Jackson’s stunt sign of bigger problem

Ned Cantwell You would have thought, judging from the outcry, that our society was clean as a pasture blanketed with fresh snow before Janet Jackson made a boob of herself on national television. It’s as if she dumped a load of coal on an otherwise pristine landscape of cultural innocence. In one breast-taking moment at […]

Area students want to bee best in spelling competition

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Michael Martinez (left) will compete in the regional spelling bee on March 6 at Clovis Community College. The Tucumcari eighth grader won the regional bee last year and competed at the national championship in Washington. Photo: TV Hagenah. Ryan Lengerich Clovis students are sanguine about a chance to visit Washington, D.C. — and many of […]

A word that drives me up the wall

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Symposium for Sparkling Conversation we’re swamped with letters warning us that our mother tongue is going to hell in a handbasket. Just to show you how serious this is, we spent 10 sleepless minutes dealing with the fact that in English there is no synonym for the […]

Head ‘em up and move ‘em out on the old Chisholm Trail

Tom DiFrancesca Last week, I ended my column by mentioning Glen Seeber’s Internet endeavors. Glen is the news editor for the Clovis News Journal. So, as promised, I’m here with the scoop. The Chisholm Trail — after hearing or reading those words, I immediately picture in my mind, long arduous cattle drives, men who receive […]

Late Saturday prep, college summaries

CNJ STAFF Prep boys Farwell Invitational Championship game Texico 52, Farwell 51 Texico (6-1) — Braden Vaughan 11, Johnny Rivera 19, Mark Peabody 4, Garret Mayfield 4, Logan Brown 10, Bryce Bailey 4. Totals 19 10-23 52. Farwell (7-3) — Jason Johnson 13, Robbie Tabb 3, Grant Gregory 13, Tate Nichols 2, Rowdy Mitchell 3, […]

The teddy bear dream part two

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew  Editor’s note: Last week, Amos dreamed about three small teddy bears in a barn, one with a scar across his heart, one with wrinkles and a lot of wear and tear and one with a forlorn face. In the dream, Elijah the little […]

Hounds outlast Incarnate Word

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Robert Tovar takes a charge on Irshuan Pinckney during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Mr. Defense had a lot of offense, as it turned out, and Eastern New Mexico University put enough of the little things together for a season-opening victory. Coleman […]

the attack of the giant ob-words

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. last night boss i woke up with a terrible nightmare as always i was being pursued by the hideous menacing marcellus the cat with no hesitation at all i scampered up […]

amos plays word games

by amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss while i was rummaging through some old – really old – newspaper clips the other day i found an interesting article from the first of february in 1912 it was from the […]

Local speller ousted

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — One by one they strolled to the microphone, all 251 youngsters in the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Each got a word in the one-and-done mistake format; 175 got them right. The rest drew a single clang of the bell, signifying it was time to be escorted to […]

Local speller waiting for the word

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom […]