Airman sentenced to 12 years in death

By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker on Friday sentenced a former Cannon Air Force Base airman to 12 years in prison in connection with the December 2002 death of her 15-month-old son. Alesia Thomas, 22, faced a maximum penalty of 18 years after entering an Alford plea — maintaining […]

Defense: Witness’ stories deviate

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors began their first full day of presenting witnesses on Tuesday in the case of Fernando Garcia, who is charged with murdering Moises Ortiz during a February 2003 dogfight at Ortiz’s home in south Clovis. The defense attempted to discredit a witness of the alleged crime during questioning, […]

Richardson to lobby for overpass funds

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Gov. Bill Richardson speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday at Clovis City Hall. Richardson was visiting cities and towns in eastern New Mexico, discussing the past Legislative session and new initiatives for each community. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson promised help in getting funds for an […]

Actions speak louder than false apologies

Mona Charen The president was asked at least four times at his press conference whether he wanted to take the opportunity to apologize for the 9/11 attacks. It was the press corps in full baying mode Apologies and blame are the themes of the week. On apologies, let’s be aware that many are pure theater. […]

U.S. Rep. awards Cannon youths

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Two Cannon Air Force Base youths received Congressional Award bronze medals Monday from U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., during a town hall meeting in the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. Patrick Adams and Collin Randall each completed 100 hours of volunteer service, 50 hours of personal development, 50 hours […]

Conversation gives insight into ressurection

By Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist Jesus had risen and the news had scattered rapidly. If the crucifixion had happened in our time, all major networks would have had special correspondents on the scene to go back over the steps where it all began on the Thursday night of that week. Some media journalist would be […]

Easter egg hunt comes to CCC

Reporter’s Notebook The call has gone out for goodies — lots of goodies. “We are going to have an Easter egg hunt and carnival, and we are looking for donations,” said Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce. She spoke to members of the Chamber board of directors recently about the […]

Research backs up city employees’ claims of being underpaid, says consultant

By Jack King In a recent survey, Clovis city workers indicated they feel they are underpaid — and research validates their feelings, a human resources consultant told city commissioners Thursday night. Mike Swallow of Personnel Systems and Service has been hired by the city of Clovis to do a wage and benefits study. As a […]

Unanimous vote puts arena cover in motion

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to request bids for a plan to erect a building over the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds as an economical way of building a county special events center. Several county residents at the meeting raised questions about the proposal, but commissioners said — if the bids […]

City candidates give views in forum

By Jack King Infrastructure issues topped the concerns about which callers quizzed mayoral and city commission candidates in a broadcast election forum on radio stations KTQM/KWKA Tuesday — raises for city workers ran a close second. Unopposed incumbent City Commissioner Robert Sandoval didn’t attend the forum because he was recovering from heart surgery. He sent […]

Big-league sports are all about money

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the Texas Rangers trading shortstop Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees. Some responses: “Major league sports is first a business. As with any sport, if they do not have the team to entertain their fans it will show in the gate receipts. I […]

Cannon cop pleads guilty in court martial

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An airman assigned to the 27th Security Forces Squadron — the Air Force’s equivalent to a civilian police department — pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal drug use. In return, he will receive possible leniency based on his agreement to testify against other airmen, all but one […]

She styles memories for the grieving

Don McAlavy Not every hairdresser would work at a funeral home. The former Verdine Crume, now Mrs. Duane Howard of Clovis, has been praised by many husbands, fathers and children of the deceased with the wonderful work she performs. Verdine received her cosmetology license in 1938 and was soon called by a funeral home to […]

Some are veterans because ‘it was the right thing to do’

Freedom Newspapers We will honor our nation’s military veterans with a holiday on Tuesday, for all the blood and anguish and separation they’ve endured in the name of freedom. Veterans Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs tells us (www.appc1.va.gov/vetsday) is set aside to thank and honor those who served honorably in the military. “Veterans Day […]

Arnold’s actions parallel to Clinton’s

Steve Chapman The California recall campaign was a noisy, raucous and often vitriolic affair. But the most striking feature of the final days was the silence. That was what you heard from conservatives on the subject of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sexual escapades. Here was a guy who, voters learned, told a skin magazine in 1977 that […]

Letters to the Editor 8/10

Beetles terrorizing New Mexico as well In regards to beetles, as reported in Monday’s Clovis News Journal: They are not confined to the Texas Panhandle.  I had to do a double-take when I spotted the photo of that pesky bug on the front page. They’re driving me crazy! They walk about 40 feet into my […]

Media marching timidly into the past

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Have you heard the news? There’s good rockin’ tonight. We’re talking girls in poodle skirts and guys with DA’s. Moondoggy’s got his old man’s Buick, so maybe later we can cruise down to the soda shop for a burger and a malted. Question authority? We don’t do that anymore, Daddy-O. Haven’t […]

Vehicular homicide suspect arraigned

By Gary Mitchell In an emotional arraignment via video Monday, a 32-year-old Clovis man charged with vehicular homicide pleaded for a light bond for his family’s sake. Magistrate Judge Rick Hollis set the bond at $50,000 cash in connection with the death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval, 39, who was killed Friday while attending a holiday […]