Generosity makes Rockies top pick

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With Tom Brady throwing touchdown after touchdown for my fantasy football team and Kevin Garnett lacing them up for the Boston Celtics, I’m really happy with the way Boston sports are going. However, I can’t go for baseball’s Boston participant. Nothing against the Red Sox, but I’m rooting for […]

My candidate is better than yours

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Primaries are coming up pretty soon, and I think it’s time I let you down gently. Voters just aren’t going to back your candidate, and I think it’s time you came on board with me and my candidate. I know you’ll defend your candidate with all you are, but […]

Newman ends losing streak, edges Hounds

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Things haven’t been going that well for the Newman men’s soccer team. Not only had the Wichita, Kan.-based Jets lost seven in a row, the last six were at home. Newman jumped on Eastern New Mexico University for goals early in each half Friday and edged the […]

Everyone needs help at some point

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I was a little saddened to hear that Father Benedict Begin passed away on Sept. 27. At first the name didn’t ring a bell, but then I thought “Father Ben.” Father Ben had been one of my favorite priests, only I didn’t realize it back then, when he was pastor […]

Oct. 11, 1980

D.A. Lowery of Clovis, technician for the Central Curry Soil and Water Conservation District, was selected to work on a project at Mount St. Helens. … Curry County United Way workers gained $71,954.27 toward their goal of $200,000 in the first week of the United Way Campaign. … An 18-year-old airman stationed at Cannon Air […]

United Way sets bar higher

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said 115 people attended the block party that kicked off the group’s 2007-2008 fund-raising campaign. Last year about 60 people attended. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico kicked off its 2007-2008 fund-raising campaign Thursday with a block […]

Labor Day showcases workers’ pride

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist “The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.” — U.S. Department of Labor Web […]

Professor dedicated life to music

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Harry Barton spent 39 years as a music teacher to thousands of Clovis High School students. He was one of the best known and beloved teachers in high school, a gentleman all the way. Harry E. Barton was born Aug. 22, 1901, at Plymouth, Ind., and came to Clovis in […]

In Tribute: Portales civic leader dies at 62

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Giving back to his local community and fellow man was central to Rick Hauptmann’s being. An accountant by trade, he devoted himself to civic work through organizations including United Way, Rotary, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, Roosevelt County Literacy Council, Eastern New Mexico University Foundation and others. Friends and […]

Firefighters make house calls to promote safety

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighters Steve Garcia, center, and Garrett Nash, right, discuss fire safety door hangers with Joe Gomez Wednesday in front of his home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Joe Gomez said he has never used smoke detectors in his home, but after talking with Clovis firefighters Wednesday he welcomed their […]

Terror suspects treated without shadow of doubt

By Freedom Newspapers One news story painted the conviction Thursday of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla as “a significant victory for the Bush administration.” It was far from that. If anything, it was a repudiation of the way the administration handled his case. Padilla, 36, is the former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam and […]

Local Roundup: Food vouchers to be distributed

CNJ staff Vouchers for the purchase of fruits and vegetables at the Clovis Farmers’ Market will be distributed on Friday to individuals enrolled in the commodity supplemental food program. The $28 vouchers will be issued on first-come, first-serve basis at 9 a.m. at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 317 E. Second St., according to […]

Cats’ Phillips in transition

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis football coach Eric Roanhaus directs the play to go through the “2” hole as quarterback Josh Potocki, left, hands off to Manuel Robles during Monday’s practice at CHS. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Derrick Phillips is transitioning from defense to offense this season, but he doesn’t think the […]

Aug. 10, 1923

Clovis Filling Station, located on the corner of Sixth and Main streets, offered free road service within or nearby the city of Clovis. … George Burns of Friona was visiting his sister, Mrs. J.H. Sparks of Clovis. … Ione and Ray Buster, daughters of Mrs. Laura Buster, were on their way to New York to […]

New Mexican named Secretary of Agriculture in 1945

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Clinton P. Anderson was born in South Dakota in 1895. I’m not sure when he came to New Mexico, although he served as state treasurer of New Mexico in 1932-33. He was elected to Congress for three terms. In 1945 President Truman appointed Clinton P. as secretary of agriculture for the […]

Soggy Potter book could be sign

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist My life is not so boring that I need to go out of my way to poke somebody, offend a few, or otherwise provoke e-mail to further bury my in-box. (My saved e-mails just broke into five figures.) But, I’ll tell you anyway: I love Harry Potter. If confession […]

Carbon tax may be best way to halt polluters

Freedom Newspapers Michigan Congressman John Dingell, a Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, through which any major climate change measures must pass, is calling the bluff of colleagues who demand that something, anything, everything be done to address global warming. And while Dingell’s gambit might backfire, given the atmosphere of alarmism that […]

JROTC standing guard at junior rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis High School Junior ROTC member Michael Longacre opens a gate Tuesday for a vehicle at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Members of the Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps are donating time from their summer vacation this week to stand sentinel […]

July 22, 1930

Weather officials reported 3.85 inches of rain flooded the business section of Clovis. … In an advertisement in the Clovis Evening News Journal, Dr Pepper claimed to be “The answer to a maiden’s prayer.” … Orders to raze the Curren building on Main and Second streets were believed to be an indication that Southern National […]

Cloudcroft has much to offer

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Last week in this column, I mentioned the town of Cloudcroft. In fact, the column itself was sent in from Cloudcroft. This week, in keeping with the idea of summer trips that involve only an overnight or even a long day, I want to bring the focus back to that mountain […]