School board addresses salary discrepancy issue

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board on Tuesday passed a motion allowing it to rectify salary discrepancies that may have occurred in the calculation of the employee pay schedule this year. “One of the school board members said an employee came to him and said his salary was lower this year […]

Hounds hope to be competitive in first season

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — For a while this season, the Eastern New Mexico University soccer teams will travel the same path. ENMU’s squads play six doubleheaders over the next three weekends, beginning with matches on Friday at Texas Wesleyan and on Saturday at Dallas Baptist, before going pretty much their separate ways. The second-year […]

Children evacuated as precaution

CNJ staff reports A child care center in Clovis was briefly evacuated about noon on Wednesday when workers smelled smoke in the building. A burned-out air conditioner motor caused the smell at Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center on West 21st Street, officials said, and there was no fire. Children were outside for about 15 minutes […]

Portales relying on junior trio

By Dave Wagner Juniors Morgan Hill and Megan Kabrick believe they have a lot more to accomplish before they leave Portales High. “Megan’s and my goal is to get at least seven state championships before we graduate,” said Hill, a 6-foot middle hitter for the Lady Rams. They’re off to a good start, with two […]

Moisture system makes ground ‘smart’

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Sprinklers add water to the already flooded field at Marshall JUnior HIgh. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer In an effort to save taxpayer dollars and conserve water, the Clovis school district is testing a new moisture control system on its athletic fields, Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Leslie said. The system — […]

Caughran, James Virgil

James Virgil Caughran Services: Have been held. James Virgil Caughran, 84, of Mount Taylor, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004. He was born on Oct. 25, 1919, in Grady, to Harry Lonzo and Wannie Belle Caughran. He married Elsie Faith Bliss on June 29, 1941. They moved in the mid-1940s to Dove Creek, Colo., where he […]

Free trade, fair prices needed to control sugar

Freedom Newspapers To express his pleasure about one thing or another, the late Great One, Jackie Gleason, would bellow, “How sweet it is.” He might have been referring to the deal sugar growers have with the federal government. And they’re not about to let a little thing like free trade or basic fairness threaten that […]

Readers listen, but don’t always agree

Ned Cantwell And the readers write, a columnist’s blatant self-promotion to let his editors know that somewhere out there in the nine towns where his column is published, someone is listening. n A column bemoaning the hand-cuffed arrest of an Alamogordo veterinarian who wouldn’t divulge the name of an employee who brought in an injured […]

Sensitivity plan won’t appease terrorists

Walter Williams President Bush’s foreign-policy critics at home and abroad share characteristics and visions that have previously led to worldwide chaos and untold loss of lives. These people believe that negotiation, appeasement and caving in to the demands of vicious totalitarian leaders can produce good-faith behavior. Their vision not only has a long record of […]

Reality is reality; you can accept it or not

Leonard Pitts Jr. Save your pity for McGreevey family James McGreevey is not a hero. That’s the first thing we need to get straight. To the contrary, press reports on the embattled New Jersey governor detail an administration so steeped in corruption that one feels a distinct need to wash one’s hands after reading them. […]

Steam locomotives helped build Clovis

By Don McAlavy Hear that lonesome whistle sound As it passes through the night. It’s the old Santa Fe freight train As it rumbles out of sight. Back around 1971, I wrote this piece about the steam locomotives leaving Clovis for good. I never published it until now. I wasn’t an historian then, but felt […]

Special funds invite legislative raiding, lawsuit

Freedom Newspapers We found fascinating a wire story appearing recently that reported the filing of a $442 million class-action lawsuit against our neighboring state of Colorado. It charges legislators with raiding and draining a number of special accounts in their attempts to balance the state’s budget without having to severely slash services or raise taxes. […]

Rogers, Douglas

Douglas Malone Rogers, 67, of Roswell, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was born on Nov. 15, 1936, in Melrose, to Woodrow and Pauline Rogers. He joined the Navy in 1955 and retired in 1981 as a recruiter and zone supervisor. He moved his family to Roswell in […]

NMMI beats Wildcats in soccer

CNJ staff ROSWELL — New Mexico Military Institute scored the game’s final two goals and beat Clovis 5-3 on Tuesday in a non-district boys soccer game. The Wildcats (2-2) tied the scored at 3 all on Scott Elliott’s breakaway goal off a Kendall Essex pass midway through the second half. Essex scored Clovis’ first goal […]

Lady Cats fall in opener

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Clovis sophomore Britni Montague, left, and senior Laura Wood attempt to block a shot during Tuesday’s match against Frenship at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner With an almost all-new team, Clovis High opened its volleyball season on Tuesday night against a Texas opponent with nine matches already under its […]

Committee formed to address Ned Houk Park concerns

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Joshua Metrejean, 14, of Clovis, crest a hill on his dirt bike as he rides the trails at Ned Houk Park last month. File photo. By Mike Linn Comments from about a dozen people Tuesday night prompted City Manager Ray Mondragon to rescind a recommendation that would restrict the use of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles […]

Zias deeper in 2004

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University kept its streak of 15-straight winning seasons alive last season, but just barely, putting on a late charge last fall to finish 16-15. This year, the Zias have considerably higher goals. “We turned it around last year (after a 5-10 start) and that was a good […]

Hounds loaded with experience

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — A starting quarterback returning punts and kickoffs isn’t exactly commonplace, but Eastern New Mexico University’s Steven Hinson welcomes the opportunity. After all, he was a capable return man during his first two seasons while serving as the backup QB to Heath Ridenour. “Whatever helps the team, I’m ready to do […]

Lady Cats open season tonight

By Dave Wagner Darrel Ray knew his Clovis High volleyball team would have lots of holes to fill this season, but the chore is even bigger than he anticipated Six of the top eight players off last year’s 18-5 squad (6-2 District 4-5A), which lost to Las Cruces in five games in the regional round […]

Vehicular homicide trial delayed

CNJ Staff The jury trial for Joe Martinez Jr., accused of killing Bobby Lynn Sandoval while trying to flee Clovis police on July 4, 2003, has been postponed until Nov. 15. Jury selection was slated to begin Monday in District Judge Stephen Quinn’s courtroom, but defense attorneys for Martinez had the trial continued due to […]