Bodies not identified, no arrests made

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Members of the New Mexico State Police investigate a crime scene Thursday morning on Roosevelt Road N 1/2 southeast of Portales where a burned-out car was found. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two bodies found Thursday in a burned car southeast of Portales were still not identified on Friday. But […]

Prosecution presents graphic photos

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New Mexico State Police agent Timothy Argo explains the evidence he collected at the scene of the deaths of Alex Rodriguez, and Wesley Griest to the jury Wednesday during the trial of Dominic Murphy. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Defendant Dominic Murphy neither looked at nor displayed any emotion […]

Lady Blue go extra mile

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Farwell sophomore Salida Edwards, seen here during basketball practice, will compete along with the rest of the girls cross country team Saturday in the Class 1A cross country championship in Round Rock, Texas. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Before the summer workouts began, Farwell cross country coach Korey Conkin […]

Tops in Blue sets America to music

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Sr. Airman Starlett Johnson-Derr (left) and Sr. Airman Stacy Bensing perform a rhythm and blues song during Thursday’s “Tops in Blue” performance at Doc Stewart Park. Made up of Air Force personnel, the band tours all over the world. Photo:Rick White By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The military performers called one routine the “Musicology of […]

Military music group to be ‘Tops’ in Clovis

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent The military’s premier musical group will bring its tunes to Clovis on Thursday. Tops in Blue, an all-active duty Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment gifts, will play at the Doc Stewart Park at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Gates will open to […]

Festivities set for 4th

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Gearing up for four days of fun, fireworks and food, the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce is setting final plans for this year’s Fourth of July festivities, dubbed “2004 Cannon and Clovis Salute to Freedom.” “We’re calling the celebration the ‘Salute to Freedom’ because we’re welcoming home about 200 of […]

Amos the Churchmouse

By Gary Mitchell/Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos prepares for summer boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i […]

Genuine Worship Is Not a Matter of Externals

By Curtis K. Shelburne Most of us know that our lives are not made up of continuous “mountain top” spiritual experiences. We have valleys, plateaus, and lots of days when we are called simply to hike onward and just put one foot in front of the other, when the order of the day is simply […]

Board bans blue jeans

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Judy Kern, a first-grade teacher at Highland Elementary School, discusses the staff dress code, Tuesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich Clovis school board member Mark Lansford asked the question bluntly at Tuesday night’s meeting: “Let’s say tomorrow morning somebody at a grade school says it is cold outside and they want to […]

Blue jeans are not the issue; it’s control

Letters to the Editor As one of the silent six in the audience at last week’s school board meeting, I feel compelled to reply to the article published in Thursday’s News Journal. First, I commend Ryan Lengerich for accurately reporting what occurred at the meeting. As the education reporter he has done an excellent job […]

Committee opposes teachers in blue jeans

Ryan Lengerich The verdict is in: A Clovis schools’ policy committee has recommended teachers not wear blue jeans to class. The committee made its recommendation to the school board on Tuesday night. “The policy committee did not favor wearing blue jeans every day and the principals, along with (Superintendent) Dr. (Neil) Nuttall, also did not […]

Smyer foils Lady Blue again

CNJ staff LITTLEFIELD — Seventh-ranked Smyer’s size was a little too much for Farwell to overcome Tuesday night and the Lady Blue went down to a 39-35 defeat in a Class 1A Division I girls bi-district game. Berry Andrews, a 6-foot-3 junior post, scored 13 points to lead the Lady Bobcats (25-6) into an area […]

School board needs to change confusing policy

Freedom Newspapers Some Clovis school teachers want to wear blue jeans to class, but school administrators won’t let them. The differences recently created headlines for a couple of days. In a way, the issue is almost too trivial for extended debate. But it has focused attention on a far more serious — and longer-lasting — […]

Blue jeans appropriate for teaching

Letters to the Editor I am a former Clovis resident who still has close ties with the community, I want to comment on the directive from school Superintendent Neil Nuttall prohibiting teachers from wearing blue jeans. Large professional corporations have long recognized jeans as appropriate business casual attire. Think Steve Jobs (Apple Computer) and Michael […]

Lady Blue’s rally falls short

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Farwell’s Hailey Grimes releases a pass over Sudan’s Myesha Williams during the second half of Friday’s game in Farwell. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner FARWELL — If ever a team looked out of it, it was the Farwell Lady Blue on Friday night. While Sudan scored on its first six and 10 of […]

Reader Reaction: Blue denim issue is a red hot debate

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis school teachers should be allowed to wear blue jeans to work. Some responses: “THE FACT THAT (SUPERINTENDENT Neil) Nuttall and those in control actually spent their time … outlawing teachers in blue denim amazes me.” — Auggie Jones, Clovis “I SEE NO PROBLEM with jeans. An […]

Five-point possession spurs Lady Blue to win

By Dave Wagner FARWELL — One possession just before halftime helped Farwell’s girls take control against Springlake-Earth. Senior Nikki Gober grabbed an offensive rebound and pitched the ball out to freshman Britton Barrett, who banged in a 3-pointer from the left wing — one of only two 3-point baskets by the Lady Blue all night. […]

Elida eclipses Lady Blue in OT

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Farwell seniors Tara Schilling (23) and Hailey Grimes (15) try to grab an offensive rebound during the first half of Thursday’s game against Elida in the Farwell Invitational Tournament. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner FARWELL — Elida struggled in the first half, but coach Dan Howard was confident the real Lady Tigers hadn’t […]

Business Briefs 10/14

Watrin named new president Elizabeth A. “Liz” Watrin was recently appointed as president for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. Earlier this month, Watrin and other Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Mexico representatives met with key brokers, providers and community leaders in Clovis, discussing healthcare cost initiatives and significant legislative trends in the […]

Hill, Joseph

Joseph Hill Services: Have been held Joseph Edward Hill, 56, of Round Lake Beach, Ill., died Friday, Sept. 12, at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill. He was born on July 14, 1947, in Waukegan, Ill., to Joann and Joseph Blue. He met Corina Pena while in the Air Force and stationed at Cannon Air […]