9/11 movie surprisingly sharp, realistic

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist “United 93” surprised me. I was expecting a large dose of sentimentality, of sugary vignettes from the passengers’ lives, along with a musically enhanced final battle scene. The actual film is so much better than that. It is strikingly realistic. In fact, it contains not a trace of cheap sentiment, […]

Richardson sees future in wind

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Renewable fuel and film. Gov. Bill Richardson is optimistic New Mexico can be a key state for both, and he highlighted Tucumcari’s role during a Monday town hall meeting. Richardson spoke to a packed crowd at the Tucumcari Convention Center’s meeting room, where the governor heard concerns on […]

Hoop movie filmed in area makes debut

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Former Farwell High School basketball standout Hailey Grimes was one of several area residents to land a role in the movie. (CNJ file photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent “Believe In Me” has hit the big screen. The movie, primarily filmed in Clovis and Portales in the fall of 2004, debuted Tuesday at the Santa […]

Two thumbs down: Gay cowboy movie gets poor reception

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“Brokeback Mountain,” a story about two cowboys who fall in love, had a poor showing in Clovis despite good reviews and Academy Awards nominations. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There are many in this town of roughly 35,000 who have built a life around agriculture. It is an industry that […]

‘Believe in Me’ still months from theaters

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A crew member holds a clapboard on the set of “Believe in Me.” Filming wrapped up in November, but producers don’t expect a final product until summer. (File photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Making a feature-length film is a long, drawn-out process. That’s according to independent film producer John Manulis, who aided in […]

Developing interests

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State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans addresses the audience Thursday morning at Portales City Hall. Homans was visiting Clovis and Portales as part of a trip throughout southeastern New Mexico on Thursday. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Movies and cheese were the main topics of conversation Thursday when area officials met with the state’s […]

People are kind and life is worth living

By Mona Charen Our Thanksgiving family tradition is to go around the table and ask each person to express what he or she is thankful to God for in the year just passed. Being politically minded types, one or more of us frequently mentions that we’re grateful for having been born in the United States […]

Clovis in hunt for another movie

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis has become the closest thing to a Hollywood on the High Plains. Just weeks after producers of “Believe in Me” called it a wrap, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials are recruiting a film with a new set of stars — more specifically Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin […]

It’s a wrap for feature film shot in Clovis

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer After over a month of filming in eastern and central New Mexico, the “Believe in Me” cast and crew are calling it a wrap and heading back home. James Carter, director of cinematography for the movie, said the next stage of production could take many months to complete, and […]

Raises should benefit all city employees

Letters to the editor I heard several points of views about city employee pay raises Thursday night. There is no doubt that our police department is underpaid. I pondered the thought of who is to blame for low pay for not only the police department, but all city employees. This issue has been batted around […]