Senior resident center celebrates fathers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo John Schmidt, a resident at Senior Citizen Resident Center in Clovis, said Father’s Day has never been a big deal for him. He said his favorite thing about being a father is being a grandfather. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff and residents of the Senior Citizen Resident […]

Jesus only standard by which to judge

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist This Father’s Day I am thinking about my father. I am thinking about an incident that happened many years ago when I was a small child. It shows how sometimes people judge others by earthly standards. A valid measurement involves looking at ourselves and others by God’s standards. An incident […]

Ticket feature: Musician learned art from father

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Courtesy photo Jeremy Montoya was born in Portales and grew up in Clovis in a home filled with music, which led him into making his own music as an independent hip-hop and R&B artist. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Jeremy Montoya prefers to be called J.T. or Keize. Keize comes from his love of […]

Baskett busy as NFL player, reality TV star, father-to-be

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Courtesy photo: E! Entertainment In a scene from Sunday’s “Baskett Cases” episode of “Kendra,” Kendra Wilkinson, left, and Hank Baskett drive through Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett’s busiest offseason as an NFL player isn’t nearly over yet. He had his salary tripled in April with a one-year, $1.545 million tender offer […]

Bovina man dies in vehicle rollover

CNJ staff A 7-year-old Bovina girl drove her father’s crashed Jeep in an attempt get help Saturday night after he was ejected and killed in a rollover east of Clovis. Guillermo Montes, 40, was pronounced dead around 10 p.m., State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. The crash occurred on State Road 77, or Pleasant […]

Stability worth more than riches

A recent CNJ article about living in the Depression brought back memories of my grandfather, Karl D. Williams. He was a metallurgical engineer and division director with the Navy Department in Washington who began his 38-year government career in 1911. By the mid-1920s he was well known for his work with various alloys used in […]

Preacher father and four preacher sons

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist People are sometimes surprised when they learn that I am not only a minister, I am the son of a minister and the brother of three ministers. You should have been at the wedding when my widower father in his eighties married a slightly older but wonderful woman. There […]

Men stab, shoot each other in Ross St. residence

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Crime scene at 1004 Ross St. A Clovis man and his stepfather were in stable but serious condition at a Lubbock Hospital Wednesday after stabbing and shooting each other, according to police. Ricky Johnson, 45, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while his stepfather Hezekiah Shirley, 61, received a […]

Police: Burglaries up for ’08

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Anaya and his daughter, Josett Anaya, of Clovis, search the paper for an apartment for Josett. Josett moved back into her parents house because her home has been burglarized twice in the last two months and everything she owned was taken. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer One burglary […]

A family affair

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Aaron Belcher and his mother Glenda Belcher crack jokes over the stove as they cook spaghetti together for dinner in their Melrose home. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico By Thomas Garcia Freedom New Mexico Like many area families, cooking up a feast or making treats in the kitchen is […]

Hand life’s worries over to Christ

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The CEO of a famous company spoke at a church in another city last Sunday. The gentleman was a skilled business leader, a husband, father, and a dedicated Christian. His words were forwarded to me by a person who attends that church. Here is basically what he said: “This week […]

Resolve to better ourselves is free

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When I came to America I was 17. Once I turned 18 I ran away from my family. My father was a brute, and in America I didn’t have to accept him as my lord and master past age 18. Of course, I had nothing at all to […]

Late friend full of tales of Clovis’ past

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Ike Stanford was born in 1905 in Pontotoc County, Okla. He was only a year old when he came with his family by covered wagon to these parts. His father, Richard Penn Stanford, filed a homestead four miles south of Blacktower. When Ike was 5, the family moved into Clovis […]

First Person: Businessman carves niche

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Chick Taylor works in his woodworking shop because it keeps him happy, he said. Chick Taylor, 75, carved a home for himself, his wife and brother-in-law from his father’s printing business. The 90-year-old, 7,000-square-foot downtown business building has five bedrooms, five dining areas, a five-car garage and a woodworking shop […]

Son keeps kidney ready for father

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Courtesy photo John M. Montano said giving his father a kidney is the least he can do after all his father has done for the family. The two are scheduled to undergo a transplant procedure in October. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For the last few months, John M. Montano has been spending a […]

Escaped killer’s father arrested

CNJ staff The father of an escaped killer has been arrested for obstruction of justice, District Attorney Matt Chandler said at an afternoon press conference. Isidoro Salas, who lives in Albuquerque, was arrested on Wednesday. He is the father of Edward Salas, who was among eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from Curry County Adult […]

A funeral, and the depth of family love

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Columnist I went to a funeral yesterday for the wife of a fine friend. She was a dear friend, too, of course. Her family and my family had been friends, her father and my father close colleagues since before I was born. I am richly blessed to have been one of […]

Racing is family affair

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Andrew Collings, 10, left, holds down the front axle of his soap box car while his father, Rick Collings, tightens the bolts to fix it to the car. Andrew is competing Saturday in the Clovis soap box derby for the first time. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Andrew Collings […]

Children share appreciation for dad

In honor of Father’s Day, 24 children from Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center revealed the good, the bad, and the embarrassing aspects of their dads. All of the children expressed appreciation for dad’s rebellion, and said their favorite thing about dad is he allows them to eat junk food before dinner, even though mom gets […]

A view from under the pew: an ode to amos father

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. an ode to amos father boss i was running for my very life away from marcellus the heathen […]