Cardinals headed to Super Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — That’s not a mirage rising out of the desert, folks. It’s the Arizona Cardinals soaring to their first Super Bowl. Yes, the Cardinals, founding members of the NFL, but historically among the most dysfunctional of franchises, finally have joined the big boys. Capitalizing on Larry Fitzgerald’s three first-half touchdown receptions, then […]

Border town founder had ‘zest for life’

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist James D. Hamlin founded the towns of Farwell and Texico. He was born in 1871 in Kentucky and received a classical education. By some accounts, he left home at 28 to seek his fortune in Alaska, but he ended his journey in Amarillo to relieve his chronic asthma. According to […]

Year in review: Clovis selects first female mayor

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo After being elected mayor in March, Gayla Brumfield said she was “excited and speechless, which is unusual for her.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The biggest indication that 2008 would be a year of change for Clovis was an event that happened with plenty left on 2007’s calendar year. […]

Without music, what else is left?

By Don McAlavy Albert Einstein was once asked what would happen if we ever had a nuclear holocaust. He thought for just a moment and replied: “There would be no music.” Music is a part of everyone’s life — and Clovis and our area has been blessed by the amount of musical talent that has […]

Border fence should top Obama’s agenda

Freedom New Mexico President Bush met with his successor, Barack Obama, on Monday and began discussing the transition from one administration to the other. The Bush administration has 10 weeks left before Inauguration Day. His presidency doesn’t end until then, and he certainly has the right to continue the policies and programs he has initiated […]

Oct. 30, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Oct. 21 an officer responded to a business in the 1000 block of Prince Street for a fraud report. A clerk said a male purchased a popcorn ball with a roll of quarters worth $10 and she gave him […]

‘Really?’ is only thing left to say

Sometimes news pleases me, sometimes it makes me yell at the TV. Other times, I’ve just got to say … Really? • Take the new Chevy Volt, or more specifically, its so-called fans. Slated for a 2010 release, the Volt runs for 40 miles on a single charge, but runs up to 300 miles when […]

You can’t go home if you don’t think you’ve left

By Curtis K. Shelburne Someone has called Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son “the Gospel within the Gospels” as Jesus tells us the story of us all, and the story of God’s love. You know the story. A father has two sons. The younger son — immature, rebellious, and headstrong — impetuously demands his inheritance, […]

AYP results ready Friday

CNJ staff The state Public Education Department will release the 2008 Adequate Yearly Progress Reports on Friday, according to a department press release. The report is a No Child Left Behind yardstick used to measure student’s reading and math skills. Eight Clovis schools and two Portales schools did not meet academic proficiency last year.

Energy solutions best left in private hands

Freedom New Mexico As with so much concerning the hyped “crisis” of global warming, the recent

Memoirs tell of drama in Portales

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Memoirs left by Levi J. Whiteman, grandfather of the author’s wife Kathy McAlavy brought to life a drama that was produced in Portales in 1907 by Whiteman, then 20, and his friends. The historical melodrama was written in 1888 by John A. Fraser. The melodrama was called “A Noble Outcast” […]

Despite U.S. economy, much left to celebrate

Freedom New Mexico There are far worse things than spending Independence Day at home because your household budget is not independent of skyrocketing gasoline prices. AAA’s annual holiday travel survey, released earlier this week, showed a small — slightly more than 1 percent — decrease in the number of people who will travel 50 miles […]

Family experiences turbulent storm

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry This center-pivot sprinkler on land owned by W-Diamond Dairy east of Portales was partially flipped by strong winds or a tornado Wednesday. The storm was fast and furious say witnesses and damaged a sideroll sprinkler and some farm buildings. Freedom New Mexico staff A strong thunderstorm and wind damage left […]

Out of the depths, hope!

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I love the Psalms. They are so filled with the reality of life that we can all find ourselves in them as the reality of our own lives crowds in. Consider, for example, Psalm 130, a psalm for real people, flesh and blood humans, who haven’t got life all […]

Legal ads best left untouched by government

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across […]

Yearbook controversy brings out the opinions

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Clovis woman finds hobby in Paleontology

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Teresa Allsup cleans dirt from a phytosaur skull. The skull will be protected with plaster and dirt until it can be completely excavated and safely moved. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico North of Clovis, in the Tucumcari Basin, dinosaurs roamed a tropical swamp 225 million years ago. Teresa Allsup, […]

March 8 – Cowboy candles

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Kim Howard, left, of Texico peruses the many hand-made pens at Ken Petree’s table at Saturday’s Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at the Civic Center. Petree is a resident of Clovis and makes hand-made pens, candles and does leather work. He takes his 88 scents of candles, pens and leather work to over 25 shows […]

Tarleton State subdues Zias

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Sophomore center JoAnne Jones scored a career-high 19 points Thursday night, leading four Tarleton State players in double figures as the TexAnns pulled away late for a 79-64 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Juniors D’Anna Dingler (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Krystal Cole […]

Hounds struggle at home

CNJ staff PORTALES — Junior first baseman Trey Wingo slugged a three-run homer and senior right-hander Luis Estrella pitched a complete-game five-hitter as Southeastern Oklahoma beat Eastern New Mexico 7-2 in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. Wingo’s homer, his first of the season, came with one out […]