If Tim Ashley were mayor …

Clovis’ mayoral candidate Tim Ashley on public access to government information: “During my tenure in public office I have historically supported and been an advocate for openness in government.” See what else he has to say on Editor David Stevens’ Web log, Falling, With Style

Goodbye, Emily Hartley

Suzanne Pleshette, the husky-voiced actress who played Emily Hartley on the “Bob Newhart Show” and was pecked to death in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds,” died Saturday at her Los Angeles home. She was 70. Did you know: Pleshette was producers’ original choice for Catwoman on the 1966 “Batman” TV show, according to the Internet […]

A blizzard to remember

Frank Dalton shares his most memorable cold-weather experience: “I remember a blizzard when I was about 5 (that) covered our ranch in northern New Mexico. When it broke I could walk over a five-wire barbed-wire fence. Dad spent days on horseback looking for cattle. Tractors were the only way to get around for nearly two […]

Rudy Kumar: ‘Transparent government’ needed

If Rudy Kumar is elected mayor, he says he will rarely support meeting in executive session. “Politicians are public servants, so we need to have a transparent government. That’s what democracy is all about,” he wrote in an e-mail. See what else he has to say about public access to government information on Editor David […]

That championship season?

Following a 77-61 win over Eldorado on Tuesday night, the Clovis Wildcats are 15-0 this basketball season. Could this be the city’s best team ever? Clovis has won four New Mexico Activities Association state boys’ basketball championships – in 1930, 1951, 1953 and in 1979. • • • This week’s Web poll asks about the […]

Comments, anyone?

The Clovis News Journal introduced new tools for the Web site on Monday. The SiteLife system allows readers to build their own blogs, share photos and more, but the main attraction is its commenting features. Our old system allowed readers to comment on stories, but it also allowed readers to delete comments for no reason […]

This nod to Brumfield

Clovis’ Jim Sitterly handicaps the mayor’s race: “I think that any person who wants to lead a wonderful city like Clovis should ooze the love and passion it will take to lead long before they choose to put their hat in the ring,” he wrote in an e-mail. “When I look over the long list […]

Beer with Sunday meal OK

Clovis’ Jeff Greene is in favor of a proposal that would allow city restaurants to sell alcohol on Sundays. “People with drinking problems are going to buy enough on Saturday to last them through Sunday anyway,” he wrote in an e-mail. “We should be able to buy a beer or a glass of wine with […]

Carlsbad Caverns hosts e-field trip

Would you like to learn more about what makes caves so special? Carlsbad Caverns National Park will help you do just that with the free electronic field trip (or eFieldTrip) “Caves: An Underground Wonderland.” This eFieldTrip is designed to teach students about karst features, cave geology, speleothem formation, cave ecosystems, and the need for cave […]

Now for the latest press releases …

The latest addition to the Editors’ Notebook is a section for press releases. We’ll post releases with local news ties just as we receive them, minus any private contact information. Today we’ve posted releases from the district attorney, Sundance Cat Sanctuary and others. Click on “More Features” below to access “Press Releases.” • • • […]

A Greyhound headed for the Super Bowl?

Need someone to root for now that the football seasons have ended for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Clovis’ Hank Baskett? The San Diego Chargers have a local connection. Running backs coach Matt Simon earned four letters as a linebacker at Eastern New Mexico University in the 1970s. He’s a member of the ENMU […]

Mayor race produces strong feelings

Janet Mason is not excited about the choices for Clovis’ next mayor. “Gloria Wicker scares me,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I don’t feel there are any good choices. But of all of them, Gayla Brumfield is the lesser of all evils.” Clovis’ Frank Dalton has some pretty strong words related to the mayor’s race […]

Editor takes trip back in time

Billy the Kid is said to have been a frequent visitor to the Portales Springs, no doubt when he was stealing horses and driving them to sell at Old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle. Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Karl Terry brings the Springs to life in his latest Web log entry: Karl Terry’s blog • […]

Web voters: No to Sunday alcohol sales

Sixty-three percent of voters in last week’s Clovis News Journal Web poll said they are opposed to Sunday alcohol sales at Clovis restaurants. Most of those votes were cast Saturday night. About 5 p.m. Saturday, the score was 36-9 in favor of Sunday alcohol sales. The final score was 63-37 opposed. The real election is […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Database of veterans available on Web site

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Library of Congress has a database to honor veterans of conflicts from World War I through present conflicts. Collections are stored at the Library of Congress and a searchable database of more than 44,000 names are also available online, according to the Veterans History Project Web site. The […]

Web commenting blessing, curse

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Yes, I know the comments left by readers on our Web sites are sometimes unfair. I know some of the statements posted are probably not even true. And I know our Web site’s credibility has been called into question because we allow readers to say anything they want […]

AFSOC aircraft, part two

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil AC-130 Gunship The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. AC-130 Gunship With primary missions of close air support, air interdiction and force protection, the AC-130 Gunship features “side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensor, […]

Bob Huber’s wit was one of a kind

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Five or six dozen friends and family members gathered in Roswell last week to remember Bob Huber, a journalist and longtime columnist for the Portales News-Tribune and Clovis News Journal. Huber died Aug. 3 at age 76. His columns often consisted of lists that ranged from his favorite […]

Got comments? Share them with us

By David Stevens: Editor Cyberspace letters to the editor have never been easier. And you don’t have to sign your real name. No hostile comments are allowed. No obscene comments either. Readers can help decide what’s hostile or obscene. If you don’t like what somebody else has to say, just click twice and their opinion […]

NFL fumbles trying to control news gathering

By Freedom Newspapers The National Football League has picked another fight this year with the news media, which have helped make it the world’s most profitable sports franchise. There has been an uproar about vests that all news photojournalists are supposed to wear while on the sidelines of every football game. The vests carry two […]