Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

Freedom Newspapers Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a passionate commitment to […]

Zamora, Otilia

Otilia Zamora       Services: Have been held. Otilia Lopez Zamora, 90, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 at her home.  She was born Jan. 23, 1914, at Los Ojitos to Gregorio Lopez and Demetria Ronquillo. She attended school at Los Ojitos. She married Herminio (Fermin) Zamora on July 7, 1936, in Puerto De Luna. […]

Giving thanks is a genuine debt we owe to God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist If we wish to absolutely ensure that we will never be thankful people, that we will always be morose and bitter, self-centered and utterly miserable; the very best way to successfully sabotage our own happiness is to always center on our own rights, avoiding any thought of our own […]

New district attorney promotes aggressive programs

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Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is sworn in by Judge Joe Parker on Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Rick White) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New District Attorney Matt Chandler didn’t waste any time laying out his plans as the chief prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District on Monday after […]

Ethical standards enforcement rests with the voters

Freedom Newspapers How one views the ethics controversy swirling around House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, greatly depends on one’s visceral reaction to the man himself. He’s one of those polarizing figures people either love or hate. But emotions shouldn’t cloud our judgment about what this case is all about. We have no […]

Ingle retains Senate GOP position

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — State Senate Republicans have re-elected their leaders, leaving Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Minority Whip Leonard Lee Rawson in those posts. “It’s nice to know folks have confidence in you,” said Ingle, who ran unopposed for the post. “I’ve had the job for the last four […]

People have rights, not states or governments

by Tibor Machan The bulk of liberals are an inconsistent lot. Take, for example, their support of the pro-choice position in the abortion controversy. These same people are almost uniformly hostile to choice in many other areas. Just ask them if they support choice in developing one’s own property as one likes, or whether one […]

Dutch develop healthy survival instinct

by Mona Charen As Americans were reaffirming the war on terror by re-electing George W. Bush, Europe was slapped hard across the face by the murder of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker and outspoken critic of Islam. Van Gogh, a descendant of the painter, was shot while riding his bicycle to work in Amsterdam. […]

Senate winner expected today

by CNJ staff The Secretary of State’s office will proclaim the winner of the District 7 State Senate race today, putting its stamp of approval on the result of an election that has been too close to call since polls closed Nov. 2. Officials at the Secretary of State’s office said the official canvassing of […]

City EMS in line for federal funding

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer About $4.5 million in federal money may soon be on its way to eastern New Mexico. The Omnibus Appropriations Spending bill passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate over the weekend and is expected to become law, a press release from U.S. Sen., Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said. […]

Business feature: City could get new air service carrier

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Mesa airlines offers 18 roundtrips a week from Clovis to Albuquerque. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Air service at the Clovis Municipal Airport may change hands soon if the city’s endorsement of a new carrier is upheld at the federal level. The civl aviation board voted Nov. 1 to endorse Great […]

Eastern to award veteran honorary degree

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor PORTALES — It was a few moments spent reading a book to a 4-year-old boy, but it changed Portales resident Kenneth Hubbard’s outlook on life. His uncle, an administrator of the Portales Children’s Home, was reading to the boy when the young Hubbard stopped by for a visit. “My […]

Shipping gifts more than pack and send

CNJ staff reports CNJ STAFF The official holiday season is nearly here. Buying gifts for loved-ones in other cities and countries is only the first step. Next, you have to get the gifts to them. UPS, FedEx and DHL are all closed on Christmas Day, company representatives said, so you will need to plan to […]

Turmoil within CIA not helped by partisanship

Freedom Editorial You almost need a secret decoder ring to try to figure out what is really going on in the Central Intelligence Agency, which is both highly secretive and resistant to understanding by outsiders and yet fond of publicity and adept (at many levels) in the dark art of the leak. A number of […]

Farmers were not meant to raise turkeys

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes Thanksgiving Day with fond memories of family gatherings and succulent roast turkeys — you know, those buzzard-looking birds with Jurassic brains the size of peas and flapping wings strong enough to tear your head off. One particular event in my family’s history had to do with 200 of […]

Man dedicates life to finding lost soldiers

By Tom Philpott: Military Update HONOLULU — James Coyle, intelligence research director for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam Air Force Base here, has spent most of his professional life investigating the whereabouts of hundreds of Americans lost in service to nation. His commitment to that quest has not flagged in 18 years, he […]

Fort Sumner, Grady have eyes on title

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Farwell’s Danielle Cargile, right, saves the ball inbounds past Lazbuddie’s Chelsee Nichols during the second half of their game earlier this month in Farwell. Farwell defeated Lazbuddie 51-41. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Fort Sumner girls captured the state Class 1A track and field title last spring. The […]

Lady Cats hungry after runnerup finish

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Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal is fouled by the Cannon Falcons’ Natalie Howell during a scrimmage Friday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer he Clovis Lady Wildcats are older, deeper and think they’re better than the team that ended up one win short of the state title last […]

Texico repeats in Class 1A

By Jason Brooks: CNJ correspondent CLOUDCROFT — After the Texico Wolverines had finished their 35-7 pounding of host Cloudcroft in Saturday’s Class A state championship game, the players were busy passing around the team’s second straight blue trophy. “That’s traveling to my house tonight,” coach Mike Prokop reminded everyone. “But these kids have all earned […]

Zias eliminated in regional semis

Freedom Newspapers KEARNEY, Neb. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team, making the program’s first trip to postseason competition since the school joined NCAA Division II 20 years ago, advanced to Saturday’s Southwest Regional semifinals where the Zias were eliminated by top-ranked and unbeaten host Nebraska-Kearney 30-20, 30-18, 30-26 before 2,743 fans. Fifth-seeded ENMU […]