2/28 Local roundup

Woman injured when vehicle strikes pole A female driver heading east on U.S. 60-84 struck a telephone pole Monday afternoon at the intersection of Wheaton Street, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Juan Jose Martinez. The back of the driver’s head was bleeding, Martinez said, and she was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital. The driver […]

2/28 Business digest

Buckle names new store manager Windy Wagner has been named manager of the Buckle in North Plains Mall, according to a press release from the corporation. A graduate of West Texas A&M University, she began her career with the company in 2005, the release said. The North Plains Mall location is one of 340 Buckle […]

Developing musical talent can lead to lifelong success

By Greg Smithhisler: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. My friend Kurt celebrated his 30th birthday last week — a special joy for me as I revel in his accomplishments and all […]

Federal agencies should back off land regulation

Freedom Newspapers Samuel Alito, the newest justice, sat in for the first time last week as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two important cases that could do much to define the regulatory reach of the federal government and the priority given to private property rights. The cases could tell us a great […]

2/28 Letters to the editor

Chairman eyes steps to ‘modernize’ GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee, wants active duty veterans to have more “flexibility” to use Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits. He also will consider making Reserve MGIB benefits “portable” so they can be used after reservists leave service. But Buyer hasn’t endorsed that second change, […]

Cats hold off Rio Rancho for Invite title

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Clovis third baseman Jared Powers looks to second base after tagging Rio Rancho baserunner out on a squeeze attempt during Saturday’s Clovis Invitational championship game at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High baseball team made efficient use of limited offense Saturday night. Held hitless for […]

Hobbs upends Cats for 4-5A crown

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Clovis’ Michael Lewis releases a shot during the second half of their District 4-5A tournament championship game Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ Photo:Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent First-round road games for the state tournament have been the bane for the Clovis Wildcats boys basketball team the last few years. Even with a […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Fort Sumner boys, Grady girls win district tourney titles

CNJ staff The Fort Sumner boys and Grady girls captured district tournament championships Saturday night with victories on their home courts. Fort Sumner (22-3) extended its winning streak to 16 games, pulling away in the third quarter to beat third-seeded Melrose 64-50 in District 3-1A boys competition. Fort Sumner will face District 4-1A runnerup Grady […]

Don Knotts dies at 81

By Jeremiah Marquez: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on “Three’s Company,” has died. He was 81. Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at a Los Angeles […]

Sheriff running for judge’s position

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher believes he is ready for another phase of his law-enforcement career. He wants to be a judge. Hatcher, whose eight-year sheriff’s career will end in December because of term limits, has announced he is running for the magistrate judge position held by Richard Hollis. […]

Family of man who died in jail sues sheriff, deputy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Two years ago, a Bovina man was found hanging in his cell at the Parmer County jail. Now the family of Phillip Morris Griggs Jr. seeks $8 million in a lawsuit filed against the county’s sheriff and chief deputy. Texas attorney Chuck Hester filed the complaint Feb. 17 in […]

First president’s policies paved way for U.S. freedom

Freedom Newspapers George Washington has become something of a mythical figure in our national consciousness, a distant and perhaps even dour personage. We may know that we’re supposed to revere him, but he was hardly cuddly. There is some truth in that image, which to some extent he himself cultivated. It is worth remembering, however, […]

Hounds win in OT to make LSC tournament

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Freshman guard Joshua Jackson’s baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left in overtime Saturday lifted Eastern New Mexico University past Midwestern State 84-82 in a battle for the Lone Star Conference South’s fourth and final berth in next week’s LSC tournament. The Greyhounds (12-15, 6-6 South) will travel to face […]

2/26 Letters to the editor

Citizen safety on sheriff’s priority list Regarding Glenda Bly’s letter criticizing our sheriff (“Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities”) in Wednesday’s CNJ: Let me see if I understand the point. Laws regarding seat belts, baby car seats, drunk drivers, and methamphetamine should not be enforced, although violations of each of those laws maim and kill […]

Student journalists show responsibility

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Our founding fathers knew that in order to have an effective democracy, someone must monitor the powerful and keep them honest. Thus, they placed freedom of the press in the First Amendment, along with the other fundamental freedoms (speech, religion, assembly and petition). Journalists became The Fourth Estate, the final […]

ENMU baseball team sweeps Northeastern State

CNJ staff TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University rode the hot hitting of second baseman Mike McDuffie and stellar relief work by sophomore right-handers Charlie Ward and Keith Balderaz to a sweep of Northeastern State in a Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader Saturday at Rousey Field. The Greyhounds won the opener 7-6 and scored […]

2/26 In memory

Benny Pacheco Jr. on his father Benigno “Benny” Sena Pacheco Sr, a professional gambler: “My father taught us that there’s really no gambles. You have to do sure things. (He said) ‘If you’re guessing, you’re losing. Don’t play a game you don’t know how to play, because then you’re playing another man’s game.’ “If it […]

Residents buy cheaper groceries through charity

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers About 200 Portales residents went to First Baptist Church on Saturday to take advantage of a new program that provides low-cost groceries. The Angel Food Ministries, a Georgia-based non-profit organization, reports on its Web site the average retail value of the groceries is about $50 per box. The charity sells […]

Zias top Midwestern State in finale

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Tiana Bryant and Heather Brown scored 27 points each as Eastern New Mexico University ended an injury-ravage season Saturday by beating Midwestern State 76-63 in a Lone Star Conference South contest. In the process, the Zias (11-17, 3-11 South) knocked Midwestern State out of contention for a conference tournament […]