The art of healing

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleDavide Cabassi performs during an Arts in Healing program Friday at Clovis Community College. The Italy native said in times of sickness he turns to his piano and music for comfort. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a metal chair on a chilly stage, ViolaMontoya closed her eyes and heard […]

Texans picking up steam

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Don’t look now, but someone is quietly sneaking up the Lone Star Conference South Division football ladder. After earning the favorite’s nod in the South’s preseason poll and a No. 25 national ranking, Tarleton State promptly went out and dropped its first three games. The Texans, though, have followed […]

Zias improve tournament chances with 2-1 victory

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ENMU junior Nicole Bregler, right, battles Texas Woman’s freshman Chastity Hayter for control of the ball in the first half of Friday’s Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Megan Dozier provided the offense, and her teammates took care […]

Rams rush by Ruidoso

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Portales junior quarterback Chris Mosier tries to avoid the tackle of Ruidoso senior Peter Zagone during the second quarter of Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams grabbed the lead early, and rushed their way to a district-opening win Friday night […]

Texico upended in overtime

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Texico’s Justin Garrison fights for extra yardage in Friday’s game against Tucumcari. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Texico saw its playoff hopes disappear Friday when Tucumcari senior Anas Badshah kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Rattlers a 15-12 overtime victory. The come-from-behind win earned the […]

DNA important tool in righting wrongs

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist For a prosecutor, DNA analysis can be the best thing in the world. Nothing facilitates a conviction more than biological evidence irrefutably connecting the defendant to the crime through blood, saliva or semen. But DNA analysis can also be the worst thing in the world for prosecutors. It can prove […]

Letters to the Editor: Bond B would greatly benefit students

Editor’s note: Deadline for receiving letters related to the Nov. 7 election is Thursday. Letters addressing new issues will not be published after Nov. 1. On Nov. 7, every voting New Mexico citizen will be given the opportunity to make a positive difference for our state’s universities and colleges. Regardless of your political affiliation, voting […]

Vigorous fight needed to match mounting power

By Freedom Newspapers The worst of it was that the murder was so blatant. Anna Politkovskaya, 48, a special correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has ruffled the feathers of Russian authorities for a decade, particularly with her unrelenting reporting of Russia’s “dirty war” in Chechnya. The government has been cracking down on independent journalism […]

Cranes return to refuge

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Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that can be observed during the winter months at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, the oldest refuge in Texas. By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to […]

Colorful quilting

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Jeanne Kircher and her family, from left, Kaitlyn, Cole and Savannah take time to visit the High Plains Quilt Festival at the Memorial Building in Portales on Friday. The girls said they thought the quilts were pretty. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Full of color and rich with history, dozens […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from […]

Impact report suggests airspace increase

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Training airspace near Cannon Air Force Base could be expanded by the end of November, according to Air Force officials. A report on the impact of increasing airspace near Cannon was officially released Wednesday. Before the Air Force can make a decision on whether to expand airspace, federal environmental […]

Military families have much to offer

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist My husband and I adopted our son Matteo from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been exceptional. It has taught us things about ourselves and others, and surprised us in unexpected ways. Being a military family, we had to overcome practical obstacles. Finding references who lived in our area and had […]

Oklahoman comes to own ‘piece of God’s good earth’

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: The following was told by Jewel Buttram Ames. We came to the (New Mexico) territory Feb. 20, 1907. I was 5 years old. I think we came to establish a permanent home and to own a piece of God’s good earth. We came from … Henryetta, Okla. My […]

Some state laws too stupid to obey

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist The other day I nearly got run down in the middle of the street. By a police car. While jaywalking a mere two yards or so from a perfectly good crosswalk. As I cringed and hoped he wouldn’t notice me — as if one doesn’t notice a jaywalking female in combat […]

Domestic Violence must be stopped

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist October is a month devoted to the playful celebration of horror. Witches and goblins, ghosts and vampires populate our imaginations. Travel Channel takes us to the most haunted sites via video. Refreshments for parties are given joyfully gory titles. AMC shows its favorite horror flicks, and the children put time […]

Can you guess who?

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist With the thrill of elections just around the corner, it’s time to play “Who Said It?” which is a test of how smart you are about government and who said what about it. The game reveals whether or not you can cast your ballot without asking your wife’s opinion. All […]

Hounds make SSC soccer tourney

CNJ staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team clinched its first Southwest Soccer Conference tournament berth Wednesday when last-place Missouri Southern and Northeastern State played to a scoreless in a match at Joplin, Mo. The Greyhounds (4-10-3, 1-5-2 SSC), who finished their league slate with Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to West Texas […]

No pilot, no problems

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleScanEagle instructor Mike Wood steps over the launch cords as he prepares the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle for launch Thursday at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight […]

Clovis High grad arrested in sting

Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student is among more than 100 arrested in connection with a nationwide child pornography investigation, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler’s office. Matthew Coker, 21, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Monday […]