Religious rights era may end with Falwell

By Freedom Newspapers The passing Tuesday of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at age 73 coincides with what just might be the passing of the influence of the political movement that he helped launch. While the Rev. Falwell struck us as a genuine and decent […]

Community comes to aid of dairy owners

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Workers remove portions of the roof of the Grande Vida Dairy’s milk barn damaged in a tornado a week ago. Joel Ochoa, left, and Arturo Perez, right support a portion of the roof while Jesus Cardillo removes bolts. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you […]

Q&A: Former CHS standout plans to run in 2008

Anybody who ran Class 4A track in the early 1990s was well aware of Ryan Tolbert-Jackson. By the time she graduated from Clovis High School in 1994, the former Ryan Tolbert had won 18 state track titles. However, she needed a trip to Arizona to get noticed at the Great Southwestern Classic. Success followed her […]

Take 5: Senior leads Buffs

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Melrose senior guard Eric Walker is the only senior for the Buffaloes this season, and takes his leadership role seriously. Walker said some of the juniors have also stepped up to be team leaders. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Eric Walker’s favorite professional athletes, Steve Nash and Peyton Manning, lead by example and think team […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a […]

Ex-death row inmate speaks in Portales

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the circumstances […]

Foxes struggle at line in loss to Hagerman

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Fort Sumner senior Ryan Fikany squeezes off a shot in the lane during Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state tournament quarterfinal game against Hagerman at Del Norte High School. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — A frenzied full-court press helped Fort Sumner climb out of a deep first-half hole […]

1/22 Letters to the editor

Taxpayers ultimately fund schools The Jan. 10 school board meeting, as reported by the Clovis News Journal, again leaves this citizen very uneasy about the pathway our school system is being taken down. True, every issue has two sides to it and sometimes it is difficult to determine which side is best. However, when 75 […]

King’s speech still inspires decades later

Freedom Newspapers “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” — Martin Luther King Jr. When it comes to historical figures, people often feel either a need to embrace them entirely, ignoring or denying contradictory or troubling things that they said or did. The […]

Lady Cats show off depth in opener

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Clovis senior Aimee Hilburn struggles past Amber Glasrud of Eldorado during the second half of Wednesday’s Plateau Holiday Classic game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It didn’t take long for Ebony Bunton and Vanessa O’Neal to make an impact. Playing for the first time this […]