Gadgets make cars more comfortable for owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Satellite radio, global positioning satellite mapping and DVD screens are hot items on today’s vehicles, according to car accessory dealers. And the more gadgets a vehicle has, the faster it sells, according to Greg Bass, Hamilton Big Country Truck Center manager. Vehicles equipped with satellite radio, global positioning satellite […]

Business Briefs 7/25

NMSU Clovis center field day set for Aug. 9 The annual field day for New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis Aug. 9 will highlight crop research and dairy production relating to eastern New Mexico, according to a news release from the school. “This year’s program covers the whole spectrum of agricultural production […]

Middle East situation requires understanding

Freedom Newspapers The images of death and devastation are so appalling, the destruction seems so senseless. It is not difficult to understand the emotional impulse behind the call for the United States to “do something” about the fighting between Israel and the forces of Hezbollah, the jihadist group that effectively controls southern Lebanon. Surely the […]

Attacks on Israel continue without end

By Mona Charen: syndicated columnist “Israel believes this threat is existential,” explained a clearly dubious former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Richard Murphy. Well, how could they think that? (And by the way, all former ambassadors, especially those who served in Saudi Arabia and now serve as advisers to Saudi banks, should be taken with […]

Drug lobby, White House resist TRICARE rebates

By Tom Philpott: Military Update As the Justice Department prepares to battle drug manufacturers in court to win what U.S. lawyers say are long overdue price rebates for the TRICARE retail pharmacy network, the White House quietly is pressuring Congress not to pass legislation that would support the cause. Bush administration politicos, in effect, have […]

Clovis remembers fallen hero

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Robert and Lucia Kassin are presented with a US flag during a memorial service Sunday for their son, Robert Paul Kassin, at Highland Baptist Church. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their white-gloved fingers slid the length of the flag before them, creasing it along the stripes. As the fabric was snapped and pulled by […]

Escapees captured near Las Vegas, N.M.

CNJ Staff Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Slaying victim’s family visits site

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David and Maria Beardmore view a cross they placed Thursday to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found by hunters in December. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a […]

Hospital receives 26 citations

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center has received 26 citations for violating federal regulations, according to a federal report issued after a May investigation. The extensive investigation was performed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a division of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department whose mission is to […]

Q&A: Dairy man loves challenge

Editor’s Note: Albin Smith is a local dairy owner and a Curry County commissioner. Q: How long have you been in the dairy business? A: I came to Portales 30 years ago this month with 28 cows. Q: What does the dairy business mean to you? A: I like the cows, but I have come […]

Flags to fly at half-staff

CNJ Staff Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. today at Highland Baptist Church. Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff Monday and Tuesday to honor Clovis Infantryman Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, according to a news release from the governor. Kassin, 29, died July 16 while serving his second tour […]

Rare cactus blooms

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers A rare cactus bloomed at a local couples’ home this last week, giving them and their neighbors a chance to see a beautiful sight available only once a year. Portales gardening enthusiasts Cecil and Mary Clotfelter own a species of cactus commonly called the night-blooming cereus, which blooms its white […]

July 23, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 a.m. July 15 officers dispatched to a fire in the 400 block of West 12th Street found a small building behind a home engulfed in flames. As firefighters worked to put the fire out, officers questioned three juveniles seen in […]

Area players to participate in all-star volleyball games

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn says she’s a little sad her final competitive volleyball match is coming up this week in the Class 4A-5A New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4-5A all-star game in Albuquerque, but at the same time she’s ready to move on. Hilburn signed to play […]

HPJRA finals: Short-go puts wraps on rodeo

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Abby Medlin races to the finish line after running her horse through the poles in the 9-12 age group in Saturday’s short-go of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent In essence, the last day of the High Plains […]

Club Notes – 7/23

Encanto Members of the Encanto Garden Club brought sack lunches to the home of Betty Dunlap for an all-day gourd workshop, according to Ruth Burns. Dunlap raises numerous gourds of all shapes and sizes, which she provided club members for art projects. She also provided patterns, paint and tools from her home workshop. Of particular […]

Honors – 7/23

South Plains College Clovis students named to the South Plains College Dean’s Honor List for the spring 2006 semester were Richard Bouley, Engelo Charles, Carli McCasland and Christine Young. Csakan Nicholas A. Csakan of Clovis has been named a Collegiate All-American Scholar, according to the United States Achievement Academy. Csakan, who attends New Mexico State […]

Weddings – Walton-Hicks

Natalie Ann Walton of Texico and Kenneth David Hicks of Ringgold, La., were joined in marriage June 17 at Springhill Baptist Church in Ringgold. The Rev. Gary Haylor performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Tim and Debbie Walton of Texico. She is the granddaughter of Marvine and Aloma Walton and Raymond and […]

Engagements – 7/23

Lujan-Francis Antionette and Samantha Massey of Albuquerque announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their mother, Evonna Lujan, to Burl Francis, both of Clovis. He is the father of Dakota Francis of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows Dec. 31. The reception will be at 3001 Las Palomas. The bride is employed at Safe Ride […]

Anniversaries – Pennington

Bill and Bernice Pennington of Farwell will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Tuesday. The couple were married July 25, 1946, in Portales. They have two children, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Both are retired.