Government should steer clear of ‘official’ distractions

Freedom Newspapers Drivers entering El Paso County on Interstate 25 are now greeted with signs informing them they are on the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. The signs that went up a few weeks ago were the culmination of efforts by state Sen. Doug Lamborn to have the section of highway renamed to honor the two-term […]

Hinson stands tall in the pocket

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Eastern junior QB Steven Hinson has had a hand in 10 TDs this season. Photo by Eric Kluth. Kevin Wilson Angelo State could have had Steven Hinson as its starting quarterback for this Saturday’s game. The Eastern New Mexico junior wouldn’t mind showing them that it should have. Hinson, in his first year as the […]

“Matchstick Men” Oscar material

Stacy Allen Now showing Show: “Matchstick Men” Stars: Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockewell, Alison Lohman Summary: An obsessive, compulsive con-artist discovers he has a 14-year-old daughter. Showtimes: Portales Tower Twin: 1:30, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 “Matchstick Men” is a marvelous movie that will inspire and intrigue. You definitely do not want to see it alone. Like a […]

Development forum to cover Clovis’ progress, future

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis business leaders are hosting a Friday meeting at Clovis Community College to discuss how the city can build on its successes. “A lot of good things have happened in Clovis,” said Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College. “Often when good things happen, we don’t stop to ask why good things […]

Street dedicated to R.L. Moreno

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A new street sign for the late District 3 City Commissioner R.L. Moreno sits atop the newly named road for him at the corner of Grand Avenue after Thursday’s dedication ceremony. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King Approximately 50 people attended a dedication ceremony Thursday as the city of Clovis renamed Bonita Street […]

Editorial: Choice is clear — Amendments next Tuesday are bad ideas

Tuesday’s vote on Amendments 1 and 2 deserve no votes from you. They are the result of hurried legislation drafted under pressure from state leaders who believe they know best how to improve New Mexico’s public schools. Yes votes would give state leaders, including the governor, control of our public schools’ $2 billion state budget, […]

Editorial: Common sense should solve problem of pigs as pets

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” or so the saying goes. The cliché is intended to convey the idea that some things just can’t be done. That apparently is the Texas city of Wink’s position when it comes to “Bacon,” a pot-bellied pig. And, it’s creating yet another controversy in […]

Mules look to rebound from opening loss

By Dave Wagner MULESHOE — The Muleshoe Mules didn’t get off to the kind of start they’d hoped for Friday night. The smaller, quicker Mules held a bigger Seminole team in relative check most of the way, but couldn’t break through on any of their own handful of scoring opportunities in absorbing a 7-0 homefield […]

The joy of discovering African roots

By Leonard Pitts Let me tell you where I come from. Born in Southern California, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Both parents from Mississippi, but I’m not referring to that, either. I mean before that. Before Mr. James Crow laid down his law. Before raiders and slave traders dropped anchor in West Africa. […]

Lady Cats’ squad growing under new coach

By Dave Wagner Slowly but surely, the Clovis High girls soccer roster is growing. First-year coach Larry Jones started practice on Aug. 11 with less than 20 players, meaning that even fielding a junior varsity team was in some jeopardy. By the end of the first week, the number grew to 22. Now the Lady […]

Christianity needs a proper focal point

By Judy Brandon Memphis, Tenn., holds fond memories for me. During my childhood, our family made many visits to relatives who lived in the area. So it was during my early years that I began to develop an affinity for the city of Memphis. In fact, that was carried through to years later when Charlie […]

Emergency delivery

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Jessica Taylor delivered son Aidan at her home in June, with the help of husband, Aaron, who was being coached by Clovis 911 dispatcher Carolyn Aragon. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina When Airman 1st Class Aaron Taylor went into the Air Force on June 19, 2002, he knew he might have […]

Some not-so-politically-correct random thoughts

By Thomas Sowell Random thoughts on the passing scene: • If there was affirmative action in golf, nobody would give Tiger Woods half the credit he gets — and deserves. • Would you prefer to have a “compulsory” health care system imposed on you and your doctor or to have “universal” health care? Or do […]

Moments connect life, good or bad

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, I went to a women’s conference and heard an array of speakers. The keynote speaker really stood out because her speech was simple. She only said four things: –Life is made up of moments. –Some of those moments are good. –Some of those moments are bad. –And most of […]

Pioneer Days offers fun

By Clyde Davis Age is mostly a matter of perspective, whether it’s attached to buildings, persons or objects. I cringe when I go into an antique store and see the prices sometimes attached to familiar objects — even toys — from my childhood. Did you ever have the feeling you should not have cleaned out […]

A day of remembrance

By Darrell Todd Maurina Light rain didn’t dampen the spirits of about 100 people who turned out Monday morning for the Clovis Memorial Day program. “I asked about seven or eight people what we should do,” said Jim Cowman, co-organizer for the event. “Nobody said don’t go. They had to fight in the rain and […]

Regional lines tend to blur

By Clyde Davis Back in the 1960s, there was a TV wrestler by the name of Dawn Eagle. This fellow, a large, powerful American Indian with a Mohawk haircut, was one of the “good guys,” as were Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Bruno Sammartino. These wrestlers, however, were not the same combatants who thrilled fans […]

What were once chores are now fond memories

By Judy Brandon It is nearly time for school to be out. As this academic year ends, I look back over the school years of our children’s lives. I get a little nostalgic this time of year because our children are far beyond school age. Being a room mother, attending parent-teacher conference appointments, sponsoring field […]