Hope for Cannon putting spring back in locals’ steps

Freedom Newspapers The jolting news arrived one year ago: Department of Defense officials had targeted Cannon Air Force Base for closure. The impact on our economy would be severe — more than 30 percent, many agreed. We’ve fought hard since to save Cannon. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot of lessons — mostly about […]

In good company

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor They will leave Clovis as the school’s all-time leading scorer, passer and 3-pointer shooter. And with three wins this week at the state basketball tournament, they will win back-to-back Class 5A state titles. Starters since they were sophomores, Brittany Blackmon, Aimee Hilburn and Tori Quintana have been the core […]

Quilting, horsemanship on display at Ag Expo

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Horsemanship and quilt designs were among the demonstrations during the first day of the 14th annual New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Orine Barnes and Beth Berggren of Orine Barnes Training of Canyon, Texas, shared tips with horseowners of all ages. Barnes showed horseowners how […]

PC lingo will get you on Bob’s list

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Now comes Christmas with its roasted chestnuts and guys begging change for charity in front of Wal-Mart stores, all of which makes me watch my language. I learned that yuletide lesson as a youngster when my mother utilized her Nebraska wit by saying, “If you can‘t talk clean during the […]

Education from reluctant piano student

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When I was a kid, I lived under a family curse that was common in America in those days. It was called “Relatives Dropping In.” I’m talking here about uninvited guests. You know, out-of-work uncles, religious aunts, outlawed cousins and icy in-laws, and they all stayed for days, sometimes months. […]

Local karate students gain nationals

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Gabe Chilson, 9, was named national champion for his age division at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Karate Championships earlier this month in Lakeland, Fla. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Learning the ins and outs of karate is a serious task. But excelling at it can lead to some […]

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 […]

Summit offers reality check

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Bernell Nez, 16, of Albuquerque, back left, and Garrett Mullins, 17, of Clovis, right, try on goggles that simulate being drunk as Lawrence Lopez, 13, of Clovis shoots a basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Some area students are spending spring break getting away from the stress of everyday […]

County’s public records should be open to public

Freedom Newspapers T he year-long legal fight over public records between the Clovis News Journal and Curry County has ended. Who won? The public’s right to know. The county failed in its aggressive efforts to prevent public scrutiny of its payroll records. And the ongoing discussions in the city and county over fair pay for […]

Customer service not to be faked

By Clyde Davis Some things simply cannot be faked. They have to be a matter of heart. If there is no heart, there is no way to bluff your way through it. Sports might be a good example. If you are just putting in an appearance, it shows. If you are playing just for fun, […]