In Tribute: Portales civic leader dies at 62

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Giving back to his local community and fellow man was central to Rick Hauptmann’s being. An accountant by trade, he devoted himself to civic work through organizations including United Way, Rotary, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, Roosevelt County Literacy Council, Eastern New Mexico University Foundation and others. Friends and […]

Aug. 24 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Aug. 9 through Wednesday: Donald Wayne Gibbs, 28, to Ashley Nicole Gates, 21, both of Clovis David Samuel Ellestad, 26, to Victoria Marie Reed, 27, both of Clovis Eduardo Hernandez, 18, to Catherine Jean Sloniker, 18, both of Clovis Myron Dwayne Spurlock, 26, to Crystal […]

Jesus was ‘sinless friend of sinners’

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist Of all of the many astounding qualities of Jesus, one of the most amazing and winsome is that, as Philip Yancey has written, Jesus was “a sinless friend of sinners.”   I keep being drawn back to this amazing fact. This is not the first time I’ve tried to […]

Room to grow

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CNJ Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis senior Stephanie O’Neal, left, watches coach Shane Leatherwood lead a defensive drill during practice earlier this week. The Lady Wildcats open their season Friday in a tournament in Artesia By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a few years since the Clovis High girls soccer team has put […]

Hounds hopeful in 2007

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Leif Craddock is tired of losing. One of six players remaining from Eastern New Mexico University men’s first soccer squad in 2004, Craddock realizes it’s now or never for his group. “We definitely have to get the monkey off our back,” said the senior goalie, who earned […]

Education Feature: Students gear up for classes

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Amber Rosales, 22, registered Wednesday for cosmetology classes at Clovis Community College. This will be Rosales’ first semester attending CCC. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Amber Rosales worked 30-hour weeks to support her two children after dropping out of high school. But the 22-year-old is taking steps to change […]

Firefighters make house calls to promote safety

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighters Steve Garcia, center, and Garrett Nash, right, discuss fire safety door hangers with Joe Gomez Wednesday in front of his home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Joe Gomez said he has never used smoke detectors in his home, but after talking with Clovis firefighters Wednesday he welcomed their […]

Historic marker honors Petty

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis’ music history is being cast in stone with a scenic historic marker by the state honoring Norman Petty, according to state and local officials. The placard will be unveiled in a ceremony in front of the Norman Petty Studios at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to kick off the […]

Cops and Courts: Arrest made in robbery case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police have arrested a Clovis man and issued two more arrest warrants in connection with an armed robbery at an apartment Aug. 15, police said. Stephen Levenshown, 21, was arrested Friday and is being held on $100,00 bond at the Curry County Detention Center, jail officials said. Warrants were […]

Education Digest: Eastern receives nursing grant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded Eastern New Mexico University $239,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year to expand its nursing program, according to an ENMU news release. ENMU nursing program director Leslie Paternoster said the grant will help Eastern address a critical nursing shortage. “We are going […]

Former local publisher promoted

CNJ Staff The Orange County (Calif.) Register named a newspaper veteran from Arizona as its new publisher Wednesday and a former Freedom New Mexico publisher was promoted as part of the change. N. Christian Anderson III prepares to leave after 27 years with the OCR and its parent company, California-based Freedom Communications, Inc. Anderson will […]

Donors have chance to win trip, prizes at blood drive

CNJ Staff United Blood Services will hold blood drives from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Ingram Room of Clovis-Carver Public Library and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at North Plains Mall, according to UBS news releases. Donors must be 17, in good health and have a photo ID. They will receive […]

War tough on loved ones left behind

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My daughter Robyn lives back east and has been seeing a young enlisted man. I’ve never met him. I’ve just heard her talk about him, heard the smile in her voice when she talks about the places they go, the things they see when they get time together. By all […]

Even worst writers can be winners

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Like many aspiring writers, I turn to the works of some of the most brilliant writers of our time for inspiration. I also turn to some of the worst writers of our time for inspiration — or at least for consolation, knowing that my writing couldn’t be any worse. Every […]

Extreme heat recorded before CO2 began rising

By Freedom Newspapers While Americans were being stampeded at great cost and inconvenience into combating the presumed horrors of manmade global warming, some news largely went unnoticed last week. Instead of 1998 being the “hottest year” in the continental United States since 1880, as some global warming alarmists claimed, it turns out 1934 was. Instead […]

Latest round of ethics laws full of loopholes

By Freedom Newspapers The problem with ethics legislation of the kind just passed by both houses of Congress (now awaiting President Bush’s signature, not an entirely foregone conclusion), is that it addresses the symptom rather than the disease. It would hardly be tragic if the current bill became law, but it would be a mistake […]

Cannon Appreciation Day planned

Cannon Appreciation Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Unity Park. The event, which is hosted by the Committee of 50 and the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, is open to all base personnel and their families. A free picnic lunch will be served, and prizes, including televisions and XBoxes, […]

Special ops transition finalized

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The first airmen and aircraft from a special operations squadron should begin arriving in November as part of a slow buildup that will take three years, Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday. AFSOC takes command of Cannon […]

Aug. 31, 1961

Steps to halt an attempt by the state to take over plumbing inspections in Clovis were taken at a special meeting of the city commissioners. … Mrs. Dorothy Thomas, county clerk, received an autographed picture of President Kennedy. The inscription read “To my fellow sustaining member of the Democratic Party.” … State Farm Servicing Agent […]

Aug. 30, 1941

State Police Capt. A.P. Winston received notice that he had been selected as one of five in the United States for a scholarship of Automotive Safety Foundation at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute. … Veterinarian E.E. Kraus was a distributor for Lice Oil Spray. … Clovis Livestock Sales reported that prices for fat cows were […]