Police say slain suspect left traps at crime scene

By Darrell Todd Maurina Booby traps left behind after a hostage standoff in Friona prompted local officials to call Cannon Air Force Base on Sunday for help. SWAT officers discovered the devices when attempting to enter the parsonage of First Baptist Church of Friona after fatally shooting Robby Lynn Vaughn of Muleshoe, the man they […]

Keep hyphens in perspective

The hyphen is in its own way a noble and exceedingly useful mark of punctuation. But it pays, I think, to keep hyphens in perspective. In our present age and culture, the hyphen is all too often seen as a mark of division when it serves just as well and far more nobly as a […]

Amos: sadie sings end-of-year blues

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. sadie sings end-of-year blues boss i woke up depressed this […]

Friday area prep basketball scores, summaries

CNJ STAFF Boys Clovis 93, Moriarty 66 Texico 74, Logan 37 Farwell 70, Happy 26 Amarillo River Road 58, Muleshoe 52 Tucumcari Tournament Consolation semifinals Tucumcari JV 71, Fort Sumner 63 Girls Texico 57, Logan 27 Grady 79, Roswell Gateway Christian 12 Happy 60, Farwell 47 Muleshoe 83, Amarillo River Road 39 Santa Rosa Tournament […]

Thursday area prep summaries

CNJ STAFF Prep summaries Thursday Boys Capital City Invitational First round Clovis 60, St. Michael’s 33 Clovis (7-0) — Bud Willis 9 0-0 18, Tizrick Phillips 0 0-0 0, Zac Watters 3 2-2 8, Jacob Jones 0 0-0 0, Elliott Hita 0 0-1 0, John Props 1 0-0 3, Justin Pinckney 7 0-0 15, Dominique […]

Farwell feels at home in title game

By Dave Wagner If form holds, the Farwell Steers are likely to be playing in Saturday’s boys championship game of the Farwell Invitational for the fourth time in coach Kirk Saul’s five years at the school. Farwell (5-2) takes on a struggling Elida squad at 8:30 p.m. (CST) today in the last of eight boys […]

ENMU plays host to comedian Cole

Freedom Newspapers Happy Cole, whose resume includes a long list of television-show appearances, will perform at 8 tonight at Ground Zero, inside the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. The event is free. Cole has appeared on television shows including “Evening at the Improv,” “Caroline Comedy Hour,” “Comic Strip” and “Comedy on the Road.” […]

amos on consolation

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos on consolation i noticed sammy salamander sitting on a stump all by himself one day looking so forlorn and being the psychological […]

Cannon troops welcomed home

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Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Capt. Christina “Thumper” Hopper beamed when she was handed a bouquet of red roses by her husband. “This is great,” said Hopper, one of 12 F-16 pilots deployed during the Iraqi war with the 524th Fighter Squadron who touched down their jets early Monday afternoon on Cannon’s runway. […]