McCain may lose status as media darling

Editorial Arizona Sen. John McCain owes much of his caché as a media darling, as well as his reputation as a “maverick,” to being a non-Republican Republican who bucks party orthodoxy on a host of issues. One of the only issues on which he doesn’t part company with President Bush and most Republican colleagues in […]

Throwing money at agriculture not the solution

Paying farmers not to farm isn’t a new or shocking concept inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture: in fact, today it’s a widely accepted practice, used to keep the price of commodities pumped up, protect “wetlands” and advance other conservation goals, some of which have a dubious public benefit. But how about paying farmers in […]

Allergies leave nothing to sneeze about

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The stuffy head, the clogged breathing, the sore throat … I have all these as I sit here writing. The allergy has arrived. Or is it allergies? I don’t know. All I do know is I feel funky and I have finally joined the ranks of lots of other sneezing, […]

Fed interference fails to deter future crimes

By Freedom Newspapers Robert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to […]

Head-on collision takes lives of mental patients

By Don McAlavy: local columnist Six people were killed and three others critically injured in a head-on collision three miles east of Fort Sumner on Highway 60 on the night of Nov. 16, 1950, the Clovis News Journal reported the next day. Five apparently died instantly and the other was dead on arrival at Clovis […]

Slavey, Lula (Dendy)

Lula (Dendy) Slavey, 72, of Arizona, and formerly of Portales, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in Arizona. She was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Portales to Bessie and Carl Dendy. She was active in Rainbow for Girls while she was in school. She graduated from Portales High School in 1952. Her home had been in […]

Board approves CCC prez contract: Neibling’s deal similar to predecessor’s in terms of salary and allowances.

Neibling Starts CCC tenure June 26 By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER A contract for the new Clovis Community College president was unanimously approved Wednesday during a regularly scheduled CCC Board of Trustees meeting. John Neibling of Arizona will be paid $135,000 annually to pilot the community college. The Kansas native, who has served as […]

Arizona administrator named CCC president

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A man with more than 20 years of administrative experience won the five-month-long presidential race at Clovis Community College, his educational record inspiring confidence among those who chose him. Kansas native John Neibling of Arizona accepted the position Wednesday following his selection by Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. […]

Former Clovis standout transfers to Texas Tech

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Former Clovis High baseball standout Jason Seefeld will ply his trade closer to home this year. The 2004 CHS graduate spent last season as a part-time designated hitter at the University of Arizona, but has transferred to Texas Tech. Seefeld, who hit .316 in 57 at-bats at Arizona last […]

Workers allege malfeasance

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Chris Edstrom talks about the troubles he had with his former employer, Arizona-based Alex Transportation, with his checks bouncing Tuesday at his home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The troubles with his former employer started about two months ago when his payroll check bounced. Working for Arizona-based Alex […]

Zias try to replace softball gear

CNJ staff PORTALES — Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a severely dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the […]

Arizona wants AF lab spared

By Arthur H. Rotstein: The Associated Press Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano touted the state’s long and strong defense of its military installations Friday in urging the independent Base Realignment and Closure Commission to reconsider the Defense Department’s proposal to close an Air Force lab in Mesa. Napolitano appeared at the commission hearing in Clovis to […]

Dignitaries flooding into Clovis

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer While Bill Richardson is usually the center of attention when he visits eastern New Mexico, the state’s governor will be just another face in the crowd of well-known dignitaries at Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Clovis’ Marshall Junior High. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Nevada Gov. […]

Environmentalists, pork won’t help forests’ health

Freedom Newspapers What a hopeful and collegial photo-op it made: There they were, the governors of Colorado and Arizona, Bill Owens and Janet Napolitano, a Republican and a Democrat, signing a pact creating the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes. It happened earlier this month at a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Breckenridge, Colo. The […]

Coyotes reminder that West still wild

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I’m not going to choose sides when it comes to ranchers and coyotes. That’s another one of those political hot potatoes. Let’s just say I admire the coyote for expanding its range despite being shot, trapped, poisoned and dodging the growth of civilization across the North American continent. The first […]

CHS alum Seefeld hitting stride with Arizona

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jason Seefeld knew Division I college baseball would be a large jump from the high school level, but he seems to have made the transition. The 2004 Clovis High graduate has stepped into a platoon role as a designated hitter for the sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats. He is hitting .347 […]

State doesn’t need help of ‘Minutemen’

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Picture this. You are a Mexican fellow wanting to slip into the United States to do work Americans sneer at. Your family is hungry. You want more than anything to improve their lot. So you make your way to the Mexico-Arizona border and prepare to cross. But then you look […]

Division I schools pursuing Bunton

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Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds through the first 16 games. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton has come through plenty of times for the Wildcats this season. If he can come through on his ACT or SAT, he’ll likely be […]

New Mexico conducive to foreign visitors

by Grant McGee The Cannon Air Force Base folks had a real good air show a few weeks ago. Thousands of folks from around our region came to see the planes and aerial displays. Some jets were brought up from Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo — an F-117 Stealth and a German Tornado. I […]

Albuquerque man pleads innocent in Realtor’s slaying

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — A 27-year-old Albuquerque man has pleaded innocent to shooting a well-respected real estate agent in the back of the head and leaving his body in a closet inside a home he was trying to sell. Mario Lucas Chavez entered his plea Friday, the same day family members buried 74-year-old […]