PC lingo will get you on Bob’s list

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Now comes Christmas with its roasted chestnuts and guys begging change for charity in front of Wal-Mart stores, all of which makes me watch my language. I learned that yuletide lesson as a youngster when my mother utilized her Nebraska wit by saying, “If you can‘t talk clean during the […]

Muleshoe wins first meeting with Rams

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Portales’ Daniel Aranda shoots a layup over Muleshoe’s Eric Washington during Tuesday’s game. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It was a playoff atmosphere Tuesday night, with the visiting Mules trading baskets all night with the host Portales Rams. Come Thursday, it will feel like a playoff series. Trevor Turnbow scored a […]

Lady Cats roll past Goddard in opener

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Clovis’ Tori Quintana drives the baseline during the second half of Tuesday’s season opener against Roswell Goddard at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If Brittany Blackmon was nervous Tuesday night, her numbers certainly belied it. The Clovis High senior post scored 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, […]

Portales routs Lady Mules with defense

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Portales senior Megan Kabrick shoots a turnaround jumper against Muleshoe’s Ashley Grumbles in the first half of Tuesday’s game. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Even with 18 points, Morgan Hill thought defense was the most important aspect of Portales’ 54-26 rout of Muleshoe. Even with Navy’s hoops team waiting for the […]

Cannon being evaluated

CNJ staff An eight-member mission team from the Air Force arrived Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base to begin evaluating possible missions for the base. Randy Harris of the base support group Committee of Fifty said the Air Force team spent the day collecting data, which will help determine Cannon’s future. Community leaders have said […]

Police searching for child-abuse suspect

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police are searching for a 42-year-old Clovis man in connection with the death of an infant 13 months ago. An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 9 for Leroy Jaramillo for child abuse leading to the death of a 10-month-old Clovis baby in his care at a Clovis motel, according […]

Car dealership owner wins back legal fees

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A U.S. district court has ruled in favor of a car dealership owner in court action related to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The ruling allows the car dealer to recoup some or possibly all of his $185,000 in legal expenses. Alva Carter, owner […]

Ira Pottard

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. Ira Pottard Date of birth: Aug. 4, 1922 Dates of service: 1942 to 1949 Hometown: Clovis Theater and location of service: China Burma India […]

General Motors’ job cuts painful but necessary

Freedom Newspapers The United Auto Workers’ top two officials held a news conference recently blasting General Motors’ decision to slash 30,000 jobs and close nine manufacturing plants in North America. “(The) action by General Motors is not only extremely disappointing, unfair and unfortunate, it is devastating to many thousands of workers, their families and communities,” […]

Humans different from other animals

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Some ideas have so little merit to them they shouldn’t ever see the light of day — not in intellectually respectable forums. It’s as if we gave Nazis a place at the table when discussing how societies should be organized. Here, once again, I find a notable person, indeed, a […]

Dumbing down schools self-defeating

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Perhaps you remember white flight. That is, of course, the term for what happened in the ’60s when African Americans, newly liberated from legal segregation, began fanning out from the neighborhoods to which they’d once been restricted. Traumatized at the thought of living in proximity to their perceived inferiors, white […]

Scout’s honor: City airport benefits from Eagle project

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For his Eagle Scout project, Jay Burns, 16, helped replace the Clovis Municipal Airport sign. Burns said his main role in the project was working with architects, local business owners and contractors. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Looking for a sign? Clovis Municipal Airport needed a new one. Eagle Scout […]

Mission team to visit Cannon

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers They’re not exactly sure where their trip will end, but supporters of Cannon Air Force Base insist they’re making great time. An eight-member mission team from the Air Force is scheduled to visit Cannon today to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission […]

Officials seek alternatives to juvenile incarceration

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Officials say Clovis needs a juvenile justice facility for runaways and first-time petty offenders, equipped with classrooms and counselors instead of jail cells and guards. Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley heads a 15-member juvenile justice committee formed about a month ago, based on a county committee formed five years […]

11/29 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to the 2300 block of Whippoorwill Way in reference to criminal sexual contact of a minor. The father of a 13-year-old female told police his daughter was touched inappropriately by a male neighbor on Nov. […]

11/29 Business Digest

United Way taking applications soon The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will soon begin to accept applications requesting donor funds to serve area families and individuals. According to the charitable organization, distributing donor funds is the most important function they perform. The funds will eventually serve local families, individuals or children in four priority […]

Lady Cats open tonight

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Clovis girls basketball coach Miles Waters works with his team during practice at Rock Staubus gym Monday afternoon. The defending Class 5A state champion Lady Wildcats open the season at home tonight versus Goddard. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While the defending Class 5A champion Clovis High girls open […]

Stacy selected next CHS athletic director

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Stacy, who has coached Clovis High’s cross country teams under contract for the past three seasons, has been selected to replace Dale Fullerton as the district’s athletic director. Stacy was chosen from a field of four finalists for the position. The others were Lonnie Baca, a teacher at […]

ENMU student dies in one-vehicle accident

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student from Missouri died in a car accident early Sunday morning 10 miles north of Clovis. State police officials said Monday they are still investigating the cause of the accident. Jarrod Michael Knox, 18, died in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred at 2:07 a.m. on […]

Privatizing pension agency would benefit taxpayers

Freedom Newspapers The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. took another step down the slippery slope last week, according to an Associated Press story. The federal agency announced it has assumed the pension assets and claims of Falcon Products Inc., a manufacturer of commercial furniture. The two plans taken over by the agency cover about 2,300 current […]