Lost ring returned decades later

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Ethel Ridley hands Glenn Williams his Class of 1973 Grady High School ring Monday at the Senior Citizen Resident Center in Clovis. Ridley found the ring in the sand at Ute Lake in the 1980s. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski When Ethel Ridley stepped out of her truck at Ute Lake one day […]

Rush for summer jobs starts

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By Ryn Gargulinski School’s out for summer — and the race is on for jobs, according to Matt Barela, employment representative for New Mexico’s Labor Department. As with hitting the books, it pays to start early for the job hunt, said Barela. “Summer is really, really busy,” he said. “A lot of the jobs are […]

Campos addresses Democrats

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Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, talks with local Democrats Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, reviewed a long list of legislative accomplishments at Monday’s Curry Democratic Party Town Hall Meeting, which included funding for Pre-K and tax cuts for low-income […]

Leaders focused on keeping Cannon open

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Lyn Henderson, of Clovis, was on hand for Saturday’s town hall meeting for Cannon Air Force Base Saturday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Henderson, a widow of a 28 1/2 year veteran, said they chose to retire in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In the face of staggering statistics — […]

Judicial nominees deserve vote

Freedom Newspapers Although the battle over judicial filibusters has taken center stage in the Senate, it obscures what should be the real question: Are those nominations for federal judgeships qualified to be given the opportunity to stand for approval before the full Senate? The two nominees now in question are Janice R. Brown, a justice […]

5/24 BRAC letters to the editor

Cannon could prevent flight tragedy Just another thought about keeping Cannon: The economic impact would be horrendous, yes. But what about in-flight emergencies? There was a plane that had problems while en- route to Atlanta last week, and another plane that had problems (I believe last year). The next airport equipped with major equipment to […]

Kinyon scores hole in one

CNJ staff Bill Kinyon of Clovis recorded a hole in one on the 167-yard, par-3 eighth hole on Thursday at Chaparral Country Club. The shot was witnessed by Kenyon’s wife, Gail.

All-star game slated in Lubbock

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Twelve players who are planning to walk on in football at Eastern New Mexico University are slated to participate in the first West Texas Football Classic, a benefit game set for June 4 at Lowery Field. Playing for the North squad are Tyler Caffey of Plains, Omar Jordan and Randy McBrewer […]

No One Erects Statues to Honor Critics

By Curtis K. Shelburne In an old issue of “Leadership Journal,” Haddon Robinson retells the story of a very talented young musician who was crestfallen as he sat reading the critics’ reviews of his recent concert. The negative words stung his soul like fire. It was an older and more accomplished musician, the famous Finnish […]

Ranchvale elementary’s future might hinge on Cannon closure

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Ranchvale Elementary kindergarten teacher Tonya Wilson tries to find the heartbeat of her daughter Aliyah Hawkins, 9, Friday as Wilson was cleaning out her classroom for the summer. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary School is nearer to the Cannon Air Force Base than the strip malls of Clovis. […]

Retired educators reminisce at social event

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Recent and long-time retired educators reminisce over cake and punch Sunday during a social event put on by the Curry County Association of Educational Retirees at the Holiday Inn. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Jackye Alexander hadn’t been working long in Clovis schools when she met a despondent 9-year-old student […]

Highway bill prime example of pork-barrel projects

Freedom Newspapers It would be almost a shame for President Bush to spend his first presidential veto on a bill filled with typically tawdry pork-barrel projects rather than on some more epic piece of irresponsibility by Congress. But better to use it on a new highway and transit spending bill than never to wield it […]

Little League triumph of tradition, genetics

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes Little League Baseball with its millions of fans who are so dedicated that each May they face east and, on cue from Williamsport, Pa., yell at the top of their lungs. The theory is that their howling creates gigantic gales which in turn slows the Earth’s rotation and […]

Committee votes to open ‘tricare select’

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The House Armed Services Committee has voted 32-30 to open the new TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) program to any drilling reservist or National Guard member willing to pay the premiums, now set at $75 a month for member-only coverage or $233 for family coverage. An unprecedented fulltime health plan for […]

Lucero, Dora

Dora Lucero Services: Have been held. Dora Prescilla Lucero, 68, of Hereford, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at Baptist Saint Anthony’s Hospice in Amarillo. She was born Nov. 27, 1936, to Luis and Jesusita Garcia Griego in Garita. She married Jose Virginio Lucero Nov. 28, 1951, in Littlefield. She was a homemaker, a member of […]

What’s Your View of Our All-seeing God?

By Curtis K. Shelburne My tastes in music and my theology have certainly changed since then, but when I was a small child, my favorite song was a song we sang occasionally at church and pretty often at home. That’s another story, but, yes, as hard as it is for most of us to imagine […]

Hounds looking for help

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan figures next year has to be better for the Greyhounds — almost no matter what happens. After winning Lone Star Conference South Division titles the previous two seasons, what was expected to be another good year in 2004-05 […]

Zia League’s Patton a difference-maker

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Patton jokes with Michael Cordova, 12, about pitching low during their recent game against the Reds at Beachum Field. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Dewey Patton has been a fixture on the bench at Clovis Little League games for 29 years. He’s volunteered his time and money to take teams […]

Officials: Politics not involved in Cannon being on BRAC list

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Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., talks to reporters about issues concerning Cannon Air Force Base at a town hall meeting Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Politics were not involved in the selection of Cannon Air Force Base for the Base Realignment and Closure […]

Local save-base funds mostly for law firm

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico entities have mapped out a system of accountability for donations pledged in support of “Operation Keep Cannon.” A mutual aid agreement was signed Friday and will be in place in a matter of days, officials said. The agreement, drafted between the city of Clovis, the city […]