Hospitable Halloween

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo James Rooney, 4, waves a state police sticker Tuesday at Plains Regional Medical Center. The sticker came in a treat bag from community members. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Community members surprised children in Plains Regional Medical Center’s pediatric ward Tuesday with Halloween treat bags. Suzanna Cantu, who coordinated […]

Widow runs 10K to honor husband

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Courtesy photo Pernethea Evans’ husband, Cannon Air Force Base Capt. Kermit Evans, was killed in an Iraq helicopter crash in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Pernethea Evans joined thousands in Washington, D.C., last weekend to run in the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon in honor of fallen service members. Evans’ husband, Cannon Air Force […]

Oct. 31 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around 2 p.m. Oct. 22 an officer was called to a school in the 1500 block of Sycamore Street for an aggravated battery report. The principal said a student had been stabbed with a pencil and the wound was […]

ENMU hosting two Halloween presentations

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The origins of Halloween are vastly different from the holiday celebrated today in America, according to an Eastern New Mexico University history professor. He promises to enlighten people on the holiday’s origins and myths in a noon lecture today in the Sandia Room at the Campus Union Building at […]

Man faces drug charges in Roosevelt County

Freedom New Mexico Officers with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the Region V Drug Task Force arrested a 30-year-old man Monday on drug-trafficking charges, according to a RCSO news release. Genaro Solis-Cordoba, 30, of Mexico was arrested after officers found cocaine, a handgun and cash while searching a vehicle and a Roosevelt County residence. […]

Chief: Structure fires suspicious in nature

CNJ staff Clovis firefighters have responded to three fires at vacant residential structures since Saturday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. “They are all suspicious in nature,” he said. “It is unusual for us to have so many at a time.” Fire and law enforcement are working together on the investigations, he said. Including […]

Calling out ‘wrongdoers’ backfires

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was closing out my treadmill session at the gym a few weeks ago, and I saw something I couldn’t stay silent about. There was somebody parking his truck in the handicapped spot in front of the gym. Without a handicapped plaque visible in his cab. While walking in […]

Candidates’ plans will cost us big in the long run

By Freedom New Mexico As the primaries near, promises will get thicker than flies in a pigsty. Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton already sets the pace. Consider these, for starters. If you elect her, Sen. Clinton promises to give a $5,000 handout, which she calls a “baby bond,” to every newborn child to help them buy […]

Hounds earn comeback win

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Senior midfielder Keith Vargas scored on a header in the final minute of the first of potentially two 10-minute sudden-death overtimes Sunday, giving Eastern New Mexico University a come-from-behind 3-2 men’s soccer victory over Texas-Permian Basin. The Greyhounds (8-8-1) reached the .500 mark for the first time since mid-September. They […]

Zias edged in finale

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson ENMU sophomore forward Leslie Weber gets a pass by Midwestern State freshman forward Ashli Smith in the first half of Sunday’s Lone Star Conference match at the ENMU pitch. Midwestern took a 2-1 victory in the Zias’ season finale. CNJ staff PORTALES — If nothing else, the Eastern New Mexico […]

2,400 toys collected for wildfire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rebecca Struthers, left, and Diana Blaschke, both of Clovis, toss stuffed animals into a box headed to California. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Arik and Ben Yeager thought they would have made some progress by Monday in their goal of collecting stuffed animals for victims of the California wildfires. […]

Business Feature: Goodwill coming to Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A nonprofit organization that uses proceeds from its retail operations to fund workforce development training programs plans to open a branch in Clovis. Goodwill Industries of New Mexico will open a facility Dec. 6 at 2005 N. Prince St. (the old Hancock Fabric location), according to Shauna O’Cleireachain, marketing […]

Turning off heat at night not always efficient

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With evening temperatures in the low 40s this week, eastern New Mexico residents will be pulling out extra blankets and mugs for hot chocolate and cider. They’ll also be looking for ways to heat their residences. A few small steps can make a home warm, safe and efficient. Andy […]

It’s Their Business: Joy’s Costumes

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Joy’s Costumes By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Joy’s Costumes Location: 510 W. 7th St. What they do: They have costume rentals and sell costume makeup and accessories. Who’s in charge: Oneda Dotson Employees: Three How long in business: 25 years Hours: They will be open today through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 […]

Business Digest: Tractor Supply Co. manager named

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Dee Don Bates has been named store manager at the Tractor Supply Co. store in Clovis, according to District Manager Jack Galloway. A native of Clovis, Bates joined Tractor Supply Co. this year as a manager trainee in Lubbock. He has more than 15 years of retail experience. In […]

Halloween safety tips

CNJ staff Children trick-or-treating should: Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses. Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if under age 12. Know their phone number and carry a cell phone if possible. Cross streets at […]

Labeling military as terrorists won’t change behavior

By Freedom New Mexico The Bush administration announced last week it officially considers the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of being a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction, and the “elite” Quds Force within the Guards of being a sponsor of terrorism. This is the first time a military force of a foreign country has been designated […]

CHS Marching Band wins Zia contest

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The odds seemed stacked against the Clovis High School band this year at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta in Albuquerque. Not only did the band include freshmen for the first time, but its routine included more maneuvers and complex songs than in previous years. But the CHS Wildcat Marching […]

Midwestern State sweeps Zias

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior middle blocker Krissa Johnson and sophomore middle blocker Alysha Pritt combined for 25 kills — matching the entire Eastern New Mexico University total — as Midwestern State handed the Zias a 30-23, 30-22, 30-16 Lone Star Conference volleyball loss on Saturday. The Mustangs (24-4, 8-2 LSC) bounced back […]

Kingsville holds on late to edge Hounds

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Redshirt freshman quarterback David Garza threw for 310 yards and five touchdowns and Texas A&M-Kingsville held on late for a 38-35 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night in a Lone Star Conference South Division football game. The Javelinas (2-7, 1-3 South) ended an 11-game division losing streak […]