Press release: Southwest Premiere of Bless Me, Ultima Coming To Clovis

New Mexico’s beloved novel, Bless Me, Ultima, by Santa Rosa native and acclaimed Chicano writer, Rudolfo Anaya, comes to the stage at Marshall Auditorium, Saturday, October 23, 7p.m. in its southwest premiere. Adapted by Mr. Anaya in collaboration with Albuquerque’s Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, this is the second performance of the […]

Elida native’s book focuses on family, upbringing

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Acosta Kevin Wilson Yolanda Acosta knew she had quite a story to tell, even before she knew the whole thing. The Elida native is getting set to release her book, “Acosta,” a tale of the upbringing she received in Elida and Portales, with emphasis on the career of her late brother Oscar, who was a […]

Holly musical kicks off Clovis Musical Festival

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Cast with Texas Tech students and a couple of professional actors, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story has been performed 20 times this summer as part of the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, according to Gerald Dolter, a Texas Tech University professor and the show’s producer. Sharna Johnson Kicking off the Clovis Music Festival, the story of Buddy […]

God led young man to love, life’s work

I heard the story of a young man whose life has changed — all because he wanted to date a girl. Here is the story: Julian was going to a university and working full time to obtain his college degree. In his words, his goal was “to get his MBA, manage his own business, make […]

Dog pee dampens job interview

Sharna Johnson I’d like to begin with the disclaimer that this is a story I probably should never tell anyone, much less put in print. It’s the story of the day I got my job with the Clovis News Journal. It was a Saturday and my interview was scheduled for mid-day. Overwhelmed with nervous energy, […]

Setting it straight: No new cell phone laws

A story in Wednesday’s paper reported incorrect information regarding new laws. There are no new laws related to cell phone use while driving in New Mexico. Lawmakers proposed a law but it was not approved.

Letter to the editor: True believers can be church

Friday’s CNJ contained an article about Christians who do not attend church. But there is so much more to the story than what was printed. There are many true believers who do not attend a traditional form of church whose story needs to be told. These believers have decided to simply BE the church instead […]

Buzzwords cloud accountability

Clyde Davis So there it was, in a story in a local newspaper, coincidentally on the same day that we had mentioned it, or discussed it, or related it back to real life. The catchphrase — like any catchphrase — that makes one stop and ask how authentic it really is In this case, it […]

Letter to the editor: Stats telling in superintendent story

I read Sunday’s front-page article written by Liliana Castillo titled “School spotlight aimed at race.” I also read Lola Bryant’s guest column regarding her side of the story in her encounter with the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. Then I recalled on May 6 reading the letter written by Alan W. Mcalister titled “Seidenwurm puts […]

Letter to the editor: City can’t enforce pet ordinance

City can’t enforce pet ordinance Regarding the story headlined “City pet licensing on table” in the March 12 CNJ: When I moved to Clovis 25 years ago, Clovis had a pet license ordinance. It didn’t work then and I don’t think it will work now. The majority of the animals that are running loose belong […]

We should come before God with humble spirit

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The Bible teaches that we all must come to God with humble attitude. An Old Testament but timely story in the Bible reveals this truth in 2 Kings 5:1-14. There was a little Israelite slave girl, a worshipper of Jehovah, who served in the elegant household of Naaman, Capitan of […]

Dreamers should not settle on mediocrity

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist In response to a number of reader inquiries, I want to update readers of this column on a story which I submitted several weeks ago. The story concerned an entrepreneur, whose name happens to be Brice Hoskins, and his struggles with the zoning commission of the town of Silverton, Colo. […]

Police say stay in one more day

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A car stuck on the side of Sycamore Street and abandonded is just some of the aftermath of Thursday’s storm. The city streets were quiet Friday morning except for a front end loader here and there or an occasional city truck. And Police Chief Steve Sanders said that’s a good […]

Zoning should be a case-by-case decision

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was couched under fiction, but a cursory reading revealed that it almost had to be factual. A brief Internet research time confirmed that to be the case. Mountain Gazette, a no-frills chronicle for outdoor lovers, carried the original story. In a ski town in Colorado, a ski town in […]

Memorial to be built for little known black community

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Courtesy photo Members of Geni Flores’ “Teaching Multicultural History of the Southwest” class at ENMU visited the Blackdom site and historic marker last spring. By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town […]

Letters to the Editor: Couple restored faith in people

Couple restored faith in people I would like to share my story on how my faith in people and the holiday were restored. Last week, while shopping with a co-worker and some clients, we noticed how it seems the true meaning of the holiday has been lost — so we thought. We went for dinner, […]

Ticket feature: CCC group performing ‘Holy Ghosts’

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Brandon, left, and Caleb Brandon, right, play estranged husband and wife Nancy and Coleman Shedman. Mark Schmidt, who doubles as technical director, plays the lawyer Coleman drags with him on his search for his wife and the possessions she took. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As the cast […]

God works in favor of faithful

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist There is sadness in our community, the nation and the world. Yet, something uplifted me once again this week. I received an email from my sister three years ago and it is one of those I archived and keep it just to reread. I am telling again the following […]

Consequences will always follow us

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist An illustration that I remember my preacher father using during his ministry is a good lesson on reaping what one sows. The story goes that a farmer in a rural area posted a “No Trespassing” sign on one of his fields because some rambunctious neighbor boys had been cavorting […]

‘First order’ friend wonderful blessing

My brother-in-law once told me a story about two lost Texans. I like stories where Texans are heroes. This is not one of those. A veteran teacher, Randal also works for the Forest Service in New Mexico—which is why he was one of the folks who got the call and ended up spending more than […]