CCS junior’s singing inspires confidence

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Melody King, a junior at Clovis Christian School, sings the national anthem at CCS basketball games. King will sing at the state basketball tournament next week in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Melody King has a gift. The Clovis Christian School junior can sing. This year, the blue-eyed […]

Ag Expo set for Tuesday

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Fairgrounds has been abuzz with activity as event organizers and volunteers prepare to welcome vendors and spectators to the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo that begins Tuesday. The New Mexico Ag Expo encompasses a variety of products and services that cater to the agriculture industry. Over the […]

Back in session

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Kasey Martinez cashes out Krista Montoya of Portales on Tuesday at the Clovis Community College Bookstore. Tuesday was the first day of the spring semester. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The first day of the spring semester started Tuesday at Clovis Community College By the numbers 5 Price in […]

King supporters march through cold

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Sherrine Shaw, 12, and Jonathan Johnson, 13, huddle with Jacqueline Pinkett-Smith while waiting for the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative walk Monday in Clovis. Temperatures were in the low 20s. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Pink cheeked and bright eyed, Connor Salazar seemed unaffected by the frigid […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings

CNJ Staff The following will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: • All banks • Baxter-Curren Senior Center • Clovis-Carver Public Library • Clovis city offices • Curry County offices, including the Courthouse • Clovis Community College • Clovis Municipal Schools • CRSMA Senior Diners Club • 9th Judicial District […]

Events set to celebrate King legacy

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Various activities are planned by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision and struggles to achieve a dream of nonviolence and equality in the world. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. today with a commemorative march. Used as a medium for […]

Dreams on display

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India Cooper of James Bickley Elementary School finished first in the Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school poster contest, sponsored by organizers of the city’s annual observance. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) The essays below were the winning entries in an essay contest sponsored by organizers of the 15th annual Clovis Community-Wide Observance of […]

Rights movement continuous process

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, a […]

Jesus’ birth most humble of miracles

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago I visited a birthing center in a huge metropolitan city. It was a popular place, and women expecting babies put their names on a list months before their due dates so they could take advantage of the state-of-the-art facility. The place looked more like a fancy hotel […]

Ketchup thrower needs Bible lesson on Ahab

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Have you ever known people who don’t act their age? Children act better than some adults. Several years ago I read about two women in the grocery store checkout line. The first one in line had an immense basket packed with food, and the second woman in line had only […]

Political candidates flock to county fair

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer All smiles, shaking hands and meeting new people, politicians from near and far worked the crowd Friday at the Curry County Fair. As locals arrived for a night of fun and games, candidates converged on them hoping to make an impression that will last until the November elections. David […]

At-risk animal programs need federal overhaul

A fter a process that at times took on the tone of the Spanish Inquisition rather than a scientific inquiry, a panel of experts has declared the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse a bona fide subspecies once again — giving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all the political cover it needs to keep “mighty mouse” […]

Don’t mistake resolve for arrogance and disdain

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist With apologies to the makers of the 1994 film, it’s never been “the madness of King George” that troubled me. No, it was the arrogance, a hubris so awesome and awful you tended to forget George is not, in fact, a king but a president. One might have been forgiven […]

King, J. C. (Clint)

J. C. (Clint) King, 89, of Portales died Monday, June 12, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born Feb. 16, 1917, in Scottland, Ill., to Mahree and John T. King. He lived in Illinois and Indiana until 1980, when he retired and settled in Portales. He graduated from high school in […]

‘Covenant’ book could reignite imaginations

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “The Covenant With Black America” is not a fun read. Not unless you’re the wonky type who likes to snuggle up with a good policy proposal. One would assume there aren’t nearly enough wonks in the world to put a book like that within shouting distance of the New York […]

Lord, I’ve got this great plan …

By Curtis K. Shelburne I haven’t read from the King James Version of the Bible for years, and it’s never been my main version for preaching. As beautiful as the language can be, I’ve never thought it was good stewardship for me to take time in the pulpit to explain words that in a more […]

King, Ryan

Ryan Lee King, 34, of Albuquerque, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. He was born Aug. 25, 1971, to Gerald Lee and Jauquetta Bryant King in Albuquerque. He was a guitar player who loved to play music, family members said. He worked as a musician in Grandma’s Music Store and booked […]

Democracy grossly unfair

By Bob Huber: Local columnist It’s spring again. Daffodils are sprouting, cranes are flying north, and you’re trying to sell one of your kids to pay for gas for your summer vacation. Oh yeah, and city elections are also taking place, which doesn’t warrant a big applause, but any psychiatrist worth his sofa will tell […]

2/19 Honors

Blaschke Michelle Blaschke was named to the at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, for the semester. She is the daughter of Terry and Cathy Blaschke of Clovis. Chisum Megan Chisum of Clovis was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Mexico college of nursing for the fall 2005 semester. Fowler Tyla […]

2/17 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Feb. 9, 2006 through Wednesday: • Joe Franklin Sena, 32, to Regina Marie Chavez, 32, both of Clovis • Edilberto Gonzalez, 22, to Kayleigh Elizabeth King, 19, both of Clovis • Valentine Chavez IV, 22, to Brandie Angel Cordova, 21, both of Clovis • Luke […]