ENMU spikers tabbed for 13th

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team was chosen for last place this season in the Lone Star Conference’s new 13-team, one-conference format. Voters in the preseason poll included LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus members of the media. West Texas A&M, which went 10-0 in the South Division […]

LSC pollsters pick Zias sixth in soccer

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women, who made the Lone Star Conference soccer tournament for the first time last season, were chosen for sixth place in the league’s preseason poll released this week. In the five-team men’s Southwest Soccer Conference, ENMU was picked for fourth place. Polls were voted on by […]

South wins again in 1A-2A volleyball

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Two words can accurately describe the South’s performance in the Class 1A-2A All-Star Series: utter domination. Although the South only breezed through one game, it won for the 21st time in the 24 years of the series on Tuesday as Tularosa’s Sabrina Herrera put away 16 kills and […]

Baskett Watch

CNJ staff Clovis’ Hank Baskett is entering his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who opened training camp Friday in Lehigh, Pa. PROSPECTS Coming off a strong rookie season, Baskett and fellow second-year player Jason Avant are expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver spot. “We like what we saw from Hank last […]

Area code switch looming

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Courtesy illustration By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer As the new area code’s implementation approaches in October, local business owners have mixed reactions to the change. Permissive dialing begins Oct. 7, allowing callers to dial either the current 505 area code or new 575 area code, giving them a year to adjust. “It will give […]

Military Feature: Emergency situations simulated

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Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Randi Flaugh Members of a Special Weapons and Tactics team simulate the rescue of “hostages” during an exercise. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Military and civilian agencies faced a simulated hostage situation, mock biological, chemical and nuclear crises, and personnel with realistic-looking injuries — all in the interest of keeping […]

State to release annual school progress reports

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer School officials say the annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports, scheduled for release today, give a skewed perspective on the performance of some schools. The report is a No Child Left Behind Act yardstick used to measure students’ reading and math skills. “The idea of shooting for 100 percent of […]

Clovis High musical earns honorable mention

CNJ Staff Clovis High School received an honorable mention for its musical production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in the HSM USA Weekend Showstopper awards. There were more than 700 entries in the competition sponsored by USA Weekend magazine for the best high school musical production.

Military Digest: Drake

Army Pvt. Marcus D. Drake has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., according to an Army and Air Force News Service press release. He is the son of Janis Bayle of Clovis. Drake is a 2007 graduate of a high school program at Clovis Community College.

Report: Pizza deliverer robbed at gunpoint

CNJ Staff A Clovis pizza delivery woman was robbed at gunpoint by two masked men around midnight Monday, according to police reports. The 28-year-old told police she was delivering an order to a home in the 3000 block of La Fonda Street when the men approached her and one pointed a black handgun at her, […]

After one year, highway paving problematic again

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A section of New Mexico Highway 206 between Portales and Dora is experiencing a significant deterioration of its pavement even though the highway was repaved less than a year ago. Residents, who regularly drive the road, say a section near Portales has become progressively worse over the spring and summer. […]

Bush straining to link al-Qaida, Iraq together

By Freedom Newspapers One can understand a certain desperation. Public opinion has turned solidly against continuing the war in Iraq any longer than absolutely necessary, but out of stubbornness or conviction President Bush opposes withdrawal, and military planners talk of maintaining a substantial military presence for at least another two years. So knowing that even […]

‘O’Reilly Factor’ costing Fox big bucks

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and […]

Speech-inhibiting doctrine threatens broadcasters

By Freedom Newspapers “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …” It’s difficult to imagine a greater abridgement of that constitutionally guaranteed freedom than a government agency that demands private broadcasters must air views contrary to their own. That essentially is what the former Fairness Doctrine entailed, […]

July 31, 2007 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. July 23 an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of Aspen for a report of narcotics. Another officer reported seeing two juveniles smoking blunts with marijuana in them. The boys, […]

Hounds picked for last in LSC South

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Suffice it to say there’s a big split between the top four and the bottom three in the Lone Star Conference South Division football poll. Eastern New Mexico University is at the bottom of the bottom. The Greyhounds were picked seventh in the seven-team division in results of voting by […]

Shoppers get break on tax-free weekend

By Tony Gutierrez and MIckey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico will have its third annual tax-free weekend Friday through Sunday. The state-mandated holiday is meant to coincide with students returning to schools. Tax-exempt items include school supplies less than $15, clothing less than $100, computers less than $1,000 and computer accessories less than $500, according […]

Xcel proposes increase, plans upgrades

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses […]

Ethanol plant permit hearing planned

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Clovis Civic Center on an appeal of the air quality permit granted to ConAgra Trade Group for its Clovis Ethanol plant. The petition was filed by Concerned Citizens for Curry County, the Clovis branch of the NAACP and […]

Year-round water plan suggested

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder expects new water conservation ordinances to come into effect next summer. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A new plan city commissioners adopted in their last meeting will lead to year-round ordinances restricting water use next year. City commissioners adopted a water […]