God insists that his children learn to be thankful

My parents believed in giving thanks. Yes, they believed in giving thanks primarily to God for the blessings he showers upon us. But Mom & Dad also believed in giving thanks to the people around us. My mother, normally a most loving woman, was an absolute tyrant regarding “thank you” notes. From the moment we […]

Deputy’s heroic act will not be forgotten

I have always believed in guardian angels. You can’t raise two sons without the faith that someone else is watching over them. Between various occasions that required stitches, one who disappeared following the dog a mile from the house, and a car wreck that ended in the car being burned beyond recognition and not a […]

Letter to the editor: Firefighters may as well be guardian angels

I have always believed in guardian angels. You can’t raise two sons without the faith that someone else is watching over them. Between various occasions that required stitches, one who disappeared following the dog a mile from the house, and a car wreck that ended in the car being burned beyond recognition and not a […]

Clovis police investigating home invasion

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police are investigating a home invasion Thursday in which a 72-year-old woman was robbed. Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of Axtell Street just after 10 p.m. A woman told them males she believed to be teenagers approached her from behind in her home and instructed her […]

In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]

Weekly update — Jan. 9

Pipes burst, closing food barn The food barn at the Curry County fairgrounds will be closed for about two weeks after frozen pipes burst, causing more than $15,000 in damage. County Maintenance Superintendent Lee Delk said damage in the building, which is not used on a daily basis, was discovered Wednesday and is believed to […]

Police blotter — Oct. 24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. Oct. 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of East 13th Street for a report of a fire. Fire officials told the officer they believed the fire, which burned on the upper level, to be […]

AgSense: Cows have smaller ‘footprint’ than believed

By Robert Hagevoort: NMSU-Clovis Ag Science Center In April of this year, we reported that recent scientific studies cleared cows from erupting more greenhouse gasses (GHG) than all of the trucks, planes, trains and automobiles combined; well it’s true, the cows are cleared! That’s good news for everybody because it just didn’t make any sense […]

Court recognizes self-defense is basic right

By the narrowest margin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to bear arms, fortifying what many have correctly believed since ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791. One dissenter in the 5-4 decision, Justice John Paul Stevens, predicted a “tsunami of legal uncertainty” from court challenges […]

Crossing finish line no easy feat

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist The rumors of my death are, on further review, greatly exaggerated. Perhaps it was my fault that people believed I had died, as I wrote a death notice for myself to start last week’s column. Even though it was on the Opinion page, and my date of death was three […]

Drug trafficking suspects believed connected to Mexican drug cartels

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Camilo Sport Staff and wire reports Two men arrested Wednesday in Tucumcari on federal drug trafficking charges are believed to be connected to Mexican drug cartels, according to New Mexico State Police. Based on a tip from federal authorities, state police located Camilo Sport and Asunsio Martinez at an undisclosed location in Tucumcari just before […]

A place to call home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Randi Hales, left, and her two sons, Dontaie, middle, and Alex are hoping to move into their home built by Habitat for Humanity within the next year. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Randi Hales of Clovis likes camping, but to make a stable home for her sons, she believed […]

Melrose school board will review hair policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a Melrose High School sophomore keeps the promise she made to the school board and sits down with a stylist this weekend, her mother says it shouldn’t feel like a loss because she stood up for something she believed in. “It was a good learning lesson,” Jerri Kline […]

In tribute: Mother, wife, twin did things her way

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Charlene Seales never met a stranger. She preferred hugs over handshakes and believed everybody should be a twin. She was also remembered by family members as the biggest source of energy and support in their lives —whether it was the distinct voice of support in athletics or the quiet […]

Crocodile Hunter inspiration to many

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, recently passed away. Like many people around the world, we were sad to find out about Irwin’s passing. Our family has enjoyed watching his show, and our children loved to imitate his Australian accent. We laughed at Irwin’s jokes, expressions, and his contagious zest for […]

Halloween happenings

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Sandia Elementary second grader Anysnah Quintero points to her favorite pumpkin, decorated as an apple with a worm, Wednesday at school. The pumpkin decorated by kindergartner Kyli Osborn took second place. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) The word Halloween is a contracted version of All Hallows Eve and actually has origins tracing back to the Catholic […]

In tribute: Veteran fought for what was right

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer He rode B-17s into battle over Europe during World War II, was a persistent and determined to succeed at whatever he did, family members said. Francis “Frank” Fonteno, of Clovis, died Nov. 21 of congestive heart failure after a long bout with several cancers. He as 80. He was […]

Now Reagan belongs to the ages

I had been working in the White House East Wing for several weeks before I ever saw Ronald Reagan in the flesh. One day, as I walked alone from the East Wing to the West — a path that took me through the Rose Garden and past the Oval Office — I suddenly heard a […]

Abortion is becoming moral question

By Mona Charen Last week’s news contained a couple of nuggets that stand conventional wisdom on its head. Among the things everybody knows is that Democrats, being the party of the little people, raise money in small contributions, whereas Republicans, being the party of fat cats, raise funds in huge basketfuls from wealthy corporate types. […]