Marvin Menzies turned Aggies into contenders

It’s time to give Marvin Menzies his due. The New Mexico State University basketball coach had big shoes to fill when he was hired in 2007 to replace the charismatic Reggie Theus, who left the Aggies to become the head coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. But fill them he has. The Aggies are going […]

Magic altered perception of HIV

Basketball was on my mind as I turned on the TV Sunday night, but I wasn’t even thinking about a bracket. While Selection Sunday was upon us for the NCAA tournament, my mind was at the Great Western Forum, and a speech Nov. 7, 1991. In its latest production, ESPN Films has created, “The Announcement,” […]

Green thumb no match for drought

If I ever had a green thumb it has turned black. I’ve lamented recently the condition of my front yard but I have to report with the recent rains it’s starting to green up. Of course the green parts are grass burrs. The rose bushes decided to emerge from their drought-induced dormancy long enough for […]

Cannon command changes in emotional ceremony

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Capt. Paul Sula, along with the others from the 16th Special Operations Squadron, honor outgoing commander of Cannon Air Force Base Col. Stephen Clark with a final salute Friday during a change of command ceremony. Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of […]

Reader-submitted content: Clovis GymKatz returns to competition

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Courtesy photo The Clovis GymKatz Gymnastics Club recently took several top awards in state competition. Joni Thomas The Clovis GymKatz Gymnastics Club returned for their second season as a competitive team. Last year, we only competed one team at Level 3 and we placed first in the state at our championships. This year we have […]

Contraband reports up at jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Adult Detention Center has seen a spike in contraband discoveries the past two months, timed with the launch of inmate work details at the facility. During July and August, detention officers patrolling the outside and public areas of the jail have found and turned over about a dozen contraband items […]

Heat, publicity boost pool attendance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lifeguard Kelsey Britt, right, watches over the pool at the Clovis Aquatic Center during Saturday afternoon’s open swim. Britt is one of 12 lifeguards employed by the city. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. during weekdays for various activities, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. […]

Marriage has been good to me

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist The year was 1982. June was starting out hot like most Junes in eastern New Mexico. The spring I turned 23 is the one I’ll never forget. My wife and I celebrated 28 years of marriage this weekend. We’ve both remarked over the last few years that it sometimes seems […]

Media turned away from citizens group meeting

CNJ staff Media were turned away Thursday from what was billed as a public meeting hosted by the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. CCCC President David Briseno said the meeting was intended to inform federal investigators of “injustices” occurring in the Clovis Municipal Schools and to serve as an initial step for a possible civil […]

Family unsure what triggered dog attack

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Budda, a male pit bull, awaits his fate Tuesday at the Clovis Animal Shelter. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An ordinary family afternoon turned to panic when Miguel Ibarra heard little Arianna’s screams and turned to see her being viciously attacked by a dog. While his other children watched […]

When God pours, we really should drink

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It is painfully ironic that while Jesus turned water to wine—and exquisitely fine wine, at that—his followers have been sadly successful in turning it back into water in a thousand ways. We have become perversely expert at such backward distilling. Our problem has not been a love affair with […]

Trust in Christ leads to miracles

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist In Luke 5 we find the story of the calling of the first apostles. To get a little space from the crowd, Jesus has turned Simon Peter’s fishing boat into a pulpit, pushed out from the shore, and taught the people from the boat. When Jesus finishes speaking, he […]

Mammogram screening recommendation riles cancer survivors

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Mammograph technician Cheryl Smoot tests Sherri Brewer of Clovis on Friday at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Danielle Swopes was 41 years old when her first mammogram turned up the result most women fear: Positive for breast cancer. Because the lump that turned out to […]

Accused gunman in Arkansas police shooting jailed

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Courtesy Photo: Quay County Detention Center Tristan Honey was arrested by New Mexico State Police for the shooting of an Arkansas police officer. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A man accused of shooting of an Arkansas police officer is being held in Tucumcari today on a $1 million bond after police say he turned […]

Pressman turned from owner to ‘phantom’

Don McAlavy: County historian Back in the old days when Joe Fahnert left the CNJ he went to the “Clovis Printing, Inc.” and dropped the word “Lithography” which no one understood. Never use names in your business title that confuse the public. Joe slowly got rid of all the extra help and built a new […]

ENMU hires seventh softball coach

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University turned to the Midwest for the seventh softball coach in the program’s history. Lauren Sigwing will leave Fort Scott Community College in Kansas to take over the Division II Zias, according to a Monday release from the university. She replaces Amber Daniel, who went 78-78 in two full […]

Training device creates bomb scare

Freedom New Mexico A Monday night bomb scare turned into a training exercise for Cannon Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel when a brief case filled with bomb components turned out to be a dummy device made for training. Responders concluded the device was a training aid that had been owned by a deceased Albuquerque arson investigator. […]

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

First person: Painting Portales’ history

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dale Hamlett of Portales taught art at Eastern New Mexico University for 18 years and made a historical map of Portales during his time there. Dale Hamlett of Portales turned his childhood dreams of becoming an artist into a reality. After studying art for several years in Chicago and Albuquerque, […]

War on rodent not without carnage

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist They mostly came out at night. I think it was usually recreational but it might have had something to do with food. The first time I noticed them was a short time after the plumbers had initially turned the drywall in our home into Swiss cheese in order to temporarily […]