A Lesson from History and Party Politics

By Curtis K. Shelburne It was the summer of 1945. Nazi Germany had just been defeated, and the British people, in their first election since the war had begun, thanked Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill by voting him out of office. I’ve wondered why. It seems so ungrateful and wrong. The British people loved Churchill. […]

BRAC results won’t hamper appreciation day

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Committee of Fifty President Terry Moberly said the 16th annual Cannon Appreciation Day will be held Friday at Unity Park regardless of whether the air base remains on the Pentagon’s base-closing list. Moberly said base supporters plan to put on their “happy faces” during the event on base while […]

Governor takes last run at Commission

By David Stevens and Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he’s pitched one final idea to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission in hopes of saving Cannon Air Force Base, but he would not say what that plan involves. Commissioners could decide Cannon’s fate as early as this afternoon. Richardson, in a […]

BRAC panel bucks Pentagon

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BRAC commissioners review paperwork at Wednesday’s hearing. (AP photo) By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bucking the Pentagon, a federal commission voted Wednesday to spare a submarine base in Connecticut and a shipyard straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, preserving a major military presence in New England and 12,000 defense-related jobs. On the first […]

Restaurant owner vows she’s staying

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Connie Rios, an employee at Da’s Tailor Shop & Dry Cleaning, folds a pair of U.S. Air Force pants Wednesday at the shop across U.S. Highway 60/84. Rios said on a busy day she will press over 200 uniforms. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the customers at her Thai-food […]

ENMU Dawg Days held to ease college transition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — When Manuel Gonzalez began attending Eastern New Mexico University in 2002, he worried about what classes he would take. As for Malia Rummell, who was eager to meet people, she feared she wouldn’t get into a sorority. These are some of the fears that incoming freshmen face when […]

8/25 Education Digest

ENMU begins fall semester Monday PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will begin the fall semester on Monday. The last day to register is Sept. 2. The semester ends on Dec. 16. Currently enrolled students may register online at http: www.enmu.edu. New students should contact the advising center at 562-2338. — Compiled by […]

Restricting business mars free enterprise

Freedom Newspapers An antiquated law that was patently unfair when it was enacted back in 1979 likely will remain in effect thanks to Texas congressmen closing ranks around protected special interests. The Wright Amendment, which prohibits Southwest Airlines from flying long-haul routes out of Love Field in Dallas, is long overdue for the scrap heap […]

Presidential bid troubling for column writing

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Where were we? Where were we before I decided to stretch out on a deck chair and watch the August monsoons? It was fun. Two column deadlines passed. It felt good. But then I got to feeling guilty. I had made a pledge to my readers some time back and […]

Curbing liberty not appropriate response

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Driving through downtown Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago, I asked myself: What’s happened to the character of the American people? There were barricaded landmarks, armed guards and people waiting to be searched. Several weeks ago, I visited downtown Philadelphia in the vicinity of Independence Hall. Again there were barricades, […]

Hounds test Bears today in opener

By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University football team left by bus early Wednesday morning for the long ride to Arkansas and tonight’s season opener against Central Arkansas. First-year coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds will be shorthanded when they take the War Memorial Stadium turf in Little Rock with three starters suspended for […]

ENMU men thinking big in soccer

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ENMU freshman Rhen Salas (left) tries to break up a pass to sophomore Albert Robinson during Tuesday’s soccer practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Playing with a roster comprised largely of freshmen, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team held its own as a first-year program in 2004. The […]

Lady Cats prepare for invite

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Clovis High junior Siobhan Flatow goes up for a kill during a recent practice. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Two years ago Clovis won the tournament. Last year the Lady Wildcats couldn’t win a match. The only consistent thing about the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament the past few years […]

Cats cruise to soccer win over NMMI

CNJ staff Sophomore Luis Esparza recorded a hat trick and added two assists Tuesday to lead the Clovis High boys soccer team to an 8-2 rout of New Mexico Military Institute at Yucca Soccer Complex. Seven players contributed at least one goal or one assist for the Wildcats (3-1), who were coming off a second-place […]

Zias ready for next step

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Senior forward Karly Parkans tries to put a move on goalkeeper Stephanie Sanchez during Tuesday’s ENMU women’s soccer practice. Parkans scored six goals for last year’s squad. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After tripling its win total last season, the third-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer squad […]

State officials argue savings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Defenders of Cannon Air Force Base will learn late this week whether three anxious months of lobbying can reverse the Pentagon’s decision to close the base. Beginning today, the nine-member Base Closure and Realignment Commission is scheduled to take a series of votes to settle the fate of Cannon […]

Rumsfeld predicts approval for much of base-closing plan

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld predicted Tuesday that a federal commission will endorse “the overwhelming majority” of his proposals to close, shrink or expand hundreds of military bases across the country. For its part, the nine-member panel has promised not to rubber-stamp the Pentagon chief’s plan, and commissioners […]

Tick, tick, tick…Cannon on clock

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Airman 1st Class Chris Vicars looks inside a vehicle during a random vehicle inspection Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Randy Harris said he has every reason to believe Base Closure and Realignment commissioners will spare Cannon Air Force Base when they hold hearings this week in […]

Facts prove Cannon should remain open

Freedom Newspapers Fittingly, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base started with numbers and they will greatly impact the outcome. The numbers are clearer now than they were last spring because we know more about the numbers behind our national defense leaders’ plan to close the base. Not all the numbers are pretty and many […]