Years of a clown

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Dale “Gizmo” McCracken entertains the crowd and cowboys during Friday’s Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour event at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Gizmo is also the backup for bull fighters, if needed. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps […]

Letters to the Editor: Bible isn’t substitute for common sense

Regarding Scott Blazek’s opinion column — “Tattoos go against Bible’s teachings — in Sunday’s paper: First, I am in no way a Christian, a satanist or involved in any other form of religion. What I do consider myself to be is human. As a human, I am fully aware of what is right and what […]

Dresses can be special more than once

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Cost of prom dress, $150. Gas to Lubbock to shop for prom dress, $25. Jewelry, $25. Hair, $42. Nails, $30. Prom ticket, $20. Junior class dues, $30. Cost of memories: Priceless. Can’t put a price on memories. But if I could, about $322 sounds right to me. Return on investment: […]

Woman calls rescue miraculous

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

Cops and courts: $1,000 snatched from tobacco store

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Police are reviewing video footage of a hooded man who may have stolen more than $1,000 from the safe of a Clovis tobacco store around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police reports. A clerk at KC Express on West Seventh Street called police to report the robbery. She said she […]

Hospice holds Senior Fair

By CNJ Staff Senior Fair, hosted by VistaCare Hospice Who: Open to the public, free of charge. Seniors and anyone involved with seniors are encouraged to attend. What: An informational fair providing community resources for seniors. Where: Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday Information: 762-7067 Jackie Lara, public relations director […]

Admiring the sky is easier in New Mexico

Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist Just as my friend in New Mexico would tell me to look at the moon from my California yard some 2,000 miles away because we’d be seeing the very same moon, I have to remind myself it’s also the same sky. But it’s really not. First off, the sky in New […]

Battle of the sexes lopsided

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist Here at the Institute for Intellectual Stuff (our motto is, “We Research Thorny Problems Such as Poverty and Baldness”), we’ve recently spent time delving into another timeless issue: Are men and women really different? Of course they are, dummy. Anyone can see that. Proof can be found in arguments between […]

Pioneer Days event introduces youngsters to cowboy ways

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Rodeo clown Leon Coffee helps 4-year-old Aleigha Gemma-Miller of Ranchvale lasso a goat during a rodeo encounter Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, […]

In tribute: Dora woman remembered for school volunteering

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Hers was a well-known face in the town of Dora. Those who knew her describe a driven, dedicated woman who put the welfare of others before her own. Ella “Charlie” Carmichael, mother of four, made Dora her life. A Roosevelt County resident for about 65 years, she relocated from […]