Hounds join search effort for wife of former Texico coach

By Dave Wagner: freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University football team called off Tuesday’s practice and traveled to Alamogordo to help search for a former player’s mother who has been missing since Friday. ENMU head coach Bud Elliott, his coaching staff and about 50 players participated in the search for Vicky Lynn. […]

Cavegirls hand Clovis another 4-5A setback

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis volleyball team dropped their second straight District 4-5A match Tuesday, losing to Carlsbad 25-13, 17-25, 25-15, 25-22. Errors plagued the Lady Wildcats (3-11, 1-2 in district), according to Clovis coach Darrel Ray. “Carlsbad played well, but I bet we gave them a half to a third of their points,” […]

Clovis coach starts feeder program for high school team

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Clovis freshman Amber Espinoza swims the butterfly during practice Tuesday at the Play Inc. pool. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Swim Club had an unexpectedly good coming out party. Clovis High School junior Alyssa Pyeatt and Yucca freshman Amber Espinoza each qualified for the USA Swimming New Mexico […]

Rain dumps on Clovis

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Jeremiah Staber (right) and Mark Garcia, both 10, play in the puddles Monday near their Clovis home. Clovis received 2.21 inches of rain from Friday night to 8 a.m. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It’s getting hard to stay dry around here. […]

Republicans eager for first lady’s arrival

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Laura Bush will visit Clovis on Wednesday By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With first lady Laura Bush scheduled to visit Clovis on Wednesday, the local Republicans are ecstatic at the prospect of hearing a top figure in the Bush-Cheney campaign speak at a political rally. Since her visit was announced last week, the Clovis […]

Liquor license requests on rise

By David Irvin:CNJ staff writer Clovis’ diners have more opportunity to drink alcoholic beverages with their meals these days. More than half of Clovis’ 12 restaurants licensed to sell beer and wine have received their licenses in the past 18 months, according to the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Division. Only three of the city’s […]

Local business briefs

• Local men chosen for leadership group Clovis businessmen Blake Curtis, co-owner and manager of Curtis & Curtis Inc., and Wes Graham, chief executive officer of RE/MAX First Place Realtors Inc., have been selected to participate in a series of classes aimed at deepening their understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing New Mexico, according […]

Electoral College not outdated, serves purpose

Freedom Newspapers We all know the types of people who, if they can’t win the game fair and square, will skirt the rules in pursuit of victory. There are also people, unfortunately, who if they still can’t win will re-write the rules in their favor. These are the kinds of people pushing Amendment 36 in […]

Americans yield to fear mongering

Tibor Machan In his provocative if sadly narrow-minded book, “What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America,” Thomas Frank reveals just how even people with good insights can turn a blind eye to the broader implications of what they partly understand. The book is about why middle America is so ready […]

‘Docugate:’ CBS can’t stonewall this time

Mona Charen Though some have dubbed the Dan Rather docugate story a distraction from the real issues of campaign 2004, I would argue that, in some ways, the episode illuminates those issues. For more than 30 years, John Kerry has been vaulting back and forth over the Vietnam fence — believing the war was his […]

Connell, Dixie

Dixie Lee Connell, 51, of Logan, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. She was born on Nov. 13, 1952, in Fort Sumner, to Pecos and Eleanor Cater Finley. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1970. She married Billy L. Connell on May 2, 2002. Family members said she […]

Organizing show tough

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Staff Sgt. Sarah Cross, of the 27th Security Forces Squadron, checks a bag at the entrance to the 2004 Air Expo on Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Despite Saturday’s rainy weather, the 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base was completed as scheduled. […]

Military Digest: 9-27-04

Fifer Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Janelle L. Fifer recently reported for duty at Naval Station Ingleside in Texas. She is a 2000 graduate of Clovis High School. Ramirez Army Pfc. Valentin Ramirez has graduated from the utilities equipment repairer advanced individual training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md. He is the son […]

Doing homework makes debates worth watching

Freedom Editorial If you’re not careful, watching one of the presidential debates that begin this week could leave you spending 90 minutes to get nothing more than sound bites. However, with a little work, voters can take something from the debates between President George W. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry. The debates begin Thursday […]

Tug of war battle a lesson in education

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A tradition persisted in my hometown involving freshman hazing at our local college, the Colorado School of Mines. It culminated in a public showing of manly strength in the center of town as sophomores faced freshmen in a mighty tug of war across Clear Creek. You have to understand that […]

Lower reserve retirement age not likely

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Advocates for lowering the age-60 threshold for when reserve retirement benefits begin will find little to cheer in a new report from the Government Accountability Office. With numerous bills before Congress to drop the reserve retirement age to 55 or younger, lawmakers in 2002 directed GAO to review reserve retirement, […]

Locke, Aline

Aline Locke Services: Have been held. Aline Locke, 88, of Muleshoe, died Aug. 12, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Sept. 10, 1915, in Navarro County, Texas. She married Burley Locke on Aug. 3, 1934, in Petitt, Texas. She lived in Muleshoe since 1944, moving from Levelland, Texas. She worked […]

Sommerville, Betty

Betty Sommerville Services: Have been held. Mrs. Betty Sommerville, 71, of Clovis, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at her home. She was born on Sept. 29, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Alma and Alonzo Harter. She attended school in Des Moines. She married Larry G. Sommerville on Nov. 21, 1956, in Las Vegas, Nev. […]

Orona, Emmanuel Ernesto

Emmanuel Ernesto Orona Services: Have been held. Emmanuel Ernesto Orona, 4-day-old infant, of Portales, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Aug. 7, 2004, in Clovis, to Barbara Gallegos and Salvador Orona. Survivors include his parents; his grandparents, Kathy Gallegos and Rosa and Ernesto Orona, all of […]

Wheeler , Winona

Winona Wheeler Services: Have been held. Winona Ethel “Bo Bo” Wheeler, 92, of Clovis, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 13, 1911, in Hitchcock, Okla., to John Gaety and Louise Ethel Maise Fry. She married Claud Wheeler on April 19, 1929, in Elk City, […]