CHS alum turning heads at college

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers In his second season at Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College, former Clovis High pitcher Darren Davis is hoping to take the next step. The sophomore right-hander is getting some looks from four-year schools at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels, as well as the NAIA. “I’ve talked to […]

Decorative post-death options expanding

By Grant McGee I found out a person can be made into a diamond after they die. This opens up a whole world of possibilities for memorials. I was reading about people who are requesting that after they are cremated, their ashes be mixed in with concrete used for artificial reefs off the American Pacific […]

Holocaust should not be trivialized

By Leonard Pitts Dear Ariana Schanzer: I hope you won’t mind being called out like this. It’s just that I saw your picture last week in The Miami Herald and it made me want to talk to you. In the photo, you’re smiling a giddy smile, dancing cheek to cheek with this equally delighted older […]

Gambling problems same everywhere

By Ned Cantwell My friend Barney, who lives in New Jersey, tends to look down on poor little New Mexico. The source of his disdain is somewhat of a mystery. Maybe we don’t have enough Mafia guys to suit Barney. Who knows? Barney is a nice enough fellow, but somewhat of an irritant. Sometimes when […]

Odd traditions may bring us good luck

by Grant McGee I ran across a weird Christmas ornament the other day: a pickle. Not a real pickle. It was made of glass. I thought it would be something nice to give to my friend Lizzie for her tree, kind of like the pound of butter I gave to my buddy Wayne last Thanksgiving […]

‘JFK Reload’ worse than despicable

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I can’t imagine what Edward Kennedy must feel. I mean, I know it’s traumatic to see your brother shot in the head and killed. But what must it add to your pain to see that tragedy become a video game? It happened last week. The game, available online, is called “JFK […]

Libertarians are friendly to communities

By Tibor Machan Whenever I speak up for liberty, there’s bound to be someone who accuses me of favoring the individual over the community, favoring rights over responsibility and obligations. But that isn’t so. Champions of individual liberty often believe even more firmly than critics in doing the right thing, including acting generously, compassionately and […]

Campaign season lasted way too long

by Bill Sconone Now that the election is over, I’m wondering if anyone can direct me to where I can claim my medal for a year or more of putting up with constant politics. I mean, since Washington is usually pretty liberal with handing out medals, there’s no reason I shouldn’t get one if only […]

Hounds hope to end MSU’s playoff hopes

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers A heartbreaking loss to second-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday has all but knocked the Eastern New Mexico University football team out of contention for the NCAA Division II playoffs. Now the Greyhounds will try to do the same thing to Midwestern State when the teams clash in a noon (MDT) […]

Free trade, fair prices needed to control sugar

Freedom Newspapers To express his pleasure about one thing or another, the late Great One, Jackie Gleason, would bellow, “How sweet it is.” He might have been referring to the deal sugar growers have with the federal government. And they’re not about to let a little thing like free trade or basic fairness threaten that […]

Clovis Christian eligible at last

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Clovis Christian coach Carlos Velasquez gives sophomore quarterback Ryan Boatman (left) and the rest of the offense the play during Thursday’s practice at CCS. CNJ photo by Rick White By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent At the little campus of Clovis Christian School, a major shift of outlook is taking place. Accreditation with the state board […]

Real Stability in Life Is Found Only in One Source

By Curtis K. Shelburne My head is spinning this week. Actually, this summer. It was going to be a pretty uneventful summer, we thought. Pretty relaxing. Laid back. That was before the massive renovation at the house got started. We asked for that. We wanted it. It’s a good thing. We’re eating most of our […]

Refrigerator gives glimpse of future

By Leonard Pitts, Jr. Chances are you remember it well if you came of age in the ‘50s or ‘60s, that era when everything was “modern,” “space age” or “new and improved,” and we looked forward with awe. The future was where people would zoom around on jet packs and plan weekend getaways by lunar […]

Richardson gets a lesson from Cantwell

Were Gov. Bill Richardson to hand pick me for his press staff, he and I would sit down and have a long talk. Just suppose the governor did that. He won’t, of course, because he has already depleted the staffs at the Albuquerque Journal and Duke City TV outlets, plus he’s got Billy Sparks. But […]

November date of District 4 primary

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Albin Smith, a Republican, is unopposed in the primary. Challenger Gloria Wicker, a Democrat, also has no opponent in the primary. They will face off in November. Qualifications Smith: I’ve lived in the district for seven and a half years. I’ve lived in the […]

Response overwhelming after bipolar revelation

By Tom DiFrancesca III I’ve been overwhelmed this week — overwhelmed with e-mails that is: e-mails sent to me in response to last week’s column. Digital dispatches filled with encouragement and with stories — stories about loved ones suffering from Bipolar disorder. I had used the acronym “BPD” several times in the column, which technically […]

Q&A: Steven Gamble, president ENMU

By Abby Dunn Dr. Steven Gamble, 57, has been the president of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales since 2001. He has a Ph.D. in 19th Century American History, and is an alumnus of Texas Tech University. Q: What can you tell us about your family? A: Well, my parents live here with me; they […]

Man killed by shotgun blast

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police have obtained an open murder warrant for an 18-year-old man in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man who was shot early Wednesday morning. Sgt. Roger Grah said in a police department press release that Clovis resident Adam Crespin has been charged with the death of Lavon Harris, […]

Q&A with Dennis Edwards

By Abby Dunn Dennis Edwards, 63, is committee chairman for the New Mexico Ag Expo, which wrapped up its 12th annual event last week in Portales. Q: How long have you been involved with the ag expo? A: Eleven years. I ran the exhibitor reception for probably five years. Then for a number of years […]

amos revisits his first lent

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t work the shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. This week, Amos recalls when he first learned about Ash Wednesday. boss a lot of the big bugs […]