County approves final events center plan

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksCurry County Manager Dick Smith displays the final drawing of the Curry County Special Events Center. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Seventy-one pages of detailed drawings depicting the future Special Events Center were approved by the Curry County Commission during Tuesday’s regular meeting. Albuquerque architect Jim Lewis presented the renditions, […]

Schools seek 50 percent as solution

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Two thorns in the side of New Mexico public schools were discussed at the New Mexico School Board Association Region Five meeting: Inadequate funding and No Child Left Behind mandates. Also discussed at the meeting, held Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center, were two possible solutions endorsed by the […]

Age just a number for military group

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In 1947, Richard “Gene” Pershall of Clovis was infatuated with the military and wanted to follow in his older brother’s footsteps. At the age of 15, he pestered his father to let him join the Army Air Corps. Reluctantly, his father agreed and signed a consent form stating Pershall […]

Reporter’s notebook: Staff sergeant’s green thumb produces prize winning flower

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer With her new home at Cannon Air Force Base came a new yard. The urge to garden was almost immediate, said Marilisa Porter, an Air Force staff sergeant who moved to Clovis about a year and a half ago. “I thought, well, heck, this is the first time I […]

Self-projected racism perpetuates cycle

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “Can you show me the doll that looks bad?” The two baby dolls are identical except that one has pale skin, the other is dark. The little black girl, maybe 5 years old, has been holding up the pale doll, but in response to the question, she puts it down […]

Small talk leads to major annoyance

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I […]

Situation in Iraq not encouraging

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, […]

Hounds post shutout win over Missouri Southern

CNJ staff PORTALES — It may not have been a perfect outing, but the result was just fine with the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team. The Greyhounds made a first-half goal by junior defender Donnell Jackson stand up for a 1-0 Southwest Soccer Conference victory over Missouri Southern on Sunday at the ENMU […]

Zias break losing streak with win over Pioneers

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ENMU junior Randi Egley (6) collected 18 kills and 13 digs in the Zias’ four-game win over Wayland Baptist on Monday night at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Whatever Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team did Monday night, junior Randi Egley hopes the Zias can […]

Finicky artists

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Charlie, who is partially blind, was the featured artist at Saturday’s first Sundance Ranch cat art auction. His painting titled “Friends” sold for $180. CNJ staff photos: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The artist rejects his canvas, slinking into a corner, his right paw covered in neon orange paint. Charlie, whose black-and-white […]

City Commission will address process for replacing police chief

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city manager Joe Thomas said he will seek the advisement of the City Commission to determine the process by which the new chief of police will be appointed. He said the matter will be discussed during an executive session prior to Thursday’s scheduled commission meeting. Police Chief Bill […]

Air Force officials encourage feedback

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before […]

Blowing in the wind

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent West Texas might be right on the heels of eastern New Mexico in expanding its economic base with wind farms and biodiesel plants. Energy companies have expressed interest in building wind farms in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to local economic development officials. Bailey County has also been named as […]

Hereford man confesses to assaulting grandfather

CNJ Staff A Hereford man wanted in connection with assaulting a family member in Texas was arrested Sunday by Clovis police in a stolen semi-tractor trailer. Aaron L. Warden, 27, slit his grandfather’s throat earlier Sunday, according to Lt. Esrael Silva of the Hereford police department. Hereford police will be seeking his extradition from Clovis, […]

Bush reveals different side to journalists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist If there is one thing about President Bush that is different in private from his public persona, it is probably intensity. Before big crowds he is folksy and self-deprecating. Before the hostile press, he is a bit wary. But in our setting — a meeting with half a dozen conservative […]

Back payments doled out to retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A small group of disabled military retirees this month will be the first of 133,000 to receive lump-sum back payments, which are tied to start-up challenges for two “concurrent receipt” programs enacted since 2003. That’s according to officials with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). The trickle of back […]

Suggested testing of weapons beyond weird

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s one of those incidents that should leave Americans uneasy, unsure whether to get angry or laugh. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said last week that the United States should use high-power microwave devices and other nonlethal weapons on American citizens to test them before using them on foreign enemies, according to […]

On the job: Clovis Fire Department

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Firefighter Dustin Oliver demonstrates the correct way to use the pole. The fire station on Mitchell Sreet. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The average Clovis firefighter is 31 years old, male, works 24-hour shifts, makes $25,500 a year and has been on the job between two and 16 years. “Ladder […]

Civic leaders address concerns during Special Ops visit

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer panel of local civic leaders fielded questions about eastern New Mexico health care, real estate, schools and recreation Thursday at Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command, according to civic leaders. The local community representatives addressed the concerns of about 600 AFSOC personnel during the […]

City sees spike in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In recent months there has been a spike in robberies in Clovis, bringing the number of cases for the year so far, with more than three months remaining, to about the same as the total for 2005, according to police. Summer months have brought on the majority of the […]