This has been a year rife with epiphanies

Grant McGee: Guest columnist You know how you feel when you suddenly have an answer about some of the mysteries of life? You might feel like a light bulb has blinked on in your head. I’ve had a whole year like that. For instance: families. When I see families who function the way we as […]

Bradley talks politics

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley last week responded to a variety of issues and topics during an interview in Albuquerque. Vice President Bill Richardson? “I don’t see it. But it’s a distinct possibility. I don’t think the timing is right for him. That could change though. There are things going on […]

There are worse things than getting old

Jim Sitterly: Guest columnist Having birthdays seems to be a topic that I have found amusing over the years. When we are adolescents, one thing we want more than anything is to be a grownup. Of course at that age, grownup is any age older than we are. This makes us excited for birthdays. When […]

Curry County sheriff gives elementary students ‘valuable’ information

Reporter’s Notebook Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent Wednesday morning doing something he loves — speaking to third graders at Bella Vista Elementary about public safety. Hatcher said he visits different schools in Curry County each year to help educate young people about law enforcement, and works hard to teach children such things as the […]

Radar controllers can see it all at Cannon

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A radar control screen monitors airplane activity on Friday in the radar control room at Cannon Air Force Base. (CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — F-16 fighter pilots twirl at jet speed, practicing dogfights and bombing runs. Private civilian pilots slowly move across the landscape in […]

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 […]

Three candidates vie for mayor: Raymond Atchley, Stephen Muscato and the incumbent, David Lansford

By Glen Seeber Raymond Atchley Age: 49 Employment: Desk clerk, Clovis Inn Contact: 742-1149 (raymond_atchley@yahoo.com Political experience: Sought election to city commission four years ago and two years ago, defeated both times. Stephen Muscato Age: 48 Employment: Executive director, Play Inc. Contact: 760-7338 (playinc@3lefties.com) Political experience: Previously served on city commission; lost re-election bid four […]

Legislative session sparks ire at ending

By David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers […]

Sometimes mistakes help us come out clean

Judy Brandon Think about this: sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be blessings. As a child, I loved Ivory soap. I was so amazed that it floated in the water when I took a bath. Then I would see the commercial on television — “Ivory Soap: the soap that floats!” The Ivory soap commercial […]

Readers react to government, water, energy

Project: Reader Reaction Members of Project: Reader Reaction were recently asked for comments on any issue they had on their minds. Some responses: “It looks like our governor is on the right track when he suggests that we make more stringent rules for (repeat offenders) of driving while intoxicated. “All well and good by locking […]

Women find fellowship by sharing their secrets

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Pastor David Dawson of Pure Heart Word Center and his wife, Evangelist Gerri Dawson, are hosting a women’s conference this weekend at Clovis Christian School. The Dawsons, who have seven children including their youngest, DeWayne Charles Dawson. By Darrell Todd Maurina Gerri Dawson has a secret, and she wants to share it this weekend with […]

Change can be bad, no change is worse

Leonard Pitts Jr. “Hope I die before I get old.” The quote, of course, is from Pete Townshend of The Who. It’s a lyric from “My Generation,” a song that came out in 1965, the year Townshend turned 20. He was, at that age, a long-haired rock star famous for windmilling his arm and smashing […]

Material things don’t fulfill spiritual needs

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist t is clear to me that many times we work the very hardest in life to gain those things that we cannot keep. When we first married, Charlie and I had no television set of our own so we borrowed a little black-and-white TV to watch all our favorite shows. […]

Shops drop costs

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Shoppers walk past one of many signs offering post-Christmas sales Saturday at North Plains Mall. Stores were slashing prices in hopes of luring shoppers into spending money after Christmas. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses did well with their post-Christmas sales, according to store managers who said much of their […]

One more thing … a savior was born

Leonard Pitts Jr. An excerpt from the Gospel according to St. Luke, revised and updated for the 21st century: “And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone […]

Christ must also be born in your heart

By Judy Brandon One way we mark the milestones in our lives is, as the Christmas season approaches, to think back over the events of the preceding year. Each Christmas reminds us of the changes in our lives over the last year. Christmas evokes memories of the past year: great joys, disappointments, warm friendships, heart-wrenching […]

Hatch, Gary

GARY HATCH Services: Have been held. Mr. Gary Hatch, 54, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, near Roswell. He was born on Jan. 11, 1949, in Portales, to Frantelle and Gordon Hatch. He grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1967. He went on to attend classes at both Eastern […]

Central Baptist expanding to take in new worshippers

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Joseph Vest, pastor at Central Baptist Church, left, and Derek Osburn, the student pastor, look over the blueprints of the expansion/renovation project that will take place at the church. The project will include a new youth center. Photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Members of Clovis’ Central Baptist Church will break ground Sunday on […]

Surfing your way into Las Vegas is smart and easy

Tom Di Francesca Greetings from the floor of the Las Vegas (Nevada) Convention Center. I and my trusty sidekick “K” (short for Kyocera) — which is actually a combination cellular telephone and Palm Pilot — are here to attend COMDEX. COMDEX is an acronym for “computer dealer exposition” and the event takes place in November […]

Hounds outlast Incarnate Word

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Robert Tovar takes a charge on Irshuan Pinckney during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Mr. Defense had a lot of offense, as it turned out, and Eastern New Mexico University put enough of the little things together for a season-opening victory. Coleman […]