Readers want good use made of YRB

Project Reader Reaction Readers want good use made of YRB A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “A city official wants to demolish the city-owned Youth Recreation Building, but the Clovis Bowhunters Club wants to buy the building for $1 and repair it. What do you think?” Some responses: “THIS BUILDING WAS BUILT when I […]

U.S.: Generous and humanitarian country

by Mona Charen The school movie. What a glorious thing it was to a student eager to avoid real work. The lights were dimmed, and nothing was expected from us except to gaze at a screen. (Later, we understood that lazy teachers liked movies for the same reason.) But at least the films we saw […]

Farmington finds high level of competition at Plateau Classic

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon is fouled by Lubbock Coronado’s Leslie Powell as she drives to the basket during the second half of the game Dec. 17. The Lady Wildcats host Abilene Cooper at 6:30 p.m. tonight. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Farmington girls basketball coach Tammy Davis doesn’t mind traveling […]

Keene goes long way for tournament

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In mid-October, Clovis sent a schedule out to St. Michael’s in Santa Fe to confirm its attendance at the Milk Cow Classic, which runs today through Wednesday. However, St. Michael’s found another tourney, leaving Clovis scrambling. Clovis got a call from Keene High School, a Class 2A school south […]

Top 10 of 2004: No. 6 ENMU’s Elliott ends run

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — If his health would let him, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bud Elliott would probably go on coaching forever. As it is, it wasn’t easy for the veteran coach — he turned 73 on Christmas Eve — to step down. Elliott spent 48 seasons as a high school and […]

More room to roam

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by Mike Linn If approved, Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed airspace expansion will allow pilots to better train for combat and decrease Cannon’s chances of ending up on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list, military officials and community leaders said this year. Cannon officials began the first of many steps to implement the airspace […]

Salvation Army donations down

by CNJ staff The local Salvation Army raised $37,464.22 with its Christmas projects this season, officials said on Sunday. The total is about $5,300 less than a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the difference can be blamed largely on wintry weather. “We had three days last week where we couldn’t get out (with donation […]

Shoppers hit stores for post-Christmas bargains

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by Eric Kluth, CNJ staff writer Some were exchanging presents. Others were looking for post-Christmas bargains. Leslie Cargile of Farwell was just looking to get out of the house. Cargile was one of hundreds of shoppers who visited the North Plains Mall on Sunday to check on post-holiday sales. “I had to work this morning, […]

Higher minimum wage could harm rather than help

Freedom Newspapers We hope those who continually agitate for a higher minimum wage don’t try to make too much of a Dec. 20 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The coalition noted that a minimum-wage earner can afford a single bedroom apartment in only four of the nation’s 3,006 counties. At first glance, […]

Unsigned poinsettias are warning

by Bob Huber When Christmas dust settles, I always face a colossal quandary — what do I do with the poinsettias? They never come with directions. In many cases, I don’t even know who sent them. To my way of thinking, they’ve turned into a national dilemma. Do I transplant them in the garden? Hack […]

Army Guard, Reserves offering bonuses

by Tom Philpott To reverse a sharp drop in recruiting since citizen soldiers became 40 percent of U.S. ground forces in Iraq, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve this month announced increases in enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses. But Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the Army “probably is […]

Top stories: Martinez seeks new challenge

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent He was there along with much of the town of Fort Sumner when the school grabbed a high school state volleyball championship in mid-November. Less than a week later, he was on the field as a football title was handed out in Eastern New Mexico. But, no, it wasn’t quite […]

Year in review: Homicides on the climb

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Detectives Keith Farkas (standing) and Kirk Roberts on June 26 investigate the scene at 916 Axtell St., where Clovis resident Roshawn A. Pitts was shot. Pitts died later that day at the hospital. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The number of homicides in Curry County and Clovis in the last five […]

Privatization is independence for our future

CNJ staff Part of President Bush’s recent economic summit involved a possible overhaul of Social Security. Long considered untouchable for politicians who hoped to be re-elected, Social Security is approaching insolvency in the foreseeable future, prompting Bush and others to take another look at the program. Although Social Security has enough to pay benefits now, […]

Remember those who protect us this holiday

By Patricia Madrid: NM Attorney General The holiday season is here. Many of us are blessed to share this time with friends and families. As the state’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, I want to ask you at this special time to please take a moment to give thanks for those New Mexicans who work to […]

Don’t let change take ‘merry’ out of Christmas

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical […]

Top stories: Perseverance pays off for Wildcats

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Junior strong safety Devin Sweet was one of the leading tacklers on a Wildcats team that posted four shutouts during the season. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The standard of excellence established for the Clovis football program under Eric Roanhaus is so high that in most years anything short of a state […]

Angel Tree helps inmates’ children

By Cassie McClure: CNJ correspondent A group of National Honor Society students from Fort Sumner went beyond family gift-giving this Christmas. For the fifth year, each student bought two gifts for children on behalf of the child’s incarcerated parent as part of the Prison Fellowship Ministries’ Angel Tree program. Mary Ann Cortese, director of the […]

Holiday blues – Christmas can be rough for the families of inmates

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Isiah Acy reads a Christmas card his father sent to his mother. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Like most children, Isaiah Acy, 6, has a pretty good idea what he’ll be getting on Christmas morning. He and his brothers, Kyle, 3, and Jayden, 5, have spent the last week poking […]

Clovis couple goal-oriented

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A Clovis couple’s last-minute pledge of more than $11,000 to the Curry County United Way has enabled the organization to meet its campaign goal for the year. Mike and Joyce Landgraf pledged $11,421 Thursday night to the local United Way, meaning the organization will meet its goal for the […]