Trouble named Rufus runs overhead

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just heard Rufus again as he ran across the attic in my sons’ house in Mbale, Uganda. Though we hear him fairly regularly, mainly at night, we’re not sure that anyone has ever actually seen Rufus. But we’re 99.9 percent sure that Rufus, who is actually Rufus II […]

Horse thieves cause large border squabble

By Don McAlvy: Columnist I have a better story about the shooting of horse thieves at the fence between Farwell and Texico in the early days. The authority is L. C. “Larry” Mersfelder. He was our first county superintendent of Curry County schools in 1909. This is Mersfelder’s story: “While I was living in Texico […]

April 22, 1958

A 17-year-old woman was found dead in her home at 517 W. 11th. Dr. James B. Moss said the cause of death was asphyxiation. The woman’s husband, an airman at Cannon Air Force Base, discovered her body when he returned from a 24-hour tour of duty. … Mauldin Lumber Co. was celebrating its city bowling […]

County man killed in vehicle rollover

CNJ staff A 31-year-old Curry County man died Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle rollover near Texico, according to state officials. Raul Trevino was driving east on Curry Road 10 about 7:30 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to New Mexico State Police officer Kenneth Olson. The vehicle flipped several times and Trevino […]

To Really Worship is To Experience Wonder

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Some of us were born for the “do it yourself” age. Even if I could afford to pay someone to do the “fix it” jobs and “honey-do’s” that are continually begging to be done around the house, I’m not sure I would. Up do a point (a point I […]

Bailey County farmer found dead

CNJ staff The Bailey County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the homicide of a 25-year-old farmer in a small community about 75 miles northwest of Lubbock, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Jonathan Kindle was found dead in his Maple home at about 5:10 a.m. Thursday after someone found his body and called 911, Bailey County Sheriff […]

To dust we, and cows, must all return

By Grant McGee: Local columnist While bicycling along the country lanes of Curry County I’ve seen a lot of dead bovines by the side of the road. If I were one of those high-dollar journalists who write books and attended soirees in Santa Fe and Sedona, I suppose I could write “purple prose” about the […]

Attorneys agree airman case circumstantial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution and defense agreed on one thing at the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing to determine if a Cannon Air Force Base airman should stand trial for murder in connection with his wife’s death: the case hinges on circumstantial evidence. Defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg told the hearing […]

Voter ID cards awful waste of money

Ned Cantwell State Columnist Hollywood daydreamers sit around a conference table doing what they do best, daydreaming about the sitcom sensation that will shower upon them unfathomable wealth. Through the door you can hear this dialogue: I’ve got it. ER was huge. Let’s write one called DB. DB! Love it. Short for Detective Barney? Nah. […]

Species Act’s double standards make little sense

Freedom Newspapers With each day that passes, the chances diminish that Congress will act on Endangered Species Act reform this year. Should Democrats make substantial gains in this fall’s elections, or take control of the House or Senate, the opportunity to update ESA will slip away, just when it seemed within reach. The House approved […]

Tornadoes kill three in Texas

The Associated Press WESTMINSTER, Texas – Tornadoes swept through two North Texas towns after dark, reducing houses to bare concrete slabs in a path of destruction that left three people dead and 10 injured, officials said Wednesday. An elderly couple were found dead in a destroyed home in the tiny town of Westminster, about 45 […]

Jesus’ death, resurrection just simple facts

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Daddy, Susie and I faithfully used to watch “Dragnet.” Jack Webb was a no-nonsense kind of guy and a skilled investigator. He was focused on getting the facts right. He said many times over in that series, “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.” Did Jesus really die? Did he […]

Birds dropping like … birds

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A dead grackle lies on Pile Street as traffic rolls by Wednesday afternoon near the corner of 10th Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A significant number of birds in Clovis have been reported dead, according to Clovis animal control officers. However, officials said the sudden reports of dead grackles, […]

Texas man charged with animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and […]

Citizen raises stink over dead animal

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A dog lies along south Prince Street near Kimberly Drive Tuesday as motorists head north into Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hairy, stiff canine lies beside a large, fallen tree branch on south Prince Street. Clovis resident Katherine Medrano travels the south end of Prince Street several […]

Teen dies after weekend shooting

CNJ staff A 19-year-old Clovis man found shot in the head early Sunday morning was pronounced dead on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The homicide was the city’s second of the weekend and Curry County’s fourth since Dec. 10. Police said Wilfred Salas Jr. was found at 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the front seat of a […]

Year’s disappointments make good fertilizer

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Remember that hard freeze we had the first week of December? Temperatures were hovering around zero. Thick ice covered the back-yard pond. When the pond thawed there were a bunch of belly-up goldfish on the surface. I had been so proud of those little goldfish. They were born last summer. […]

Best television is when it remains unplugged

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist What’s not to love about the morning sounds of a town like Tucumcari? The sweetly peeping birds. The rooster that crows at the tendrils of dawn. The donkeys braying boldly down the road. Alas, a new sound was added to the mix the other morning. It was neither natural nor soothing, […]

Term ‘dead-end’ insult to honest work

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Certain jobs are derisively referred to as “burger flipper” or “dead-end” jobs. I’d like someone to define a dead-end job. For example, I started out as a professor of economics at California State University, Los Angeles, and then at Temple University and for the past 25 years at George Mason […]

Escape attempt hits dead end

CNJ staff A Curry County Juvenile Detention Center inmate learned the hard way: A life of crime can lead to a dead end. A 17-year-old male tried to escape from his holding cell Thursday afternoon by standing on a chair and crawling into a 1-foot-square vent, Assistant District Attorney Fred Van Soelen said. The problem […]