Top admiral: Oceana has ‘robust’ future

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Navy’s top admiral reiterated the service’s position that Oceana Naval Air Station is the most sensible location for an east coast fighter hub during an appearance before the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. “I need now, your Navy needs now, Naval Air Station Oceana,” Adm. Mike Mullen, the […]

Residents line Main Street for chance to make wish

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Brenda O’Shea of Clovis tells “Three Wishes” contributor Eric Stromer her wish during a taping of the show Thursday on Main Street in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Laverne Robbins waited for hours. Her feet hurt as TV cameras panned the crowd that lined Main Street in search of […]

New mission proposed for Cannon

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base would be home to the Defense Department’s fledgling Airborne Laser program under a plan proposed by New Mexico’s two senators. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday, urging him to consider the option. Cannon is one of […]

Principles outlined for base challenges

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Representatives from Clovis, Portales, Roosevelt County and Curry County converged under one roof Wednesday and emerged with a tentative plan for action, should Cannon Air Force Base require expansion or redevelopment. The base-closing commission will send its revised list Sept. 8 to the president for approval, but whether or […]

Reporter’s notebook: Clovis girl earns award for volunteer service

Big things come in small packages, or so the old saying goes. Maggie Fazenbaker, a 12-year-old former Clovis resident, has spent the better part of the last year assembling “care packages” for U.S. soldiers serving in war zones. She includes items such as toiletries, books and other personal use things to make a soldier’s life […]

WBU-Clovis dean picked for post at George Fox University

CNJ staff Carol Green, founding dean of Wayland Baptist University-Clovis, is leaving to take a position at an Oregon Christian college, according to a school press release. She will become George Fox University’s first dean of its school for professional studies, which houses the college’s adult degree programs. She and her family will be moving […]

Portales man says he was arrested for practicing religion

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance […]

Iraqi constitution might cover, not resolve, issues

Freedom Newspapers After some prodding from U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the new U.S. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, it appears that some kind of constitution for Iraq, at least on paper, will be ready by Aug. 15. That will give both the Bush administration and the Iraqi government the ability to say the process of […]

Ghost stories spooky fun in any culture

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

Bears preferable to workplace idleness

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I recall a saying I heard during my brief career as a construction heavy equipment operator: “I’d rather wrestle a bear than spend all day doing nothing at work.” It was the 1980s and I heard there was “big coin” in heavy equipment operating, and I needed “big coin.” After […]

8/5 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from July 27 through Aug. 3: • Damian Demetrius Pardue, 28, to Monique Lynette Sadler, 24, both of Clovis • Galen Morris Hays, 74, to Pamela Wilding Renner, 61, both of Tyler, Texas • Patrick Barragan Jr., 35, to Rachel Elizabeth Skinner, 29, both of Clovis […]

Gomez, Abundio

Abundio Gomez Services: Have been held. Mr. Abundio Gomez, 75, of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, at his home. He was born on June 6, 1930, in Presidio County, Texas, to Inocenta and Francisco Gomez. He lived most of his life in the Presidio area. For many years he worked as a heavy equipment […]

The Bible — One day at a time

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The Davis family, left to right Leslie, Susan, Otis, Holly and Christine, gather around the Bible. The family is reading the Bible in its entirety for the third time. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Bible can look like a huge and intimidating book to open. A local ministry […]

Hounds adjust to rain

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Eastern New Mexico University junior offensive linemen Marcus Smith sprints between cones during an agility drill Thursday inside Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Getting ready for Eastern New Mexico University’s first practice of the football season, new head coach Mark Ribaudo was already faced with […]

8/5 Religion Calendar

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Saturday Rummage Sale — 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1320 W. 21st. Money raised is pledged to Salvation Army, Lighthouse Mission and Matt 25 Hope Center. Sunday Worker’s Meeting — 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, Grand and Gidding. Organizational meeting for AWANA leader and workers. […]

Christ offers new beginning on far greater scale

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Oh, the days of buying school supplies. This time of year it is hard not to notice those long store aisles of notebooks, paper, pencil boxes and backpacks. When I was a child, there were certain preparation activities that surrounded the beginning of another school year. The whole process started […]

8/5 a view from under the pew

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos converses with a bone willifred the white rat talked me into taking another trip in his […]

How can a good and powerful God allow suffering?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question is a good question, one which defies easy and glib answers. The answer of the Christian faith is not easy, and it is […]

Crew of reality show say best part of work is meeting people face-to-face

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Crew members for NBC’S “Three Wishes,” shown reflected in the window of the Main Street Crafters Mall, set up a tent Wednesday around the 300 block of Main Street in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Sometime this fall, when the credits are listed for NBC’s new show “Three Wishes,” […]

Dairies, legislation contributing to enrollment increases

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Benjamin Ramirez of Muleshoe, with Hugo Vasquez Construction, works on construction of a ramp and sidewalk Wednesday at DeShazo Elementary in Muleshoe. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At least three school districts in eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas expect enrollment increases this fall, largely due to the growing dairy […]