Police blotter — July 4

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 p.m. June 21 an officer responded to a residence in the 700 block of Hondo Street for a report of a stabbing. A man with a hole in his bottom lip told the officer a suspect he knew stopped his […]

Gossip can be as destructive as flames

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Words can be very destructive. Gossip can be devastating. James compares the tongue to a fire. He says, “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” (James 3:5) Put another way, gossip spreads like wildfire and is just as destructive. Great lessons can be learned […]

Angels serve to carry message of God

By Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist Some studies show interest in the paranormal and the occult has risen in recent years. Haunted houses, UFOs, communicating with the dead, astrological signs, palm reading and astrology line the book shelves of commercial book sellers. The words “guardian angel” has been around for a long time. A painting I […]

Legislators say tone of session unusual

Different, unusual, fatalistic. Those are some of the words used by area legislators to describe the tone of this year’s 30-day legislative session. Pending elections, the strain of having no money to work with, little guidance from the executive branch and a growing moderate platform are some of the reasons local leaders have come up […]

Baskett: Onside kick swung momentum

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Baskett By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett heard the words, “Blue ball.” And with that, he thought he had recovered his muff for his blue-clad Indianapolis Colts on the onside kick that started Super Bowl XLIV’s second half Sunday in Miami. That’s when he relaxed in the pile, he said, and a New […]

Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, middle school first place

By Alexandria Smith We all need to remember and act upon these words: REMEMBER, CELEBRATE and ACT. We all need to remember what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did and what he believed was right. We need to celebrate his honor and courage for standing up for his beliefs. Every one of us need to […]

Chavez to serve 13 year sentence for second-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lorenzo Chavez, 58, looks back towards his family during a plea hearing in district court Thursday. Chavez pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will serve 13 years for the 1998 shooting of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The last words her son said as […]

Don’t reach for your halo too soon

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist You can be too shiny. Those words may not be profound, but they are true. The good news of the gospel, someone once wisely said, is that God loves ordinary people. We don’t have to shine ourselves up, or fool ourselves about how shiny we are, or wax on […]

WWII veteran made musical impact

By Don McAlavy: Local sport In 1991 Bruce DeFoor, teacher-artist, at CCC, wrote the following words: “Norris McPherson,’Big Mac,’ has long ago attained legendary stature as one of the greatest musicians in Clovis history, a former employee of the Clovis school system, he retired in 1987 with a life threatening illness, still today his jazz […]

Obama’s words of sacrifice vague

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I don’t know what President Obama means when he says “We must all expect to sacrifice during these times.” But never mind the details. Does he want to enact laws that force us to sacrifice? Is that his job? What exactly does the president consider a sacrifice? Does […]