Speller hopes to bee lucky

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck is studying words like “enlivened,” “spectacular” and “flabbergasted” for this week’s Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. But she’s sticking to the simple words to describe her excitement. “Every time it (hits me), it’s like, ‘Wow,’ because a year and three months ago, it was a […]

‘Atlas Shrugged’ message has yet

By Freedom Newspapers Love it or hate it, “Atlas Shrugged” still inspires passion a half-century after it was first published. It’s not just that the book was well read, but that it has been so influential in the intellectual development of so many people. Ayn Rand challenged the smelly orthodoxy of her time, the one […]

Saying of day outlives moment in spotlight

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Soon the Marshall Junior High School and the other junior highs will be different. Ninth-graders from all over town will move to another location. No matter how much it changes, my memories of Marshall will still be vivid in my mind. Back then Johnnie’s store was right on the premises, […]

Collector knows when to clean house

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “You don’t like my collections for some reason,” I said. “You make little snippy comments about them every now and then.” “I don’t like collections that gather dust,” said The Lady of the House. “I don’t mind your music collection; you play all those LPs and cassettes. But that book […]

Appreciate those who serve

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist James V. Spignesi Jr. was a Connecticut fish and game law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. As he and his partner were patrolling, investigating suspected deer poaching, a deliberate shot from a rifle ended the life of this father, son and husband. Spignesi stands as a symbol […]

Bible still one of top modern marvels

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I heard about a child who is having some neurological difficulty. Because of the child’s condition and the family’s lack of answers from other doctors, the parents took their 8-year-old to a huge facility in a metropolitan area, where the latest of medical diagnostic equipment is readily available. This facility […]

A grand history continues for some grand hymns

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t suppose it’s particularly surprising most of us have spent more time choosing toothpaste brands than choosing the hymns we’d like sung at our funeral. We’d rather think about toothpaste.   I don’t know who picked the hymns for President Gerald R. Ford’s funeral at the National Cathedral in […]

Bloopers create perplexing journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Reading volunteers dwindle

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Cynthia Tubbs of Clovis volunteersfor a student-reading program at James Bickley Elementary called HOSTS. Tubbs said she loves working with children. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When the morning session is done, little Sapphire Romero — clumps of hair astray from her pony tail — hugs her mentor. “Thank […]

Treatment of homeless is sign of times

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist Are we separating ourselves from the social reality of our country? Are we ignoring the facts that we are a nation with an aging population and that some cannot make a decent living? I was shocked last week to read that the city of Las Vegas, Nev., has passed an […]

Base agencies can help you read a contract’s fine print

Master Sgt. Lester Luker Everyone has heard the phrase about needing to “read the fine print” before signing a contract. But what exactly is the “fine print”? The American Heritage Dictionary defines “fine print” as the portion of a document, especially a contract, that contains qualifications or restrictions in small type or obscure language. It […]

4/23 Organizations

Altrusa Club Members of Altrusa of Clovis met April 10 for their regular program at Muffley’s Back Door. Hostesses for the evening were Patti Dobson, Margaret Blazek and Glenda Hileman. They provided a delicious meal before the program. Laurie Montgomery was welcomed as a new member. She has been attending meetings and has already participated […]

3-12 Organizations

Beta Phi Beta Phi chapter of ESA held their meeting with hostess President Carman Richard. She recited the Opening Ritual. Chaplain Patsy Lorenz read, “God Bless our Native Land” by Abe Lincoln. Secretary Mary Ann Vinson called the roll and read the minutes from the previous meeting. Correspondence was received regarding ESA NM State Council […]

God’s gift of writing came through painful times

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I talked to a young mother the other day with sick children, and it reminded me of those days when our three were small. Specifically I think back to 1977, a few months after Buffy was born. It was the time that Annie and John Scott had chicken pox, and […]

War doesn’t make limiting freedom OK

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “The enemies of freedom will be defeated.” — President George W. Bush, 2005 “We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Pogo, 1971 The following happened in the United States of America on Feb. 9 of this year. The scene is the Little Falls branch of the Montgomery […]

Donald Ray Read

Donald Ray Read, 66, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at his farm outside Portales. He was born April 21, 1939, in Levelland, Texas, to Lura and Homer D. Read. He began his career with El Paso Natural Gas Company in the welding shop in Jal. Upon graduation from the College of the Southwest […]

Valentine traditions fading

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Speaking of February, I’m reminded of that old Valentine that says, “Never fall in love with a girl from behind,” which doesn’t say much for clever love messages or the absolute truth that a girl in hand is worth two in the bush. But it does say something about how […]

Former editor talks about New Mexico boyhood

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian After five years of writing a column for the Curry County Times, I got a call from the editor of this newspaper: W. W. “Bill” Southard. This was right after Jan. 1, 1982. He told me I could get more readers if I moved over to the Clovis News Journal. […]

Read, Robert

Robert Read, 76, of Bovina, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, in Bovina. He was a lifetime resident of Bovina. He served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Bovina Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Pat Read of Bovina; daughters, Cindy […]

New shades of pain unpleasant discovery

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Pain comes in many colors: • the bright blinding white of smashing your thumb with a hammer; • the somber black blanket of depression. • and a new one I’ve got from my current woes — it’s sort of a darkish purple, not unlike a fetid bruise or […]