McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

Children’s sports all about energy

There are few things more joyful than the exuberance of little ones who are totally involved in a sport, especially if one of the children involved is your special grandchild — in this case, the female one. Sports activities for kids involve a sizable number of dedicated volunteers in the person of coaches, refs, and […]

Dogs’ adoption becomes joint effort

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Cannon Air Force Base Senior Airman Amber Coker plays with her dogs, Ivory, left, and Koda, in her new home in Portales. Both dogs were adopted by Coker and her boyfriend, Darrin, via the Internet while the two were deployed overseas. Alisa Boswell Two Cannon Air Force Base personnel members made […]

Church, state will never separate

Much is made of the separation of Church and state, but the truth is that while Church and state sometimes temporarily separate, on the insistence of those who get caught in the middle, they will never divorce. They were made for each another. Church is possibly a little older than her partner, but she hides […]

Press release: Tucumcari man sentenced to 12 years in prison for Melrose bank robbery

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Patrick Quintana, age 26, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to […]

One dead, one injured in one-vehicle accident

CNJ staff A Muleshoe man was killed and a Clovis man injured Tuesday afternoon in one-vehicle accident on U.S. 82 east of Dickens, Texas. A Department of Public Safety communications spokeswoman said the DPS received the call about 12:30 p.m. (CST). A 2003 Chevrolet two-ton utility truck driven by Tanner Bertram, 23, of Muleshoe struck […]

DA: Torres captured after six days of surveillance

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Noe Torres was arrested last Wednesday in Mexico, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Torres has been on the run since 2005, following the shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Robin Fornoff Noe Torres, one of Clovis’ and the nation’s most wanted fugitives since a 2005 shooting killed a sleeping 10-year-old boy, is in […]

Preparations in place for Floyd Jamboree

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File photo Floyd Lions Club Vice President Fred Patterson said the Floyd Jamboree will have plenty of many familiar faces again this year. Secretary Paul Benoit said they hope to have local celebrity Will Banister attending again. The Floyd Jamboree will go on this year despite no one showing for Sunday’s auditions, according to Floyd […]

Commentary: Band holds special meaning for couple

Courtesy photo The Caffreys with the Oak ridge Boys in 2004. A Cannon Air Force Base couple was able to reunite with one of their favorite music groups, and capture a photograph they had been chasing for seven years. Tech Sgt. Ed Caffrey and his wife Tyleen, had a backstage meeting with The Oak Ridge […]

Letters to the editor: Oak Ridge Boys put on good show

Oak Ridge Boys put on good show I would like to commend the Curry County Events Center staff for arranging for the Oak Ridge Boys to perform in Clovis. It was one of the best concerts I have been to. Will Banister opened the show. He is a young man with a lot of talent, […]

Zias fall short in OT

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico ENMU junior guard Hannah Altheide brings the ball up against Midwestern State freshman Shatoia Gober during the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s basketball game at Greyhound Arena. Dave Wagner One of these days, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team is going to quit knocking on […]

Weekly update — Jan. 15

Grievance filed against commissioner Fresh off one expensive dispute, it looks like there’s another squabble between a county employee and a Curry County commissioner. Finance Director Mark Lansford has filed a grievance against Commissioner Robert Sandoval, according to an email obtained by the CNJ through a state open records request. The disclosure is on the […]

Elida teen dies in one-vehicle rollover

Freedom New Mexico An Elida teenager died Friday afternoon from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle rollover in southern Roosevelt County earlier in the day, according to state police. Brittn’y Mowell, 17, was driving a 2003 Pontiac minivan east on South Roosevelt Road 24 about 11:30 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, according to […]

New pastor serving Word of God Lutheran Church

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed The Word of God congregation meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in The Chapel at 1500 Thornton Street. Pastor Rollinson will strive to help the congregation get its own building. Benna Sayyed The Word of God Lutheran Church in Clovis now has a new pastor. John T. Rollinson, 73, has […]

Bethlehem will always trump Times Square

Curtis Shelburne We all know what time does, right? Tempus fugit! I learned that phrase long ago in one of the most practically valuable classes I’ve ever taken, the Latin class at Amarillo’s Sam Houston Junior High. Mister Craddock would be proud. Tempus (time) fugit (flies)! As I write, we’re slipping into the wee hours […]

Taking on 2012 one step at a time

It’s not even a week past Christmas day and I’m already experiencing a post-Christmas letdown. Am I the only one that experiences this? Please, tell me no. There are things I love about all seasons of the year, but October through December are my favorite three months of the year, no doubt. There are so […]

Only need one resolution

I think I’ll just forego the whole New Year’s resolution thing this year. What’s the point? With the Mayan calendar running out in December I’ll never get the chance to enjoy the benefits and might spend all year trying to accomplish them only to be swept away in cataclysm. Granted, losing about 120 pounds and […]

Full steam ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed A wire company worker raises telecommunication cables to allow the locomotive a clear passage on West Grand Avenue. Benna Sayyed A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 was moved Thursday to its new home, one day ahead of a funding-based deadline. The 144,000-pound steam-engine relic had to be […]

Citizens panel should set Congress’ pay

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

Czech president remembered as hero of liberty

Autumn 1989 was one of the most exciting times in decades. The Berlin Wall, symbol of communist tyranny, was pulled down, bringing freedom to East Germany. Other Eastern European “satellite” states of the Soviet Union — Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary among them — also achieved their freedom. People who had been enslaved under communism for 40 […]