Journalist in dogged pursuit of happiness

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Those positive-thinking people who say you can envision what you want and get it are usually on the mark. However, I have been breaking my brain to achieve my latest desire. Alas, to no avail. I am still not my dog. There are several reasons someone would want to be […]

James Woodrow Lee, Louis Kendrick

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James Woodrow Lee Date of birth: Sept. 30, 1916 Dates of service: January 1943 to June 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and […]

Happenstance often a factor when it comes to naming businesses

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A.C. Bryant, left, gets a refill of coffee as he sits at the Foxy Drive-In Friday with Gerald Clancy. Bryant is the original owner of the Foxy Drive-In, which has been in Clovis since 1956. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When people create a business, it’s not much of a stretch […]

Day Trips: Old West lives on in Fort Sumner

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The Billy the Kid museum has one of the largest collections of the Western past, including the Kid’s rifle, chaps and spurs. (Courtesy photo) For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of […]

Portales makes bid for top seed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales volleyball team wanted to have two things by the time the weekend was over — the District 4-3A championship, and the No. 1 seed in Class 3A. After earning the first Saturday night, the team has no doubts it has earned the second. “I think we […]

Fighting back best way to escape wolves

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Ryn Gargulinski is managing editor of the Quay County Sun. This column, published in connection with domestic violence awareness month, was previously published in Brooklyn Woman newspaper and online at: 12.gauge.com It started with a teddy bear and ended in a pair of handcuffs. The teddy bear was […]

Attending local events makes difference in others’ lives

Clyde Davis Reader be warned: This is another column about what’s right with the Clovis/Portales area. If you wish to complain, whine, gripe, or cry in your beverage, this is not the column to read today. It was important to me that my freshman English classes attend the drama department’s Diversity Festival at ENMU. It […]

New guy in town

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Pastor Michael Johnston, who moved to Clovis from Big Spring, Texas, said he plans on creating a “family focused church” at Central Christian Church where families sit and worship together. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A self-proclaimed “wanderer,” Michael Johnston is the new pastor at Central Christian Church. Johnston […]

Former area resident dies in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Jaime Garza said his son wanted to be in the military since he was youngster growing up in Portales watching planes take off from Cannon Air Force Base. Army Pfc. Damian Garza, 19, of Odessa, Texas, died Thursday in Afghanistan after his vehicle slid off the road into a river near Jalalabad. It […]

Richards continues family tradition

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Katelyn Lide races to the finish Saturday during the short-go of the 13-15 year old poles at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals held at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Casey Richards comes from a rodeo family, but it took him a while […]

Play Inc. elects new executive board

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The longtime executive director of Play Inc. resigned Monday during an organizational board meeting. Steve Muscato gave the board of the city’s private, non-profit athletic organization his two-week notice. His last day is April 25. Muscato said he is moving out of town and his resignation is not job-related. […]

Cockfighting big distraction for chicken

Ned Cantwell: CNJ columnist Don’t get me wrong. If I had a name to drop, I’d drop it in a New York minute. That is a quicker measurement of time, apparently, than a New Mexico minute, but I’ve not figured out why. So the following is not to be critical of Bill Richardson. Rather, it […]

Q&A: Veteran lawmaker still going strong

Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Portales farmer Stuart Ingle receives countless phone calls, wears a jacket and tie for two months straight and addresses his co-workers through the lieutenant governor. It’s a process the state senator been doing for 20 years. Ingle, who was sworn into the Legislature in 1985, now represents Portales as the minority […]

Ex-lawmaker praised for dedication

Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer During the past three years, James Albert Matlock could often be seen driving his red four-door SUV around Curry County, watching the daily progress of new growth — the cheese plant, homes, dairies and other signs of progress. A former community and state leader, Matlock died Wednesday at Laurel Plains […]

American people are the source

Freedom Editorial H e started out almost gingerly, as if the build-up of the last several days — creating almost a superhero aura which may say more about our culture’s elevation of the presidency than this convention — had draped a mantle his shoulders couldn’t fill. But toward the end he grew into something approaching […]

Community mourns homicide victim

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Brothers Andre and Lamont Dixon, of Clovis, hug each other as Tony Parker is lowered in to his grave Friday during the burial service at Mission Gardens Cemetery in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Hundreds gathered Friday afternoon at the First Church of God in Christ to mourn the […]

Clovis youth group reaches out

By Darrell Todd Maurina For members of the youth group at Kingswood United Methodist Church, running a vacation Bible school program this summer on a Navajo reservation was like nothing they’d seen. In July, nine members of the church’s youth group traveled to Pinedale, a spread-out Navajo community in northwest New Mexico, about 30 miles […]

Fahsholtz, Gulley help South take All-Star tilt

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Not only did recent Clovis High grads Scott Fahsholtz and Steven Gulley finally got a chance to play side-by-side, but they helped the South dominate the second half of Friday’s 61st annual New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4A-5A football game. Although their South team would go on to […]

We could use another Lone Ranger

By Ruben A. Pro: Guest columnist I believe I have part of the problem facing this country now. What we need now is what has been missing for almost two generations or more — we need national heroes, whether real or fictional. The past two or three generations have missed what my 1930s and ’40s […]

Reagan ideas inspirational

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ Staff Writer Cheryl Gist was inspired by Ronald Reagan as far back as 1976. A Muleshoe High School teacher in her early 30s, she was so inspired she organized a group of about 10 students she called the “Young Republicans.” Reagan lost the Republican Primary to Gerald Ford that year, but […]