Perhaps bag of swag is answer

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist It never fails. A friend tries to prevent a tangent, and only inspires another. Over a drink, a guy she used to date came up. She replied, “Eh … been there, done that, got the T-shirt.” We didn’t talk about him again, but my mind was already off. Should I […]

Mom gives greatest advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My friend Michelle tells the story of disciplining her littlest kid, Zeke. “It was bath time and he didn’t want to take one,” she said. “But I told him he had to so he turns to me and says, ‘Momma I don’t love you anymore!’ I wanted to laugh but […]

Catching up with a friend

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist A conversation between Don and longtime friend Louis Pattison. Pattison speaks: “Don, I contacted Hoyt Pattison and neither he nor I know what the colors of the Claud basketball team were. (Now this was in December 2006). “I’m not sure they had any color as I am unaware of their […]

Dobbs looking to create controversy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I had a free night a few weeks ago, and I was planning on hanging out with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. Until I got a text out of nowhere. “Sorry, something with a friend came up. I’m going to have to cancel on tonight.” I wrote […]

Wheelchair-bound dog ‘Tuddy’ remembered for perseverance

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CNJ file photo Tuddy’s family found him dead on Oct. 4 at around 10 p.m. He had gone out for his normal evening walk about 30 minutes before, and Ramon Sena said his son drove up and found the Chihuahua dead on the driveway. By Kevin Wilson:CNJ staff writer When they adopted Stud the Chihuahua […]

TRICARE offers free exams

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance The life you save might be your friend’s, your father’s, your son’s or even your own. When it comes to prostate and colon cancer, the most effective treatment is early detection — and that makes regular screening a key component of your personal wellness roadmap. According to the National […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. Aug. 15 an officer responded to the 200 block of 11th Street for a found handgun. A man said he was there visiting a friend and saw a handgun lying on the ground next to his vehicle. […]

7-26 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 a.m. July 12 an officer responded to the emergency room at Plains Regional Medical Center for a report of an intoxicated teen.A girl told the officer she had been at a party and called a friend to pick her up […]

Believing in ‘foolproof’ for foolish

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My friend Bob spent a great deal of time horseback on his cousin’s family ranch when he was a kid. After he grew up, he left that behind and became a musician — a financially successful one, which is unusual. Through the years Bob rode horseback now and then at […]

Pastor was quick to condemn

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s […]

Politically correct is not easy

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I just talked to a friend who’s mighty close to boiling over. Since we’re the kind of friends who prefer to boil over together rather than letting off steam on the general populace, he vented, and I listened, offering helpful comments and keen insight. Don’t broadcast this, but I don’t […]

Preaching politically correctly is not easy

By Curtis K. Shelburne I just talked to a friend who’s mighty close to boiling over. Since we’re the kind of friends who prefer to boil over together rather than letting off steam on the general populace, he vented, and I listened, offering helpful comments and keen insight. Don’t broadcast this, but I don’t know […]

Two men report robbery, assault

PNT Staff Report Two men were assaulted and robbed Saturday in the 800 block of University Drive near Eastern New Mexico University, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said James Williams of Clovis and Robert Powell of Portales were accosted about 10 p.m. by two males. The victims told police they were […]

Jan. 18 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of Ruth Street for a domestic dispute in progress. A man said he came home from a friend’s house and found the door barricaded shut. He said he forced […]

Letter from friend shows Quay past

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist “Dear Don and Harold. We do want to express our appreciation for the High Plains history book. “Thank you!” We are still reading and discussing History of Quay Valley. (Juanita Wallis is writing this letter.) “The residents of Quay plan to take lunch, a snake-bite-kit and go make some history. […]

A cowboy’s New Year’s resolution

by Glenda Price My friend Jubal is a wise cowboy. He’s spent a great deal of time in the boonies, for a while on his homestead in west central New Mexico and later in various line-cabins on big ranches. He doesn’t run off at the mouth, as they say, but when he does speak all […]

Friends teach all kinds of lessons

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every young girl needs an older lady friend/advisor — especially if she lives way out in the country. A girl’s own mother doesn’t qualify because she’s got too much invested in her offspring’s hoped-for successful life. The girl’s friend/advisor, unlike Mom, doesn’t give advice the usual straightforward way. (“If you […]

Older neighbor helped with other areas of growing up

Glenda Price Every young girl needs an older lady friend/advisor – specially if she lives way out in the country. A girl’s own mother doesn’t qualify because she’s got too much invested in her offspring’s hoped-for successful life. The girl’s friend/advisor, unlike Mom, doesn’t give advice the usual straightforward way. (“If you don’t leave those […]

God’s way is to give selflessly

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist A close friend of mine lives in a larger city. Frequently she has told me of the homeless people who stand on busy corners holding signs that read, “Homeless and hungry. Anything helps.” Sometimes my friend would encounter three or four of these people a day. Sometimes drivers handed money […]

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 […]