Uncle Claude has no luck

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist I had an uncle, a farmer hounded by failure. When I was a kid in high top shoes and bib overalls, he tried to buy a one-way ticket to that Great Cornfield in the Sky and, true to form, failed. It was Great Depression time and Uncle Claude’s luck was […]

Finding niche in workforce challenging

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I recall, as a child, riding back from my grandparents’ homes late at night. We would pass by small river towns in western Pennsylvania, with blast furnaces of the steel mills sending up glowing red, blue or yellow sparks against the dark sky. Piles of coal and slag dotted the […]

Lifestyles 9-4

CNJ staff Births Kilian Sean and Amanda Kilian of Urbana, Ill. are the parents of a 7-pound, 6-ounce boy, William Thomas Kilian, who was born on July 7, 2005 at the Carle Hospital in Urbana, Ill. Grandparents are Scott and Joy Kilian of Clovis, and Orin and Pam Whisman of DeLand, Ill. Great-grandparents are Caryl […]

Lady Cats edged for title

CNJ staff BORGER, Texas — Clovis High’s girls were edged by a point (28-29) by Amarillo Tascosa on Saturday for the varsity team title in the season-opening Borger Invitational cross country meet. Freshman Caitlin Waters led the Lady Wildcats, finishing third in the two-mile race in 12 minutes, 47 seconds. The Lady Cats also finished […]

Area prep football capsules

CNJ staff Saturday Melrose 62, Mountainair 36 Records: Melrose 2-0, Mountainair 1-1 Difference: The Buffaloes started and finished the game strong, outscoring Mountainair 22-8 in the first quarter and 20-0 in the fourth. Difference makers: Carlos Ruiz found the end zone five times, running for four touchdowns and throwing for another. By the numbers: Melrose […]

Lady Eagles fall in finals of own tourney

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Clovis Christian’s Tasha Daale, left, and Cristen Wofford, right, attempt to block a shot against Floyd during the finals of their four-team volleyball invitational on Saturday at CCS. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian advanced to the title match in its four-team volleyball tournament on Saturday before running […]

Hounds fall to Southeastern

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Eastern New Mexico University running back Fide Davalos is tackled by a Southeastern Oklahoma’s Ryan Thomason during the second half of Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University was within a couple of extra points at halftime. It took one […]

Base closing process tense, emotional

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers The day before the Defense Base Closure and Realignment hearings opened in Washington, Gov. Bill Richardson was exchanging high fives and feeling confident Cannon Air Force Base could be spared from closure. One day later, that optimism gave way to uncertainty and concern, and Cannon backers said they weren’t sure […]

Two former members of Norman Petty Trio to meet again

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Next week’s Clovis Music Festival brings together two individuals who played significant roles in music history, not knowing their lives were linked. Mike Mitchell and Georgiana Hagen were members of the Norman Petty Trio in the 1950s, although not at the same time. They did not know they shared […]

Portales opens doors to hurricane victims

By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers With Hurricane Katrina forcing thousands of evacuations from the Gulf Coast area every day, Portales will soon be doing its part to help. The New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently requested assistance from communities around the world to provide short and long-term housing for […]

Carl Deaton, Dolphus Johnston, Joe Masters

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Carl Deaton Date of Birth: Dec. 23, 1924 Dates of Service: 1943-1946 Hometown: Lariat, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of […]

9/4 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Officers responded Aug. 25 to a call from the 800 block of Meriwether reporting a burglary in progress. Investigating officers found a man in a nearby alley, emanating a strong odor of alcohol, and detained him for questioning. They found several missing […]

Katrina’s victims still in need of aid, support

Freedom Newspapers The stories and pictures of human and economic grief continue to unfold along the devastated path of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. They show clearly why massive economic aid and citizen assistance is urgently needed. If those needs are not met immediately, we soon will see perilous conditions turn into a raging […]

Attitude first step toward positive results

By Don Reid: Guest Columnist I watched the Base Closure and Realignment hearings with great anticipation and a little anxiety. I was moved by the comments of BRAC commissioners Sue Turner and Lloyd Newton concerning the closure of Cannon Air Force Base. I believe they both spoke from their hearts and did so eloquently. Some […]

Politics are battle for ‘Land of the Free’

By Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when […]

Hounds host Southeastern Oklahoma tonight

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Pampa High School junior James Coffee is tackled by Clovis High School’s Jonathan Sweet (87), Cade Wheeler (26) and Randy Cerda (67) during Clovis’ 34-13 win over Pampa Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Ray Richards took over the Southeastern Oklahoma football program in April, but he […]

Rams pull away from Tularosa

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TULAROSA — With a lucky break in the first half and solid play in the second, Portales was able to return home Friday night with a 26-6 win over Tularosa. A Michael Silva run put the Wildcats (0-2) up 6-0, and it would stay that way untill the final […]

Zias hold on to beat Colorado Christian

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Zia forward Megan Dozier tries to beat Colorado Christian goalkeeper Allison Cox in the first half of Friday’s game. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Anna Funck said she felt pretty good going into Friday’s match against Colorado Christian. Good thing for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team, […]

Agency tour depicts life of foster child

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Youth pastor Daniel Gleaton, 25, of Sandia Baptist Church in Clovis, played the part of a foster child “taken from place to place to place,” in a role-playing exercise. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A gust of wind blew through the rooms of the abandoned Clovis house, twisting and turning the […]

Cats get untracked against Pampa

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Clovis High’s Brian Mead rushed for 196 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns, including a 87-yard kickoff return, in the Wildcats’ 34-13 win over Pampa (Texas) on Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After struggling last week against Mayfield, it took Clovis High’s […]