Officials: Bear attack unlikely on horses

CNJ Staff Five horses found dead southwest of Ranchvale have generated rumors of bears and mountain lions in the area. But a New Mexico Game and Fish official said there’s little evidence to support those rumors. Bruising around one dead horse’s neck could be consistent with a bear attack, but there is no indication of […]

Pakistan leader assassinated

The Associated Press RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack at a campaign rally that also killed at least 20 others, aides said. Bhutto’s supporters erupted in anger and grief after her death, attacking police and burning tires and election campaign posters in several cities. At the […]

Director: Clovis tiger isn’t threat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hillcrest Park zookeeper Mike Burns said Blondie has never tried to escape from his pen. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to […]

Iran report sign officials will hold back on attack

By Freedom New Mexico An obvious question arises in the wake of a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program. The report judges “with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” If the 2005 NIE assessed “with high confidence that Iran currently is determined to develop nuclear weapons” was […]

Survivor recalls Sept. 11 attack

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Van Walworth of Nashville, Tenn. entertains a crowd Tuesday during a Sept. 11 ceremony at Patriot Outdoors. Walworth sang songs that were inspired by 9/11. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Penny Bailey remembers watching in amazement as firefighters rushed into the Pentagon trying to find survivors of the Sept. […]

Sept. 11 events include concert

CNJ Staff A 9/11 concert will be held at the Patriot Outdoors center from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Christian music artist Van Walworth will be performing and retired Air Force Col. Penny Bailey will speak about escaping the attack on the Pentagon six years ago. Other events include a breakfast for police and firefighters […]

Iraq invasion motivating factor for terrorists

By Freedom Newspapers A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland […]

Torture tactics not cure-all in real life

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as […]

Street scuffles leave several injured

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Editor’s Note: The following was reported in the Thursday, July 5, 1917 edition of the Clovis News Journal. An attack upon Clovis Chief of Police Finis Sadler him injured, and blacksmith Jake High and Curry County Sheriff Dick Moye were injured in a later incident. The attack upon Chief Sadler arose […]

We could have used better words

By David Stevens/CNJ Editor Our newspaper recently published a story about an F-16 pilot killed in Iraq last year. The story reported details about the cause of the crash. The main headline read: “Pilot error caused crash” The secondary headline was: “Air Force report: Pilot of Cannon F-16 died protecting ground troops.” Several readers have […]

Pizza assault suspect charged

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis juvenile was arrested Thursday and charged with attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with an attack last week on a pizza delivery man, police said. Karl Ortiz, 17, was arrested around 2 p.m. following an interview with police, Clovis Detective Lyndell Stansell Jr. said. Ortiz is […]

Letters to the Editor: If flight services aren’t broken, don’t fix them

Regarding the “Fight for flight” article in Friday’s CNJ: We support Mayor David Lansford in his leaning toward re-selection of Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service to Clovis. The Great Lakes aircraft serving Clovis is a Beechcraft 1900D, 19-seat turbo prop with a maximum ceiling of 25,000 feet and speeds up to 325 […]

Somalia raid shows what we should be fighting in war on terror

Freedom Newspapers It is still not possible to be sure just what the outcome is of a U.S. airstrike in southern Somalia last week against alleged al-Qaida terrorists. But the strike is the sort of thing we would have expected to hear about happening more often if the “war on terror” were a serious effort […]

65 years ago, America learned to pull together

By Freedom Newspapers Nearly every American who was alive at the time remembers what he or she was doing when the radio blasted out the news of a Japanese surprise attack on the United States at little-known Navy and Army bases in Hawaii. Support for war had been building in the country, but many believed […]

Dogs attack elderly Clovis woman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Grace Gault, 78, has walked the same route almost daily since her doctor advised her three years ago walking would aid in her recovery from cancer, she said. Monday, she had gone to the grocery store to get syrup to make peanut brittle for Christmas. She had just walked […]

Hate crime definitions reek of double standards

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that two men are being sought in connection with an arson at a Minneapolis mosque — a crime that has attracted the attention of the FBI as a potential bias crime. Liberal City Council Member Gary Schiff arrived at the scene to pronounce: “There’s no […]

Conservatives should cringe over Coulter

Leonard Pitts Jr. : Syndicated Columnist Apparently, it’s news that Ann Coulter is a nasty piece of work. I had rather thought that was the attraction, at least for those people who find her attractive. So forgive me for being mildly mystified by last week’s headlines about her most recent spasm of trash mouth, i.e., […]

Police chief stable after mild heart attack

CNJ staff The chief of the Clovis Police Department had a mild heart attack Thursday, according to City Manager Joe Thomas. Chief Bill Carey is in stable condition and will receive more extensive tests in the coming days, Thomas said. Carey remained in a Lubbock hospital as of Thursday night, Thomas said. Carey was promoted […]

Veteran profiles: James Sutton

CNJ staff James Sutton Date of birth: Sept. 23, 1919 Dates of service: 1941 to 1947 Hometown: Curry County Theater and location of service: South Pacific Branch: Navy Rank: Aviation mechanic 2nd class Unit and specialty: USS Saratoga, aviation mechanic and radar Lives in: Curry County Veterans organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars Sutton enlisted in […]

America should lead by example, not by force

Freedom Newspapers Among the long-term hopes for the war in Iraq was that ousting Saddam Hussein from power and establishing a reasonably democratic form of government would provide a model of freedom and stability that would inspire others in the region and lead eventually to a more secure region. U.S. officials still talk bravely as […]