Conservative lifestyle brooks no ‘alternative’

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Is it just me, or does the mayor seem conflicted? Granted, James West has a lot to be conflicted about. Last month, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported it had caught the city’s chief executive, a social conservative who has long opposed gay rights, in a gay online chat room making a […]

Student finds it’s not ‘OK’ to scalp tickets

By Jack King Call it “Oklahoma’s Soda Pop Caper.” Clovis police are investigating an alleged case of ticket scalping at last week’s musical production of “Oklahoma” by a Clovis High School sophomore. Police say one student may have used his ill-gotten gains to buy soft drinks. According to a police report, a student was taking […]

Defense attacks alleged rape victim’s memory

By Mike Linn Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold the name of the alleged victim in this case. The story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — The alleged victim in the first of five rape cases against a Clovis man said Thursday in Portales district […]

Harassment suit filed against dealership

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — A Portales car dealership has been named in a federal lawsuit in which four women say they were harassed while they worked at the company. The allegations against Chuck Daggett Motors, now called Big Valley Auto, were made in the lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Phone calls […]

Private citizens not fair game for letters

By David Stevens Most letters to the editor received by the Clovis News Journal are published, especially when the writer follows the parameters outlined daily on this Opinion page. Letters must be no more than 300 words, they must be on topics of general interest and the writer must be identified. Letters may be edited […]

Crime reporting like walking highwire

By David Stevens One of the more difficult decisions media outlets have to make on a regular basis is whether or not to publish the names of sex-crime victims. The issue has been in the national spotlight this month because of allegations that pro basketball star Kobe Bryant raped a woman in Colorado. Most mainstream […]