Amos 4/22

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. gimme that mountain boss when pastor leroy beetle preached on overcoming your mountains and obstacles for god i was ready to go i tell ya boss i was ready i was geared […]

God can see right through religious facades

By Judy Brandon My sister Susie from Minnesota is in Clovis visiting us this week. The other day we were talking about some of our experiences as kids. One of the things we talked about was visiting our cousins, who lived on a farm in eastern Oklahoma. One of the best times we remember at […]

21st century House of God

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The Central Baptist Fuel Center can show images on three 10-foot by 14-foot video screens or combing them into one 42-foot screen, as seen here during its grand opening on April 6 featureing the band Everyday Sunday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Central Baptist Church understands it needs to adapt […]

Lady Wildcat combo picked first team all-state Class 5A

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Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon was selected first team all-state Class 5A by the Associated Press along with teammate Aimee Hilburn. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Staff and wire reports STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon hit over 70 percent of her shots this season, a stat sure to get the […]

Wildcats capture top spot at NMMI

CNJ STAFF ROSWELL — Senior Guillermo Chavez took individual medalist honors with a three-under par 69, including six-under on the back nine, and Clovis High’s boys shot a season-best 296 to capture team honors in the New Mexico Military Invitational on Thursday at the NMMI golf course. The Wildcats put three of their players in […]

Portales cruises by Clovis

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Cassidy Carpenter returns a shot in the second set of his doubles match Thursday at Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Portales High’s tennis teams have gotten the better of Clovis for quite a few years, and Thursday’s matchup at the PHS tennis courts was no different. The […]

School board picks outsider

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Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy, left, technology specialist with Clovis schools, was among dozens who crowded into Thursday’s school-board meeting in which Rhonda Seidenwurm was named superintendent. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Clovis school board members on Thursday offered the superintendent’s position to Rhonda Seidenwurm, deputy superintendent of instruction for Las […]

Texico students spend morning doing manual labor

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Texico High School senior John Schueler, right, pulls up a fence post with the help of Glen Neie on Thursday. “To tell you the truth, I would rather be doing this than be in school,” said Schueler (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Texico senior Natalie Walton had the sleeves […]

City OKs $20,000 for civic center

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission on Thursday approved a $20,000 contract to hire a firm to assist in the planning, opening and initial operations of the civic center. The Pennsylvania-based company, Global Spectrum, operates civic centers, arenas and other special events centers across the country. “It’s the feeling of that […]

AG recommends education to combat alcohol abuse

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the […]

Bombing victim leaves legacy of compassion

Freedom Newspapers Looking at photographs on various Web sites of the smiling 28-year-old California blonde with more than a hint of impish good humor in her eyes, it is difficult to believe such a person could be dead. But Marla Ruzicka, who had spent much of her time in Iraq since 2003 working on behalf […]

Hectic life can have bitter consequences

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I saw a scary commercial on TV the other day, a Wal-Mart spot showing a woman with a hectic lifestyle who looks into the camera and says: “I like being busy all the time.” Don’t we all? We just love driving around like maniacs, our cell phones glued to our […]

Drug testing just another fact of life

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The National Football League’s draft is this weekend. The media has already been abuzz about some of the draft prospects testing positive for something they weren’t supposed to be ingesting. And then there were the baseball players in a congressional hearing concerning testing for steroids a few weeks back. Drug […]

4/22 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Friday to a business in the 900 block of Norris Street to investigate a forgery and fraud. The owner said she and her bookkeeper had noticed a discrepancy while doing the books. Five checks worth over $1,700 cleared the […]

Santamarina, Matilde

Matilde Santamarina Services: Have been held. Mrs. Matilde Labandera Santamarina, 81, of Bethlehem, Pa., died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. She was born on April 6, 1924, in Cuba, to Maria and Jose Labandera. She grew up in Cuba, where she attended school. She married Everardo Santamarina on July 31, […]

Poor procedures waste tax dollars

By Ned Cantwell Here’s the main difference between government employment and private industry, as I see it: Let’s take a fictional company. We’ll call it Gadgets Inc. No, that’s boring. Let’s call it gadget.com. We’ll locate it in Deming because Deming needs some economic stimulation, its Duck Race not withstanding. So gadget.com is doing pretty […]

Political correctness undermines security

Walter E. Williams Several airport security screeners have sent me polite letters criticizing some of my comments in my last two columns, prompting this question to you: In managing our personal security, should we guard against possible or probable threats? Consider the measures and the resource expenditures I might take to guard Mrs. Williams and […]

Clovis schools close to hiring superintendent

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The search for a new superintendent for Clovis schools may end today after about four months of work by school officials. Board members will go into executive session tonight in hopes of reaching a consensus on who will lead the district into the future. If they reach consensus at […]

Wildlife service could designate Canadian River critical habitat for shiner

By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI —The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority heard concerns Wednesday about the possibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring the Canadian River a critical habitat for the Arkansas River shiner. Doug Murray of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission said the Arkansas River shiner critical habitat designation […]

Preschool seen as crucial part of early education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Bethany Sours, a kindergarten teacher at the Clovis Nazarene School, stood with her arms crossed, her eyes busily scanning a crowd of kindergarten students. “I can definitely tell which students have had pre-schooling and which have not,” Sours said last week as she treated her students to a party […]