Senate approves bill including base money

CNJ staff WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill that contains $13.2 million for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. Domenici, R-NM, urged the committee to keep construction funds in the bill for Cannon Air Force Base, […]

DA: Police still gathering statements in bond case

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday Clovis detectives are still gathering statements in the case of a bondsman accused of shooting two people Tuesday while revoking a bond. Bayless, who owns Hank’s Bail Bonds, shot co-worker Christina Snell in the leg and Javier Sanchez in the back while apprehending […]

George Bradburn

Sharna Johnson Navy “Seabees” were always stationed alongside the Marines… 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. George Bradburn Date of birth: Jan. 15, 1925 Dates of service: June 25, 1943 […]

9/23 Religion Calendar

Today Single Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971 Saturday Religious Education classes — 8:30 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe, 108 Davis St., Clovis. Classes for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 762-7343. Monday Cowboy Church — 6:30 p.m., […]

9/23 view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Last week, Amos described an encounter with a college hamster named Henry, an agnostic who sincerely wanted to know how to have faith. Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the agnostic hamster – part two silly me boss i decided to […]

Giving reward for giver as much as receiver

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I went to see her for the last time about 20 years ago. She lived all alone, not far from our home in a nearby neighborhood. She rarely enjoyed the pleasure of anyone’s company. I met her when I was delivering sacks of groceries for a church effort. Our first […]

9/23 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 7-14: • Antonio Dontrelle Rivers, 19, of Alphine, Ala., to Victoria Nicole Kirven, 18, of Clovis • OBed Fernando Echeverria, 16, to Liliana Yasmin Mendoza, 19, both of Portales • Karunaker Reddy Rachala, 29, of Richmond, Va., to Nalini Kumari Pinnammareddy of Portales • […]

Bible textbook could circumvent culture war

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Seeking to defuse a central controversy of the culture wars, a Bible advocacy group unveiled a new textbook Thursday that could open the door to widespread Bible courses in public high schools. The textbook, titled “The Bible and Its Influence,” was written to thread a constitutional and legal needle […]

Driver goes off road, new life begins

Grant McGee I ain’t drivin’ an 18-wheeler no more. The folks over at the Motor Vehicle Division office “encouraged” me to surrender my Commercial Driver’s License (known as a CDL) when I was taking care of some business there the other day. They told me if I wanted to keep it I’d need this and […]

Disasters, catastrophes bring lessons

Helena Rodriguez I rarely watch Christian television. When I do it’s during what I hope are rare, double-take moments, such as when I caught tele-evangelist Pat Robertson as he was advocating to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. As I was recently channel surfing, something on Christian TV made my hands freeze on the remote again. […]

Sunset changes in Patriot Act not acceptable

Freedom Newspapers T he sadly misnamed Patriot Act, which grants federal law enforcement a laundry list of powers it had sought throughout the 1990s, but which Republicans in Congress opposed until 9/11, is in its final stages of reauthorization. A conference committee between the House and Senate is expected to begin meeting this week or […]

Margaret Torres

Mrs. Margaret Torres, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 28, 1920, in New Kirk to Teofila and Juan B. Aragon. She grew up in New Kirk, lived in Tucumcari, in Clovis, and moved to Portales in 1961. She was preceded in death […]

Violet Orr

Violet May Orr, 91, of Belen, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at her residence following a long illness. She was born May 5, 1914, in Trenton, Mo., to Frank and Grace Marrs. She spent most of her early life in Hereford, Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, Walter Milton Orr, on Dec. 10,1933. She […]

Melrose seniors searching for perfect ending

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Melrose’s Brock Graham, left, Cedar Rush, center, and Carlos Ruiz are three of six seniors who have been playing football under coach Dickie Roybal since seventh grade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock […]

Prep volleyball notes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said sophomore Bryn Mayfield is a clutch server. “She’s saved our bacon lots of times with her serves,” Littlejohn said. Her serving line from last weekend’s Mountain Top Tournament at Cloudcroft backs that up. She was 74 of 75 on serves with 28 aces. “She […]

Two more charged in shooting death

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Two brothers already in custody were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with last week’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said evidence gathered during witness interviews and forensic testing led to the murder charges against Orlando Salas, 15, and Demetrio Salas, […]

Charges pending in bond shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he will decide today whether to file charges against a Clovis bail bondsman involved in shooting two people — including a co-worker — while attempting to revoke a bond. Hank Bayless of Hank’s Bail Bonds shot Christina Snell and suspected bail-jumper Javier Sanchez, Chandler […]

Members of the Red Hat Society return to CCC to keep learning

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Ione Wood, left, and Valerie Benedix, right, are members of the Clovis Community College Red Hat Society or also known as the Frivolous Floozies. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The classes the women take aren’t conventional, and neither are the women. Nancy Bartholomew exercises in the Clovis Community College swimming […]

Youth minister acquitted of charges

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Erwin Estoque, who was found innocent of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old female, feels his life will never be the same. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Erwin Estoque’s life as a youth music minister and college student changed dramatically after his arrest. He was accused of having sexual contact […]

Senators commit to finding new mission for Cannon AFB

Staff and wire reports Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega met Wednesday with New Mexico’s two U.S. senators to talk about ongoing efforts to find a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission last month handed the eastern New Mexico base a reprieve of sorts. Instead […]