No celebrity relationship greater than one with Christ

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist According to family records and oral family history, my cousin has long maintained that we are related to the famous writer Mark Twain. As a child, I was always thrilled to tell that I was related to him. In grade school once we were reading a short story by Twain, […]

Developing musical talent can lead to lifelong success

By Greg Smithhisler: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. My friend Kurt celebrated his 30th birthday last week — a special joy for me as I revel in his accomplishments and all […]

Humans different from other animals

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Some ideas have so little merit to them they shouldn’t ever see the light of day — not in intellectually respectable forums. It’s as if we gave Nazis a place at the table when discussing how societies should be organized. Here, once again, I find a notable person, indeed, a […]

Friday’s area prep capsules and summaries

CNJ staff Prep capsules Melrose 74, Tatum 35 Records: Tatum 4-3, Melrose 7-0 Impact: Melrose continues toward an unbeaten regular season Difference: Melrose outscored Tatum 30-0 over the last 11:28 of the game. Difference-makers: Tatum, Albert Castro scored all five touchdowns. Melrose, Carlos Ruiz rushed for more than 400 yards and scored six touchdowns and […]

Friday area prep football capsules


Senior Richard Canales of the Fort Sumner Foxes (3-1) is brought down by senior Brent Wells of the Cloudcroft Bears (3-0). (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) CNJ staff Texico 34, Eunice 13 Records: Texico 2-2, Eunice 1-4. Impact: The Wolverines, who went 12-0 en route to Class 1A state championships in 2003 and 2004, snapped a […]

Friday prep football capsules, scores

CNJ staff Bovina 15, Friona 14 Records: Bovina 2-1, Friona 2-2 Impact: Mustangs gained revenge from 20-7 loss a year ago. Difference: Josh Guevara ran for a two-point conversion in overtime. Two-timers: Michael Ortiz of Bovina and Eddy Ortiz of Friona each scored two touchdowns. Bovina’s Trent Quintana passed for two touchdowns. Santa Rosa 20, […]

Friday prep scores, capsules

CNJ staff Area scores Clovis 41, Highland 7 Fort Sumner 42, Eunice 7 Melrose 50, Valley Christian 26 Hondo 64, Clovis Christian 51 Muleshoe 35, Shallowater 7 Friona 27, Farwell 12 Raton 28, Portales 8 The Associated Press Albuquerque Academy 68, Tularosa 28 Artesia 49, Rio Rancho 35 Crownpoint 45, Thoreau 14 Dexter 21, Hagerman […]

Area prep football capsules

CNJ staff Saturday Melrose 62, Mountainair 36 Records: Melrose 2-0, Mountainair 1-1 Difference: The Buffaloes started and finished the game strong, outscoring Mountainair 22-8 in the first quarter and 20-0 in the fourth. Difference makers: Carlos Ruiz found the end zone five times, running for four touchdowns and throwing for another. By the numbers: Melrose […]

Self-serving art misses point

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist It began innocently enough. During the trek over a long stretch of road near Elk City, Okla., I made an off-hand comment to my wife concerning the Tim McGraw song that was on the country station. “Don’t you just hate it when somebody uses music to process their personal life, […]

Making difference starts with small deeds

By Judy Brandon Last week I was reading a commentary about people whose lives make a difference for the better. The article focused on people from all walks of life and all age groups. The one thing in common in all the people profiled was they had a positive impact on our world. The article […]