‘First order’ friend wonderful blessing

My brother-in-law once told me a story about two lost Texans. I like stories where Texans are heroes. This is not one of those. A veteran teacher, Randal also works for the Forest Service in New Mexico—which is why he was one of the folks who got the call and ended up spending more than […]

Kennedy dead at 77

The Associated Press BOSTON — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy […]

Ticket feature: Nelson twins to perform tribute show

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Courtesy photo Gunnar, left, and Matthew Nelson are performing a show in memory of their father, ’50s icon Ricky Nelson, at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Freedom New Mexico Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson will be trying out a different genre of music during their performance at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Gunnar […]

Police say Tuesday shooting accidental

Freedom New Mexico Police said a Clovis woman suffered a gunshot wound Tuesday in what appears to be an accidental shooting. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the victim’s brother was handling a .357 caliber pistol and it discharged, striking his sister in the left leg. Whitney said the bullet passed through her thigh and struck a […]

Thoughts from the cemetery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Several years ago my younger brother told me he’d taken his bag chair out to Paint Creek Cemetery near Robert Lee, Texas, unfolded it on his cemetery plot, sat down, and written a column or two for his church newsletter. He said he figured he might as well get […]

Internet provides learning tolls for developing minds

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist We have a granddaughter living with us. Since this person will turn 5 years old in April, and thus be enrolled in kindergarten, the subject of how 5-year-olds learn is of more interest to me than it has been at any previous time. Well, at least at any time since […]

No one builds better than the carpenter of Galilee

By Curtis K. Shelburne There really is a great deal of satisfaction to be derived from a job well done. My brother and I spent yesterday replacing the windows and door in one wall of my grandparents’ old home in Robert Lee, Texas. It’s amazing what you discover when you peel back the layers of […]

Nov. 16, 2008 Births

Hall Taylor Dalton Hall was born Oct. 14, 2008 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, to Ollie and April Hall of Clovis. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce. He has a brother, Jaden Gage Hall. Grandparents are Judy and Lehmon Jacobs of Muleshoe and Ollie and Jessie Hall of Clovis. Great-grandparents are Bobby and […]

Reporter’s notebook: Scholarship created to honor brother

The family of former Clovis News Journal employee Stephen Aguilar is establishing a scholarship in his name for Clovis High School seniors to attend New Mexico State University, according to his brother, Thomas Aguilar. Stephen Aguilar was 46 when he died in a car accident Nov. 1, 2006. “This (scholarship) represents everything that Steve was […]

Ah, it’s a gorgeous day in Robert Lee, Texas

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just had a phone call from my two-years-younger brother. Helpful and concerned for my welfare as brothers always are, Jim wanted me to know how much he is enjoying an absolutely gorgeous day sitting on the porch of our grandparents’ old house in Robert Lee, Texas, and taking […]

First Person: Businessman carves niche

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Chick Taylor works in his woodworking shop because it keeps him happy, he said. Chick Taylor, 75, carved a home for himself, his wife and brother-in-law from his father’s printing business. The 90-year-old, 7,000-square-foot downtown business building has five bedrooms, five dining areas, a five-car garage and a woodworking shop […]

Escapee attempting to negotiate surrender

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jail escapee Michael England is trying to negotiate a surrender, but meanwhile, he may be hiding in the Clovis area disguised as a woman, according to law enforcement officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler said England contacted investigators this week via an attorney and said he would turn himself in […]

Aug. 17, 2008 Births

Cottone Landyn Garrett Cottone was born Aug. 5, 2008, at Plains Regional Medical Center to Mike and Rebecca Cottone of Clovis. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounces. He has a brother, Trey, 8 years old. Grandparents are Gilbert and Arla Ferran of Abiquiu and Howard and Maureen Orgass of Logan.

Third Salas brother sentenced in homicide

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas listens Tuesday as District Court Judge Teddy Hartley announces his sentence for the first degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tears flowed freely in District Judge Teddy Hartley’s courtroom Tuesday as child killer Edward Salas was sentenced to prison for at least […]

June 20, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 1 a.m. June 13 an officer responded to the emergency room at the hospital for a battery report. A man said he was walking to his brother’s apartment in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard when a man approached […]

March 3 – Playing indoors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo MacKenzie Keith, 4, colors a rabbit purple in her coloring book Monday at Hasting’s Hard Back Cafe. MacKenzie, her father, Darren, and brother Maddox decided to play indoors because of Monday’s harsh weather.

Feb. 10, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Clinton misgivings lack substance Regarding the Feb. 7 CNJ editorial “Clinton threat to core principle of freedom:” I must agree that in their willingness to support a war of aggression against Iraq, Hillary Clinton and John McCain are more of the same. But as to the remainder of the piece, I have few questions: Why […]

Giants upset Patriots

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oh well, nobody’s perfect. Except maybe Eli Manning. A masterful magician when the stakes were highest, Manning engineered one of the best drives in Super Bowl history Sunday to help the New York Giants squash the New England Patriots’ run at history-making perfection with a 17-14 victory. In a game, and […]

Military digest: Cooper

Department of the Air Force civilian Kevin W. Cooper has arrived for duty at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas. Cooper, an auditor with three years of military service, is assigned to the Air Force Audit Agency. His brother, Jamie Cooper, resides in Clovis. In 1999, Cooper received a bachelor’s degree from the University of […]

A story about gambling and Louisiana

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t think I’ve ever been more against gambling than I am right now. At this moment, I could preach a pretty poignant sermon against the sin of filthy wagering. My brothers and I were together in Houston to help with a memorial service for our sister. Ruthie had […]