Best part of skiing: cappuccino afterward

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist We’ve all had our little jokes about how risk-averse Americans are. I’ve joined in myself, ridiculing labels on paint cans that warn “Do not ingest” and labels on beach balls cautioning “Not intended as a flotation device.” But I’ve just been snow skiing for the first time and can now […]

Death penalty shouldn’t be taken lightly

Freedom Newspapers The witnesses to the execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams were appropriately somber. Ending the life of a human being is not something to be undertaken lightly. The way the state handles such deaths reflects a certain consciousness of how somber the responsibility is. In earlier times, the executioner was hooded, thus retaining some […]

Hounds keep Aggies winless

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Oklahoma Panhandle State’s Juan Carson fouls Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette on a drive to the basket during the first half of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Greyhounds had little time to prepare for Oklahoma Panhandle State’s zone defense. […]

Lloyd W. Hinderliter, Charles Jones, Marshall VInson

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Lloyd W. Hinderliter Date of birth: Aug. 25,1922 Dates of Service: Jan. 19, 1943, to Nov. 13, 1945 Hometown: Waynok, Okla. Lives in: Clovis […]

Commission ‘pulled threads’ from Pentagon plan

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite his plea not “to pull a thread out,” the base closing commission yanked away at Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s intricate plan to restructure military facilities. The nine-member commission endorsed Rumsfeld’s vision of repositioning the military to face future threats and his effort to streamline the […]

Facts prove Cannon should remain open

Freedom Newspapers Fittingly, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base started with numbers and they will greatly impact the outcome. The numbers are clearer now than they were last spring because we know more about the numbers behind our national defense leaders’ plan to close the base. Not all the numbers are pretty and many […]

Some support base’s closing

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer “Keep Cannon” signs can be seen just about anywhere in eastern New Mexico, from front yards to business windows to billboards, as residents seek to publicly make known their opinion of the Department of Defense plans to close the Air Force base west of Clovis. But not everyone is […]

Today’s filibuster pale shadow of its former self

Freedom Newspapers With the bipartisan deal announced Monday night, it appears the hallowed tradition of the filibuster will not be wiped off the Senate rule books. In fact, the hallowed tradition that most people think of actually has not been used in many years, even though Democrats claim to have filibustered a number of Bush […]

BRAC panel member warns not to rush

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — A member of the nation’s base-closing commission suggested Wednesday that the military wants to close some bases that could be needed later. “We shouldn’t rush into closing down facilities that we may need in the future,” former congressman James Bilbray said as the Base Realignment and Closure […]

Air Force offcials defend decisions

Wire reports WASHINGTON — Top Air Force officials told Base Realignment and Closure commissioners on Tuesday their “bold” proposals will reshape the Air Force, improving its ability to defend the nation. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper said they considered four major factors in their decision to […]

Clovis should plan for BRAC, just in case

By Bob Baker: Guest Columnist What will the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process mean to eastern New Mexico? We won’t know until federal officials finalize it all late this year. Of course we’re all hoping Cannon Air Force Base will survive the cuts, maybe even expand as other bases are closed. But is anyone […]

Senate winner expected today

by CNJ staff The Secretary of State’s office will proclaim the winner of the District 7 State Senate race today, putting its stamp of approval on the result of an election that has been too close to call since polls closed Nov. 2. Officials at the Secretary of State’s office said the official canvassing of […]

Broncos survive defensive struggle

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush tries to protect the ball from Floyd’s Jonathan Mitchell during the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent FLOYD — Jonathan Chavez wasn’t happy with the support his teams was getting so he marched over to the home stands and exhorted the […]

Kernan likely winner

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Hobbs lawmaker Gay Kernan late Tuesday looked as if she may hold onto her Senate seat. Kernan held a 61-39 percent lead over opponent William Palmer for the Senate District 42 Republican seat, according to totals obtained through the Secretary of State’s Web site at 11:30 p.m. Kernan had received […]

Mexico issues mean Cuba losing support

Freedom Newspapers Cuban President Fidel Castro says it shows Mexico has become a lackey of the United States. Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, director of the Mexico Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, however, said the expulsion of Cuba’s ambassador to Mexico and the recall of Mexico’s ambassador to Cuba “is indicative of […]

Gallegos gunning for another trip to state

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Clovis senior Patrick Jones will play in the singles bracket this weekend at the District 4-5A tournament in Hobbs. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner When Clovis High junior Patricia Gallegos begins play Friday in the two-day District 4-5A meet at Hobbs, she’ll go in with high expectations as the tournament’s No. 1 […]

Close, Martin F.

Martin F. Close Services: Have been held. Martin F. Close Sr., 81, of Victorville, Calif., died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003. He was born on Oct. 24, 1922, in Potsville, Pa., to James and Annie Close. He lived in Clovis for 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II who was decorated with the […]

Former Clovis star takes hands-on approach at UNM

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Rick White Former Clovis star Hank Baskett is drawing accolades for something other than his athletic talent. University of New Mexico coaches recruited the sturdy 6-foot-4 sophomore to play wide receiver based on his rare combination of size, speed and jumping ability. Coaches now talk about his work ethic, determination, and ability to make plays […]

Curry voters: No on everything

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Hannah Borden, 7, helps her father Billy Borden vote in Tuesday’s special election at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Gary Mitchell Although one state constitutional amendment won handily, the second amendment still was in doubt as of press time late Tuesday night. Voters have given Gov. Bill Richardson new powers he […]

Heavenly neighbor gets closer; Mars makes closest approach in 60,000 years

When Carol Nash of Ranchvale looks at the night sky, she is awed by its enormity and complexity. “When you just think about the solar system and how the Earth is tilted just right to make the seasons and all these objects out there doing their thing, it’s just kind of amazing,” she said. “You […]