Local resident had chance encounter with Ford

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Jim Garrison, left, talks to his son John on Wednesday about the time he met President Ford over 30 years ago in Grand Junction, Colo. and had a drink with him. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A simple act of kindness, involving a dog and a pocketknife, led to […]

Records: Detention center inmate stabbed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention […]

2006 Year in Review: PRMC leadership changes

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Residents lauded the city’s first roundabout at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street when it opened in March. The City Commission supported it as a cost-effective way to alleviate congestion and control traffic. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Top News Plains Regional Medical Center’s Administrator Brian Bentley resigned in February. Although no reason […]

Report card revise in works

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Report cards for Clovis elementary students may get more detailed, according to Clovis Municipal Schools administrators. Administrators said they are testing the water for new report cards that reflect state standards and benchmarks. A report card revision would allow “parents to see how their children are actually performing,” CMS […]

Education Digest: Clovis schools close for holidays

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis Schools are dismissed for the holidays. Classes resume Jan. 10. The Clovis Schools Central Office reopens Tuesday.

Main Street building sparks interest

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A local workforce training organization is interested in buying a building on Main Street to unify its resources, according to officials. The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board is negotiating the purchase of the old Ace Pawn Shop on First and Main streets, according to Board Chairman Jimmie Shearer. Federal […]

Base aims to thwart drunken driving

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the holidays in full swing, an organization at Cannon Air Force Base is gearing up to curb drinking and driving. By offering free rides without consequences to airmen who have been drinking, members hope to keep partiers from getting behind the wheel. Airmen Against Drunk Driving works to […]

Military draft would undermine liberty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Congressman Charles Rangel plans to introduce legislation calling for reinstatement of the military draft. He says, “There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft […]

Memorable quotes, notes of 2006 revisited

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Old Mother Hubbard’s got nothing on me. Old Clueless Columnist went to the cupboard to find his year-end source material and found it empty. “Quotes” reads the label on the yellow legal file. In it I place things New Mexicans say that are outrageous, or profound, or silly, or stupid, […]

Revered leader leaves legacy of quiet integrity

By Freedom Newspapers Gerald R. Ford, who died Tuesday evening at 93 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., may have been the most fundamentally decent person to serve as president of the United States during the 20th century. An “accidental” president in that he had not been elected nationally either as president or vice […]

Inmate in critical condition after stabbing

CNJ staff A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, stabbed London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, an arrest affidavit said. Word, 20, […]

Railway’s ‘brashness’ put Clovis on the map for good

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Don McAlavy Santa Fe Railway mechanical department workers numbering about 120 mass together on a steam locomotive in the Clovis railroad yards on April 8, 1926. Photo courtesy of the High Plains Historical Foundation. The brashness of the railroad in choosing a site on the bald prairie for a new town and division point sent […]

Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

Day-after dealing

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Tammie Trotter of Clovis stands in line at Wal-Mart to return gifts Tuesday afternoon. Trotter said that the process to return items was quick. Merchants reported a busy day with returns and sales. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A rapidly filling parking lot and moderately long lines awaited shoppers […]

Dec. 27, 2006 Hometown Heroes

Army Pfc. Jose Rivas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., according to a news release from Army & Air Force Hometown News Service. He is the son of Guadalupe Rivas of Clovis, and a 2003 graduate of Clovis High School. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the […]

COLLEGE UPDATE: Blackmon off to good start at South Plains

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Former Clovis High standout Brittany Blackmon thought the transition from high school to South Plains College would be difficult, both academically and athletically. Blackmon’s initial feeling was wrong. Second-year Lady Texans coach Michelle Wyatt said the 5-foot-10 Blackmon has provided the Levelland, Texas-based junior college team with quality minutes, […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats get finals rematch in Milk Cow Classic

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Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler watches as junior Bryce Hill, left, plays defense against sophomore Patrick Duffield during practice on Tuesday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High boys are hoping for a little less exciting matchup against Pampa than the last time they faced […]

President Gerald Ford dies at 93

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93. “My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, […]

Pro athletes could be better role models

By Freedom Newspapers A cheap shot followed by a sucker punch, spitting on a rival, an arrest for assembling an arsenal without obtaining a firearm owner’s card — ESPN’s “SportsCenter” has resembled “America’s Most Wanted” in recent days. The faux pas of professional athletes are arguably more visible than those of many celebrities. Film and […]

Protection needed from eminent domain amendment proposed

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Since last year’s infamous U. S. Supreme Courts decision, Kelo v. City of New London, citizens across the nation have declared in no uncertain terms their support for private property rights and opposition to the use of eminent domain for private gain. Eminent domain is the power of the government […]