Homeless man’s tall tale worth cash

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I was thinking about homeless folks the other day because I saw a guy with a backpack strolling out of the Clovis rail yard. It set my mind a-wandering. Songs have been written as have passages in The Good Book about lending a hand to someone in need because it […]

10-26 Local Briefs

The Landing is now serving lunch sandwiches. Each sandwich is served with homemade French fries or chips, cup of soup or side salad and a drink for $6.95. Members First save $1. This week’s featured sandwich is a chicken veggie pita. The End Zone is holding Football Frenzy every Monday night. With the NFL Ticket, […]

Historical marker unveiled at Petty studio

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Shirley and Kenneth Broad, owners of the Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, unveil a historic marker presented Thursday by the New Mexico Historical Preservation Division. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Dozens gathered Thursday in a small court yard at the Norman Petty Recording Studio to watch the unveiling of […]

Sports Briefs

Cannon Lanes (784-2280) Bowlers Appreciation Night — 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Cost is $1.75 per game. Sign up for winter bowling leagues through August. Liberty Pool Open Swim — noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Water Aerobics — 5-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Must […]

Rodeo comes close to being cancelled

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The annual Pioneer Days Rodeo will get started Thursday as scheduled. But there were a few anxious moments at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. County officials said the event was in danger of being cancelled because the event organizer — Curry County Mounted Patrol — had not signed a contract […]

Exotic accident victim

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A camel tied to a road sign looks on as rescuers work the scene of a two-vehicle crash at State Road 311 and Llano Estacado Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Monday. The camel was in a trailer being towed by a sport utility vehicle heading northbound when a car heading west […]

Story about seeing a man about a dog

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Columnist  Did you hear about the fellow who was walking down the street one day when he saw a hand-lettered sign in a yard that said: “Talking Dog: Five Dollars”?  Quite curious, the man walked up to the front door of the house and knocked. When an ordinary-looking fellow answered, the […]

Sheriff insists patrols will continue

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to sign a resolution declaring a state of emergency. The local emergency/disaster declaration, which stated extensive damage was caused to commercial, agriculture and residential buildings in Curry County by Friday’s tornado, is a prerequisite for the county to receive funding […]

Stealing not worth it — that’s the truth

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were in Truth or Consequences the other weekend. One place we visited was a secondhand store. In places like this I look for old music and bicycle parts. She looks at everything. So I usually finish first. While she continued to search for […]

Oil distribution shows hope for Iraqi reform

By Freedom Newspapers An agreement by the Iraqi cabinet on a draft of a new law to govern the distribution of oil revenues could be the most hopeful long-term sign in Iraq in a long time. The pact might reduce a great deal of the tension and resentment that feeds violence in that country, even […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]