DWI offender sentenced to three years

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Christian Heller Jr. was wheeled out of the courthouse, sobbing, before a sentence was handed down Wednesday to the man who made him a paraplegic. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Timothy Walton, 46, to the maximum of three years in prison for driving while intoxicated and causing […]

Obituaries — March 2

Albert Cox Services: 1 p.m. (CST) Friday at Cross Plains Memorial Cemetery in Cross Plains, Texas. Albert Wesley Cox, 68, of Waco, Texas, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, in Cross Plains, Texas. He was born Feb. 5, 1938, in Hamlin, Texas, to Reva and Shirley Cox. He graduated from Monahans High School in 1956. He […]

Foxes looking to add title in basketball

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fort Sumner has had plenty of experience winning state football championships in recent years. Now the Foxes hope to add a Class 1A basketball title to their trophy case. They can take a big step tonight when they face Grady in a Region A semifinal game at Logan. Semifinal […]

CHS softball program making strides

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Clovis freshman Tisa Forrest pitches during softball practice last week at the Lady Wildcat Complex. The Lady Wildcats open their season Friday at home against Hobbs in the Clovis Invitational. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A 12-12 record two years ago turned into a 13-13 mark last year for the […]

Clovis man sentenced to 48 1/2 years in prison

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Steven Duran, left, was convicted of killing his friend, Ricardo Gallegos, two years ago. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Steven Duran maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to at least 48 1/2 years in prison for killing his friend almost two years ago. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker […]

Clovis plans parent academy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Former and future students will be seated at desks a few miles away at the Bella Vista Elementary campus, but Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy will not be vacant when the next school year begins, school administrators said. Plans to transform the arts academy into a hub for programs aimed at […]

Aviation only part of regimen for Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

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Cadet Col. Michael Roper, 17, practices spinning his rifle Tuesday outside Clovis High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer As a sophomore at Clovis High School, Michael Roper enrolled in a course he thought was about aircraft and flight. He didn’t know he’d be wearing a uniform and embarking on […]

Flags ordered flown at half-staff for Stewart

CNJ staff Gov. Bill Richardson ordered all state flags be flown at half-staff today through Thursday in honor of Clovis civic leader and devout Cannon Air Force Base supporter Ernest “Doc” Stewart. Stewart, 81, died Monday due to heart and pulmonary complications. A crowd of more than 1,000 is expected to attend Stewart’s memorial service […]

Reporter’s notebook: Students researching New Mexico

Two elementary students, one from Nebraska and one from Illinois, have adopted the state of New Mexico for research projects. Wanting display materials for their projects, both students have written letters to the Clovis News Journal asking local residents to send them postcards, letters, brochures, maps and other information regarding the state. Norma Swanson, teacher […]

Music can aid future career

By Judy Gambill: 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 mother made sure we had plenty of music in our home. She played the piano, and as a child she sang in […]

Roosevelt County man shot in leg

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A 19-year-old Roosevelt County man was shot in the leg sometime Sunday night in Portales, but police aren’t sure exactly where the incident occurred or who shot him. Police were summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital by an emergency room desk clerk at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The clerk reported a patient with […]

Sci-fi lectureship honors Portales Legend

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales will be the center of the science-fiction world Thursday when experts join local science-fiction writing legend Jack Williamson of Portales for the 30th annual Williamson Lectureship. “I enjoy the variety of people who have different points of views,” Rick Hauptmann of Portales said. Hauptmann, a friend of […]

Russian-Iranian uranium deal may avert showdown

Freedom Newspapers The announcement that Iran and Russia have reached a tentative deal for Russia to enrich uranium in Russia for nuclear plants in Iran offers a faint hope that a showdown between Iran and the “international community” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be averted — for now. No doubt there will be deviltry in […]

New Deal interpretation pure distortion

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman has been a steady defender, via all his scholarly and semi-scholarly works, of America’s growing welfare state. He has volunteered umpteen times to step up to the plate with yet another bag full of sophistries with which to give pseudo-legal justifications for expanding the power […]

Preacher Fred Phelps gay, not crazy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Allow me to share with you an epiphany. I think Fred Phelps is gay. Not that I’d have any way to know for sure, and not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it seems obvious to me that Freddie has spent a little time up on “Brokeback Mountain,” if […]

Roy G. Penix

Roy G. Penix Date of birth: Nov. 29, 1925 Dates of service: 1943 to 1946 Hometown: Tucumcari Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: Navy Rank: Seaman 1st class Unit and specialty: USS Mount Olympus, 3rd Amphibious Force Lives in: Lindon, Utah In his words: With his father’s help, Penix obtained a job with the […]