Elliott respected by LSC coaching peers

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Harold “Bud” Elliott made a lasting impression on many of his colleagues around the Lone Star Conference. Elliott, ENMU’s football coach from 1994-2004, died early Tuesday at the age of 73 in Lubbock from heart and kidney failure. West Texas A&M’s Don […]

Lady Eagles look ahead to first postseason berth

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Clovis Christian freshman Jennifer Schaap (left) and senior Tasha Daale go up to block a Floyd attack during a match in September. (CNJ file photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent If Clovis Christian volleyball coach Ceil Boatman wrote a television commercial script about her squad’s recent District 4-1A tournament championship victory at Grady, it might […]

Officials: Guarded business dealings necessary

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In the age of information, keeping secrets is standard business practice, according to some academic and business officials. A growing method of grapevine circumvention is the confidentiality agreement. Once signed, it legally binds individuals from divulging a wide range of information, from a food recipe to the identity of […]

Former ENMU football coach dies at 73

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Elliott had a 37-year career as a college head coach, beginning in 1964 at Southwestern College in Kansas. His overall record was 205-179-9. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Harold “Bud” Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died Tuesday morning of heart and kidney failure in Lubbock, family […]

County officials tour juvenile detention center

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Commissioners and elected officials toured the Juvenile Detention Center as part of Tuesday’s regular Curry County Commission meeting. The group was introduced to Jerry Peckinpaugh, who is employed as a teacher at the facility. Peckinpaugh presided over three sullen teenage boys wearing black and white striped scrub-like uniforms with […]

Sexual assault reports released

Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This story contains content about a sexual assault that some may find offensive. PORTALES — Portales police on Tuesday released incident reports pertaining to a sexual assault case that may have led to the distribution of fliers warning of a rapist around the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. According to the […]

11/2 Local Roundup

Police: Possible suspect in attack Clovis Police said Tuesday they have a possible suspect in connection with Friday’s attack on a Clovis woman at her home on the 900 block of Connelly Street. Clovis Police Detective Tony Bosque said he is waiting until the victim positively identifies the suspect from a photo line-up before pursuing […]

Nominee could provide healthy political discussion

Freedom Newspapers Well, you certainly can’t say that Judge Samuel Alito, with 15 years experience on the federal appellate bench and stints as a U.S. attorney and an assistant solicitor general, is not qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. If he seems to be reasonable and likable during Senate hearings — and by […]

Gridlock prevents political meddling

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Now and then my pen dries up, as it were, and I rake my brain for something I should write. But actually the problem isn’t that. Rather, it’s that columnists or pundits are mostly expected to chime in with complaints about public affairs, and I am actually a bit satisfied […]

First spouse’s role cast in glaring light

By Leonard Pitts I have a crush on the president of the United States. Perhaps more accurately, I’ve had a crush on Geena Davis, the woman who plays her Tuesday nights on ABC, ever since she guest-starred on “Family Ties” back in ’84. Those lips! Those legs! That height! Point being, I’m happy to talk […]

Longtime ENMU coach dies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Harold “Bud” Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died Tuesday in Lubbock. He was 73. Elliott, who retired following the 2004 season, was remembered by colleagues as a man with a great sense of humor, a greater sense of morals and an indescribable drive as a […]

Charges against Portales street preacher dropped

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has dropped charges against a street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer dropped the charges on Oct. 19 in Portales Magistrate Court. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested the morning of April 17 for causing a disturbance […]

Officials: Rape fliers may be misleading

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Fliers and e-mails are being distributed around the Eastern New Mexico University campus warning students about a rapist. Police said the information may be misleading. The flier warns: “Women … There is a rapist in town … May have already assaulted two or more women in the Portales […]

State biodiesel firm

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer An alternative fuel business is considering the Clovis Industrial Park as a possible location for a biodiesel plant. Energy Conversion Corp. of Santa Fe is holding a meeting today at the Chamber of Commerce for parties interested in investing in the company, according to Chase Gentry, executive director of the […]

Pre-paid funerals can lock in today’s rates

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Steed-Todd Funeral Home is among the area mortuaries that offer pre-paid services. Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer * Proponents tout savings, less stress as major advantages. While addressing the inevitability of death can be uncomfortable, planning ahead for a funeral can save money and lessen stress, according to financial advisors and funeral service providers. Prepaid […]

Local hand lends aid to devastation

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer A former Clovis resident has been using his job training in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina hit in September. Blanton Christesson, a 1971 Clovis High graduate, is a foreman at Environmental Restoration Co. of St. Louis, Mo. The foreman said he and his crew worked seven days a week and […]

Bob Ware, Verald Blandford

Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer 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. Bob Ware Date of birth: May 4, 1928 Dates of service: October 1946 to March 1948 Hometown: Clovis Lives […]