Roswell merge good for youth program

Project: Reader Reaction Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties seems to be facing three choices: merge with a Roswell program, drop the program entirely or create a mentor program outside the umbrella of the national organization. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants what should be done. Some responses: “As […]

New electric cars met with concern, applause

By David Arkin A bill signed by the governor that will allow electric cars to be driven on city streets and highways is receiving mixed reviews. The bill, which was crafted by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed into law by Richardson last week, would allow “neighborhood electric cars,” which are four-wheeled electric motor vehicles […]

Clovis Big Brothers, Big Sisters in limbo

By Ryan Lengerich Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties has lost its central office in Clovis. The result of an organizational restructuring leaves four staff members and dozens of children at least temporarily in limbo. The Clovis-based agency may face a merger with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pecos Valley […]

‘Sex and the City’ ends after six seasons

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Torn between two lovers, Carrie Bradshaw returned to Mr. Big and New York, ditching Aleksandr in Paris, on Sunday’s finale of ‘‘Sex and the City.’’ “I liked the conclusion, and it was in keeping with what I expected about the series,” said Christy Mendoza, cultural arts director and instructor in theater at […]

Jackson’s stunt sign of bigger problem

Ned Cantwell You would have thought, judging from the outcry, that our society was clean as a pasture blanketed with fresh snow before Janet Jackson made a boob of herself on national television. It’s as if she dumped a load of coal on an otherwise pristine landscape of cultural innocence. In one breast-taking moment at […]

Big Fish movie is catch of the year

By Stacy Allen Show: Big Fish Stars: Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Danny Devito Summary: Big Fish is the story of a man’s life that intertwines fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, and entertains you until the very end. Showtimes: (1:30) 4:45, 7:30, 10:00   Big Fish is the catch of the […]

Big Bill is in for fight with legislators

By Ned Cantwell The Bill is in for a fight this time. He might as well try to pry raw steak from a rabid dog’s mouth. Bill Richardson is the best politician we’ve seen in New Mexico. Smooth as a Dairy Queen frosty and just about as cool. Some call him Rapid Bill, that moniker […]

Clovis’ grand estates still cropping up

By Don McAlavy Clovis’ big, expensive homes are an indicator of the growth of the city, most of which has been to the north and east after World War II. In the early days of Clovis, the big homes were primarily built on Gidding Street, from the 300 block to East Seventh Street. Maybe that’s […]

Merchants have gifts for little kids and big ‘kids’

By Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really […]

Oil and gas provisions yes … Hooters no

Ned Cantwell New Mexico writers come to realize they don’t want to mess with Pete Domenici. The Republican Senator of three decades is revered by folks all across I-40, up and down I-25, along the byways of 285. Some years back I wrote some funny stuff about how Pete’s campaign ads showing him reading to […]

Republicans’ buy-off strategy not the answer

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the most significant trend as the current congressional session lumbers toward an end — a December session to pass an omnibus $820-billion spending bill is still in the offing — is the extent to which the Republican Party under President Bush and the current congressional leadership has become the party of big […]

Free market closer to fair than alternatives

Tibor Machan In many years of trying to understand the free market economy I have been hampered by the fact that rarely does a true free market exist. Like ideal marriages, genuine free markets are mostly something we can conceive of and understand in theory, but rarely encounter in the actual world. Yet, just as […]

Mentoring a child brings reward to all

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through this week. Phil Teakell of Clovis believes mentoring a child is something every adult should try at least once. As a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Teakell is starting […]

Clovis special teams making big impact

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Junior Alex Everett plays on four of the Wildcats’ five special teams, including as the long snapper on field goals and extra points. Rick White Just like a vehicle that won’t start, nothing frustrates a coach more than a special teams breakdown. That’s why the Clovis Wildcats spend so much time working on them. “It’s […]

God’s Perfect Love Drives Away All Fear

By Curtis K. Shelburne There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear — 1 John 4:18 The little fellow standing on the corner of the street, just down at the end of the block from San Jacinto Elementary School and his second-grade class, was trying to be a “big boy,” but […]

Nigerian-born linebacker big hit with Hounds

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Courage Idemudia is a three-year starter for the Hounds. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Nigerian-born Courage Idemudia knows his first name must have a special meaning. He’s just not sure what it is. “I never asked my parents about it,” the Eastern New Mexico University junior said. “I just know I try […]

Emmitt eyeing another big game at Texas Stadium

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IRVING, Texas — Emmitt Smith lives for big games. The one he’ll play Sunday sets up as his biggest of the year. Now wearing the red of the struggling Arizona Cardinals and still seeking his first breakout performance for his new team, Smith returns to his longtime home at Texas Stadium to […]

La Cueva hammers Mayfield

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A powerful rushing attack, a tenacious defense and big plays at the right time. The big, bullish and still undefeated La Cueva Bears on Friday night added a new chapter to the playbook that southern teams have thrived on for years. Matt Quillen scored four touchdowns and quarterback Tyler Davis […]

Gags can bring big laughs, desserts

Bob Huber It’s a freaky thing, I’ll admit, but I’m absorbed with gags. I pick them up at funerals, on bar stools, in church pews, the Internet, and even in the first class section of airliners, and the truth is I pilfer them with utter disregard for origins. Many of them sprout from scholars like […]

Effects in ‘Spy Kids’ will have you hooked

By Stacy Allen Show: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Stars: Daryl Sabara, Sylvester Stallone, Ricardo Montalban, Alexa Vega Summary: Juni Cortez rejoins as an agent in order to save his sister from an evil Toy master. Showtimes: 1, 3:05, 5:15, 7:30, 10 Spy Kids 3-D is the third installment of Spy Kids. This movie is […]