Zero tolerance should apply to everyone

by Ned Cantwell At least three New Mexico communities I know of, and I’m betting they are the rule rather than the exception, have recently wrestled with this dilemma: You got this kid, a good kid, a popular kid, a local athlete of some prominence. God has given him the ability to run fast, the […]

Billy the Kid can rest, probe dismissed

The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — Three southeastern New Mexico officials looking for answers about the death of Western legend Billy the Kid have dropped their request to exhume what are believed to be the outlaw’s remains. Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, joined by deputy and Capitan Mayor Steve Sederwall and DeBaca County Sheriff Gary […]

Kube never did anything half-hearted

J.D. Chandler-Autrey, Guest Columnist I was all the way in Palm Harbor, Fla., having just survived Hurricane Frances, when my little brother from Clovis called me and told me the horrible news about Spencer Kube. It is the single most devastating experience I have ever gone through in my life. For someone to say that […]

Columnist makes, receives comments

By Ned Cantwell I receive a lot of feedback from readers. Hardly a year goes by that a reader won’t mention something I’ve written. Here are samples, most of which are actually true. Here is a fictitious conversation with a reader, based on some things that have really happened: We noticed that in a recent […]

Silva, L.F.

L.F. Silva Services: Have been held. L.F. “Chano” Silva, 85, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 20, 1918, in Fort Sumner, to Jesus and Margaret Spitz Silva. He was raised and attended schools at Fort Sumner. He married Lois Pena in […]

Genuine talent in danger of replacement

Letters to the editor I saw the June 11 Amos column on the poor fellow whose “bug band” had ’em rockin’ like bigtime in imaginary church. Church traditionalists seem to have risen “as one man” (Judges 20:8) and thrown band equipment off the comfy-fun church altar stage and onto hard pavement. Maybe Amos and the […]

Local teachers focus on children

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Bella Vista Elementary teacher Melissa Romero helps kindergartner Elizabeth Brown in the computer lab Wednesday at the school. This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country. Tuesday was National Teacher Day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country and Tuesday was National […]

Support strong for Kid to remain at rest

Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is some big stuff going on, and I am not just talking about who is going to be our next American Idol. Don’t laugh. The word derives from “idolatry,” the “worship of a physical object as a god.” That is why, once chosen, we always remember and respect these emerging […]

Billy the Kid — Outlaw’s authenticity no issue for museum

By Michelle Seeber, Freedom Newspapers Tourist destinations at Fort Sumner certain they have the correct body in the proper grave. Fort Sumner’s Lula Sweet is pretty adamant that Bill the Kid rests below the ground not far from where she works. Sweet, wife of Don Sweet and mother of Tim Sweet, all of whom own […]

Kid still raising ruckus after his death

Ned Cantwell: Local columnist Our little state has gone nuts, just plain nuts. Catch this: The mayor of Fort Sumner says he will set up a table outside a supermarket and sell cupcakes if that is what it takes to raise needed money for his community. And for what purpose does Mayor Ray Lopez seek […]

God to the state of New Mexico: Shape up

Ned Cantwell: Local columnist I heard a lot of you talking about me last week. That was good. No surprise, though. You always do during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. As well you should. Look what I did for you. Some of you folks, Easter Sunday is about the only time I see you. […]

No harm in finding truth about ‘Kid’

Letters to the Editor I recently met Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, DeBaca County Sheriff Gary Graves and others who are involved in the investigation surrounding Billy the Kid. I love history and I love any time it gets attention, publicity and even controversy. I am so impressed that the sheriffs want to find out […]

So what’s in a name?

SO WHAT’S IN A NAME? My parents named me Curtis Kline. (No jibes, now. It wears just as well as Milton Scott or William Jehoshaphat or Delton Eli or Richard Milhouse or Clive Staples or John Luke or …) Presumably, Mom and Dad liked the sound of it, but more than that, they liked the […]

Association to unify ministers begins in Clovis

I wish to express my appreciation to Rev. Lance Clemmons and other pastors of our community for organizing a badly needed Christian Ministerial Association. The call is for all pastors of an evangelical church to be a member of this organization. Its primary mission is to provide fellowship and unity among all denominational pastors and […]

Former CHS quarterback suffers fatal heart attack

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By Glen Seeber Clovis’ fleet-footed quarterback from the unbeaten 1973 championship team died Friday after suffering a heart attack, a family member said. Mark Anthony Trujillo Sr., 47, of Clovis “was an excellent leader as a quarterback,” recalled Mike Prokop, who played football with him that season. “That sucker could scoot,” said Randy Adrian, another […]

Fun news from missing Kid to kissing kids

Ned Cantwell This has been a fun year in the news business, both in New Mexico and beyond our borders. Our state, not without her pressing problems, has spent an inordinate amount of time wondering where Billy the Kid is buried and whether lawman Pat Garrett really shot the popular outlaw dead a century ago. […]

Billy the Kid back in middle of controversy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Fort Sumner Mayor Raymond Lopez on Tuesday accused the De Baca County sheriff of “trying to cause a war in De Baca County, city versus county” over testing a body buried in Fort Sumner Cemetery to see if it is really Billy the Kid. In a press release, city officials object […]

Column writing not all tea and roses

By Ned Cantwell Advice to beginning column writers: Don’t write about Billy the Kid unless you have a vague idea of what you are talking about. If your knowledge of country music is limited to the notion it is all about a guy with a hangover who lost his dog a week after his wife […]

Billy the Kid probably a media creation

By Ned Cantwell Somewhere between heaping one more spoonful of potato salad onto the plate and decorating the hot dog with colorful pickles and mustard, a sense of foreboding clouds this celebration of our independence. Nagging thoughts: – Where in the heck are those WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)? – When will the next TIM […]

Billy the Kid still famous after all these years

By Don McAlavy Again Billy the Kid has gained access to the front pages of newspapers. Witness the latest from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office where he (the state) will investigate whether Billy is really buried in Fort Sumner; whether Brushy Bill Roberts is really Billy; whether Sheriff Pat Garrett helped Billy escape the Lincoln County […]