In God’s eyes, there is no ‘in’ crowd

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Recently I viewed a documentary entitled “The ‘In’ Crowd and Social Cruelty.” The report addressed the problem of bullying and American children. For some reason, kids seem to dish out abuse to those less accepted. Many adults today were the target of bullying behavior at one time or another during […]

Added stress teaches responsibility

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Local Columnist Too blessed to be stressed. That’s a saying I’ve been seeing a lot lately. But I like it better the other way around: “Blessed to be stressed.” Why? Because as I heard a radio commentator say we’re blessed to be stressed because that means God has entrusted us with […]

Timely immunizations keep everyone fit, healthy

Maj. Marina Johnston According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the incidence of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases has dramatically declined in the United States since the initiation of large-scale vaccination programs. But despite the successes, nearly 48,000 adults die yearly from diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. Immunizing children not only protects them from […]

School supplies metaphors for life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Relgion Columnist Well it’s official. School supplies are out at Wal-Mart and other stores and that means that the countdown back to school has begun! With the passing of July Fourth, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside. That could be depressing … but there are plenty of summer […]

Parents should let village aid children

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We all know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But what happens when the village doesn’t want to raise the child? What happened to the old days when children were taught to listen to adults and other figures of authority? And what happened to the days […]

1/25 Letters to the editor

Parental care missing in suspect’s life Hold the phone! According to the article in Thursday’s CNJ, (“Suspect’s brother: Infant death accidental”), Benito Valdez was 12 years old when he started dating a 15-year-old girl. Within three years, they had their first child. That made him a father at 15 years, while the mother was 18. […]

Science Spectrum offers education, variety of exhibits

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Courtesy Photo Science of Sports is one of the many different exhibits offered at tehe Science Spectrum in Lubbock. Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ever wanted to hang-glide? Or see a space suit? Now you can do that, or many other things, less than two hours away from the Clovis/Portales area. The Science Spectrum […]

Route 66 event calendar

Thursday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. — Bluegrass Music and Watermelon Feed at Kvols Park, next to the Chamber. Music provided by the Northeast New Mexico Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association. Admission is free. Friday 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. — Fandango Dinner Party at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Admission is $15 and includes […]

Raising the roof of God’s house

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Dianne Nance of Clovis praises the Lord during the First Church of God in Christ annual Youth Crusade Wednesday evening at the church in Clovis. Nance is the youth minister at the church. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Music and praise spilled into the streets Wednesday night from First Church […]

Minimum wage tool of discrimination

By Walter Williams Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., both introduced proposals to increase the minimum wage from its current $5.15 an hour. Sen. Kennedy’s proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25 in three steps over 26 months, while Sen. Santorum’s would have raised it to $6.25 in two steps over […]

Local personal histories needed

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This article had its genesis in a conversation with my mother-in-law. I bought her a book, which was really a compilation of articles from the Santa Fe New Mexican, spanning the paper’s inception in the mid 1800s until the 1950s. This got her to thinking and talking about some of […]

CHS tickets to go on sale

CNJ STAFF Reserved tickets for the 2004 Clovis High football season will go on sale Monday at the CHS athletic office or at Tankersley’s, 306 Main. Reserved seasts are $35. Past ticketholders have until Aug. 18 to renew their tickets. After that, remaining tickets will be on sale only at the CHS athletic offices. Advance […]

Third grade supplies have lessons for adults

Joan Clayton While cleaning out some old boxes the other day, I found some old school pictures, Bible school certificates, a red reader from first grade and my first grade class picture with all of us standing on the steps of Meserve School in Kansas City, Kan. I even found an old faded school supply […]

Preteens victims of sex ‘club’

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Clovis police believe the house at 700 E. 10th St. was the site of numerous sexual assaults against children. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Police say a Clovis home was used as a sex “club” between adults and at least 18 preteen girls. Reports show the case came to their attention […]

Study says underage drinking can be reduced by adults

Patricia L. Garcia ALBUQUERQUE — From beer banner advertisements at county fairs and rodeos to flavored malt beverage ads in magazines, state health officials say New Mexico’s youth is being bombarded with the message that underage drinking is acceptable. ‘‘Alcohol companies do need to turn down the volume,’’ said Ann Powers, spokeswoman for the state […]