Peace on Earth sparks controversy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As a resident of a community with a strong military presence, I’ve often heard, “Freedom isn’t free.” It’s a notion that we sometimes have to sacrifice for our way of life, and it makes sense. As a reader of current events, I’m coming to fear something else. Apparently in […]

Church celebrates 75 years

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Garth Hyde has been interim pastor at Broadview Nazarene Church for the past year and is preparing for the church’s 75th anniversary celebration on Sunday. He will deliver a special message at 11 a.m. CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer In a cozy office tucked inside a small Broadview church, Garth […]

Surviving in a world of silence

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Jerrdan Jones, 17, of Portales, watches his mother, Darynda Jones, use sign language as she talks. Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Only the loudest sounds penetrate Jerrdan Jones’ world — the rumble of a lawn mower, the rush of a subway train, the buzz of a chain saw and, occasionally, […]

Hawaii lawyer getaway sign of litigious times

Freedom Newspapers A wire story out of Hawaii last week had all the makings of a good lawyer joke come to life. “The nation’s lawyers are coming to Hawaii,” reported The Associated Press, for an annual meeting of the American Bar Association, “and some of them apparently have no fear of sharks — unless they’re […]

Candidates concerned by missing campaign signs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Missing election signs have at least one local candidate hot under the collar. County probate judge hopeful Gloria Wicker is upset that a 4-foot-by-4-foot sign turned up missing Monday. The sign, located at the intersection of Main and Mitchell streets, cost $50 and took tremendous effort to place, she […]

Hounds looking for speed

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said he expects this year’s recruiting class to be a good one. “It’s (been) a really terrific year for us,” Ribaudo said Tuesday. “If (today) goes like we expect, it will be one of the best classes we’ve had, and there will be […]

Self-sufficiency not sufficient to get through eternity

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist My great uncle Harris lived all his adult life alone and he existed only on the bare necessities. It was not that he could not afford a comfortable lifestyle. Harris just didn’t believe in spending any money. When he died, he left an array of worthless possessions that cluttered his […]

Scout’s honor: City airport benefits from Eagle project

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For his Eagle Scout project, Jay Burns, 16, helped replace the Clovis Municipal Airport sign. Burns said his main role in the project was working with architects, local business owners and contractors. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Looking for a sign? Clovis Municipal Airport needed a new one. Eagle Scout […]

Sayings pithy guidelines to living life

Grant McGee: Local Columnist You’ve seen those sayings on church signs and billboards, haven’t you? Those little bits of wisdom that make you release the steering wheel to reach for a pen and a scrap of paper to write them down, much to the concern of your fellow motorists? I got to thinking about this […]

Cesar Chavez Drive dedicated

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Bella Vista sixth-grade teacher Ann Corsey, left, hugs her former student and current Gattis Junior High seventh-grader Tanya Romero after the dedication of the new Cesar Chavez street sign. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers It is the lesson of a lifetime: Si, se puede — yes, we can. Believing this turned […]

Relay for Life sign-ups still open

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer There’s still time to sign up for this year’s Relay for Life. The annual event raises money to help the American Cancer Society with cancer research, prevention, education and patient services. The event, which will be held May 2-3 at Ned Houk Park, “honors cancer survivors and reminds our […]

Horoscopes for your children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Don’t fret over those expensive items you bought for your kid as he entered school this fall. You should instead smack your forehead and cry, “I shudda bought a Student Horoscope!” Allow me to explain. The 2005 Old Newsman’s Horoscope is hot off the presses, and it’s just what your kid […]

Woman who died in Tuesday vehicle collision was pregnant

CNJ staff The woman who died in Tuesday’s crash on South Prince Street was pregnant, officials said. Guadalupe Esquibel, 27, of Clovis, and her unborn son perished in the crash that involved a 1993 Pontiac and semi-tractor trailer. Three passengers remained in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday night; one was treated and released from the […]

Clovis shows panel members ‘human side’

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Gabriel Bryant of Clovis shows his support for Cannon Air Force Base as a delegation of New Mexico politicians talk to people outside Marshall Junior High School after the BRAC regional hearing. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer They lined up 5,000 American flags, shoe-polished windows with “We love Cannon,” created […]

Amos 6-10

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. a trek across texas boss do you ever get so wrapped up in the busy-ness and routine of life that you lose the wonder of it all that s the way […]

Political sign thieves more active in this election

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Priscilla Hogg sticks a Bush/Cheney sign into her yard Tuesday in Clovis. Hogg’s first sign was stolen in the last week. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor When Curry County Democratic Party co-chairman Gary Swinford helped Democrats campaign in the past, the vandals he was up against were manageable. Sure, they […]

Candidates must heed religious principles

Letters to the Editor City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said the church should leave it up to him to make an informed choice in voting for political candidates. (“Catholics split on whether Kerry must follow church teachings,” June 25 CNJ) Sandoval said God gave him a conscience to tell him right from wrong. If he would […]

Candidate signs staying put

By Darrell Todd Maurina A county commission candidate wants to get the county’s road policy amended to make it easier for residents to see her campaign signs. Gloria Wicker asked the Curry County Commission on Wednesday to allow candidates to put signs in the right-of-way, which extends 30 feet from the center of county roads […]

City getting sign-swiped

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The street sign at the corner of Happy Lane and Stone Place has become a favorite among Clovis’ sign thieves, according to Clovis city officials. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor When it comes to street signs, popularity is in the name. Or the lane — as in Clovis’ Happy Lane. […]

Area judges defend right of wives to show support for candidates

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A disclaimer sits next to a campaign sign in the yard at the Clovis home of Jennifer and Judge Richard Hollis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Both Curry County magistrate judges and a retired district judge have campaign signs in their yards supporting 9th Judicial District Attorney candidate […]