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 […]