Accent doesn’t define person

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When people mention exotic places they would like to visit, Texas is probably not the first one that comes to mind. But to me, growing up in Rome — which seemed so ordinary — Dallas was the most exotic place I could think of. As a teenager I fantasized about being […]

Accent doesn’t define person

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When people mention exotic places they would like to visit, Texas is probably not the first one that comes to mind. But to me, growing up in Rome — which seemed so ordinary — Dallas was the most exotic place I could think of. As a teenager I fantasized about being […]

Pastor profile: Doug Brooks

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Name: Doug Brooks Age: 48 Church: Parkland Baptist Church Background: Graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1976, Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, in 1983 and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1987. First pastorate was in Joy, Texas, from 1984 to 1991. Became pastor at […]

Pastor Profile: Kevin Ray

Name: Kevin Ray Age: 42 Church: Salvation Army Background: My employment background includes assembling bikes at a department store; mailroom work; managing an ice cream, popcorn and frozen yogurt shop, and I was a bank teller for three years. Hometown: Omaha, Neb. Your Family: My sister is the oldest, an older brother, a twin brother, […]

Education feature: Foreign exchange of ideas

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Juan Navarro teaches science at Marshall Junior High. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dan Summers: CNJ Correspondent When Juan Navarro was a child, he wanted to be an artist like his father, the Spanish painter and sculptor Vicente Navarro. “I could not draw or sculpt, though,” the younger Navarro said. The art world’s loss is […]

Staying busy, caring for self Keys to easier deployments

Elizabeth Malone, wife of Master Sgt. James Malone, holds down the fort while her husband serves overseas. Janet Taylor-Birkey In 19 and a half years, Elizabeth Malone’s husband, Master Sgt. James Malone, currently stationed in Southwest Asia, has deployed more times than she can count, she said. To get ready for the current deployment, Mrs. […]

Local Roundup: Meetings planned on Cannon mission

By CNJ Staff The Air Force has planned a series of public meetings to gather input for an environmental impact study of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. The first meeting is 6 – 8 p.m. Monday at Clovis Community College. It will be followed by meetings from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday […]

Boys’ State offers hands-on lessons in government

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Instead of learning about local and federal government by reading textbooks and sitting through lectures, students who attend Boys’ State this week at Eastern New Mexico University will have the chance to experience democracy first-hand by creating a mock city, county and state. “It gives (the students) the […]

Students learn about plants by helping prep the school grounds

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Mesa Elementary third grader Robin Howe pulls weeds with her class Wednesday morning, in front of the school. The children learned how to recognize weeds from plants before moving to the garden. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Mason Odom knelt among the woodchips and intently unearthed a weed. The 8-year-old […]

Fire Department gets new fire safety house

Bruce Ford, 27th Fighter Wing Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention, opens the door to the new fire house recently acquired by the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department. Melanie Salazar The door and doorknob are hot. Smoke pours into the room between the door and the threshold, and the fire alarm chirps stubbornly in the […]

Spanish influence goes beyond holidays

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, […]

AEF 7/8 around the corner

Col. Jeff Harrell As we begin the month of August, many of you will be preparing for the upcoming air and space expeditionary force [AEF] 7/8 deployment. Some of you will be deploying for the first time. For others, it will be just the latest addition to many tours of service around the world. Either […]

Warning signs

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist My computer just gave me a warning. A box with a big red light popped up at the bottom of the screen: “Warning! User Resources Are Low!” A few clicks of the mouse and a quick re-boot of the machine, and I’m back in good shape. A few months […]

Spanish speaking skills lost in translation

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a joke I heard from some educator-types: What do you call a person who knows a few languages? Multilingual. How about someone who knows two languages? Bilingual. And someone who knows one language? American. For one reason or another, I’ve tried to learn foreign languages. My first experience with […]

amos: amos finds an harmonica

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos finds an harmonica boss i was strolling out behind the music store next to the church building the […]

Creativity evolves from past memories

By Clyde Davis The writing student with an exceptional talent for storytelling was talking with me about his fiction, a field to which I’d encouraged him to devote some time and energy. It became a discussion of style and approach when I told him there was a certain element in his writing that resembled the […]

Drama festival becomes recruiting tool

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A half-century ago, Eastern New Mexico University decided to create a drama festival as a way to educate high school students about the school. In its 50th year on the ENMU campus, the festival has had another effect —as a feeder system for theater education in New Mexico. […]

Clovis youths plan trip to see Legislature

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Natasha Beachum is interested in seeing how laws are made first hand. The Yucca Junior High eighth-grader will be one of about 90 Clovis students scheduled to leave at 4:30 a.m. today for a trip to the state capitol fourth African-American Day. “You can learn about it in books […]

Boy, Cub Scouts offer invitations

Officials with the El Llano Grande District of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are inviting Clovis, Portales and Cannon Air Force base first- through fifth-grade boys to join the organization, according to a news release from the local Boy Scouts organization. Scott Kilian, the senior district executive, said he is looking forward to two […]

Local personal histories needed

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This article had its genesis in a conversation with my mother-in-law. I bought her a book, which was really a compilation of articles from the Santa Fe New Mexican, spanning the paper’s inception in the mid 1800s until the 1950s. This got her to thinking and talking about some of […]