Holidays give everyone second chance

By Clyde Davis: Columnist In the Victorian-era Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge encounters several ghosts who transform his priorities, and thus his life. One of them, the Ghost of Christmas Past, influences Scrooge by taking him back to yuletides of his childhood and young adulthood, before he had […]

Second Chance Center should be first goal

By Anna Crook: Guest Columnist As a Republican legislator who has worked hard for my constituents and for the citizens of this state, I was appalled by the recent Channel 13 expose regarding the Second Chance Center in Albuquerque. It is unfortunate that some investigative reporters do not take the time to get their facts […]

ENMU men set sights on Division II nationals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Joel McMullen feels pretty good about his Eastern New Mexico University cross country program. The Greyhounds and Zias hope to make some noise in the Lone Star Conference and in South Central Region competition this fall. They open their season by hosting the Mike Boit Invitational on […]

Local girls succeed at pageant

By Kristelle Siarza: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Kalila Pack succeed at her goal to make friends at last weekend’s Miss New Mexico American Co-ed Queen pageant. A student at Clovis Christian School, Kalila also took home third place in the Sweetheart Division in her first pageant. “She’s a little diva,” said Elizabeth Pack, Kalila’s mom. […]

Greenwalt finds comfort with Storm

By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Seattle Storm view former Clovis High standout Cisti Greenwalt as project. Storm coach and player personnel director Anne Donovan said the team was looking for a young post player when they signed the 6-foot-5 Greenwalt in late May. “Our staff watched her quite a bit when she was […]

Local steer wrestler posts night’s top time

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Shawn Hogg of Odessa, Texas, competes in bull riding competition on Thursday during the 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo at Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As Chance Pettigrew waited for his chance in steer wrestling on the first night of the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo, the public […]

Student journalists show responsibility

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Our founding fathers knew that in order to have an effective democracy, someone must monitor the powerful and keep them honest. Thus, they placed freedom of the press in the First Amendment, along with the other fundamental freedoms (speech, religion, assembly and petition). Journalists became The Fourth Estate, the final […]

In Tribute: Dairyman remembered for singing voice

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Leon Nash lived to be 94, which is a long time in most families, but not among the Nash clan. “People in our family live to be close to 100. Dad really died kinda early,” Jerry Nash said with a laugh about his father. Leon was a dairy farmer […]

ENMU’s backup QBs get chance

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With projected starter Michael Benton away for personal reasons, everybody else in the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback chain moved up a notch for Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the ENMU practice field. That meant redshirt freshman Brandon Dominguez got significant work with the No. 1 unit. “I […]

Residents line Main Street for chance to make wish

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Brenda O’Shea of Clovis tells “Three Wishes” contributor Eric Stromer her wish during a taping of the show Thursday on Main Street in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Laverne Robbins waited for hours. Her feet hurt as TV cameras panned the crowd that lined Main Street in search of […]

Christ offers new beginning on far greater scale

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Oh, the days of buying school supplies. This time of year it is hard not to notice those long store aisles of notebooks, paper, pencil boxes and backpacks. When I was a child, there were certain preparation activities that surrounded the beginning of another school year. The whole process started […]

Pioneer Days gets a twist

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Children scramble to find their boots during the 29th annual Little Bucaroo Rodeo/Clovis Pioneer Day’s 5-and-under boot race in June 2004 at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Most of Clovis has seen a rodeo — specifically the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, […]

AG recommends education to combat alcohol abuse

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the […]

Clovis drops two at Sandia

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Mental miscues cost Clovis a chance to take two of three games at Sandia. But the Matadors rallied from a 4-0 deficit Saturday and beat Clovis 5-4 in the final game of the three-game District 4-5A series. Clovis bounced back from a 5-2 loss in Friday’s opener to beat Sandia 4-2 […]

Garcia, Beatrice

Beatrice Garcia Services: Have been held. Beatrice D. “Grandma Bea” Garcia, 71, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004. She was born on Sept. 20, 1933, in Tapia, to Claudio and Frances Whipple. She was a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Carmelitas Society of the Mission of Mount Carmel. She worked […]

ENM U cowboy a natural at steer wrestling

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Chance Pettigrew is second in the Southwesat Region in steer wrestling. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University senior Chance Pettigrew took to steer wrestling naturally, which is not surprising considering his lineage. His great uncle, Homer Pettigrew, was a six-time world champion […]

Behind the scenes: Plan changes costly

By Cotty Chubb: Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. The sun is shining brightly down here in Portales, while we’re shooting […]

Producers like Clovis for movie site

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A feature movie will be shot in Clovis this year, a film company representative told the Clovis City Commission Thursday. Alan Swain, location manager for “Believe in Me Productions,” said this week’s Clovis tour has him confident at least part of the feature film “Believe In Me,” will be […]

Train riders know essence of America

Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist After recently landing at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, I took a cab to my hotel in the Chicago Loop. I was in town to attend the American Philosophical Association Central Division meetings, where I had the honor of having one of my books critiqued in a session of the American Society of […]

Hounds making late-season push

By Kevin Wilson After a 1-6 start, including a 25-18 loss to division rival West Texas A&M, it seemed unlikely that a playoff run would be happening for the Greyhound baseball team. Now, after a three-game sweep over those same Buffaloes last weekend, the Greyhounds have given themselves a chance to capitalize on a regular […]