Eastern New Mexico beats Chicago for windy days

By Ryn Gargulinski: Guest columnist Whomever dubbed Chicago the “Windy City” had it all wrong. That nickname should have been reserved for Clovis, and other eastern New Mexico places with equally windswept plains, where someone once told me the wind whips so hard it blows over freight trains. (I believed them for months and refused […]

Authenticity still important to some

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist I can understand why people throw things at Barry Bonds. No baseball aficionado am I, but even I’ve heard folks over the years say the San Francisco Giants slugger was to nice as Eva Longoria is to butt-ugly. Indeed, Bonds was reputed to be a jerk of such antisocial magnificence […]

Continued prophet cartoon furor childish

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist What happened at the University of California-Irvine last week would have embarrassed a reasonably mature 8-year-old. It seems two campus groups, the College Republicans and the United American Committee, held a panel discussion about the riots that engulfed parts of the Middle East and Asia last month over a Danish […]

3/3 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. With Fat Tuesday’s Mardi Gras coming back to life in New Orleans this year, the Lenten season has taken on new prominence. This week, Amos recalls when he first learned about Ash Wednesday. the […]

Preacher Fred Phelps gay, not crazy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Allow me to share with you an epiphany. I think Fred Phelps is gay. Not that I’d have any way to know for sure, and not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it seems obvious to me that Freddie has spent a little time up on “Brokeback Mountain,” if […]

Pink ladies: PRMC Auxiliary has been providing services for nearly 40 years

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Ramona Parker delivers balloon bouquets Tuesday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson Best known as the “Pink Ladies,” the Clovis Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has been in Clovis for almost half a century. Beginning with 12 women, they now boast a membership of more than 100, performing a multitude of volunteer functions at […]

Municipal elections 2006: Candidate profiles

District 1 • Juan F. Garza Sr. Profession: Restaurant owner How do you think your education and career will benefit you in being a commissioner? “I apply some of the business decisions I make into helping the community. I work closely with the Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corp.and other businesses.” Why are you […]

Take time out to love yourself this Valentine’s Day

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — When you are trying to quit smoking, everyone lights a cigarette. When you’re on a massive diet, the only trucks that ramble by are owned by Sara Lee. And when, like I am, you are moving 1,942 miles to the West Coast and leaving behind five goats, a […]

Legislators riding money train to nowhere

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist They are spending a lot of money in Santa Fe these days and that is a good thing. It is a good thing because our state of New Mexico is flush. We are swimming in deep green pools of dollar bills. Whee! Fun, fun, fun! Our legislators, those folks we […]

12/30 amos

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.         bobby s turnaround breakdown   boss speaking of the upcoming new year and new starts in life i ran across bobby badger the […]

12/2 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks, except dashes and hyphens. monkey talk boss i can t help but marvel at the mess you humans often get into just judging by the stories in your […]

Cars leave tracks on memory lane

Grant McGee: Local Columnist There was some show on public TV the other night; some in-depth news thing about high crimes and misdemeanors in Peru. In one of the shots of the Peruvian Palacio de Justicia in Lima, a Bajaj motorcar zipped past. Bajaj is an Indian vehicle manufacturer. They make three-wheeled cars and scooters. […]

Different folks choose different names

Grant McGee If those are green chiles roasting and that’s the fragrance of piñon from someone’s fireplace, it’s fall in New Mexico. At the Clovis Farmers’ Market the other day, I saw another sign of fall in the Land of Enchantment: Chili ristras. You know them — bunches of dried red chilis people hang, usually […]

Incarnations of my lifetime travel with me

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist My family is now five weeks away from our Austin trip and the Ride for the Roses. Much of the time, Janice and I ride together. Since I am planning a longer ride than she is, there are times when I train by myself. However, this does not mean that I […]

Relaxing in pool worth some extra work

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist As the end of summer approaches, I’ve been thinking about how nice it was to have a swimming pool this year. Thanks to modern design, a number of us in Clovis have our own swimming pools. For somewhere between $100 and $200 you can get one of these plastic contraptions […]

Cats ready for break

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Clovis senior Brandon Cook makes a catch over junior teammate Keaton Howell Friday during practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The afternoon practice had all the crispness of wilted lettuce. After six days of two-a-day practices under the strength-sapping eastern New Mexico sun, the Clovis […]

Duets more complicated than solos

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ religion columnist Well, my oldest son is now officially engaged. This is the young man who not that many moons ago allowed as how he sort of doubted he’d ever be much interested in marriage. I don’t remember exactly the way he phrased it, but I took him to mean […]

amos

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. a paradoxical twist boss i ran into a paradox the other day and it baffled me it […]

Melrose seeks to open pool by August

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Lee Rittenhouse of Edgewood-based PoolPro LLC works on a fence at the Geo P. Baxter Memorial swimming pool Tuesday morning in Melrose. The city was granted more than $100,000 by state the last two years for repairs. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Sweltering children in Melrose, longing to dip into […]

Leaders forgetting intentions of founders

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Most of the time people try to justify coercing others to do things on the grounds that they know what’s right and those others do not or will not comply. Even the recent 5-to-4 eminent-domain ruling by the Supreme Court can be viewed along such lines: The city officials believed […]