Paris’ perspective sobering commentary

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I’ve been on a mission lately, and I’m sad to say I’ve been failing. On my desk is a copy of the 1987 classic, “Throw Momma From the Train,” starring Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal. I look forward to any awards ceremony, or pretty much any movie with Crystal […]

Cats get win, tie at Levelland

CNJ staff LEVELLAND, Texas — Outfielder Jordan Jacobs went 6-for-7 as the Clovis Wildcats earned a tie and a win in West Texas Baseball League action Tuesday night. The Cats settled for an 8-8 tie in the opener, then won the nightcap 10-5 in six innings. Both games ended early on the WTBL’s 2-hour time […]

Clovis lands call center

CNJ staff American Medical Alert Corp. has chosen Clovis over three other New Mexico communities to locate an in-bound call center, according to a Clovis Industrial Development Corp. news release. The company will begin operations this month at temporary quarters in the Business Enterprise Center at 105 East Grand Ave., the release said. AMAC plans […]

Extent of bovine TB in area unknown

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The ramifications of last week’s discovery of bovine tuberculosis in dairy cattle in eastern New Mexico is still being determined, according to State Agriculture Secretary Miley Gonzalez. Gonzalez said if the infected cattle are within the current federally restricted zone covering parts of Roosevelt and Curry counties, there would […]

Business Feature: Market on the move

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle A home is built on the corner of Jaydn Lane and Norris Street. Since June 2006, 52 new homes have sold in Clovis, according to Gayla Brumfield, president and owner of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Even with sales lagging, local real estate agents […]

Cats post pair of run-rule victories

CNJ staff SHALLOWATER — The Clovis Wildcats cruised to victories over Shallowater and Lubbock Cooper on Saturday, beating both by identical 15-4 scores. Both games ended early because of the 10-run rule — the first game in six innings, the second in five. The Cats (8-5) trailed 4-3 before erupting for 12 runs in the […]

Death penalty phase planned

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Police report two weekend stabbings

CNJ staff Two Clovis men suffered non-fatal stabbings Sunday in separate incidents, police said. Police discovered a 43-year-old man just before 4 a.m. Sunday with four stab wounds to his torso in the yard of 916 W. 10th Street, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. Police were responding to a report of shots fired. The […]

Wheat yield looking up

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Area wheat farmers are looking at a rare combination: Above-average yields and a robust market. Monti Vandiver, integrated pest management extension agent for Parmer and Bailey counties, said early indications are of yields as much as double to that of last year. In Curry County, above-average yields are expected, […]

Business Digest: Radio stations win broadcast awards

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis radio station KTQM-FM and Portales radio stations KSEL-FM and KSMX-FM were winners in the New Mexico Broadcaster’s Association Excellence in Broadcasting Awards, according to the NMBA Web site. In its division, KTQM earned awards for best complete newscast and best public service announcement for United Way of Eastern […]

It’s their business: The Main ARTeri

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CNJ staff photo: Jean Verlich By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: The Main ARTeri Location: 311 N. Main St. What they do: Paint your own pottery, art gallery, art studio, art lessons for children and adults Who’s in charge: John Muir is the manager and partner. How long in business: Five years; moved from […]

Letters to the Editor: Bible isn’t substitute for common sense

Regarding Scott Blazek’s opinion column — “Tattoos go against Bible’s teachings — in Sunday’s paper: First, I am in no way a Christian, a satanist or involved in any other form of religion. What I do consider myself to be is human. As a human, I am fully aware of what is right and what […]

Court limits use of non-union member dues

By Freedom Newspapers “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Who could deny such words? Who among us would want our money taken from us and used to aid political groups and to advance political ideas that we find […]

To be truly meek is to Be truly strong

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The Bible says regarding one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known that the man Moses was the meekest of all the men on the earth. Two men who I esteem as among the finest men I have ever known also possessed that quality in amazing measure— […]

Hounds hope recruits can bolster defense

CNJ staff PORTALES — Shawn Scanlan is hoping his Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can get back to its defensive roots next season. Scanlan said the Greyhounds won back-to-back Lone Star Conference South Division titles in 2003 and 2004 primarily because of defense. That element has been lacking since then, he said, and […]

North wraps up series sweep

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis’s Jordan Garrett waits for her turn at the plate during Saturday’s finale of the NMHSCA all-star softball series at Lady Wildcat Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In her last game at Lady Wildcat Complex, Clovis High’s Jordan Garrett went out with a bang. Unfortunately for her South […]

Officials: Base shift going smoothly

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle A C-130 drops a payload at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is moving along without issues, officials said. However, until the Secretary of the Air Force signs off on moving the […]

Food front, center at Juneteenth fest

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Al Spillmon, left, watches Ollie Hall, center, and Lawrence Coone open a jar of barbecue sauce Saturday at the Juneteenth Festival at Potter Park. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Grills lined the Potter Memorial Park parking lot Saturday, filling the air with the smell of barbecued meats in preparation […]

Cops and Courts: Clovis man held without bail for sixth DWI

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 42-year-old Clovis man remains in jail after being arrested June 10 for his sixth DWI, according to jail officials. Johnny Aragon is being held without bail for violating probation for an unrelated 2005 conviction. Aragon was pulled over driving a vehicle about 5 p.m. after he allegedly failed […]

Fireworks donation goal halfway met

CNJ staff Donations for the Smoke on the Water Fourth of July fireworks display at Greene Acres Park are more than halfway to the goal, according to the organizers. Nearly $17,000 has been raised toward the $30,000 goal, according to Tom and Gail Martin, Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon, the event’s organizers. The annual event […]