Cities should advance citizen freedom

By Steven Greenhut: Guest columnist Most Americans have the naïve notion that their local city officials busy themselves fixing potholes, providing police and fire services, dealing with the occasional code violation and quietly running the parks and recreation service. But those who run city government have their own prerogatives and ideologies. Their priorities aren’t happenstance, […]

Military action not always best terror defense

By Freedom Newspapers Any discussion of a threat estimate from the vaunted U.S. intelligence community must begin with an acknowledgment that U.S. intelligence often, perhaps more often than not, has gotten things wrong. Even before the failure to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11 and the “slam dunk” on Saddam’s supposed WMDs, U.S. intelligence missed […]

Aug. 7, 1917

Twenty-five Curry County men made claims for exemptions after appearing for examinations for the military draft. Having dependents was the primary reason for exemption claims. … The Clovis Chamber of Commerce planned to attend a meeting in Seymour, Texas, to pledge their support for an interstate highway between Clovis and Fort Worth. … The Elite […]

Aug. 6, 1984

The front page of the Clovis News-Journal reported that movie star Richard Burton had died at the age of 58 from a brain hemorrhage. … An expanded mission had prompted a Cannon Air Force Base squadron to change its name from 2040th Communication Squadron to 2040th Information Systems Squadron. … David Dodson of Clovis, head […]

Aug. 5, 1971

Jerry Dean and Ruben Reyes of Clovis were among 2 million men born in 1952 who faced the possibility of being drafted under the lottery conducted by the Selective Service System. … Clovis boxer Earl Large lost to Chico Castillo at a match held in Juarez, Mexico. … Among 69 building permits issued was a […]

Aug. 4, 1935

Jean Bickley, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Bickley, narrowly escaped asphyxiation by carbon monoxide while enroute to Clovis from Albuquerque. A leak was thought to have penetrated the floor of the family car. … Gov. Clyde Tingley and Secretary of Agriculture Hensey A. Wallace were surprise guests at the Chamber of Commerce […]

Aug. 3, 1956

The Clovis News-Journal reported that a rainbow forming a perfect circle around the sun was visible for several minutes around 11:30 a.m. … The El Paso Texans handed the Clovis Pioneers’ baseball team its fifth straight loss by a score of 13-6. … Clovis TV Service, located at 1005 Main, claimed to offer the latest […]

Aug. 2, 1945

The Clovis Memorial Hospital was in desperate need of registered nurses, announced Pat Morrison, superintendent of the hospital. Several members of the nurse staff left when their husbands were transferred from Clovis Army Air Force Base to another field. … Young Hollywood star Jean Parker was a spokeswoman for Arrid deodorant.

Aug. 1, 1926

The Clovis News reported a pistol was stolen from the sheriff’s car while it was parked on Main street. … The Clovis News purchased from S.J. Boykin a brick building on Main Street formerly occupied by the Little Smart Shop. … An epidemic of Typhoid fever broke out around Santa Fe Railway general offices. Of […]

Culture shock second to Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Years ago when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, Kan., our family had the opportunity to live among other families at the seminary. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartment buildings three stories high. So we had seminary families all around us, below us and above us. […]

Effluent pipeline report readied

A special water policy advisory committee voted Thursday to give an engineering firm more time to make changes on the effluent pipeline project report before presenting it at a U.S. Senate hearing in August. Committee members noted some structures that needed a connection to the pipeline were not listed in the report. “We noted as […]

Charges filed in fight

CNJ Staff Two teenage girls will be charged as juveniles in connection with a fight on Sunday afternoon, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. The 17-year-old driver of an SUV that struck a 49-year-old man, causing injury to his arm, will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, Chandler said. A 16-year-old […]

Mondragon receives award for service

CNJ Staff Raymond Mondragón of Clovis has received the Bronze Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, according to a news release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Mondragón is chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership and director of area economic development for ENMR-Plateau. “In January 2002, I called […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Kindness keeps couple going

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Courtesy photo By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer BROTHERS-IN-LAW Woody Wood and Larry Herring tease each other that they are now related by blood. Wood, 73, of Clovis lost a kidney to cancer and Herring, of Michigan, donated his when Wood’s remaining kidney began to fail. Wood continues to face health issues, including having had […]

In Tribute: Teacher left mark on peers, students

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer By the time Sylvia Burgett retired as a teacher, she’d taught students in kindergarten through high school for more than 40 years around the world, including more than 18 years in Texico. Burgett died July 12 at 89. Born and raised in Grady, she graduated in a class of […]

Bomb scare just a game

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks An explosives technician from Cannon Air Force Base’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team walks away from a suspicious package Thursday at the New Mexico Visitor’s Welcome Center on U.S. 60/70/84. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A metal ammunition can left outside the New Mexico Visitor’s Welcome Center on Thursday turned out […]

Body slamming not work-appropriate

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I had to attend a Gender Sensitivity Training seminar many moons ago. I was working someplace when a female employee alleged a male co-worker had made unwanted advances on her personage and she sued. The business owner wanted to make sure his management team knew about sexual harassment. We were […]

Don’t reach for stars, reach higher

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We were not told, we were ordered, to pack light this year. And so I did an amazing act, which was nothing short of a miracle, making all my stuff fit into one huge bag. My daughter, Laura, and I recently went once again to a church youth conference, Steubenville […]

Anti-terrorism budget excludes border security

By Freedom Newspapers If lawmakers are worried about border security, they sure aren’t putting their money where their mouths are. Congress recently allocated $747 million to some 50 U.S. cities in its latest round of anti-terrorism funding, and just like previous allocations the money isn’t addressing what many say is their primary concern — keeping […]

Clovis woman competent for trial

The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — A woman accused of slipping into a maternity ward while wearing hospital scrubs and abducting a newborn girl is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Rayshaun Parson, 21, pleaded not guilty in April to kidnapping in the disappearance of Mychael Darthard-Dawodu. The baby was found a day […]