School shooters leave nation wondering why

By Freedom Newspapers People may disagree about what exactly constitutes evil and what its sources might be. But it is virtually impossible to think about what Charles Carl Roberts did Monday in the little township of Bart, Pa., without using that particular word. Troubled, mentally disturbed, unhinged and even depraved just don’t suffice here. Whatever […]

Pilot killed in crash at Tucumcari air show

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Guy Baldwin, 60, Tulsa, Okla., was performing a manuever called the square loop when he lost control his single-engine plane and crashed Wednesday during an air show in Tucumcari, officials said. Baldwin died in the crash. Photo: Chelle Delaney By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop […]

Residents express concern about ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A dozen Curry County residents expressed concerns about a proposed ethanol plant west of the city at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Most of the concerns centered around potential health issues that some say may arise from the construction and operation of a 105-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant near the existing […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Texico notches big victory

CNJ staff WITH THE FIRST GAME already under its belt, Texico faced 22-18 and 21-15 deficits in the next two games Saturday against District 6-2A rival Clayton. The Lady Wolverines, though, rallied to win both games against a team Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes is the best in district. The only losses this season for […]

School assures safety

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In the wake of several violent school shootings, the attention of the nation has turned to issues of school safety. In Clovis Municipal Schools, safeguarding students has long been a top concern, according to school officials. In response to the 1999 Columbine school shooting, local school officials beefed up […]

Students learn “write way” to secure funds

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksSen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, talks to students Tuesday afternoon on the new playground equipment at Texico Elementary School. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Texico Elementary School students have learned the pen is mighty. A letter-writing campaign undertaken by an elementary class helped secure Texico Elementary a new playground, according to […]

Ute Water Project goes to Senate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New […]

Abilene Christian stays on roll at Hounds’ expense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — After Saturday’s 21-0 Lone Star Conference South Division-opening victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Blackwater Draw, the Abilene Christian football team is heading for relatively new territory. For ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo and his squad, it’s back to the drawing board. At 4-0, the Wildcats, […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats sweep Artesia

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Clovis High’s Siobhan Flatow (2) jumps to block an attack by Artesia’s Tory Burnett during Tuesday’s volleyball clash at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After dropping two straight matches on the road, the Clovis Lady Wildcats snapped their skid Tuesday night with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 […]

Teenagers killed in Farwell accident

By CNJ Staff Two Farwell High students died in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday two miles south of Farwell, according to the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office. Billy Hernandez, 14, and Frankie Reyes 14, were killed when the Suburban they were traveling in with six other area students rolled over several times on County Road 1 about […]

Local Roundup: New staff member joins DA’s office

By CNJ Staff A former Lea County prosecutor has been hired as a deputy district attorney in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, making him the 12th full-time prosecutor working in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Brian Stover, formerly of the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s office, […]

Radicals need taught lesson in restraint

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist In 1989, photographer Andres Serrano exhibited a photo he called “Piss Christ,” depicting a crucifix submerged in urine. It raised a furor and was condemned on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Nobody was killed. In 1999, artist Chris Ofili exhibited a painting he called “The Holy Virgin Mary” in […]

Game show’s appeal lost on viewer

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer One joy of living in the Mountain time zone is the two-hour difference with Eastern time, upon which most of the world runs. Monday night football games that start too late for the average New Yorker end here right before the evening news. And then there’s morning baseball. There’s […]

Protectionists contribute to pupfish plight

By Freedom Newspapers We have followed the plight of the Devil’s Hole pupfish, a rare creature confined to a single limestone cave in remote Death Valley, whose already tenuous existence has taken a turn for the worse since winning federal protection as an endangered species. Unlike many listed species, the pupfish really is a rarity […]

Baskett has solid Monday Night debut

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Jason Spradlin, left, points out Hank Baskett on the screen to his father Don on Monday at Kelley’s Bar and Grill.The Spradlins hope to get tickets when the Eagles play at Dallas. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Don and Jason Spradlin sat amongst a crowd sprinkled in front of a […]

Bail bondsman acquitted in shooting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer o Jury agrees bail bondsman was acting in self-defense. The wife, daughter and an employee of a Clovis bondsman accused of crimes against a suspected bail jumper linked hands outside the Curry County Courthouse and huddled shoulder to shoulder, relieved. A jury found Clovis bail bondsman Hank Bayless not […]

Business feature: Chefs balance showmanship, culinary skills

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Shogun chef Thanongsak “Charlie” Gentry performs a trick called the volcano Monday for diners. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer At Shogun, and Japanese steakhouses across the country, chefs are taught a style which is part culinary and part showmanship. At most restaurants, food is prepared out of sight. At Shogun, […]

Hounds, Zias fall on road

CNJ staff PUEBLO, Colo — Yusuke Ota’s second goal of the game with about 13 minutes left lifted Colorado State-Pueblo to a 3-2 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Sunday in men’s soccer. Ota converted an ENMU turnover in its defensive zone and took it in solo on goalkeeper Leif Craddock, breaking a 2-2 […]

Reservists shorted by deficient GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

Form regulation changes could rev up economy

By Freedom Newspapers While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional […]