Vietnam veteran flies flag daily to salute American servicemen

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Zak Casarez, left, and his grandfather, Dale Fite of Clovis, fold up the flag at the end of the day Wednesday. Fite said he is teaching his grandson the importance of paying respect to the flag with the daily ceremony. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When storms rise over Clovis […]

Candidate profiles: Curry County sheriff

Doug Bowman Jr. Party: Republican Current position: Undersheriff What is your background? I am a lifelong, third-generation resident of Curry County and a graduate of Clovis High School. I have been married to Peggy Kelley for eight years and have a 2 1/2-year-old son named Logan. I have more than nine years of continuous law […]

Take time out to love yourself this Valentine’s Day

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — When you are trying to quit smoking, everyone lights a cigarette. When you’re on a massive diet, the only trucks that ramble by are owned by Sara Lee. And when, like I am, you are moving 1,942 miles to the West Coast and leaving behind five goats, a […]

Moment evokes feelings, wishes for upcoming year

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist While driving north along Prince Street, I happen to glance up at the sky above a field to the east, where I see what appears for a split second to be a toy kite or plastic bag. Realizing it is none of the above, rather a desert falcon, I stop the […]

United Way campaign on track

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico has raised less than half its goal for the campaign, but the organization’s executive director said she is not too concerned. “This is always the nail-biting time of the year,” Erinn Burch said on Friday. “I would say that I’m anxious but I […]

Q&A: Base commander honored by nomination

Col. John Posner, commander at Cannon Air Force Base was recently nominated for a promotion to brigadier general. Q. How long have you been at Cannon? A. 18 months Q. Could you describe your daily duties? A. There are just under 4,000 people here at Cannon. Most daily duties are handled by the individual units. […]

Q&A: Santa Fe physician to run for governor

Dr. J.R. Damron is president of Santa Fe Radiology. The Santa Fe Republican plans to run in the 2006 state gubernatorial race. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Barbara, an oncology nurse, and two children. Q. How would you align yourself politically? A. I’m conservative and moderate on some issues. I feel people […]

Merged schools may not be as effective

CNJ Readers I am pleased to have my daughter in her third year at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy. I support the arts-infused education provided by LJAA and would be glad to see that same education provided to any interested child. That said, I’m concerned about the proposed merger with Bella Vista Elementary. First, LJAA has […]

Spanish influence goes beyond holidays

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, […]

Balancing life can mean compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist An article in the September issue of Latina magazine caught my eye, “The Perfectly (Un) Balanced Life” which asks, “Who says we mujeres must have a perfectly made bed while making it to the top?” This stopped me in my tracks because, well, I’m a woman who usually leaves home […]

Lady Rams hungry for another shot at state

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Portales senior Megan Kabrick passes the ball during Friday’s practice. The Lady Rams open their season Friday at the Wildcat Invitational in Clovis. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For all intents and purposes, the next state volleyball tournament for Michaela Alexander will be her first. She hopes it will […]

Residents line Main Street for chance to make wish

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Brenda O’Shea of Clovis tells “Three Wishes” contributor Eric Stromer her wish during a taping of the show Thursday on Main Street in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Laverne Robbins waited for hours. Her feet hurt as TV cameras panned the crowd that lined Main Street in search of […]

Hate more deadly threat than terrorists

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Last week, fear killed Jean Charles de Menezes. He may or may not have been dressed suspiciously, as London police say he was. May or may not have jumped a subway turnstile, may or may not have ignored commands to stop. What is beyond question is that de Menezes, a […]

Gestures maintain romance

By Clyde Davis I n the spirit of the day, which is our sixth anniversary, I want to go back to one of my favorite subjects — romance and the art of keeping it alive and green. If you are married or permanent with the love of your life, as I feel about Janice, you […]

5/26 Student Profile

Jennifer K. Robinson, 18, is the daughter of Katie and Duane Robinson. She is senior at Clovis High School. What is your favorite part of school? Obviously hanging out with friends and practicing sports. Although I love my AP chemistry class. What do you not like about school? The block scheduling at the high school. […]

Dignity in death can soothe survivors

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist My friend David L. Norton, whose 1976 book “Personal Destinies, A Philosophy of Ethical Individualism” should have been more famous than any that John Rawls and other celebrities in the discipline of philosophy had written, wrote beautifully and wisely about aging. He gave credit for the germ of his idea […]

Clovis grad talks about Iraq

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U.S. Army Capt. Calvin Kroeger talks about his one year combat tour in Iraq with Bravo Company 20th Engineers 1st Calvary Division as he speaks to ROTC students Wednesday at Clovis High School. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom newspapers TUCUMCARI — Students’ eyes were fixed on the Army captain in his […]

Swoopes staying sharp

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Parents take pictures of Sheryl Swoopes with campers during the Sheryl Swoopes Basketball Camp Friday at Farwell High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FARWELL — Former Texas Tech standout Sheryl Swoopes is one of the WNBA’s few remaining original players. Still, as she approaches her 34th birthday next week, she’s […]

Music remains vital part of life and living

By John Posner: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: This is part of in a week-long series in which local columnists talk about their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis schools. E.Y. Harburg once said, “Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes […]

Rigid thought creates fear

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column has occasionally taken a stand against rigidity of thought and viewpoint, based on the belief this is not the way God has designed us as human beings to live our lives. In other words, I try to find a balance between our own spiritual journey and those who have […]