Police cite about a dozen for drinking in public

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police sent a message Friday that softball and beer do not go together on city property, according to officials. Approximately a dozen people were cited Friday for drinking in public during a softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. Police said Friday’s arrests were part of an initiative […]

Fireworks watch in effect as officials monitor sale of banned items

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Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison, right, inspects a Roadrunner fireworks stand owned by Mike Hall of Texico Monday afternoon. The stand was in compliance with all safety regulations, according to Garrison. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Heightened concerns over dry conditions have Curry County officials closely monitoring fireworks sales. […]

Letter trashing military effort appalling

Letters to the Editor What is the intent of publishing letters full of liberal psychobabble from residents who hate the military? (“U.S. war crimes must not go unpunished,” Wednesday’s CNJ) I’m amazed this trash is published in such a pro-military city. The author (Doug Morris) of the latest assault on our men in uniform suggests […]

Immigration bill hesitation good idea

Freedom Newspapers House Speaker Dennis Hastert last week announced at least seven House committees or subcommittees will hold hearings on the immigration bill the Senate passed, in Washington and in other parts of the country, most likely the South and Southwest. Most observers think this move will assure that Congress will not pass immigration legislation […]

Lawmakers should listen to soldiers

Tom Philpott: military columnist The Bush administration continues to sound an alarm over rising military personnel costs from steady gains in pay and benefits voted by the Congress, including more new initiatives in the 2007 defense budget bill. But Congress shows no sign of heeding the alarm, not while U.S. forces “stay the course” in […]

June 25, 2006 Sports Briefs

Zias sign El Paso center Eastern New Mexico University has signed center Kristal Hill of Hanks High School in El Paso Texas, Zia basketball coach Linden Weese announced. “Kristal brings a good power game to our program,” Weese said. “She should be a strong rebounder and scorer for us.” Hill was an all-district selection three […]

Governor promotes economic growth

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The economy of eastern New Mexico is on the mend was the message of Gov. Bill Richardson, who visited Clovis on Saturday to announce the arrival of a major ethanol plant and celebrate the landing of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. Both developments will strengthen […]

Dairy Fest big hit in first year

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Even thunder and lightning couldn’t stop Saturday’s Dairy Fest, which attracted more than 5,000 people, according to event organizers. “It’s great! We really did it,” said Michelle Heavyside, the director of the United Dairy Women. Dairy Fest included a wide array of free games, booths, food and music, all in […]

ENMU adding film major in fall semester

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major that will have 33 core classes in its curriculum Saturday during a regular board meeting. Students can enroll in the degree program in the fall. Robert Vartabedian, ENMU vice president for academic affairs, said the new major in digital […]

Cannon rally plans evolving

CNJ Staff With raffles for a car, an F-16 simulator ride, and a tour of Cannon Air Force Base, this mission accomplished celebration is morphing into a gala event. “It just keeps evolving,” Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said. The “Operation Kept Cannon” rally is a chance for the community to celebrate […]

Preparing the troops: A comparative look at eastern New Mexico, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The similarity of the Melose Bombing Range’s terrain to that of Afghanistan and Iraq was mentioned as one reason the 16th Special Ops Wing was assigned to Cannon. Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer When the congressional delegation announced last week Air Force Special Operations Command had selected Cannon Air Force Base as the home for […]

Local Realtors expect increase in housing demands

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers With the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Ops mission this past week, one local real estate owner predicts subdivisions will be created on the outskirts of Portales to accommodate an expected influx of people. “I was very happy to hear that Cannon has received a new mission. […]

Ethanol plant news caps off eventful week

Freedom Newspapers The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable […]

Volunteers to thank for saving Cannon

Letters to the Editor We are pleased to hear the good news about the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Your community has some great volunteers who have participated with the Committee of Fifty and their dedication over the years has paid off. We are only sorry that Doc Stewart is not here to celebrate […]

Custom Classic has unwritten rules

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleFlorence Jackson of the Clovis Benchwarmer swings at a pitch Friday during the 23rd annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Clovis. The tournament drew 126 teams. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Ask before taking the last slice. Don’t date your friend’s sister unless you plan to […]

Panning for gold pans out

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, schools shut down each June to give enterprising students a chance to get rich. Taking into account the prevailing economy at the time — a nickel bought a Coke that included a 2-cent rebate for the bottle, if you could find a nickel — whenever I […]

New Mexican cuisine not just green chile

Ryn Gargulinski Real New Mexicans don’t eat green chile quiche, someone recently told me. After thanking the person for the insightful information, I pointed out I never asked in the first place. But it did get me to thinking what real New Mexicans do eat. When I lived in the Land of Enchantment, I ended […]

Hospital guards against infant abductions

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleAmber and Justin Norman of Portales sit in the room after their first child, Teagan, was born at 12:23 a.m. Wednesday at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Elizabeth McGregor snuggled her newborn son protectively against her breast as she lay recovering from a Caesarian section at Plains […]

Dogs ponder meaning of Fourth of July

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I know I am not supposed to overhear these conversations. They generally take place late at night, in the back yard, when no humans are around. Since our dogs sleep outside in the summer, they have the chance to sort out and process events with no human ears present. Normally, only […]

UFO Festival an out-of-this-world experience

Freedom Newspapers In keeping with the tradition of celebrating UFOs, aliens and mysterious crashes, the city of Roswell will host its 12th annual UFO Festival from Thursday to July 3. Taking a day trip to the nationally known festival could quench anyone’s desire for everything extraterrestrial. Some history The festival is known for attracting people […]