Oct. 22, 1962

Advance elements of the Cannon-based “Black Falcons” returned to their home base from a deployment to Turkey. … The Clovis News-Journal reported that President Kennedy summoned top congressional leaders back to Washington and planned to make a nationwide television report because of an “International situation of the highest security.” … Rex Sporting Goods, 308 Main, […]

U.S., Iran have much to gain from cooperation

Freedom Newspapers B oth the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain […]

Clovis High lockdown removed

A lockdown at Clovis High School was removed around 2 p.m. Friday after officials discovered a suspicious teen reported to police was only a student preparing for after-school baseball practice. CHS Principal Jody Balch said the school was locked down for about an hour after a student reported seeing an unknown, suspicious teen near the […]

Disaster situation handled well

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist We have read and heard a great deal about the tornado that swept through our town March 23. It seems inappropriate not to add to that, pulling out some of the positive things that meant we as a community pulled together to weather this situation. Only one radio station was […]

1960 election in Clovis changed drinking habits

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Between 1943 and 1960, Clovis citizens called for a vote and we went dry, meaning no liquor sales. Curry and Roosevelt counties were the only dry counties in New Mexico. One had to go to De Baca, Quay or Chaves county or to Amarillo to buy legal liquor. The 1950s […]

Situation in Iraq not encouraging

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, […]

Iraqi PM glossed over potential Middle East problems

Freedom Newspapers “Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that went reasonably well despite some grumbling in advance. “Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history […]

Handmade animals help make trauma easier to bear

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Clovis Fire Department paramedic Dustan Jesko puts away a “Hugga-Bear” used to comfort children on ambulance rides and in hospitals. The hand-made bears are donated by the Roadrunner Club of Clovis and Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools […]

Lack of strategy in commitment to war unwise

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]

Officials, police review response to burrito scare

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The underlying seriousness of the Marshall Junior High School burrito scare has not gone unnoticed by school officials and law enforcement agencies. The two groups critiqued last week’s response to the now infamous incident in a meeting Thursday at the school. “This was an opportunity for the different agencies […]