Couldn’t stay quiet for too long

Hello again. It’s me, back after a two-year hiatus. What can I say except I miss the fun we had together, your often kind and humorous responses to the columns, your cute little way of calling me a weak-kneed liberal puke. Two suggestions if these every other week musings irritate you. Complain to your editor. […]

School lunch breaks unpleasant

Recently I visited a Clovis elementary school to have lunch with my grandchildren. I expected to find a cafeteria filled with happy students enjoying their lunch break but was shocked to discover just the opposite. Instead of relaxing and quietly chatting with friends, they ate in an environment of controlled silence and harassment. Evidently the […]

Sept. 28, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Most Ancient Bone by John Erickson was given by Frank and Geraldine Phillips in memory of Mildred Norris. Read by the author, this audio book has Hank on an archaeological dig where he must save an ancient buffalo […]

Winter makes commendable appearance

By Grant McGee: Local columnist So how about this winter weather? There was that big ice storm two weeks ago and The Big Snow last weekend. Did you go out, plop your butt down in the deep white stuff and make a snow angel? Did you roll up huge snowballs and make a giant snowman? […]

Sound of silence won’t be heard

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Farwell City Councilors are opposed to creating a quiet zone at railroad crossings in fear the city would be liable for collisions at the crossing. Councilors voted 4-0 this week against the zone, according to Wayne Gruben, a Farwell city councilor and a chief deputy at the Parmer County […]

Priorities not crossing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A train situation in two towns that straddle Texas and New Mexico is at a standstill, in more ways than one. Texas has set aside funding for an overpass that would save border residents from daily traffic delays caused by trains, but New Mexico hasn’t. The Texas Department of […]

Train noise troubles residents

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The blaring sound of honking trains rips Donald Gunter from his sleep three to four times a night. “It just drives you up the wall,” said Gunter, a Farwell resident who lives about five blocks from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks. Gunter has had enough. He is one […]

Interesting week in Mbale, Uganda

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown.”    That’s how storyteller Garrison Keillor begins his weekly “News from Lake Wobegon” tales. I thought about beginning this column similarly: “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Mbale, Uganda, where two of my sons serve as missionaries.” I’m just not […]

Amos 5-13

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos misses a quiet time boss i had a lot to do today but when i woke up this morning life looked upside-down and blurry and not even your stale coffee […]

Former Air Force sergeant reminisces about Clovis AFB

By Darrell Todd Maurina Coming to Clovis in 1954 was a major change for New York City native Peter Hendricks. But even five decades later, Hendricks said he enjoyed his time at what was then known as Clovis Air Force Base — quiet was precisely what he wanted after having served during the Korean War. […]