a view from under the pew: thumper sees the light

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist boss i don t know if people folks like you ever have any problems like this but we have a noisy loud —mouthed preacher toad down here in the church pew underworld he rants and he raves he prances and he parades he yells at trembling little ants and fleas […]

Time again for fearless predictions

By Kevin Wilson: FNM Columnist I start this year, like I do every other, with an edition of “Kevin Wilson’s Fearless Predictions.” I make these predictions with the utmost confidence, because I know people way smarter than me have screwed up predictions far worse than I have. It was Bill Gates who once said a […]

Education Feature: Students raise $500 for charity

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Courtesy photo Ranchvale Elementary School fourth graders donated more than $500 to help buy presents for children cared for by TeamBuilders Counseling Services. The students collected the money in jars placed throughout the school. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To Steve Reynolds, Ranchvale Elementary is the little school that could. In 30 days, the […]

GOP shamed by false border converts

By Michelle Malkin Every Democrat running for president thinks anti-illegal immigration activists are all racists and xenophobes. Do we really need a Republican nominee for president who thinks the same way? Breakout GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, the soft-on-border control former governor of Arkansas, scored a jaw-dropping endorsement Tuesday from Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman […]

Why are some folks afraid of joy?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It has taken me a long time to figure this out because it is so hard to believe, and I really didn’t want to come to this conclusion. But I’m afraid it is true: Some folks are scared of joy. I guess we all know that some folks, for […]

Nov. 18 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Get Your People to Work Like They Mean It: Manage, Motivate, and Get Results from Every Employee by Jean Blacklock reveals four key responsibilities that every manager must assume in order to assemble a high-performance team that will more than achieve your goals. Murder She […]

Hot mustard sauce, the universe, and God’s love

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  This column is not about hot mustard sauce; it just starts with it—the stuff you find in most Chinese restaurants. I think it’s mislabeled. I know a little something about food and a little something about words, and I don’t think “hot” is the right word.  Jalapeño peppers are […]

Education Feature: Schools stress parents’ input

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools officials said there are a few things to remember when the first report cards of the year are issued next Thursday. They said parents should understand the importance of being involved in their child’s education and know there are programs available to help struggling students. “Let […]

Bull riders to make stop in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in […]

First Person: Director ‘adopts’ elderly

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Vicki Miller By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Vicki Miller was recently appointed director of Clovis’ Department of Older Adults. She worked in the Clovis-Carver Public Library before she was approached to become interim director in June and assumed full responsibilities last week. Miller’s department is based out of the […]

South wins again in 1A-2A volleyball

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Two words can accurately describe the South’s performance in the Class 1A-2A All-Star Series: utter domination. Although the South only breezed through one game, it won for the 21st time in the 24 years of the series on Tuesday as Tularosa’s Sabrina Herrera put away 16 kills and […]

Letters to the Editor: Non-English speakers still contribute

In answer to comments made by Glenda Bly (“Richardson’s Spanish debate angers American voter”) in last Sunday’s CNJ, I would like to tell a story about my grandparents. Guadalupe and Ignacita Martinez (both American citizens), were born and raised here in New Mexico. My grandmother was deaf and my grandfather was seriously hearing impaired, but […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Ready or not, smoking ban in effect

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Ashtrays were no longer on tables at Webb’s Watering Hole Thursday in preparation for a law that goes into effect today. State legislators voted in February to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and workplaces. “We’ve put sand buckets outside, if people do want to smoke,” said Webb’s Watering […]

Reid, Aggies sitting sixth in WAC tourney

CNJ staff RENO, Nev. — Clovis High grad Travis Reid has shot even-par 72 each of the first two days in the Western Athletic Golf tournament, helping the Aggies to sixth place with today’s final round remaining. Teammate Kevin Lozares has also shot 72 on each of the first two days, leaving the Aggies pair […]

Ligion prepares to rock Prince Lounge

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ and Portales’ legion of hard rock fans have plenty to get excited about Saturday as the rock band Ligion appears at the Prince Lounge in Clovis. “Melodic hard modern rock is the way I would characterize these guys,” KICA-FM corporate program director and afternoon drive personality Jack Shaw said […]

Military feature: Airman tackles marathon

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Staff Sgt. Lucas Newman says he didn’t like running until he was deployed to Iraq. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Lucas Newman never really liked running until his first sergeant talked him into a 5-kilometer race two years ago during a deployment to Iraq. The Cannon Air Force Base […]