Fun, fellowship at Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp

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Bobby Speer, left, of Clovis and Rev. Scott King of Clovis laugh as they decide where to place the peach cobbler on King’s plate last year at Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp at Ned Houk Park. (CNJ file photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer A cowboy tradition will be carried on next week during the […]

Local schools among 93 playing in ENMU camps

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — A total of 93 teams are expected for Eastern New Mexico University’s summer basketball camps, scheduled to begin today at Greyhound Arena. ENMU men’s basketball coach and camp director Shawn Scanlan said the large school boys camp, which goes today through Wednesday, will have 16 teams while […]

Terrorist case needs to be handled with care

Freedom Newspapers If it all pans out, it looks as if federal authorities are doing it right in Lodi, Calif. FBI agents arrested Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father Umer Hayat, and detained three other Pakistani-Americans suspected of having a link to al-Qaida or some terrorist organization. On the basis of preliminary news reports, the […]

World War II veteran keeps camera, photos as mementos of service

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Barely larger than the palm of his hand, Ivan Strickler’s spoil of war is a black Zeiss Ikon camera. The World War II veteran, his legs stricken useless by a bout with polio, several knee surgeries and two hip replacements, stared at the 60-year-old […]

Sin of pride greatest detriment to any Christian

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Summer is upon us and church camp is part of the warm-months experience. I’ve had some requests to retell this story. There is something about church camp in the wilderness where impressions are made in solitary away from the city. Back in the early 1960s, I regularly attended church camp […]

Summer camps hold special place

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist For many kids, summer camp is a formative experience. For some, it can be so formative that it — well, let’s put it this way. The summer after fourth grade, I went to summer camp for the first time. Two other boys and I were so happy there we decided […]

Gateway Christian ends Elida’s tourney run

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Elida may well come down this road again. And so might the Tigers’ opponent Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Class 1A tournament. Two very young squads faced off at St. Pius high school in Albuquerque for the right to play for the 1A state championship. And it was […]

WWII railroad battalion trained in Clovis

By Don McAlavy On the windy afternoon of April 25, 1942, at Camp William C. Reid on the south edge of Clovis, the Stars and Stripes were raised during a small but impressive ceremony and the 713th Railway Operation Battalion was born. The U.S. Army, realizing the major role rail transportation was to play in […]

Former POW looks back on experience

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CNJ staff photo: Eric KluthDan McKinney, seen here at his home in Clovis, spent 28 months as a P.O.W during the Korean War. By Marlena Hartz Editor’s note: The CNJ is running a monthly series profiling war veterans in the Clovis area. Safe behind the glass door of a TV cabinet sits a wooden chess […]

Swoopes staying sharp

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Parents take pictures of Sheryl Swoopes with campers during the Sheryl Swoopes Basketball Camp Friday at Farwell High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FARWELL — Former Texas Tech standout Sheryl Swoopes is one of the WNBA’s few remaining original players. Still, as she approaches her 34th birthday next week, she’s […]

Italian POWs dug escape tunnel in Hereford

by Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist This story began early in 1942 when the Army began making plans to pepper the United States with internment camps for prisoners of war. The Army decided to make a camp near Hereford for the purpose of housing captured Italian soldiers. Most of the Italians were captured in North Africa […]

Hunting ‘will never be the same’

The Associated Press BIRCHWOOD, Wis. — Clovis resident Ron Pierson was “absolutely mortified” last week to hear that two acquaintances — Robert Crotteau, 42, and son Joey, 20 — were slain during a deer hunt 20 miles from his former home in Rice Lake, Wis. Pierson said he played softball and socialized with the Crotteaus […]

People are kind and life is worth living

By Mona Charen Our Thanksgiving family tradition is to go around the table and ask each person to express what he or she is thankful to God for in the year just passed. Being politically minded types, one or more of us frequently mentions that we’re grateful for having been born in the United States […]

Clovis grad performing benefit concert

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Jana Stanfield will bring her music with meaning to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico residents at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Farwell. Stanfield, a Clovis High School and Eastern New Mexico University graduate, will sing her music of faith and conduct free workshops before the concert. There will be […]

Hounds set camp for youth

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Eastern New Mexico University senior quarterback Steven Hinson, shown last fall in a game against Angelo State, is one of several Greyhounds football players scheduled to take part in a free camp for area youth in Portales on Aug. 9. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner With the start of football practice just around the […]

Even to critics, Reagan was larger than life

By Thomas M. DeFrank: New York Daily News WASHINGTON — Camp Liberty Bell, South Korea, 1983. Ronald Reagan is saddling up after a quick visit to the demilitarized zone, where he has just stared through goggles across the barren border between the two Koreas at a Potemkin village to the north and dismissed it as […]

Through darkest night, Jesus is hope

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist When I was a child, our family took our vacation to work in a girls’ camp in Canada. Daddy was to be the camp pastor and mother volunteered for kitchen duty. Susie and I were just to live in the cabins with the girls and be regular campers. On the […]

Keep track of old friends, classmates, mentors

By Tom De Francesca Have you visited Classmates.com recently? They’ve added much more than just the ability to locate past classmates from high school. Now one can locate former college buddies, military members, and former co-workers. This past week, while typing in the information on my former U.S. Coast Guard duty stations, I was presented […]

Jeremy Camp’s songs come to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With lyrics and music born out of the death of a loved one, up-and-coming Christian musical artist Jeremy Camp has been touching the hearts of music audiences around the nation. The 25-year-old singer/composer will perform in concert at 7:30 tonight at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., in Clovis. Admission to […]

Northcutt slated to participate in national camp

CNJ STAFF Tori Northcutt, who will be a freshman this fall at Marshall Junior High, has been invited to play in the second annual Blue Star Elite-Eighth Player Camp this weekend in Pottstown, Pa., near Philadelphia. Northcutt, a 5-foot-7 guard, is one of 150 incoming freshman and eighth grade girls players from across the United […]