BRAC process should serve as wake-up call

Freedom Newspapers One year from now, the top regional story of 2006 could well be a repeat of 2005: BRAC. We hope it will be No. 1 again, but for a different reason. Instead of ’05’s uncertainty over the future of Cannon Air Force Base, we want the 2006 reason to be a certain future […]

Letters to the editor: Rural roads deserve county’s attention

After reading the Curry County Commission’s wish list for next year, I wish someone would explain why we would spend $3 million-plus on an events center that has dubious use and ignore the county’s rural roads. I live on County Road Five and even though the road, at some points, is hard panned it is […]

At least black-eyed peas aren’t fattening

By Karl Terry: Local columnist Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a […]

Marriages and divorces

CNJ staff The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Dec. 21, through Wednesday: • Woody Thomas, 51, to Judy Faye Bartlett, 52 both of Clovis • Dennis Robert Railsback, 56, to Erma Jean Brown, 51, both of Sardinia, Ohio • Christopher John Spears, 18, to Scarlett Amberlynn Banister, 18, both of Clovis […]

Zias coach rebounding from cancer

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Zia basketball head coach Dan Buzard explains a play to freshman guard Lindsey Wood Wednesday during practice at Greyhound Arena. Buzard is back to coaching after sitting out a year. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers After enduring 14 months of chemotherapy, Zia basketball coach Dan Buzard and his family are hopeful […]

Year in review: Area recovering from BRAC process

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Gabriel Bryant of Clovis shows his support for Cannon when members of the Brac Commission visited Clovis in June. (Staff photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Remnants of the Base Realignment and Closure process linger around eastern New Mexico. Posted outside several businesses are thick, plastic banners. They were designed months ago in a […]

Year in review: Number of homicides down sharply

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry and Roosevelt counties recorded three homicides each in 2005 — only half the number seen in the 9th Judicial District in 2004, but several touched large segments of area communities because the victims were well known and included three senior citizens and a 10-year-old boy. Officials said the […]

Senior Happenings, School Menus, Honors, Anniversary

Senior Happenings La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Monday: Closed for New Years Day Holiday Tuesday: 10:30 a. m. — Indoor exercise. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks; 2 p.m. — Birthday cake and Mananitas. Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 […]

Resolutions to make roads, bathrooms safer

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — While collecting New Year’s resolutions around town in honor of a new beginning for the next 12 months — or 12 days, depending on how long the resolutions last, I hit on a cow-pie mine. Not only did I uncover the fascinatingly unprintable, but I also came across some […]

Moment evokes feelings, wishes for upcoming year

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist While driving north along Prince Street, I happen to glance up at the sky above a field to the east, where I see what appears for a split second to be a toy kite or plastic bag. Realizing it is none of the above, rather a desert falcon, I stop the […]

Jack finally got his wish — to be buried in N.M.

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Sometimes I can get over my head in helping somebody. That was the case with Jack Skipworth. You’d have to know something about Jack to understand. Maybe this will help: Jack was sort of famous for being in trouble with the law. Some of you may remember I wrote a two-part […]

Rules to live by in 2006

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Advertisement With a new year upon us, it’s time to re-evaluate the rules by which we live. After all, we’re a year older and wiser now, and some of our self-governing moods just don’t apply anymore. Behind this endeavor is the fact that each new year I sit down and think […]

Court records: Suspect tells police McNaughton died at his home

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Accused killer James Smith told police Laura McNaughton “died very quickly” at his home after they engaged in a “very physical embrace,” according to court documents unsealed Friday. In an interview with law-enforcement authorities, Smith said he placed McNaughton’s body on his back porch after she died, then went to sleep, […]

Officials urge citizens to party responsibly

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff writer Out with the old and in with the new. Area residents will be celebrating the start of a new year tonight, and local officials are urging citizens to “party responsibly.” Lt. James Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said New Year’s Eve will be safe and fun […]

Police arrest 17-year-old in connection with rape

Staff reports Police arrested a 17-year-old Friday in connection with a Christmas Eve rape and kidnapping of a Clovis woman, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. The 40-year-old victim identified her alleged attacker from police photos, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. The name of the accused was not released by police. […]

Remembering World War II

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Freedom Newspapers: Sharna Johnson Clovis resident Dan True served as an Army tech sergeant in World War II. He was deployed to Europe and the Philippines as part of his three-year stint. Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer An American flag hangs year-round outside Lt. Col. Judy Griego’s childhood home. The man who hung it is […]

Lady Cats turn back Portales for Plateau Classic title

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Portales senior Megan Kabrick rips down a defensive rebound as Ebony Bunton avoids picking up a foul during Saturday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats went to their big guns Friday night to nail down the […]

Hounds bow late to Aggies

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Senior guard Eddie Moss hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds left, highlighting a game-ending 10-0 run that lifted Oklahoma Panhandle State past Eastern New Mexico University 62-59 on Friday for the Aggies’ first win of the season. Nick Malinowski and Aaron Harrison posted double-doubles for Panhandle (1-10), scoring 15 […]

Lady Buffs roll past Zias in South opener

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Center Keisha Monroe led four West Texas A&M players in double figures Friday with 21 points as the 15th-ranked Lady Buffs defeated Eastern New Mexico University 76-44 in the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s opener for both teams. WT (9-1) held the Zias (6-5) to 19 percent shooting for […]

Espanola Valley tops Rams in tourney

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams traveled north to gain some valuable experience against good teams in front of big crowds and they got that experience. They got it at the expense of a nick on their record, though, as Espanola Valley took a 53-42 win over the Rams in the fifth-place […]