Teen posts fight film on MySpace

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fight between two Clovis teens in May that was filmed and posted online to MySpace has law enforcement and school officials concerned. However, posting such a video is not against the law or school rules. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it (in Clovis), but I’ve […]

Cage fight scheduled for fairgrounds

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This […]

Official: Inmate safety ‘balancing act’

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Curry County Adult Detention Center has an inmate population of around 230. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jails have an inherent threat of violence, which makes keeping inmates safe a challenge, according to Curry County Adult Detention Center administrator Leslie Johnson. Safety among inmates is in many ways […]

Martial arts fight promoter arraigned

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A martial arts fight promoter was arraigned Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges alleging he killed Albert “Jason” Pacheco, 31, of Tucumcari, on Feb. 1. James Burleson, 33, of Socorro pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Burleson, accompanied by his […]

Clovis teen arrested on assault charge

CNJ Staff A Clovis teen was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after witnesses said he put a knife to the neck of another man and threatened to cut him, according to police reports. Rueben Stickle, 19, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 […]

STATE GOLDEN GLOVES: Champions split in semifinal bouts

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Joey Andrist of Clovis, right, lands a punch on Sammy Espinoza of Clovis during their age 14-15 match at 141 pounds on Saturday in the New Mexico state Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Roy Walker Community Center. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It was a split decision, of sorts, for […]

STATE GOLDEN GLOVES: Defending champion impressive

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Clovis’ Kala Combs left, fights Albuquerque’s Sabrina Montoya in the 119-pound female division of the state Golden Gloves boxing tournament on Friday night at Roy Walker Community Center. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Just leave it to a defending state champ to illustrate one rule of boxing: It’s not how […]

Children’s logic often produces smiles

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Whenever I write about the wonder of school children and their test papers, I get enough fodder for another column from teachers who save them. Some, of course, are a little too shady to appear in a family newspaper, and so I sell them on the black market. Here are […]

Conflict problem for most marriages

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This week my husband and I had an argument. Every married couple fights once in a while, but fighting when someone is away, especially during military deployments, makes it all the more difficult. For starters, there is no way to call back. Then, there is the pressure of trying to […]

The little town that was — then wasn’t

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Gate City beat Vega, Texas, in basketball at Gate City on July 10, 1938. Gate City? Where in the world is Gate City? Think Conchas Dam. Yes, there is a Gate City and old folks around Tucumcari know where it was. I say was because there is no Gate City […]

Special Ops Pentagon priority

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Airmen with a Special Operations squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., train Philippine airmen to use a rope ladder. (Air Force photo) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico inherited a mission that military officials have sketched as a premier weapon in the fight against terrorism when officials announced Tuesday that the 16th […]

Boxer wins Golden Gloves on birthday

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant Maybe it would have been a little out of place to sing Happy Birthday at a boxing event, what with the spit buckets and bloody noses and all. But Clovis’ Edgar Zubia did get a few birthday shout-outs directed his way after winning the 125-pound division at the state Golden […]

Father-son boxing duo competes in Golden Gloves

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Teddy Draper of Clovis looks to land a punch in a 178-pound weight class fight fight during the 58th annual New Mexico State Golden Gloves boxing tournament on Friday at the Roy Walker Community Center. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When his son Vladimir took an interest in boxing, Clovis’ […]

Portales’ fight for social justice important

Helena Rodriguez : CNJ Columnist Welcome winners …. insurgents and rabble-rousers. Those are the words that greeted people Sunday at a presentation at the Memorial Building in Portales called “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County, 1965-1980.” Dolores Penrod, an event organizer, said those are the words the Portales News-Tribune published in reference to […]

Fathers important to everyone

Curtis Shelburne Note: This column was originally written in January, 2000, but maybe it will be a blessing for Father’s Day, 2005. It’s been just a little over twenty-four hours since I got word that the kindest, gentlest, strongest, and best man I have ever known passed away. He was my father. Though many thoughts […]

D-Day anniversary time to remember forgotten fallen

Freedom Newspapers A savage enemy, a dark time of war, a need for hopes and prayers and a fight for liberty and security. While these were the feelings of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II, we could apply some of that atmosphere to modern times, with our soldiers in peril overseas. June 6, […]

1/14 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Thursday to a local school in response to a battery victim. The principal at the school told the officer that a student had been seriously injured in a fight. He said that he observed several students confronting each other […]

Police Blotter: 11-7-04

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Oct. 22 to the 1800 block of Gerry Drive in reference to a domestic dispute. The male complainant said his ex-wife had driven to the residence with their three children so he could see his son one last time before […]

Bush’s message was well received by the voters

Freedom Newspapers P robably the best analysis of the election that we’ve read comes from William Saletan of the left-leaning Slate magazine, who argues that President Bush had a simple coherent message, compared to Sen. John Kerry’s muddled and inconsistent views. Unlike many liberal commentators, Saletan hasn’t allowed his preferences to get in the way […]

‘Believe in Me’ taught local woman new meaning to life

Candice Tyler, Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Candice Tyler, an employee of the Clovis News Journal, earned a spot on an opposing team in the movie “Believe in Me.” She kept a diary of her thoughts regarding the movie, from the first day the film came to town to her final take, which included a fight […]