Bigler, Lenard

Lenard Bigler Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Lenard Lee “Buck” Bigler, 72, of Portales, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 13, 1932, in Bell County, Texas, to Ollie and Ed Bigler. He grew up in Anton, Texas. In […]

Wal-Mart makes efforts to sway public opinion

CNJ staff After winning the war for the public’s dollars, Wal-Mart has launched a battle for public opinion. And after years of simply rolling with the punches of those who’ve been warning the retail giant is destroying everything from our neighborhoods to the nation’s economy, it’s about time. In full-page newspaper ads, Wal-Mart President and […]

Reader Reaction: Residents weigh in on storm-water fee

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about city commissioners’ decision on Thursday to accept a $50,000 fee to manage storm-water drainage for an area subdivision. Some responses: “I ATTENDED THE COMMISSION meeting. The commissioners accepted a $50,000 fee to help with future impact of the development on storm-water runoff. The fee was acceptable to […]

Faith and idealism Bush’s strengths

By Mona Charen George W. Bush is, above all, an idealist. We saw it during his first term in his passionate advocacy of faith-based charity and in his ardent desire to reform education. This is not a leader who thinks small. Now, by inaugurating his second term with a sweeping declaration of ambition for world […]

Gallegos, Teresa

Teresa Gallegos Services: Have been held. Teresa Gallegos, 51 of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on July 27, 1953, in San Francisco, to Catarino and Stella Garza. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith. She was preceded in death by her parents; a […]

Officer wants to honor Death March veterans

Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Local committee considering memorial. Chief Petty Officer Richard Robertson’s heroes wear camouflage to work. They tote guns, drive tanks and fly planes during wartime. They defend America. But the Clovis native and Vietnam War veteran doesn’t feel the men and women of the armed forces are honored enough for what […]

Bush bumbled by choosing Whitman

Freedom Newspapers Christine Todd Whitman, the abysmally bad first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bush, is poised to publish the gripping, harrowing, nauseatingly self-serving account of her travails as a “moderate” (read: liberal) in a Republican Party dominated by what she calls “antiregulatory lobbyists and extreme antigovernment ideologues.” Antigovernment ideologues! Where do […]

Professor fails in attempt to avoid war

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist A learned friend of mine spent the holidays in Los Angeles and later wondered if she shoulda stood in bed. Her sad tale began when she left the comforts of her prairie home in eastern New Mexico and drove to Albuquerque to catch a plane. Remember last month when a blizzard […]

Restitution to be paid for bad investment

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist An estimated 13,000 military investors who bought and later terminated a “Systematic Investment Plan” marketed by First Command Financial Planning Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, are due restitution payments in the coming weeks that likely will average a little over $300. Letters of explanation are being mailed to a list of […]

Wildcats wash away Sandia in district opener

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Clovis senior Tigg Bunton throws down a dunk off a pass from Tizrick Phillips during the second half of the Wildcats’ 61-45 win over Sandia on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis boys basketball coach J.D. Isler told his team that other schools in the district didn’t respect […]

Lady Cats ruin Sandia’s homecoming

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Lady Wildcats built a big lead with their leading scorer on the bench, then survived a spirited fourth-quarter comeback and held off Sandia 59-52 on Friday in the District 4-5A opener for both teams. Clovis built its lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Matadors came roaring […]

Hounds fall in overtime

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Eastern New Mexico University junior Reggie Wallace is fouled by Midwest State University junior Jose Nava as he drives to the basket during the first half of their game Saturday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Senior guard Jay January, who struggled most of the […]

Brown leads Zias to win

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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. Doss was called for an offensiv By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Sophomore guard Heather Brown scored a […]

Cheese plant access road stalled

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Roosevelt County officials say efforts to buy private property for the use of a proposed access road leading to the Southwest Cheese plant have been slow moving. The proposed 2-mile extension of Curry County Road K to Highway 70 would cut into irrigation circles, according to contract engineer […]

Legislative watchdogs

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Assistant City Clerk Claire Burroughes monitors New Mexico state legislative activity on the Internet on Thursday in her office at City Hall. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active […]

He’s got the gov’s ear

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Andrew Moralez doesn’t mind complaints. It’s part of his job. As the ears and eyes of Gov. Bill Richardson, the Anthony native travels the state listening to the problems and concerns of constituents for the state’s top boss. Moralez, the southern New Mexico representative for the governor, visited Clovis […]

Bush’s policies, as always, abundantly clear

CNJ staff One of the defining traits of President George W. Bush is his willingness to pick a side, stick with it and make the case for why he believes as he does. That can be frustrating when one disagrees with the president, given his immobility once he embraces a viewpoint, but at least everyone […]

Letters to the editor: Park should remain open to vehicles

The city of Clovis would be making a big mistake if it closed Ned Houk Park to all-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles. As an ATV and motorcycle rider, there really is no other place around here to ride trails. Riders would have to travel out of the area, causing some discouragement among them because of […]

Thank you letters: Salvation Army grateful for donations

We wanted to thank the people of Curry and Roosevelt counties who graciously supported The Salvation Army during the holiday season and throughout the year. Through your help, we were able to assist 723 children with Christmas gifts and clothing, as well as 411 families with a Christmas food box. The Salvation Army faces new […]

Cops & courts: Photographer files lawsuit against chamber

CNJ staff A Curry County photographer has filed a lawsuit against the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and its executive director claiming the non-profit organization used his photos for advertising without permission. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 3 in 9th Judicial District Court, professional photographer D.A. Black claims Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos used his […]