The Bible is the world’s magnifying glass

Judy Brandon: Local columnist Any mother with children has experienced splinter days. When our children were small, any day could become a splinter day. They might have been in the back yard or on the swing set but suddenly they would come running into the house, complaining about a splinter in a hand. On one […]

As the axis of evil turns, war continues

Helena Rodriguez Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday marks the third anniversary of that horrid day […]

1959: Year of Clovis High walkout

By Don McAlavy Mykell Jackman Brewer, a Clovis High School graduate who now lives in Virginia, wrote recently to report the CHS class of 1959 will hold its 45th reunion at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Albuquerque, Sept. 17-19. She was looking for any good stories that I might know from that era. I never […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Man took illness, life in stride

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Richard Rubio coached his daughters’ softball teams, brought his daughter lunch everyday when she was in elementary school and was generally known as a giving and involved father. Suffice it to say he believed in the importance of family. “He was honorable, humorous and trustworthy,” said daughter Sonya Rubio, who […]

This has been a year rife with epiphanies

Grant McGee: Guest columnist You know how you feel when you suddenly have an answer about some of the mysteries of life? You might feel like a light bulb has blinked on in your head. I’ve had a whole year like that. For instance: families. When I see families who function the way we as […]

Pesticides kill bugs, save many lives in Africa

Freedom Newspapers Most political movements and public policies have their good points and bad, so it’s imperative that Americans try to subject everything to hard-headed analysis. Unfortunately, the environmental movement still basks in the glow of unquestioned praise, so some of the ills that have occurred as the result of environmentalist policies go unchecked. Perhaps […]

Music can be enjoyed a lifetime

By David L. Caffey Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns celebrating Music in Our Schools week. What do people around the world have in common regardless of age, size, shape, or color? We crave music. We may like different kinds of music, but most of us seem to need it […]

Marine shares faith through adversity

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Vietnam veteran Rafael Aragon receives a signed copy Thursday of a book by retired Marine Clebe McClary outlining his combat injuries. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Some people know pain and suffering. As a Marine who lost an eye and arm while leading his men […]

The only assurance we have in life is Jesus

By Judy Brandon The Salt River Canyon highway in Arizona is about 10 miles of winding road meandering between steep mountains on one side and deep rugged canyons below. Once a traveler gets to the bottom where the river runs, it is time to start back up the other side. The narrow highway with its […]

Growing government must be stopped

By Tibor Machan Jim Pinkerton, who worked in the Reagan White House, now writes columns. One of his recent missives tells us that American conservatism is in almost total shambles. It lacks coherence, he says, and is pretty much unrecognizable as offering some sort of alternative to what the liberal Democrats propose, namely a rich, […]

How truly blessed are you?

Clyde Davis What are the aspects of your life which cause you to feel gratitude? When you take something for granted, how do you get past that feeling and remember how truly blessed you are? Is there more to this approaching holiday than stuffed turkey, pumpkin pie and football? Many people in diverse cultures have […]

Mother’s legacy will effect eternity

By Judy Brandon The year was about 1910. The occasion was the annual “Decoration Day” at the century old Salem Methodist Church in a little town in Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event. On this unusual day their singing seemed to ring upward through the wood rafters and beyond. The table on […]

Spirit, fortitude overcome ‘giants’

Judy Brandon With each new semester, my students arrive with hopes and dreams for the future. They bring with them goals, plans and thoughts of anticipation about college and what is to many, a new beginning. Their dreams are heartfelt, distinct and meaningful. Most of them are determined to succeed against all odds. But alongside […]

Readers share favorite teacher memories

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about a favorite school teacher. Some responses: “I can’t pick a favorite. Is it my sixth-grade teacher […]

2nd anniversary of Sept. 11 must not be forgotten

Can it be almost two years since unbelievable images of death and destruction in America dominated the world’s television screens? Yes, on Sept. 11, 2003, it will have been 24 months since terrorists used airliners to strike the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed […]

Why isn’t anything done about Africa?

By Walter Williams Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people. Let’s look at it. According to a July 30 Wall […]

Crowning Achievement

By Janet Bresenham Faith, family and a passion for what she loves to do have been the driving forces in Wilma Fulgham’s life. For more than five decades now, Fulgham has continued to invest her time and boundless energy into helping young women and girls participate in competitions and pageants related to horsemanship and rodeo, […]

Area Events of Note

Don McAlavy Events that helped the area… –1901-1907 – The Santa Fe Railway building the 250-mile Belen cut-off from Texico to Belen and founded Clovis. The railroad made possible the great influx of homesteaders from 1903-1912. –1907-present: Clovis created a 5,000-square-mile trade area that became a major factor in our growth. –1909 – The creation […]