Custom Classic starts today

Freedom Communications The 26th Annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slowpitch softball tournament starts today. This year’s classic has 126 teams converging on Clovis for the weekend-long event at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex and Bob Spencer Field. USSSA Area Director Roger Jackson said the tournament is a great economic boost for Clovis because of the […]

Ute Commission focused on water conservation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners […]

House OKs Cannon funding

Freedom New Mexico Congress took the first step Thursday to funding more than $67 million of new construction at Cannon Air Force Base. The House approved the money as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It includes $450,000 for a new dormitory and an additional $52.8 million in construction by Special Operations Command, according […]

CD release party to be held at rock ‘n’ roll museum

Freedom New Mexico Renowned musician Charlie Phillips is holding a CD release party 2 p.m. Saturday for his new album “Full Circle, The Last Norman Petty Sessions.” It’s at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum, according to the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Admission for the CD release party and […]

City to ask BNSF for payment extension

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The City of Clovis, hoping to cover costs through the federal economic stimulus program, decided to ask Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad

Residents react to deaths of Jackson, Fawcett

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Jillian Rink Two figures who definied a generation are gone within six hours of each other. The deaths Thursday of favorite “Angel” Farrah Fawcett and “King of Pop” Michael Jackson surprised and stunned us all. We asked some local folks to share their thoughts:

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: Greatest entertainer of my lifetime

By Tony Bullocks: CNJ photographer My sister Jeannette and I would get on the bus to ride across town to see Michael Jackson and his brothers at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Every time they came to the city, we went to see them. Later when they became the Jacksons, they would play at […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: April 1 hoax

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico I can only remember falling for two April Fool’s jokes that were in print. One was Sports Illustrated’s hoax that an eccentric pitcher named Sidd Finch had learned how to throw a baseball 168 miles an hour and had been signed to the Mets. That was sort of understandable. […]

June 26 Religion Calendar

Saturday Food and clothing give away — 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center. Information: 763-4400 Sunday Worship service — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Central Baptist Church Sunday school — 9:30 a.m., Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene Worship service — 10:30 a.m., Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene Men’s non-denominational Bible […]

June 26 Religion Digest

Knights of Columbus make donation The Knights of Columbus Council 4205 of Clovis donated $10,000 to Archbishop Michael Sheehan on June 2 in Albuquerque. Deputy Knight Antonio Gutierrez said the money was raised from twice-weekly bingo games from the past year. Gutierrez said the group donated the money to the archbishop to train new preachers. […]

We are all notable in God’s Eyes

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I was cleaning out some old files the other day and came across copies of student cookbooks that I accumulated while teaching at Clovis Community College. Over the years I came in contact with scores of students, all different ages and from many parts of the country. So get to […]

A view from under the pew: amos falls in a hole

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos falls in a hole i don t know how it isup there in the human realm […]

Believing in ‘foolproof’ for foolish

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My friend Bob spent a great deal of time horseback on his cousin’s family ranch when he was a kid. After he grew up, he left that behind and became a musician — a financially successful one, which is unusual. Through the years Bob rode horseback now and then at […]

Nothing wrong with taking credit

America or Germany or any other country is often praised for superior achievements while individual Americans or Germans need to show humility lest they be deemed braggarts. Even in sports such as tennis, where there’s a dominance of individual performance, taking credit for doing well is rare. Either bona fide or feigned humility appear to […]

Cap and trade bill polluted by politics

Freedom New Mexico The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a massive “cap and trade” bill today purportedly designed to address global warming — though they call it “climate change” now since the globe hasn’t warmed in the last few years — that will probably not be finished until minutes before voting begins. […]

Press release: House approves $67 million for Cannon

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved over $67 million for construction for Cannon Air Force Base. The funding was part of the FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes $15,000,000 in

Pop star Michael Jackson dies

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MCT photo Entertainer Michael Jackson, shown at his trial in Santa Maria, Calif., in 2004, died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50. By Ben Wener: Freedom Communications Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50. Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan […]

Religion feature: New church plans to keep it simple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church is “planting” a new church, called The Vine Community Church, to appeal to those who prefer a progressive program over a traditional one. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Central Baptist Church staff knows they aren’t the church for everyone. They also know that not everyone […]

First person: Young fiddler full of talent

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales’ Coby Carter said he started playing the fiddle after hearing George Strait play. The 13-year-old has been playing five years. Thirteen-year-old Coby Carter has been playing fiddle for five years. He has played with big name bands, including Restless Heart at last year’s Dairy Fest. This year, he’ll be […]

Police blotter: June 26

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 p.m. June 5 an officer responded to a state office in the 1600 block of North Prince Street to arrest someone for a probation violation. A probation officer told the officer a man told her he killed a dog with […]