Cowboy humorist says he appreciates rural way of life

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cowboy poet Baxter Black can’t stand spaghetti, but he greatly appreciates a rural, Western way of life for the values of its people. “That includes work ethic, independence, entrepreneurism, family, loyalty, patriotism,” he explained during a telephone interview Monday. “I could keep going and say belligerence, cantankerousness, etc. There’s […]

Events set to celebrate Black History Month

By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Black History Month events at Eastern New Mexico University Black History Month will be a little raw, said African-American Affairs Director Jordan Anderson. “This is the first year that I’ve had control of all the events,” Anderson said. “I really wanted to make it pretty straight forward. I didn’t want […]

Memorial to be built for little known black community

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Courtesy photo Members of Geni Flores’ “Teaching Multicultural History of the Southwest” class at ENMU visited the Blackdom site and historic marker last spring. By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town […]

Braving Black Friday

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Linda Jacquez, right, and her daughters, from left, Jennifer McKinney and Carri Valverde, do a second round of shopping Friday at Walmart. Black Friday shopping is a family tradition that they have been doing for the last ten years. Jacquez said, “Shopping on Black Friday is fun and not stressful […]

A view from under the pew: what s so good about black friday question mark here

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.

Stores hope for busy and safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

City parks provide, escape, leisure

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Wednesday evening, as the storm which never arrived was brewing west of Ned Houk Park, my granddaughter and I were feeding the ducks. With the careful attention of a five year old, she was dropping pieces of food in the lake, and I was watching the birds. On shore came […]

A view from under the pew: the black door

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the black door boss there s a storycirculating around herein the church pewunderground about apersian cat who […]

Melrose sophomore fights school’s hair policy

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sophomore Meghan Kline is collecting signatures in hopes of persuading Melrose schools to change its school dress code regarding hair color. She recently dyed red streaks into her hair, which is against school rules. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When her 15-year-old honor student and daughter wanted to dye […]

Black Friday rush just too much

By Karl Terry: Local Columnist It comes once a year and they call it Black Friday. Somehow I’ve managed to avoid the full measure of this annual spectacle — until this year. After purposely planning to purchase a new television with our

Black Friday sales steady

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bob Standridge, store manager of North Plains Mall’s RadioShack, and his staff help customers Friday. By Liliana Castillo and Mickey Winfield

Best gifts given aren’t bought at Black Friday

Freedom New Mexico It’s Black Friday; do you know where your Christmas shoppers are at? Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is when the holiday shopping season moves into high gear. Today has become known as Black Friday because it’s when many American retailers start to tip over from “red” deficit spending to keep their doors […]

Many residents are Texas Tech fans

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis football fans not only bleed Wildcat purple, but also a little Texas Tech scarlet and black mixed in. Well, maybe a lot. Dee Madrid, who owns Sports Connection on Prince Street, said she sold out of Texas Tech merchandise before the game. “I was bombarded Saturday,” Madrid said. […]

Officials avoiding ‘black’ Friday

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis animal control officials do not allow the adoption of black cats near Halloween to prevent abuse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Black cats in Clovis get a holiday too. Animal Control Supervisor Louisa Maestas said black cats are not available for adoption until Monday, after Halloween has passed. […]

School offers earlier start

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Stephanie Miller, 25, prepared her classroom Wednesday at Clovis Christian Elementary School for the first prekindergarten class by cutting up letters for bulletin boards and rearranging furniture. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer Stephanie Miller sat at her desk in her near-empty classroom cutting oversized yellow and black laminated letters. […]

Just another bear sighting

Officials in Tucumcari are on the lookout for a black bear spotted near Conchas Dam on Monday.

Cab driver robbed at gunpoint

By CNJ staff A Clovis cab driver was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning, according to police reports. Shortly after midnight, the 30-year-old driver called police to report he had been robbed by a pedestrian who flagged him down in the 200 block of Sycamore, the report said. The driver reported the pedestrian, a black […]

Prom dress memories priceless

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita […]

Sort of a female Baxter Black

If you like Baxter Black’s columns – they’re published in Friday’s Portales News-Tribune and Saturday’s Quay County Sun – we suspect you might also like to read what Glenda Price has to say.

Restaurant robbed at gunpoint

CNJ staff Ben’s Barbecue was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night as employees were closing the restaurant, according to police. A masked male suspect took more than $1,000 in cash contained in two deposit bags, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Around 9 p.m. a female employee was in the back of the restaurant, located at […]