Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

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 […]

Billy Bundle: The world’s shortest evangelist

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I wonder if some of the humor that crosses my desk in the form of books or cartoons in ministry magazines is funny to anyone besides preachers. In one cartoon from Leadership Journal, a pastor is preaching in front of a projection screen filled with colorful graphics, and one […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

My father-in-law and my husband bought a hundred head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them fifty-fifty and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows had babies, others were […]

Raising prices based solely on economics

Freedom New Mexico In these divisive times, there has to be a bad guy when a hurricane blows in. It can’t just be a natural phenomenon that’s bigger than us all. It has to be a Democratic hurricane, or a Republican hurricane, the bogey man’s hurricane, or a hurricane caused by us all. Somebody has […]

First person: Unlucky break

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Matthew Lolley broke his leg in four places during a scrimmage before the 2008-2009 football season began and will have to sit out the season. Matthew Lolley, a junior at Clovis High School, skipped playing football his sophomore year. When he returned his junior year, he broke his leg in […]

City advises field restrictions

CNJ staff Three area softball and baseball fields will be off limits until 4 p.m. Tuesday for insecticide spraying, according to a city press release. Guy Leader Softball Complex, Mike Harris Baseball Field and Bob Spencer Softball Complex and the walking trail at Hillcrest Park located behind Guy Leeder Complex were sprayed Monday afternoon for […]

Funny guy

Argus Hamilton is poking fun at Oklahoma City, casinos and — as usual — politicians in today’s column.

Guy Leeder Softball Complex vandalized

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Graffiti was painted at Guy Leeder Softball Complex over the past weekend. CNJ staff Clovis Softball Association board member Roger Jackson is hoping that with the help of the more than 1,300 league players, that the persons responsible for a graffiti spree at Guy Leeder Softball Complex will be caught. […]

One woman’s view of Tucumcari

We’ve received one response so far to the guy who e-mailed to ask “Can someone out there tell me all the good, the bad and the ugly about living in Tucumcari?”

No bull here

Glenda Price Glenda Price When my husband and I were young and just starting out, we decided to apply for a loan from a government-underwritten outfit to purchase a few cows. We had the place to run them secured and the drought was temporarily over (which is all we can ever ask for in the […]

Homeless man’s tall tale worth cash

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I was thinking about homeless folks the other day because I saw a guy with a backpack strolling out of the Clovis rail yard. It set my mind a-wandering. Songs have been written as have passages in The Good Book about lending a hand to someone in need because it […]

Shh… I’m turning on the guy volume

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist A few years ago, lunch with a friend became a turning point. The person serving me and Jennifer was a tip-flirter. That’s somebody who’s really, really, unbelievably nice to customers in hopes for a tip, particularly when the opposite sex is involved. I knew this was a tip-flirter, but I […]

Internet has widespread impact

By Clyde Davis: Columnist For those of us caught in the betwixt and between generation, the Internet is a mixed blessing. By betwixt and between, I mean those of us who were born and spent some of our adult lives before PCs, yet who will spend a significant amount of our working lives in the […]

Salesman stint didn’t result in millions

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I received a phone call the other day from one of our Clovis car dealerships. “Hello Mr. McGee,” the voice said. “We’re just making some random calls today to see who wants to buy a car.” The poor guy’s voice couldn’t have been more transparent. What I heard was, “We […]

Custom Classic draws 115 teams

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tomas Gallegos is hoping his Clovis Looscrewz team can make a run to another title in the 24th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex. He knows it’ll be a little tougher, because Looscrewz moved up from men’s Class E to Class D this season. […]

Rainy days, motorcycles, and wisdom’s kids

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As I write this morning, it’s raining outside — a beautiful, soaking, life-giving rain — the kind you wake up to and wish you could nap to all day.   I love it, but it does have my wings clipped a bit. You see, rain is not particularly conducive […]

‘Man downtown’ deserving of good meal

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Within Clovis’ hundred years of history, some colorful characters have called Clovis home. There was once a man our then-grade school children called the “strange guy.” Many readers will remember this man. The first time we noticed him was at the old Furr’s grocery store at 10th and Main streets. […]