Readers split on restricted student paper

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Clovis school administrators reviewing stories in the high school newspaper prior to publication. Some responses: “All publications are subject to review by someone. The whole purpose is to prevent errors, statements that could be libelous, etc. The student journalists need to realize that even […]

Three CHS students punished for protest

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Three Clovis High School students have received in-school suspension for passing out a flier at school protesting administrative censorship of their school newspaper. Purple Press editor Matthew Coker and two reporters said they were punished for violating school procedures in distributing the fliers on school property without prior administrative […]

Lack of area papers buyers restricting Clovis recycling

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Dina Orozco and Melissa Breyette jog past recycling bins Thursday while running at Hillcrest Park. The bins in the park are for recycling tin and aluminum. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Glen Seeber Although the city of Clovis accepts paper for recycling, a Texico Junior High School math teacher learned recently the paper is not […]

County releases salary records

By Jack King Curry County officials on Friday supplied employee salary and benefits information as requested by the Clovis News Journal — but the paper’s officials said Monday their dispute is not over. The newspaper last week sued the county for release of the salary information, contending it is public record. County Attorney Stephen Doerr […]

amos finds his true love

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except the hyphens and dashes. In light of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, Amos himself asked about our recapping his finding the love […]

In the shadow of the tower lies the tale

It all began with TJ’s bright idea of having a sleep over at the church. You couldn’t really find fault with that; the senior high group was growing, mostly because of TJ’s and Kim’s leadership. They were, in fact, in the middle of a highly successful cans and nonperishable food drive, geared around Souper Bowl […]

Readers divided on comic strip

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the Clovis News Journal’s decision not to publish an upcoming B.C. comic strip. The strip refers to Asian characters who fail in their attempt to build a working airplane and includes a potentially insensitive line — “Two Wongs don’t make a Wright.” Some responses: “I agree that […]

Muleshoe Journal sold to Dimmitt newspaper publisher

By Michelle Seeber The owner of the Muleshoe Journal has sold the newspaper for an undisclosed amount to Chris Bradford of Dimmitt, Texas. Former owner Scot Stinnett of Fort Sumner said he closed the sale on Monday after “discussing it off and on for the last three or four years.” Stinnett still owns two other […]

CNJ subscription rates on the rise

CNJ staff report Because of rising business costs, Clovis News-Journal subscription rates will increase by 25 cents per month beginning Jan. 1. The price of individual papers will remain 50 cents for weekdays and $1 for Sundays. Subscription rates still will provide a 44 percent savings, compared to “off-the-rack” prices, for those getting home delivery […]

Funny money lands four in jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina Four people were in police custody Wednesday night after authorities began investigating the sudden appearance of bogus money. Clovis police discovered the apparent counterfeiting ring Friday when an Allsup’s clerk noticed that six bills presented to him by a woman trying to buy $350 in money orders did not appear to […]

Hey, computer illiterates, this is fun

Leonard Pitts Jr. It is spring. I walk into my home office ready to work. My computer is not. It seems to have smoked crack overnight and will not function, despite repeated rebooting, several sharp slaps to the CPU and curses upon the name Bill Gates. I call technical support. Technical support explains that I […]

Crime reporting like walking highwire

By David Stevens One of the more difficult decisions media outlets have to make on a regular basis is whether or not to publish the names of sex-crime victims. The issue has been in the national spotlight this month because of allegations that pro basketball star Kobe Bryant raped a woman in Colorado. Most mainstream […]

Journalism workshop arrives

By Mike Linn High school students from throughout the state will come to Portales next week to learn numerous aspects related to journalism: from photography to news writing, ethics to interviewing skills. Professional journalists from across New Mexico will teach the four-day workshop at Eastern New Mexico University. The seminar is sponsored by the New […]

From the editor’s desk

Those who’ve grown up around here have heard the warnings all of our lives — we’re going to run out of water some day. Some day is not that far away anymore. If we don’t do something quick — drastically reduce our water consumption or figure out a way to get more water in here […]

Water’s future flows with challenges

By David Stevens Those who’ve grown up around here have heard the warnings all of our lives — we’re going to run out of water some day. Some day is not that far away anymore. If we don’t do something quick — drastically reduce our water consumption or figure out a way to get more […]