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 […]