Sock Monster lurks in laundry land

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I don’t believe in outlandish things like aliens from outer space, the Boogeyman, La Llorona and bad luck on Friday the 13th. I have more important things to worry about, like the Sock Monster. I have become totally convinced that there is a Sock Monster. While some people are trying […]

Snake stories always worth sharing

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Columnist Now that hot weather is blasting the High Plains — as if hot weather isn’t usually blasting the Plains — it’s high time for one of the coolest creatures to come lurking from its hole. Welcome the season of the rattlesnake. Perhaps the most regrettable aspect of my leaving New […]

Local steer wrestler posts night’s top time

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Shawn Hogg of Odessa, Texas, competes in bull riding competition on Thursday during the 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo at Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As Chance Pettigrew waited for his chance in steer wrestling on the first night of the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo, the public […]

Supreme Court rules not to hear Graves’ appeal

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer It is official. Gary Graves is no longer sheriff of De Baca County. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday it will not hear Graves’ appeal to overturn a November recall election, according to court documents. De Baca County citizens voted to recall Graves on Nov. 10 after a […]

Radio waves hide unknown announcer

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Inspired partly by Tom Petty’s “Last DJ,” and partly by a lonely stretch of late night radio reception, somewhere northeast of Amarillo, this piece is entirely fiction. Or, maybe not. I can’t tell you where I am. Not exactly, or even within a close proximity. The FCC has been tracking […]

Amos 5-27

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to operate the capital shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. a tribute to howie boss the other day i was so depressed i went to the phone to call dial-a-mousey- friend but a recording came on which said we re sorry […]

Motorcycle royalty tells company’s history

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Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of four co-founders of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, speaks about books she has written on growing up in the family. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson, spoke Saturday at Clovis Community College about the humble beginnings of Harley-Davidson, […]

Would you like to see my surgical scars?

Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, all […]

Beware, Mississippi kites are moving in

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist You hear it every spring — “The kites are coming! The kites are coming.” Mothers shield their kids, bikers don helmets — Imagine that! — and police warn citizens to stay off the streets and listen to disaster radio. Behind all the screaming, yelping, baseless accusations and the wanton abuse […]

Creativity welcome, and free

By Clyde Davis This particular column is geared to all of you who want to hear some really fine writers perform their works in public. You notice that I used the word perform, because … well, some really fine writers simply read their works, and some of that will be going on, too. But the […]

Keep hyphens in perspective

The hyphen is in its own way a noble and exceedingly useful mark of punctuation. But it pays, I think, to keep hyphens in perspective. In our present age and culture, the hyphen is all too often seen as a mark of division when it serves just as well and far more nobly as a […]