Preparing the troops: A comparative look at eastern New Mexico, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The similarity of the Melose Bombing Range’s terrain to that of Afghanistan and Iraq was mentioned as one reason the 16th Special Ops Wing was assigned to Cannon. Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer When the congressional delegation announced last week Air Force Special Operations Command had selected Cannon Air Force Base as the home for […]

Answer when Ruidoso calls

Clyde Davis Personally, I’ve never needed a good reason to go to Ruidoso — a western Pennsylvania boy gets homesick for land that isn’t flat, anyway. However, in this column, with summer stretching out before us, I’m going to give you several good reasons. One reason, of course, is the relative cost. You can do […]

When we clean the environment, parks will benefit

Freedom Newspapers Wouldn’t it be great if we could place our national parks in hermetically sealed bubbles, keeping them separate and apart from the less-pristine world, like snow globes on a mantle? That isn’t possible, of course, given the dynamic and interconnected quality of the natural world — so let’s stop pretending it is when […]

Two thumbs down: Gay cowboy movie gets poor reception

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“Brokeback Mountain,” a story about two cowboys who fall in love, had a poor showing in Clovis despite good reviews and Academy Awards nominations. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There are many in this town of roughly 35,000 who have built a life around agriculture. It is an industry that […]

Gay cowboy love story may be most frightning movie ever

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I went to see “Brokeback Mountain” last week, mainly to prove to myself that I could. This was after reading a New York Times piece by Larry David of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame in which he wrote that, though he loves gay people and supports both gay […]

Childhood hill teaches lesson of constant change

More than 25 Christmas seasons ago, my children Annie and John Scott asked for new bicycles for Christmas. At that time, we lived in a newly developed area. Behind our house was a giant dirt pile where the contractors had leveled off the lots to build new homes. Our children were little and the attraction […]

Incarnations of my lifetime travel with me

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist My family is now five weeks away from our Austin trip and the Ride for the Roses. Much of the time, Janice and I ride together. Since I am planning a longer ride than she is, there are times when I train by myself. However, this does not mean that I […]

Uncle Claude has no luck

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist I had an uncle, a farmer hounded by failure. When I was a kid in high top shoes and bib overalls, he tried to buy a one-way ticket to that Great Cornfield in the Sky and, true to form, failed. It was Great Depression time and Uncle Claude’s luck was […]

Watson, Ray

Ray Watson Services: Have been held. Ray Watson, 81, of Clovis, died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 8, 1923, in Mountain Park, Okla., to Phil and Willie Watson. He married Bernice Banks on July 14, 1946, in Snyder, Okla. He was a World War […]

5/19 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Show Off — 6 p.m. Tuesday, The Restaurant at Fox Run. Cross-stitch, knitting, quilting, sewing, painting, pottery, jewelry displays. Dinner – $10/plate. Information: 762-0295. Hoopla 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament — May 27, 28 and 29 at Hillcrest Park. Information: 763-6188. Pioneer Days — May 30 – June 4. Information: 763-3435. Merle Haggard’s […]

Amos 4/22

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. gimme that mountain boss when pastor leroy beetle preached on overcoming your mountains and obstacles for god i was ready to go i tell ya boss i was ready i was geared […]

CCC presents motivational workshop for women

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Barbara Stoker applies mountain climbing analogies to share her personal experiences with women across the nation. A former executive for several major companies including Walt Disney, Stoker is the keynote speaker at a day-long women’s workshop Friday at Clovis Community College. Stoker was in her late 30s when he […]

Reporter’s notebook: Elk Foundation holds annual banquet

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 11th annual banquet on Saturday is the group’s primary fund-raiser of the year, according to member Allan Myers. “We typically have an attendance of over 400 people at our annual event,” he said. “People from all over the country attend our banquet. ” But due to high security at Cannon […]

Mountains may crumble, but God’s love remains

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist More than twenty five Christmas seasons ago my children, Annie and John Scott, asked for new bicycles for Christmas. At that time, we lived on the other side of town in a newly developed area. Behind our house was a giant dirt pile where the contractors had leveled off the lots […]

National parks: Our treasures

Clyde Davis When I was a kid, I loved to read stories about animals of all kinds. Fiction, truth, you name it, I loved to read stories in which the heroes had fur, fins, or feathers. I remember quite clearly that each time a bear was the focus of the story, the words used to describe […]

Goat eating a long lasting experience

By Grant McGee: Columnist On a recent trip to Roswell, I got to thinking about eating goat. There were frozen cuts of goat in the freezer of a grocery store there. Before I came to the Great American Southwest I only thought of goats as critters for milk, feta cheese and tree trimming, who butted […]

Genuine Worship Is Not a Matter of Externals

By Curtis K. Shelburne Most of us know that our lives are not made up of continuous “mountain top” spiritual experiences. We have valleys, plateaus, and lots of days when we are called simply to hike onward and just put one foot in front of the other, when the order of the day is simply […]

Be good, Old Man Clonch is watching

Bob Huber (Christmas carols playing.) Ah the holidays, that time of year for fireplaces and hot spiced cider, the sounds of crinkling wrapping paper and children squealing, and, of course — THE CURSE OF OLD MAN CLONCH! (Carols segue to ominous music.) When I was a kid, it was tough being bad during the holidays, […]

gimme that mountain

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss when pastor leroy beetle preached on overcoming your mountains and obstacles for god i was ready to go i tell ya boss i was ready i was geared up i was pumped gimme that […]