Football begins today for Texas squads

By Dave Wagner Muleshoe football coach David Wood is glad the football season is here. Wood, in his 10th year as the Mules’ football coach, underwent treatment for a form of leukemia in the spring. He’s ready to get back on the field today with the start of practice for Texas high schools. New Mexico […]

Goff captures city title

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John Wright chips a ball in on the fifth hole of the Clovis Municipal Golf Course Sunday during the final day of the city championship tournament (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez). By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer There weren’t many hiccups this weekend in Robert Goff’s game. The former Clovis High golfer carried a three-shot […]

Morning-after pill sparks debate

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Pharmacist Bob Addison of Fort Sumner leads the Emergency Contraception seminar at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It wasn’t until Joan Sanford held her baby daughter in her arms that her world-view, and pro-choice convictions, crystallized. “Something about having a daughter made me feel my responsibility […]

Portales soldiers cross paths while serving in Iraq

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Portales residents, left to right, Darren Hooker, Walter Carr, Brett Bedinger and James Montgomery pose for a photo while serving in Iraq. (Courtesy photo) By Marc Schoder: Freedom Newspapers Six men from Portales have more than 6,100 miles separating them from home. Though they are serving their country in Iraq, they now have reason to […]

Alternative pact better answer for environment

Freedom Newspapers We’re sure it won’t do much to placate Bush administration critics in the Environmental Anxiety Industry, who won’t be satisfied until the United States binds itself to economy-killing emissions caps included in the unratified Kyoto Treaty. But we like the change of approach signaled by the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, […]

War memories make for exciting walks

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Editor’s note: Bob Huber’s column will move to Tuesdays beginning next week. Before the days of retirement homes, my grandfather Opa lived with us a few years as part of an autumn quest in his life. He wanted to spend his remaining days with his five far-flung sons, one at […]

Service members should be better informed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Editor’s note: Military Update will move to Tuesdays beginning next week. Many service members are not well informed about their hodgepodge of pays, allowances, benefits and tax breaks and therefore don’t recognize and appreciate the real worth of their compensation packages. The observation is made in a Government Accountability Office […]

ENMU’s Ribaudo comfortable in new role

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First-year Eastern New Mexico coach Mark Ribaudo got his start in college football as a graduate assistant at Midwestern State. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In Mark Ribaudo’s office there are several clues to untold stories — from family newspaper clippings to thank you letters from parents to framed photos of […]

Gutierrez keeps up with kids

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Joe Wright of Clovis takes a look at his putting line on the 18th hole during the Clovis city golf tournament Saturday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Wright shot a 76 for the round. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Defending city tournament champion David Gutierrez is just happy he […]

North beats sloppy South all-stars

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The North’s Clint McPeek (27) has the ball slip between his fingertips on a pass in the end zone as the South’s Chris Gallegos defends during Friday night’s all-star game in Albuquerque. (AP photo: Greg Sorber) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Don’t try to tell Clovis’ Jason Burns that it was a meaningless […]

Border Town Days celebrates Farwell’s 100th anniversary

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Romeo Reyes, 5, of Farwell, waits in line to join the Border Town Days parade Saturday in Texico. Reyes decorated his bike to recognize Farwell’s 100th anniversary. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of people toting coolers and lawn chairs lined U.S. 70/84 in Texico and Farwell for Saturday’s annual […]

Schools, teaching methods under scrutiny

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita […]

Top admiral to testify at naval base hearing

By Sue Lindsey: The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s new chief will testify this week at a defense commission hearing on whether Oceana Naval Air Station should be among military bases it recommends for closure. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who became chief of naval operations July 15, will appear before the Defense Base […]

Local man seeks return of personal slot machines

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ John A. Mesner wants the state to return the slot machines they confiscated from his home. The state said he’s not entitled to them, even in light of a recent state Court of Appeals legalizing the ownership of private slot machines in New Mexico. “He’s not going to […]

Shop Hop brings quilters together for specials, camaraderie, fabric

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Fabric lines the store of Patchwork House as Mandy Laseter of Amarillo shops during the 2005 Top of Texas Shop Hop Friday in Clovis. The shop hop involves shoppers traveling to 11 fabric shops in New Mexico and West Texas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Call it shop hopping — hitting […]

Cops and courts: Airman acquitted of sex charges

A Cannon airman was acquitted of charges earlier this month that in 2003 he had sex with a 14-year-old girl and gave her alcohol. Matthew Quigley, 25, was accused criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a fourth-degree felony, and giving or selling alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor. The jury found him innocent after 15 […]

Vote defines line between frivolity, responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Senate has taken a step that no body of elected officials should ever have to take. Senators voted 65 to 31 earlier this month to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits that attempt to hold them responsible for the unlawful actions of criminals who use guns to commit crimes. The move was […]

7/31 BRAC Letters to the editor

BRAC panel should see process through I can’t believe four Base Realignment and Closure commissioners decided to recuse themselves from voting on issues that pertain to their home state. These commissioners were appointed by the president to perform a task that requires them to be fair and impartial. Here is a quote directly from the […]

Shuttle program needs modernization

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist NASA’s deliberations about when to resume flights by the space shuttle bring to mind the New Yorker cartoon of an executive on the phone, looking at his calendar and saying, “How about never? Does never work for you?” After spending 2 1/2 years and huge amounts of money to prevent […]

Bachman, Ida

Ida Bachman Services: Have been held Ida Leo Bachman, 92, of Flower Mound, Texas, and former longtime resident of Artesia, died Saturday, July 23, 2005. She was born Aug. 11, 1912, in Gainesville, Texas, to Joe K. Smith and Fannie Wood. Family members said she was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived […]