Major crime unit formed

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcement officers in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a newly formed major crimes unit comprised of eight […]

Rumsfeld proposes shutting 33 major military bases

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon proposed Friday shutting about 180 military installations from Maine to Hawaii including 33 major bases, triggering the first round of base closures in a decade and an intense struggle by communities to save their facilities. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld also recommended a list of scores of other domestic installations — […]

Reader Reaction: Residents remember 2004 as a year of change

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for memories of 2004. Some responses: “(IT) WASN’T THE BEST year I’ve had, but I will think of this year as a good year because I am living near my parents, son, uncles, aunts and cousins and I live in Clovis. Someone said you can never go home […]

Fraud becoming standard practice

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Call it the revenge of Milli Vanilli. You remember them, right? The pop music duo that came out of nowhere to score one of 1989’s biggest hits, an album called “Girl, You Know It’s True?” But “true” is one thing Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan never were. One year, 7 million […]

Legislating sports serves no interest in government

Freedom Editorial If you shine a spotlight anywhere in the country long enough these days, Sen. John McCain will eventually show up to stand in it. He seems drawn to camera lights and can’t seem to resist the temptation to meddle in matters that don’t concern government. McCain’s posturing is potentially significant, and even dangerous, […]

Campaign season lasted way too long

by Bill Sconone Now that the election is over, I’m wondering if anyone can direct me to where I can claim my medal for a year or more of putting up with constant politics. I mean, since Washington is usually pretty liberal with handing out medals, there’s no reason I shouldn’t get one if only […]

Too many believed winning, building Iraq would be easy

Freedom Newspapers Reports released last week on two inquiries into the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad dealt only briefly with what might have been the most shocking confirmation of policy failure: the apparent failure to plan for anything but the most rosy possible scenario in the […]

No major changes planned, says new owner of supermarket

Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER S&S Supermarket in Hilltop Plaza has been sold, but the new owner — Clovis resident Kyle Brewer — said he plans no major changes. The business will change hands Wednesday, Brewer said. He said he plans a grand opening in about a month or two, but will concentrate on making […]

Education problems must be admitted

Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Several weeks ago, my column was about the sorry state of teacher quality and concluded that while teacher ineptitude is neither flattering nor comfortable to confront, confront it we must if we’re to do anything about our sorry state of education. The situation is not pretty. Philadelphia schools are typical of […]

ENMU finds middle ground in crime report

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University ranks in the middle of the pack among the state’s four-year colleges and universities for major crimes, liquor and drug law violations. Universities and colleges submit reported crimes to the U.S. Department of Education under a campus security and crime law. The Albuquerque Journal compiled the […]

Zia student to hold bow assembly

Reporter’s Notebook The shooting of an apple off a person’s head with a bow and arrow is a familiar scene in many movies set in medieval times. But Zia Elementary School student Ryan Sanders, who has been shooting bows since age 3, will tell teachers, parents and his peers that safety is more important. Ryan, […]

Portales wins 3rd state title in four years

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Portales sophomore Ashleah Richards and teammates hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Friday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Freedom Newspapers: Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third championship […]

Music a part of the family

Weldon Killough A huge part of my life is and has been music. From a young age, my earliest memories are associated with music that revolved around southern gospel songs in church and family reunions, as well as traditional country music. Early on my dad was my major influence concerning music. We always went to […]

Legislative session sparks ire at ending

By David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers […]

Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]

Cheese plant to be 10th in employee numbers

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Soutwest Chees hard hats await major participants int he groundbreaking cermony for the new cheese plant Friday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Glen Seeber. CNJ STAFF When the Southwest Cheese Plant gets into full production, with an employment of 220, it will rank at 10th place among Clovis’ major employers. The top employer is Cannon Air […]

Cannon wing commander leaving for Virginia

By Darrell Todd Maurina Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has announced he will soon be leaving for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Langley is the headquarters of Air Combat Command, the major command of the United States Air Force that includes the 27th Fighter […]

Teen of the Week – Shea Chase

Shea Chase, 18, is the son of Debra Feltner and Steve Miller and is a senior at Clovis High School. What is your theme song? Thunderstruck (AC-DC) Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why? My family and those who are close to me, and most importantly, God! What do you envision your life […]

Our region owes thank you to Wright brothers

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico T oday we live an era of hyperspeed air travel by millions of men and women worldwide. So it almost seems an afterthought to celebrate the 100th anniversary of motorized flight. It shouldn’t be because it signaled a monumental shift in the events of daily life, especially travel. It was […]

Farwell native follows his heart

By Rick White The seeds for Cody Monk’s success were planted in the growing fields of West Texas, cultivated by his junior high and high school teachers, and sprouted when he followed his heart. A 1992 Farwell High graduate, Monk returned to the area this weekend to promote his first book, Alfonso Soriano: The Dominican […]