Q&A: Clovis alumna studying Islam abroad

Editor’s note: Clovis High graduate Kayla Carruthers is studying the Islamic culture in Syria. Q What are you doing in Syria? A I applied for the Fulbright Program and was awarded to study in Egypt, but then encountered problems with the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt and eventually my grant was transferred to Syria. […]

Middle-East tide of democracy is encouraging

Freedom Newspapers It is fairly easy to see that something important is happening in Lebanon, a move in the direction of independence and the idea of a civil society with democratic underpinnings that is reflected elsewhere in the Middle East. It is more difficult to figure out why it is happening just now, what forces […]

Diplomats acting a little too fast condemning Syria

CNJ staff The apparent assassination by car bomb of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is tragic for Lebanon and could unleash a period of turmoil that could upset arrangements throughout the Middle East. That is why it is curious and perhaps dangerous that the United States has acted so swiftly and on the basis […]

Palestinians must discover new identity

Freedom Newspapers Amid the public tussle over whether Yasser Arafat was more sinner than saint is a strong undercurrent of hope. With the leader the Israelis decided they could not and would not deal with out of the picture, is there a chance to redeem the promise of Oslo with steps toward peace? Should the […]

Zias make short work of TexAnns

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team cruised to a 30-21, 30-27, 30-26 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Tarleton State Thursday night. The Zias (22-7, 6-3 South), who close the regular season on Saturday with a division match at Texas A&M-Kingsville, had already clinched one of the division’s […]

Former Lady Wildcats contributing as frosh

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Monique Walker, right, is third on the team in kills for South Carolina State while Jessica Hohn is starting for Newman University in Wichita, Kan. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Eric Butler, CNJ correspondent Two former Clovis High volleyball players are making a seamless transition from prep ball to collegiate competition as freshman. Monique Walker is […]

Vixens poised for state-title run

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Texico junior Lori Richardson looks to tap the ball during practice Thursday at Texico. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Many observers at last year’s state tournament felt Fort Sumner was more than capable of winning the Class 2A or even 3A title. Only one problem for Fort Sumner: Those observers […]

Caught in middle of political injustice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on […]

Kerry, Edwards focus on envy, not improvement

Freedom Editorial To put a twist on Bill Clinton’s internal slogan during his 1992 campaign, the Kerry-Edwards economic policy seems to be “it’s the envy, stupid.” They’re running on the “Two Americas” theme that Sen. Edwards followed to defeat in the Democratic primaries. With a strong economic recovery barreling the Bush administration toward the November […]

Using economic embargo against Syria is risky

Editorial President Bush, operating under authority given to him by the “Syrian Accountability Act” passed in December, has begun an economic war, in the form of an economic embargo, against Syria. The act bans all exports to Syria except food and medicine, bans flights to and from Syria, restricts banking transactions and authorizes the freezing […]

Justice only way to repair abuse scandal

Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Today’s picture on the front page of my newspaper shows a naked Iraqi prisoner on the floor. A leash is tied around his neck. Holding the leash is an American soldier. This is a disaster. These photographs are a dagger in the heart of our hopes for Iraq and the wider […]

House must halt any middle class tax increases

Editorial Y ou could pay more federal taxes next year, because of legislation enacted by the U.S. Senate last week. The new rule would make it much more difficult for President Bush to extend three of his tax cuts that are set to expire this year: the phase-out of the so-called marriage penalty; raising the […]

Cannon squadron deploys for training

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Captain Les Hauck, with the 522nd Fighter Squadron, climbs into his F-16 around 3 a.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. Hauck was one of 10 pilots that took off for a special training exercise with Arab Air Forces. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Six pilots and about 155 support personnel […]

How Bush could secure second term

Leon Hadar The prevailing view in Washington these days is that the Iraq war and its aftermath have placed huge obstacles on President Bush’s path to a second term. Bush, argue the pundits, had outlined a scenario for Americans — one involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda and […]

Businesslike style carries Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner THE CLOVIS LADY WILDCATS approached Tuesday’s District 4-5A volleyball opener at Hobbs in a businesslike manner, according to coach Darrel Ray. The Lady Cats rode 13 blocks and 10 kills from senior middle hitter Monique Walker to a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 win over the Lady Eagles. “Probably 10 of (Walker’s blocks) were […]

‘Slickem Skullatus’ strikes Huber home

Bob Huber No matter how you look at it, the only solution to baldness is hair. That’s what I keep telling my wife Marilyn these days, because recently she came under the auspices of modern medicine and overnight lapsed into what’s known in medical circles as the Michael Jordan Syndrome, or “Slickem Skullatus.” You see, […]

Clovis Christian captures tourney

CNJ staff ROSWELL —Clovis Christian swept the Tatum junior varsity 25-14, 25-21, 25-19 Saturday in the championship game of the Gateway Christian Tournament. Setter Melissa Gomez and middle blocker Rachel Daale were named to the all-tournament team for the Lady Eagles (7-0), who won three games in the tournament.

Senior-laden Lady Cats hope to challenge in 5A

By Dave Wagner With a strong nucleus of seniors, fifth-year Clovis High School volleyball coach Darrel Ray figures this could be the Lady Wildcats’ time to challenge at the state level. A half-dozen seniors saw action on last year’s 16-7 squad that reached the Class 5A regional round. A seventh senior, middle blocker Jessica Wymore […]