Roanhaus family prepares for big Saturday

By Pete Herrera: The Associated Press Chad Roanhaus had it all figured out. He’d go to college, get a degree in finance and make a lot of money. Then his roots and his pedigree stepped in. Roanhaus majored in finance with a minor in accounting at New Mexico Highlands, but he’s never used his degree […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Dynamic duo

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Clovis’ Rishard Matthews follows the block of teammate Brian Mead during Saturday’s Class 5A semi-final game against Onate in Las Cruces. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Running back Brian Mead and wide receiver Rishard Matthews are the one-two punch for a Clovis offense that’s helped the Wildcats to a […]

Fire scorches grassland

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A Portales Fire Department brush truck fights a wildfire off N.M. 267 about four miles northwest of Floyd. The fire, fanned by high winds, was believed to have started at the Melrose Bombing Range, officials said. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes […]

Air Force officials to tour Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Fingers that have been crossed tightly for months are slowly loosening, due to this week’s Air Force team visit to eastern New Mexico. As infrastructure assessments of Cannon Air Force Base will bleed into civilian areas today, Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Brian Bentley said he is feeling relief. […]

Preston Dunn

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. Preston Dunn Date of birth: Dec. 31, 1920 Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Artesia Lives in: Portales Theater and location of service: […]

Officers posting notices in crackdown on weeds, debris

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The yellow and blue yard signs seen around town recently are not advertising real estate or garage sales. They are part of the city’s effort to beautify Clovis by strictly enforcing codes related to weeds and debris. According to city officials, the “code crackdown” began on Nov. 1. The […]

12/1 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 3 p.m. Sunday, police went to a shop on the 500 block of Sycamore Street regarding a break-in and graffiti. The store owner told police an intruder ran out the back door when the owner entered the store. He said he […]

ENMU professor retiring after more than 37 years

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — When July rolls around, Eastern New Mexico University will look different. Thurman Elder won’t be roaming the hallways of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building with a calculator and math textbooks in hand. Elder has announced he will retire after more than 37 years of teaching math at […]

12/1 Education Digest

Teacher appointed to committee A language arts and math teacher from Texico was appointed in mid-November to the Governmental Affairs Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Education, according to a New Mexico Public Education Department news release. Dennis Roch, elected in 2004 to a four-year term on the Public Education Commission, was […]

Expert says Ute pipeline best water option

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The water JE Williams needed to brush his teeth and wash his dishes, among other things, ran out less than a year ago. After hauling water from a house he rents in town, the Clovis resident spent a lot of money to build another well on his isolated property. […]

Vague laws leave courts to clean up after Congress

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it sound as if it were strictly a narrow legal matter. But in Schaffer v. Weast it set policies for thousands of school districts around the country, determined how millions of dollars will be spent and had a huge impact on what kind of services some […]

eBay newest forum for political sales

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Bill Richardson wants a football team, casinos want gamblers, our national parks are, no kidding, considering corporate sponsors. Welcome to New Mexico. Everyone wants something. That’s why it is the prediction here the comely Deborah Hale of Albuquerque is setting a trend. Deborah is 48 years old. She is successful. […]

Term ‘dead-end’ insult to honest work

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Certain jobs are derisively referred to as “burger flipper” or “dead-end” jobs. I’d like someone to define a dead-end job. For example, I started out as a professor of economics at California State University, Los Angeles, and then at Temple University and for the past 25 years at George Mason […]

Fire destroys 35,000 acres

By Tony Parra Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as a grass fire swept across the Melrose Bombing Range then south to Floyd, destroying an estimated 35,000 acres, officials said. There were no reports of major injuries, though at least one individual was treated for respiratory problems. Some structures […]

Organizations

CNJ Staff El Portal The NSDAR El Portal Chapter met at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 at 104 E. 17st in Portales. The hostess was Carolyn Thompson. The program subject was Washington, D.C. Regent Wanda Dunn presided over the meeting. Members present were Cori Snobble, Carol Nash, Vicky Stratton, Wanda Dunn, Bess Jones, E. C. […]

Finch/Beevers wedding

CNJ Staff Melanie Finch and Jeremy Beevers of Clovis were joined in marriage Nov. 12, 2005. The honorable Vicki Kelley performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joel and Jane Finch of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of Melvin and LaVon Crubaugh of Clovis and Bill and Emma Finch of Una, S.C. The […]

Crubaugh Anniversary

CNJ Staff Melvin and LaVon Crubaugh of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today. The celebration will be hosted by their seven children and spouses; Susan and John Heiermann, Peggy and Tom Smith, Jane and Joel Finch, Linda and Jeff Crubaugh, Susan and David Crubaugh, Tim Crubaugh and Jennifer and John Harger. The couple […]

Impulse shopping often results in regrets

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist There is still plenty of time left for even thoughtful shoppers to find the right holiday presents, and with that in mind, space in this column next week will be devoted to that reality. In keeping with the mad rush of after Thanksgiving shoppers, we are going to focus this week […]

Holiday depression preventable with some preparation

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Now it’s official. Halloween candy has hardened and most of us have recovered from eating three times our body weight at Thanksgiving. That means we can gallop onward like a Santa sleigh to the very next step. The big stretch of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza and whatever year-end celebration may abound by cavemen in […]

Miracles happen; ordinary folks become heroes

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Carolyn Kitchens sat in her pickup on a snowy January night in 1998, watching as the last wall fell into the flames that engulfed her home. Everything burned except her grandmother’s cast-iron stove, which glowed red-hot in the moonlight. Kitchens lived in a farm house between Tolar and House and drove […]