High school dancing rite of manhood

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When I started high school, no one warned me that students danced cheek to cheek every day during lunch hour in the gymnasium. Had I known, I would have stayed in the eighth grade until Mr. Roosevelt drafted me or Social Security kicked in, whichever came first. What happened was, […]

Airmen thanked for making a difference

General T. Michael Moseley T. Michael Moseley General, USAF Chief of Staff AF Chief of Staff remembers OIF anniversary, sacrifices March 19 marked the 3rd anniversary of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the removal of an oppressive, dangerous regime. This was the culmination of a joint and coalition intense effort on land, sea, and air. I […]

2/7 Business digest

Portales hosting agricultural expo Portales will host the 14th Annual New Mexico Agricultural Expo on Feb. 21-22. According to an expo press release, the event will feature more than 400 vendors in 160 booths with products, technological advancements and services. The expo is sponsored by Plateau Wireless and Hamilton Automotive Group. The event is free […]

President’s call for permanent tax cuts encouraging

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening was workmanlike and one of the better spoken of his time in office. There was nothing sharply new, such as last year’s call for a complete overhaul of Social Security. It mainly moved his agenda toward the November election. It was encouraging to hear […]

Bush’s speech should give explanations

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening could prove to be one of his most memorable. America remains stuck in an Iraq war that has not gone according to plan or expectations. The administration is embroiled in questions of the legality of the president’s wiretapping approvals without court authority. The federal […]

Best part of skiing: cappuccino afterward

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist We’ve all had our little jokes about how risk-averse Americans are. I’ve joined in myself, ridiculing labels on paint cans that warn “Do not ingest” and labels on beach balls cautioning “Not intended as a flotation device.” But I’ve just been snow skiing for the first time and can now […]

10-30 Club Notes, Engagments, and Births

Club Notes Delta Kappa Gamma Delta Kappa Gamma met Monday in the Ingram room of Clovis Carver Library. Cheryl Hinrichs, president, opened the meeting with the collect. Hostesses served refreshments as members Jodie Boyd, Peggy Ingram, Mary Lee Rogers and Linda Riley arrived. District Attorney Matt Chandler presented a very informative program on drug use […]

Making statement not advocating action

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Bill Bennett, former secretary of education and drug czar, now host of the “Morning in America” talk radio show, caused quite a stir and hand-wringing in his response to a caller. The caller hypothesized that had there not been so many abortions in America, Social Security wouldn’t be facing its […]

Blame game only brings shame to players

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I spent the early part of my adult life playing the blame game. You know how that works. To quote my 3-year-old niece, Marissa, “It’s not my fault!” Now that I’ve entered the 30-something years, tilting closer toward the big 40 in which I’ve been there and done that, and […]

Experience on Pojoaque’s side

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Experience will be on the side on Pojoaque in today’s Class 3A boys semifinal against Portales. The Elks are making their fourth trip to the state semifinals in five years while Portales is making its first state appearance since winning it all in 2001. Pojoaque (20-7) knocked out […]

Najera, Maria

Maria Najera Services Have been held. Maria De La Luz Torres-Najera, 52, of Hobbs, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, in Lubbock.   She was born on Dec. 31, 1952 in Durango, Mexico, to Domingo and Martina Torres. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hobbs. Family members said […]

Movie wraps and Clovis not forgotten

By Cotty Chubb: “Believe in Me” producer At 12:17 a.m. on Thursday, First Assistant Director David Cluck called, “That’s a wrap!” for the last time on “Believe In Me.” Six weeks before, in Ned Houk Park just north of Clovis, we took our first shot of the picture as lead actor Jeff Donovan climbed into […]

Tamales hard to keep around, fun to make

Helena Rodriguez Trivia: What’s the most popular gift unwrapped during the holidays in New Mexico? Answer: Tamales. Don’t you just love tamales? Who doesn’t? There’s even a popular children’s book by Gary Soto called “Too Many Tamales.” But as my daughter, Laura, and I found out last week, you can never have too many tamales. […]

It’s a shame that ‘Catfish’ got away

Just off Thornton Street the other day I saw two boys, probably about 8 years old, sitting on an iron railing chattering and laughing . It got me to thinking about my old friend “Catfish.” Those two Clovis boys reminded me of a summer long ago and far away when things were simpler (key word […]

Conservative radical offers platform for office

By Thomas Sowell From time to time some kind readers suggest I run for public office, even for president. No need for those on the left to panic. It is not going to happen. Such suggestions, however, cause me to imagine what my platform would be if I were in politics. Since politicians like to […]

On the cutting edge: Clovis artisan finds his handmade knives have carved for themselves a widespread popularity

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Sparks fly as Don Hethcoat grinds an edge on a billet before folding it over and forging it at his shop Tuesday. Hethcoat will fold over the metal in some cases up to eight times. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Michelle Seeber Don Hethcoat, 60, of Clovis makes knife blades out of a type […]

Limiting outsourcing will have penalties

Thomas Sowell Every political campaign seems to have some buzzword, and this year’s buzzword is “outsourcing.” Since the economic recovery has not yet reached the stage when new jobs are being created to the extent expected and hoped, the idea that American jobs are being sent overseas has political mileage, whether or not it has […]

Tyson bankrupt in more than finances

By Leonard Pitts Jr. So, how much do you need? Would a million do it for you? Could you get by on 10? A hundred? How about $400 million in cash? It is, of course, the all-American daydream. We’ve all had it, all stood in the shower or driven down the highway mentally spending some […]

Letters to the Editor 8/3

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters should be less than 300 words and must be signed. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses […]