April 20, 1977

Crosswalk monitors at Highland Elementary had new safety equipment, thanks to the Noonday Lions Club of Clovis. … Aztec Liquors at 1010 E. First was offering Schlitz beer for $6.25 per case; Falstaff cost $5.25. … “The Bad News Bears,” starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal, and “Rocky,” starring Sylvester Stallone were among popular movies […]

Work mistakes can rack up big bill

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And you thought making a few innocent mistakes at work was bad, such as accidentally hanging up on your boss or inadvertently deleting an e-mail message you were supposed to forward. Or you felt guilty for wasting company resources, such as accidentally using two instead of one of those little […]

Public apologies don’t right all wrongs

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Christians observed Ash Wednesday last week as the beginning of the six-week Lenten season, which precedes Easter. The manner in which this is observed may vary from place to place, and among denominations. I would venture to say that all Catholic communities, some liturgical Protestant communities and “others” mark this […]

It’s never too early to learn character

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist My daughter Luisa recently came home from kindergarten upset because she had been sent to the “time-out table” at lunch. At Luisa’s school, three lunch ladies supervise the cafeteria and do their best to handle dozens of children who are supposed to eat quietly and act in a civilized manner. […]

Lady Buff energized

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Melrose junior post Toni Burdine, above, said she looks to her sister as not only a role model, but also as a driving force to succeed. She has helped Melrose to an 11-8 record this season. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Melrose junior post Toni Burdine spends most of her time organizing her many after-school […]

Superstitions abound in local area

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Anyone who can read this should consider themselves lucky — they survived yet another Friday the 13th. Not that I’m superstitious, knock wood, but certain things, like a full moon or the stray black cat that’s been circling my yard, just make me a little wary. This certainly applies for Friday […]

Self-projected racism perpetuates cycle

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “Can you show me the doll that looks bad?” The two baby dolls are identical except that one has pale skin, the other is dark. The little black girl, maybe 5 years old, has been holding up the pale doll, but in response to the question, she puts it down […]

Robbery sign of personal dark times

By Grant McGee: local columnist Some guy with a bad idea created a bad day for a bunch of people two weeks ago. I’m talking about that bank robbery here in Clovis. I think I may have an idea how those bank employees felt that day. On my first day as a New Mexican I […]

HPJRA finals: Short-go puts wraps on rodeo

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Abby Medlin races to the finish line after running her horse through the poles in the 9-12 age group in Saturday’s short-go of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent In essence, the last day of the High Plains […]

You’re old! Now the bad news…

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Here at the Foundation for Doing Away with Old Age, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you get perks in your golden years that make you giggle with delight. The bad news is the perks seldom make up for the price you have to pay. […]

It’s always time to ‘knock it off’ for safety

Master Sgt. Ken Oswald F-16 pilots have a safety management tool called “knock it off.” Air Force Instruction 11-214 outlines conditions under which anyone in the flight can call a “knock it off.” When that happens everyone stops what they’re doing, makes sure they’re pointed away from the ground and each other, and they address […]

Truth takes a while to penetrate thick skulls

By Curtis K. Shelburne   It bothers me about me to realize how long it takes for even the Lord of the universe to get his truth through my thick skull. The problem is not on God’s end of the equation; the problem is the thickness of what he’s trying to penetrate. For example, how […]

Secrecy can easily overwhelm freedoms

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Secrecy is one of those virtues, like candor, that can easily be overdone. A strong commitment to safeguarding sensitive national security information is a good thing. A blind insistence on concealing anything and everything is not. Whether the CIA had good reason to fire Mary McCarthy depends on what sort […]

No such thing as luck, only hard work

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I walked under a ladder on purpose the other day to prove a point. Some men were climbing onto a roof at Eastern New Mexico University and one of them forewarned me not to as I boldly walked right under the ladder with a sarcastic smile on my face. “You’re […]

Winds whip city

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Wind gusts peaked at 75 mph in the afternoon, according to Carlos Arias, manager of Blue Sky Aviation at Clovis Municipal Airport, and averaged around 45 mph. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Southerly winds sandblasted the area Thursday, blanketing the sky with a coffee-with-cream hue and making driving difficult and […]

Cats drop title game to Rio Rancho

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Clovis High senior third baseman Jared Powers prepares to throw out a Rio Rancho runner at first base during Saturday’s Rio Rancho Invitational championship game. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Too many errors and not enough hits. It was a bad combination for the Clovis High baseball team on Saturday, […]

Valentine traditions fading

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Speaking of February, I’m reminded of that old Valentine that says, “Never fall in love with a girl from behind,” which doesn’t say much for clever love messages or the absolute truth that a girl in hand is worth two in the bush. But it does say something about how […]

Christ’s sacrifice Is indeed all-sufficient

By Curtis K. Shelbure: Religion columnist A friend e-mailed me a few days ago for help in finding the source of a quotation from C. S Lewis.   Whatever the source, it’s vintage Lewis: “When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When […]

1/13 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift key, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. it s weird friday amos strange things have been happening to me today boss it s like some black cat has been […]