New hotel on the way

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Imesh Vaidya of Premier Hospitality Suites is a businessman who can predict the future. He predicts the face of Clovis will continue to change. His most recent venture — the construction of a new Holiday Inn Express — in fact, ensures it. “With more franchises coming in, Clovis […]

Potential legislation would allow drug tests of high school athletes

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson, noting steroids are no longer just a problem in professional sports, said Monday he wants New Mexico to begin random testing of high school athletes in the state. Richardson spoke at a steroid summit put together by the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body for high school […]

4/26 Business Digest

La Quinta wins Inn of the Year award The La Quinta Inn & Suites in Clovis was one of the recipients of the company’s 2004 Inn of the Year awards. The award recognizes the top franchise and corporate-owned Baymont and La Quinta-branded properties within the company’s system of more than 590 hotels, company officials said. […]

New food tax law causes confusion for some retailers

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer To some, the new tax law that exempts certain food items is simply confusing. For others, the Jan. 1 legislation — prepared food and hot food still carry sales tax while staple items and cold food are exempt — has been a nightmare. “The biggest problem is the retailers’ […]

Reporter’s notebook: Former Clovis resident inducted into hall of fame

Faye Plank is in the hall of fame. The 92-year-old former Clovis resident was inducted into the (Texas) Panhandle Press Association’s elite group earlier this month, more than 30 years after she began working as a reporter. Plank, who now lives in Dalhart, Texas, said she started her journalism career in the 1970s at the […]

4/26 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Saturday to a retail store in the 3700 block of North Prince Street for a bomb scare. Upon arrival, the officers observed several individuals standing outside the store in the parking lot. A man told police he had received […]

Poor prioritizing exacerbates financial issues

Freedom Newspapers In yet another illustration of how pork, parochialism and congressional privilege routinely trump practicality, frugality and responsible priority-setting in Washington, the U.S. Senate voted recently to override a Pentagon plan to decommission an aircraft carrier and cancel a troubled cargo plane program. Both proposals were made in an effort to defray the mounting […]

Rights can’t be given at others’ expense

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Earlier this month, the media marked the 60th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inglorious death. He died from ailments largely hidden from the public in a pattern of deception that has now become all too closely associated with America’s political leadership. But that’s nothing compared to the deception perpetrated […]

Common sense is why Dems hate Bolton

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist In the late 1990s, John Bolton published an article titled “The Creation, Rise and Fall of the United Nations.” If you had read this essay and not witnessed one minute of his confirmation hearings, you would already know that Democrats were going to despise him. Here is Bolton’s take on […]

Borden, R.L.

R.L. Borden Services: Have been held. Mr. R.L. Borden, 91, of Portales, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Feb. 12, 1914, in Wheeler County, Texas, to Nellie and Bill Borden. He came to the Floyd community by covered wagon at the age of 3. He grew […]

Steers able to recover from early setback

By John Eisel The Farwell boys golf team’s hopes for the 2005 season appeared crippled before the season began. The Steers’ projected No. 2 golfer, Ty Gast, broke his collarbone skiing and would sit out the season. “Things were looking kind of bleak,” Farwell coach Tim Kasel said. “I knew Tate (Nichols) was going to […]

Fast-starting Silver romps in ENMU spring game

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Eastern New Mexico University wide receiver Derrick Hunter is wrapped up by cornerback Michael Clark during the second half of Sunday’s Green & Silver game at Greyhound Stadium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — If it seemed the Silver team had things its way in Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Silver […]

Unwanted pets in peril

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A female Shepherd/Rottweiler puppy looks out of her cage Sunday at the Clovis animal shelter. Clovis averages more than 200 animals destroyed every month because the animals cannot find a home. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When Darlene Ray thinks back about the time she spent volunteering at the […]

More than just guns at Clovis gun show

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Rifles line a table at Sunday’s Clovis Lions Club Spring Gun Show at the National Guard Armory in Clovis. The two day event featured more than just guns, including coins, belt buckles, artwork, jewelry, knives and books. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Oh yeah, there were guns alright. It […]

Census Bureau projects growth slowdown

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — New Mexico faces a potential shock if the Census Bureau’s crystal ball proves accurate about population growth over the next three decades. The federal agency projects a dramatic slowdown in the rate of growth in New Mexico’s population between 2000 and 2030. According to projections released last week, […]

Udall holding office hours in eastern NM

CNJ staff A staff member for U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will hold constituent office hours Wednesday and Thursday in eastern New Mexico. Udall staff member Peter Wells will be available to meet with area residents. “As part of my efforts to deliver excellent service to my constituents, I encourage New Mexicans that are having […]

Involuntary service not sign of totalitarian

Freedom Newspapers The bells heralding Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany’s election as Pope Benedict XVI had barely faded when critics asserted the Bavaria-born Ratzinger had served in the Hitler Youth and was conscripted as a non-soldier “helper” in the German Army during World War II. That the teenage Ratzinger’s time in such involuntary service somehow […]

Horoscopes key to success, sock color

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Recently I spent an hour in the company of lofty mathematics as part of mind-boggling research into the whims of the zodiac. I was seeking the ultimate horoscope. Don’t take me wrong. I’ve never been convinced that success and romance can be had by reading the stars. It’s just that […]

Smoking new yardstick for recruit success

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Recruits who enter service as heavy cigarette smokers are nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to be separated early, mostly due to “substandard behavior,’’ according to new research aimed at easing the U.S. military’s disturbingly high attrition rate. For all its achievements over three decades, the volunteer military has had […]

Cole, Irene

Irene Cole Services: Have been held. Irene L. Cole, 78, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at her home. She was born on June 9, 1926, in Cuervo to Lloyd and Sarah Williams Capps. She was valedictorian of House High School and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with honors. She majored in education. […]