Nursing home in state hands

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer State officials took control of Buena Vista Nursing Home Thursday afternoon after filing a special court petition to put the facility into receivership, a state cabinet secretary said Thursday evening. While three nursing homes are under investigation, so far Buena Vista is the only one state officials have […]

ENMU concrete canoe project helps Clovis native come out of shell

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New Mexico State University students Shane Brooks, front, and Ashleigh Wilson paddle their concrete canoe which the engineering students design, build and race. Courtesy photo: Kenny Stevens. By Rick White: CNJ sports editor A New Mexico State University program in which engineering students design, build and race a concrete canoe would be sunk without the […]

Clovis ‘posse’ aims to round up litter bugs

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Members of Clovis Pride told city commissioners Thursday they would be out in force on June 12 to help clean up the city. Clovis Pride board member Len Vohs said the group — along with city employees — will form a “posse” that will go up and down city […]

High court struggles with confusing law

Freedom Newspapers A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation which turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — […]

Clovis needs second high school soon

Letters to the editor Every time I drive down Thornton Street in Clovis, I see another portable building on the campus of Clovis High School. When will Clovis realize enough is enough? It is an understatement that the high school is overcrowded. There are well over 1,200 students enrolled at Clovis High, hundreds more than […]

This has been a year rife with epiphanies

Grant McGee: Guest columnist You know how you feel when you suddenly have an answer about some of the mysteries of life? You might feel like a light bulb has blinked on in your head. I’ve had a whole year like that. For instance: families. When I see families who function the way we as […]

Downie, Lorraine

Lorraine Downie Services: No services will be held. Mrs. Lorraine Kay Downie, 45, of Clovis, a homemaker, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at her home. She was born on May 1, 1959, in Los Angeles County, Calif., to Alonzo and Janice Sewell Lissick. She married Lee Downie on March 22, 1980, in California. She had […]

Grant would fund flights to Dallas

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor For the third time in as many years, Clovis Municipal Airport Manager Stephen Summers is banking on a federal grant to help send passengers to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. And he has a heavy hitter backing his proposal. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., on Wednesday threw his support toward […]

Police blotter: May 21

A gas station cashier called police shortly before midnight Saturday to report that a man and woman had tried to shoplift two 30-packs of beer from the store at the 1200 block of West 7th Street. The clerk told police she had walked out to stop the woman from getting into the car and keep […]

Public Record 5/21

Compiled from court records from May 13 through May 19 Marriage Licenses Eric Wayne Blair, 22, and Meghann Michelle Casarez, 20, both of Clovis. Jason Marc Fuqua, 27, and Mindy Rae Warner, 24, both of Clovis. Jesus Renteria Jr., 31, of Gruver, Texas, and Margaret Ann Robinson, 37, of Clovis. Eddie Gene Rich, 47, and […]

Conference brings women around the state together

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Edna Pollard of Clovis plays the tambourine as she and Charlene Perkins of Clovis sing a praise and worship song during Tuesday night’s service. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Shouts of “Hallelujah!” and “We praise God tonight!” rang out Tuesday evening from a church in west Clovis. Enthusiastic praise and intensive teaching […]

CHS assistant calling it a career

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Ron Hubby, who is retiring from coaching after 28 years, played college football at Texas A&M after graduating from Clovis High School in 1972. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner After nearly three decades of coaching, Clovis High assistant football coach Ron Hubby has decided it’s time for a change of pace. Hubby, an […]

In the end, our lives are memorials to God

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Luci Tapahonso, the Navajo author, recorded a poignant account of a Navajo family of long ago. When Luci was just a child, she with her little brothers and sisters were riding in the back of their parents’ pickup on the way to Shiprock. As they rode along, an older relative […]

Amos the Churchmouse

By Gary Mitchell/Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos prepares for summer boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i […]

Caps, gowns and jitters

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Alissa McDowell is a little nervous — and maybe rightly so. The 18-year-old Clovis High School senior will double major in chemical engineering and mathematics at New Mexico State University next year. She hopes to earn a doctorate degree in biomedical engineering. The thought of being a biomedical engineer […]

Local non-profit now a local branch

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Big Brothers-Big Sisters program of Curry and Roosevelt counties has become a branch of the agency based in Roswell, an organization’s official said. Jill Dennis, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pecos Valley, said she hopes to have a program coordinator in Clovis by the middle […]

Light rain brushes area; misses Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNj staff writer Most Clovis streets remained dry Wednesday night, but some areas north of Clovis may received up to 0.15 inches as a storm front passed through about 8 p.m. Another front will pass through this afternoon and is expected to carry rain, according to National Weather Service officials. “The […]

Domestic sources of oil could help reduce gas prices

Freedom Newspapers Records are being broken in both the price per barrel of crude oil ($40.77) and the price per gallon of gasoline ($1.90 in Clovis on Wednesday), raising fears of inflation and economic slowdown, as well as grassroots calls for a national gas-buyers boycott. And so the political jousting naturally continues over who or […]

Politicians worried about own back yards

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Here’s what is wrong with politics: The very nature of the beast puts the politician’s credibility in the red zone day in and day out. Case in point. There are 51 radar-evading F-117A Nighthawk stealth jets stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo. They are 20 years old. The Air […]

Education problems must be admitted

Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Several weeks ago, my column was about the sorry state of teacher quality and concluded that while teacher ineptitude is neither flattering nor comfortable to confront, confront it we must if we’re to do anything about our sorry state of education. The situation is not pretty. Philadelphia schools are typical of […]