McGee: Security system might have given burglars trouble

It was a year ago this week our bicycle shop was burglarized. The Lady of the House and I imagined they were two kids, let’s call them Fred and John. John is the smaller of the two, probably the leader and a little mean. They should’ve been in school. But they weren’t. They were going […]

I will stand up for your liberties

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” — H.L. Mencken Rarely have I read a quote that contained […]

Clovis lawyer Dan Buzzard left too soon

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I used to go to Dan Buzzard, the lawyer in Clovis that I knew, who could keep me out of trouble when I would write up a column for the Curry County Times or the CNJ that some one didn’t like or I wrote something I shouldn’t had. I don’t […]

Obama change of power not without trouble

Freedom New Mexico The Obama transition process, which has been hailed by many in the media as the smoothest, most considered and thoughtful ever — and to some extent actually had been pretty smooth — has stumbled badly in the last couple of days. Perhaps it’s a matter of haste as Inauguration Day approaches, but […]

Founders see grandsons compete in HPJRA rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hayden Moore, left, of Clovis, and teammate Ty Anderson of Artesia chase down a calf in the team roping event Wednesday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Trying to control his horse after missing his target in the steer breakaway roping, Payson Moore knew he […]

Fireworks can lead to trouble

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Every year we hear of fires set by fireworks. Some are of little consequence, while others are tragic.

Political question? Try Mad Libs

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Two things I always get in trouble for discussing too passionately are sports and politics. I never learn. • My favorite episode of “Cheers” prominently involves the Boston Celtics, as former Celtic great Kevin McHale loses his on-court focus due to a bar-room conversation about the number of bolts in […]

Misunderstood, or just trouble?

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The clock radio woke me this morning, tuned to a local station, with the voice of the talented and troubled British singer, Amy Winehouse, rolling back and forth over a series of notes. This soul/pop/blues artist really is very gifted. I remembered that, recently, she was in the online headlines, […]

Clear boundaries not slavery but freedom

By Judy Brandon I must be very naïve. If most of the people live like the dysfunctional guests on daytime televisions talk shows, then I am really not in touch with how most of America thinks and lives. The strange is has become the norm on these shows. The live audiences on these various shows […]

Bailing borrowers out of trouble not government’s job

By Freedom New Mexico You just knew this was coming, given the Pavlovian way politicians react to headlines. The push is officially on for a legislative response to the subprime mortgage mess, led by a couple of congressman from Colorado. In the first of what undoubtedly will be a wave of bills aimed at pandering […]

Trouble named Rufus runs overhead

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just heard Rufus again as he ran across the attic in my sons’ house in Mbale, Uganda. Though we hear him fairly regularly, mainly at night, we’re not sure that anyone has ever actually seen Rufus. But we’re 99.9 percent sure that Rufus, who is actually Rufus II […]

Wolverines fall short of finals

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The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – Thousands of fans wore yellow and blue, waving signs and shaking pompons. It seemed the whole community of Penasco packed The Pit on Friday to cheer their Panthers in the state tournament. Bobby Richardson scored 18 points and Manuel Velasquez added 14 to lead Penasco to a 62-52 win over […]

Cats survive foul trouble at Roswell

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis High boys had a somewhat uneven game Friday night, partly due to foul trouble. Nonetheless, the Wildcats had relatively little trouble improving to 19-3, putting four players in double figures in a 70-58 non-district victory over Roswell High. Clovis was held to nine points in the second quarter as […]

Clovis eyes open road

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Clovis High’s Cody Thornsbury drives to the basket against Rio Rancho’s Marcus Williams, left, in the finals of the Milk Cow Classic on Dec. 30 at Rock Staubus Gym. Rio Rancho edged the Wildcats 97-95 in overtime. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer They don’t score much. They don’t fill […]

“Hardest-working” title fit self-reliant Brown

By Freedom Newspapers It was almost a shock to hear that James Brown was only 73 when he died on Christmas morning in Beech Island, S.C. It seemed as if the self-styled — but accurately so — “hardest working man in show business” had lived through enough to fill at least three or four ordinary […]

Real freedom not type seen on talk shows

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Think about it: Daytime talk shows can be really offensive. The strange and weird are more the ordinary on these shows. For some of these shows, producers and hosts all connive to parade guests that boast about deceitful and immoral living. The audience usually applauds when these people “spill” their […]

On the job: A look at the Clovis Police Department

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Shawn Gore has been on the Clovis police force for 14 years. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Compiled by Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The CNJ asked these police officers to tell us a little bit about themselves and to answer a few questions: Shawn Gore, master police officer, traffic division Years of service: 14 What […]

Lady Cats roll in second half

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Clovis senior Brittany Blackmon is surrounded by three La Cueva defenders. Blackmon finished with a game-high 18 points. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis coach Miles Watters preached to his starters the importance of staying out of early fouls trouble at the state tournament. He’s likely not done […]

Hot-handed Frenship outguns Wildcats

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Clovis junior Cody Thornsbury and Frenship’s Trey Merchant fight for a loose ball on Tuesday during the third quarter of the Wildcats’ matchup against Frenship. CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When your opponent shoots 66 percent from the field, suffice it to say, you’re in trouble. Clovis High’s boys, […]

Richardson moving on to bigger things

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist As a self-appointed and sadly unpaid public relations advisor to Gov. Bill Richardson, it is disheartening to learn I can no longer leave the state. Every time I do, it seems, I return to find Big Bill boiling in a pot of trouble. Not to brag or anything, but I […]