Urban, “Voice of the Wildcats,” dies at 71

k6nh5i-94urbanfileart.jpg

CNJ file photo John Urban laughs as he tries on a Clovis Wildcats hat during a 2004 Kiwanis club meeting. Urban died Wednesday morning at 71. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The “Voice of the Wildcats” fell silent Wednesday. John Urban, the longtime public address announcer for Wildcat football games, died Wednesday at Plains […]

Residents voice opinions on proposed racino

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Clovis artist demonstrated natural talent

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Miss Orpha Appleman, a little, gray-haired lady with a shy voice, was one of Clovis’ most prolific, creative artist. She was originally from Butler County, Kan. Her father moved the present house (located at 922 Wallace) to Clovis when Clovis was first founded. We are indebted to the late Kathryn […]

Locals voice health care concerns

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Norma Rey Vazquez de Houdek does not advocate gun control. That is a political issue. She is concerned about the people issue. New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for teen suicides, losing one person a day. “When we live in a state that is so diverse, […]

Pavarotti work ethic just as powerful as voice

Freedom Newspapers If toward the end he became almost a caricature of himself — expanding in girth, canceling performances, indulging his appetites, leaving his wife for a young secretary, earning barbs from critics for sometimes sloppy performances — there were solid reasons Luciano Pavarotti was the most celebrated opera singer since Caruso. Pavarotti, who died […]

War tough on loved ones left behind

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My daughter Robyn lives back east and has been seeing a young enlisted man. I’ve never met him. I’ve just heard her talk about him, heard the smile in her voice when she talks about the places they go, the things they see when they get time together. By all […]

Airman working to find voice

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon airmen may sometimes wonder who they can talk to or voice their opinions about things they would like on base or would like to see done differently. For those situations airmen should seek the help of the Cannon Junior Enlisted […]

Music means fun, entertainment

By Hanna Langan: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. What music means to me is fun and entertainment, and something I could enjoy in front of a crowd or by myself. I enjoy music and many different aspects, be it […]

Gay cowboy love story may be most frightning movie ever

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I went to see “Brokeback Mountain” last week, mainly to prove to myself that I could. This was after reading a New York Times piece by Larry David of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame in which he wrote that, though he loves gay people and supports both gay […]

Christmas tunes yield tales of 1950s studio

By Don McAlavy: Curry County historian The story is told that a New Mexico blizzard made its appearance during the two days (actually nights) when two songs by Jimmy Self were recorded by Norman Petty. It was said that the recording studio was so cold the musicians had to wear coats during the sessions. Perhaps […]

Beauty of Voice: Communication comes in many flavors

Ryn Gargulinski There’s nothing as pleasing to the ear as a baby’s first words (unless, of course, it’s the sound of coffee being brewed). Some children murmur “mama,” others “papa.” My first words were “hot dog.” Our eight-week old puppy Lulu found the joy of her voice just the other morning. Yes, Lulu learned to […]

Where do you stand in times of controversy?

Freedom Newspapers “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King III is today 8 years older than his father was when he was assassinated at age 39 in 1968. But even as the younger King ages, his father’s cause of racial […]

GOP should use control to limit government

Freedom Newspapers I t depends on other factors whether Republicans retaining control of Congress is, on balance, a benefit or detriment to liberty. Congressional Republicans tend to resist foolish spending and regulatory schemes proposed by Democratic presidents. They roll over or up the ante when Republican presidents propose foolish spending and regulatory schemes. Steve Moore, […]

Project details women’s role in agriculture

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Glenda Balas grew up on a peanut farm in Portales and watched her mother play a vital role in the success of her family’s business. She also watched her mother, Verla Brown, 80, receive little credit for the successes. That’s one of the reasons the University of New […]

Questioning Islam

By Darrell Todd Maurina When a missionary to the Islamic world told Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist Church of Texico that he’d be available to speak, the church jumped at the chance to offer a presentation on Islam to the community. On Sunday, David Witt of the Voice of the Martyrs organization, a ministry […]

Music formulates the mind

By Bonnie Brown: Guest Columnist Editors Note: This is the second in a series of columns celebrating Music in Our Schools Week. I love music because it lifts me up when I am down and gives me an attitude of praise, no matter where I am or what I am doing. Contemporary Gospels are my […]