1/27 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. Last week, Amos was trapped by Marcellus the cat, and he was reflecting on Oliver Owl’s sermon about how the Apostle Paul’s difficulties were “divine wood cutters” to make way for the Gospel. making […]

Jesus gives support, comfort in times of grief, crisis

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have heard news last week of much sadness: a baby dies and a wonderful young man killed in car accident. I have no words of wisdom and pressed for words of comfort for these situations. I just know that we have an advocate, Jesus Christ. Perhaps this illustration will […]

Congress’ finance reforms should start on inside

Freedom Newspapers The Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal has Congress scrambling to drum up reform ideas, as the profligates attempt to repackage themselves as neo-Puritans. Most of these efforts, no doubt, will involve tinkering with the minutiae of lobbying rules, as if sinning lobbyists, rather than saintly members of Congress, are the problem. An even bigger […]

Bush deserves Oscar for post-9/11 acting

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist According to Shakespeare, the world is a stage and we’re all actors. According to Marshall McLuhan, the stage is a world and we’re actors. Either way, some of us are better actors than others, like President Bush. When the 2006 Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday, George W. Bush deserves […]

Visit Socorro for golf shoot, not burgers

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist We decided to go on a road trip to Socorro. That’s where the Lady of the House’s oldest son lives. It’s been a while since she’s seen him. We took the most direct way to Socorro by zipping west out of Clovis on U.S. 60. One thing you may notice […]

CHS HOOPS: Big game, small package

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Clovis junior Cody Thornsbury (left) is only 5-foot-6, but he has been a key player for the Wildcats this season. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Standing at 5-foot-6 on his tip toes, Clovis junior guard Cody Thornsbury might get mistaken for a towel boy or someone’s little brother when […]

God absolutely loves ordinary people

By Curtis K. Shelburne Somewhere in his fine book, “Franklin and Winston,” Jon Meacham quotes a friend and colleague of Winston Churchill as commenting, “Winston was not a sinner, but he liked the company of sinners.” Don’t worry. I’m not questioning the time-tested wisdom: “Evil companions ruin good morals.” Like most parents, I’ve given some […]

Paddling under review: School board to vote on corporal punishment

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CNJ illustration: Ryn Gargulinski By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A policy that allows students to be paddled as a form of discipline is rooted firmly in the Clovis Municipal Schools. Only one of the school district’s five board members raised concerns Tuesday with the procedure during an annual policy review session. “I have issues […]

No so ‘Glory Road’: ENMU officials say basketball movie contains inaccuracies

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Ronald Oram (34 in white) and Joe Allen (24) were two of the five black players on the 1966 Eastern New Mexico University team. (Courtesy photo: B.B. Lees) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Disney movie “Glory Road” paints an inaccurate picture of 1966 Eastern New Mexico University, school officials said on Wednesday. The […]

District attorney pushes senior safety program

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is asking lawmakers for $50,000 he hopes will help spotlight and improve safety for senior citizens in Roosevelt County. “There are many laws to punish those who abuse the elderly that are reactive,” Chandler said. “We want this to be proactive and an innovative […]

Federal programs roadblock to recovery

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist What lessons should we have learned from last summer’s deadly and destructive hurricanes? The primary lesson is that we shouldn’t have much faith in a federal bureaucracy like the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They amply demonstrated their incompetence, but what’s our response? We’ll give them more money and more authority. […]

Battle against poverty needs your help

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is an insidious movement under way in New Mexico, one that clear-thinking state citizens need to reverse. Now. It’s time to take to the streets and demand our traditional values be maintained, that our fixture atop the lists of one of the poorest states in the nation be cemented. […]

U.S. should leave Latin American leftist leaders be

Freedom Newspapers The inauguration of Evo Morales, a former coca grower and an avowed socialist, as the still popular president of Bolivia, highlights what appears to be a strongly leftist trend in Latin America. Is this trend real, and is it something U.S. policymakers should address? Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, says Fidel Castro […]

Education digest — Jan. 26

State principals prepared for job New Mexico principals may be ahead of the class. The state was among five in the nation that requires principals to have the skills necessary to promote student learning, according to a recent Center for Reinventing Public Education report cited by the New Mexico Public Education Department in a press […]

Student profile: Aimee Hilburn

Aimee Hilburn is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Becky Hilburn. What is your greatest fear? One day I’ll look (back) on my life and have regrets. Tell us about a happy time: When we won state in basketball. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and […]

TexAnns rout sluggish Zias

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Rosalyn Elliott dives over Tarleton State’s Kimberly Smith during a battle for a loose ball during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Guard Katie Crawford led a balanced attack with 14 points and Tarleton State overcame […]

Texans hold off ENMU down stretch

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ENMU’s Ira Cross (32) and Donald Young try to grab a rebound from Tarleton State’s LaShon Sheffield (10) and John Davis during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University played hard enough, just not quite well […]

Military feature: Guard making changes

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The National Guard units in Clovis and Portales hope to double in size in the next two years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Plans are in place that would change the duties of Army National Guard units based in Clovis and Portales over the next two years, from air defense […]

Killer given 21 1/2 years

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 1/2 years in prison for his role in an argument over a cigarette lighter that turned deadly. As part of a plea bargain, Mark Madrid pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and killing Porfirio Gonzales, 52, of Clovis in March […]

Four Clovis teachers earn top honor

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Four Clovis teachers who achieved National Board Certification were honored at a Tuesday school board meeting in front of friends, family, and school administration It is the highest credential any professional teacher can obtain. And each of the four teachers did so on their first attempt, according to Jimmy […]