Candidates tackle citizens’ questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Moderator Grant McGee gives the candidates the format for Tuesday’s debate sponsored by KTQM and KWKA. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis candidates tackled alcohol sales, business recruitment and YouTube on Tuesday night. In a forum aired on radio station KTQM, City Commission and mayoral candidates took strong stances […]

Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In video and audio interrogations played during Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors heard the Cannon airman say he repressed memories of the night his wife died, but couldn’t imagine any circumstance in which he’d harm her. In the first […]

Sans writers, TV going down tubes

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Over the last few months, I thought nothing could be more boring than what the writers’ strike had done — old episodes of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” covering weeks-old news. I found out Monday night I was wrong. I was more bored by new episodes of “The […]

Police: Clerk robbed at video rental store

CNJ Staff A clerk at a Clovis video store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night of an undisclosed amount of money, according to police records. Police received a call just before 10:30 p.m. from Hollywood Video at 4017 North Prince St. that a man wearing a ski mask had entered the store and demanded money, […]

Drive-through prank equals stupidity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ll fess up. I do a lot of stupid things as an adult, and I did a lot more as a kid. There was the time my friends and I won water guns at an arcade and tested them while driving the streets of Helena, Mont. I got challenged to […]

Parents best bet in censoring kids’ video games

By Freedom Newspapers It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. And it’s on the way. “Grand Theft Auto IV,” the latest in arguably the most offensive, raunchy and controversial video-games series of all time, heads to stores this October. It’ll likely be rated M for mature, meaning no one under 17 should probably be in the same […]

Detention center incident on tape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surveillance video viewed by investigators does not support allegations a detention officer caused head injuries to an inmate at the Curry County Jail Monday, officials said. During a disruption in a pod at the jail, inmate Benito Valdez violently resisted guards when asked to relinquish a broom, Curry County […]

Teen posts fight film on MySpace

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fight between two Clovis teens in May that was filmed and posted online to MySpace has law enforcement and school officials concerned. However, posting such a video is not against the law or school rules. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it (in Clovis), but I’ve […]

Video game fitting for all ages

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Video games are synonymous with relaxation for Clovis resident Cameron Fuller. The 32-year-old truck driver said he has been playing video games since the 1980s and “any game that requires killing” is a favorite. “It is an escape for me,” he said. “It is a great stress reliever to […]

Video message makes brother’s birthday

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My sister-in-law called not too long ago. She was planning a surprise birthday party for my brother and wanted us to be there. It was his 60th birthday and she wanted it to be a family event. She wanted to make it work, make it happen. My brother lives all […]

March 4, 1983

New Mexico lawmakers were considering a bill requiring automobile safety restraints for children under 5. Clovis health officials were loaning car seats at no charge. … The Clovis News-Journal cost a quarter, even on Sundays. … Clovis High’s Grand Concert was scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rock Staubus Gym. Cost was $2 for adults and […]

Gamers test Madden ’07 dexterity

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer For Clovis Civic Center managers Brock Neely and Isaac Siaz, their love of video games turned into an idea they believe can benefit the Clovis community. Siaz and Neely have started a video game tournament for all those Madden ’07 fiends who dominate their friends and any other competition […]

Woman handed 12 years for sexually exploiting children

By CNJ Staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty for her role in sexually exploiting children, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Peggy Baker was seen on a homemade video coercing a 13-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and pose nude […]

Cameras in police cars keep peace

By Steve Chapman: Columnist One afternoon in November, Houston Texans lineman Fred Weary was pulled over by Houston police for a traffic violation. The cops say he was belligerent and uncooperative. Weary’s lawyer says he did as he was told. What no one disputes is that the story had an unhappy ending. The officer shot […]

Wayquay performs during Native American Heritage Month

By Ashley Lee: FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Actress, artist, poet, singer and songwriter Wayquay will perform in two free concerts Tuesday at the Campus Union Ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. The concerts are sponsored by ENMU’s Native American Affairs department as part of a month-long celebration during Native American Heritage Month. Wayquay, whose full name, Swangideed […]

Magazine gives harsh lesson in friendship

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers What you read says a lot about you. Certain magazines indicate a need to be ready for a political debate, with arguments tailored to a particular political ideology. Others keep you up on the world of sports. Still others say that you have unrealistic expectations of the opposite sex. Mine […]

Pioneers honored at banquet

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Weldon and Vernell Reed are all smiles after being named Roosevelt County Pioneers of the Year at the Pioneer Banquet Friday kicking off Heritage Days in Portales. (Staff photo: Karl Terry) By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Weldon and Vernell Reed of Floyd received the 2006 Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year Award. They were presented […]

Unspeakable tragedy, unjustifiable game

Leonard Pitts Jr. Syndicated Columnist So now you, too, can shoot up Columbine. Like Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris seven years ago, you can roam the hallways with explosives and guns, bring a bloodbath to a high school in the suburbs. All from the comfort of your desk, all just by booting up your computer. […]

Video ratings consider sex, violence and language

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Tyler White, 13 of Clovis plays “Perfect Dark Zero” on Wednesday at Cyber City. The game is rated mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. White says his parents observe him playing video games. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The small screen displays a life-like animation of a senior citizen, […]

12/7 Local Roundup

Police searching for robbery suspect Police are searching for male suspect they believe is responsible for Monday night’s armed robbery of a gas station in the 700 block of First Street, according to the police report. A 20-year-old cashier at Sundance Fuels told police the suspect told her to give him all her money or […]