Sophomore QB bides time in backup role

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Redshirt sophomore J.T. Thompson rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns in the Hounds’ season-opening 63-20 win Aug. 25 at Bacone. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Jeremy “J.T.” Thompson doesn’t mind his backup role, for the time being. Thompson, a redshirt sophomore from Sweetwater, […]

Baskett Watch

CNJ staff Clovis’ Hank Baskett is entering his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who opened training camp Friday in Lehigh, Pa. PROSPECTS Coming off a strong rookie season, Baskett and fellow second-year player Jason Avant are expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver spot. “We like what we saw from Hank last […]

Movie ratings get creative revamping

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes […]

Pro athletes could be better role models

By Freedom Newspapers A cheap shot followed by a sucker punch, spitting on a rival, an arrest for assembling an arsenal without obtaining a firearm owner’s card — ESPN’s “SportsCenter” has resembled “America’s Most Wanted” in recent days. The faux pas of professional athletes are arguably more visible than those of many celebrities. Film and […]

Clovis grad fights for starting role with Red Raiders

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer While battling for a starting position this spring, Texas Tech sophomore and Clovis High School graduate Joe Garcia said he can still hear words of wisdom from Wildcats coach Eric Roanhaus. “He said to always work hard,” Garcia said. “Never let another person outwork you. If they are going […]

Mom’s role has changed over the years

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Fifty years ago, she was found predominantly in the kitchen. Today, she can be found in the kitchen, the office, the playground, the bank, fixing the car, managing the finances, or even driving a semi. She is the modern mom — a woman with a whole new range of […]

Retired officer served on base closure commission in 1995

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Retired Maj. Gen. Josue “Joe” Robles Jr. served on the eight-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission during the last round of base closures in 1995. The San Antonio, Texas, resident and chief financial officer of USAA Financial Services talked about his experience on the commission and how the BRAC process […]

Florida’s gay adoption law irrational

By Steve Chapman The state of Florida is not ridiculously selective when it comes to letting people adopt children — and with some 4,200 kids in need of adoption, it can’t afford to be. It allows single adults to adopt. It accepts people with serious illnesses and disabilities. It leaves the door open to drug […]

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, […]

Kansas City signs former Hounds hurler

By Dave Wagner Gabe DeHoyos was a mainstay in the starting rotation during his days at Eastern New Mexico University. In his third season of professional baseball, the 6-foot, 220-pound right-hander has made a successful transition to closer. The Kansas City Royals signed the Artesia native to a contract on July 16 and sent him […]

Actions speak louder than false apologies

Mona Charen The president was asked at least four times at his press conference whether he wanted to take the opportunity to apologize for the 9/11 attacks. It was the press corps in full baying mode Apologies and blame are the themes of the week. On apologies, let’s be aware that many are pure theater. […]

Carrey makes role work

Stacy Allen Show: Bruce Almighty Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman Summary: Bruce has a bad day, takes it out on God and then ends up with a chance to do God’s job better when he is given all power. Show times: 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 I’m sure everyone has had one of […]