Army helicopter pilot inspired by med-evac

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Army Captain Jeff Epps, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and his wife Ali Epps stand in front of a “Welcome Home” banner in front of his family home on Jeanie Drive. The Epps have been married for two years and both graduated from Clovis High School. Tonjia Rolan Jeff Epps’ […]

Science fiction can reflect society

Clyde Davis The realm known as speculative fiction (politically correct term for science fiction) has always held a moderate level of fascination for me. By moderate, I mean that I sometimes like to watch it, I occasionally like to read it, and I am in no way a die hard fan of either film or […]

Pregame show could top TV ads

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist A few ramblings from my couch, the grocery store and my Michael J. Fox-inspired dreams. • Sunday’s Lakers-Celtics game was just fantastic to watch, but I could have done without homerism masked as NBA coverage. ABC had a halftime interview with Lakers coach Phil Jackson. That’s a fair and timely […]

Family inspired to dish out dinners

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo J’Mi Heflin, left, talks to Christy Drake Thursday about paper goods Heflin and her family brought Drake. Heflin and her family used money they would have spent on each other for Christmas to buy dinners for 10 families in Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Helping her mother move […]

Mother’s Day time for cultural reflection

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Beyond the sentiments, what are your roots? What I mean is, inspired by Mother’s Day but not limited to that, what do you know and value about your ethnic origins, your cultural origins, your background in terms of heritage, location, awareness of who you are and who you have sprung […]

How crazy? Ocho Cinco percent

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I never have and probably never will meet Chris Jones, but the man has inspired me in his “Complaints: Football Coaches” column. “I’m not sure when, exactly,” Jones wrote in this month’s Esquire, “Motorola headsets started coming with a license to act like” a word which I will replace with […]

Music can help in healing

By Teddy Draper: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Music is important in my life because it makes me feel better in different ways. One way music makes me feel better is […]

Iran activist inspired choice for Nobel Prize

Freedom Newspapers You could have made a case for former Czech President Vaclav Havel or Pope John Paul II. But the choice of Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and activist who has been a thorn — though always a legal one — in the side of the Iranian regime for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was […]

Blind calf roper spreads message of never giving up

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Jerry Long of Capitan shakes the hand of Jonah Walls, 7, while talking to him and his mother Valda Walls, both of Texico, Tuesday evening at the Texico Educational Complex. By Gary Mitchell Jerry Long caught his friend by surprise a little more than four years ago when he said he […]