Group voices concerns about government spending at rally

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clockwise from top, Karolyn Sailer, Chris Dudley and Louis Moore sign oversized cards addressed to legislators during Wednesdays Taxed Enough Already party on Main Street. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Walter Bradley asked the crowd if they were being taxed enough already, and 400 voices shouted back, “Yes.” The […]

Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]

Hundreds celebrate annual Border Town Days

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico 4-H and Farwell Independent School District children sat atop a large cake on the Farwell ISD float celebrating the centennial of both organizations during Saturday’s Border Town Days parade. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Norma Engman looked through her copy of the 1958 Farwell High School yearbook Saturday […]

Meaningful guest-worker program needed

Freedom New Mexico One might expect a crowd of cattle at the National Cattle Congress Fairgrounds in Waterloo, Iowa. Instead, today’s visitor to the cattle grounds would see hundreds of mostly Hispanic workers, herded into the fairgrounds cattle-style to live as prisoners in a modern American internment camp. And why are they here? They’re herded […]

Clovis fans gather around TVs

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Kelley’s Bar and Grill was packed with Clovis football supporters Friday night. Kelley’s was one of two Clovis restaurants Friday night that played the Clovis-Artesia football game that aired on ESPNU. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The tables at Kelley’s Bar and Grill were filled Friday night with football […]

Characters’ flaws help us relate

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I was visiting the other day with some parents who were leaving on a weekend trip to Six Flags in Texas. Our conversation brought back a flood of memories about Six Flags. Our youngest daughter, Buffy, was 6 when she got lost at Six Flags in Texas. Charlie and I […]

Honoring sacrifice

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Linda Pacheco sits beside the grave of her only brother. “I miss him a lot,” she said. “He was the backbone of the family.” Her brother, who served with the National Guard in Clovis, died two years ago from a heart attack. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Beneath a […]

Fiesta combines fund-raising, fellowship

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CNJ staff photo: Helena Rodriguez Ray Gonzales shows off his 1951 black Chevy Deluxe Sedan, one of 28 entries in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church’s annual fiesta car show. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Fellowship, fund-raising and food are what have made Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church’s annual fiesta a crowd-drawing success, […]

A flamenco feeling

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleArissa Rodriguez of Clovis, left, snaps a photo of Angela Quintanar during her performance Saturday at the Ethnic Fair in downtown Clovis. The fair, which ended Saturday, marked its 15th year. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer As a blend of Spanish-flavored acoustic guitars thundered through the speakers, Catalina Rio Fernandez […]

Concerts provide lifetime of memories

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Did you go to The Clovis Music Festival last weekend? That was some event. Rock ’n’ rollers from another time came to our town to play electric music and boogie. Folks I talked to said Thursday and Saturday’s performers gave great shows at the Clovis Civic Center. We went to […]

Fire chief recounts events at site of attacks

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryPortales Fire Chief Raul Muniz addresses the crowd during Monday’s 9/11 ceremony at Portales National Bank. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers As a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, Raul Muniz escaped death by mere minutes at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Portales fire chief shared […]

Political candidates flock to county fair

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer All smiles, shaking hands and meeting new people, politicians from near and far worked the crowd Friday at the Curry County Fair. As locals arrived for a night of fun and games, candidates converged on them hoping to make an impression that will last until the November elections. David […]

Reaching out to others part of Easter story

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes simple and seemingly insignificant words leave permanent impressions and stay in our memory for a long time. For years, I have remembered a woman who said something to me when I was a young girl. At just a very young age, this woman helped me look within myself and […]

‘Someday’ comes in form of dream car

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The car glides to a stop in front of the hotel. Light splashes off gleaming black metal as the valet gets out. He hands the keys to my wife. Marilyn says, “These aren’t my keys.” The valet says, “Yes, they are.” Marilyn says, a little more forcefully, “These aren’t my […]

Improving Cannon Air Force Base’s quality of life

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Sept. 10. The air show was kicked off with a POW/MIA ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander, shared some words with the crowd. Following the general’s speech and the conclusion […]

MLK breakfast commemorates civil rights leader

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Col. Dolores Forrest, with the 27th Medical Group, was the keynote speaker at the 2006 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Saturday at Clovis High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A young, black girl stood on top of a box, silent, while her white classmate spoke to the […]

Country singer looks for wife with rolling billboard

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Ann Morrison stood Friday in the parking lot of S&S Supermarket, eyes trained on the blond man crooning from atop a tour bus. Country singer Brian Stace made a stop in Clovis to promote his new CD. The blue-eyed Wisconsin native is also seeking a wife. His […]

Cannon Air Force Base hosts 2005 Air Power Expo

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Sept. 10. The air show was kicked off with a POW/MIA ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander, shared some words with the crowd. Following the general’s speech and the conclusion […]

Take to the skies

Airshow attendees watch Saturday’s demonstrations and visit static displays around the flight line. Cannon was host to about 8,000 people who came out for the expo. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Saturday. The air show was kicked off with a […]

Clovis woman thankful for new home

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Karen Banister, right, talks with project manager Monte Graham after the dedication for the first Habitat House in Clovis Tuesday at 917 Hinkle Street. Banister will move into the house with her two granddaughters. Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Struggling to hold back tears, Karen Banister sat tightly clutching her infant […]