Divided stormwater taskforce approves draft

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer “Philosophical differences” over who should bear the cost of stormwater management systems divided members of a taskforce developing a city ordinance on stormwater management in residential subdivisions Tuesday. Despite their differences, members of the taskforce approved a draft ordinance, which will be considered today by the city’s public works […]

School board introduces ‘career pathways’ course

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer New curricula for Clovis Municipal Schools junior high and high schools were introduced at Tuesday’s school board meeting. A final vote on the new courses will be held at the board’s July 27 meeting, board members said. The courses will include the new “career pathways” programs that, at advanced […]

Lady Cats developing depth

By Rick White With six of their top eight players returning, the Clovis Lady Wildcats don’t have many holes to fill off a basketball team that finished second in the state. The biggest concern for Clovis coach Miles Watters is finding a replacement for junior point guard Tori Quintana, who is out until at least […]

Emergency calls made easy with cell phones

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Clovis dispatchers say almost 90 percent of 911 calls are made from cell phones. (CNJ illustration by Darren Estrada) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The increase in cell phone use over the past decade has done wonders for local emergency personnel, allowing them to arrive at wreck and crime scenes quicker. But the portable […]

Clovis junior likes getting down and dirty

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Clovis shortstop Sean Cruce tries to beat the tag of Frenship High’s first baseman during the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday at Bell Park. Cruce was called out on the play. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Matt Ulibarri is a dirt magnet when it comes to baseball. Just check out his […]

Federal agency helps disabled purchase homes

Ralph Gallagher’s lifetime dream was to own a home, said Tammy Lewis, executive director of Alliance Behavioral Health Services, a private, for-profit agency that helps the developmentally disabled. A long-time client of mental health service providers, Gallagher never earned enough money to pay a mortgage, she noted. This is where Clovis Secton 8 Homeownership Program […]

Research based on Web can be faulty

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Google is one of many search engines students are using to find information for school papers. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn, CNJ News Editor The story goes something like this: A graduate student logs onto the Internet to research a major paper, finds a site, quotes its content only to find out […]

Eatery owner serves up more than food

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Mike Reyna of Clovis visits with Velma Jackson as she fixes Reyna a plate Monday. June 30 will be the longtime owner’s last day at Velma’s Country Cookin’ Resturaunt. CNJ photo by Eric Butler. By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent When Velma’s Country Cookin’s closes at the end of the month, customers will obviously miss Velma […]

Cottrell, Norma “Dustie”

Norma “Dustie” Cottrell Services: Have been held. Dustie” Cottrell, 51, of Carlsbad, died Friday, June 18, 2004, at her home. She was born on Sept. 23, 1952, in Portales, to Alan and Helen Newbury Mead. She attended school in Portales. Family members said she loved her family and was especially crazy about her grandchildren. She […]

Three dead in separate accidents near Tucumcari

CNJ STAFF Three people died and six were airlifted to an Amarillo hospital Monday in two separate accidents just west of Tucumcari on I-40, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Laura Bell Taylor, 74, and Joy Harjo, 13, both of Oklahoma, died after Talesse Lynette Sigilai, 51, driver of the […]

Clovis residents share stories about their fathers and his importance in their lives.

Project Reader Reaction Project: Reader Reaction participants were asked to share stories about their fathers. Some responses: “My father is one of the best when it comes to being a family man. I have never known him to lose his temper with any of us, no matter how upsetting we could be. It was just […]

Engagements/Anniversaries

June 20, 2004 Engagements: Monteith-Kempf Kelley and Ellen Monteith of Amarillo announce the engagement of their daughter, Kandi Monteith of Amarillo, to Bryan Kempf of Amarillo, son of Scott and Susan Kempf of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) on Sept. 25, 2004, at the Westview Christian Church in Amarillo. The […]

Consumers benefit from e-mail service wars

By Tom DiFrancesca Let the e-mail service wars begin. That seems to be the battle cry of late. If you remember, I wrote about Google’s pending launch of a new e-mail service, one that would allow for 100 megabytes of free storage space, and how the service was currently in beta testing. Well, the folks […]

Dad took care of me, other children

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I thought of him, more than once or twice, while we were hiking up to Castle Rock and the Lighthouse as we visited Palo Duro Canyon a couple of weeks ago. That particular hike, especially in the heat over 100 degrees, would have been a bit beyond what he should […]

Group protects prairie dogs, called nuisance by others

Staff and wire reports A group of environmentalists, biologists and landowners in the Texas Panhandle hopes to keep the Texas black-tailed prairie dog off the endangered species list by conserving more than 293,000 acres of grassland habitat for the animals by 2011. But in Curry County, at least two cattle growers say they think of […]

Cannon honors decorated veteran

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent A decorated Clovis veteran will be honored today for service to his community and country. Santiago Hidalgo, 58, will be the first honoree for the Cannon Air Force Base Airman Leadership School “Wall of Heroes” at 10:30 a.m. at the base. The event is closed to the public. Chief Master […]

Clovis is sizzling in summer heat

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Rodrick Dean, 7, of Clovis, spread out as he dries off on the concrete surrounding the pool at Potter Park Saturday during the Juneteenth Celebration. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A few days ago Dennis Shaw was plowing his dryland wheat field near Ranchvale when the air conditioner in […]

DOD: Survivor Benefit Plan is costly

By Philpott: Military Update Defense officials, in a late-hour attempt to persuade senators not to join the House in voting to raise military survivor benefits, said the case for doing so has been built on a series of “mistaken assertions.” They also cautioned senators about the cost of enhancing the Survivor Benefit Plan’s $5 billion […]

Lonely soldier in Iraq seeks pen pals

David Stevens: CNJ Editor A few notes worth sharing: n Jackie Tucker Davidson of Hereford, Texas, is asking the public to help find those responsible for her father’s slaying. J.C. Tucker was killed west of Clovis on Sept. 4, 2003. “I have prayed daily for justice,” she writes. “I am a strong believer in the […]

Jackson’s breast bearing leads to FCC power grab

Editorial Whether it was an innocent wardrobe malfunction or a preplanned stunt, the infamous baring of Janet Jackson’s breast at the Super Bowl in January must make members of the Federal Communications Commission quietly give thanks from time to time. The incident has given the agency virtually free rein to impose the kind of censorship […]