Magic altered perception of HIV

Basketball was on my mind as I turned on the TV Sunday night, but I wasn’t even thinking about a bracket. While Selection Sunday was upon us for the NCAA tournament, my mind was at the Great Western Forum, and a speech Nov. 7, 1991. In its latest production, ESPN Films has created, “The Announcement,” […]

County wasn’t hiding settlement

I believe the editorial Clovis News Journal published Tuesday (“Commissioners should be more forthcoming”) was irresponsible. It insinuated the county did something improper or was trying to conceal something from the public with regard to the Orlando Salas lawsuit. I take issue with that allegation. First, the Salas lawsuit was filed in the federal courts […]

Bullying won’t get Limbaugh’s message across

Clovis Media Inc. The language wasn’t the worst part about Rush Limbaugh’s tirade last week, in which he called a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because she wants contraception to be a requirement of health insurance. Limbaugh’s decision to target a private citizen, rather than, say, President Obama who has championed […]

Former jail administrator paid $65,000 in settlement

CNJ staff Another insurance settlement paid out on behalf of Curry County that wasn’t made public was some $65,000 to former jail Administrator Lois Bean. County Attorney Stephen Doerr confirmed the settlement on Thursday during questioning about a $450,000 settlement paid a Clovis man for mistreatment while being held in the jail’s juvenile facility. Bean […]

Zias rally to beat Cameron

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JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent ENMU freshman Amber Williford looks for an opening against Cameron’s Sabelle Diata during Wednesday’s Lone Star Conference women’s matchup at Greyhound Arena. Kevin Wilson PORTALES — If the night for Eastern New Mexico junior Hannah Altheide wasn’t enough indication, there was plenty of evidence to show that it didn’t matter how […]

‘America the Beautiful’ makes better anthem

Freedom New Mexico A nother major sporting event, another national anthem conflict. This time it wasn’t some disrespectful leftist butchering “The Star Spangled Banner,” then grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground as Roseanne Barr did before a baseball game. Instead, it was American rock legend and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler — a […]

Internet mishaps can’t be deleted

I went to a store recently to pick up a new CD. It wasn’t on the shelves, and I almost whined about the store’s failure on Twitter, along with my intent to stop shopping there for music … and a maximum amount of cursing. Fortunately, before I could grab my phone, I saw a cart […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

CNJ staff An investigation into undisclosed allegations at the Portales Police Department is expected to conclude by the end of this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Tuesday. The investigation was launched Nov. 30, the same day Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry was placed on paid administrative leave. Chandler said investigators from his office and New […]

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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New Mexico Highlands University: Courtesy photo Former Melrose High standout Clint Barnard, pressed into quarterback duty at New Mexico Highlands this season, is shown carrying the ball for a gain during the Cowboys’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game against Chadron State on Oct. 15. Barnard, who helped Melrose to two 8-man state titles, began the […]

Hounds blank Fort Hays State

By Larry Booker: FNM correspondent It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team notched another win on Friday at the ENMU pitch. Junior defender Michael Stewart provided the only goal with a header off a Julian Roberts corner kick midway through the second half, and the Greyhounds hung on for […]

Softball a big hit in Clovis

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CNJ correspondent: Liliana Castillo Nicole Marez of the Lady Takers prepares to take a swing during Thursday night’s game against the Vipers at Guy Leeder Complex. The Clovis Softball Association sponsors leagues during the spring, summer and fall. Dave Wagner When members of the Clovis Jaycees sought to start a recreational softball program for the […]

Tragedy worse when manipulated

It was early in my sophomore year of high school. I wasn’t driving yet, but other classmates were. The whispers in first-period geometry were that fellow sophomore “Tiffany” hit a kid who ran in front of her car the previous night. The kid was OK, but Tiffany was visibly shaken. A few days later, I […]

Hard to tell which news is fake

The heat wasn’t the only thing that bothered me last week. Add these two to the list: • Last Thursday, parody news site The Onion posted, “Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Objections.” It was good for a quick chuckle, while not so subtly pointing out two inherent problems President Obama has — Republicans’ inclination to […]

CEO hopes Wheatfields will be boon to community

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Seasons Management CEO Eric Jacobsen says it is his hope to see Wheatfields Assisted Living Facility become a boon to the community. Sharna Johnson Emerging from the tangles of bankruptcy with his nearly failed project resurrected, Seasons Management CEO Eric Jacobsen says it is his hope to see Wheatfields Assisted […]

In search of ponies: Mother hen not needed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For the record, I wasn’t serious when I said I was contemplating chicken ownership. Yet somehow, a couple months later, I am the proud owner of two hens. “Somehow” may not be the most appropriate word, because I know how it happened. They were in jeopardy of being homeless […]

In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel […]

Late TDs lifts Cats to victory

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Morris Sharp celebrates after scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s New Mexico Premier League playoff game at Leon Williams Stadium. Sharp fell on a loose ball on the kickoff with 5:27 left to seal the Curry County Cats’ 13-6 win. Kevin Wilson Morris Sharp wasn’t sure what his opportunity was […]

Officials: Courthouse expansion inevitable need

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners say it wasn’t the plan that voters rejected, it was the price. Tuesday they authorized the county manager to move forward with the purchase of three properties north of the courthouse because they say expansion is an inevitable need and property costs go up, not down over time. County Manager […]

Fat fix isn’t government’s responsibility

Freedom New Mexico In case the drug war wasn’t enough government boondoggle, we have a new war on food abuse. Despite the portion of Americans who work hard to stay fit, an estimated 129.6 million Americans, or 64 percent, are fat. The fat war started about 10 years ago, when government nutritionists stopped issuing reports […]

Fishing lessons need to be passed

A s I watched the end of my fishing pole start to dance instead of reacting quickly, I casually picked it up and reeled it in a few yards. I knew even before the pole started to wiggle it wasn’t a fish. It was a youngster’s line. I like to fish a lot and I’ve […]