Need to belong leads to tragic results

By Leonard Pitts I just visited the Web site that fascinated Jeff Weise, the 16-year-old who shot up his high school on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. There, I learned that the tribes of humanity must be separated or risk destruction by assimilation. That Jews are a “fanatical religious-ethnic” group conspiring to control communications […]

CCC presents motivational workshop for women

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Barbara Stoker applies mountain climbing analogies to share her personal experiences with women across the nation. A former executive for several major companies including Walt Disney, Stoker is the keynote speaker at a day-long women’s workshop Friday at Clovis Community College. Stoker was in her late 30s when he […]

Suspects to be tried separately in Newman case

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker entered a plea of not guilty and assigned a public defender to one of the two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned Monday in front of Parker on two counts of capital murder […]

Hispanic heritage lesson inspires students to try to rename a street

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Anne Corsey’s six-grade class at Bella Vista Elementary wanted to change the name of a nearby street. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A lesson in Hispanic heritage inspired sixth-graders from Bella Vista Elementary to honor civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Their efforts to rename Jefferson Street in honor of […]

ENMU on fourth softball coach in two years

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Armando Quiroz wasn’t looking to change jobs. A month or so ago, Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t preparing to change softball coaches. The 55-year-old Quiroz, who has won three Arizona prep state championships in a four-year span at Tucson’s Flowing Wells, is ENMU’s fourth head softball coach in […]

Don’t let change take ‘merry’ out of Christmas

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical […]

Change is stressful, but God is constant

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist It may not be as unusual as I’d like to think, but I find myself wandering around the house befuddled and confused a lot these days. It’s not that I can’t find the light switches and lights : The problem is that since we knocked out two walls and […]

Life, grief inevitable

By Clyde Davis On a very rainy and thunder-smitten Friday night, Good Friday to be precise, Dinky slipped quietly out an open gate and made his way to the place where he had decided to die. Normally he would not have ventured into the dark and the storm. He was, however, as dogs sometimes are, […]

Mr. Robinson, the grandkids will be proud

CNJ Editorial Seldom do we stand on formality or political correctness. Most times the fans of those forms of group-think use them to stifle voices and opinions that disagree with theirs. However, a recently successful effort to change the racially insensitive and derogatory nickname of an eastern New Mexico landmark deserves loud applause. The site, […]

Black man wins fight to rename hill

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor PORTALES — This is the story of a group of black men who fought for their lives, and one black man who fought for their honor. It’s about soldiers who sought shelter, and a Portales man in search of a colorless society. It’s about a 50-foot hill near the […]

Reagan legacy needs more perspective

When I was a lad, my family spent a couple of summer vacations at a pleasant lake in central Texas called Granite Shoals. But in 1965, during the prime of my boyhood, it was renamed for a local product who had risen to the White House — Lyndon Johnson. It became Lake LBJ. From a […]

No major changes planned, says new owner of supermarket

Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER S&S Supermarket in Hilltop Plaza has been sold, but the new owner — Clovis resident Kyle Brewer — said he plans no major changes. The business will change hands Wednesday, Brewer said. He said he plans a grand opening in about a month or two, but will concentrate on making […]

Amos the Churchmouse

By Gary Mitchell/Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos prepares for summer boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i […]

Brown v. board hasn’t solved problems

Leonard Pitts Jr. I have not looked forward to this column. To be perfectly candid, I’m only writing it because I feel obligated. Monday marked the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that ended the doctrine of “separate but equal” and helped shatter American apartheid. What else is […]

Business Briefs 4/27

FirstBank changes name to AccessBank, FirstBank, a mainstay in Clovis since 1934, is about to go away — to be replaced by AccessBank, effective Saturday. It is only a name change, according to Don Padgett, president and CEO of FirstBank soon-to-be AccessBank. Advertising, logos, signs, and stationery all will be switched from the old name […]

School official seeks change

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Clovis school district board member is speaking out against early-morning meetings he says don’t give the public a reasonable chance to attend. Mark Lansford said those who work or have children may be unable to attend public school board meetings held at 6:30 a.m. the Tuesday prior to […]

MLK group promotes diversity

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Waymon L. Dowdy Sr. helped, along with the Clovis MLK Commission, to make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Potter Park a reality. June 28 will mark the one-year anniversary of the monument. (CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn, CNJ NEWS EDITOR 2004 marks fifth anniversary of MLK Boulevard’s naming. When […]

Bush’s speech a spirited defense of the dubious

Freedom Newspapers You ached for the president to say something like, “We made some mistakes and our intelligence was far from perfect. But we’re there now, Saddam is gone, and we’ve got to get through the tough times. Experience has made us realistic enough to know we can’t establish instant democracy. Democracy can’t be established […]

Daylight-saving time has its good, bad points

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about daylight-saving time. Some responses: “I’ve read numerous articles about the history and origination of daylight-saving time, and at one time or another there may have been a usefulness. But I believe it’s outlived itself. It’s become nothing more than a nuisance. It’s time to put an end […]

New boss to take command today

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base personnel will mark a transition between commanders with a change of command ceremony at 3 p.m. today. The incoming commander, Col. John Posner, was most recently stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The next assignment for the outgoing commander, Col. Robert Yates, will be to […]