We need to see big picture

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Christian scholar and writer D. Elton Trueblood once wrote, “The major danger of our contemporary religion … is that it makes small what ought to be large.” Lest we make small what Christ meant to be exceedingly large in scope, perhaps we do well from time to time to […]

Inexperience Obama’s biggest asset in presidential run

Sen. Barack Obama has been traveling the country to stump for fellow Democrats. But uppermost in the minds of many is his hinting on national television about a possible 2008 campaign for president. Intellectual yet unassuming, the Illinois Democrat rose from working-class parents of different races to earn degrees from Columbia and Harvard. With his […]

CHS BOYS SOCCER: Cats blanked in regular-season finale

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Playoff hopes of the Clovis High boys soccer team took a hit on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at Artesia. Clovis (13-6-1) is hoping to grab for one of two at-large bid in the 12-team Class 5A state tournament. The New Mexico Activities Association seeding committee will pick two at-large teams […]

Mere suspicion no substitute for hard evidence

By Freedom Newspapers Americans have gotten used to the sometimes other worldly decisions that come out of the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which has a reputation as a left-wing hothouse. Yet we can’t recall a decision that the 9th Circuit has recently made that comes close to the lunacy expressed […]

Even without unity, U.S. powerful when virtuous

It is hard now to remember the feeling that swept over our country five years ago Monday. Our country, our people, had suffered a devastating and destructive attack by a shadowy but malignant force whose motivations we struggled to try to understand. In the aftermath, however, we were all Americans together, all determined to figure […]

Locking your keys in the car can be a positive experience

Greg Allen An occasional memory lapse can be a good thing. That “occasional memory lapse” happened to my wife Suzanne last week, but it reinforced the good feelings she and I both have about living here. Suzanne had gone to the library downtown to return some books and discovered she had locked her keys in […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe holding fund-raising fiesta

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Sally Romero of Clovis hangs decorations Thursday for the Fiesta weekend celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The annual fund-raiser begins tonight with a dinner and variety show. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The parking lot across from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was abuzz with activity […]

Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]

4/25 Candidate profile

The following is one of a series of profiles on state candidates who visit the Clovis-Portales area: Jim Baca is campaigning for the Democratic ticket position of State Commissioner of Public Lands against Ray Powell. The office is currently held by Patrick Lyons, R-Cuervo. Baca held the office from 1983 to 1986 and from 1991 […]

Music can aid future career

By Judy Gambill: 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. My mother made sure we had plenty of music in our home. She played the piano, and as a child she sang in […]

Zoo officials trying to cut back on peacock population

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Over breeding has led to an abundance of peacocks at Hillcrest Zoo. Officials are making the birds available for purchase in an effort to curb their numbers. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo is getting out of control, according to zoo director Herschel Arnold. Although […]

State football playoffs expanding in 2005

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer As far as Portales football coach Glenn Johnson is concerned, the New Mexico Activities Association’s new expanded large-school playoff format is a good thing. Classes 3A through 5A will go from eight teams to 16 in the postseason beginning this fall, with non-automatic qualifiers getting in with at-large berths. […]

Lawsuit protests voting system

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Since 1982, nine minority candidates attempted to fill the Curry County magistrate judge’s seat. None of them succeeded. At fault, according to Johnny Chavez, is the at-large voting system used in magistrate elections. The Clovis native, defeated twice pursuing the seat, says the system is flawed, part of lingering […]

Memorable birthday gift prize of discovery

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, a classmate named Arnold Buckowitz gave me a special birthday gift, one that sticks in my memory bank to this day. Here’s what happened: Arny was unofficially recognized at Harley Beers Elementary School as the class creeper. That’s not to say he was a creep, […]

Man creates art from dead trees

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Richard L. Gonzales carves a sculpture of a family of bears out of a tree stump at the Pow Wow Inn in Tucumcari. (Freedom Newspapers: William Thompson) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There used to be three large tree stumps in the Pow Wow Inn’s courtyard near the swimming pool. Now, thanks to […]

Is Christmas about economic gains or religion?

Freedom Newspapers To frame the discussion over how much of Christmas’ religious aspects should flow into everything from individual holiday greetings to what activities government should fund, it would be easy to say the debate is not over the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, how large a role Santa Claus has come to play and […]

Empty stocking: Dec. 19, 2004

Today’s focus: Alice Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “I am having a hard time this year due to illness in the family and becoming a single mom again has made things very difficult for my children and myself.” Her holiday hopes: “All children are in need of warm winter jackets, sheets, comforters, socks […]

Hazardous materials discussed: Q and A

Editors note: Don Shainin, HAZMAT (hazardous materials) coordinator for the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, was in Clovis on Wednesday to speak with local emergency officials about hazardous chemical reporting, chemical dispersion threats in New Mexico and Clovis and emergency response plans. Shainin served the Albuquerque community as a firefighter for many years and […]

Team of scientists exploring Mars named rock formation after city

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The outcrop shown was named Clovis because of its arrowhead shape. Courtesy photo: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis is sharing its name with a large rock formation on Mars. Scientist Larry Crumpler, a member of the Mars Exploration Rover science team, said the “Spirit” rover came […]

Parkland to use Easter drama

By Darrell Todd Maurina Baptist church presenting ‘Beyond My Fault’ this holiday. When David Walstad, minister of music and senior adults at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, was studying music in seminary, he and his wife chose to attend a large church near Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. That decision was partly […]