurry in the flurry

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Clovis High School juniors Carlene Tucker, 16, left, and Jennifer Ulibarri, 17, throw snow at each other while clearing off their ride Tuesday in the high school parking lot. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina and Ryan Lengerich Heavy snows Monday night and Tuesday shut down expressways and county roads, closed colleges […]

Two men arrested in chase slaying

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two Clovis men face charges of open murder following their arrests Monday night in connection with the Jan. 4 shooting death of Carlos Murillo. Santiago Calbert, 19, and Christopher Meier, 20, were both arrested without incident at their residences, Clovis Police Det. Keith Bessette said. “We found out their addresses and […]

City candidates give views in forum

By Jack King Infrastructure issues topped the concerns about which callers quizzed mayoral and city commission candidates in a broadcast election forum on radio stations KTQM/KWKA Tuesday — raises for city workers ran a close second. Unopposed incumbent City Commissioner Robert Sandoval didn’t attend the forum because he was recovering from heart surgery. He sent […]

Clovis’ music programs are important to young people

Gladys Birdsong Editors note: This is the fourth in a series of columns celebrating music in our schools week. Music is special. It is the harmony in my life. It affects our mood and it is truly the universal language. I can’t imagine my life without a song in my heart, whether it is happy, […]

Police Blotter 2/25

Law officers responded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to a crash involving a pickup and a train near Mabry Drive and Sugarbeet Road. Officers had some difficulty locating the wreck but eventually found a 1987 Ford F-150 whose front end had been hit by the train, deflating both front tires and causing other minor damage. The […]

Local entertainment store hosts feline sanctuary

Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary is a non-profit sanctuary for abused, abandoned and neglected cats in Curry County. The ranch also arranges adoptions for as many of its feline citizens as it can, said Doug Johnson, head human at the ranch. Johnson said the cats really run the place, but ranch representatives will promote the sanctuary […]

Texas prep playoff capsules

CNJ staff All times CST Girls Region 1-3A Quarterfinals Muleshoe (29-5) vs. Tulia (22-7) 7:30 p.m. today Rip Griffin Center, LCU In district: Muleshoe is District 2-3A champion. Tulia finished second in District 1-3A Last time out: Muleshoe beat Sweetwater 52-36. Tulia beat Kermit 60-40. Players to watch: Muleshoe, 6-0 Sr. P Sara Benham, 5-7 […]

Lady Wolverines rout Tucumcari in 6-2A

CNJ staff Brette Hadley led a balanced attack with 11 points as Texico rebounded from a heartbreaking loss by drilling Tucumcari 65-26 in the first round of the District 6-2A girls basketball tournament Monday at Texico Sports Arena. Mindi Roberts added 10 points for the Lady Wolverines, who jumped out to a 43-8 halftime lead. […]

Lady Cats beat Hobbs again

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Clovis sophomore Brittany Blackmon hauls in one of her team-high seven rebounds. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner Maybe the streak is headed the other way. Clovis handled the Hobbs Lady Eagles for the second time in four nights Monday night, winning 43-35 at Rock Staubus Gym in a playoff for the top […]

Family unit

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Glenice Jones of Clovis stands outside her house Friday in Clovis. Jones’ husband Walter and their son David are in the Army and their other son, Brian, is in the Army National Guard. By Darrell Todd Maurina Master Sgt. Walter Jones learned Friday he will become a grandfather the same way he’s learned about other […]

Building boom room sought

By Jack King Local developers say Clovis is on the brink of a residential building boom, but the city must relax some zoning requirements or the boom could fizzle. Planning and Zoning commissioners said the requested changes should not lead to loosening all zoning requirements. The change requests will be discussed at the commission’s next […]