No. 3 Cibola looking for first district win

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Cibola’s stay at the top didn’t last long. Clovis regained the top spot in this week’s Albuquerque Journal Coaches’ Poll, a combination of the Wildcats starting District 4-5A play with a pair of wins while the Cougars opened with a pair of stunning losses. “It was going well until […]

Second brother charged with murder in April slaying of Portales teen

Freedom Newspapers A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

Air Force gathers public reaction to air expansion

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Under the expansion, supersonic operations would be authorized at altitudes of 5,000 to 6,000 feet above ground level in seven counties across eastern New Mexico. (Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — A Cannon Air Force Base proposal to expand military airspace met resistance and support during a […]

Witnesses place defendant with alleged co-conspirator on night of slayings

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District Attorney Matt Chandler hands Darcee Hillford a statement during her testimony in the trial of Dominic Murphy on Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two state witnesses offered testimony Thursday that put Dominic Murphy and Joey Martinez together on the night two Clovis men […]

Former Clovis legislator champions education

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor He was an advocate of education, a man who symbolized strength in the midst of disease, calm in the wind of anxiety, and perseverance in the throes of doubt. Diagnosed with lupus at 18, former state Rep. Mario Urioste spent much of his life battling a disease that broke […]

Israel, Palestine have opportunity for some peace

Freedom Newspapers R ecently we have been skeptical of the prospect — trumpeted in some quarters — that the death of Yasser Arafat and the election of his longtime aide Mahmoud Abbas was likely to create a significant opportunity for a useful Palestinian-Israeli “peace process” to begin. Well, when it comes to this issue skepticism […]

I wanted to boomerang; Dad said no

Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A couple of weeks ago I ran across an article about “Boomerang Kids.” These are young adults who leave the family nest — they’ve gone to college or trade school, they’ve probably had their first job — then something drives them home. The forces that drive them back can include being […]

Phenomenal families take lots of work

Helena Rodriguez: CNJ columnist Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare, according to actor Ed Asner. As the parent of a teenager, I couldn’t agree more. Now here’s my take on raising children: Imagine yourself as a child, coming back to haunt you as an adult — it’s a mix of what you […]

Is your foundation made of rock or sand?

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist In some of my early growing up years in Kansas City, Miss., mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or to shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. We would shop all morning and then at noon we would head to the nearest Katz […]

Former pastor asking men of God to quit being passive and take control of their families.

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Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a […]

amos learns god s ways

Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos learns god s ways boss being a christian mouse in a world of heathen alley cats ain […]

Zias try to rebound on road

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Eastern New Mexico University junior Tia Doss leans into Midwestern State University senior Adrian Fincher as she makes a move to the basket during the second half of their game Saturday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For the better part of a month, […]

Greenwalt leads Tech to rout of Missouri

By Sue Jane Mayes: CNJ correspondent LUBBOCK — Cisti Greenwalt did what seniors are called upon to do — lead the way. She blocked shots. Dominated the glass. And earned the 18th double-double of her career. Riding the Clovis native’s 20 points and 14 rebounds, Texas Tech’s Lady Raiders overcame a sluggish start to overwhelm […]

Pet sterical

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Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks should meet Gregory Popovich and the dogs and cats that have become performers in his unique show. Named the top family attraction in Las Vegas, Nev., Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theatre has been featured on “The Late Show with David […]

Clovis woman shot in foot

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis woman was shot in the foot Wednesday during a possible robbery on the city’s west side. The shooting suspect remains at large, police said. The woman was resting in her home at 1308 W. Ninth St. about 11:30 a.m. when a man entered her house and demanded money, said Sgt. […]

Education feature: Clovis Christian outgrows current facility

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Clovis Christian seventh-graders exit Sherill Wofford’s class on the left and Max Kralicek’s on the right after class Wednesday at school. Increased enrollment has allowed the school to have two seventh-grade classes. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The hallways at Clovis Christian School are narrow. Lockers don’t face each […]

Prosecution presents graphic photos

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New Mexico State Police agent Timothy Argo explains the evidence he collected at the scene of the deaths of Alex Rodriguez, and Wesley Griest to the jury Wednesday during the trial of Dominic Murphy. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Defendant Dominic Murphy neither looked at nor displayed any emotion […]

Goodbye, to self-described libertarian

CNJ staff Syndicated political columnist William Safire, 75, is retiring his op-ed column, but he will continue to write his “On Language” essays for the Sunday New York Times Magazine. “It’s time to leave when you’re still hitting the long ball and have something else you want to do,” he said when he announced his […]

Society has fascination with celebrities

By Ned Cantwell Journalists never stop wondering what makes a reader pause and actually read a news story. Why, just then, did he put down the remote clicker and zone in on the CNN report? Some of the answer is obvious, of course. When nature proves no terrorist organization can match its wrath, the whole […]

Technology responsible for job losses

By Walter Williams Now that the elections are over, there’s little political gain for demagoguery about jobs, but let’s prepare ourselves for the next time. Losing a job means a financial crunch and readjustment regardless of the source of job loss. If it’s not from an economic downturn, the loss might be a result of […]