Officials: Choose building contractors carefully

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor With many area residents beginning home improvement projects at this time or fixing damage from the March 23 tornado, city officials advise: Hire licensed contractors. Clovis city building safety director Pete Wilt said New Mexico requires contractors to be licensed and homeowners should ask to see their license when […]

Attorney challenges death penalty

By Karl Terry: Freedpm Newspapers PORTALES — The constitutionality of the death penalty statutes in New Mexico was argued in a pre-trial hearing Monday in the Roosevelt County District courtroom in the case of a man accused of killing a retired Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso has filed four motions […]

Supreme Court delves deeper into patent issues

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it a little harder to get a patent on an invention, and harder to defend an existing patent against encroachment. The decision could make existing patents a bit less valuable than before. Whether it will achieve the desired effect of spurring useful innovation or not is […]

Gattis celebrates 50 years of the 3 R’s

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Twyla Coleman has taught English at Gattis Junior High School for 20 years. Coleman also did her student teaching there and attended the school from 1974 to 1976. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Jerry Bailey remembers being a pint-sized freshman who developed his first schoolboy crush on his music […]

Eastern adds forensics program to offerings

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — High-tech crime-solving science called forensics is a big part of TV crime dramas these days. But as the science has evolved over the last few years in the real world, the supply of forensic scientists hasn’t kept up with the demand. It’s that demand that faculty and administration […]

National Gas-Out Day theory big bust

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With this election year that’s not really an election year, it’s amazing to see the impact of people-powered politics. Candidates like Barack Obama can solicit small donations online and put 100,000 people behind his political movement. At debates for both Republicans and Democrats, moderators can quickly change the direction […]

Farm systems simulation important

By Victor Cabrera: Ag Sense Computer modeling of farm systems looks at key characteristics and functions of a farm in order and then simulates how different conditions and courses of action will affect the farm. Farm enterprises are complex, interrelated systems with multiple interacting components. Each component or factor affects and is affected by its […]

France headed in new direction regardless of vote

By Freedom Newspapers Conventional wisdom holds that in the first round of presidential elections, French voters vote with their hearts and typically winnow the field of candidates to the two highest vote-getters. This often swells the vote counts for fringe candidates and explains the odd outcome in 2002, when perennial anti-immigrant fringe candidate Jean-Marie Le […]

May 4, 1929

The Elks Lodge had broken ground for its new home at Sixth and Mitchell streets. … Dr. S.J. Wright, Welch Grocery and New State Auto were among those encouraging Clovis Evening News-Journal readers to “Go to church or Sunday school Sunday.” … Clovis Floral, at 501 E. Fifth, was suggesting “live potted plants” for Mother’s […]

Fresh Faces: New police officers must learn ropes

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Police Officer Johnny Zamora uses his computer and radio Thursday to search for information. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department has had an infusion of youth with the hiring of eight officers 24 and younger, three of whom are attending the police academy. New officers […]