Macho men aren’t afraid of purses

By Helena Rodriguez: Freelance columnist Recently, I spotted a masculine-looking hombre at the store wearing a nice pair of ostrich-skin boots, a bulky belt buckle and a cowboy hat. To complement his outfit, he was carrying a pink purse. “Now, that’s a real man!” I thought to myself. This hombre, of course, was holding the […]

Clovis tap water not that bad after all

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I had to leave Clovis and go back to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., last week. It seems I need to issue a public apology for writing horrible things about their traffic. I’m sorry, I was just kidding! Really, we had to return to take […]

Jan. 8, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About 1 a.m. Dec. 30 an officer responded to a home in the 2000 block of La Fonda Road for an injured subject. A 16-year-old boy told the officers he had been jumped and was bleeding from his side. […]

First Person: Santa Claus

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CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson Saylor Garza, 4, tells Santa she wants a “Baby Alive” doll for Christmas. Randy Rhue said he makes sure the real Santa gets the message about what kids want. When he walks in the room, all eyes, young and old, are on him. But peel away the beard, the faux […]

Mother must be allowed to raise child

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections I am a believer in the old proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. I welcome the school’s input (to a point) on my son’s academic life and the daycare’s tips on how to break my daughter from the pacifier. However, I don’t appreciate random strangers trying […]

Witnesses discuss weapon

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testifies in the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas and David Griego as judge David Bonem looks on. The two are accused of roles in the 2005 shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A man originally charged with […]

New witness testifies at murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Staff A man who was originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy began testifying Friday in the district courtroom in Portales. Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testified that the two defendants in the first-degree murder trial in progress along with two other […]

Past performance actually indicative

Tonya Fennell School progress reports should come with a disclaimer. This report is not a good indication of your child’s actual grades should be printed in bold 30 point font at the very top of the page. Last week my son, Riley, brought home his first junior high progress report. I unfolded the progress report […]

Duck feeding ends in chaos

Tonya Fennell I’m not one to just sit around. I need to be doing something. This is especially true when my husband is deployed or TDY. I try to occupy myself so I’m not constantly thinking about how many days are left until he comes home. A few weekends ago, after the house was clean, […]

Sacrifice is more than an idea

Commentary by Jenny Sokol: Freedom News Service I wanted to escape the war; I hoped moving to Kansas would help. Fort Leavenworth would offer a reprieve, I assumed, because the Army post isn’t home to battalions of deployable soldiers. I looked forward to living in a neighborhood free from yellow ribbons and single star Service […]

Concept of death confuses children

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When we first decided to travel to Rome, I told my children we were going to visit my parents’ home because my grandmother was dying. I didn’t hide the fact she was ill, and that this was the last time I would see her. I also explained that my parents and […]

Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of […]

Novak defense probes agents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing […]

Joys of tent camping wear thin with age

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was supposed to be a simple outing. Drive over to Texas’ Caprock Canyons State Park near Quitaque, pop up a tent, then mosey on over to “Bob Wills Days” in Turkey. Instead it may have been the last camping trip for me and The Lady of the House. The […]

Trash ordinance closer to being in the bag

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis residents get ready to bag trash. City commissioners approved the introduction of an ordinance requiring residents and businesses place garbage in “a securely tied plastic bag” before discarding in Polycarts and dumpsters. The ordinance also prohibits “tampering with plastic bags and garbage” in those receptacles. Enactment of the […]

March 16, 1970

Former New Mexico Gov. and Clovis resident A.W. Hockenhull wrote a letter to the editor from his home in Dallas, declaring Clovis “will always be my Magic City.” Hockenhull also wrote that he’d enclosed his check for a year’s subscription to the Clovis News-Journal. … Dear Abby was asked how a newlywed couple could get […]

March 16, 1970

Former New Mexico Gov. and Clovis resident A.W. Hockenhull wrote a letter to the editor from his home in Dallas, declaring Clovis “will always be my Magic City.” Hockenhull also wrote that he’d enclosed his check for a year’s subscription to the Clovis News-Journal. … Dear Abby was asked how a newlywed couple could get […]

Hotel Clovis fate in officials’ hands

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners want a deadline set for a use to be found for the vacant Hotel Clovis — or have it torn down. During a study session after adjournment of Thursday’s formal meeting, commissioners heard from outgoing Clovis MainStreet President Zala Smith that money is needed for the […]

Life without funny bone not as fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A recent trip to our local hospital stimulated my memory banks and brought forth an experience I had with modern medicine a dozen years ago. That memory is entitled, “The Case of the Missing Funny Bone” or “Does an Asafetida Bag Really Help?” I’d heard horror stories about parts gone […]

Small-town life never monotonous

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “Why didn’t you wake me up?” asked The Lady of the House last Saturday morning. “I figured you wanted to sleep in,” I said. “What are you talking about? We’ve got stuff to do.” Before I knew it we were bundled up against the cold and off in search of […]