Keep students’ success in mind

By Sandi Fullerton: CNJ guest columnist In regard to the recent controversy and negative publicity concerning Clovis High School, please consider the following facts: 1. 2008 senior class — received $3.1 million in scholarships. 2. ROTC unit received the Distinguished Unit Award from Air Force headquarters for performing more than 3,500 hours of community service. […]

Rodeoers have long careers in mind

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Jared Smith of Ranger, Texas, holds on tight Friday night in the bareback bronc riding competition on top of Hello Dolly at the 38th Annual Clovis Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Illusions of invincibility are part […]

Howdy Doody would do us all good

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist As I sat the other night and watched the lineup of shows on television, my mind went back to “The Howdy Doody Show.” As a kid, I was a big fan Howdy Doody fan. Buffalo Bob began every show with a question: “Kids, what time is it?” And the children […]

Chief speaks his mind

In case you missed it, here’s what retiring Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair had to say about local crime in Sunday’s paper.

Accident alters horse trainer’s approach

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Michael Richardson, right, answers questions asked by Janice Prescott of Portales following his“Enlightened Horsemanship” seminar Tuesday at the N.M. Ag Expo. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Michael Richardson has been at ease working with horses from a young age, but a life-changing event reshaped his approach to […]

Music can help in healing

By Teddy Draper: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Music is important in my life because it makes me feel better in different ways. One way music makes me feel better is […]

Size doesn’t always matter

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about breast implants – specifically, my desire to have a larger bosom. I seriously considered the option of breast enhancement and went as far as making appointments with two highly recommended plastic surgeons. Before even speaking with them, I made up my […]

July 29, 1918

Phillip D. Cooley of Clovis was awarded a marksman medal and diploma offered by the Winchester Junior Rifle Corp. for his score of 219. … The Clovis Journal reported that George L. Pontz was driving a Buick, which he bought from the Clovis Buick Company. … The Model Grocery advertised its specials with housewives in […]

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 […]

Letters to the Editor: Those who serve deserve our thanks

A couple of days before Veterans Day this year, I received an e-mail from a fellow Vietnam veteran. The e-mail contained a music video titled, “A Pittance of Time.” This song was written by Terry Kelly from Nova Scotia. The song’s words and music intrigued me deeply so I looked up the history of the […]

Regardless of floods, N.M. is green state

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We have a state of emergency. Flooding in Hatch has damaged a good part of that town’s claim to fame. While our beloved green chile did all right elsewhere, Hatch is the Chile Capital of the World. Our official New Mexico state question is : “Red or green?” which refers, […]

Playing hooky takes care, planning

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist When it comes to playing hooky from work or school, the names of pros come to mind: Laverne & Shirley and Farris Bueller. Granted these are fictional characters who went through more trouble than it was worth to treat themselves to a day off. I think we can all get […]

Sleep well, death-penalty proponents

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So he’s guilty as charged. Never mind the timeline that some thought made it almost impossible for him to have committed the crime. Never mind the book casting doubt on his culpability. Never mind his death chair declaration: “An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight.” Never mind any […]

Holiday scams can hurt good intentions

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist The fun-filled holiday season begins this week unless you’re a Scrooge who would rather dump a jar of molasses in the Salvation Army kettle outside Wal-Mart. You probably developed that attitude because you didn’t get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas when you were a kid or a Shirley Temple […]

‘Mind trick’ not taught in journalism class

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist We once were a frivolous bunch, the five guys who get together for our annual stag trip. As frisky pups we would pass the evening discussing life’s important topics: golf, gambling, Melanie Griffith. Years pass, men mature, interests change: gambling, golf, Sandra Bullock. The seasoned, wiser gentlemen who gathered for […]

Court’s ‘persuadable mind’ will be missed

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So now we say goodbye to Sandra Day O’Connor. In the process, we say goodbye to the one justice on the Supreme Court who did not belong body and soul to either the liberal or conservative wings, who could not be considered in the pocket of either political extreme. In […]

Complacency a dangerous precedent

By Tibor Machan I recently went to San Francisco for a conference, parked in a “public parking” place on a busy corner, and my car was broken into and a bunch of stuff stolen. And I am partly to blame. Yes, I wasn’t thinking clearly. Living as I do in a neighborhood where homes and […]

Reporter’s notebook: Family effort helps food bank

CNJ staff Daron Roach is a trucker. His mother, Aileen Eastwood, is secretary of the Clovis Evening Lion’s Club. Together they were able to get 11,000 pounds of canned vegetables from Arkansas to Clovis. One day, when making a drop at a food company in Arkansas, Roach saw a pallet of shiny silver cans on […]

Religion Calendar 6/4

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. For information, call 763-3141 or 762-6639. First COGIC Youth Crusade — 7 p.m. meeting with the theme of “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” conducted by Evangelists Andre Singletary and Yvette […]

Music formulates the mind

By Bonnie Brown: Guest Columnist Editors Note: This is the second in a series of columns celebrating Music in Our Schools Week. I love music because it lifts me up when I am down and gives me an attitude of praise, no matter where I am or what I am doing. Contemporary Gospels are my […]