Old cemeteries historical treasures

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Yes, the lure of old cemeteries is no secret. In fact, one of eastern New Mexico’s biggest tourist attractions is the cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, resting place of Billy the Kid and another giant of New Mexico history, Lucien Maxwell. There are dozens of old cemeteries in the area, […]

School board meetings must be accessible

Freedom New Mexico Our newspaper is having a disagreement with Clovis Municipal Schools officials. The school board met in executive session Tuesday night to discuss replacing Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, who is retiring in June. We agree that New Mexico law allows the board to meet in secret for this purpose. Where we disagree — at […]

Season bringing out spirit of community

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The excitement among small people is building to a level that is almost unbearable, as the day of Christmas draws closer. In homes like ours, where Santa Claus is a reality, the attendant efforts to keep that major secret of the season reach new heights. How long has it been […]

Dec. 16, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At an unspecified time Dec. 3 an officer responded to a business in the 400 block of Pile Street for a fraud report.The officer was told a customer had deposited a check for nearly $4,000 and the check had been returned as […]

First Person: Putting on a show

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CNJ staff photo: Lili Castillo Jonathan Justus, 15, displays what he calls his ‘Smart’ face. Justus will be playing Maxwell Smart in the Clovis Area Home Educator’s production of “Get Smart.” Jonathan Justus, 15, of Clovis is portraying bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the Clovis Area Home Educator’s production of “Get Smart.” Being Smart: […]

Smirk be gone

Portales’ Wendel Sloan says he’s looking forward to watching the Super Bowl on Feb. 3: “Definitely, to see Tom Petty (halftime entertainment) and for the outside chance of seeing the secret smirk wiped off the Patriots’ faces.” • • • Want to participate in question-and-answer sessions with the editors? Email us We’ll provide the questions. […]

Experts: ‘Funny money’ easy to spot

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Detective Sonny Smith holds a fake bill up to the light to look for its watermark. Real bills have a ghostlike image of the center portrait that appears in the right-hand segment, he said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It appears normal on first inspection but gets […]

Secret passwords have lost luster

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

Court didn’t delve deep enough into surveillance issue

By Freedom Newspapers A divided three-judge federal appeals court panel sidestepped the major issues in the so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program, secretly instituted by the Bush administration shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We hope the Sixth Circuit decision does not close a case that should be troubling to all Americans who value civil liberties. Under […]

Congressional holds cowardly move

By Charles N. Davis: Guest columnist Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act. How, you ask, when overwhelming majorities support the legislation in both the House and Senate? […]

May 12, 1919

Clovis public schools held commencement ceremonies at the high school auditorium with 22 seniors receiving diplomas. … A government airplane visited Clovis and did some “special stunts,” according to The Clovis News. … The city was preparing for the Clovis Chautauqua, a festival that included musical entertainment and comedians. The St. Clair Sisters were among […]

Happiness requires hard work

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

CIA operatives perpetuate U.S.’ bad reputation

By Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a […]

Jan. 10, 1972

A woman at 305 W. Yucca reported someone stole two hubcaps from her vehicle. … Glenn Ash, a “hilariously funny one man riot,” was preparing to perform at the Holiday Inn’s Red Carpet Lounge. … Gary Campbell, a 1956 Clovis High graduate, was playing the assistant district attorney on the television drama “Secret Storm.” The […]

Data-mining of banks blow to liberties

Freedom Newspapers The banking data-mining program exposed by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times on Friday might be legal and it might even have been helpful as an emergency response, but it is more evidence that what was once the freest country in the world is turning into a government run rampant. Worse, […]

It’s almost fair time again

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist The time is coming, and will soon be upon us, to get ready for the Curry County Fair. For some of you, that means nurturing a special vegetable or flower for the gardening competition. For others, it means a needlepoint project. And yet others, it involves figuring out which vehicle […]

Santa’s Helpers – Area residents and organizations pitch together to help the needy

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by David Irvin, CNJ staff writer A small caravan set out east from Clovis Sunday night on a secret mission. Their first target was an unsuspecting family of five a little down on their luck. Along for the ride were local radio personalities, fire department personnel and even a small squad of elves. This was […]

The Christmas spirit comes from the heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist What about the Christmas spirit? Can one “catch” it? I can remember a particular Christmas when I was just a little girl living in Kansas City. I recall it for two reasons: Susie was very sick that Christmas and I asked for a Pink Lee Secret Message Writing Kit. I […]

In the future, fat police take no prisoners

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Notes from a historian of the future: Here at the Corporation for Better Health through Chemistry, we in the history department are researching the ill-fated Fat Revolt of 2004. Our investigation uncovered several first-person accounts, all written in brown gravy. To clearly define the opposing forces of that historic event […]

Women find fellowship by sharing their secrets

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Pastor David Dawson of Pure Heart Word Center and his wife, Evangelist Gerri Dawson, are hosting a women’s conference this weekend at Clovis Christian School. The Dawsons, who have seven children including their youngest, DeWayne Charles Dawson. By Darrell Todd Maurina Gerri Dawson has a secret, and she wants to share it this weekend with […]