Lady Cats second in Sandia meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls finished second on a tiebreaker in Saturday’s Michael Prentice Memorial Invitational cross country meet. The Lady Wildcats and host Sandia tied for first with 46 points in the 10-school event, but the Matadors earned the team title with a better sixth-place finish. Freshman Caitlin Waters and eighth-grader Michelle […]

Atheist tests

CNJ Editorial Well, here we go again. America’s most famous atheist, Michael Newdow, renewing his fight to get the Pledge of Allegiance banished from our public schools, has found a federal judge who agrees the “under God” part abridges the First Amendment. As a newspaper championing individual liberty, we first must affirm Newdow’s right not […]

Lady Cats edged for title

CNJ staff BORGER, Texas — Clovis High’s girls were edged by a point (28-29) by Amarillo Tascosa on Saturday for the varsity team title in the season-opening Borger Invitational cross country meet. Freshman Caitlin Waters led the Lady Wildcats, finishing third in the two-mile race in 12 minutes, 47 seconds. The Lady Cats also finished […]

Tribe mentality disguises individual wrongs

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist LONDON — The little hotel, Sanctuary House, where I stayed this time was located, unbeknownst to me, just the other side of the New Scotland Yard. So when I arrived Thursday after my flight from New York, I felt some relief. Terrorists probably will not do their vicious deeds in […]

Cats third in state 5A golf tournament

cnj staff BERNALILLO — Rio Rancho’s 11-shot lead on the first day proved to be too much for the Clovis High boys golf team and the rest of the field. Rio Rancho ended La Cueva’s five-year reign as state Class 5A golf champion on Tuesday, finishing with a 36-hole score of 620 at Santa Ana […]

Wildcats capture top spot at NMMI

CNJ STAFF ROSWELL — Senior Guillermo Chavez took individual medalist honors with a three-under par 69, including six-under on the back nine, and Clovis High’s boys shot a season-best 296 to capture team honors in the New Mexico Military Invitational on Thursday at the NMMI golf course. The Wildcats put three of their players in […]

Candidate: Leadership means empowering others

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal School Superintendent position: Andy Sweet is a former Clovis High School principal and current Clovis High math teacher. Q: What qualifies you for the superintendent position? A: Nearly 20 years in education, and serving very successfully in a variety […]

Bush should stress positives, not negatives

CNJ staff It has been a rough couple of weeks for the Bush administration and the idea that the Social Security system requires reform and that individual accounts should be part of that reform. A Pew Research Center poll showed that, after a month of selling the idea, the percentage of Americans who said they […]

Clovis swimmers optimistic for state

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CHS coach Vince DeMaio thinks Alyssa Pyeatt can finish in the top eight in the 100-meter breaststroke. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Timing is everything for the Clovis girls swim team. The Lady Wildcats worked on relay exchanges in their final practice Thursday before the state swimming and diving championships […]

Reader reaction: Readers divided on sticker issue

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about stickers on a Clovis man’s car that portray cartoon images in sexually compromising positions. Police have charged Dean Young with distribution of sexually oriented materials to minors in connection with the case. Some responses: “FIRST, LET ME SAY that I am not going to be a judge […]

Lady Cat swimmers exceed expectations

Clovis junior Alyssa Pyeatt is ready to break the water surface as she does the breaststroke during practice Wednesday at Play Inc. pool. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer When the swimming season started, Clovis swimming coach Vince DeMaio hoped the three relays and maybe an individual or two would qualify […]

Is Christmas about economic gains or religion?

Freedom Newspapers To frame the discussion over how much of Christmas’ religious aspects should flow into everything from individual holiday greetings to what activities government should fund, it would be easy to say the debate is not over the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, how large a role Santa Claus has come to play and […]

County generosity can help United Way reach its goal

As the 2004 United Way campaign wraps up in the next two weeks, what matters most is your support. It is needed to achieve this year’s goal. Helping does not require you to give large amounts. Every penny, every dollar adds up. In Clovis, for example, teachers and staff from the public schools increased their […]

Libertarians are friendly to communities

By Tibor Machan Whenever I speak up for liberty, there’s bound to be someone who accuses me of favoring the individual over the community, favoring rights over responsibility and obligations. But that isn’t so. Champions of individual liberty often believe even more firmly than critics in doing the right thing, including acting generously, compassionately and […]

Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

Freedom Newspapers Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a passionate commitment to […]

Clovis knows whose character counts

Project: Reader Reaction Clovis’ public schools are celebrating Character Counts week. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants for examples of people whose character is a standard for others to follow. Some responses: “My grandfather, O.H. Gaedke, was a man of impeccable character. He was scrupulously honest, a hard-working businessman who became president of […]

Left and Right agree that order is needed

Tibor Machan Hearing President Bush at the United Nations recently reminded me that the Florida 2000 decision probably didn’t make any difference after all. Sure, I find Bush more simpatico, just because Al Gore possesses such an unappealing personality. But that shouldn’t matter for political purposes. What ought to count is which of these individuals […]

Individual freedom most important

Tibor Machan When social life becomes politicized, one is tempted to present one’s wishes to politicians and bureaucrats, because they have the power to fulfill them. For example, a resident wishes that a local restaurant not play music he doesn’t like. Even though the bureaucracies dealing with these matters gave permission for the restaurant to […]