Hate more deadly threat than terrorists

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Last week, fear killed Jean Charles de Menezes. He may or may not have been dressed suspiciously, as London police say he was. May or may not have jumped a subway turnstile, may or may not have ignored commands to stop. What is beyond question is that de Menezes, a […]

ENMU squads picked seventh in soccer polls

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s soccer teams were picked for seventh place in the men’s Southwest Soccer Conference and the women’s Lone Star Conference in preseason polls released Wednesday by the conferences’ soccer office. Both races were close at the top. Midwestern State collecte seven of 17 first-place votes and 119 […]

Allen, Willard

Willard Allen Services: Have been held. Willard Allen, 65, of Artesia, died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, in Lubbock. He was born on Dec. 12, 1939, in Roswell, to Ned W. and Inez Wright Allen. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1958. He served in the Army from 1960 to 1964. He married Nellie Gibson […]

Governor addresses state’s tax-free holiday, Cannon’s BRAC status

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Gov. Bill Richardson signs autographs after speaking about this weekend’s New Mexico’s tax-free holiday Tuesday at North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gov. Richardson received a standing ovation from crowd of more than 70 who gathered Tuesday at the North Plains Mall to hear the Democrat promote Cannon […]

Community leaders interested in exploring Cannon redevelopment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Should Cannon Air Force Base close, its F-16s bequeathed to far away places, Mayor David Lansford wants to be prepared. That’s why the mayor invited the government entities of the Clovis-Portales area together for a Wednesday morning, closed-door meeting. The guest speaker is Eric Williams, the executive director of […]

Tucumcari submitting racetrack plans to state

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Courtesy illustration By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Hooves could be flying in Tucumcari in the near future if a proposed racetrack gains state approval. Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. Director Pete Kampfer said the city and county have proclaimed their support, a confidential site has been chosen, a feasibility study complete, a business […]

PRMC parking nearing completion

CNJ staff CLOVIS — The parking lot construction taking place at Plains Regional Medical Center will be completed within the next three weeks, according to Wes White, chief operating and financial officer for the hospital. The northeast parking lot will be closed during construction, however additional parking has been constructed on the existing southeast parking […]

Portales citizens celebrate plant, energy bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales citizens, state politicians and Washington lobbyists came together Tuesday afternoon under a large canopy to celebrate not only the expansion of the city’s Abengoa ethanol plant, but a recently passed energy bill that made such an expansion so relevant in the coming years. The expansion will doubled […]

UN Ambassador Bolton’s job isn’t that important

Freedom Newspapers In a few months all the hullabaloo over the nomination of Undersecretary of State John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will be forgotten. Since President Bush has chosen to appoint him while Congress was in recess, meaning he can serve until January 2007 without Senate confirmation, he will have […]

Project: Reader Reaction: Reader opinion split on meth ordinance

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis city commissioners should approve an ordinance that will put some cold and allergy medicine behind counters and require buyers to provide a name, address and driver’s license prior to purchase in efforts to curb production of methamphetamine. Some responses: “This is one more case of privacy […]

Merritt, Peggy J.

Peggy J. Merritt Services: Have been held. Peggy Jane Merritt, 69, of Fort Sumner, died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at her home. She was born on Dec. 5, 1935, in Encino, to Ted and Ruth (Birchfield) Young. She was raised and attended school at Encino, graduating with the class of 1954. She married Neuman Merritt […]

American eliminated at state meet

CNJ staff TAOS — Clovis’ American All-Stars were ousted from the double-elimination 11-year-old state tournament on Monday in a 15-1 los to Los Lunas Enchantment. The game ended in four innings on the 10-run rule. American’s only run was scored by Scott Lyberger, who singled, reached third on a single by Ethan Dennie and was […]

School size does matter in testing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ STAFF WRITER Superintendent Patricia Miller is new to the Fort Sumner school district. But when adequate yearly progress results from the New Mexico Public Education Department reached her desk Monday, and the district received a big AYP thumbs up, she was ecstatic. “There was much hand-clapping and a dance of joy,” […]

Statewide tax-free event targets back-to-school shoppers.

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Jenny Railsback helps her son Michael try on a shoe Monday at Randy’s Shoes as her daughter Brittany (right) and employee Lindsay Lease (left) watch. CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The rest of the state is finally catching up to Clovis when it comes to back-to-school shopping. New Mexico […]

Oceana backers defend base

By Sue Lindsey: The Associated Press VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Navy has found no better location for a master jet base on the East Coast than Oceana Naval Air Station, members of a commission considering closing the installation were told Monday. Accompanied by Virginia officials, four members of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure […]

Seven Clovis schools fail to meet federal proficiency standards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ STAFF WRITER Seven schools in the Clovis Municipal School District failed to meet federally designated 2005 proficiency levels for student performance, or “adequate yearly progress,” according to information released Monday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Therefore, the district as a whole failed to meet proficiency standards federally mandated by […]

Evil men still seek power to destroy us

By Mona Charen: CNJ columnist With bombs exploding in Iraq on an almost daily basis; with nearly 1,800 American soldiers dead; with London braced for more terror attacks; and with bitter recriminations emanating from liberals in Britain and America over Downing Street memos, yellow cake from Niger, Gitmo, Valerie Plame, Abu Ghraib, the Patriot Act, […]

Pleasant, Doris

Doris Pleasant Services: Have been held. Doris Lee Pleasant, 78, of Clovis, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on July 23, 1927, in Covington, Va., to Jesse and Dorothy Empy Davis. She worked at Clovis Hotel, Holiday Inn and the American Legion Post 117. Her life’s work […]

Steers making changes

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Farwell senior defensive end Roper Smith practices a “swim move” on senior defensive end Colton Sudderth as Steers head coach Jacob Thompson looks on during group defensive drills in Monday’s season-opening practice. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like their counterparts throughout Texas, the Farwell High School football team got […]