Education column: Accomplishments deserve recognition

Sitting in the audience of Eastern New Mexico University’s amazing holiday concert last weekend, I noticed, amid the performers, a number of former Clovis Municipal Schools students. The musical evening consisted of two full performances the same night, both to packed houses, with remarkable diversity of musical selections. From the chamber choir’s singing a seventh […]

Magician enjoys connecting with audience

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Robert Smith of Albuquerque performs his “Robert Magic Presents Street Magic Live” Thursday night at the Curry County Fair. Smith has six more shows for the remainder of the fair — at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sharna Johnson Sure, there are tricks and flair […]

Lieutenant governor candidates display few differences

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kent Cravens, left, answers a question while Brian Moore, center, and John Sanchez look on during Thursday’s Republican lieutenant governor forum at the Master’s Center. About 70 people attended the hour-long forum. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The three lieutenant governor candidates who visited Clovis Thursday had little differentiation […]

Music fest organizers aiming for younger audience

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CNJ file photo Johnny Rogers performs as Buddy Holly during a past Clovis Music Festival concert. This year’s lineup will also include Starship, adding a younger sound to the festival. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer This year’s Clovis Music Festival is combining the same classic Clovis sound with a newer twist for the younger […]

Remnants of ghost town show struggle to survive

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Frontiersman Kit Carson told an audience more than 100 years ago: “When you get to Onava … you will be on the edge of tomorrowland, also called the land of manana by the Spanish speaking people there.” His audience, the members of a wagon train, was encamped for the night […]

Speaker at annual MLK breakfast stresses importance of holiday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rufus Johnson spoke at Saturday’s 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at Clovis High School. Johnson urged attendees to use their day off on Jan. 19 to reflect on the freedoms they have and why they have them. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In front of an audience […]

Market destroyed by government

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Most likely, President George W. Bush was prevaricating, not confused, when he stated, looking straight at the audience listening to his speech about the financial disaster, “The market is not functioning properly.” That’s because he — or his advisers — must know the American economy is not a […]

Sept. 14, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Organizers largely unappreciated One really has to wonder about the Republican party after its national convention. Speaker Rudy Giuliani brought up the topic of community organizers and the audience laughed. Then vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made a reference to community organizers and the audience snickered. For a party that wants to be known as […]

Baskett bringing Eagle teammates to Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer One surefire way to fill up Rock Staubus Gymnasium is to have a basketball game between the Clovis Wildcats and the Hobbs Eagles. Charity organizers seek a similar audience Saturday when a different Eagles squad comes into town — the Philadelphia Eagles, led by Clovis native Hank Baskett III. […]

Baskett to bring Eagles to Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer One surefire way to fill up Rock Staubus Gymnasium is to have a basketball game between the Clovis Wildcats and the Hobbs Eagles. Charity organizers seek a similar audience Saturday when a different Eagles squad comes into town — the Philadelphia Eagles, led by Clovis native Hank Baskett III. […]

Ethanol representatives address location question

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About 150 Clovis residents attend a presentation on the benefits of an ethanol plant being located in Curry County. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Ethanol Officials told an audience at the Clovis Civic Center Thursday night their proposed ethanol plant would create 50 new jobs, indirect jobs for truckers […]

Lid kept on thespian career

By Bob Huber: Guest Columist Today’s lesson is “Hollywood,” and what can be done about it. Of course, any mention of Hollywood always takes me back to my own thespian career —a fleeting moment when I won my black belt in high drama and joined ranks with such epic performers as Larry, Moe and Curly. […]

Elida grads receive emotional sendoff

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Elida High School graduates, from left, Mari Lopez, Jewlie Paiz and Steven Russell hold hands as they watch the class video Friday during the EHS commencement. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — A night of remembering, honoring and celebrating the high school careers of the six Elida High School seniors […]

Democrats pandering to sense of grievance

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton used Rev. Al Sharpton’s Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration to, as Professor Shelby Steele explains, “whistle for the black vote by pandering to the black sense of grievance.” In response to a question from the audience: “I need you to tell us what distinguishes Democrats […]

Panelists encourage victims of violence to step forward

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals who deal with domestic violence victims […]

Reporter’s notebook: Storyteller visits James Bickley Elementary School

The storyteller gestured wildly with his hands, his voice undulating high and low, his face like putty, able to morph into a variety of characters. As his ghost story unfolded, more than 30 students sat cross-legged around him, slack-jawed and wide-eyed. “You have to experience the story yourself before it can become real for your […]

Campos addresses Democrats

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Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, talks with local Democrats Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, reviewed a long list of legislative accomplishments at Monday’s Curry Democratic Party Town Hall Meeting, which included funding for Pre-K and tax cuts for low-income […]

Silence speaks volumes

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jenny Gheer, the sign hanging from her neck said everything she needed to say. And if it didn’t, she had a pen to help. Gheer was one of many in the community who took part Wednesday in Day of Silence, a national […]

Christmas performance can’t be topped

By Bob Huber, Local Columnist Now comes the post-holiday clamydamps, which always reminds me of high school Christmas productions and my rookie Thespian career. They were epic moments in theatrical history ranked up there with performances by Larry, Moe, and Curly. The one I remember most was the result of a unique blend of blonde […]

Portales native honored by Cannon airmen

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Dewey Langston displays a war tunic he recovered during a World War II battle Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base chapel. Langston was added to the Wall of Heroes at the base’s Airman Leadership School. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Dewey Langston never considered himself […]