Police pay-raise package awaits city commission approval

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The public safety committee voted unanimously Thursday to recommend the Clovis City Commission approve a $714,000 plan to increase wages at the Clovis Police Department. Police officers pleaded with the committee to push the issue to the city commission, a necessary step they said will make Clovis more attractive […]

Showing of anti-Bush film by CCC professor creates stir

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis Community College instructor who invited students to an on-campus viewing of the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 has created a buzz among students who felt the viewing was in poor taste. English instructor Paul Nagy said he showed the movie, a documentary highly critical of President Bush’s administration, to […]

Clovis determined not to overlook Matadors

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Clovis High School senior Elliott Hita drops back on defense during practice Thursday at the high school. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Overconfidence shouldn’t be a problem this week for the Clovis Wildcats even though they’re playing a Sandia team with two wins and more sophomore starters than seniors. […]

Hounds hope to end MSU’s playoff hopes

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers A heartbreaking loss to second-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday has all but knocked the Eastern New Mexico University football team out of contention for the NCAA Division II playoffs. Now the Greyhounds will try to do the same thing to Midwestern State when the teams clash in a noon (MDT) […]

Melrose faces familiar foe Tatum in playoffs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Melrose will be making its fourth trip in two years to Tatum on Saturday for a six-man quarterfinal playoff game at noon. One of those contests was for the 2003 championship, with Tatum taking the title. Until just under a week ago, Melrose (8-1) was favorite to win the title, […]

Kerry’s bills were hardly core issues of liberty

Freedom Newspapers O ne factor voters should consider in the presidential race is John Kerry’s record as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the issues that were important enough to him to bring to the Senate floor. In the third debate, President Bush charged, “I think it’s important, since he talked about the Medicare plan […]

America: Best thing going on the planet

by Grant McGee On Wednesday morning we’ll wake up in a new America. A revolution will have occurred overnight. The federal executive regime in charge in Washington will either repulse the opposition or be overrun by it. It ought to be a relatively quiet revolution as it has been for over 200 years, the battle […]

Police culture criticized

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A public safety committee will meet at 3 p.m. today at Clovis’ city hall to discuss increasing police salaries to bring them up to par with other departments throughout the state. But some current and former Clovis police employees say increased wages will not fix the problems within the […]

Candidate profile: Rachel Toney

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rachel Toney Occupation: Chief Deputy Treasurer Political party affiliation: Democrat Birth date: May 16, 1963 Hometown: Clovis Family: Husband, John and two children Hobbies: Reading, hiking and spending time […]

Candidate profie: Rhonda Bookout

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rhonda Bookout Occupation: Clerical worker Political party affiliation: Republican Birth date: March 4, 1953 Hometown: Clovis Family: Married to Lance Bookout for 16 years; one daughter, Sarah; one son-in-law, […]

Title March

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Clovis High School senior Jameson Wilson, 17, plays the bass clarinet as he practices Wednesday morning at the high school. CHS will defend its 2003 state championship Saturday at the Zia Marching Festival. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School Band director Bill Allred stood on a 35-foot high […]

Lady Cats ready for run at district title

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Members of the Clovis High School girls cross county team warm up on Wednesday during practice as they run West Brady Avenue toward Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ Staff photo: Eric Kluth John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Cross country racers from District 4-5A will burst off the starting line at Hobbs this Saturday at the […]

Cooking school is tonight

Reporter’s Notebook Hungry anyone? Bring some spice into your evening by attending this year’s Taste of Home cooking school at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Marshall Junior High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. The Clovis News Journal-sponsored event will allow attendees to learn 12 new recipes and be in […]

Football prep capsules

CNJ Staff District 2-3A Muleshoe (6-2, 1-1) at Brownfield (4-4, 1-1) 6:30 p.m. Friday Last week: Muleshoe lost to Cooper 28-13. Brownfield lost to Levelland 24-6. Last meeting: 2003, Brownfield won 22-15. At stake: The Mules are fighting for the last playoff spot in District 2-3A after losing last week. Scouting report: Brownfield is an […]

News from Iraq more than just disheartening

Freedom Newspapers The story that will make the biggest splash may not have been the most disheartening news out of Iraq in the last week or so. Not that it wasn’t disheartening to learn that some 380 tons of conventional explosives — perhaps more destructive than the chemical and biological substances usually lumped into the […]

Kane, Brian

Brian Kane Services: Have been held. Airman 1st Class Brian Martin Oliver Kane, 29, of Cannon Air Force Base, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 10, 1975, in Ireland, to Bernard and Jeanie McGoldrick Kane. He worked in the Public Affairs office at Cannon. […]

Mudfests seem more prevalent, uglier

by Ned Cantwell Key questions heading into the final days of a grueling, exasperating political campaign season: Is there a single New Mexican who will not be glad when this is all over? Yes, executives of the state’s television stations who are gleefully lining their pockets with political dollars. The TV attack onslaught is so […]

Economic efficiency scores not pretty

by Walter Williams When you vote for a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate, what should be your selection criteria? I’m all too afraid that most Americans, were they to be honest, would answer that they’d vote for the person who has pushed or will push for legislation that benefits them, their […]

Hounds play WT to scoreless tie

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West Texas A&M University freshman Eric Smith leaps over Eastern New Mexico University freshman Andrew Perez during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Portales. ENMU and West Texas played to a scoreless tie after two overtimes. (Staff photo: Eric Kl By Dave Wagner@link.freedom.com PORTALES — If a tie is like kissing your sister, neither […]

Clovis Christian topples House

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Clovis Christian School’s Brielle Mares hits the ball past House’s Kimberly Lyons. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In a match filled with long rallies and lots of dinks and digs, a scrappy and motivated Clovis Christian squad outshined House at home Tuesday night in its first ever district tournament match. […]